December 2012 Archives

Science Resources

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NASA AND ASTRONOMY

NASA

NASA: The Space Shuttle
History of the shuttle flights.

NASA Earth Image Database
Thousands of pictures of earth and other research materials.

NASA Images Library

Space.com
Great research and interactive tools.

NASA: Space Shuttle and International Space Station

Spaceday.com

SpaceWeather.com
Tracks solar wind, meteors, planet temps, etc.

Space Station Page

Astronomy.com

SpaceBusiness.com
Links to several industry sites.

Accuweather.com: Astronomy Center

NASA Watch
Track articles that criticize NASA.

Apollo 11 Image Library

NASA: Apollo 11

NASA Histories

NASA: History of Missions

NASA Apollo Gallery

We Choose the Moon
Cool Flash animation of the Apollo 11 mission. Includes a desktop tracker.

NASA Restored Footage of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

CNN: Apollo 11 at 30

Space.com: The Story of Apollo 11

PBS Nova: To the Moon

Charles Apple: History of Apollo 11 Photos
Dispels many rumors of who's in the shots and who shot them. Includes some info. on retouched photos.

Newseum: Dateline Moon

Poynter: History of U.S. Space Flight Links and Bibliography

NASA: Columbia Accident Investigation Board
Regular updates on the findings of the shuttle crash.

The Center for Orbital and Re-entry Debris Studies

Space Shuttle: Thermal Stress
A 1987 .PDF report about thermal stress on the orbiter upon re-entry.

The Hubble Site
Space research and astronomy galore. Includes the telescope, education/museums, reference desk, photo galleries and more.

Shuttle Independent Assessment Team(SIAT)Report, 2000 (.PDF file)

CNN:Shuttle Independent Assessment Team

CNN: NASA Summary of Shuttle Independent Assessment Team(SIAT)Report

IRE: Federal Contractors/Space Shuttle Database

NASA: STS 107 Press Kit
157 pages of .pdf.

NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia: Quick Facts and Issues for Congress
Six pages in .PDF format.

CRS Issue Brief: Space Launch Vehicles: Government Activities, Commercial Competition, and Satellite Exports
Twenty pages in .PDF format.

CRS Issue Brief: Space Stations
Twenty pages in .PDF format.

NASA: International Space Station

Space.com: Photos and Background of Columbia Crew
Interviews with each crew member while they were in space on this mission.

SAJA: Bio of Astronaut Kalpana C. Chawla
A detailed biography and links to stories about her.

NASA: STS-107 Overview, Bios

NASA: STS-107 Media Archive (Photos)

Air&Space Magazine
Smithsonian online magazine includes History of Flight, Flight Today, Military Aviaton and Space Exploration.

NASA: Shuttle Photo Archive

The Guardian: The History of Science

Social Media Tips for Scientists, Science Writers
From Chemical Almanac site.

Huffington Post: Tau Ceti Habitable Planet

NASA: STS-107 Research Mission

Columbia Missions (with STS-107)

Google: Columbia Shuttle Links

NASA Shuttle Press Kit on STS 107
In .PDF format.

A Primer for Journalists Covering Space
An excellent master's thesis full of tips and ideas.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Goddard Space Flight Center (Maryland)

Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, Ala.)

Howstuffworks: How Space Shuttles Work

Google Search on Shuttle Re-Entry

Houston Chronicle: .PDFs Shuttle Coverage
Every page of the Chronicle's Shuttle disaster coverage, from Saturday's Extra edition through today (Wednesday).

NASA: Space Shuttle Mission Basics

George Washington University: Space Policy Institute
Benefits of space research, satellites, etc.

Presidential Commission Report on Space Shuttle Challenger Accident
Rogers Commission Report - not all parts are online at this location.

NASA Space Shuttle Challenger: Observations on the Reliability of the Shuttle
A part of the Rogers Commission Report.

Houston Chronicle Space Page
In-depth coverage of the explosion.

IRE Space Shuttle Disaster Resources
There are at least 13 stories in our Resource Center about the Space Shuttle that might be of assistance.

Orlando Sentinel Coverage of Columbia

MSNBC: Space Shuttle Timeline 1981-2002

Google Moon
Use the image map to track past Apollo missions and zoom in on various areas.

Google Earth
Free site that allows you to zoom in on your address/zip code from a satellite image.

PhysLink Astronomy and Physics Online

WikiSky
Images of galaxies, comets, etc.

Astrophysics Data System
NASA-funded site at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics features scientific explanations of astronomy.

Sloan Digital Sky Survey
High-resolution images of the night sky.

CyberJournalist.net: Sites Covering the Columbia
A gallery of cover snapshots from a sampling of sites and analysis of the effectiveness of their approach.

National Academy of Sciences
Links to publications, news and other resources.

Astronomical Almanac

International Dark Sky Association

NASA Space Shuttle Challenger: Federation of American Scientists
A part of the Rogers Commission Report.

NASA: Space Shuttle Annotated Bibliography
Chapter 7.

Google: Challenger Accident Links

Yahoo!: Challenger Accident Links

Fear of Physics
Covers fundamentals, teaching resources.

National Center for Atmospheric Research: Radar Loops
Shows debris trail from shuttle.

Fragile Oasis
A space blog about how to improve the environment on Earth.

CBS News: Stats on Space Fatalities
Features many key stats.

SpaceFlightNow: Radar Images
Radar image of debris field and links to data on mission.

YouTube Evolution Documentary Channel
Documentaries galore from dozens of science TV channels.

ScienceDebate
People ask candidates questions about their stand on specific science-related issues.

The Food and Environment Reporting Network
Claims to be an independent, non-profit news organization that does investigative work on agriculture, environmental health and food.

Sky High Pix
NASA's Remote Sensing Tutorial offers a big collection of overhead shots across the country.

Science@NASA

Space.com
Great research and interactive tools.

NASA: Space Shuttle and International Space Station

American Meteor Society

Space Station Page

Vanderbilt Space & Science Exploration Site

Stardate.org
McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas offers stargazing tools, moon calculator, search and other resources.

Vanderbilt Space & Science Exploration Site

Hubble Space Telescope
The official website.

Sky High Pix
NASA's Remote Sensing Tutorial offers a big collection of overhead shots across the country.

Science@NASA

Earth Observatory
These satellite images allow you to see things such as bush fires in southeastern Australia and air pollution over China.

Windows on the Universe: Astronomy

Harvard's Interactive Observatory

NASA's Earth Observatory

NASA Jet Propulsion Lab

Thinkquest.com

Sciencemaster: Space and Astronomy

CNN.com's Space Page

Hubble Telescope Press Releases and Images

USA Today: Solar Storms
Origins of solar wind, etc.

Exploratorium.edu
This online museum features a collection of more than 600 innovative, interactive exhibits about science, nature, art, technology, etc.

ScopeReviews.com: Basics of Telescopes

Heavens Above
A very cool site. Register and identify your location, and the site tells you when to look in the sky for satellites, space station or shuttle.

Franklin Institute Inquirer's Guide to the Universe

Check Your Weight on Other Planets

Space Station Tracker

The Center for Science in the Public Interest
Articles, studies, news releases, safety tips.

Florida Today Space Section

Marshall Center Newsroom
The official Newsroom for Marshall Space Flight Center.

Space Station Science Operations News
The latest news about Space Station Science Operations, managed by the Marshall Center.

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory News
NASA's official site for news and photos on the latest discoveries by the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Sky & Telescope
This site offers a simulated view of the nighttime sky from anyplace on earth.

Stardate.org
A top-notch astronomy site.

NPR: Science Friday

WorldWideScience: The Global Science Gateway
Science portal and databases.

Library of Congress: e-Science Tracer Bullets
Designed to put the reader on target as far as science research and reference. Common terminology includes cyberinfrastructure, grids, grid computing, distributed networks, and high performance computing.

USGS: World's Earthquakes Ranked by Magnitude
Great quick reference for breaking news reporting on earthquakes.

Kilauea Volcano Eruption

NY Times: Dangers of Aging Dams, Flooding

PopSci
Pop culture meets science. Many cool trend story ideas here. Some fact-checking help, too.

Out of Context Science
Great reference site that puts science information in context.

YouTube: Planet Earth

RAND Corporation Science and Technology Research
Federally funded documents center has a variety of links, reports and resources on science and technology issues.

The Ethics of Online Science Journalism
This article that claims journalists in the United States do not discuss the same types of things when discussing ethics. Values outlined in professional association codes of ethics are addressed but social and ethical factors are not.

Space Calendar

Digital Globe.com

SpaceMediaInc.com
A great Flash presentation of space exploration.

U.K. National Archives: UFO Files
Documents and research on whether UFOs exist.

Lunar Journals
Read nearly all of the audio transcripts from the Apollo moon missions, as well as images and backgrounders on each.

StarsAcademy.com
Educational space site.

NOAA Photo Library
Shots from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration personnel.

Powers of 10
Interactive site explains the universe and interrelationships.

Mars Odyssey Image

100 Useful Search Engines for Science
A great quick-reference site if you're looking for a specific topic.

Space Media Inc.'s Movies in Orbit

Astronautix Soviet Space History
Dozens of links to background, chronology and more.

Virtual Space Museum
History, canceled projects, etc.

University of Iowa: Space Audio

To The Moon
Apollo astronauts on the moon's surface provide 360-degree panoramas at this companion site to the PBS special that chronicles the untold science and engineering story of how they got there. (QuickTime plug-in required.)

U.S. Naval Observatory
Sun and moon data by year (from 1700 to 2100).

NASA: Apollo 8 Spaceflight Anniversary

Chicago Tribune: Apollo 8 Revisited

Smithsonian: The Apollo 8 Mission
Images, audio/video, facts, crew and mission summary.

Exploring the Moon: Apollo 8 Mission Quick Facts
Images, audio/video, facts, crew and mission summary.

Apollo 8 Video Search
YouTube video, images, etc.



SCIENCE NEWS SITES

Newswise
News releases from medical and science research.

Space.com: Leonid Meteor Showers

Stanford University's Highwire Press
Links to databases of 150,000 articles from medical and scientific journals. Many full text articles are free.

The Scientist
A bi-weekly magazine for life scientists. In addition to bi-weekly print content (free with registration), the site also features a daily news service in which users can get a daily e-mail digest.

NewScientist.com
Health, environment, etc. Includes articles, research, statistics, podcasts and more.

Physical Sciences Information Gateway
Launched on Sept. 17, 2001, PSIgate is the physical sciences hub for the UK's Resource Discovery Network (RDN). From this page, users can search the PSIgate database, search an expanded catalog (PSIgate+) generated by harvesting pages from the PSIgate database, or search across RDN databases. Returns include resources focused on astronomy, chemistry, earth sciences, physics, history of science, and more.

Climate Central
The site describes itself as "an independent, non-profit journalism and research organization...helping mainstream Americans understand how climate change connects to them."

Popular Science: How It Works Throughout History in Pictures

PBS Bloodlines
This is an independent discussion site that accompanies the show about how conflicts at the intersection of science and the courts are defining the ways Americans will deal with the ethical, legal and social dilemmas created by new life technologies. The official site for the show is at PBS.org

The Why Files
From the National Science Foundation, this site looks at the science, math and technology questions behind the news.

Open Access Eprint Archives in Science, Technology and Medicine
Research and reports on hundreds of topics.

National Academy of Sciences: U.S. Earthquake Resilience Needs Strengthening

Library of Congress: Science Reference Services

Symphony of Science
Science explained in music. Cool site.

Harvard's Research Matters Site
It is a portal to news articles about research. Right now there are about 214 articles in it and it will grow weekly. It's contents span the range of research fields, from the humanities to social science to science to technology to medicine.

National Science Foundation News Page
Links to a digest, publications, legislative affairs and more.

ScienceNOW News Headlines

Science News
One of the first and most reliable science news sites on the Web.

Artigen Science News
A great search engine with regular news updates.

WeeklyScientist.com

CNN.com's Science Tech Page

Bad Science

Google's Science News Directory

E!Science News
Aggregated news on science news and sources.

SciCentral
Provides links to the best science news in a variety of topic areas. It is an ideal site for a journalist seeking story ideas.

Skeptical Science: The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism

Art & Science Journal

Cyanova Science News
An easy-to-use table of science news stories.

Stem Cell Research Archive
A great collection of stories from the Washington Post.

National Council for Science and Environment

EurekAlert: Science Dictionaries and Glossaries

Cal Berkeley Lab Library

Environmental Information Resources

USC GIS Research Laboratory

Exploratorium
A site run by the Museum of Science, Art and Perception offers webcasts, a science news wire, a digital library and cool studies and presentations.

SelectSurf Science-Technology Links
Links to several great science sites.

Fagan Finder: Science Resources

Inside Science News Service
This site from the American Institute of Physics publicizes science stories that may have been missed by the general press. All of the material in the "Stories" section is original reporting that is available for journalists to use as source material. The "links" section has stories from elsewhere that may be of interest to journalists.

Discovery: Science Channel

ScienceNewsforKids.org

Center for Science in the Public Interest
Newsletters, studies and more.

Fusion Power
A British research site on a new type of energy that could make oil obsolete.


LOCATE RESEARCH/ORGANIZATIONS/EXPERTS/AGENCIES

Community of Science
Search a free database of science experts.

The Greatest Women in Science History
Highlights many of the greatest women pioneers in science history with in-depth information and resources.

Media Resource Service
Search a database of reputable sources on science info. from the Scientific Research Society.

American Association for the Advancement of Science

WebElements.com
From Cyberjournalist.net: The WebElements interactive periodic table allows you to click on any of the elements to get in-depth information. The information includes not just detailed descriptions and specifications of all the elements, but an audio clip describing the element, photos of the elements, and video clips in some cases. The site also includes a printable periodic table and a version for Palm Pilots.

The Office of Naval Research
This office manages the science and technology programs for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

Science Centric
Information source for natural sciences and technology, and breaking news. The site is searchable, and browsable by disciplines, videos, editorials, art and style.

PhysicsToday.org

U.S. Government Publication Digitization Projects: Science and Math
Thousands of documents dating back decades.

Boing Boing: How To Read Science News

U.S. Government Publication Digitization Projects: Science and Technology
Thousands of documents and technical reports dating back decades.

True Cost Clearinghouse
Tips From the Science & Environmental Health Network, this site links to dozens of stories, policies and research on a variety of issues.

The American Institute of Physics: History of Global Warming

Small Science Collective: Mini-zines

MDTV Medical News Now Inc.
A New Jersey-based organization that presents a television medical news program that airs on cable in about 20 states.

Access Research Network
A great science and design portal.

SciTopics
Research summaries by science experts.

Center for Science in the Public Interest
A consumer-watchdog group in Washington.

Genomic Glossaries and Taxonomies
Biotechnology & pharmaceutical terms (& definitions) not found in most dictionaries. About 3,500 + definitions for applications, biochemistry, bioinformatics, cheminformatics, drug discovery and development, genomics, molecular biology, proteomics (and beyond), tools and technologies.

