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Recent Additions to This Section
(This section features sites added to the page in the last few weeks.
Each link is cross-referenced on the page in its proper category.)

Oatis.com Reporting Resources
A comprehensive resource for reporters on deadline, this site offers links and tips for finding pubic records, business coverage resources and tips on software and how it can be used by journalists. It is run by Jonathan Oatis, an American journalist working for Reuters in London.

Info-Resource.com

Lake Superior State University: 28th annual 'extreme' List of Words Banished
From the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.

OtherTimelines.com
A chance to rewrite history, giving the user the chance to write their own scenarios and sequels to historical events. Example: What would have happened had JFK not been killed?

PhobiaGuide.com
Not sure of a definition of a phobia? Look it up in this database.


BIOGRAPHY SITES

Notable Citizens of Planet Earth
Bios, name spellings of 18,000 famous people.

Biography.com
The TV show on A&E has a database of bios on famous people. Good for fact-checking.

The Biographical Dictionary
Search more than 25,000 bios.

American National Biography Online
The American National Biography (ANB) offers portraits of more than 17,400 people. The site includes feature illustrations, hyperlinked cross-reference, links to selected Web sites and powerful search capabilities. It requires a user name and password, though.

The Biographical Dictionary
Biographies of more than 28,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day.

World Biographical Index
This site is based on the 7th CD ROM edition of the World Biographical Index containing about 2.8 million short biographical entries for "eminent individuals."

Peoplespot.com
A good fact-checking site. Biographies, vital records, demographics, population and census statistics, e-mail, phone, reverse and professional directories, newsgroups, chat rooms.

Fagan Finder: Biographies

PBS Frontline: Bios
Biographies of several people profiled on the show.

Celebrity Almanac

InfoPlease Almanac Biographies
Look up political leaders and celebrities.

Forbes People Tracker
Track more than 120,000 executives and members of the Forbes rich and celebrity lists. Customized e-mail alerts (free!), research public companies and news updates!

Internet Movie Database
Includes biographical information on celebrities.

People Magazine: Profiles Page
Celebrity biographies.

TopBiography.com
This site offers "extensive studies on everyone from Napoleon to Bill Gates, all with eye-catching art, chronologies, quotations, screensaver," writes USAToday.com.

The Biography Project
A catalog of the contributions of authors,artists, scientists, film makers and other culturally influential individuals.

Chiefs of State Specialized Biography Search

Biblical Characters Specialized Biography Search

British Royalty Specialized Biography Search

Dead People Server
A directory of "interesting celebrities" who are no longer with us.

Quash Those Dead People Rumors Page
A celebrity you may have thought was dead isn't. See Abe Vigoda.

Who's Dead and Who's Alive
A celebrity you may have thought was dead isn't. See Abe Vigoda.

Famous Texans
Organized by topic, this site offers bios of the most famous from the Lone Star state.

People On Stamps Specialized Biography Search

Nobel Laureates Specialized Biography Search

Distinguished Women Specialized Biography Search

Prominent Anarchists Specialized Biography Search

Classical Composers Specialized Biography Search

Famous Artists Specialized Biography Search

FamousPeople.com Links
Go to sites about well-known people from many eras in history.

ObitCentral.com
This one comes from Al's Morning Meeting on Poynter.org: "ObitCentral.com is a clearinghouse for obituaries. You can search the most notable obits of the day worldwide. You can read thousands upon thousands of obits and cemetery inscriptions from a hundred years ago."

Obit Writing Tips
Suggestions from journalist Gerry Goldstein.

Famous Name Changes
Track celebrities, politicians.


LANGUAGE TRANSLATION TOOLS

Voycabulary
Don't know a word used on a site? Enter the URL into this page and it gives you a new page in which you can click on any word on the page to find it's meaning.

FreeTranslation.com
Type in the URL of a Web site and get the gist of what's being said.

Altavista Translate
A sophisticated tool that offers additional translations from Korean and Japanese to English (but not vice versa).

Language-Museum.com
A catalog of more than 1,200 languages that provides usage statistics, as well as samples (and translations) of each writing system.

Your Dictionary.com Translation Services

LookWayUp.com Dictionary
A large English dictionary with an integrated thesaurus. It corrects spelling and translates the correct sense of the word to German, French, Spanish, Dutch, or Portuguese, with much larger dictionary sizes than most online services. It can be put on browsers, mobile phones and various wireless devices.

