There are so many useful resources that librarians can use to service patrons.

  • Almanacs
  • Encyclopedias
  • Atlases
  • Bibliographies
  • Dictionaries
  • Directories
  • Gazetteers
  • Handbooks
  • Periodicals (serials)
  • Yearbooks

Here are a few of my favorites:

Readers Advisory

Subject Headings


Classification Schemes

Bibliographic Resources


Ready Reference Sources




Invisible Web Gateways

Library work-related databases

Electronic Resources

Free databases

Atlases, Gazetteers Maps, Geographic Information Systems, and Travel Guides

  • Columbia Gazetteer of the World
  • Road Atlas
  • CIA World Factbook
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • U.S. Census Bureau]
  • U.S. Geological Survey's GIS Website
  • American Factfinder
  • EnviroMapper
  • Campground Directory

Biographical Information Sources

  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who was Who in America
  • Chambers Biographical Dictionary
  • New York Times Death Notices Index
  • Obituary Link Page
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • African American Lives

Government Information Sources

  • Tapping the Government Grapevines: The User-friendly Guides to U.S. Government Information Sources
  • U.S. Government Manual
  • Government Web Resources
  • U.S. Government Printing Office
  • GPO Access Online Resources: A-Z Resource List
  • Historical Statistics of the United States
  • Library of Congress, Thomas
  • The Statistical Yearbook