Best Science Photos of 2011

National Science Foundation

ActionBioScience.org: Ethics on Human Cloning

National Academy of Sciences

The Federation of American Scientists


INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE SITES

Journalism UK Science and Environment Page
Dozens of links to issues in Great Britian.

Megastories
Find cool global news pieces.

PSCI
This Web site is a gateway to high-quality Internet resources on science communication and public engagement with science.

European Science Links
It's somewhat limited compared to the Journalists Toolbox, but you can give it a try.

YouTube: Minute Physics Channel
Short videos of physics lessons.

Geo Currents
A map-illustrated forum dedicated to exploring global geography. Most posts link to current events, supplying historical background, spatial analysis, and political and intellectual context.

Europe's Science Media Center
Links to hundreds of research studies and stories.

American Math Society: What's New in Mathematics
Includes a 'Feature Column' monthly essays on mathematical topics), 'Math in the Media' (highlights of math news from science literature and the current media), 'Math Digest' (summaries of articles on mathematics), and the 'AMS Public Awareness Office'(press releases, contacts for journalists, and more).


MISCELLANEOUS SCIENCE SITES

Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

World Federation of Science Journalists

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Martindale's The Reference Desk
An extensive set of health science links.

100 Useful Search Engines for Science
A great quick-reference site if you're looking for a specific topic.

ZIP Code Zoo
From Neat New Stuff on the Web: This site helps you identify animals, plants, birds, butterflies and more in your area. Just type in your ZIP Code.

Eco-Labels.org
Resources that monitor a company's claim on a label. Also helps customers decipher what?s on a label. Very handy in covering consumer issues.

Online Science Museum
Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, England, has virtual exhibits on everything from aircraft and locomotives to photography and scientific instruments. You'll need a Shockwave plug-in to run it.

Biology Online
A comprehensive dictionary of biology facts contains links to related terms within its definitions. It also offers detailed tutorials on biology-related topics.

FuelCells.org
Answers basic questions about fuel cell technology and links to companies and universities doing research in that area.

Knight Science Journalism Tracker
Provides a broad sampling of the past day's science news and, where possible, of news releases or other news tips related to publication of science news in the general circulation news media. Posts are up by 2 p.m. Eastern time most weekdays.

WorldWideScience
A "Global Science Gateway" that features scientific databases and portals.

Popular Science Archives

Knight Center Beat Guide: Energy Resources

Science Blog
Science news straight from the source. The site provides helpful links to press releases from research organizations.

Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT

National UFO Reporting Center
Continuous reporting site since 1974. Double-check sourcing on anything pulled from this site.

USGS: Track Invasive Plant and Animal Species

BIOME
A British biosciences site.

InstantAnatomy.net
An anatomy education site.

Physics of Baseball Web Site
Links to academic research and studies about various aspects of baseball physics.

Baseball Research Center
Describes itself as the "Center of Excellence for the Science and Engineering of Baseball" for both experimental and analytical methods. The center focuses on baseball bat performance and durability, and the Center is the official certification center for all NCAA baseball bats and Major League Baseball bats.

Research Blogging
Bloggers about research in their fields, including neuroscience, anthropology, computer science, medicine, physics, etc. A good place to go for story ideas and finding expert sources.

Discovery News
Browse science news by category.

National Academies Press
More than 4,000 .pdf of science books and other research.

Center for Science in the Public Interest

U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library
More than 400,000 photographs taken during geologic studies of the United States, from 1868 to present. Search through earthquakes, volcanoes, state parks, etc.

MediaResource Linking Journalists and Scientists

Disaster Finder
Run by the NASA Solid Earth and Natural Hazards Program, this service was created for the disaster community at-large so that the best links in disaster information could be found quickly and easily. Links are categorized within the Disaster Finder database according the Disaster services section of the Taxonomy of Human Services: A Conceptual Framework with Standardized Terminology and Definitions for the Field.

The Atlantic: Still Confused about the Higgs-Boson? Read This

MSNBC/Live Science: How Earthquakes Work

Molecular Weight Calculator
Just input the formula, and it returns the molecular weight to 13 decimal places.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Pew Center on Global Climate Change

BBC: Science of Superheroes
The BBC examines the "science" behind comic-book superheroes. How can they do what they do.

Towards Electronic Journals: Realities for Scientists, Librarians and Publishers
This academic research focuses mostly on scientists' perspective as authors and readers, how changes over the years by publishers and librarians have affected scientists, and what they should expect from electronic journal and digital journal article databases. We describe some myths concerning scholarly journals and attempt to assess the future in a realistic manner.

PBS: The Gene Hunters
Companion site to the documentary on the mysteries of human disease.

All Species: Whole Earth Catalog
An attempt to name every plant, animal in microbe on earth.

Visual Physics
Interactive simulations and quizzes help you mine basic physics answers.

PhysicsCentral.com

Stephen Hawking's Universe
Topics ranging from cosmology to real unsolved mysteries, including an "Ask the Experts" section.

NewScientist.com
Features, research and tools from the magazine site.

BioSeeker

eFunda

Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics

Internet Connections for Engineers
An extensive listing of engineering and science resources.

American Engineering Campaign
Facts on engineering (an engineer created the snowboard, you know) and the 20 greatest achievements in engineering (Hint: The snowboard wasn't one of them.)

BBC SciTech

Harvard's Research Matters Site
A portal to news articles that span the range of research fields, from the humanities to social science to science to technology to medicine.

Scitable: Learn Science
Search science and nature topics, find experts, discussion forums, etc.

Wild Film History
Wildlife films and television programs from 1896 to the present. It includes oral histories and video interviews.

Discovery.com

Popular Science
Tech news with some focus on science and medicine.

Scientific American
Magazine focusing on domestic science issues.

Science Week
A weekly that posts daily news briefs with science content.

Scientific Illustration
Tumblr blog on science issues.

ScienceforCitizens.net
The Network for Citizen Science Projects and Resources.

SciTechResources.gov
This site provides scientists, researchers, engineers, and others with easy access to government resources related to science and technology.

Info - Encyclopedia and Reference Resource
Browse articles in all areas of topics within Earth & Environment, History, Literature & Arts, Health & Medicine, People, Philosophy & Religion, Places, Plants & Animals, Science & Technology, Social Science, Law, Sports, Everyday Life, and more. Includes Country Studies and North America Gazetteer.

American Journal of Physiology

Advanced Cell Technology
A cloning business that is simply "giving Mother Nature a hand in producing duplicates of animals.

How Stuff Works: Human Cloning

Grossology: The (Impolite Science of the Human Body)

Rachel Carson Institute: Environment
Carson is considered the mother of the environmental movement. Learn more about her and her career.

Longevity Web Site

PhysLink.com
Links to dozens of great physics education and reference sites.

Library of Congress: Science Reference Guides

ScienceResearch.com
Science research portal features news, conferences, studies and more.

Scitopia.org
Research and data from more than 15 science associations and publications.

UK: Recycle This

ECHO: Exploring and Collecting History Online
From George Mason University this site offer links to more than 5,000 history sites about science, technology and industry.

National Biological Information Infrastructure [NBII]
Federal, state, and local government agencies, and their partners from universities, nonprofit agencies, industry, have created this "broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources."

SciTopics
Current information for researchers on scientific, technical and medical topics.

Science.tv

Library of Congress: Science Tracer Bullets
Research guides that help you locate information on science and technology subjects.

Greenpeace: Stop Greenwashing
Greenwashing describe the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service. This Greenpeace site is a great resource to find more case studies of companies' greenwashing as well as other criteria and how to suggestions for businesses to go green ethically.

Public Library of Science
A nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.

WorldWideScience.org
This site is a "global science gateway connecting you to national and international scientific databases and portals."

Online Periodic Table
An award-winning site that lists and explains all the periodic tables.

Becoming Human
A great site on paleoanthropology, human evolution and origins. Flash 5 is required and a high-speed connection recommended for the video.

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Knight Science Journalism Tracker

AndreaCampbell.com
A forensic scientist, Campbell will soon have a book out, "Legal Ease: A Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure" and is offers contact information as a source at her Web site.

ScienceStuff.org

PBS Animal Encyclopedia
Hundreds of helpful facts and stats.

Science Republic

Women in Technology International
Active group in promoting women in the science and tech industries.

The Last Word: Science Questions
Pose questions about science topics.

Center for Science in the Public Interest: Smart Mouth
A site about food science for kids.

USGS: Track River and Stream Flows
Helpful in covering floods, hurricanes.

Museum of Science and Industry
Promotional site for Chicago museum.

StarScientific.com
Tobacco processing tech company.

Northwest Science Writers Association
Geared toward the region, but the site has many resources helpful to science writers anywhere.

Archaeology Info.
Glossary, gallery of fossil examples, timeline of human evolution.

ResourceShelf: Tips on Free Science Search Tools

Discover Magazine: Top Science Stories, 2008

European Organization for Nuclear Research: Large Hadron Collider
Milestones, safety, facts and figures, background, how it works, etc.

Wikipedia: The Large Hadron Collider

Large Hadron Collider Home Page

ScienceDaily
News and articles on science, health, environment and technology.

Food & Water Watch: Genetically Engineered Food: An Overview

WorldChanging: Global Warming Animations

NPR Science Friday: SciFri Videos

Chicago Council for Science and Technology

American Lung Association: State of the Air We Breathe
.PDF format of 2009 report.

Science U
A spinoff site from the Geometry Center at the University of Minnesota, this site explains science in basic terms.

National Science Foundation

Sense about Science

Encyclopedia of Life

National Library of Medicine Rapid Research Notes
Access to research shared through online forums. Great for health and science writers scanning for latest research. Low-graphic, so it works well on mobile media.

Energy Information Administration Energy Statistics
Official stats from the U.S. government.

Google Scholar
Search journals, articles, academic papers and more.

Scirus
Science search tool is "the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web."

Online Journal Science Search Engine

The Organic Center

American Wind Energy Association

American Wind Energy Association: Wind Entergy Basics

PubGene
Biology and genetics research.

NCBI: Entrez
Search life sciences publications.

LA Times Science Section

Futurity
News source featuring the latest discoveries in science, engineering, the environment, health, and more from North America's leading research universities.

Women in Science and Technology: Past, Present and Future Blog

Cosmic Log: Must-See Science Videos

Crime Directories and Links

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Law and Policy Institutions
This site provides access for legal and legislative information. In addition to domestic legal topics, this site provides information on significant international treaties, journals and legal databases etc.

Auto Theft Information
Statistics and research on stolen cars.

Law Enforcement Sites
Includes a global guide to law enforcement resources. The site includes links to agencies, laws, magazines and other documents.

Criminal Justice Sourcebook
From the Bureau of Justice Statistics, links to several crime-related reference works from more than 100 sources.

Police Officers' Internet Directory
Links to state law enforcement agencies, law libraries, criminal justice information.

National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Findlaw Cases and Codes
Look up case summaries, jurisdictions, historical documents, etc.

WomensLaw.org

AP: Compare Gun Control Laws by State

Dart Center: Resources for Covering Newtown
Full of links to studies, tips.

E-Justice Blog

RAND Corporation Civil Justice Research
Federally funded documents center has a variety of links, reports and resources on civil justice issues.

CopSeek Law Enforcement Links

Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism
Newsroom and list of commission members, contact information.

Global Legal Information Network
A public government database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. These GLIN members contribute the full texts of their published documents to the database in their original languages. Each document is accompanied by a summary in English and, in many cases in additional languages, plus subject terms selected from the multilingual index to GLIN. All summaries are available to the public, and public access to full texts is also available for most jurisdictions.

Investigative / Backgrounding

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Investigator's Guide to Info. Sources
GAO site explains types of records kept by local/state governments, links to federal agencies, businesses, directories, investigation databases.

SPJ Open Doors
Tips for accessing public records.

Social Security Death Records

SOS Social Security Number Watch
Match a social security number to a holder and validate. Run through the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard.

Public Records Online
Search state-by-state criminal records, real estate information and more.

OpenGovTracker

BRB Public Records online.
A huge sites with links to free and pay public records sites.

Social Security Death Index
Get the SSN of the deceased.

ProPublica Recovery Tracker: How Much Stimulus Funding Is Going To Your County?

Searchsystems.net
Links to almost 5,000 public records databases. Claims to be the largest free collection of public records databases on the Web. Formerly the PAC-Info. site, just click on a state and you'll get a list of all free public record collections for that state. Most include incorporation filings.

Public-Information.com
This site charges a fee. Search state/local criminal, DMV, prison records and more.

Birth Database
Search birth certificate records for free.

Portico
Find public records databases galore.

Zabasearch
People finder tool.

BRB Publications
Search public records by state.

Center for Investigative Reporting

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Resource Center
Story samples, tip sheets and more.

IRE 2012 Links
Storify collection of tools from the IRE national convention seminars.

Gannett @ IRE
Tumblr blog by Gannett reporters from 2012 IRE conference.

Federal FOIA Appeals Guide
From the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Spreadsheet Journalism Blog
Digital journalist Abbott Katz blogs from London. His blog "helps bring you up to speed with some of Excel's important capabilities, and points you at the story possibilities boxed inside the data."

Sunlight Academy
Training site for how to use Sunlight Foundation resources for unlocking government data.

Investigative Desktop
Investigative Reporters and Editors links page for investigative journalists.

Sunlight Foundation: Online Foreign Agent Lobbying Database
The Foreign Agent Registration Act requires the Justice Department to maintain detailed reports of lobbying firms hired by foreign governments and by organizations. Just select legislators from a menu and it will show their records, lobbyist ties, etc.

Poligraft
This Sunlight Foundation site adds political context to news stories by scanning news articles you enter for the names of donors, corporations, lobbyists and politicians and shows how they are connected by contributions. Free site.

Footnoted.com
Morningstar's guide to what's hiding in SEC filings.

ComFind Public Records Site
News, laws, initiatives and activities that relate in any way to the keeping and distribution of information and public records.

ProPublica Nursing Home Inspection Reports

Google Search Techniques for Journalists
Many tips and tricks.

FindtheData.org
Search nine broad categories for relevant data, stats.

InvestigateWest
West Coast investigative journalism news site from former Seattle Post-Intelligencer journalists.

FEC: Detailed Files About Candidates, Parties and Other Committees
Information on contributors, including city, state and ZIP.

FTC Charity Checklist

AFL-CIO: 2009 Executive Pay Watch
The CEO pay database is extremely helpful in research for executive stories .

Vanno: The Company Reputation Index
Captures gossip, news, opinion and personal insight about companies and their reputations, and turns it all into numerical scores and rankings.

Datamasher.org
Charts government stats and other data.

Statemaster.com

Portico
Similar to The Toolbox: Maps, reverse lookups, public records, etc.

USPS ZIP Code Lookup

The Art of Access Blog
Tips on public records searches.

ThisWeKnow.org

GovPulse.us

Data.gov
A government data mashup that is an initiative of the Obama administration.

