Web Resources

A librarian-picked list of the best of the Web.


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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National Council of Women's Organizations | A bipartisan network of national women's organizations

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

Scholarly Societies Project | Look up societies and associations by subject, abbreviation, country and more

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

Biography.com | From A&E Media

Biography in Context | Available to Butte College students and staff from our databases

National Inventors Hall of Fame

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CNN Money



Franchise and Business Opportunities Handbook

Small Business Administration

Small Business Development Center | Northeastern California SBDC

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

Online Conversions | Convert just about anything!

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Calendars & Holidays

Calendar Home | Create your own calendar online, convert calendars, 10,000 year calendar

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

Career OneStop | Information about careers, jobs, and industries

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

Help Wanted Online Local Area Data | Compares the number of unemployed persons, top ten employers, top ten occupations, and cities with the number of available job ads in California. 

JobStar | Find resumes, career information, and job announcements

Career Bliss | an online career community dedicated to helping find career bliss: happiness in life via happiness in the workplace.

Occupational Outlook Handbook | Comprehensive career information including education needed, employment projections, salaries and more

Résumés & Cover Letter Samples

USA Jobs | Federal employment opportunities

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Citation Formats, Writing, & Study Guides

AAA Online | American Anthropological Association citation guide

APA Online | From Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL), includes clear citation examples, sample papers, and APA guidelines

APA Style | Hints and tutorials from the American Psychological Association

APSA Style Guide | Style Manual for Political Science from the American Political Science Association

Citing primary resources | MLA & Chicago style for Web sites, videos, photos, maps, audio, and government documents found online. From the Library of Congress.

CSE Style | Style guidelines for writing in the sciences recommended by the Council of Science Editors in Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 7th ed.

CSE Documentation (formerly CBE): Name-Year Method

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

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

MLA Online | From Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL), includes clear citation examples, sample papers, and MLA guidelines

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

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

Research and Documentation Online | A 4-in-1 site offering MLA, APA, Chicago & CSE guidelines from Diana Hacker

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.

Ersys | Basic data for U.S. cities displayed in charts and maps

NACo | National Association of Counties

QuickFacts | From the U.S. Census Bureau, provides easy access to facts about the people, business, and geography of the United States


Background Notes | Facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of different countries, from the U.S. Department of State

Country Studies | Includes history, social, economic & political information

Population Reference Bureau | Country statistics and reports

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.

College Source Web | Catalogs and information on thousands of schools. Available to Butte College students and staff from our databases

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

Dictionaries | From Your Dictionary.com

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

Oxford English Dictionary | Available to Butte College students and staff from our databases

The Phrase Finder

Subject Dictionaries | Specialized topical dictionaries in business, medicine, etc.

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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

Cyberschoolbus | Global teaching and learning resources from the United Nations 

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

California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office TOPS | Approved programs in the CCCs

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

National Geographic | Explore nature, history, animals & culture

National Guide to College Credit | American Council on Education

PBS | Explore art, drama, history and more

Smithsonian Institution | Explore American history and heritage online

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Cambridge History of English and American Literature

Encyclopaedia Britannica | Available to Butte College students and staff from our databases

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy | A peer-reviewed academic resource

The King Encyclopedia | On Martin Luther King, Jr., provided by Stanford University

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 

WebGarden | A horticulture encyclopedia

Webopedia | An online computer dictionary and internet search engine for internet terms and technical support

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.

CQ Press (Congressional Quarterly) | Available to Butte College students and staff from our databases

FedStats | Federal statistics on most subjects

GPO | Official information from the 3 branches (Legislative, Executive and Judicial) of 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, opinons, and dockets. Official U.S. government site

USA.gov | Services for citizens, contact information, organizations, statistics, laws and more. Official U.S. government site

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

Merck Manual Home Health Handbook for Patients and Caregivers | Includes a pronouncing dictionary

Psych Central | Mental health topics

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American Civil War

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

Asian History | From Aussie Educator, a collection of history resources on with an emphasis on China, Japan, Korea, India, and the countries of the South East Asian region.

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

Feinstein Center for American Jewish History

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

Swarthmore College Peace Collection | Resources and links on Peace studies and history

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How-to for everyday needs

About.com | Information and instructions on a huge variety of topics from travel to computer repair

e-How |  A collection of simple, step-by-step instructions on doing just about anything

How Stuff Works | Information about just about anything in layman's terms


Art Project | By Google

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

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

Picture history | License digital images illustrating more than two hundred years of American history

Wikimedia Commons | A database of over ten 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

Supreme Court of California

THOMAS | Legislative information from the U.S. Congress

The U.S. Supreme Court | Find cases, decisions, opinons, 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

Chico.com | Community Guide

City of Chico | Official site


City of Durham | Official site


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 | Maps and directions across the globe, including street view

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

Mapquest | Find directions and maps.

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

CNN News

Fox News

LA Times

NBC News

NPR News | Listen to or read stories from National Public Readio

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

Public Agenda Online | Explore and understand critical issues

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

USA Today

The Washington Post

The Weather Channel | U.S. and world weather, forecasts, sun and moon rise/set, and weather-related news

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

World Affairs Council of Northern California

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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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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

Employment Local Area Data | Help Wanted Online (HWOL) compares the number of unemployed persons, employers and occupations and the number of available job ads in the area 

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

RAND State Statistics | Statistical data from national, California state, county, city, and zip code levels. Available to Butte College students and staff from our databases

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 EPA | Find cars 1984-2015. Information on advanced technology, gas mileage tips, links, and car by car fuel ratings.

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

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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

ILP2 | Internet Public Library 2 

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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