Reference

word references | quotations | translators | grammar usage | fact sites | geographical maps | Arkansas’ public info | debunk | encyclopedias | biographical information | layout & design
Find or Call Folks

Pipl – The most comprehensive people search on the web

Info Space – a one-stop search of Google, Yahoo, bing, ask and Twitter

Any Who- Reverse search allows you to type in phone numbers and see who is listed

BigBook – includes Yellow Pages, People Pages and City Pages from SuperPages.com

Yahoo! People Search – formerly Four11 Directory Services

Hello Metro – Local Yellow Pages, city guides, zip codes; just choose your location

Internet Address Finder – search the White Pages and the Yellow Pages for snail-mail addresses

KudzuKat’s People Search – a convenient and consistent interface to the Internet’s best “people locators”

My Heritage

Ancestry.com – find heirs, death info

The Stalker’s Home Page – What could be more absurd than a home page for stalkers? Mourning the end of privacy.

Switchboard- one of the first phone searches, covering Yellow Pages, White Pages, etc.

The Ultimates – Index of Internet people searches, includes email search

US Search.com – a leading provider of people searches and background checks since 1994

White Pages – the “official” site with FREE people search

Who Where – Lycos’ premier search engine for people since 1996

Yell.com (UK) – Search engine for British businesses

Go Toll Free – The Internet 800 directory of Toll-Free phone numbers

Skype – Free calling via the Internet

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debunk

TruthOrFictionfounded by Rich Buhler, a broadcaster, speaker, author, broadcast journalist and producer who has researched and written about rumors and urban legends for more than 30 years.

Hoaxbusters – dedicated to busting the big Internet rumors, hosted by Jim & Elaine Graham of little web wagon, featured on the NBC Today Show.

PolitiFact – from the St. Petersburg Times and 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner.

FactCheck – A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center

Snopes – Urban Legends Reference Pages by Barbara and David P. Mikkelson, featured in Reader’s Digest

Reference Desk – Internet fact-checker

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Fact Sites

American FactFinder – data from latest U.S. Census

Zip Code Lookup – search by address, city or company from the U.S. Postal Service

Facts on File – award-winning news service and reference databases

EuroDocs – Selected Transcriptions, Facsimiles and Translations for European history

Online Atlas of the Millennium Development Goals – from the World Bank, challenging poor countries to commit to poverty reduction and challenging wealthy countries to keep promises to support economic and social development

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Vital Records – a comprehensive resource for locating birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses and more

Earth Calendar – daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world

Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body (1918) – 1,247 vibrant engravings from the classic publication

Robert’s Rules of Order (1915) – the orderly rule of reason in deliberative societies

Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home (1922) — Emily Post provides thousands of tips on correspondence, wedding planning, party giving and conduct in every public or private setting.

Basic Facts about Trademarks – from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Internet Traffic Report – monitoring the flow of data around the world

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Arkansas’ Public Information

ARElections – 2008 results from every county in the state

Arkansas Voting Information – how, when and where to register to vote

ARCountyData – research property sales histories, commercial and residential building descriptions, and legal descriptions

actDataScout – FREE property records from Arkansas county assessors

Courts Online – guide to Circuit, District and City courts

Inmate Population Information – check the Arkansas Department of Corrections

Sex Offender Registry – maintained by the Arkansas Crime Information Center

Find a Lawyer – service provided by the Arkansas Bar Association

Catalog of Arkansas Resources and Archival Treasures – search county records from 1797-1950

Delta Regional Authority – federal partnerships to improve the Delta economy

Pulaski County – FREE Public Records directory

Drew County QuickFacts – compiled by U.S. Census Bureau

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Geography

The World Factbook –  U.S. Government’s geographical handbook that tracks demographics as well as political, economical and geographical data

Rand McNally – driving directions and travel store from the company with the best road atlases since 1856.

Google Earth – virtual globe, map and geographic information program

MapQuest – driving directions, mapping applications

MapBlast! – Microsoft’s answer to MapQuest

Maps On Us — maps, routes and Yellow Pages service

National Traffic and Road Closure Information – from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation

National Atlas of United States of America – map maker for agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, history, people, transportation and water

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Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection – from the University of Texas at Austin, featuring World City Maps from 1977-1999

Maps, Atlases and Gazetteers – Historical maps from Ancestry.com to help with genealogy

Rare Maps – more than 800 historic maps spanning nearly 500 years from the University of Georgia’s Hargrett Library

Map Centre – from ReliefWeb, featuring countries and emergencies around the world

Maps, Global Maps, World Maps – from National Geographic, featuring the MapMachine and the NG Maps Print Collection

Earth View – satellite data provided by The Living Earth

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Biographical info

The Nobel Prize Internet Archive – information on all winners in all categories

Pulitzer Prizes – honoring excellence in journalism and the arts since 1917

Who’s Who In America – offering biographies of leaders and achievers since 1899

Dead People Server – Dead celebrities, dead people and other interesting passings

The Baseball Archive – history of the game, teams, post-seasons, leagues and All-Star Game

