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    Useful Research Links

    I've gathered these together from the links that used to be up here in a sticky. Thanks to I_Shrugged and others for the links so far. If you want to add any more, please do!

    Agriculture
    http://www.fao.org/ - The Food and Agriculture Org of the UN

    American
    http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/fa267/contents - Digital Archive of American Architecture
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/ - Index of the US Constitution
    http://www.supremecourtus.gov/ - The Supreme Court

    Animals
    http://www.animalbehaviorarchive.org/loginPublic.do - Animal Behavior Archives at Cornell.
    http://www.enature.com/home/ - Enature (most animal species)

    Art
    http://www.artrenewal.org/ - Excellent art by the masters.
    http://www.cordair.com/ - Quent Cordair Fine Art
    http://www.gandygallery.com/art/index.htm - Fine Realist art
    http://www.metmuseum.org/ - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    http://www.nymuseum.com - New YorkMuseum
    http://www.safran-arts.com - Bernard Safran's Fine Arts
    http://www.sandrashaw.com/ - Sandra Shaw, sculptor
    http://www.sculpturegallery.com/ - Everything sculpture
    http://www.sfae.com/ - The San Francisco Art Exchange
    http://www.si.edu/ - The Smithsonian Institution

    Baby Names
    http://www.babynology.com - Baby Names and more

    Biographies
    http://www.biography.com - Biographies
    http://www.s9.com - More Biographies

    Countries
    https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications...ook/index.htm - CIA World Fact book is a starting place for quick info

    Crime
    http://faculty.ncwc.edu/TOConnor/criminology.htm - The Criminology Mega Site

    Dictionaries
    http://www.britannica.com
    http://www.dictionary.cambridge.org
    http://www.dictionary.com
    http://www.onelook.com
    http://www.pacific-mall.comdictnary/index.htm - Online Dictionary List
    http://www.rhymezone.com -Rhyming Dictionary
    http://www.bartleby.com/61/ -American Heritage Dictionary
    http://phrontistery.info/index.html - The Phrontistery (unusual Dictionaries)
    http://www.yourdictionary.com
    http://www.etymonline.com - Online Etymology Dictionary
    http://www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml - Describe a Concept in one word

    Fashion
    http://www.wishbookweb.com/ - This one requires a paid or two week trial subscription
    http://www.homeaccentstoday.com/arti...lifestyles.php - lingerie catalogs, including some from the 40's
    http://kclibrary.lonestar.edu/decade40.html
    http://www.wikihow.com/Dress-in-American-1940s-Fashion
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1930%E2...945_in_fashion
    http://www.film-classics.com/archives/4789
    http://www.vintagefashionclub.com/1940s-fashion.html
    http://www.fashion-era.com/1940s/index.htm
    http://www.marquise.de/en/themes/timeline/time7.shtml
    http://vintagefashionguild.org/fashi.../1940-to-1950/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1945%E2...960_in_fashion
    http://www.evadress.com/1940s_c_8.html
    http://www.decadesofstyle.com/vintage-patterns-1940s
    http://www.sovintagepatterns.com/194...gpatterns.html
    http://momspatterns.com/inc/searchre...dress&n=436045
    http://www.edelweisspatterns.com/blog/?p=2459
    http://blog.beyondretro.com/2011/09/...hionthe-1940s/
    http://www.swingfashionista.com/tag/1940s-fashion/
    http://newsroom.nwfilm.org/2012/04/1...view-part-one/
    http://www.tweedmansvintage-blog.com...-clothing.html


    Financial
    http://www.bloomberg.com/intro3.html - Bloomberg Financial
    http://www.kiplinger.com/personalfinance/magazine/ - Kiplinger's Finance
    http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html - Currency Calculator

    Food and Drink
    http://www.fao.org/ - The Food and Agriculture Org of the UN
    http://www.wines.com/ - Wines

    Fun
    http://office.microsoft.com/en- - Microsoft Design Gallery (clip art, etc.)
    http://www.afn.org/~afn15301/seussfiles/early.html - Early Dr. Seuss Stuff
    http://www.crayola.com/ - Crayola Creativity Central
    http://www.cyberfireworks.com/ - Virtual Fireworks
    http://www.krittercards.com/ - Free online greeting cards with animal pics
    http://www.snoopy.com/ - Peanuts comics and other strips
    http://www.bored.com - for when you get really bored
    http://www.snapbubbles.com/ - Virtual Bubble Wrap.