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
From the World Security Institute, this site provides in-depth resources on global affairs.

Truthdig.com
An investigative reporting site from former LA Times columnist Robert Sheer.

LibGuides at Duke University
Research private companies.

FBI Cyber Scams
Tips on scams involving bogus e-mails, greeting cards, etc.

Los Angeles Times Data Desk
Databases galore, from tropical storm names, charities, entertainment, politics, etc.

ShareSleuth
An independent Web-based reporting aimed at "exposing securities fraud and corporate chicanery."

Influence Explorer
From the Sunlight Foundation, OpenSecrets.org, and the Project on Government Oversight, this site tracks voting trends of politicians. Great first-stop for tracking conflicts of interest or investigating a politician.

CharityWatch.org

Foundation Center
Tax forms and other documents about several charitable organizations.

BankTracker
From American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop, this site follows trends and issues in the banking industry.

National Attorney Generals Association
This site has links to state attorney general's offices. Most attorney general sites, such as New York's have information on nonprofit organizations that make more than $150,000 a year.

ProPublica
An independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Covers topics such as justice, business, environment/energy and health.

LegiStorm
A database of congressional staff salaries and other valuable public records, such as the most comprehensive database of all privately financed trips taken by members of Congress and congressional staffers.

IRE: Resources for Investigating Highway and Water Transportation Deaths

Reporter.org: Who is John Doe? Investigative Tools
From the Reporter's Desktop, this is a simple list of resources you can access to get personal information about almost anyone in the United States.

Coalition of Journalists for Open Government
A resource for journalists who want to stay current on open government developments or to learn more about access issues at the federal level.

Student Press Law Center: FOIA Letter Generator
Just fill in the blanks.

The Innocence Project
A searchable database of states offering projects to free wrongfully accused prisoners through DNA and other evidence. Run by the Cardozo School of Law in NYC.

Local State and Federal Employee Information Database
You can use this database to track salaries, bonuses, etc.

Terrorism Research Center
Resources and research including comprehensive listing of links to terrorism-related Web pages including profiles of individual terrorist groups compiled by the U.S. Navy's Dudley Knox Library.

University of Miami: Online News and Computer-Assisted Reporting Research Project

Syracuse University: Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)

The Associated Press and Freedom of Information

Google Public Data Explorer
Makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand.

Child Abduction Site
Several helpful research tools if you're covering this topic and a wealth of media contact information.

Criminal-Records.com
Search federal court, divorce court, marriage licenses, military records and more.

Criminal Searches Criminal History Check
Good quick-reference, but assumptions should NOT be made solely on the offense displayed on this web site. The data includes more than criminal records, such as civil filings and traffic and other minor offenses, so people listed may not be actual criminals.

The IRE Resource Center: Tipsheets from CAR Conference Speakers
This is an actual database of tipsheets that IRE members can download as PDF files directly from the Web site. You have to be an IRE member to access the database.

World Corruption Site
Site says it is run by "global non-governmental organization devoted to combating corruption. Its mission is to create change toward a world free of corruption."

Center for Public Integrity
Tips and resources on using public documents, including campaign finance research.

Knowx.com
Comprehensive searches for public records. You must register to use the site.

Publicdata.com

Dataquick.com
Real property info. center.

Suite101.com

The Smoking Gun
This is a good FOIA site that claims to find documents that can't be found elsewhere on the Web. Its material is gleaned from government documents, court files, etc.

GovernmentAttic.org
"Interesting Federal Government documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act."

The Art of Access
Charles Davis's blog that accompanies the book by the same name. Full of tips on how to use FOIAs.

Guides to Understanding Open Records
.PDFs from the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press.

Opensecrets.org
A fantastic site for researching campaign finance statistics.

CampaignFinance.org

CampaignFinance.org FOI
Includes campaign finance research and a clearinghouse of key FOIA sites.

IRE Archive of Hot Stories
Good to check every few days for ideas, news, etc.

U.S. Search Background Information

IBB Voice of America: Pronunciation Guide
An invaluable tool to broadcasters on deadline.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service: Uniform Crime Report and Supplementary Homicide Report
Data by state is available since 1960 and data by local reporting agency since 1985.

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
FBI now gets authority to wiretap individuals, or under the secret FISA procedures, which is also a secret court proceeding.

IRE: Dam Resources
Resources for covering dam inspections and dam deterioration.

Docusearch.com
This site claims to be "the place to find, locate & track down anybody! We offer locate searches, DMV driver & vehicle searches, telephone record searches, financial and bank searches, criminal and property records. Some searches are free, others you must pay for.

ActivistCash.com
A great site. Roots out the funding sources of the most notorious anti-consumer groups. It continually adds profiles on the first of every month.

Medicare Nursing Home Finder
Can be helpful in investigating nursing homes in your area as it includes information on recent inspections, number of beds, etc.

GAO's Congressional Investigations
Track investigations through the General Accounting Office.

Lobbyist Database
Opensecrets.org, part of the Center for Reponsive Politics, has a database of registered lobbyists. Also tracks spending in particular sectors of lobbyists.

Special Interest Groups List
Opensecrets.org, part of the Center for Reponsive Politics, has downloadable lists of special-interest groups.

Government Audits
State inspector general's offices that audit federal programs that the agency oversees.

TRAY.com
A good site for FEC and PAC data.

Social Security Death Records

Securities & Exchange Commission

SNAP: Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

FTC Charity Checklist

Publicrecordssearch.com
Search database for public records by state and county. Also locate public records offices.

Property Tax Records by State

ZoomInfo
Find backgrounds of millions of people.

Construction Weblinks: Public Records
Dig up records on companies.

S9 Bios of Famous People

SNAP: Investigating Abuse by Priests
Tips for the media.

Investigative Resources on the Web (WebGater)
Links to motor vehicle departments, missing persons bureaus, vital records, medical examiner records.

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

FOIA Illinois
Blog and resources for filing FOIAs. Twitter handle is @foiaillinois.

FOI Advocate
The University of Missouri's newsletter on using the Freedom of Information Act.

Cemetery Records Online
Maintains records from 4,307 cemeteries both nationwide and abroad. The site regularly updates users on which cemeteries have been added to their database.

Docusearch

Sunlight Foundation: Public Markup
Opens legislative bills to online public review.

Sunlight Foundation: Earmark Watch
Resources for citizens to track congressional spending. You have to register for the site, but it helps you investigate earmarks - spending measures inserted by members of Congress into bills that direct taxpayer dollars to their pet projects. The site has more than 3,000 of them.

GlassDoor.com
Ratings, reviews and salaries for more than 11,000 employers. It's information posted by anonymous employees, so be careful with the information you use. Fact-check everything. It can be helpful as a quick snapshot of a company you're backgrounding.

Industry Research Desk
Tools for researching specific companies, industries and manufacturing processes.

Center for Public Integrity: The Data Mine
An online series that will highlight inaccessible or poorly presented information from the federal government.

Sunlight Foundation: Open Congress
Sunlight and the Participatory Politics Foundation run this site, which tracks bills, votes, senators and representatives. It includes an RSS feed that registers your zip code to track all the actions by your elected officials and what people are saying about them.

Library of Congress: Ask a Librarian
Submit questions to a librarian. Includes a chat feature and links to various collections.

Vital Records Online
An extensive list of adoption resources.

Justice Department FOIA Guide
Good for anticipating the other side's arguments and interpretation of case history, especially when you are appealing a denial.

Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws 2002
A guide for working through the FOIA/open government process. It is published by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

IRE: FOIA Resources

SPJ FOI FYI Blog

iDig Answers
Great for generating FOI-related story ideas.

Sunshine in Government Initiative

The FOI Advocate

WikiFOIA

IRE's Campaign Finance Information Center
This site features a database of campaign finance story ideas and tips from reporters across the country.

Tips for Uncovering Sealed Cases

SecretNoMore: Publicly Accessible FBI Files

IRE's Extra Extra

The Scoop: Derek Willis: Database of Computer-Assisted Reporting Stories

World's 300 Largest Pension Funds

Wall Street Journal: Markets Data Center
A great quick-reference tool. Access to this does not require a subscription to the WSJ.

ProPublica.org
An independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Submit questions to a librarian. Includes a chat feature and links to various collections.

Sunlight Foundation
Political watchdog group that tracks lobbyists and fundraising.

Sunlight Foundation: PoliticalPartyTime.org
This political watchdog group's blog tracks parties thrown at the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions as well as fundraising activities by all lawmakers running.

How to Use the Federal FOI Act
From the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

IRE FOI Center

National FOI Coalition

APME: The People's Right to Know
A good FOIA guide.

Society of Professional Journalists: Freedom of Information Resources

University of Missouri Freedom of Information Center

ACLU Free Speech Resources

Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press: FOIA Letter Generator
Just fill in the blanks.

The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information

Coalition of Journalists for Open Government

National Security Archive: Freedom of Information Act Resources
From George Washington University.

American Library Association: Key Principles on Government Information

U.S. Department of Justice Freedom of Information Act Information

FBI's FOIA Website

Society of Environmental Journalists FOI Resources

Federal Citizens' Information Center: Privacy Resources

University of Texas: Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers

Depth Reporting

The Scoop Blog
CAR and investigative reporting.

MAPLight.org: Money and Politics
Database makes connections between legislative votes and campaign donations.

Spot.Us
Warning: There may ethical concerns with content produced on this site! This community funded journalism site is a nonprofit project of the Center for Media Change. The public can commission journalists to do investigations on important and perhaps overlooked stories. All donations are tax deductible and if a news organization buys exclusive rights to the content, your donation will be reimbursed.

Institute for Analytic Journalism
Blog, podcast, tools, data analysis tools, graphics and more. Resources are managed by a team of working journalists and academics throughout the country.

MattWaite.com
Blog, tips and resources from web developer and CAR expert from the St. Petersburg Times.

Center on Executive Compensation
The center is dedicated to developing and promoting principled pay and governance practices and advocating compensation policies that serve the best interests of shareholders and other corporate stakeholders. This site might be helpful in sourcing and finding statistics for stories about overpaid CEOs.

OMBWatch
"Promoting open government, accountability and citizen participation since 1983." Government records and watchdog site.

Digital Vaults
A curated view of 1,200 of the most impressive holdings in the National Archives.

FIRE: Guide to Free Speech on Campus
Book/ebook from the Foundation of Individual Rights on Campus.

FOIA Online
Federal government site that has resources on filing FOIAs.

Consumer Product Safety Commission

National Consumers League

National Consumer Law Center

Quackwatch

Scam Busters

Ripoff Report

Consumer Federation of America

Consumer Watchdog

National Council on Consumer Interests

Consumer Affairs

HSBC Watchdogs

Consumer Search Product Reviews

Review Finder

National Fraud Information Center

FDA Food and Drug Import Refusals

Carolina Business News Initiative
This list of 250 links to resources for business reporters is probably one of the most comprehensive resources for business journalists. From the University of North Carolina COJMC.

World Economic Outlook
A database from the International Monetary Fund that allows journalists to compare economic outlook by country & year base on the IMF April, 2010 report.

Poynter: Five-Minute Guide to S&P, U.S. Credit Rating

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Consumer Price Index Database
Select an item (gas, food, etc.) and track price increases nationally over time. Great quick reference for stories. You also can track it by region or major metropolitan area by using the image map and pulldown menu on this page

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Inflation Calculator

Yahoo! Finance Earnings Calendar
Track when a company's earnings reports are due.

MAPLight.org: Money and Politics
Database makes connections between legislative votes and campaign donations.

RealtyTrac
Map allows you to track foreclosures nationwide.

ConsumerSearch.com
Reviews on thousands of consumer products, organized by type of product. It includes a searchable database. It's very helpful for getting a quick snapshot of a new product you might be writing about.

National Bureau of Economic Research
Search for public policy research papers.

Consumer Reports Magazine

Social Security Calculator
Use this online tool to estimate what your Social Security income would be a particular age.

Tools for Business Journalists
From Prof. Joshua Mills of Baruch College.

ConsumerAffairs.com
Tracks corporate sites, consumer affairs blogs.

Business for Social Responsibility
Tracks news and legislation relating to corporate responsibility.

Center for Corporate Citizenship
Boston College site works with global corporations to help them define, plan and operationalize corporate citizenship.

Corporate Responsibility Newswire
News feed of stories relevant to businesses acting responsibly.

EthicalCorporation.com
News, conferences, podcasts and editorial content that covers corporate responsibility internationally.

Forbes People Tracker
Track more than 120,000 executives and members of the Forbes rich and celebrity lists. Cusomized e-mail alerts (free!), research public companies and news updates!

Forbes Layoff Tracker
Launched in January 2001, this site tracks layoffs issued by companies on the Forbes 500 list.

Global Rich List Database

Business.USA.gov
Business resources on the federal, state and local level.

Statute of Limitations on Debts

Current Value of Money (History)
Includes the history of money.

USA Today: Answers to Questions about Unemployment Benefits

EconData.net
A great resource for regional economic data.

Economist's View
Mark Thoma's blog on economic issues.

Federal Reserve 101
Basic facts, research, etc.

Business Insider

Consumer Finance Protection Bureau: Consumer Complaint Database
Data from the consumer credit card complaints.

Forbes 400: The 400 Wealthiest Americans
Search the database by name, rank or age.

Fiscal Policy Institute
Releases hundreds of reports and projections on the economy, inlcuding several after the 9-11 attacks.

NY Times: Primer on the Eurozone Crisis
Great FAQ list on how Europe's economy impacts the U.S.

The Biz Toolkit
From the James J. Hill Reference Library, this free site offers links to various business research topics.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development State Information
Great multimedia storytelling.

Spending Smart Blog

LibGuides at Duke University
Research private companies.

Planet Retail
Track business trends with in-depth company profiles, market analysis, virtual tours and breaking news from a market intelligence company.

Forbes: 10 Most Over-Priced Places to Live
Has prices from more than 30,000 stations around the United States.

SmartEconomist.com
Reviews of new economics and finance research, sortable by topic. Easy-to-read, little jargon

PaperCalculator.org
Developed by Enviornmental Defense, a nonprofit group. Offers U.S. average wood consumption energy use, and other environmental impacts of different kinds of paper.

Business Week: Industry Innovation
Stories, surveys, slideshow, design board, etc. Tracks how certain industries are finding new ways to research and develop products.

Forbes: America?s Most Philanthropic Corporations

Eco-Labels.org
Resources that monitor a company?s claim on a label. Also helps customers decipher what?s on a label. Very handy in covering consumer issues.

Grad Money Matters
Tips on managing money, including top 10 lists. Helpful to journalists looking for tips/graphics to accompany finance stories.

NFCC Financial Education Blog

Fiscal Policy Institute: Economic Fallout of WTC Attacks
A preliminary report (in .PDF format) says New York stands to lose 108,000 jobs as result of the September 11 terrorist attacks and $16.9 billion in total lost output for the New York City economy.