Voice of America Pronunciation Guide

Voice of America: Recent Names in the News

Google Language Tools
This page full of language tools, developed by Google, will be most helpful to persons looking to translate short passages of text or entire Web pages. First, the page provides an engine that allows users to search for pages composed in over 30 languages.

Latin Translation Tools
Use tools on this site or download free software to keep on your PC.

LOGOS Dictionary
Contains 7,580,560 entries in 188 different languages and lets you search for the meaning of a word even if you don't know what language it's from.

InterTran Language Translation
A free web translation service that can translate single words, phrases, sentences and entire Web pages in 28 different languages.

SYSTRAN Internet Translation Technologies
Translates an entire Web site's language, text.

Info-Resource.com

Babel Fish Language Translation
Includes English, French, German, and Chinese.

Dictionaries Travel Translations
This site is a translation tool for many obscure languages, including Norwegian, Hungarian, and Dutch.

OmniGlot: Language Guide
A guide to writing systems ?about 150 languages in all ?includes alphabets, histories, and free downloadable fonts.

The Dialectizer
Convert English to several comic dialects. Hilarious.

Altavista.com: Translate with BabelFish

Google Language Tools

MyLanguageExchange.com

Word2Word.com

Online Arabic Translation Tool
Translate content on Arabic sites to English using this resource. Plug in the text or the URL to get the translation.

TalkIslam.com
Inlcudes a Quran translation tool.

ReverseSpeech.com
Ever wonder what you're saying backwards?


DICTIONARIES, ENCYCLOPEDIAS, ALMANACS, THESAURUS

2002 Edition of the CIA World Fact Book

Martindale's Reference Desk
All kinds of resources.

Dictionary of Difficult Words

Your Dictionary.com: 100 Most Misspelled Words

Your Dictionary.com: 100 Most Mispronounced Words

NetLingo.com Internet Dictionary
This is a modern dictionary of everyday jargon used at work, in cyberspace, and in "the real world." Easy-to-understand, its mission is to help all computer users learn some basic concepts about what the Internet is, how the Web works, and what you need to know to take part in the online world.

D-Lib Magazine (Digital Librarians)

Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus
This site defines itself as "a spatial map of linguistic associations." Enter a word and related words branch out from it. As you click on the related words, you'll find new words close in meaning to that one.

The Vocabula Review

RhymeZone.com
Packed with useful word search tools, enter whatever related word you can think of and the site will help you find what looking for. You can find words that rhyme, similar spellings, synonyms and antonyms, similar sounding words, match consonants and more.

One Look Dictionaries
Search nearly 4 million words.

PhobiaGuide.com
Not sure of a definition of a phobia? Look it up in this database.


Miscellaneous Research Tools

Event Calendar Notice
A dynamite tool for journalists, this site provides advance (90-day) notice of various anniversaries -- such as birthdays of famous people and anniversaries of major historical events, plus links to information.

The Wayback Machine
Tied to a database of 10 billion archived Web pages that go back five years. See what old and defunct sites looked like. Heavy use, so download may be slow.

Time Capsule
Type in your birthdate -- or any date you're interested in for that matter -- and get a digest of news headlines, top song titles and other timely factoids covering that era.

University of Michigan: Institute for Social Research

Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information
This site will be a boon to anyone studying issues related to information technology or electronic publishing. The site has been publishing the index since 1997, and this latest version contains more than 1,400 citations as well as an introduction that explains how to use the site. The bibliography and index reference both online and print sources, including books, articles, monographs, and chapters. Librarians in particular will want to bookmark this site.

Electronic Sources of Information: A Bibliography
This site will be a boon to anyone studying issues related to information technology or electronic publishing. The site has been publishing the index since 1997, and this latest version contains more than 1,400 citations as well as an introduction that explains how to use the site. The bibliography and index reference both online and print sources, including books, articles, monographs, and chapters. Librarians in particular will want to bookmark this site.

Fagan Finder
Journalists will be especially interested in the search engines, reference, news and law sections.

Vital Records Database
Lists links to all the state and county agencies that keep vital statistics such as birth, death andmarriage records around the country. Also lists the fee the states charge for the records.

Online Public Records
Find public records data.

Social Security Death Records

Deadlineonline.com
A must-bookmark for any journalist.
A clearinghouse of sourcing links from the Schlein News Bureau.
Broken down by people, sources, documents and background.