    Grammar
    http://www.grammarbook.com - The Blue Book of Grammar & Punctuation

    History
    http://www.historyplace.com - History
    http://www.scopesys.com/today/ - look up any date in history.

    Horses
    http://www.fmwriters.com/Visionback/...horsesense.htm - Hilarious. Frequent writer faux-... um, mistakes.
    http://www.fmwriters.com/Visionback/...orwriters1.htm - Another fmwriters article. Nice overview.
    http://www.fmwriters.com/Visionback/...mehorsecom.htm - Communication. For writers
    http://www.lifestyleblock.co.nz/arti...munication.htm -Communication: note- snicker=nicker
    http://www.worlddressage.com/history.htm - History of dressage and some examples of warhorse development...
    http://www.lipizzaner.com/airs.asp - Warefare
    http://www.horseguild.com/Medieval_Horse_Breeds.php - Medieval Breeds. general and specific info, and terms.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_gait - Gaits. basic intro, there's a piaffe animation to the right. Also mentions how fast and how long horses can gallop!
    http://www.ahorse4me.com/Horse%20Gai...n%20Motion.htm - Gaits, animation.
    http://www.equusite.com/articles/bas...csColors.shtml - Horse colors and markings
    http://www.fmwriters.com/Visionback/...edinghorse.htm - Nutrition. Site specific to writers

    Industry
    http://www.industrialinfo.com/index.jsp - Interesting Industrial Info

    Language
    http://www.blackmask.com/books82c/dcvgr.htm#1_0 - dictionary of the vulgar tongue (c1811).
    http://www.davidappleyard.com/english/vm.htm - British / American word variants. Literary Resources
    http://www.etymonline.com/ - on-line etymology dictionary.
    http://www.freetranslation.com/ - translate different languages

    Law
    www.law.cornell.edu/constitution - Index US Constitution
    http://supremecourtus.gov/ -Supreme Court

    Libraries
    http://www.thomas.gov/ -THOMAS searchable database at LOC

    Literature
    http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Lit/ - Literary resources on the net
    http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/l...ure/laureates/ - List of every winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
    http://thomas.loc.gov/ - THOMAS the searchable database at the LOC
    http://www.dawcl.com/ - Database of Award Winning Children's Literature
    http://www.kidlit.co.uk/index.htm - Searchable database of kid's lit characters.
    http://www.literaryencyclopedia.com/ - The Literary Encyclopedia
    http://www.literature.org/ - Online literature library

    Medicine and Healthcare
    http://familydoctor.org - AmericanAcademy of Family Physicians
    http://health.yahoo.com/drug - Yahoo Drug Guide (info about popular prescription
    http://healthyminds.org/ - American Psychiatric Association
    http://library.umsmed.edu/h-hyp-tc.html - Health Hyperlinks (includes links to medical writing
    http://medlineplus.gov - Medline (a good starting point)
    http://nccam.nih.gov - NationalCenter for Compementary and Alternative
    http://ncfs.ucf.edu/home.html - The National Center for Forensic Science
    http://www.aacap.org/index.ww - AmericanAcademy of Child and Adolescent
    http://www.aao.org - AmericanAcademy of Opthamology
    http://www.aap.org - AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics
    http://www.aapd.org - American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
    http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp?level - American Cancer Society
    http://www.cdc.gov - US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr - Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (This has to
    http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ - Clinical Trials (list of studies enrolling patients. No
    http://www.emedicine.com - Emedicine.Com (physician written articles for
    http://www.forensicdna.com/ - Forensic Education and Consulting
    http://www.labtestsonline.org/index.html - Lab Tests Online (describes various lab tests and gives
    http://www.mayo.edu/ - The Mayo Clinic
    http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov - National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
    http://www.nida.nih.gov/NIDAHome.html - National Institute on Drug Abuse (info on street drugs)
    http://www.pharma-lexicon.com - Medical Abbreviation Dictionary
    http://www.rarediseases.org - National Organization for Rare Disorders
    http://www.reproline.jhu.edu/index.htm - Reproductive Health Online (associated with Johns
    http://www2.niddk.nih.gov - National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney
    http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/ - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    http://www.forensicdna.com - Forensic Education and Consulting
    http://www.ncfs.ucf.edu/home.html - The Natl. Ctr. For Forensic Science

