A librarian-picked list of the best Web Resources.  

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Information Please Almanac | Almanacs, encyclopedias, news, history, biographies, sports and statistics online.

Old Farmer's Almanac | Gardening, planting times, astronomy, recipes and more in this classic work.

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American Sign Language & Resources for the Deaf

American Sign Language University | Resource site for ASL students and teachers. Here you will find information and resources to help you learn ASL and improve your signing.

American Sign Language Video Dictionary | Free, easy-to-use reference and learning tools to enhance in-classroom learning for ASL Educators and their Students.

Deaf Websites | Great resources on deaf culture, ASL, and other related resources.

National Association of the Deaf The nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

Signing Savvy | Sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada.

Start American Sign Language Offers everything you need for your ASL journey in a fun and easy-to-follow format.

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Phi Theta Kappa | The Honor Society for the two-year college.

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Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress | From 1774 onward.

Biography.com | From A&E Media.

National Inventors Hall of Fame | Search inventors by category and keyword.

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Business Broker.Net | Find businesses for sale.

CNN Money



Small Business Administration

Small Business Development Center | NEC Small Business Development Center at Butte College.

Thomas Register | Information on companies, manufacturers, products and services in the U.S.

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Calculators & Currency Converters

Currency Converter | From Bloomberg.

Currency Converter | From Google.

Math.com Calculators | The world of math online.

Online Conversions | Convert just about anything.

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Calendars & Holidays

Time and Date | Has calendars, calculators, holidays, time zones, celestial bodies and more.

U.S Holidays | Dates and history behind the holidays.

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Butte College Job Placement Service | Search for jobs, post jobs, get resume and interview help.

California Labor Market Info | Official State of California Labor Market Information.

Career OneStop | Information about careers, jobs, and industries.

CSU Chico Career Center | Search for or post local and national jobs.

JobStar | Find resumes, career information, and job announcements.

Career Bliss | Online career community dedicated to helping find career bliss.

Occupational Outlook Handbook | Comprehensive career information from U.S. Dept. of Labor.

USA Jobs | Federal employment opportunities.

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Citation Formats, Writing, & Study Guides

AAA Online | American Anthropological Association citation guide.

APA Online | Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) for APA.

APA Style | American Psychological Association official site.

APSA Style Guide | American Political Science Association official site.

CSE Style guide | Style guide from The University of Wisconsin Writing Center.

CSE Style Guide |Style guide from University of Washington.

EasyBib citation guides | MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian Style guides.

Knight Cite | Online citation generator for MLA, APA & Chicago styles provided by the Hekman Library of Calvin College.

MLA Online | Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) for MLA.

NLM (National Library of Medicine) | Free online version of Citing Medicine, 2nd edition, The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers.

Primary sources citation | Library of Congress guide to citing primary sources in Chicago, MLA, APA style.

Purdue Online Writing Lab | For outlines, drafts, and mechanics of writing.

Sparknotes | Free online study guides in many academic subjects, including literature/novels with plot summaries, character analysis, etc. 

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Cities, States, & Countries

(See also: Local Information)

U.S. Cities / Counties / States

City Data | Everything to know about cities in the U.S.

NACo | National Association of Counties.

QuickFacts | From the U.S. Census Bureau, quick facts about United States geography.


Country Studies | From Library of Congress, includes history, social, economic & political information.

Population Reference Bureau | Country statistics and reports.

U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets | Country facts from the U.S. Department of State.

World Factbook | Country facts published by the CIA.

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Colleges and Universities

California Community Colleges

California State Universities (CSU)

CollegeNet | Links to about 600 schools. Search by size, tuition, major, state or region.

FastWeb | Scholarships, grants, and other financial information tailored to your profile and interests.

Scholarships and Aid | From The Princeton Review.

Study Abroad | IIE Passport directory of schools offering study abroad.

University of California (UC)

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Dictionaries & Quotations

Bartleby.com | Full text dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

The Free DictionaryThe World's most comprehensive free online dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia.

Medical terms + pronouncing dictionary | From Medline and Merriam-Webster.

One Look DictionaryType in a word and search many dictionaries at once. Also has a reverse dictionary and translations.

The Phrase Finder | English idioms, phrases and expressions explained.

Urban Dictionary | Crowd-sourced dictionary.

Your Dictionary | Definitions from a variety of online dictionaries.

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American Council on Education | National guide to college credit for workforce training.

ASSIST | An official online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another.

California School Directory | Information about all California schools.