Voice of the Shuttle
Compiled by the UC Santa Barbara English Department, this is an outstanding general links site. Resources include anthropology, women's studies, literature, philosophy, business theory, cyberculture and more.

ERIC Database
National Education Resources Information Center at Syracuse University offers research and materials from all federally funded labs.

Search Municipal Databases
Crime, government, school districts and more. Updated with new additions on front page.

Database of Learning Sites
Site checks dozens of search engines and newsgroups.

Easybib.com
A free site that allows you to enter a source you wish to cite, where you found it (e.g., online or print), the author and other details. You then get an instant bibliography entry that you can reuse as you need.

Refdesk.com
A blizzard of topics, from zip quotes and stock quotes to sports.

Howstuffworks.com
Look up just about anything in this online encyclopedia.

Phaster Lookups Reference Database
Do quick searches for reference tools: encylopedias, economic terms, legal dictionary, biblical reference, quotes and more. Great one-stop reference shopping.

Bartleby Reference Page
Features dictionairies, encyclopedias, thesauri and usage guides.

Infomine: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections

Newswords.com
A global headline search site.

Towards Electronic Journals: Realities for Scientists, Librarians and Publishers
Focuses mostly on scientists' perspective as authors and readers, how changes over the years by publishers and librarians have affected scientists, and what they should expect from electronic journal and digital journal article databases. We describe some myths concerning scholarly journals and attempt to assess the future in a realistic manner.

StudytheWeb.com
Topic pages and keyword search thousands of pages.

Peoplespot.com
A good fact-checking site. Biographies, vital records, demographics, population and census statistics, e-mail, phone, reverse and professional directories, newsgroups, chat rooms.

Notable Citizens of Planet Earth
Bios, name spellings of 18,000 famous people.

ResearchBuzz.com

WorldStatesmen.org
Though this site is run by a hobbyist, it features complete lists of the heads of state and government for every country and colony in the world over the past 300 years. It also has pocket histories of each country/colony, images of each country and colony's flags, and in many cases links to constitutions, national anthems, and so on. Also updated fairly regularly. Again, double-check the information you find on this site, but it appears to be very, very helpful.

BBC News Country Profiles
Features include an overview, historical timelines and links to the media from each country. Also some audio of newsmaking moments.

Geographic Encyclopedia

West Egg's Cliche Finder

World Time Server

The U.S. Constitution

American Community Network
This site has a large amount of data on many U.S. communities.

GotoCity.com
Organized by state and city, explore data on many U.S. communities.

Biography.com
The TV show on A&E has a database of bios on famous people. Good for fact-checking.

American National Biography Online
The American National Biography (ANB) offers portraits of more than 17,400 people. The site includes feature illustrations, hyperlinked cross-reference, links to selected Web sites and powerful search capabilities. It requires a user name and password, though.

HistoryChannel.com
A great site for fact-checking.

Voycabulary
Don't know a word used on a site? Enter the URL into this page and it gives you a new page in which you can click on any word on the page to find it's meaning.

Ajeeb.com
This site provides instant, free translation of Arabic Web sites into English.

Editor's Web.org
News release galore, many from federal agencies.

Rootsweb.com
A free genealogy site. Social security, birth and census reports.

Yahoo! Almanacs/Calendars
Links to online almanacs and other calendar Web sites.

TimeTicker.com
Use this database to check what time it is anywhere in the world.

Guiness Book of World Records
If your momma claims it's a world record, you better check it out.

Brain Track
Search British universities.

www.yearbooknews.com
A searchable site for authorities on particular topics. 14,000 topics covered and more than 1,500 individuals, associations, corporations and public interest groups.

Lake Superior State University: 28th annual 'extreme' List of Words Banished
From the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.

OtherTimelines.com
A chance to rewrite history, giving the user the chance to write their own scenarios and sequels to historical events. Example: What would have happened had JFK not been killed?

http://www.sunsite.unc.edu/slanews/internet/experts.html
Find sources and background with this directory of directories. Developed by a news researcher at the St. Petersburg Times for the Special Libraries Association's News Division.

General Research News Portal
A news portal divided into more than 300 categories, such as ``business; general'', ``business: media'' or ``companies''.

FindSame
A plagiarism finder.

Xrefer
This cross-reference site does a search of 50 reference titles.

