Really Useful Reference Websites (January 2008)

I will be listing some of the most helpful and most interesting websites that I have found here. I realize that they aren’t new, but they are new to me and I thought I would share what I find. (I’ll probably post the quirky ones too!)

    1. American President – This is an excellent website provided by The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Actually, this is one portion of the website. I found this particularly interesting. It includes (obviously) information on each president, as well as essays on the presidents and their administrations.
    2. Download Time Calculator – calculates how long it will take a file of the size that you enter to download.
    3. Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) – this is a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. It gives victims of cyber crime an “easy to use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations.” They accept complaints from the victims themselves or from third parties.
    4. Info Please – this is a general website, with a large number of categories such as World & News, US, Government, Health and Science, and Homework. It has pages for almanacs, encyclopedias, dictionaries, black history, and the 2008 campaign. On the front page, it also has quizzes, a daily crossword, and other entertaining bits like trivia. There is also an “Editor’s Favorites” list to one side.
    5. WebMD – this is a very helpful site for information on various illnesses and medical information (though no substitute for actually talking to your doctor!). I found information on women’s health, men’s health, and of course, that of children. Also, it has information on various drugs, in case you want more information than that which your doctor provided. In addition, it has articles on healthy living. It too has a section on the 2008 election. There are also articles like “5 Easy Ways to Lose Weight“.
    6. Snopes – I cannot say often enough how helpful this site is. How often do you get an email from a friend, family member, or coworker that is excessively dramatic, claiming something new is causing cancer, that there is a new risk while driving if you are a woman, or about a “new” missing child? My family (in particular) does it to me all the time. Frequently, if you go to this site and search, you’ll discover that it is an urban legend. If something sounds too fantastic to be true (i.e., deodorant causing breast cancer), it frequently is a myth making the rounds.
    7. State and Local Government on the Net – this is a very helpful gathering of websites from all the US states and many local governments in one spot.
    8. School Matters – this is a service of Standard & Poor’s. You can see what others think of your child’s school, write a review, or compare schools.
    9. E How – how to do just about anything. Some articles are better and more helpful than others, but there are articles in one place on a wide range of subjects.
    10. Epicurious – a cooking site. It has articles, recipes, menus, and the like. It also has a food dictionary and a wine dictionary, which I found helpful. There are also technique videos to help those of us who aren’t as proficient as others!
    11. How Products are Made – this contains fairly in-depth articles on how things are made.
    12. CEO Express – this is a wonderful gathering of links to business magazines, news sources, office tools, travel sites, online TV news sources, and more. This is truly an amazing number of links in one place!
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