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December 1, 1999
Updated JUNE, 2007

The Virtual Reference Desk
GRADE LEVEL: 6-12+, Professional

The Virtual Reference Desk is an extensive reference library provided by Purdue University that includes a ton of information, including dictionaries, maps, almanacs, science data, historical documents, and lots more.

This site has an unassuming appearance considering just how much it has to offer. Limited graphics make for fast downloads.

The Virtual Reference Desk is part of Purdue's Library site, THOR. All the navigation links relate to the parent site and will not take you back to The Virtual Reference Desk main page. You can either use your browser's back button or bookmark the main page for easy return.

The Virtual Reference Desk is a phenomenal research resource that librarians, teachers, and students will all put to good use. The resources cataloged on this site are outstanding and have something for everyone! Language arts teachers will want to go directly to the Dictionaries, Thesauri, Acronyms, Almanacs section, and computer and technology teachers should waste no time finding the Information Technology section; both are full of great resources. That's not all either. For science teachers there's Science Data, for history teachers -- Selected Government Documents, and for geography teachers -- Maps and Travel Information. The site has lots more, but if you still can't find what you're looking for, then check Reference Sources, Other for links to help you continue your search. Be sure to bookmark this site!