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Miscellaneous Sites of Interest:

  • AARP American Association of Retired Persons (SR)
  • Adherents.com This site has statistics on religion. Find out how many people belong to any religion, for example.
  • Awards and Honors  the Web's first  and only awards portal, provides you with everything you could possibly want to   know about hundreds upon hundreds of key awards and honors.
  • The Definitive Guide to Self-Empowered Adoptee Search help for starting to search for birth parents. (LII)
  • a.k.a. (Also Known As) Lists of author aliases. (LII)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans an organization of retirees who are committed to activism and want to influence the policies of government that affect all older Americans. (LII)
  • AskART a database about American artists spanning the 16th to the 21st centuries. (RB)
  • A Simple Book Repair Manual [Quicktime]. Created by the Dartmouth College Library Preservation Services.
  • The Old Car Manual Project a collection of manuals, brochures, and even some advertisements for old cars. (RB)
  • Census Find out what city or county a street address is in... click on Geographies, then address
  • Ask Numbers.com lots of conversions.
  • MegaConverter Billed as The Web's (and the Universe's) Best Place to Figure What Equals What.
  • Online Conversion Convert your age into dog years, or miles into kilometers, or anything else you can think of, at this site.
  • Copyright Search -- LOC (SR)
  • Article on Finding Copyright and Trademark for Free The article is divided up into three sections: Copyright Research, Trademark Research, and When To Use Commercial Research Services. Not a huge article but plenty of pointers to resources and some searching tips. (RB)
  • Dead People Server Find out if someone (celebrity) is dead or not. (RB)
  • Directory of Abbreviations searchable. (RB)
  • Curious Dreamer a search engine/dictionary dedicated to dream images (RB)
  • E Podunk Looking for information on small towns and cities in the US? Look no further. (LII)
  • Easter Eggs special features or surprises hidden inside computer software. (RB)
  • Emily Post Etiquette's home on the web.  Etiquette and everyday manners.
  • Mechanical Engineering Calculations A website which offers on-line computing in mechanical engineering and related disciplines.
  • Everyday Mysteries Did you ever wonder why cats purr? Or why a camel has a hump? Can you really tell the weather by listening to the chirp of a cricket? Or why our joints make popping sounds? These questions deal with everyday phenomena that we often take for granted, but each can be explained scientifically. Everyday Mysteries will help you get the answers to these and many other of life's most interesting questions through scientific inquiry. In addition, we will introduce you to the Library of Congress' rich collections in science and technology. All of the questions presented on this Web site were asked by researchers and answered by librarians from the Library's Science Reference Services. Source: USA Today Hot Site, Feb. 13, 2006. (RT)
  • Get a Human how to get through the phone maze to get an actual human.
  • Greatest Films
  • Heraldry, Coats of Arm, and Family Crests A listing, maintained by About.com of links to heraldy, coats of arm, and family crests.
  • Leap Year easy-to-understand scientific background information on the concept of a leap year. (LII)
  • Find Law Guide to Internet legal resources.
  • Flag protocol
  • Foundations On-Line: A Directory of Charitable Grantmakers. Coporate, private, and community foundations. (LII)
  • GasBuddy.com GasBuddy.com can help you find cheap gas prices in your city. It is a network of [over] 180 gas price information web sites that helps you find low gasoline prices. Search for prices by ZIP code. Information is member-supplied. Registration (free) required to post gas prices on most of the gas sites or to create a fuel log for tracking your expenses. Includes tips for conserving gas, links to news stories, and other resources. (LII)
  • Guinness World Records
  • The History of Eating Utensils learn all about how eating utensils have evolved. (SR)
  • How Everyday Things Are Made shows how 40 different products are made and includes almost 4 hours of video. (BWN)
  • How Stuff Works really cool newsletter that explains how things work. (BWN)
  • How To Wiki Hosted by Wired.com.  How to do almost anything.
  • Ian's Shoelace Site everything you always wanted to know about shoelaces, including different ways to tie them. (SR)
  • Idiom Site want to know what a phrase means? Try here.
  • Ibiblio Operating under the motto of Trust Us, ibiblio is a collaboration of the School of Information and Library Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Ibiblio is billed as one of the largest collections of collections on the Internet, as it contains links to sites that deal with arts and recreation, geography, history, natural science, and philosophy, along with other subjects. First-time visitors can look over their FAQ section, read their collection policy, and then take a look at their Recent Additions area. Moving on, visitors can also look at their collection criteria, and even submit a collection for their consideration. Along with their very impressive collections, they also have a wide range of RSS feeds which users can sign up for. (SR)
  • Internet Public Library.
