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KPL staff-selected resources. We welcome your comments and suggestions.


Staff Recommends

Indian Nations of North America by Anton TreuerSame-Sex Marriage by David NewtonHistorical Dictionary of Canada by Barry GoughHip Hop in America by Mickey HessAtlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade by David Eltis

Databases (most require KPL library card)

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Home Access)

Full text reference books on business, history, science, environment, medicine, and multicultural studies.

LitFINDER (Home Access)

Poetry index of 600,000 poems with 50,000 full text. Short Story Finder offers full text, explanations, biographies. Over 1,000 complete plays & also includes Essay Finder & Speeches. Includes a Kid's corner.

MeL Michigan eLibrary

Magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books provided to Michigan libraries and Michigan residents at home with their Michigan Driver's License or ID or from libraries in Michigan.  Also includes links to Michigan related websites.

ReferenceUSA - Business and Residential (Home Access)

Search by company name, yellow page heading or geographic location. Search residential listings by name, address or telephone.


Publisher of literature, reference and verse, providing the curious with access to information, free of charge.

IPL The Internet Public Library

MeL Michigan eLibrary


Find people, places, statistics and more.

Demographics and Statistics

American Factfinder

Need statistics on housing, employment, population, economic, or geography?This site is comprised of U.S. statistical census data as well as maps, tables, reports, and more.

Bureau of Justice Statistics

The Burea of Justice Statisitcs site features quantitative data covering the following areas: crime and victims, criminal offenders, law enforcement, courts, sentencing, corrections, and special topics.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (Consumer Price Index)

Consumer price indexes are available for the U.S., the four Census regions, size of city, cross-classifications of regions and size-classes, and for 26 local areas.Includes indexes for major groups of consumer expenditures.

National Center for Educational Statistics

Data on the educational activities of the U.S. population and offers researchers, educators, and policymakers a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States.

Statistical Resources on the Web

Links to statistical data developed and categorized by the University of Michigan's Document Center.Subjects include cost of living, agriculture, military, environment, finance, housing, politics, weather, and more.

Uniform Crime Reports

A web site that provides statisitcal information about criminal activity. Data is compiled by state counties.

World Factbook

The World Factbook provides national-level information on countries, territories, and dependencies including national statistics, national flags, maps, political composites, economic data, demographics and much more.


AIER Cost-of-Living Calculator

The American Institute for Economic Research compiles, archives, and studies economic data.Site includes a cost of living calculator, list of publications, programs, discussion board, job openings, and a Google powered search box.

Converters & Calculators

This site allows students, teachers, researchers and other users to easily convert and calculate particular forms of measurement.

Economic History Services - gives historical inflation rates, value of the dollar, etc

Site provides a wide range of internet-based services to economic historians, historians of economics, economists, historians, related social scientists and the public.

Inflation Calculator - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.


Avalon Project-Historical documents

The Avalon Project mounts digital documents relevant to the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government.

Flag - U.S.

A thorough site that outlines the history of the U.S. flag, how it should be displayed, links to similar sites, flag etiquette, and more.

IPL POTUS -- Presidents of the United States

In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress collections include more than 29 million books and other printed materials, 2.7 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, and 57 million manuscripts.

National Archives

NARA, an independent Federal agency, is America's national recordkeeper.Site features access to government documents of all kinds including online versions of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

National Security Archives George Washington University-historical documents

National Security Archive extensive site provides online access to critical declassified records on specific issues, including U.S. national security, foreign policy, military history, intelligence policy, and more.

Portraits of the Presidents

Here you'll find portraits and brief biographical summaries of all the presidents from George Washington to Bill Clinton.


Archives the Web-way to find outdated links

The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Site provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

GetNet Wise

Locate ways of educating children about the uses, risks, and content available thorugh the world wide web.

Internet Search Engines


A tool that helps users get quick information on a variety of topics like measurement and weight conversions, weather conditions, and stock quotes.

Ask for Kids

Ask for kids is a fast, easy and kid-friendly way for kids to find answers to their questions online.

Christian Web Search

This online portal is designed to provide various forms of information and resources for Christian web users.

Google! Book

Google Book puts the content of books where you can find it most easily; right in Google search results.

Google! Uncle Sam

This subset of Google! only searches government websites.

Kid's Search

Access this search engine portal, that allows for children and young adults to surf the net from various engines and directories like Kids Click and Yahooligans.


A Yahoo like online index of subjects of interest to kids and children.  

Librarians' Index to the Internet

A well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected internet resources, serving California, the nation, and the world.

Language and Writing


Find out what those acronyms and abbreviations represent.

Bibliographic Formats APA Style(American Psychological Assoc)

The American Psychological Association's online version of their publication manual. Includes information about writing style techniques, citing electronic media, ethics of publication, and more.

Bibliographic Formats for Citing Government Documents

This guide from the University of Memphis provides examples of the most common examples of government document citations.

Bibliographic Formats from WorksCited4U

This site will automatically process your citation needs, adhering to the MLA style formatting when writers and students need a helping hand at producing research papers and other important documents that must adhere to proper citation rules

Bibliographic Formats/Writing Syles - Guidelines provided by WMU

Format and writing style guides for students, provided by Western Michigan University.

Crossword Resources

Dictionaries and other resources from

Dictionary-Merriam-Webster's Online

The online version of the popular dictionary and thesaurus with special features such as word of the day, word games, and language related topics.

New York Times Crossword Puzzles with the Answer Guys

Answers to the New York Times Crossword Puzzles by the Answer Guys.


American Battle Monuments Commission

Honors and remembers America's fallen heroes and recognizes veterans and those who continue to serve our country. Includes lists of cemeteries and memorials.

DOD Dictionary of Military Terms

Browse the DOD Dictionary of military and associated terms.

National Archives - Access to Military Service and Pension Records

Official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.

National Personnel Records Center for Military Personnel Records

The repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century.

Veterans Benefits Administration, Dept of Veterans Affairs

Benefits and services to veterans and their families

Postal Information

Canadian Postal Codes

United State Postal Service Postage Calculator

United States Postal Service

Information, post office location, zip codes, mailing and package requirements, and postage fees.


Eigen's Political & Historical Quotations

Quotes about and by historians, politicians and other public figures.

Famous Quotes and Authors

Browse over 25,000 quotes.

Notable Quotes

Browse by subject or author.


Quoteland is a site dedicated to the documenting of well known quotations from writers, athletes, politicians, entertainers, and much more.


Time Zone Converter

Find out the time anywhere in the world with The Time Zone Converter.

Time Zones in the U.S.

Find out what the official time is for all of the time zones.

US Naval Observatory Master Clock Time

What time is it?  Gives current time in all time zones.

World Time

Features an interactive world atlas and information on local time as well as sunrise and sunset times in several hundred cities worldwide.

Yahoo! Time

Interested in time and time zones? Time-related links answer your queries and interests.

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Reference materials at KPL.

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