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General Reference · Biographies · Country Facts · Dictionaries · Encyclopedias · Maps · Quotations · Statistics
Gale®, part of Cengage Learning, is a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses. Known for its accurate and authoritative reference content, the Virtual Reference Library provides online access to several reference e-books in a host of disciplines.
This website, developed by the A&E Television Network, includes information about historic figures and modern day celebrities and political figures.
Short biographies with links to more information. Includes fun lists, such as Celebrities Missing Fingers or Famous Apes.
This site calls itself "a massive central data source … the web’s one-stop resource for country statistics on everything from soldiers to wall plug voltages."
Government, politics, history and foreign relations.
Basic overview with statistics and a focus on international issues (illegal drug and human trafficking, current international disputes)
A free encyclopedia from Pearson Education
Easy to look up facts in many different subject areas: geography, science, demographics, dates, socioeconomic data.
The Census contains all kinds of information on population, professions, incomes, housing, and more.