Monthly Archives: March 2008

When Wikipedia Won’t Cut It…

By Jessica Hupp

Although Wikipedia is a great place to find information, it’s
subject to incomplete citations, biased views, and inaccuracies. And
when you absolutely have to have undisputable facts, that’s just not
good enough. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives out there
that can deliver with high quality accuracy, and we’ve listed 25 of the
best here.

  1. Citizendium:
    This wiki focuses on credibility, using both the general public and
    credentialed experts. It works just like Wikipedia, but better.
  2. AmericanFactFinder: This database from the US Census Bureau is a great source for information on housing, economics, geography and population.
  3. The Linguist List: The Linguist List is home to a peer-reviewed database of language and language-family information.
  4. Intute: Created by a network of UK universities and partners, this database is full of evaluations from subject specialists.
  5. Classic Encyclopedia:
    This online encyclopedia is based on the 1911 11th edition of the
    Encyclopedia Brittannica. Although quite old, it offers an in-depth
    look on more than 40,000 items, and it’s widely considered to be the
    best encyclopedias ever written.
  6. Virtual Reference Shelf: This Library of Congress site offers a number of high quality selected web resources.
  7. MedBioWorld: Get professional medical and biotechnology information from this resource for journals, reference tools, databases, and more.
  8. Library Spot: Check out this site for libraries online, a reading room, reference desk, and more.
  9. researches politics and delivers the truth on candidates and more.
  10. iTools: Use iTools’ research tools to find facts and theories on just about any subject.
  11. Browse Topics: Maintained by professional librarians, this site links to Federal websites that offer facts.
  12. WWW Virtual Library: Created by Tim Berners-Lee, who also created HTML and the Web, this library uses experts to compile high quality information.
  13. Open Site: Open Site uses volunteer editors to offer a fair, impartial Internet encyclopedia.
  14. CredoReference:
    CredoReference aggregates content from some of the best publishers in
    reference, offering more than 3 million reference entries.
  15. Internet Public Library: In the Internet Public Library, you’ll find references for nearly every subject out there.
  16. Infoplease: Infoplease offers an entire suite of reference materials, including an atlas, dictionary, encyclopedia, and almanacs.
  17. STAT-USA/Internet: This service of the US Department of Commerce offers information on business, economics, trade, and more.
  18. Mathematica: Mathematica, the Wolfram Library Archive, offers research and information on math, science, and more.
  19. Refdesk:
    Refdesk calls itself the single best resource for facts, and it
    delivers. Visit this online reference desk to find facts in their
    tools, facts-at-a-glance, or facts search desk.
  20. AskOxford: This reference tool from Oxford University Press offers facts and tips on the English language and more.
  21. The Old Farmer’s Almanac: Whether you’re searching for weather, food, gardening, or beyond, you’ll find what you need in this online almanac.
  22. eXtension: The information you’ll find on eXtension is objective, research-based, and credible.
  23. FindLaw: This listing of legal resources makes it easy to find cases, codes, references, and much more.
  24. CIA Factbook: The CIA Factbook offers information on world countries and more.
  25. Martindale’s: The Reference Desk: Find reference material for nearly everything, from medicine to weather.

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Revolutionary War (1775-1783)


