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Corpus Christi, TX 78401

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Acronym Finder

American Table Manners

Background Notes

Find information about countries such as facts about land, people, government, and history. Site provide by the U.S. Department of State.

Crime Library

includes information on over 500 major crimes. The site also includes news, features, and CourtTV highlights. Site provided by CourtTV.

Forms of Address

From helps you provide the appropriate form of address for various addressees.

Fugitive Fact File

consists of various websites for hard-to-find information. Site provided by Hennepin County Library.


Gate2Home gives users instant access to the keyboards of 65 languages.

10,000 Year Calendar

With this calendar you can view a month or year calendar for any year 1 to 10000 A.D. All leap years and calendar changes are accounted for. Site provided by Justin White.

Perpetual Calendar

Find out what day July 18, 1962 was.

Pipl Search

A comprehensive people search.

Statistical Abstract of the U.S.

Sun & Moon Rise & Set

Texas Law Help

'is dedicated to providing free, reliable legal information to those who cannot afford legal help.' Find legal forms on various topics such as family law (divorce, child custody, etc.), wills, housing, health, disability, civil rights, migrant workers and others. Site provided by

Where to Write for Vital Records

Where to write for birth, death, marriage or divorce certificates in each state and county.

Zip Codes and Postal Codes of the World

This web sites finds zip codes located from Algeria to Venezuela.


Census Population Tables and Reports for 2000

Find population statistics by race, county, state. Site provided by

State and County Quickfacts

Very easy to use census information for national, state, and county levels. Tables include People Facts, Business Facts, and Geographical Facts. While not extensive, the People Facts do include recent population estimates; racial, age, and gender breakouts; high school and college graduates; households; children under the poverty level; etc. Business Facts include retail sales, minority and women-owned businesses, and building permits. Site provide by the Census Bureau.

UTPA Data and Information System Center

This website is maintained by UT - Pan American Data and Information Systems Center and has very current, (2004), demographic info for S. TX, (including Nueces County), and the border areas of Mexico.

Consumer Guides


A great place to start researching a product. Product categories include electronics, sports & leisure, office, house & home, kitchen, health, automotive, and lawn & garden. You'll find information on products including tires, vacuum cleaners, scanners, VCRs, strollers, washers/dryers, Internet service providers, furnaces, hedge trimmers, inline skates, mountain bikes, and exercise bikes.

Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guides

Required reading for anyone in the market for a new or used (values back to 1990) car. Also provides results of road tests, car and truck reviews, information on rebates and incentives, and conferencing opportunities.

Kelley Blue Book

Includes both new car and used (back to 1980) car values. They give us their new and used car reports, as well as a directory of important sites, including Buy a New Car online, with dealers' sites, and a list of the automobile manufacturers' sites.

NADA Used Vehicle Values & Appraisal Guides

The online database of the National Automobile Dealers Association vehicle guides (consumer editions) provides price information for used cars, trucks, boats, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, all terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, motor homes, trailers, campers, and personal watercraft. Prices are arranged by type of vehicle, make, year, and model and take into consideration major options.

Conversion Links & Calculators

Brewing Calculator

provides calculations for hop brewing, beer specifications, and volume, mass, temperature unit conversions. Site provided by ProBrewer.

Calculators On-line Center

Calculators from farm cost analysis to ph values to cooking and measurement conversions. Site provided by Martindale.


provides a standard FDA food label for various products.

Classic 164 Currency Converter

Conversions - Science Made Simple

Conversions for area, length, temperature, time, volume and weight.

Cost of Living Comparisons

U.S. Cost-of-Living Comparisons for 400 U.S. Cities and Metro-Areas. Link provided by DataMasters® Business Solutions.

Currencies of the World

provides the names of currency from various countries.

Inflation Calculator Calculates

This is an inflation calculator for adjusting cost of living from one year to another using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation index. This inflation calculator is based on the average inflation index during the calendar year. Provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Metric Conversion Calculators

Convert length, weight, pressure, and volume into metric measurements.

Online Conversions

includes conversions for length, volume, temperature, weight, cooking and others. Site provide by Fogt.

Tipping Calculator

Universal Currency Converter

Encyclopedias, Almanacs & Dictionaries


Information Please

Online reference resource with subject area almanac, encyclopedia and dictionary features.

Internet Public Library Reference

This reference center provides links to internet resources on a variety of topics. IPL also provides a Frequently Asked Reference Questions, IPL Pathfinders, and an electronic reference desk with an experimental Ask-A-Question service.

Old Farmers' Almanac

Online version of an old standard. Site features solar/lunar information, forecast, gardening tips, links to tide productions, and more useful wit and wisdom.

OneLook Dictionaries

MIileage Guides

How Far Is It?

Calculates distance as the crow flies worldwide.

Texas Mileage Guide

TIime Conversion links

Official U.S. Time

Find the exact official time for various parts of country. Site provided by National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Time and Date Converter

This links provides current time and date for 512 cities, worldwide, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT or UTC), Daylight Saving Time (DST) information, sunrise & sunset. World times can also be displayed for each continent, or sorted by country or by time zone. Also display the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds that exist between 2 dates, and more.

Time Zone Converter

WorldTime Server

Converts time from anywhere by countries and major cities.

World Time Zones


Altavista's Babelfish

Translate text and websites. Translator

Translate text and websites.

Google Translate

Translate words, phrases and pages with Google.

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