Reference Resources

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Acronym Finder
The Acronym Finder is the web’s largest database of its kind and defines common acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms about all subjects, including information technology, telecommunications, and the military.

Wiley Science
Scientific and Technical Acronyms, Symbols and Abbreviations

World Wide Web Acronym and Abbreviation Server

Atlapedia Online
contains full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.

CIA World Factbook
contains reference maps and country profiles. Information featured includes the country’s geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues.

National Geographic

The On-line Books Page
Listing over 20,000 free books on the Web edited by John Mark Ockerbloom
This online calculator includes fractions, currency, time, unit converter, scientific and more.

Online Conversion
A source of quick conversions for length/distance, temperature, speed, volume, weight, date/time, financial etc.

Foreign currencies and currency exchange rates history graphs 

FXConverter (Foreign Exchange Currency Converter)
is a multi-lingual Currency Converter with up to date exchange rates provided from leading market data contributors and is filtered for validity. To get the exchange rates for any of the 164 currencies, select the desired currencies from the lists below, as well as the date, language, and amount for which you would like to conduct the currency conversion.

Cambridge Dictionaries Online
This collection of Cambridge Dictionaries includes: Cambridge International Dictionary of English, Cambridge Dictionary of American English, Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary, Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs, and Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms

Dr. Bhanot’s Malay-English Dictionary
The Internet’s first and only Malay-English Dictionary. Dictionaries and Language Resources 

Roget’s Thesaurus 

Find definitions of terms relating to computers and information technology.

A Web of Online Dictionaries 

Wordsmyth Educational Dictionary-Thesaurus
The web site as a whole offers suggestions for how to use Wordsmyth as a learning resource that can help you glean more from your reading and gain more control over the written word.
is a searchable database containing over 14,000 articles from The Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia.


A directory of international business resources categorized by specific orientation and content.

Hoovers company directory
UK companies plus some international – includes profiles, financials, competitors, news.

Hoovers company directory
US companies.

Information Please
is an online dictionary, internet encyclopedia and almanac reference. Offers browsing with a quick and easy search capacity.

One World — Nations Online
A list of gateways to official and other websites in countries of the world, a reference directory and an electronic magazine.

Portals to the World
Links to electronic resources selected by Library of Congress subject experts, arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories.

World Gazetteer
Current population of countries, their administrative divisions, cities and towns as well as images of the current national flags.

Foreign Word
The Language Site.
This site includes Word and Text translation, glossaries, a directory to find a professional translator and software for the first free all-in-one translation wizard for PC’s.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Free on-line Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) documents

Tourism Australia 

has information & news about ASEAN activities.

Asian Development Bank
provides information about its activities, publications, statistics on ADB, including its annual report.

The Commonwealth 
The Commonwealth is an association of 53 independent states consulting and co-operating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding and world peace.

International Monetary Fund
The IMF is an international organization of 185 member countries. It was established to promote international monetary cooperation, exchange stability, and orderly exchange arrangements; to foster economic growth and high levels of employment; and to provide temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
The OECD groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy.

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) 
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is a permanent, intergovernmental Organization, created at the Baghdad Conference on September 10-14, 1960.

United Nations 

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945.

The World Bank Group 

World Health Organization 
The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health. It was established on 7 April 1948.

World Trade Organization (WTO)
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations.

World Tourism Organization (WTO)
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO/OMT), a specialized agency of the United Nations, is the leading international organization in the field of tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and practical source of tourism know-how. My Facts Page: Atlas and Maps
Links to 66 internet centers of maps, atlases, and related geographic information resources.

Asia Times Online
is a daily publication covering news on Asia with special emphasis on politics, economics and business.

CNN’s AsiaNow
contains articles published in the current edition of Asiaweek and Time Asian Edition in addition to those broadcast by CNN International to Asia. It has its own columnists on Asian politics, Asian Business and Technology as well as live news feed from global news agencies like AP and Reuters.

CNN World News
gives a summary with links to the full story of major news in the world.

Dictionary of Quotations
Search new quotations, by author or subject. Provides links to quotation websites.

Quotations Page
A searchable database of over 15,000 quotations, Quotes of the Day, Motivational Quotes, Quotes by author and much more.

ARIC Indicators
has more than 60 economic, financial and social indicators that can be viewed or downloaded as tables.

Asia Development Outlook
is produced by the Asian Development Bank.

Australian Statistics on the Internet 

Foreign Trade Statistics
By the U.S. Census Bureau.

Statistical Records  
The statistical records available are from various branches of the United States government trends and records of its general population. Categories will include resources focused on health, labor, agriculture, crime and energy as well as historical government documents and data.

The World Bank
Home Page. View a summary of the data, by region.

The World Factbook by CIA includes a brief overview of Malaysia, with selected statistics.

is a searchable collection of ‘academically valuable resources’. Maintained by University of California.

Librarian’s Index to the Internet
compiles lists of annotated Internet sites when you click on a topic or your own keywords. Maintained by California State Library.

The virtual library

arXiv e-print service
is an e-print service in the fields of Physics, Mathematics, Non-linear Science, Computer Science and Quantitative Biology. It has open access to 399, 157 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Quantitative Biology. The contents of arXiv conform to Cornell University academic standards. arXiv is owned, operated and funded by Cornell University, a private not-for-profit educational institution.