  • The Invisible Web an explanation of what the Invisible Web is and how to find things.
  • Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI) [.pdf] the JSRI is committed to the generation, transmission, and application of knowledge to serve the needs of Latino communities in the Midwest.
  • LLRX Research Guide this guide answers common (legal) research questions that one might have while using the 'net.
  • Legal Forms
  • Life Quotes
  • LiveRef(sm): A Registry of Real-Time Digital Reference Services. (SR)
  • Looks too good to be true This website was developed to arm you with information so you don’t fall victim to (...) Internet scam artists. Education, good judgment, and a healthy dose of skepticism are the best defenses against becoming a victim. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is! (RT)
  • SafeManuals They have copies of something over 800,000 user manuals online, covering the range from 3Com to Zyxel. You can search by model number or drill down starting with the manufacturer name (I’ve found going via manufacturer to be more reliable than their search, though). You can preview online and then download the entire manual as a PDF. They’ve saved me from tech support hassles more than once. (WWD)
  • Marxists Internet Archive The Marxists Internet Archive is an extensive collection of Marxist material, compiled and distributed completely by volunteers.
  • Free Medical Journals.com This new metasite, Free Medical Journals.com, has organized the growing list of online medical publications into the following categories: free full text, free one to six months after publication, free one year after publication, free two years after publication, new, and cancelled. (SR)
  • Michigan Electronic Library First choice for a wide range of information.
  • Monkey See Online instructional videos on just about anything. (RB)
  • Names...Behind The Name learn what names mean, features names in many different languages. (RB)
  • National Center for Charitable Statistics
  • University of Virginia Health System: Division of Perceptual Studies Website for this academic department dedicated to the use of scientific methodology in [the] investigation of a wide range of paranormal phenomena, such as apparitions, near-death experiences, and out-of-body experiences. Includes definitions of some types of paranormal phenomena, advice to parents of children who claim to remember past lives, concerns about hypnotic regression to previous lives, a discussion about careers in parapsychology, and related material. From the University of Virginia Health System. (LII)
  • Places Named is a search engine for place names that also incorporates information about last names in the United States. (RB)
  • Prisoner search sites : listed by State
  • Public Records this site lists many free searchable record databases.
  • Quotable Women: An Archive of Memorable Quotes by Women lots of quotes from women. (LII)
  • Quoteland search out a quotation by topic or author; or, a literary, special, or random quotation.
  • Wikiquote A free online compendium of quotations from notable people and creative works in every language, including sources (where known), translations of non-English quotes, and links to Wikipedia for further information. (IRN)
  • Racial Profiling in America -- ACLU. Includes Driving While Black.
  • The Reference Desk from Martindale. Lots of answers to lots of questions. (RB)
  • Resume Writing Guide
  • AARP: Reverse Mortgages This site dedicated to providing information about reverse mortgages includes a reverse mortgage calculator, basic information about reverse mortgages, alternatives to reverse mortgages, the booklet Home Made Money: A Consumers Guide to Reverse Mortgages, and more. From AARP. (LII)
  • Reverse Mortgages Clear, unbiased information about reverse mortgages. Explains the role of life expectancy, provides documents analyzing lender performance, includes lists of counselors, and offers Q and A's. This site is provided by the National Center for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (NCHEC), a nonprofit organization with no ties to the reverse mortgage lending industry. (LII)
  • Rules Central find the rules to almost anything. (RB)
  • Rules of Thumb A rule of thumb is a homemade recipe for making a guess. It is an easy-to-remember guide that falls somewhere between a mathematical formula and a shot in the dark. This website tries to bring all the rules of thumbs together in a searchable database. (DS)
  • Serve.gov a government website managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Search for volunteer opportunities.
  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN) [.pdf] this site allows users to freely access thousands of abstracts and full-text research papers.
  • 50 States This is where to look for information about states.
  • State and County QuickFacts -- US Census
  • Stain Removal Scroll down to the bottom of the page and choose I want to...remove a stain.
  • Writing Guides guides to writing all sorts of different documents.
  • The United States Military Rank Insignia Examples of current enlisted and officer insignia used in the United States Armed Forces. (LII)
  • Record Setter World Records look for all sorts of records here.
  • Virtual Facts on File
  • Virtual Reference Library (VRL) from the Toronto Public Library.
  • Vote Smart
  • Who's Alive and Who's Dead The purpose is to list people whose vital status may be unknown by and of interest to the average person. (LII)
  • Word Count a listing of the 86,800 most used words in the English language. It can be searched by word (to find the rank), or by rank.
  • Zip Codes