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The site provides web-based access to such works as the Columbia Encyclopedia, the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, and Roget's II: The New Thesaurus. In addition, the reference section of this site also provides access to three online books of English usage (Strunk's Element of Style, The American Heritage Book of English Usage, and Fowler's The King's English) and two of quotations (Bartlett's Familiar Quotations and Simpson's Contemporary Quotations).

Interactive Units Converter
Converts weight and mass, distance and length, capacity and volume, area, speed, temperature, and time.

Official symbols of Canada
Provides information about matters of protocol and ceremony for Canadians. Includes the Symbols of Canada, public holidays and other important dates, information about the Canadian Monarchy (including information about our Royal Anthem), and links to other sites of interest.

Quick Reference
From Purdue University, the Virtual Reference Desk includes links to government information (U.S. federal and state), general information technology works, science data, and map and travel information as well as the usual dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, and directories.

Styles of Address
Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage site provides examples in regard to styles of address (in conversation and in writing) used for members of the Royal Family and for federal/provincial/religious dignitaries (e.g. judges).

Style Guides

Analysts Style Manual
Created by Mercyhurst College, Institute for Intelligence Studies. "The Analyst’s Style Manual is a product intended to assist student analysts with the many perplexing and complex rules they should follow in producing written intelligence products."

Citation and Style Guides
From Concordia University Libraries, this site includes information on the following styles: APA, MLA, Turabian, and Chicago Manual of Style.

Guide to Legal Citation
Douglas College Library provides this guide for citing primary legal sources.

How to Cite
Developed by The Chapman Learning Commons at the University of British Columbia. Includes APA and other special formats including Statistics Canada Products.

Sources: Their Use and Acknowledgement
Includes information and examples on APA and MLA citation styles. Also includes excellent information about: when to cite sources, how to cite, and plagiarism.

Writing & Style Guides
From Simon Fraser University Library, this guide includes information and examples of using APA , MLA, and Chicago Style.


Cambridge Dictionaries Online


Oxford Dictionaries
This site boasts of containing links to more than 400 dictionaries of over 130 different languages, including specialized and multilingual, as well as thesauri.


One of the few free encyclopedias on the Web. The articles are short but the links to related sites, books, maps, and articles are extremely helpful. A good place to get quick, accurate information on a topic.

Encyclopedia Britannica
This Web site provides access to the Encyclopedia, plus links to books, magazines and other Web sites.

Translation Resources

Alpha Dictionary Language Directory
This site directs users to the "best" multilingual dictionaries. Unique items include an English/Finnish dictionary, a Chinese characters Web dictionary, and the English/Danish Glossary of Electronics Terms.

Dyer Laboratories, Inc.
This site offers advanced glossaries for scientific and technical translations, such as Firearms in German and English, Microbiology, and Optical Microscopy in French, English, German, and Spanish. (Note: Dyer Labs has closed but the site remains up for reference purposes.)

Health Information Translations
This site provides education and procedural instructions about health topics for patients with limited English proficiency. Some documents have audio files. Includes translations of disaster preparedness plans.

Language Links
From the University of Wisconsin, this site contains links from language types or regions to dozens of dictionaries and glossaries.

Logos Dictionary
Multilingual dictionary that has entries posted by individuals. This service translates into dozens of languages and dialects and uses icons, such as flags, to designate the country where the language is spoken. Under each entry are color-coded buttons to do contextual searches in the Logos Library or by sound, image, Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, or video.

This site has a directory of translators and also offers resources for translators. Its search engine retrives terms from the subject glossaries members have contributed and from the postings in discussion forums.

A tool for conjugating verbs in many languages.

The site concentrates on translations of English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish as either the target or source language. A handy tool is its language forum, where registered users discuss topical threads covering grammar, jargon, idioms, cultural applications, etc.

Directories & Maps

Atlas of Canada
From Natural Resources Canada, this site contains a plethora of maps in diverse subject areas such as environment, people & society, historical, reference, climate change and health. Also includes a map archive, consisting of hundreds of maps from previously printed versions of the Atlas of Canada. Has a search capability to "Find a place" in Canada.

Earth Viewer
Lets you view the Earth from the Sun, Moon or a satellite in orbit. Real time viewing of regions is available. Views of the Moon are also available.

From National Geographic, this site provides access to a variety of maps in the following categories: atlas, historical, street, world themes, and satellite.

Site provides Interactive Atlas (maps), TripQuest (driving directions), and TravelPlan USA (plan a trip with Mobil Travel Guide). Also provides maps of International Cities and a link to Plan your move.

National Geographic Maps
Good for overviews of world regions. Physical or political maps available along with brief encycopedic information. Printable maps (PDF Format) also available.

Postal Code Directory 
The Postal Code Lookup lets you search by: Street Addresses; Rural Addresses and Post Office Boxes; and, Address Ranges for a given Postal Code.

Red Book BC-211
An online guide to community, social and government agencies and services across the Lower Mainland. The Red Book online is the electronic version of the Red Book: Directory of Services for the Lower Mainland. Produced by Information Services Vancouver.

Holidays & Events

BBC - iWonder - Religious Festivals and Holidays
A timeline of the major religious holidays in the UK.

British Columbia - Statutory Holidays
From the Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Skills Development and Labour, this site lists statutory holidays in B.C.

Canada - General Holidays
From the Government of Canada, information on general holidays in Canada.

Canada - Important Days
From Canadian Heritage, a list of significant dates in Canada. Links provide further information.

Earth Calendar
The Earth Calendar is a daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world. You can view holidays by year for different countries or religion.

Health Canada - Calendar of Health Promotion Days
Health Canada Online's Calendar of Health-Related Days lists health-related days, weeks and months that have been announced by recognized health organizations and are recognized throughout the health professional community. Health Canada lists only days that are recognized in Canada or days that are recognized internationally.

Interfaith Calendar
Lists, by year or faith, religious observances.

United Nations Observances
The United Nations observes designated days, weeks, years, and decades, each with a theme, or topic. By creating special observances, the United Nations promotes international awareness and action on these issues.  The majority of observances have been established by resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, although some have been designated by UN specialized agencies.  The United Nations also observes anniversaries of key events in its history.

United States Federal Holidays
From the Office of Personnel Management of the U.S. Federal Government's Human Resources Agency, this site lists federal holidays by year.

People Locators - Canada's Local Search Engine
Search for businesses and individuals. Reverse search (by phone number).

Dead People Server
Directory listing of famous deceased people. Includes brief biography.

Last updated March 2, 2019