ActivistCash.com
A great site. Roots out the funding sources of the most notorious anti-consumer groups. It continually adds profiles on the first of every month.

DocStoc
Free business forms and legal templates.

Find-It! Consumer
A government consumer-protection guide.

J.D. Power Consumer Center

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Protection

Tip'd
Financial tips site.

Consumer Price Index
Check the index for your area.

CardTrak
Credit card stats, ratings, etc.

Index Credit Cards
Credit card offers site, but also has ratings, statistics, etc.

CardRatings.com
Credit card ratings.

Consumer Automotive Guide
Offers informative pages on prices, ratings and reviews, best-buy vehicles and stories about the automotive industry.

Recalls.gov
View recall announcements once they go public: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, etc.

U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration

Oil Price Information Service

National Flea Market Association
Search for flea market location by state.

Business Week Extras
Slideshows, interactive maps, etc. that complement the magazine's content.

ShareSleuth
An independent Web-based reporting aimed at "exposing securities fraud and corporate chicanery."

Spending Smart Blog
Consumer advice from the Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call.

Taxable Talk
Interesting blog items and news from Russ Fox, E.A., of Clayton Financial and Tax of Irvine, Calif.

IJnet: Online Resources for Business Journalists Covering Asia

The NewsMarket, Inc.
A journalist's resource for B-roll, this site provides thousands of images free to television newsrooms. Users can preview video, read press materials and order video clips online. Delivery options include digital file transfer via FTP, whereby the material moves from TNM's server to the user's server; satellite feeds via APTN or tape delivery can also be requested. There is no cost to news professionals. The NewsMarket's primary service is providing broadcasters with video from the world's leading companies and organizations; news stories and archived stock shots from a large and growing range of sources. Particularly helpful to business and medical-health reporters.

Economic.com: How the Great Recession Was Brought to an End (.PDF)

ConsumerWebWatch.org
It's mission is to "investigate, inform and improve the credibility of information published on the World Wide Web."

CorpTech Relaunches Web Site
The relaunched database contains profiles of over 50,000 U.S. "hi-tech related" companies. Areas include biotech, computer, defense, medical, and transportation. The site offers a variety of free, pay-per-view, and subscription content. CorpTech was acquired by OneSource Information in 1999.

BizNet Experts Database

BankTracker
From American University's Investigative Reporting Workshop, this site follows trends and issues in the banking industry.

Linked In
A business site that networks thousands of professionals. Helps you find jobs, locate employees and close deals.

Senate.gov: Anatomy of a Financial Collapse

Guide to Finding American Companies

Slate: Occupy Wall Street Timeline

Smart Money: Tax Bill Database
Plug in income and expenses to this database to determine how much your taxes will be cut by the new tax bill.

Mortgage Bankers of America

Business Week Online: Best Business Schools

Forbes.com Event Calendar
Lists business and economic events, conferences, earning reports, etc.

Corporate Communications Broadcast Network

Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality

The World Bank Open Data
Free databases and tools.

Google Public Data Explorer
Makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate. As the charts and maps animate over time, the changes in the world become easier to understand.

U.S. Treasury: Debt Limit

Corporate Business Travel News Magazine

Travelocity: Car Rental Taxes Database
A state-by-state breakdown.

NPR: Planet Money

U.S. International Trade Commission
Press releases, research and more.

Obsessive Consumption
Obsessive Consumption is a documentation of spending habits of Kate Bingaman, a 26-year-old, third-year graduate student in design at the University of Nebraska. The site tracks 22 months of purchases ? and growing.

MSN: Jobs and Paychecks by County
Track the best and worst for jobs, pay, pay increases, etc.

National Fraud Information Center
A great consumer protection site.

Fraud: GSA List of People Excluded from Government Contracts

ScamBusters.com
This newsletter site is dedicated to fighting online hype and disinformation.

The American Antitrust Institute Antitrust Research Guide
A not-for-profit Washington, DC, think tank provides an easy-to-use format, with plain-English annotations and research tips to help antitrust neophytes and sophisticates quickly find useful materials on antitrust law, policy, legislation, enforcement, and more. Access is free. The AAI says the site is content-neutral, giving users access to commentary and analysis from across the spectrum of antitrust, political and economic perspectives. Contains a search tool and table of contents to find resources and links.

National Association of Consumer Agency Administration

Consumer Federation of America

PBS Frontline: Business/Economy
A collection of companion Web sites on various business issues.

Financial Services Industry: U.S. 2002 Financial Services Factbook

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
Look up international development data.

BizJournals.com
Each American City Business Journal should lists dozens of resources, including the top 25-100 employers in its metro area, which you can either order online or view the top 5 of online.

BusinessWire.com

PR Newswire Press Room
A journalist-only site that has an archive of news releases and photos, expert sources through ProfNet, multimedia, a directory of company contacts and more.

Ecompany.com
A super resource for business and technology information.

Annual Reports for Investors

Covering Poverty: A Tool Kit for Journalists
Created by The Grady Center at the University of Georgia.

National Consumers League

Business 2.0: 101 Dumbest Moments in Business

USPTO: Trademark Database
Check this database to see if something is trademarked; be it a logo or a name. Hit the search button under the trademark heading on the left side navigation. Enter what you'd like to search for an you'll get a response including type of business, intended use, date of filing, etc. It is just a great resource.

Department of Labor: Women?s Business Resources
Tips, statistics and other handy resources for anyone reporting on trends with women in business.

Forbes.com: Terrorism Insurance
The impact 9-11 has had on insurance rates.

Risk and Insurance Management Society

Lemon Law America
Lists legal rights for car buyers.

Phone Company Complaints

Identity Theft Resource Center

Wirefly.com: Cell Phone Rates

Number Portability: Cell Phone Rates

CellUpdate.com: Cell Phone Rates

Business Week Online: Best Business Schools

Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy

American Management Association

The Business Insider

Economic Policy Institute
A nonprofit Washington D.C. think tank, was created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers.

Knight Center Beat Guide: Business Reporting

BusinessJournalism.org
From the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, this site offers tutorials, tip sheets and more on how to cover business.

FinancialStability.gov

Internal Memos
This site claims to be the world?s largest collection of internal and corporate memos. It collects information from a variety of sources, so you need to be careful and check the validity of the memos. Use this site, but use it with caution.

Best of the Web Today
James Taranto's great Wall Street Journal/Opinion Journal column features stories and resources.

CNNMoney.com
This site, built by CNN and Money magazine, launched Oct. 2001.

CNNfn.com's Investor Research Center
Upgrades, downgrades, economic calendar, Wall Street research database (need ticker symbol) and more.

CNNfn's CEO Page
News on company leaders.

CNNfn.com's Financial Briefs
Short, breaking stories on stocks, tech and more.

Federal Consumer Information Center

U.S. Bankruptcy Statistics
From the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on behalf of the U.S. Courts, based on basic bankruptcy filings in 2001. .PDF files.

HispanicBusiness.com

CBS News: An Agency-by-Agency Guide to Obama's Budget

MSN Money: The 102 Best Money Sites

AmeriStat Earnings Study

SafeShopping.org: Tips
Tips on online shopping safety tips from the American Bar Association.

Glossary Agent
Description: Glossary Agent(tm) is an expanding, focused gateway to online monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual glossaries in insurance and related fields such as law and finance. Topics include environmental protection, finance, health care, information technology, insurance, law, medicine, safety, transportation and weather.

National Institute for Consumer Education
Dozens of reference materials and links from Eastern Michigan University.

MSNBC: Government Tax Refund Database
Does a state and/or the IRS owe you money? Type your name into this database and see.

Some states also have now put their lists of people who are owed money online.

Businesswire's Expert Source Service

American Society of Business Publication Editors

Individual.com
Offers business news and lets you create your own list of industries you're interested in.

National Foundation for Women Business Owners

Sourcewire.com
This British site is for business and technology journalists. Also includes job listings (in Britain).

Vault.com
Read what employees are saying about corporate culture at companies across the country. Good for sourcing and job hunting.

Housing Opportunity Index
The National Association of Home Builder's database ranks the nation's most affordable housing markets.

Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights

WTO and Gatt Research
The guide, which is focused on sources from the United States, gives pointers for reviewing the World Trade Organization through research, covering a variety of materials in electronic, print, and microfiche formats.

OJR: Researching Technology Businesses

Business Telephone Directory

Business Directory by County

Economic Times

Business Standard

Financial Dictionary

Global Edge Resource Desk
A great one-stop site for anyone covering international business. Hundreds of links to global business resources: trade law, federal government, banking, stock exchanges, mailing lists, company directories, statistics resources, associations and organizations.

International Business Advisor
Dozens of articles and trend stories, some high-tech.

Pro Publica: The Wall Street Money Machine
The Pulitzer-winning series on how Wall Street caused world economic collapse.

IMF's Global Economic Outlook
The International Monetary Fund site offers several great online resources.

Wall Street Journal City Profiles
Click on a city name to review WSJ's exclusive, in-depth report, including taxation and cost-of-living data, education resources, arts and recreation activities, crime statistics and additional sources of information.

Deloitte & Touche: Fast500.com
Fastest-growing tech companies in North America.

Deloitte & Touche: Fast50.com
Fastest-growing tech companies in 20 regions in the United States and Canada.

Digital Economy 2000
Find out why the federal government thinks information technology products and services are harbingers of a new era of higher, sustained growth. Keep in mind this was developed before all the layoffs.

WorldClass
This site gives you "instant free access and step-by-step commentary for 1,025 top business sites from 95 countries."

2011 Temkin Trust Ratings

Internet Business Library
A great Internet resources page from the University of Kansas.

Material Safety Data Sheet Repository
A site full of testimonials and consumer safety data. Search and sort by product, industry, etc.

Wacky Patent of the Month

American Society of Association Executives
An alternative search engine for locating associations.

Madalyn Business Research Tool
From the University of Delaware, this site helps you search accounting, economics, technology and international business sites, among others.

Government Finance Officers Association
This association offers background on public-sector finance and accounting.

Esquire's Finance Column

SmartMoney.com Broker Meter

JustQuotes.com

Salary Assessment
This calculator analyzes your salary based on experience, education, etc.

Financial Economics Network
Content from various journals.

Restaurant.com
A site for restaurant owners, it features a searchable database of restaurant listings.

Restaurant.org Research Page
National Restaurant Association offers hundreds of statistics and projections.

National Center for Employee Ownership

Telemarketing Revenge Site
Links to resources that can help consumers gain vengeance, or maybe a monetary settlement, from obnoxious telemarketers.

Interest.com
Publishing consumer financial information since 1995. Consumers can compare mortgage, auto, CD and credit card rates for financial institutions across the country. The site also publishes daily analysis on the financial markets and how they impact mortgage rates. It can provide journalists with the average interest rate on popular mortgage loan products for any day for the past two years.

CapitalistPig.com
Financial and investor news.

Yahoo! Iplace Database
See how much houses have sold for in any given area.

Retail Alliance
Stats on shoplifting, purchases, etc.

Franchising Links
National associations, research resources and more.

FlipDog's Business and Technology Resources
Links to hundreds of business sites.

Financial Times: Euro Issues

Logophilia.com
Features terms tied to current events. A very helpful resource. You have to pay for some items, though.

J.D. Power Consumer Center

Consumer Protection Agency

BankRate.com

Bank Marketing Association
An affiliate organization of the American Banking Association. You need to be a member to use it.

Saving Advice: 50 Ways To Save Money on Food

National Council on Aging: BenefitsCheckUp.org

SavingAdvice.com


Economic Journals on the Web
An alphabetical listing of hundreds of global sites.


Service Corps of Retired Executives
Good sources for business stories. Some consulting, business tips.


Legal Journals Online
A listing of hundreds of journals from all over the world, many of them related to business.


Business Information Sources Online
A dynamite listing of hundreds of business sites in alphabetical order.


The Daily Deal
Covers deals and dealmakers. Sections include Movers & Shakers and Media Maneuvers.


Gary Price's List of Lists
Links to rankings of various kinds, some general business in one big page.


Links for Business Journalists
From Reuters' Jon Oatis.


Baruch College's links page
Prof. Josh Mills' links for business journalists.


NY Times Cyber Business Connection
You need a password to NY Times to get in. This set of links was compiled by Rich Meislin, editor in chief of The New York Times Electronic Media Company.


Networking Enron Xers Back to Work


Business Europe
Free daily business news and how-to guides.


OandA.com Currency Converter
This site allows you to convert for a specific day or a range of dates (up to 2000 days).


U.S. Currency Converter
Converts only the U.S. money.


XE.com Currency Converter
Use this site for computations involving the historical value other nations' currency.


InvestTools
Insights into the types of information investors are looking.


Business2.com: Top 101 Dumb Business Mistakes
A literature and publishing news site.


Annual County Business Patterns
Contains leading economic indicators and statistics on levels of income, poverty and labor.


Ask Jeeves Business Insight
A business solutions sight with some search capabilities.


LocalBusiness.com
Search articles, newsletters, press releases and company research.


Hyperinvesting.com
Links to dozens of economics and personal finance sites. A great one-stop site.


Harvard Business Review


Consumer Reports
Research and investigations on hundreds of industries.


Class Action Database
A collection of class action lawsuits broken down by topics.


VentureWire
The daily e-mail newsletter from Technologic Partners is a way to get the skinny on dot-com companies and the high-tech sector.


Philanthropy News Network


BenefitsCheckup.org
Seniors can check federal and state benefits at this site. Good background for reporters covering this issue.


U.S. Trademarks Search


AmericanBusinessMedia.com


Business.com
Business search engine.


CNET's Technology Enterprise Business Section


Sookoo.com
Big-think sources, ideas and trends for business stories.


Golf Business


AgriBiz Business Site


Economic and Social Research Council
A British economic research site.


Wall Street Journal Database of Homes Sold
Searchable database of homes sold in 27 states and the District of Columbia. Data for some states goes back nearly 20 years.


California's Pacific Gas and Electric
The site features several pages related to the blackouts, including maps, company bankruptcy documents and more.


Cars.com
This page links to advice to journalists covering the automotive industry.


Carfax.com
Type in a vehicle's VIN (I.D.) number and trace its history. Was it in a wreck? Was the odometer moved back?


Kelley Blue Book Prices
Look up current-year Blue Book prices on cars from all years.


Consumer Sentinel
Government newsletter on consumer issues.


Consumer Reports Online
Several great studies on consumer products.


EconData.net
More than 600 links to regional economic data.


About.com's Business Resources Page


LSU Webliography
Internet resources from Louisiana State University libraries.
Click on the business link.


Wharton Business Knowledge
A variety of tools from Penn's Wharton School of Business. Knowledge@Wharton is an Internet-based guide to competitive information.


E-Trade UK


Directory of British Business Resources


British Business Info.


British Companies House Disqualified Directors


Kalends.com
A free consumer-oriented, searchable site that features, general interest, business, holidays, and trade show events set to occur in the U.K. and elsewhere. There is some U.S. material.