WorldSkip
Facts about countries.

Martindale's Reference Desk
All kinds of resources.

Internet Public Library's Pathfinders
University of Michigan librarians organize subject pages that included annotated suggestions for both the Web and library books. A great starting point for any story.

SearchSpell.com
Check your spelling as you submit a query.

Columbia Encyclopedia
The sixth edition has 51,000 entries and 80,000 cross references and search capabilities.

BookFinder.com
Links to 20,000 independent book-sellers and lists more than 30 million books (new, used, rare, etc.).

Online Arabic Translation Tool
Translate content on Arabic sites to English using this resource. Plug in the text or the URL to get the translation.

World.altavista.com
Instant translation for several languages.

Systransoft.com
Instant translation for several languages.

WorldTime
An interactive world atlas, information on local time as well as sunrise and sunset times in several hundred cities, and a database of public holidays worldwide.

National Digital Library
Detailed multimedia presentations on significant historical events provide access to the highlights of the collections at the Library of Congress.

World Almanac for Kids Online

SoYouWanna.com
Teaches you how to tackle hundreds of life's problems.

Social Science Research Network
This site covers the worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.

Lycos Multimedia Search
This site offers photos and more.

NuevaSchool Search Tips and Links
A great quick-reference index of how to use search engines and other online research tools.

Researchville.com

Niche Search Engines Index

Freeality
Various search tools, people locator.

MESA
A global e-mail search tool.

LinkPopularity
Check how many sites link there are to a particular sit.

The Awesome Lists
The Awesome Lists: A useful selection of sites compiled by Internet trainer and journalist John Makulowich.

Excite's World Facts and Global News Directory

Truth or Fiction?
This site takes "rumor mill" e-mails we all receive and determines if they are true or false. There is a good list of Attack on America information.

CNN: Reliable Sources Transcripts
Transcripts from recent editions of Reliable Sources, TV's "first and only weekly program to put the media under the microscope.

NewsWise
Newswise maintains a comprehensive database of news releases from top institutions engaged in scientific, medical and business research. Allows reporters to search, browse or download any article or abstract.

Edmonds.com Research Page

Journalist's Database of Databases
Great sourcing guide by Drew Sullivan of the AP.

Deloitte Press Room
Several interesting studies by the consulting firm.

Pronunciation Guide
Helpful deadline tool for TV reporters, anchors, editors and researchers. Merriam Webster also has a pronunciation guide on its site.

All in One Search Page
Search more than 800 databases, directories and more.

Lexis-Nexis
Search hundreds of periodicals. Password and ID required.

Newsresearch Web Logs

Edirectory.com
A global directory of search engines.

Good Quotations
Gabriel Robins' Good Quotations by Famous People has some super material.

Docusearch.com
This site claims to be "the place to find, locate & track down anybody! We offer locate searches, DMV driver & vehicle searches, telephone record searches, financial and bank searches, criminal and property records. Some searches are free, others you must pay for.

Onelook Dictionary
A glossary of 743 subjects.

World Book Online
The digital version of the encyclopedia.

Artcyclopedia
The fine arts encyclopedia. One of the top reference sites around, according to the American Library Association. Search by artist, etc.

ADAM: Art, Design, Architecture & Media Information Gateway
A searchable list of 2,500 links.

Free Translation
This site translates English into other languages. Very cool! And free.

HyperStat Searchable Stats Database
Powered by Rice University.

Virtual Reference Desk AskA+ Locator
References, publications and resources.

Back Issue Finder
Marketplace for finding periodical information.

ReporterPitch.com
Similar to Al's morning meeting on Poynter.org, only with e-mail. The e-mail-based story idea exchange for working journalists acts as a distributor of stories or generated in daily work.

The Writer's Guru
Reporters can post queries about research, grammar, spelling, etc.

The Quotations Page
Check sources of famous quotes.

Ask.com
Known as AskJeeves.com, you use natural-language search fields. You can pose questions and you'll get answers!

The Avalon Project
Yale Law School site that offers digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.

Librarians Index to the Internet

The Virtual Library
Links to dozens of indexed library resources.

Infinite Library
Karnak site allows you to create your own personal library by compiling information from its site.

Law Library Research Exchange

The Internet Public Library
Search an extensive research database.

