I'm sorry that you had to wait until I finished my day job for further resources. Here are some more research websites that may be useful to you.www.lexisnexis.com
is a good research site, but you will probably have to pay a subscription to access their resources. I know that they have current and recent publications from mass media sources (newspapers and other current events sources) and they have academic resources, like university libraries. This is a good possibility for your purposes, but it will probably require a subscription.
The CIA factbook
has a lot of facts mostly about current situations, kind of like an almanac.
Proquest owns eLibary
. This site requires a username and password XXXXX login. You can look at it and see whether it's worthwhile.
The Information Please almanac is a collection of facts and information. It can be found at infoplease
. It has a dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas, and more.
I don't know whether you have looked at the Internet Public Library site, yet. It is at ipl
iTools research has current information, but the left-hand sidebar of the site has links to other research sites. iTools is here
The United States National Archives have mostly historical information about the U.S. government and U.S. federal records. It is here
The online resources of the U.S. Smithsonian Institution are available here
I also searched the internet through Yahoo for the keywords "online university libraries" and found at least 10 pages of results. It will probably be a better use of your time to perform this search yourself and then browse through the results that look the most interesting.
I hope this helps. Please let me know if you need more information or resources.