U.S. News: Alpha Consumer
A helpful consumer information blog.

International Trademark Assn.

Tax Foundation: New State Business Tax Climate Index


Athand.com
Directories for airlines, attorneys, doctors and other categories.


AnswerConnect Global Yellow Pages


American B2B Yellow Pages


Asia Yellow Pages


China Yellow Pages


Biz Links: British MBA program
A dynamite list of global business links.


Electronic Business Information


SelectSurf Business Links
Links to several great politics sites.


BusinessJeeves.com
Like Ask Mr. Jeeves, this has phone directories, company background and more.


Garage.com
A venture capital investment bank that features helpful news releases, a resources page and more.


SpaceBusiness.com
Links to several industry sites.


RickOnTV.com
News and notes about the business side of the TV industry.


CNN: Top 500 Zip Codes for Foreclosures


Treasury Releases Business Taxation and Global Competitiveness Background Paper


Bizwiki
This UK-focused Wiki-style business directory accepts free business listings, consumer reviews of businesses and allows registered users to edit and add to business information.


World's 300 Largest Pension Funds


Wall Street Journal: Markets Data Center
A great quick-reference tool. Access to this does not require a subscription to the WSJ.


Track the Consumer Price Index


Bank for International Settlements Database
Tracks new research published sites of the participating central banks.


Consumer Electronics Association
Industry news, trends and statistics on use of certain electronics. Includes an e-newsletter.

Super Couponing
Coupons galore, but the site also offers consumer shopping and savings tips that are helpful for readers.

Coupon Mom
Coupons galore, but the site also offers consumer shopping and savings tips that are helpful for readers.

MRA The Management Association
A not-for-profit employers association that features some statistics and studies.

TNS Retail Forward
Market research firm tracks consumer habits. It includes American ShopperScape, an annual study that analyzes consumer shopping behaviors.


Consumer World
A free guide to consumer information.


Baruch Links for Business Media


10kWizard
Information on publicly traded companies.

Wall Street Journal Wallet Blog
Personal finance, investing news and trends.

Fare Compare
Compare competitive airline fares on this site.

EconomPic Data

Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

MintLife: Personal Finance News & Advice
Great blog full of financial tips. Good tool for sourcing.


Edmunds.com: True Cost-to-Own Calculator
Car purchase calculator that figures in gas, maintenance, etc.


Wisebread: Five Things to Know About This Year's Tax Changes


Legislative Branch

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LegiStorm
A database of congressional staff salaries and other valuable public records, such as the most comprehensive database of all privately financed trips taken by members of Congress and congressional staffers.

Congressional Quarterly
Breaking Washington news and scheduling updates.

Directory of All Congressional Twitter Handles

POPVOX
Journalists can find every bill in Congress, searchable by keyword or category, with official information such as summary, sponsors, status, and a list of the organizations that support or oppose the bill, with a link to those positions.

Sunlight Foundation: Public Markup
Opens legislative bills to online public review.

Sunlight Foundation: Earmark Watch
Resources for citizens to track congressional spending. You have to register for the site, but it helps you investigate earmarks - spending measures inserted by members of Congress into bills that direct taxpayer dollars to their pet projects. The site has more than 3,000 of them.

YouTube: Library of Congress Channel

Sunlight Foundation: Open Congress
Sunlight and the Participatory Politics Foundation run this site, which tracks bills, votes, senators and representatives. It includes an RSS feed that registers your zip code to track all the actions by your elected officials and what people are saying about them.

Roll Call: Politics Links
Links to dozens of think tanks, etc.

Center for Responsive Politics' Congressional Travel Database
Track how congressmen spend our tax money. This database is searchable by lawmaker, special-interest group sponsor or destination.

Sunlight Foundation: Online Foreign Agent Lobbying Database
The Foreign Agent Registration Act requires the Justice Department to maintain detailed reports of lobbying firms hired by foreign governments and by organizations. Just select legislators from a menu and it will show their records, lobbyist ties, etc.

PostCongress.io
Send a postcard to your congressman through this desktop news app. Helpful for looking up congress members by ZIP code.

Open CRS
"Congressional Research Service is a "think tank" that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. Yet, these reports are not made available to the public in a way that they can be easily obtained. Open CRS allows citizens to share CRS Reports that are already in the public domain."

GAO's Congressional Investigations
Track investigations through the General Accounting Office.

Vote-smart.org
Easy way to track a Congressman's voting record.

Library of Congress
The library's catalogs, full-text access to bills under consideration in both the House and Senate.

Congressional Budget Office Director's Blog
Analysis of proposed legislation from the official government site.

Open Congress: 50 Key Senate Votes

Library of Congress: State Resource Guides
Provides links to external Web sites and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers. This site will be updated on a regular basis.

Library of Congress Thomas Legislative Information
Find bill summaries, legislative agendas, roll call, etc.

Library of Congress: Thomas Search Engine
Tracks congressional bills as they pass through the system.

Washington Post Bill Tracker
Search bills by state, voters, those who missed a vote, vote margin, etc.

Pro Publica: Reading Guide on Congressional Dysfunction

Congressional Research Service Reports

Congress Closeup
New site that generates political narratives. Developed by Northwestern University students.

Office of the Congressional Clerk
Obtain copies of House documents that the Clerk makes available as part of the official duties of this office, including public disclosure. You can also find historical information about the House of Representatives and information about its Members and Committees.

LII.org: U.S. Patriot Act Resources
Resources from the Librarian?s Index to the Internet.

House.gov
U.S. House of Representatives info. and directory

Senate.gov
U.S. Senate info. And directory.

EditorsWeb.org
Our daily service, which gathers links to governmental and congressional press releases, is used by hundreds of editors and reporters.

Lobbyist Database
Opensecrets.org, part of the Center for Reponsive Politics, has a database of registered lobbyists. Also tracks spending in particular sectors of lobbyists.

USPresidency.com
Bios and facts on past presidents.

Special Interest Groups List
Opensecrets.org, part of the Center for Reponsive Politics, has downloadable lists of special-interest groups.

Wisconsin Advertising Project
Studies campaign spending and advertising.

FEC Info/Political Moneyline
Search PAC, soft money, lobby databases and more.

Congressional Budget Office

Office of Management and Budget

Technet.org
Bipartisan tech network allows you to look up tech-related bills being considered in Congress.

Library of Congress: A Century of Law Making
Annals of the House and Senate, bills and resolutions.

Library of Congress: Time Capsule
An online collection of broadsheets, pamphlets and more, which lets you examine early American life as it was lived.

Center for Public Integrity
Has background on congressional spending, including travel.

Technet.org
Bipartisan tech network allows you to look up tech-related bills being considered in Congress.

OurDocuments.gov
Defining moments in American history, famous documents.

Congressional Accountability Project
Site, which claims to fight corruption in Congress, offers information ranging from pay and perks to ethics.

The U.S. Constitution

United States Constitution Search
This search engine allows you to search for words and phrases and find lists of links to the location within the text of your search terms.

Constitution Facts
This site provides insights into the men who wrote the Constitution and how it's been interpreted over the years.

U.S. Senate Glossary Page
Alphabetical list of hundreds of terms.

Presidential/Congressional nominees history
Information about all nominees (received, rejected, confirmed) for the current session of Congress. It gives names, position for which the individual was nominated and the status of their nomination.

Senate Budget Committee

House Energy and Commerce Committee: Majority

House Energy and Commerce Committee: Minority

House Rules Committee

Speaker of the House

House Majority Whip

House Republican Conference

Congress Online: Assessing and Improving Capitol Hill Web Sites
An analysis project funded by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Roll Call 2008: Richest Members of Congress

Government Computer News

History of the United States Capitol
The site's described as "a chronicle of design, construction, and politics.

Library of Congress: A Century of Law Making
Annals of the House and Senate, bills and resolutions.

National Association of Counties

WashingtonPost.com: Congress
Track daily votes in Congress. Organized by states, bills, most voted-on, etc.

Resource Shelf: Congressional Research Service Reports
Great site to visit on a regular basis. Roundups on updates, recent reports and updated old reports. You also can get an RSS feed from this page.

WSJ: 2008 Campaign Fundraising Totals
Access to this does not require a subscription to the WSJ.

Appropriations Earmarks by Agency
From the Office of Management and Budget.

Appropriations Earmarks by State
From the Office of Management and Budget.

Library of Congress: Ask a Librarian
Submit questions to a librarian. Includes a chat feature and links to various collections.

Slate.com: Online Guide to Following the Health Care Legislation

RAND Corporation Congressional Resources
Mayor's office of operations for New York City. Stats, performance reports, surveys, etc.


Death of Senator Ted Kennedy

Boston.com: Senator Kennedy
A deep archive on Kennedy from the Boston Globe.

Library of Congress: Links to Ted Kennedy
Books, video, bios and other resources.

Ted Kennedy Official Senate Bio

NY Times: Ted Kennedy's New York

TedKennedy.com

ABCNews Politics: Ted Kennedy
Photos, story about death, archives and Facebook chat.

YouTube: Video of Kennedy's Speech at 2008 Democratic National Convention

Search Engines/Blog Search

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SEO, BLOG AND SOCIAL SITE SEARCH TOOLS

Google Blog Search Tool

Google Adwords Keyword Search Tool
Find the best search terms for a given story.

Technorati.com
Search tool scans thousands of blogs. Search by directory or by posts.

BlogNetNews.com
Offers a specialty blog aggregator designed to help busy editors and news execs keep an eye on the blog conversation about the future of news. It offers a targeted search engine that will let you search all the blogs included, a daily digest of what news stories the news innovation blogs are linking to, excerpts of the latest posts (updated every 15 minutes) and links to the posts where the most robust discussions are going on in comments.

BlogPulse

Ice Rocket
Similar to Google! in structure. Has a great advanced search page.

Geobloggers
Google maps and Flikr use a global image map to show updated blogs in various cities.

Website-Watcher
Put in the URL of a page you want to keep tabs on and it automatically checks to see if the content has changed.

BlogDigger
Sort of a Google feel to this blog search tool. Basically, it's a blog directory and aggregator all in one.

MonitorThis
Subscribe to 15 different search engine feeds at the same time. Enter a search term and click the 'make monitor.opml' button to get a list of RSS feeds in OPML format.

BloggingNetwork.com
Blogging Network is the easiest way to blog and the only site where you earn money blogging. You'll get readers right away, since your blog is automatically listed in the Blogging Network directory. The blogging system has a full set of features, from Microsoft Word-like rich text editing and up-to-date search to customizable templates and syndicated headlines. All you need is a Web browser -- there is no software to download.

SearchEngineLand: What is SEO?
Video explains what search engine optimization is and how it works.

Wink
A search tool that pulls results from social-networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn. The site also pulls results from other sites where users keep public profiles.

Suite101.com: Journalism
Resources from Daryl Lease.

Scour.com
Social search.

ContentSummit.com

Blogcritics.com

EBNA.org

MSNBC: Weblog Central
The site claims is "serves as a perch from which you can observe and participate in the brave new world of personal news." Will Femia writes a daily Blogspotting Weblog.

Livejournal.com
Lets users create blogs.

Twitter Search
Look up thousands of Twitter feeds.


SEARCH GUIDELINES AND TRENDS

Google: Good To Know

Web Search Techniques for Journalists
A great set of tips, both basic and advanced.

George Washington University: Space Policy Institute
Benefits of space research, satellites, etc.

NuevaSchool Search Tips and Links
A great quick-reference index of how to use search engines and other online research tools.

Google's Search Tips
Guidelines for using Google and other search engines.

Searching Tips
A short, but thorough quick reference on searches.

WatchThatPage.com
This site lets you automatically collect new information from your favorite Web pages when they?ve been updated. You?re then sent an e-mail or a personal Web page collects your updates.

Gary Price: Web Research Tools for Journalists
A great collection of Web site tools from guru Gary Price.

HotBot Quick-Search Deskbar
The free tool sits at the bottom of your computer screen and lets you make searches without an open browser.

Clusty
Organizes searches into folders and groups similar items together.

SearchEnginewatch.com
Detailed info. on search engines.

SearchDay
A free newsletter from Search Engine Watch featuring web search news, reviews, tools, tips, and search engine headlines from across the web. SearchDay is published daily, with headlines only on Fridays.

SearchEngineGuide.com
Full of tips and other resources.

Power Reporting.com: Tips for Using Search Engines

Google Labs
Check out Google technologies in development.

Google Hot Trends
Track what people are searching for on the web.

PC Magazine's Undiscovered Websites: Info, Reference and Search
From November, 2007, a great collection of sites that provide shortcuts on the web.

Local Website Archive
This free download offers a fast and easy way to store websites from your browser permanently for future reference. Information on the web often vanishes quickly, sometimes before you even have a chance to make use of it. Let Local Website Archive store the information you're interested in.

MetaSpy.com
Get a list of 10 in-progress searches being conducted on the MetaCrawler search engine. It's updated every 15 seconds.

Altavista Real Searches
Top recent searches in specific categories.

Ask Jeeves: Peek Through the Keyhole
Get a list of 10 in-progress searches being conducted on this search engine. It's updated every 30 seconds.

Forbes.com: Best of the Web
Tracks trends in many e-industries and includes lists of links.

Websearch.About.com
Wendy Boswell's About.com page on on web search.

Links2go: Journalism

Mixx.com
Latest news and top videos/photos from the web.

Google Zeitgeist
An archive of what people are searching for online.

AltaVista Search Trends

The Search Engine's Search Engine
Listings of search engine links as well as ranking of the
21 top search engines and search directories in the United States.

The Yahoo! Buzz Index Top 20 Searches

The Lycos 50
Track search trends for the week.

Google Search Trends
Tracks patterns and gaining queries.

SearchEngineLand
News about search marketing and search engines.


SEARCH ENGINES

Google.com
One of the Web's hottest specialized search sites.

Google Toolbar
It's worth the download. Makes surfing the Web much easier.

Google: Government Sites
Search government-only sites with this special Google feature.

Google Labs
A "how to" section on Google that looks at the site's emerging technologies, including Google Spreadsheets and Google Transits, where you can track public transportation.

Google News Archive Search
Search newspapers, magazines and article databases such as Factiva, LexisNexis, etc.

Bing.com
MSN's search tool that launched in June 2009.

Cuil.com
This site, created by some former Google engineers, claims to search more web pages than any other search engine, and three times as many as Google. The site "searches for and ranks pages based on their content and relevance. When it finds a page with the keywords, it stays on that page and analyzes the rest of its content, its concepts, their interrelationships and the page's coherency.

YouTube.com

Yahoo

Ask.com
The new, improved version of AskJeeves.com.

YoySearch.com
A very simple search tool that has special sections for films, etc..

Google Scholar
Doctored photos.

Microsoft Academic

Veesual
A search system in which you can visualize the Web site's screenshot previews before you click it so you don't have to access a link to figure out that it's a "not found page." Works well with mobile, too.

Pixsy.com
This search engine pulls images and video from all kinds of news resources. Browse by category, etc.

