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Reference at Your Desk -- Archives Library Information Center

To the staff of the National Archives and Records Administration: Reference at Your Desk is a library service designed to provide quick access to the type of ready-reference tools needed by archivists and records managers. We hope that organizing access to these reference tools will assist you in your archival work.


Albert Einstein "I never waste memory on things that can easily be stored and retrieved from elsewhere."
-- Albert Einstein

Archives & Records Management
Internet links to professional organizations and archival institutions world-wide. Find directories and address lists, manuals, and finding aids.
Biography
Search for famous and not-so-famous people on these directories and dictionaries. This site also includes links to obituaries, which are helpful to genealogists.
Black History
Links to African-American culture, biographies and genealogical information, and other images of Blacks in American history.
Books & Book Reviews
Abundant list of books and book reviews found on the World Wide Web.
Congress
Links to the Senate, House of Representatives, and general Congressional information.
Diplomacy
Links to foreign embassies, the Secretary of State and Department of State, and other foreign policy issues.
Exploration
Provides links to biographical information on American explorers, geographic land surveys, and first hand accounts of American expansion.
Genealogy
Research your family's history using the information from these links. Family name databases are included as well as tips for beginning genealogical research.
Geography
Links to gazeteers, maps, city plans, trip routers, flags, and time information.
Government Publications
Links to government publications in the National Archives, gateways and guides to federal information, finding aids and indexes to government documents, federal directories, and other government publications.
History
Find information about general history resources on the Internet as well as specific events in history and special topics.
Holocaust-Era Assets
Research information made available through bibliographic citations, weblinks, finding aids, and other online resources.
Indians/ Native Americans
World Wide Web links to information about American Indians, including government documents.
Internet Users' Guide
Links to Internet history, use, and policies. A thorough guide to searching the web.
Language
Links to English & foreign language dictionaries, thesauri, style manuals, and quotations.
Legal
Links to laws and legal information including federal law, court opinions, treaties, legal dictionaries and journals, and copyright information.
Libraries
Access library catalogs and databases, as well as information resources for librarians and journals related to libraries and archives.
Mail & Phones
Internet links to e-mail and street addresses, telephone directories, zip codes, state abbreviations, and package delivery information.
Military
Links to military reference material, military history and research, and to specific resources by branch of service or by military engagement.
New Deal
Links to web sites relating to the New Deal era and to Reference at Your Desk web resources for research on New Deal agriculture, labor, and arts programs.
Organizations
Links to professional organizations in the fields of archives and records management, preservation and conservation, and standards.
Photography
Links to the history of photography, photograph care and preservation, and historic online photograph collections.
Politics
Links to general political information for the United States, campaign and election sites, and links to political parties.
Presidential Libraries
This section links to all the Presidential Libraries across the country. Also read an overview of the Libraries.
Presidents and First Ladies
Links to all presidents, general information about the Presidency, as well as information on the 25th Amendment and sites about the First Ladies.
Records Management
Internet links to professional organizations and archival institutions world-wide. Find directories and address lists, manuals, and finding aids.
Space Exploration
In-depth research information on members of the NASA space programs who have realized the dream to fly to the moon. Also find information on space centers, biographies of astronauts, and a timeline of the missions to space. Created by Kimberly Adams, ALIC intern.
Terrorism
Links to the latest information on U.S. policy on terrorism, international terrorism, biological terrorism, and the conflict in Afghanistan.
Time
Links to time information, clocks and calendars.
Transportation
Government transportation agencies, as well as historical information about transportation. Of special interest are the links to historic railroads.
Vital Records
Genealogists will find the information on these links useful. Census records, birth and death certificates, and other information is available.
War Crimes
Link to NARA's Nazi War Criminal Records Interagency Working Group.
Women
NARA intern Carol Faulkner's pathfinder for women's history research in the National Archives, related papers and bibliographies online, and other related websites.
Useful Reference Sites for Quick Information
Links to dictionaries/translations, genealogy, statistical and demographic reports, and other reference tools and sites.

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