General ReferenceUp one level
These are meta-sites; collections of sites evaluated by librarians and others.
- Bartleby Reference
- Previously known as Project Bartleby from Columbia University, this site has full-text copies of many of the greatest Reference classics like: Strunk's Element of Style, Gray's Anatomy, Emily Post's Etiqutte, Fanny Farmer Cookbook, Bulfinch's Mythology, Robert's Rules, King James Bible, all of Shakespeare's works, and great orations of history.
- BUBL LINK
- This British entry has been around a long time and is highly respected by librarians. Its selections have both a Brit and an International flavour that can be useful. Covers reference sources and all academic areas.
- Catholic Encyclopedia
- "Designed to present its readers with the full body of Catholic teaching." Use search box or the alphabetical browse bar at the top.
- Information Please has been providing authoritative answers to all kinds of factual questions since 1938...Many things have changed since 1938, but not our dedication to providing reliable information, in a way that engages and entertains.
- A unique Web resource featuring well-organized access to important university level research and educational tools on the Internet.
- Internet Public Library
- A good strong list of websites with dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, style guides, quotations. See also specialized collections managed and expanded by University of Michigan faculty and library students. Or ask your question of a librarian via email-http://www.ipl.org/div/askus/
- Library Spot
- A free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses and just about anyone exploring the Web for valuable research information.
- Librarians' Index to the Internet
- The mission of Librarians' Index to the Internet is to provide a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected Internet resources, serving California, the nation, and the world. Sites reviewed and selected by libraries and librarians from California and Washington (state).
- Open Directory Project
- The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors." Sign up to be an editor of a webpage on your specialty. I like it because it indicates how many sources are available under the subheadings saving me evaluation time. Lists are then alphabetical.
- Index of Internet resources. Links to the major subject gateways.
- Messy, but possibly useful. Has lots of links to oddball websites like "Pun of the Day." "Refdesk is only about indexing quality Internet sites and assisting visitors in navigating these sites. At Refdesk that is all that counts and that is all that will ever count. Since 1995, Refdesk free and family friendly. Avaritia facit Bardus - Greed makes you stupid."
- Reference at your Desk
Archives Library Information Center
A mixture of reference and other sites designed to provide quick access to the type of ready-reference tools needed by archivists and records managers. We hope that organizing access to these reference tools will assist you in your archival work.
- Virtual Reference Shelf
- The Library of Congresses entry into the Reference wars. Also check out their Alcove 9 [http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/main/alcove9/] "The Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress has eight alcoves. This ninth "virtual alcove" is a collection of websites selected and annotated by Humanities and Social Sciences Division subject specialists."
- Wikipedia is a free content encyclopedia being written collaboratively by contributors from around the world. The site is a wiki, which means that anyone can edit articles, simply by clicking on the edit this page link that appears at the top of each page...