Yahoo! Next
Shows what tools are in beta and coming soon.

SearchAllinOne.com
A multiple engine search tool.

ZabaSearch.com
This site provides basic information for free, including birth year, month, phone number and address for free and deeper background information for a fee. There is a fee for queries that return a wealth of info sometimes dating back more than 10 years: residential addresses, phone numbers both listed and unlisted, birth year, even satellite photos of people's homes.

AnyClip.com
A search engine for movie clips online.

FundRace.org
Search by ZIP code to see who in your area contributes to federal election campaigns.

AlltheWeb.net
An incredibly fast, helpful search tool. The site's FAST search technology scans more than 3,000 news sources worldwide and adds more than 800 articles per minute to its news catalog.

Nicado
Helps you find e-mail addresses and phone numbers for friends, family you've lost touch with.

News Lookup
A great global search tool that lets you search by nation or topic.

LexisWeb Legal Search Engine

Ananova
A great news search site that includes top headlines of the day.

Google Scholar
Search journals, articles, academic papers and more.

Open Buildings: Archiving the World's Built Environment
Cool site that uses GPS to track where you are and feeds information to you about buildings around you, from an architectural perspective.

Scirus
Science search tool is "the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web."

Online Journal Science Search Engine

PubGene
Biology and genetics research.

QuestforCures.com
A search engine dedicated to searching the Web for cures for specific diseases. Also has a news search feature.

Omni Medical Search
Search news, images, discussion forums, MedPro, etc. A great quick-search tool.

Bates Info Tip Newsletter
Search tips.

SearchMe
Displays search results as an image gallery of actual Web pages.

Spiderzilla
Allows to download an entire website from the Internet to a local directory, copying recursively the structure and all the content.

Viewzi
Meta-search site.

KartOO
Image meta-search site.

PicSearch
Searches the web for photos.

Kartoo
A great meta-search tool for visuals.

NCBI: Entrez
Search life sciences publications.

Myriad Search
Meta-search tool that lets you use four search engines at once.

Pandia Search Tool

Sproose
Do a video or web search.

FriendFeed.com
Reporters can use this to track people and news stories on more than 50 popular sites, including MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.

Trexy
Saves your search history. A very handy toolbar.

MsFreckles
Will search the entire web, or you can limit the search to UK-based sites.

Veoh
Search online videos and watch TV shows.

Snipp.tv
Search tool helps you find video and audio online.

ZippyVideos
Media sharing and video search tool.

Smashing Apps: Great Google Tricks
Cool search tips.

middlespot.com
A great tool for analyzing and managing your search results. No plugins, logins or passwords required. You can see your results in a gallery you can pan and zoom save individual results to personalized workpads.

Radio-Locator
Search globally for radio stations and streaming sites.

MagPortal.com: Magazine Article Search Engine and Directory

Radio Directory

Kids.net.au
A search engine just for kids!

Search Engines Features Chart
A comparison chart of the major search engines and the factors that affect if and when a page is indexed.

OneLook.com

Dewey Browser
Lets you point and click through the Dewey Decimal Classication to entries of interest, and browse a collection of Worldcat records and other material.

Time Magazine Archives
More than 81 years of articles are now online and searchable.

LifeHacker.com: Locate Original Documents Online
A guide to finding public records, etc.

Lifehacker: Top 20 Search Engine Helpers

Freeality

MESA E-Mail Search

Lifehacker: Searching the Invisible Web

MrSapo.com
This site gives users the option to receive results from 24 search engines at a time.

FactBites.com
This site is billed as a cross between a search engine and an encyclopedia. It provides searchers with full sentences about their search topic, rather than the sentence fragments most search engines offer. It seeks out authoritative and informative content, preferring encyclopedia-style fact-based descriptions to the chatty, spammy and inconsequential.

Yahoo! SearchMonkey
Enhances search engine performance with several add-on tools and tags.

College@Home: Niche Search Engines

Copyscape Plagiarism Checker
Search for copies of your page on the web. Helps you defend your site from plagiarism. Just type in your site's web address.

HighBeam.com
Access 1.5 million articles from more than 200 sources for free.

SearchSpy from Dogpile
Metasite that combines Google, Yahoo! and others into one search tool. A scrolling list of what people are searching at that moment.

Leadership Directories
Find leaders in government, foreign affairs, legal, media, etc.

Lycos

KPLAY Search Site
Find a person's phone number, e-mail address; find local businesses, weather, etc.

Lycos Multimedia Search

MSN Windows Live Search
Adds new tools and a new look to help compete for advanced search users.

Kartoo.com
A France-based search engine that piggybacks on Google and other engines but presents its results unconventionally: as "maps." The results are displayed in a way that allows you to tell which sites are more important.

EntireWeb.com

TVEyes
The site offers "transcript search" of podcasts. The site is fee-based service and allows you to search nearly all major TV networks and some local stations. The site also has a free transcript search of TV news video available on the open web from MSNBC, Reuters, etc.

Blinkx Video Search Engine

StumbleUpon
Free downloadable toolbar that discovers Web sites about topics you're interested in. More than 500 category topics to choose from. You must register, then click the "stumble upon" button.

SocialBrowse
Lets you easily share and discuss the Web and receive a real time broadcast of activity by people you like. Socialbrowse also shows you what's good on every page by embedding small icons next to links your friends have shared or commented on, right within the page.

Search Engine Colossus: International Directory of Search Engines

WhoisReport.com
This domain name search engine offers some unique features.

isleuth.com
More than 2,000 searchable databases.

Search-22

Infoplease.com Almanac Search Page

Topix.net
This site uses news aggregation and categorizes news stories on the Web into more than 150,000 pages. It relies on computer algorithms to sort stories. It monitors breaking news from over 3,000 sources, 24 hours a day. These algorithms read every story as it is released and then categorize each one into one or more topic pages. Among the category pages are separate ones for 30,000 U.S. cities and towns, 5,500 public companies and industries, 48,000 celebrities and musicians, 1,500 sports teams and personalities, and many, many more. Most helpful is the People page.

LexisWeb Legal Search Engine

SkipEase.com
A specialized directory for people and public records searching.

Grub.org
Grub uses the power of distributed computing to build Web searches. It automatically crawls the Web in the background, borrowing your computer's spare clock cycles, so you won't even notice it's there. The download is quick, you control how much you crawl, and a screensaver shows you the real-time progress your computer is making.

A9.com
Amazon.com search site.

Copyscape
Track who has lifted content off your website. Just type in the URL of your site.

Newszap.com
Search engine and online news, tools.

Pandia Search Engine for News Sites

Google Definitions
Look up a word's definition instantly.

iSearch
People-finding search tool.

YoName.com
Search Facebook, Linkedin and other social media sites for names.

RocketNews.com
Like Google News Search, this engine finds current news from all around the Internet. It automatically searches major online national and city newspapers, newswires, magazines, trade publications and press releases.

FindArticles.com
A free online article search.

Glossarist.com
A searchable directory of glossaries and subject directories covering hundreds of topics.

NewsNow
A British site with many U.S. resources. Updates every five minutes.

Search Moreover.com News Feeds
Searches many news feeds.

Fagan Finder
A great search tool that added several new features in May 2002. Journalists will be especially interested in the search engines, reference, news and law sections.

Findwhat.com
Search engine with great polls and surveys on user habits.

AltaVista Image Search

SearchSpell.com
Check your spelling as you submit a query.

Search SEC Filings

Findia.Net Search
A good general search tool.

Library of Congress: Thomas Search Engine
Tracks congressional bills as they pass through the system.

USPS: Quick Zip Code Search

AreaCodeDownload.com
Quick reference area codes and zip codes.

Podscope
Searches the web for podcasts.

Washington Post Bill Tracker
Search bills by state, voters, those who missed a vote, vote margin, etc.

FirstGov.Gov Search Database
The new database is built and powered by FAST Search and Transfer. FAST also provides the AllTheWeb engine. Limit terms by title, URL, text, state government, federal government or a specific domain.

WebSite-Watcher
A clipping-type tool that automatically looks for changes on web pages, any page at any level), as often as you like (every 30 minutes, hourly, daily, etc.) and then highlights precisely where on the page changes occur. Results are delivered via the tool or via e-mail.

TrackEngine.com
A clipping-type tool similar to WebSite-Watcher.

Orientation
Locally focused search engines from hundreds of countries.

All Law
Search engine and legal directory that has state resources.

Business.com
Business search engine.

Business Publications Search Engine
Find several great topics, including Internet business, intellectual property issues, industry publications, economics, management and more.

Itzalist.com

1st Headlines
Searches current news headlines and can be refined by topic, country, breaking news.

20Search.com
A search time-saver: on one page, there are the search boxes for 20 of the most popular search engines. Not just links to each engine, although those links are there as well, but the actual search box for each engine.

Anzwers.com

ExactSeek.com
Descibes itself as "an intelligent search engine."

WhatUseek.com

Traffick.com
A guide to Web portals. Many helpful tools.

The Paperboy.com

Inference Find

Washington Post.com World News Search
Enter country name in a database for news and Web links.

CNET Search.com

Metahoo.com
Metahoo! is an AD-FREE Web portal dedicated to simplifying the search process for its users by bringing back relevant and timely results as efficiently as possible. It offers users the ability to quickly and easily find information on the Web by searching through indexes of web documents. A user may enter a search term or terms and review a list of the best matches from all indexed Web pages.

SparkNotes
Search texts, newsfeeds, study guides and message boards.

LawCrawler
Powered by Google, the Web?s best search engine, it hunts down anything legal online.

SiloBreaker
An online search service for news and current events that delivers "meaning and relevance beyond traditional search and aggregation engines."

Feedspot
Another search tool that allows you to search blogs by geographic location.

Regret the Error
A blog that reports on corrections, retractions, clarifications, and trends regarding accuracy and honesty in North American media.

ChronWatch.com
A reader blog that monitors the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Wayback Machine
Tied to a database of 10 billion archived Web pages that go back five years. See what old and defunct sites looked like. Heavy use, so download may be slow.

Yahoo News Search
Still in beta-testing. This site covers thousands of periodicals and web sites.

Alexa.com
Downloadable software that makes searching the Web easier. The site has many Web search tools.

The Cybercafe Search Engine

Podscope
A search engine for podcast.

Cinema FreeNet
Search for a database of movies, actors, directors, and producers.

She Knows Search Engine
A women's resource search tool: arts, business, education, parenting, health/fitness, finance and more.

ElvisFind.com
Billed as the ultimate Elvis search engine and site directory, this is your Internet guide to the King.


META-SEARCH TOOLS

How They Work: Submit keywords in the search box, and it transmits your search simultaneously to several individual search engines, subject directories and their databases of Web pages.

Mamma.com
Billed as the "mother of all search engines," this tool keeps it simple.

Teoma.com
Provides three types of results: 1) a listing of Web links; 2) clustering related links into categories; 3) "expert links" that bring together resources on specific topics. It removes duplicate links as well, thus speeding your search.

Vivisimo
Results page groups links together, making it quicker to scan. Searches Yahoo, AltaVista, MSN/Hotbot, alltheweb, OpenDirectory/AOL, Excite, DirectHit, , EuroSeek.

Copernic
This site searches Alta Vista, AOL.com, Direct Hit, EuroSeek, Excite, Fast Search, Google, GoTo, HotBot, , Lycos, Magellan, MSN Web, Netscape Netcenter, Open Directory, Snap, Web Crawler,Yahoo! and some international sites.

DipBox.com
A metasearch thats search of Altavista, Fast & Wisenut.

Freeality
Various search tools, people locator.

Dogpile
Surfs about 15 search engines and directories.

Ixquick
AOL, AltaVista, , EuroSeek, Excite, FindWhat, MSN, alltheweb, GoTo, Hotbot, Yahoo! Translates your search into each search engine's syntax.

MetaCrawler
Searches AltaVista and some minor databases.

Proteus
A guide to the Web guides. This site makes it convenient to use many search tools all in one place.

NewsPlace.org
Features meta-search capabilities which scan sistes such as ixQuick, AllTheWeb News, and News search from Northern Light. The site also has a "Grammar Matters" review section.

SavvySearch.com

Surfwax.com
Good for general keyword searches.

Metaspy
Track what people are surfing online.

Debriefing Search Engine
Claims to be the "world's most powerful search engine."


SUBJECT DIRECTORIES

Cyberjournalist Reporter's SuperSearch

Homeland Security Digital Library
Search engine allows you to scan more than 30 homeland security blogs.

About.com

Excite

Info - Encyclopedia and Reference Resource
Browse articles in all areas of topics within Earth & Environment, History, Literature & Arts, Health & Medicine, People, Philosophy & Religion, Places, Plants & Animals, Science & Technology, Social Science, Law, Sports, Everyday Life, and more. Includes Country Studies and North America Gazetteer.

Dmoz.org/
Open directory project. Has look and feel of a Yahoo!

Librarians' Index to the Internet
A "thinking person's Yahoo" subject directory that's updated regularly.

Internet Public Library Pathfinder
University of Michigan librarians organize subject pages that included annotated suggestions for both the Web and library books. A great starting point for any story.

Infomine
A high-quality subject directory; librarian-selected with flexible search option.

Subjex.com
A dialogue-based format where search terms can be placed in natural language style.

Coneteq
Allows you to search products by brand, price and location. Created in Lebanon.

Soople.com
Contains a series of well-organized forms enabling one-click searching of Google's most powerful features, from mathematical calculations to language translation.

National Portrait Gallery Searchable Database
Search for all of their pieces by artist, title, etc.

National Gallery of Art Searchable Database
Search for all of their pieces by artist, title, etc.

BookTV.org
A very handy search tool allows you to locate video interviews with non-fiction book editors.

AcademicInfo.net
Click on advanced search button.

U.S. City Directories
City directories, arguably one of the most over-looked resources by genealogists, have been around since the 1700s. This web site attempts to identify all printed, microfilmed, and online directories, and their repositories, for the United States.

Suite 101.com

Pretrieve.com Public Records Search Engine
A public records search tool designed to make finding information about a person or business from free public record sites faster and easier. Pretrieve provides categorized tabs with links to meaningful and relevant information and delivers users directly to their search results -- not simply dumping them off at the front door of the home page -- by preloading the search criteria.

Scout Report Signpost
More than 8,000 of the best internet resources chosen by Scout Report.

CyberPaperBoy.com
Helps you find any online newspaper in the world.

RhymeZone Shakespeare Search Engine

West Egg ClicheFinder Search Engine
More than 3,300 indexed cliches. Look them up and edit them out of stories.


INVISIBLE WEB

How They Work: These are databases and online tools that the search engines and subject directories often miss. They're great for finding powerful databases and research on a a variety of topics.

CNET Search.com
This "Invisible Web" tool offers specialized search topics such as business, government, people and travel.

HyperStat Searchable Stats Database
Powered by Rice University.

SearchSystems.net Database Links
Links to almost 5,000 public records databases. Claims to be the largest free collection of public records databases on the Web.

