Great Online Almanacs


By University Alliance

Almanacs and factual sites are a great professional development resource for educators to implement in their classrooms. From census statistics to online encyclopedias to astronomical calendars, almanac-based websites provide a basis for practical, historical and cultural information. The online almanacs listed below are sure to have something for everyone.

Census Bureau: Statistical Abstract of the U.S. 

Visitors to this site gain access to the complete summary of statistics on the economic, social and political structure of the United States. Originally published in 1878, the Statistical Abstract of the United States provides direction to other statistical sources as well as data from both private and government statistical data. The online volume is convenient and easy to navigate, with sources of data coming from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and a wide variety of other private associations and federal agencies.

The CIA World Factbook

This comprehensive resource contains information for 267 countries (or world entities) on people, economy, geography, history, government, military, communications, transportation and transnational issues. The Reference tab features flags of the world, maps of the major world regions, political and physical world maps, and a map of the standard time zones of the world. Appendices to the site include a list of hundreds of abbreviations, international organizations and groups – from the African Development Bank Group to North Atlantic Treaty Organization – selected international environmental agreements, and cross-reference lists of country data and geographic names.

Factmonster

Although this website from Information Please is designed for students, adults will have a great time exploring it as well. Factmonster is a one-stop shop for information, references, resources, games and more. On the home page, users have quick access to a Reference Desk section with a Homework Center, Timelines, a 2010 Almanac, plus an atlas, dictionary and encyclopedia. The Cool Stuff link has categories with calendars, holidays, toys and games, and buildings and structures. Teachers and students will enjoy the Games Corner, with weekly quizzes and polls, math flashcards, a Roman numeral challenge and loads of other interactive fun across the curriculum.

Information Please Almanac

Here is one of best available online reference sites on the Internet; limitless information can be accessed quickly and easily with the click of a mouse. An encyclopedia, almanac, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas and biographies are all here, as is a section on research and homework help. Started in 1938 as a radio quiz show, the Information Please almanac expanded over the years, and in 1998 became the online presence it is today. Some of the editor’s favorite features include the following:

  • 2011 Year in Review
  • Campaign 2012
  • Country Profiles
  • Holidays in America
  • Conversions Calculator
  • Color Psychology

The Old Farmer’s Almanac

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is world famous for its eclectic collection of advice, weather information, astronomical data and so much more. The traditional almanac as well as the website provide data such as sun/moon rise/set times, the exact length of the day, and tide times. There are also updates on seasonal and annual holidays and events, astrological days and cycle, and gardening guidance. Features unique to the website include videos, podcasts, newsletters, blogs and forums, and a marketplace. One thing the almanac strives to do is “capture the mood, spirit, habits, trends and/or esoteric interests of the times” with the goal of producing a “snapshot” of the issue year to be used as a reference for readers in the near and far future.

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