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Associations & Non-profit Groups

Analysis and ratings of charities and nonprofit organizations. Includes a list of "Top Ten" and "4 Star" charities.

Includes hundreds of direct links to private, corporate, and public foundations, as well as information about foundations and grant seeking.

Though this site covers fewer charities than some other sites, the reports are detailed and provide financial information, history, and other information on charities and their work. Run by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Information on the programs and finances of more than 850,000 charities and nonprofits.

Biographies

This biographical dictionary covering 28,000+ personalities has advanced search capabilities, but offers brief descriptive information rather than a full biography.

An A&E Television site featuring biographical information about contemporary people and historic persons, mostly focusing on American culture.  Includes many newsworthy people and politicians.

Find biographies of millions of movie and television celebrities, directors, and producers.

Brief and readable biographies of historic and contemporary figures. Mostly focuses on American culture and "classic" figures in history.

A directory of biographical information about scientists and mathematicians available on the Internet.  From ECHO (Exploring and Collecting History Online).

Calculation and Measurement

At MegaConverter2, select "Mega Converters" from drop-down menu on left-hand side. Convert length, time, distance, weights and measures, wind chill and more. For the less adventurous, Convert It! converts acceleration, area, energy/work, fluid/liquid, length/distance, mass, metrology, pressure, power, or volume/capacity, and is easier to use.

This form adjusts any given amount of money for inflation, according to the Consumer Price Index.

Calendars/Time Zones

Links to hundreds of calendars, including celestial, event, cultural, daily, and interactive.

Offers a variety of calendars and clocks for reference or personal use.

Includes calendars for every year in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as holiday dates, leap year information, and more.

Countries

Country Briefings section provides news, profiles, forecasts and statistics on 60 major countries. Main focus is on detailing the political and economic structures of each country.

Formerly available in paper format, the Country Studies series includes electronic editions of books published between 1988 and 1998. The series "presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world". Recent updates to this database are available via the Country Profiles site.

Each country's flag is pictured in color, with a description of the significance of the colors and symbols, and a brief history.

Provides links to each country's constitution and selected legal guides along with access to the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.

U.S. government profiles on countries, complete with small map and picture of flag.

See current time and deviation from GMT for all countries and many large cities

Dictionaries/Language

Find out what any acronym, abbreviation, or initialism stands for

Find quotations, poetry, English language style and usage, thesauri, encyclopedias and much more in this comprehensive reference resource.

Contains links to sources which will help students, teachers, and anybody doing research on the Internet to cite electronic sources using different styles.

This easy-to-use dictionary includes multiple meanings (including British usage), as well as entymology and pronunciation of words.

"Key word, author, title and subject access to a number of major quotation sources in the public domain, including Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, the King James Bible, Roget's Thesaurus and others."

A free online compendium of sourced quotations from notable people and creative works in every language, translations of non-English quotes, and links to Wikipedia for further information.

A dictionary/thesaurus with exceptional searching capabilities for hard-to-spell or frequently misspelled words and over 50,000 entries.

Encyclopedias

Links to Encyclopaedia Britannica articles and similar web sites, by general category or specific search topic.

A multi-language free collaboratively written encyclopedia by its readers. For an index to Wikipedia see: WikiWax.

Etiquette

Foreign Language Translators

Google's free online language translation service instantly translates text and web pages.

Common symbols from a variety of cultures are searchable by graphic element or meaning.

A multi-language dictionary with thesaurus, currently has about 133,655 definitions, articles and places since being introduced in December 2002. A project of the Wikimedia Foundation along with the Wikipedia encyclopedia.

Maps and Locators

Physical and geographic country maps, complete with statistics and factoids.

Find local businesses and contact information by entering the name and location of the concern.

This easy-to-use site calculates distance (as the crow flies) between any two points in the world and includes a map for further reference. For driving mileage between two cities, try MapQuest or MapsOnUs

Find local businesses, people, and places. Use the aerial feature for close display of local places.  Provides more detail than Google Maps for zooming in on local addresses.

With a little patience, you can creat your own maps based on information such as agricultural production, crime, geographic features, population, and more. The program requires Netscape 4+ or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4+ with frames enabled.

These free, interactive street atlases of the continental United States gives you mileage, door-to-door or city-to-city, and street maps with driving directions. Also has trip planning information.

TerraServer is one of the world's largest online databases, providing free public access to a vast data store of maps and aerial photographs of the United States, including one for Madison, Wisconsin.