YouTomb
MIT student project tracks videos kicked off YouTube for alleged copyright infringement.

Miscellaneous Research Tools

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The Wayback Machine
A new version of Archive.org that searches screengrabs of old website designs.

Time Capsule
Type in your birthdate -- or any date you're interested in for that matter -- and get a digest of news headlines, top song titles and other timely factoids covering that era.

Who, What, When Database
Great for quick fact-checking. A database of "key people and events from 1000 A.D. to the present." Create graphic timelines of periods in history and of the lives of individuals.

EveryTimeZone
Lists your local time with other time zones and major cities. No more time zone math! The site is also a cool use of HTML5 (no Flash) and can be used on an iPhone and iPad.

Poligraft
This Sunlight Foundation site adds political context to news stories by scanning news articles you enter for the names of donors, corporations, lobbyists and politicians and shows how they are connected by contributions. Free site.

HelpaReporterOut.com
Run by blogger and PR pro Peter Shankman, is a free subscription site that allows reporters to submit a query looking for sources. Simply enter your query into a form, and it will get posted on the site's next e-mailing. Queries are sent out three a day to a list of more than 18,000 global sources. If a source has knowledge of a specific query, that source can just e-mail the reporter directly. Note that PR people are kicked off the list for off-topic pitching.

Google Search Techniques for Journalists
Many tips and tricks.

The Reddit Edit
Created by a freelance journalist, this site features the best of Reddit. Great place to go and find story ideas.

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
Part of The Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University, this site, launched in the summer of 2010, provides information focused on juvenile justice issues and shines a spotlight on the system's strengths and weaknesses.

Pew Global Attitudes Project
Public opinion surveys from around the world.

Search Systems
A free database that has business information, corporate filings, property records, unclaimed property, professional licenses, inmates, criminal and court filings and much more. You can even see aerial photographs of your home.

Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information
This site will be a boon to anyone studying issues related to information technology or electronic publishing. The site has been publishing the index since 1997, and this latest version contains more than 1,400 citations as well as an introduction that explains how to use the site. The bibliography and index reference both online and print sources, including books, articles, monographs, and chapters. Librarians in particular will want to bookmark this site.

ZabaSearch.com
This site provides basic information for free, including birth year, month, phone number and address for free and deeper background information for a fee. There is a fee for queries that return a wealth of info sometimes dating back more than 10 years: residential addresses, phone numbers both listed and unlisted, birth year, even satellite photos of people's homes.

The Scoop: CAR Stories Database
A browsable database that has individual pages for papers, topics, dates and bylines. Nearly everything has an RSS feed for it, so you can subscribe to specific reporter's byline, topic, etc.

Electronic Sources of Information: A Bibliography
This site will be a boon to anyone studying issues related to information technology or electronic publishing. The site has been publishing the index since 1997, and this latest version contains more than 1,400 citations as well as an introduction that explains how to use the site. The bibliography and index reference both online and print sources, including books, articles, monographs, and chapters. Librarians in particular will want to bookmark this site.

DeadorAliveInfo.com
A handy quick-reference, fact-checking site for copy editors. Find out if a celebrity is dead or alive.

Obituaries Help
Access newspaper obituaries and discover your genealogy online. Discover obituary resources like old newspaper obituaries archives and Download free genealogy forms and printable family tree charts.

Energy Saving Tips
With rising energy costs, this site offers tips on heating and cooling.

Data.gov Tools
This government site is a tool for helping to build your own database using government statistics.

PC World: 30 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do on the Internet

Zotero
Firefox extension to help you collect, manage and cite your research sources. Developed by George Mason University, the extension provides users with automated access to bibliographic information for online resources.

Neil Reisner: Using the Web to Search for Records
A great set of search tips from Florida International professor.

Neil Reisner: Finding Almost Anybody
Tips on tracking down people, databases, etc.

Why Are Americans So...
A fun site that lists state-by-state stereotypes based off Google search's autocomplete. Could be helpful for a fun, off beat story.

Open CRS
"Congressional Research Service is a "think tank" that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. Yet, these reports are not made available to the public in a way that they can be easily obtained. Open CRS allows citizens to share CRS Reports that are already in the public domain."

Fagan Finder
Journalists will be especially interested in the search engines, reference, news and law sections.

Calendar 365
Moon calendars, Chinese calendar, etc.

Vital Records Database
Lists links to all the state and county agencies that keep vital statistics such as birth, death andmarriage records around the country. Also lists the fee the states charge for the records.

Online Public Records
Find public records data.

HighBeam.com
Access 1.5 million articles from more than 200 sources for free.

SearchingtheInternet.info

Academic Scholar Search Engines
A great collection of search tools.

Resource Shelf?s DocuTicker
A helpful research blog run by several top researchers.

Pantheon: Encyclopedia of Myths

PI Newslink
A blog for private investigators/researchers.

ResourceShelf: DocuTicker
A daily update of new reports from government agencies, ngo's, think tanks, and other groups.

Copyscape
Track who has lifted content off your website. Just type in the URL of your site.

Ehow.com
A how-to guide that makes for great trend stories and features.

Notable Names Database

Leadership Directories
Find leaders in government, foreign affairs, legal, media, etc.

Virtual Library Museums
Find whatever you want, whether it's art, history, science or a natural park.

CountryReports.org
Stats and facts on countries. More than 26,000 pages.

FindtheData.org
Search nine broad categories for relevant data, stats.

Full Text Reports
A top-tier research professional's hand-picked selection of documents from academe, corporations, government agencies, interest groups, NGOs, professional societies, research institutes, think tanks, trade associations, etc.

Social Science Research Network
Free database of research papers.

FedStats
Studies and stats on federal government research..

Wikipedia: State Agency Databases
A wiki on state databases that feature information on businesses, licensed professionals, etc.

WordSpy
Looks for new words popping up in English usage.

Omgili
Searches more than 100,000 message boards and forums.

WhyFiles.org
A science explanation site.

HookedOnFacts
An "engine" that generates random, interesting facts. Helpful feature ideas, notebook items, etc.

CityTownInfo.com
A collection of information on U.S. cities and towns. The site includes almanac-like reference data, property statistics, local weather reports, links to the official city web sites and maps for about 3,500 cities. The site also includes a summary article on about 50 major cities.

Census QuickFacts
Look up state and county census stats using this image map.

City-Data.com
This site has collected and analyzed data from numerous sources to create profiles of all U.S. cities. It featuresthousands of pictures, maps, satellite photos, stats about residents (race, income, ancestries, education, employment...), geographical data, crime data, housing, businesses, political contributions, weather, hospitals, schools, libraries, houses, airports, radio and TV stations, zip codes, area codes, user-submitted facts, similar cities list.

OCLC Libarian's Toolbox
Resources, some free and some by perscription.

Obits 101
A national obits clearinghouse of links.

UN.org
Has reports with individual country statistics on many topics.

NationMaster.com
Has reports with individual country statistics on many topics.

International Center for Journalists

Social Security Death Records

Encyclopedia & Reference Resource
Browse articles in all areas of topics within Earth & Environment, History, Literature & Arts, Health & Medicine, People, Philosophy & Religion, Places, Plants & Animals, Science & Technology, Social Science, Law, Sports, Everyday Life, and more.

Poynter.org: Summer Resources
Fourth of July, other factual sites on the summer solistice.

Deadlineonline.com
A must-bookmark for any journalist.
A clearinghouse of sourcing links from the Schlein News Bureau.
Broken down by people, sources, documents and background.

Voice of the Shuttle
Compiled by the UC Santa Barbara English Department, this is an outstanding general links site. Resources include anthropology, women's studies, literature, philosophy, business theory, cyberculture and more.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
An online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.

Lost in Translation
Takes your phrase in and out of English and other languages and gives you results.

Modern Language Association: Language Map Data Center
Provides maps and data babout the many languages spoken in the United States.

Database of Learning Sites
Site checks dozens of search engines and newsgroups.

Easybib.com
A free site that allows you to enter a source you wish to cite, where you found it (e.g., online or print), the author and other details. You then get an instant bibliography entry that you can reuse as you need.

Encyclopedia of Earth

YouTube: Library of Congress Channel

Refdesk.com
A blizzard of topics, from zip quotes and stock quotes to sports.

National Personnel Records Center
A central repository of personnel-related records, both military and civil service. The site provides service to "government agencies, military veterans, former civilian Federal employees, family members, as well as researchers and historians."

Covering Poverty: A Tool Kit for Journalists
Created by The Grady Center at the University of Georgia.

Wordorigins.org
The truth and myth about where words come from.

Howstuffworks.com
Look up just about anything in this online encyclopedia.

PBS Animal Encyclopedia
Hundreds of helpful facts and stats.

Phaster Lookups Reference Database
Do quick searches for reference tools: encylopedias, economic terms, legal dictionary, biblical reference, quotes and more. Great one-stop reference shopping.

Journalist's Resource
A website dedicated to promoting knowledge-based
 reporting and is targeted to journalism educators. A project of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education.

TradeStats
See what each state exports and where they are shipping. Who Is trading with Iraq.

BBC: Languages
Glossaries and helpful sound files.

American University: Center for Social Media
Not social media as in twitter, but social issues covered in media. Founded in 2001, the center "showcases and analyzes media for public knowledge and action--media made by, for, and with publics to address the problems that they share. We pay particular attention to the evolution of documentary film and video in a digital era."

Anecdotage: Anecdote Database
A handy database of stories about famous people. Be sure to double-check all facts found in the database.

Bartleby Reference Page
Features dictionairies, encyclopedias, thesauri and usage guides.

Infomine: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections

Acronym Finder
"The web's most comprehensive database of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms. 212,000-plus definitions!"

Newswords.com
A global headline search site.

Census: American FactFinder
Type in a city or ZIP code and get census data.

YourDictionary.com
Glossaries, quick-reference look-ups. Translation tools as well.

Modern Language Association: Language Map
Search by language and state for an interactive map of how many people speak that language by county, zip code, etc.

Speech & Transcripts Center
Current and past speech transcripts.

Historychannel.com: Speech Transcripts
Historical transcripts and audio.

BBC: How Big Really? Dimensions
Gives spatial context for events by presenting them against the background of a place (city or ZIP code) whose dimensions a reader understands. Very similar to IfItWereMyHome.com during the BP Gulf oil spill.

Stanford: Journalism in the Age of Data
A great video tutorial on how to use data visualization online as a journalist.

Vanderbilt: Exploration Online Research Journal

Towards Electronic Journals: Realities for Scientists, Librarians and Publishers
Focuses mostly on scientists' perspective as authors and readers, how changes over the years by publishers and librarians have affected scientists, and what they should expect from electronic journal and digital journal article databases. We describe some myths concerning scholarly journals and attempt to assess the future in a realistic manner.

BuzzDash
Online polls on news, politics, sports, celebrities, etc.

How Stuff Works Podcasts

Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty
"A full-service research and evaluation resource. Our aim is to provide dynamic research and analysis on today's most pressing social issues and solutions to help equip you in your work toward a just global society."

Peoplespot.com
A good fact-checking site. Biographies, vital records, demographics, population and census statistics, e-mail, phone, reverse and professional directories, newsgroups, chat rooms.

Everyzing
Provides transcript searching (every spoken word) in some YouTube categories. Searches can currently be performed in a limited number of categories (sports, entertainment, etc.)

TVEyes
The site offers "transcript search" of podcasts. The site is fee-based service and allows you to search nearly all major TV networks and some local stations. The site also has a free transcript search of TV news video available on the open web from MSNBC, Reuters, etc.

ResearchBuzz.com

RoboForm
This software remembers every password, various addresses (which you control by creating different identities) and unlike Gator, contains no spyware. Although the basic version is free, the pro version is available for about $30.

Dialect Survey
A survey quiz from Harvard that studies dialect dispersion in modern America. See how much you differ from folks in your hometown (or adopted locale), or examine the maps to find out how people say what, where, etc.

British Library Archives
The British Library owns the world's largest collection of research materials. You can search 20,000 journals for free and order full text for a small fee.

New York Times: TimesMachine
Browsable access to the Times from 1851 to 1922, but is only available to home delivery subscribers.

PoliticalQuotes.org: Eigen's Political & Historical Quotations
More than 40,000 free quotations from more than 11,000 different historical and political figures in a searchable database.

WorldStatesmen.org
Though this site is run by a hobbyist, it features complete lists of the heads of state and government for every country and colony in the world over the past 300 years. It also has pocket histories of each country/colony, images of each country and colony's flags, and in many cases links to constitutions, national anthems, and so on. Also updated fairly regularly. Again, double-check the information you find on this site, but it appears to be very, very helpful.

BBC News Country Profiles
Features include an overview, historical timelines and links to the media from each country. Also some audio of newsmaking moments.

Geographic Encyclopedia

West Egg's Cliche Finder

The Library Files
Links by beat from the intranet of the Wisconsin Capital Times.

TVEyes.com
Keep track of keywords mentioned on TV. You can do a free demo try, but it costs for a user log-in.

Mural Locator
This site helps you locate murals around the world.

Sunlight Foundation: Influence Explorer
From Marylaine Block: "Type in the names of lawmakers, corporations, or individuals here to find out who is providing the most funding for your congressional candidates."

Copyscape Plagiarism Checker
Search for copies of your page on the web. Helps you defend your site from plagiarism. Just type in your site's web address.

World Time Server

The U.S. Constitution

American Community Network
This site has a large amount of data on many U.S. communities.

GotoCity.com
Organized by state and city, explore data on many U.S. communities.

Biography.com
The TV show on A&E has a database of bios on famous people. Good for fact-checking.

American National Biography Online
The American National Biography (ANB) offers portraits of more than 17,400 people. The site includes feature illustrations, hyperlinked cross-reference, links to selected Web sites and powerful search capabilities. It requires a user name and password, though.

HistoryChannel.com
A great site for fact-checking.

Voycabulary
Don't know a word used on a site? Enter the URL into this page and it gives you a new page in which you can click on any word on the page to find it's meaning.

Ajeeb.com
This site provides instant, free translation of Arabic Web sites into English.

Adobe .PDF Conversion Tools

Editor's Web.org
News release galore, many from federal agencies.

Rootsweb.com
A free genealogy site. Social security, birth and census reports.

Yahoo! Almanacs/Calendars
Links to online almanacs and other calendar Web sites.

Los Angeles Times Data Desk
Databases galore, from tropical storm names, charities, entertainment, politics, etc.

Time Magazine: 50 Best Websites of 2008
Links galore to helpful web tools.

TimeTicker.com
Use this database to check what time it is anywhere in the world.

Guiness Book of World Records
If your momma claims it's a world record, you better check it out.

Brain Track
Search British universities.

ExpertClick.com
A searchable site for authorities on particular topics. 14,000 topics covered and more than 1,500 individuals, associations, corporations and public interest groups.

OtherTimelines.com
A chance to rewrite history, giving the user the chance to write their own scenarios and sequels to historical events. Example: What would have happened had JFK not been killed?