* American Revolution – Collection of articles about the American colonies and their struggle for independence from Great Britain.
* American Revolution – The Making of America and Her Independence – Guide to the American Revolution, covering its history and people as well as offering a collection of facts and resources, primary documents, and a forum for discussing the Revolutionary War and its legacy.
* American Revolution Digital Learning Project – Enter the world of the American Revolution by meeting the people who founded, witnessed, or opposed the birth of the United States. Showcases the collections of the New-York Historical Society, including newspapers, broadsides, diaries, letters, maps, and family papers.
* KSU Educational Technology Center: The American Revolution – Collection of educational resources about the American Revolution, including research sites, lesson plans, and online activities.
* Library of Congress: A Guide to the American Revolution, 1763-1783 – Digital research guide covering American Revolution resources on the Library of Congress website. Also offers links to external sites and a bibliography for both general and younger readers.
* Military History of the American Revolution – Overview of the military conflict between American colonists and the British Army during the American Revolutionary War. Also offers study questions and links to additional resources.
* Military Resources: American Revolution – NARA – Collection of Revolutionary War resources, including images and documents, as well as links to additional sites about the American Revolution. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
* Online Bookshelves: Revolutionary War – U.S. Army Center of Military History – Collection of full-text books on various battles and other military history of the American Revolution. From the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
* Wikipedia: American Revolution – Overview of the political and social developments of the American Revolution, including the origins and aftermath of the Revolutionary War, as well as a bibliography and links to other resources.
* Wikipedia: American Revolutionary War – Military history of the American Revolutionary War, covering its origins, its military actions, its international scope, and its historical assessment. Also offers further reading and links to other resources.

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Northern Light Search


Welcome to Northern Light Search which provides access to business and industry news from thousands of hand-selected business news sites, leading business publications, industry authority blogs, regional newspapers, and national news sources.

You can search, browse and analyze content, personalize the site, set search defaults, and create and subscribe to alerts.

Also, you can analyze your search results with the MI Analystâ„¢ feature that shows you what companies, markets, technologies, and business issues are reported on. Look to the left of each search result for a list of the items you can drill into.

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Welcome to the Friday Brainteaser from Credo Reference.


Double Acts

Many people, especially entertainers, work in pairs – whether they are comedians doing a double act, musicians performing as a duo, or writers collaborating with one another. Try to answer these questions about various kinds of double acts.

1. Which folk-rock duo had hits with “Mrs Robinson” (1968) and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)?

2. Two US cartoonists joined together to make animated cartoons like “Tom and Jerry”, “Yogi Bear” and “The Flintstones”. What was the name of their company?

3. Which composer collaborated with William Gilbert to write operettas including “HMS Pinafore” and “The Mikado”?

4. Which US comic actor worked in partnership with Dean Martin from 1946 to 1956, starring in such films as “Artists and Models” and “Hollywood or Bust”?

5. Which singing duo had their first hit in 1965 with “I Got You Babe”?

6. The Wright brothers were the first to fly in a heavier-than-air machine. What were their first names?

7. Two French scientists, husband and wife, discovered the elements of polonium and radium. What was their surname?

8. Two singing brothers named Don and Phil had such hits as “Bye Bye Love”, “Wake Up Little Susie” and “All I Have to Do is Dream”. What was the brothers’ surname?

9. Which comedy duo appeared in the films “The Music Box”, “Sons of the Desert” and “Way Out West”?

10. In the 1960s, singer Tony Martin formed a double act with his wife. Who was she?

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Arthur C. Clarke

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Dental Hygiene Pathfinder


Links to article databases, websites and books…let us know what you think!

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Punic Wars


* – Comprehensive web resource on the life of Hannibal Barca and the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage.
* First Punic War, 264-241 BC – Overview of the origins and outcomes of the war in which Carthage and Rome first conflicted with one another.
* Second Punic War: Battle of Cannae – Detailed description of the Battle of Cannae, the great battle in 216 BC when Hannibal’s Carthaginian army annihilated a Roman army.
* Summary of Silius Italicus’ Punica – Summary and poetic style of the epic poem Punica, composed by the 1st century poet Silius Italicus.
* Timeline Index: Punic War 1 – Describes the First Punic War from 264 to 241 BC and offers links to the second and third wars as well as biographies of Hannibal and Scipio Africanus.
* Wikipedia: Battle of Zama – User-written article about the Battle of Zama, fought in October, 202 BC, in which Publius Cornelius Scipio’s Roman army defeated the Carthaginian forces of Hannibal Barca, ending the Second Punic War.

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