Every USGS topographic 1:100,000, 1:25,000, and 1:24,000 scale map for the entire United States. If you need help interpreting the maps, try Topographic Map Symbols  from the USGS. Topographic maps are also available at Trails.com.

News

The Badger Herald is an independent daily campus newspaper.

Search for radio stations with web sites - by state, nation, format, or call letters.

"Search and browse 4,500 news sources updated continuously."

Isthmus is an alternative weekly newspaper in Madison.

Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal jobs section

NewspaperARCHIVE includes close to 30 million scanned pages from newspapers spanning over 200 years. Madison coverage begins (somewhat) in 1853 and continues until 2 years before the current date. The content of the newspapers is not indexed by subject, and advanced searching of this very large database is not available. You may only search NewspaperARCHIVE in two ways: search the full-text by keyword or browse the collection by date and newspaper location & title. This is an invaluable primary resource for historical research and a unique tool for genealogists.

A monthly schedule of events targeting Madison's African American community
Web site | Archived copies at the Central Library (December 1992 - present), two years of archives at Hawthorne and South Madison Libraries.

Access full text of Wisconsin Newspapers from 2005 through the present, with a 60 day delay on adding new issues. Includes both text and a PDF scan of the articles.

States and Cities

Information for all fifty states and seven territories, including state flags (picture and description), state symbols, political and geographical information, and a direct link to the state's official web page.

Find data on many cities in the U.S., including census information, maps, weather, photos, and more. Find similar information on e-podunk.com, with ranked lists of standard and unique statistics.

Links to official state and city web pages in the U.S. and several European countries.

Compare over 3,000 U.S. cities in housing, costs of living, crime, education, economy, health and climate. Choose any two cities and see them displayed side-by-side.

Locate a city, township or county by name or zip code. Brief data includes 2000 & 1990 population, as well as an interactive map of the area.

Statistics and Profiles

A survey of some 3 million plus housing units annually. Data available annually and at 5 year intervals. Replaced the long form of 2010 census.

Easy access to some of the Bureau's largest and most widely-used data sets. Users can create a variety of tables, reports, or maps with information on their community, the economy, or American society in just a few steps.

Published every 5 years, the Census of Agriculture is the most comprehensive collection of data portraying the Nation's agriculture. Geographic coverage includes the United States, states, and counties

Developed by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaborating with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, this resource provide rankings of health care for each state and thier respective counties. The rankings have been in existence for the past six years.

A national service with real time localized incident/crime reports. Enter an address to access the database.

Published every 5 years, it measures the economic activity of the nation and includes subject, industry, and geographic area coverage for many industries.

Statistics from 100 U.S. government agencies, searchable by keyword and agency. For an idea of what this site covers, check the A to Z key. Many files require Adobe Acrobat.

NationMaster is "a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD." Make your own charts and graphs of anything from population to number of kidney transplants performed.

Produced by the same folks as Nationmaster, this "statistical database which allows you to research and compare a multitude of different data on US states...StateMaster.com goes beyond the numbers to provide you with visualization technology like pie charts, maps, graphs and scatterplots".

Basic and agricultural statistics on every state in the U.S., compiled by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Searchable site with numerous statistics for the cities, states, and the nation., including a current population finder, local area profiles, and current economic indicators. Includes links to the Statistical Abstract .and the latest 2010 Census reports. In addition, under "Related Sites," provides links to state and international data centers. See also U.S. Census Publications (all census publications back to 1793)

Statistics on Cancer, Health Care Providers, Health Surveys, Health Insurance, Population, and Vital Statistics (Births, Deaths, Marriages, Divorces, Life Expectancy).

A great Wisconsin state resource with labor and occupational data, salary ranges, JobNet, and many other links for both job seekers and employers.

Stock Quotes

Provides interactive charts for stocks and mutual funds, as well as current and historical quotes.

Telephone/Addresses/Email

"Need to speak to a live person? Or have them call you? Get customer service faster, easier, always."

"This website's mission is to provide our visitors with comprehensive and up to date information on how to dial internationally from the USA, Canada or from any other country. Telephone country codes and international area codes are displayed by country, with additional info featured such as city and cellular codes, telephone books. In addition we provide a comprehensive list of country and exit codes."

Vital Records

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Weather

Current and extended forecasts for Madison, Wisconsin, and other major U.S. cities.

Includes daily historic weather records, Weather Cams, radar and satellite imagery, and other maps.

From the Dept. of Transportation. Not updated during the summer. A listing of construction and detours is also available. 

Zip Codes

You can't use this to get an exact zip code by street address, but you can view zip codes by city, or find the longitude/latitude of a zip code (or city) here.