Biographical Dictionary – Wikipedia-type system established in 1997

Style

Style Guide – Proofreader’s and Editor’s Symbols

AP Stylebook – get online access or the current edition of “The Journalist’s Bible”

The Elements of Style (1918) — Strunk knew you must know the rules before you can break them

Radio National Style Guide — Use ABC’s guide if you find yourself at a radio station with no style guide

Turabian/Chicago Style – Citation guide from the University of Chicago Press

APA Style – official site of the American Psychological Association’s style for writing and publishing in the Social Sciences

MLA Style – Modern Language Association’s documentation, widely used in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature

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Public Relations Style – from the University of Kentucky

Guide to Citation Styles – An overview of multiple citation styles from Heritage College

Research and Documentation Online — by Diana Hacker with research sources by Barbara Fister of Gustavus Adolphus College

Writer’s Handbook – Major documentation styles from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writing Center, including the American Political Science Association and the Council of Biology Editors

Bleacher Report – Web writer tutorial and Style Guide, including traffic-generating headlines.

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Grammar

Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation — short, easily remembered tips and quizzes for basic grammar and punctuation questions

Common Errors in English Usage –  compiled by Paul Brians, Washington State University’s Emeritus Professor of English

H.L. Mencken’s “The American Language” (1921) – An inquiry into the development of English in the United States

Guide to Grammar and Writing – dedicated to the memory of Dr. Charles Darling

Guide to Grammar and Style – by Jack Lynch, Associate Professor in the English department of Rutgers University’s Newark campus

Language Corner — The Columbia Journalism Review‘s regular column on usage

Daily Grammar – the brainchild of Pete Peterson, former Executive Vice President of Word Perfect

Deadwood Phrases – listing phrases to avoid at all costs

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Word Reference

Merriam-Webster Language Center — Links to dictionary, thesaurus and unabridged dictionary. Check the Word of the Day to improve vocabulary.

YourDictionary.com – exclusive Webster’s New World College Dictionary definitions featuring the Endangered Language Repository, which highlights worldwide efforts to slow the loss of endangered languages

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

American Heritage Spanish Dictionary: Spanish/English

LOGOS Multilingual Dictionary – features 251 languages and is committed to preserve languages in danger of extinction

The Free Dictionary by Farlex – Also includes thesaurus, medical dictionary, legal dictionary, financial dictionary, acronyms, idioms, encyclopedia and Wikipedia encyclopedia

Cambridge Dictionaries Online – from Cambridge University Press

Oxford English Dictionary – The definitive dictionary of the English language

Online Crossword Dictionary – search for solutions by either clue or pattern

Clever Keys – free downloadable software provides instant access to Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com, Reference.com and more from your desktop

Thesaurus.com – Roget’s Thesaurus alphabetical index

Roget’s International Thesaurus of English Words – C.O. Sylvester Mawson’s 1922 edition

Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus – Find synonyms with hyperlinked index

Acronym database – not appropriate for all audiences

WordNet – lexical database of English, developed under the direction of George A. Miller at Princeton University

i-tools – One-stop for dictionaries, grammar aids, libraries, telephone and shipping references, translators, stocks and financial data … and more!

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Encyclopedias

Wikipedia – updated by the masses

Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture – a definitive, comprehensive and accurate record of the 25th state from the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Columbia’s Encyclopedia — 50,000 entries and more than 84,000 hypertext cross-references from the Columbia University Press

Encyclopedia Britannica – leading provider of learning and knowledge products

Reference.com – an Ask.com service

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Layout & Design
Henniger’s Helpful Hint – check once a week for FREE suggestions, or submit your publication for a FREE redesign.

Ron Reason News Design – The Web’s first and longest-standing site for news design ideas and advice since 1997

Web Style Guide, 3rd EditionBasic design principles for creating Web sites

Appropriate Design – from Thom Lieb’s “Editing for the Web”

10 Universal Newspaper Design Myths, Debunked – from the Poynter Institute

Photoshop Text Tool – from the Web Developer’s Virtual Library

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Translators

LOGOS Multilingual Translation Portal – enables clients to develop, release, manage and maintain content, technology, products and services worldwide

Babelfish – text translation and Web page translation

foreign–language–translations – your source for translation services

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Quotations

Wikiquote – updated by the masses

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations (1919) – passages, phrases and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature

Respectfully Quoted: A dictionary of Quotations (1989) – forming the constellation of collected wisdom in American political debate

The Quotations Page – claims to be the oldest on the Web, hosts over 26,000 quotations online from over 3,100 authors

Columbia World of Quotations – over 65,000 literary and pop-culture quotations

Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898) – giving the derivation, source or origin of common phrases, allusions and words having a tale to tell

Phrase Finder – Dictionary of English sayings, idioms and clichés, with information about each phrase’s meanings and origins.

Aaron Fuegi’s Fortunes page – Quotes from the Fortune program

BrainyQuote – features quotation trivia quiz

QuoteLand – Quotations on every topic, by every author, and in every fashion possible; features user ratings and quotes for special occasions

QuoteWorld – over 15,000 quotations and famous quotes

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