California School Report Cards

First Generation College Students | Guide and resources for first-generation college students.

National Center for Education Statistics | U.S. Department of Education IES data, reports, and statistics.

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Cambridge History of English and American Literature

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy | A peer-reviewed academic resource.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 

Webopedia | An online tech dictionary.

Wikipedia | Free, online, community-built encyclopedia absolutely anyone can edit (not a vetted, permanent or scholarly resource).

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C-SPAN | Hear presidential speeches and government news.

California Government | Official site.

The California Institute for Federal Policy Research | Information regarding federal policy and California.

Congress.org | A non-partisan website dedicated to building a knowledge base for professionals wishing to better engage their communities.

GPO | Official information from the Federal Government.

Patent & Trademark Office | Searchable databases, forms, and more from the US government.

The U.S. Congress | Official U.S. government site.

The U.S. House of Representatives | Official U.S. government site.

The U.S. Senate | Official U.S. government site.

The U.S. Supreme Court | Find cases, decisions, opinions, and dockets. Official U.S. government site.

USA.gov | Official online guide to U.S. government information and services.

The White House | Official U.S. government site.

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Health & Wellness

National Cancer Institute | From the NIH and the U.S. government.

Centers for Disease Control | Official U.S. government site.

Drugs.com | Index of pharmaceutical drugs.

Mayo Clinic | Information on diseases and conditions.

Medical terms + pronouncing dictionary | From Medline and Merriam-Webster.

Medline Plus | Information on health topics and drugs, plus a medical encyclopedia with pronouncing dictionary.

Merck Manual | Concise, online medical information for healthcare professionals.

Psych Central | Mental health topics.

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American Memory | Digital collections of letters, documents, newspapers, photos, oral histories, music, and articles from the Library of Congress.

BlackPast.org | An online reference guide to African American History.

Calisphere | Primary sources and history of California.

California State Archives

The California Underground Railroad: A Digital Archive

Digital History | From the College of Education at the University of Houston.

Discovering American Women's History Online

History Matters | Web resources for U.S. history.

Institute for Palestine Studies | Information and analysis on Palestine affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Learn About Hmong | Hmong culture and history site with resources, multimedia, and links.

Native American History sites | From ACRL, rich collection of resources on Native Americans.

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Art Project | By Google.

Getty Images | Embed any of millions of free stock photos (for non-commercial use).

Google images | Use advanced search to sort by type or usage rights.

Wikimedia Commons | A database of over 30 million freely usable media files.

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Butte County Superior Court

FindLaw | Search for information about different laws.

FreeAdvice | Commercial law site with information and referrals.

Lawyers.com | Free research & legal forms from Lexis-Nexis.

Legal Information Institute | From Cornell University. Offers Federal law, Constitution, U.S. Code, C.F.R., Supreme Court, Federal Rules, State law resources, State statutes by topic, U.C.C., Uniform laws, World law.

OYEZ Project | Database on major constitutional cases heard by the United States Supreme Court, with multimedia resources including digital audio of oral arguments.

SCOTUSBlogDiscussion of recent developments in U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence.

Supreme Court of California

The U.S. Supreme Court | Find cases, decisions, opinions, and dockets.

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Local Information


Calfire | History and updates on wildfires in California.

Caltrans | Traffic, road conditions, and construction.

State of California |  Official California site with links to state agencies, news, and other information.

County Government

Butte County | Official site for Butte County, CA departments & services.

Glenn County | Official site for Glenn County, CA departments & services.

Cities & Towns


Chico Chamber of Commerce | Community links, demographics, business, education & more.

City of Chico | Official site.


City of Durham | City-data.com site for Durham, CA.


Gridley Chamber of Commerce | Community links, demographics, business, education & more.

City of Gridley | Official site.


Oroville Chamber of Commerce | Community links, demographics, business, education & more.

City of Oroville | Official site.


Paradise Chamber of Commerce | Community links, demographics, business, education & more.

Town of Paradise | Official site.


Orland Chamber of Commerce | Community links, demographics, business, education & more.

City Of Orland | Official site.


Willows Chamber of Commerce | Community links, demographics, business, education & more.

City of Willows | Official site.

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Local News, Radio & TV

Chico Enterprise Record

Chico News & Review

Glenn County Transcript

Gridley Herald






KPAY AM 1290 | News/talk radio.

KZFR FM 90.1 | Public, community radio, Chico.