Harvard's Research Matters Site
It is a portal to news articles about research. Right now there are about 214 articles in it and it will grow weekly. It's contents span the range of research fields, from the humanities to social science to science to technology to medicine.

American Library Association Libraries Page
Links to several large libraries around the United States..

Librarian's Index to the Internet

Research and Style Guides for Students
Nearly 100 links to helpful research sites.

Special Libraries Assn. News Division
Newsroom librarian site on archiving, online references, research materials.

Library of American Broadcasting
A collection of audio and video recordings, books, pamphlets, periodicals, personal collections, oral histories, photographs, scripts, and vertical files devoted exclusively to the history of broadcasting.

Internet Journalism Resources
From Minnesota State University.

Statistical Research (SRI)
One of the most respected research firms in the nation posts many of its studies on its Web site.

Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk

Poynter.org's News Libraries Bibliography

Poynter.org's News Researcher Page

Online Literature Library
Search through hundreds of titles and authors.

Presidential Libraries

Modern Library: 100 Best Novels

RandomHouse 100 Best Novels

E-journals.org
Search for journals on hundreds of wide-ranging topics.

Metaplus.com's Headlines page

Findarticles.com

National Archives and Records Administration Research Page
A section on federal courts, textual records, microfilm, etc.

Dictionary of Financial Terms
A guide with hyperlinks at the First Amendment Project Web site.

Museum of Hoaxes
Don't be fooled by urban legends and if it sounds too good to be true, it is.

StrangeFacts.com
A cool resource for offbeat stats and facts.

One Look Dictionaries
Search nearly 4 million words.

Dictionary of Difficult Words

Word for the Wise
Archive of Merriam-Webster radio shorts.

SoYouWanna.com
Learn cool things you never did in school. Facts on the offbeat.

Famous Name Changes
Track celebrities, politicians.

The Gutenberg Bible Online

World Clock
Convert time, date to anywhere in the world.

Forbes People Tracker
Track more than 120,000 executives and members of the Forbes rich and celebrity lists. Customized e-mail alerts (free!), research public companies and news updates!

The British Library
Portal to more than 150 million items from history.

Institute for Public Accuracy
As a nationwide group of policy researchers. Great source for public policy issues!

Kalends.com
A free consumer-oriented, searchable site that features, general interest, business, holidays, and trade show events set to occur in the U.K. and elsewhere. There is some U.S. material.

The British Library's Gutenberg Bible online

Perpetual Calendar
Cool site. Type in the month and year and you'll get a monthly calendar. Good for checking what day of the week a future event will fall on.

Online Internet Sources Link List
A super alphabetical listing to hundreds of sites. Just scroll through to find your subject.

NBCi/Snap.com's Resources Page
Encyclopedias, power searches, world news, calculators and translators.

Oatis.com Reporting Resources
A comprehensive resource for reporters on deadline, this site offers links and tips for finding pubic records, business coverage resources and tips on software and how it can be used by journalists. It is run by Jonathan Oatis, an American journalist working for Reuters in London.

Ersys
A comprehensive collection of demographic, lifestyle, and economic data covering over 2,600 U.S. cities portrayed as thematic maps, informative reports, detailed tables and colorful charts --- all freely available.

Lewis Mumford Center: Census Research
This site lists some census research analysis that is used by many reporters, especially those covering census information. It is run by Merci Miglino of the Lewis Mumford Center at the Research University at Albany, SUNY.

Genomic Glossaries and Taxonomies
Biotechnology & pharmaceutical terms (& definitions) not found in most dictionaries. About 3,500 + definitions for applications, biochemistry, bioinformatics, cheminformatics, drug discovery and development, genomics, molecular biology, proteomics (and beyond), tools and technologies.

OnlineHomeBase.com
A new Web-based service that lets you store research notes and reminders for interviews etc with a user interface that looks like a simple notepad sheet.

Date and Time Gateway
Find the time anywhere in the world.

The Biographical Dictionary
Search more than 25,000 bios.

Gary Price's List of Lists
Top 10 lists of a variety of topics.

Clock Your Typing Speed

FindTutorials.com
Learn how to do just about anything.

Dogpile.com

The Semantic Rhyming Dictionary

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

University of Michigan Documents in the News
Search safety reports from many areas -- transportation, environment, etc.

Smarting Surfing Links
A Columbia University professor offers tips on searching on the Web.

Social Security Administration Data on Women
A new site with demographic info. on women.

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