FindSame
A plagiarism finder.

CredoReference.com
This cross-reference site does a search of 50 reference titles.

Martindale's Reference Desk
All kinds of resources.

Internet Public Library's Pathfinders
University of Michigan librarians organize subject pages that included annotated suggestions for both the Web and library books. A great starting point for any story.

SearchSpell.com
Check your spelling as you submit a query.

Columbia Encyclopedia
The sixth edition has 51,000 entries and 80,000 cross references and search capabilities.

Pew Social Trends
Social, demographics and stats galore. Great resource for localizing these national/global trends in your community. Has stats down to the local level.

BookFinder.com
Links to 20,000 independent book-sellers and lists more than 30 million books (new, used, rare, etc.).

Online Arabic Translation Tool
Translate content on Arabic sites to English using this resource. Plug in the text or the URL to get the translation.

Systransoft.com
Instant translation for several languages.

Census: American FactFinder
Type in a city or ZIP code and get census data.

WorldTime
An interactive world atlas, information on local time as well as sunrise and sunset times in several hundred cities, and a database of public holidays worldwide.

National Digital Library
Detailed multimedia presentations on significant historical events provide access to the highlights of the collections at the Library of Congress.

World Almanac for Kids Online

Dictionary of American Regional English

SoYouWanna.com
Teaches you how to tackle hundreds of life's problems.

Internet Resources for Writers
A great one-page stop for helpful writing and reporting links.

Social Science Research Network
This site covers the worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.

Lycos Multimedia Search
This site offers photos and more.

Freeality
Various search tools, people locator.

PC Magazine: Top 101 Websites to Engage, Entertain and Inform
Covers topics such as computing, business, finance, etc.

U.S. National Archives

The Capitol.net: Online Resources
Lists of helpful reporting links by category.

HookedonFacts.com
This site generates offbeat facts and stats. Click the fact generator repeatedly for a list of of fun, interesting facts.

LinkPopularity
Check how many sites link there are to a particular sit.

Excite's World Facts and Global News Directory

HowjSay: Online Dictionary of English Pronunciation
Great tool for broadcasters. Just type in the word or select from a list and see how the word is pronounced.

Truth or Fiction?
This site takes "rumor mill" e-mails we all receive and determines if they are true or false. There is a good list of Attack on America information.

Quoteland.com
A links page put up by an individual. Fact-check anything you find on the site.

NewsWise
Newswise maintains a comprehensive database of news releases from top institutions engaged in scientific, medical and business research. Allows reporters to search, browse or download any article or abstract.

100 Places To Connect with Other Bibliophiles Online

Deloitte Press Room
Several interesting studies by the consulting firm.

All in One Search Page
Search more than 800 databases, directories and more.

Lexis-Nexis
Search hundreds of periodicals. Password and ID required.

Edirectory.com
A global directory of search engines.

Good Quotations
Gabriel Robins' Good Quotations by Famous People has some super material.

Docusearch.com
This site claims to be "the place to find, locate & track down anybody! We offer locate searches, DMV driver & vehicle searches, telephone record searches, financial and bank searches, criminal and property records. Some searches are free, others you must pay for.

Onelook Dictionary
A glossary of 743 subjects.

World Book Online
The digital version of the encyclopedia.

Artcyclopedia
The fine arts encyclopedia. One of the top reference sites around, according to the American Library Association. Search by artist, etc.

ADAM: Art, Design, Architecture & Media Information Gateway
A searchable list of 2,500 links.

Free Translation
This site translates English into other languages. Very cool! And free.

HyperStat Searchable Stats Database
Powered by Rice University.

Back Issue Finder
Marketplace for finding periodical information.

ReporterPitch.com
Similar to Al's morning meeting on Poynter.org, only with e-mail. The e-mail-based story idea exchange for working journalists acts as a distributor of stories or generated in daily work.

OneLook Dictionary Search
A very handy, quick-search resource. Type a word or phrase into this search engine and it will match your clues with the word you need.

The Quotations Page
Check sources of famous quotes.

Ask.com
Known as AskJeeves.com, you use natural-language search fields. You can pose questions and you'll get answers!

The Avalon Project
Yale Law School site that offers digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.

Librarians Index to the Internet

The Virtual Library
Links to dozens of indexed library resources.

IBB Voice of America: Pronunciation Guide
An invaluable tool to broadcasters on deadline.

Law Library Research Exchange

The Internet Public Library
Search an extensive research database.

American Library Association Libraries Page
Links to several large libraries around the United States..

Librarian's Index to the Internet

Research and Style Guides for Students
Nearly 100 links to helpful research sites.

Special Libraries Assn. News Division
Newsroom librarian site on archiving, online references, research materials.

Library of American Broadcasting
A collection of audio and video recordings, books, pamphlets, periodicals, personal collections, oral histories, photographs, scripts, and vertical files devoted exclusively to the history of broadcasting.

Subject Index to Literature on Electronic Sources of Information
Deals with all aspects of electronic publishing and include print and non-print materials, periodical articles, monographs and individual chapters in collected works. Each edition includes about 1,500 indexed titles. Both the index and the bibliography are continuously updated.

Instructions on How to use the Subject Index and the Bibliography

Internet Journalism Resources
From Minnesota State University.

Online Literature Library
Search through hundreds of titles and authors.

Presidential Libraries

Library Journal Infodocket
Research information and documents curated by Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy.

E-journals.org
Search for journals on hundreds of wide-ranging topics.

Museum of Hoaxes
Don't be fooled by urban legends and if it sounds too good to be true, it is.

StrangeFacts.com
A cool resource for offbeat stats and facts.

One Look Dictionaries
Search nearly 4 million words.

Famous Name Changes
Track celebrities, politicians.

The Gutenberg Bible Online

RAND Corporation Research Areas
Federally funded documents center has a clearinghouse page of links to a variety of topics: national security, international affairs, healthcare, transportation, etc.

Thesaurus for Use in College and University Archives
More than 1,300 terms used by college or university archives to describe their holdings.

Forbes People Tracker
Track more than 120,000 executives and members of the Forbes rich and celebrity lists. Customized e-mail alerts (free!), research public companies and news updates!

The British Library
Portal to more than 150 million items from history.

Institute for Public Accuracy
As a nationwide group of policy researchers. Great source for public policy issues!

Kalends.com
A free consumer-oriented, searchable site that features, general interest, business, holidays, and trade show events set to occur in the U.K. and elsewhere. There is some U.S. material.

Online Internet Sources Link List
A super alphabetical listing to hundreds of sites. Just scroll through to find your subject.

Ersys
A comprehensive collection of demographic, lifestyle, and economic data covering over 2,600 U.S. cities portrayed as thematic maps, informative reports, detailed tables and colorful charts --- all freely available.

EPodunk: City, County, Town and Community Information
Statistical data and other details on small communities across the nation.

Edhead: Simple Machines
Learn about gears, levers, inclined planes and how things are engineered.

Lewis Mumford Center: Census Research
This site lists some census research analysis that is used by many reporters, especially those covering census information. It is run by Merci Miglino of the Lewis Mumford Center at the Research University at Albany, SUNY.

Genomic Glossaries and Taxonomies
Biotechnology & pharmaceutical terms (& definitions) not found in most dictionaries. About 3,500 + definitions for applications, biochemistry, bioinformatics, cheminformatics, drug discovery and development, genomics, molecular biology, proteomics (and beyond), tools and technologies.

OnlineHomeBase.com
A web-based service that lets you store research notes and reminders for interviews etc with a user interface that looks like a simple notepad sheet.

SlipUps.com
Mistakes in movies, books, quotes, TV shows, etc.

Clock Your Typing Speed

FindTutorials.com
Learn how to do just about anything.

Dogpile.com

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

University of Michigan Documents in the News
Search safety reports from many areas -- transportation, environment, etc.

Smarting Surfing Links
A Columbia University professor offers tips on searching on the Web.

Cal-Berkeley: Journalism Research Tools
Links to online almanacs, encyclopedias, directories, subject guides, etc.

Internet Resources for News Librarians and Others
Links galore, grouped by topics and types of tools.

Law Library of Congress
Links galore to research, other law centers, collections databases, reading room, bibliographies, etc.

FASCNET Internet Resources
A searchable database of hundreds of helpful sites, organized by beats and topics.

SearchSystems.net
Great one-stop shopping for links to public records databases.

Acronym Finder
A helpful database of more than 200,000 acronyms, abbreviations, etc.

USPS: Quick Zip Code Search

AreaCodeDownload.com
Quick reference area codes and zip codes.

S9.com
Biographical dictionary with 33,000 entries.

National Archives
Thousands of public records and historical documents.

Art Science Research Laboratory
A New York based, not-for-profit organization that creates intellectual environment and advocacy of interdisciplinary study, encompassing the areas of research, collections and publishing. On a daily basis, art historians, scientists, artists, designers, and programmers contribute ideas, participate in a dynamic environment, and challenge the outdated but still prominent structures of practices in the arts, sciences, and humanities.

Nobel Prize Winners' Research
A database of their papers.

Dietary Supplements Labels Database
From the National Library of Medicine, this database offers information from the labels of over 2,000 brands of dietary supplements in the marketplace, including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and other specialty supplements.

HelpaReporterOut.com
Run by blogger and PR pro Peter Shankman, is a free subscription site that allows reporters to submit a query looking for sources. Simply enter your query into a form, and it will get posted on the site's next e-mailing. Queries are sent out three a day to a list of more than 18,000 global sources. If a source has knowledge of a specific query, that source can just e-mail the reporter directly. Note that PR people are kicked off the list for off-topic pitching.

PDFTextOnline.com
Site lets you download to a ZIP file.

Zamzar Conversion Tool
A free service that turns a .PDF into flat-file text.

PC Magazine's Undiscovered Websites: Info, Reference and Search
From November, 2007, a great collection of sites that provide shortcuts on the web.

Library of Congress: Ask a Librarian
Submit questions to a librarian. Includes a chat feature and links to various collections.

Chicago Reader: The Straight Dope
Answers to dozens of offbeat (sometimes silly) questions. Good for looking for quirky story ideas.

Worldwide Words
Michael Quinion writes about international English from a British perspective. Fun with pop culture catch phrases.

Pali Research

Friend or Follow
A helpful database for tracking Twitter followers and to track who's following you.

Google Definitions
Look up a word's definition instantly.

iSearch
People-finding search tool.

YoName.com
Search Facebook, Linkedin and other social media sites for names.

Tweetake
Lets you back up your followers and people you are following.

Topify
Receive an e-mail notification that someone is following you on Twitter. It includes information about that person (how many followers, updates, etc.)

ZipWho.com: Free Zip Code Demographics
Stats and demographic information in an easy-to-search format.

Library of Congress Webcasts
News and reviews of the latest documentary films.

U.S. Public Interest Research Groups
Transportation, healthcare, money and politics, media reform, tax and budget, law, higher education and environmental issues.

Academic Earth
Videos of academic lectures by top scholars on various topics.

Neat New Stuff on the Web
A super list of new resources updated weekly by librarian Marylaine Block.

Library of Congress: State Resource Guides
Provides links to external Web sites and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers. This site will be updated on a regular basis.

Library of Congress: State Digital Resources
Includes memory projects, online encyclopedias, history and cultural materials.

Research Channel
More than 3,500 videos from "a consortium of leading research and academic institutions to share the valuable work of their researchers with the public."

National Press Club Library

Columbia University Online Library

Northwestern University Journalism Library Collection

University of California, Berkeley Journalism Library

University of Texas Journalism Library

Library of American Broadcasting

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Library of Congress Newspaper and Current Periodical Room

University of Washington Library Resources for Communication Studies

British Library

Association of UK Media Librarians

NewsliBlog

SLA Newspaper Archives on the Web

Indianapolis Star Library

Portland Oregonian Research Blog

Liz Donovan's Behind the News Blog

Poynter Institute's Eugene Patterson Library

Policy Archive
More than 12,000 public policy documents.

North American Transportation Statistics
Sort by country or type of stat. Includes passenger travel, safety, vehicles, infrastructure, etc.

Federal Citizen Information Center
Answers consumer problems with government services.

NewGeography.com
Economic, demographic and political commentary about places.

SpinSpotter
An interesting piece of software tool that claims to expose news spin and bias, misuse of sources, and suspect factual support. Uses algorithms to spot spin keywords on sites you surf .

Bioinformatics: A Brief Review of Resources on the Web
A nice collection of links to journals and books from the American Library Association.

Footnote
Uses the National Archives to digitize and upload every document housed there. You can cull through thousands of famous documents.

St. Ambrose Library: Best Information on the Net
Thousands of resources from the web, just a click away.

World Name Profiler
Enter a surname to view its map and statistics.

GrammarGuard.org

Press Think
Blog from NYU's Jay Rosen on new media and other timely topics.

Idealist.org
The nonprofit group Action without Borders provides this database to find volunteers, internships, etc.

OAIster
Catalog of digital resources from government agencies, libraries, schools, etc.

Journalist's Guide to Covering Adoption

able2act
A service from Infosphere that delivers information and records on military warfare, terrorism, organization profiles, company profiles, long reports on global countries, cybercrime, etc. More than 2,000 records are added each week.

Wolfram

AARP: AgeStats Worldwide Database
Comparative statistical data on the situation of older adults, projections, etc.

Encyclopedia of Television

Special Issues: List of Lists
Links to rankings in many consumer, political and other categories.

World Names Profiler
Use this tool to track a surname and map the results.

Translation Crawler
Sites indexed for interpretation, etc.

Listable
Social network for people who make lists.

Google Timeline
Calendar of news site RSS feeds.

The Globalist
Articles, facts and book quotes of the day are browsable by countries and regions, and by globalization topics such as children, development, markets, religion, technology, etc.

Days To Pay Calculator: How Long Until You Pay It Off?
Enter the cost of an item and other information compute how long it will take to pay off the item you want to purchase. Helpful for writers doing consumer spending stories.

Arrangeonline.com: National Obituary Archive
With more than 55 million individual entries on file.

Atlas Obscura
Search, or browse by categories or places.

Center for Gaming Research Media Guide
From the UNLV library. Great for sources for gambling revenue statistics, experts and issues related to the casino industry. The site includes a special media page.

Social Science Research Network
Search this database of abstracts and papers on hundreds of topics.

Gallup
Surveys and research.

Harris
Surveys and research.

Zogby International
Polling information on elections and other issues. Has a good newsroom section.

NPD Group Global Insight
Marketing firm media page posts dozens of retail trends and surveys.

Trilby Lundberg
Surveys and research.

Kelton Research
Consumer marketing research firm.

URL Appraisal
Find out how much your web address is worth.

INFOdocket
Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy blog about information industry news, new web sites, and tools.

CalculateWhat Online Calculators

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

National Geologic Map Database
From the USGS, this is a geoscience resource for maps and related data to geology, hazards, earth resources, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, paleontology and marine geology.

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