Oroville Mercury-Register

Paradise Post

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Maps & Atlases

American Memory Map Collections | Historic maps from the Library of Congress.

Butte County GIS Services | Interactive and static maps.

California Water Atlas | The California Water Atlas editions are freely available to read or download.

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection Database | Over 42,000 digitized maps from around the world.

Google Earth | View satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from Earth, Mars, galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean.

Google Maps Gallery | Modern and historical maps from Google and other providers.

Infoplease Atlas | Find a current map with information on history, government, economy, population, and more.

National Geographic Maps | Search a region or theme using the Student Atlas or use interactive and historical maps.

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News, Current Events, and Weather

AP News Wire | Free, up to the minute news as it happens from the Associated Press.

BBC World News

LA Times

New York Times

NPR News | Listen to or read stories from National Public Radio.

Pew Research Center | A nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

PoliticFact | An independent fact-checking journalism website aimed at bringing you the truth in politics. 

Public Agenda Online | Explore and understand critical issues.

Reuters News Wire | Free, up to the minute news as it happens from Thomson-Reuters.

The Washington Post

Wired News | Search articles concerning technology, business, and people.

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American Atheists

BeliefNet | A look at faith and spirituality around the world.




International Humanist and Ethical Union



Religious Tolerance | By Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.

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Science & Math

AAAS | The World's Largest General Scientific Society.

Eric Weisstein's World of Science | Math, biography, physics, astronomy, & chemistry.

Math Forum

Periodic Table of the Elements

Plants Database | From the US Department of Agriculture.

Science Daily Magazine

Science.gov | 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development.

Sciences Reference Desk  | Agriculture, Archaeology, Earth Science & more.

Wolfram Public Resources | Sciences search engine, mathematics, code, and more.

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American Factfinder | From the US Census Bureau.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Centers for Disease Control Data & Statistics

Data.gov | Searchable data, including geodata and much more from the U.S. government.

Digest of Education Statistics | Contains information on number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, plus educational attainment, finances, federal funds for education, libraries, and international education.

Earthtrends: The Environmental Information Portal | Data from leading statistical agencies plus maps, tables, charts, and analysis from the World Resources Institute.

FedStats | Federal statistics on most subjects.

Homeless Data: Housing Authority of the County of Butte

Kids Count | Statistics on children in the U.S.

Pew Research Center | Quick data on diverse topics of interest, organized by topic.

State of California Employment Data | Official employment data from State of California website.

State Health Facts | From the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Statistical Abstract of the United States | Historical national data book 1900-2012. Current editions available in print at the library.

US Department of Agriculture ERS | State fact sheets provide information on population, income, education, employment, federal funds, organic agriculture, farm characteristics, farm financial indicators, top commodities, and exports, for each State in the United States.

World Health Organization Statistical Information

World Bank Open Data | The Data Catalog provides download access to over 7,000 indicators from World Bank data sets.

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Butte College Sustainability Resource Center

California Air Quality Data

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) | From the Pew Center, research and information on climate change.

A Discussion on Climate Change: Evidence and Causes | Free eBook provided by The US National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society.

Fuel Economy Guide from the Dept of Energy | Official US Government source on fuel economy.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change | Nobel Prize-winning organization on climate change.

World Resources Institute | News, research, data, maps, tables, charts and analysis of human impact on the planet.

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Bookfindersimultaneously searches for textbooks on all of the top textbook websites.

Cool For Ed | California open online library for education.

Openstax College | Free online and low-cost print textbooks, peer-reviewed and written by professional content developers.

Open Textbook Library | Provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks.

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Trades & Industry

California Building Codes | Links to Residential , Access Compliance, School, Hospitals and Clinic Construction.

California State Board of Food and Agriculture | Addresses key issues that are of importance to California's farmers and ranchers, community stakeholders, and citizens.

International Building Codes | Free building codes.

Sweet's General Building & Renovation Catalogs | Free to register and use.

Thomas' Register | Information on companies, manufacturers, products and services in the U.S.

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Airport Shuttle


Butte College Buses & Carpooling

Butte County Bicycle Plan | Includes route maps and planned routes (2011).

Butte County Transit | The B-Line.

Chico Municipal Airport

Glenn Ride

Greyhound Bus Line

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Web Directories

Open Directory Project: ODP | Human-edited directory of the Web with over 1,000,000 categories.

Refdesk | Provides quality, credible, and current web-based reference resources.

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Zip Codes & Area Codes

Find a U.S. Zip Code

International Calling Codes

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