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The Reference Room

All Experts: Well, not all of them, but a lot of them, to question
All Words: Language research and advice
Ask A Reporter: At the New York Times, no less, you get to throw questions at scribes
Ask The Expert: Part of the great Reference Desk site
Barbara's News Researchers Resources: Fine package of research tools
Bartlett's: Someone said it more brilliantly, just look it up
Basic Math: It might be embarrassing to consult, but writers are not always numerate
Biographies: Strong reference tool on lives lived and living
Britannica Online: The definitive work of the Encyclopedia Britannica online
Business Sources: A Canadian government service to link you to business experts
Canada 411: Save your 75 cents
Canadian Almanac's Canadian Index: Nothing more need be said
CanLaw: A solid reference tool to find Canadian legal information
CIA Worldbook: Intelligence on the world from the world's best intelligence gatherers
Corporate Investigative Services: Online retrieval service for industrial records
EHow: A sharp service on how-to-do
Electronic Documents: A massive index to electronic documents, journals and records online
Elements of Style: Strunk's definitive guide to writing and editing, still vital after all these years
Encyberpedia: A fine desktop resource
Encyclopedia Mythica: Great resource on mythology and folklore
Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Outstanding resource from the institute
EncycloZine.com: A new but sturdy reference work
Experts: A solid online source of smart, accessible folks
Experts, Authorities and Specialists: Great advice on the wiseacres from Yearbooknews.com
FACSNET: Highly recommended research device for journalists
Fact Books and Reference Books: The title says it all
FedStats: U.S. federal data galore
FedWorld: Access to U.S. government data galore
Finding Data Online: Excellent resource for, as the title says, finding data online
Funk and Wagnalls: Just a few thousand reference points
Grammar Lady: Expert advice from a finicky grammar
History on the Net: Terrific helper on dates, places, names, context
How Stuff Works: Exactly as the title suggests
How2.com: New site on how to do things
Infoplease: Authoritative, accessible source for research
Infospace U.S. Phone Directory: Save your long-distance directory charges
International Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Outstanding reference guide to the thinkers
Internet Encyclopedia: A good reference a double-click away
Internet Thesaurus: When the appropriate bons mots won't manifest
Journalist's Resources: Carleton professor with a fine site of resources
Kennedy School of Government One-Stop Journalist's Stop: Need we say more?
Landings: Intriguing site about aircraft data
Law Experts: A good reference tool to find those in the know about law in Canada
Learning Network: An archival resource of the New York Times
Learn2.com:The utility of ability, it calls itself---better to just think of it as a place to learn
ListsNet: A good utility to find the mailing list you want
Lizst: The List of Lists: Find the discussion group you want in this list of lists
List of Lists II: A list of discussion groups and resources
MacroReference: An excellent, albeit cumbersome, encyclopedia
MapBlast: A fine resource of North American maps
MapMachine: Great maps from National Geographic
MapQuest: Some three million maps at your disposal. Surely you can't need more
Maps in the News: A great concept, well-executed, for journalists in a hurry
Martindale's Reference Desk: One of the original Internet heavyweights
Media Link: Experts, accessible by password, for journalists
National Archives and Records Administration: Huge resource of U.S. records online
National Security Archive: Substantial U.S. vault of data
Navigator: Fine resources from the New York Times
NewsMaps: A good service with maps in the news
One Look: An omnibus dictionary and search engine
Online English Grammar: Excellent advice on how to write and speak
ProfNet: A vital resource to find experts quickly
PubMed: Millions of medical and science abstracts online free
Ready Reference Sites: Nicely compiled list of Web and Net resources for research
Reference Desk: A terrific desktop whack of guides and definitive sources
Research Central: Startup: A good beginning to research on the Net
Research-It: A can-do site on finding the facts you need
Roget's Thesaurus: The word-chooser of choice
Sources: The definitive Canadian guide to contacts
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Great guide to the ideas and their creators
Statistics Canada Daily: The daily release of federal surveys
Stats: Provides some numerate advice to journalists on statistical stories
TerraServer: Large map site for downloading at a small fee
Thomas: The extraordinary resource from the Library of Congress
Dean Tudor's Megasources: A journalism professor who can't resist a good link
U.S. Phone Directory: Save your long distance charges
Webgator: Massive list of research resources
Webreference.com: A humungous site of references, dictionaries, and directories
World Datebook: A good resource to tell you when things happen where
World Leaders: One day you're in, next you're out, and someone has to keep track
World Political Database: Handy, comprehensive data on systems and machinations
World Telephone Directory: All-inclusive phone listing, searchable by country
WWWebster's Dictionary: WWWonderful for wwwords
Yearbook of Experts: A strong helping hand to find the person you need
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