    Military
    http://www.af.mil/ - The US Air Force

    Miscellaneous
    http://www.gallup.com/ - The Gallup Organization (Polling, etc.)
    http://www.howstuffworks.com/ - How Stuff Works
    http://www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml - describe a concept in one word.
    http://www.sca.org/ - The Society for Creative Anachronism
    http://www.typingtest.com/ - Free online typing test
    http://www.filmhead.com/nanoexperts.html - Research any Subject
    http://www.gallup.com - Gallup Org
    http://www.mayo.edu/ - Mayo Clinic
    http://www.crayola.com Crayola Creativity
    http://www.govdeals.com/eas/index.cfm _GOV Deals
    http://www.nada.com -Official Car Guide
    http://www.familywatchdog.us -Natl. Sex Offender Reg
    http://www.askanexpert.com/index.htm -Ask an Expert
    http://www.pcphrases.com -Politically Correct Terms
    http://www.lds.org/portal/site/LDSOrg -Latterday Saints Genealogy History Database
    http://www.shopgoodwill.com --Great Place for picking up Vintage Collectables
    http://www.time.com/time/business/ar...073341,00.html -TIME ‘s 50

    Music
    http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/musicchild.htm - Lyrics to Kids' Songs

    Museums
    http://www.metmuseum.org -The Metropolitan Museum
    http://www.si.edu - The Smithsonian Institution

    Mythology and Folklore
    http://webhome.idirect.com/~donlong/monsters/mons - encylopedia of monsters and mythical beasts
    http://www.mythinglinks.org/home.html - Annotated Collection of World Mythology
    http://www.pantheon.org/ - Encyclopedia Mythica (research myths)
    http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folklinks.html - Folklinks
    http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folktexts.html - Folktexts: A library of folklore at Pitt.

    Names
    http://www.babiesonline.com/pregnancy/babynames/ - Names
    http://www.babynology.com/ - More names and other baby stuff

    Nature
    www.enature.com/home/ -Enature (animal species)

    People
    http://www.biography.com/ - Biographies
    http://www.s9.com/ - Biographies

    Philosophy
    http://www.iep.utm.edu/ - The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    http://www.philosophypages.com/ - Philosophy Pages

    Quotations
    http://miljokes.com/lqote.html - Famous Latin Quotes
    http://wind.prohosting.com/~tqs/left.shtml - Author Index of Quotes
    http://www.angelfire.com/md2/Ldotvets/Quotes.html - Quotes by Famous Americans
    http://www.bartleby.com/100/ - Familiar Quotations (searchable by keyword)
    http://www.brainyquote.com/ - BrainyQuote famous quotes
    http://www.quotationspage.com/ - Another quotation site
    http://www.quoteland.com/ - Quoteland

    Religion
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/index.htm - Sacred Texts
    http://www.vatican.va/ --The Vatican Official Site

    Research
    http://filmhead.com/nanoexperts.html - research any subject.
    http://scholar.google.com/ - Google Scholar (Beta)
    http://www.digital-librarian.com/ - Interesting lists of links for research

    Science
    http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com/ - 21st Century Science/Technology
    http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/weight/ - Your weight on other planets
    http://www.junkscience.com/ - Junk Science

    Supernatural
    http://www.afallon.com/europe.htm - Haunted Europe
    http://www.magick7.com/ghosts/ghosts-and-spirits.htm - Descriptions of ghost and spirits throughout the world.

    Technology
    http://www.galttech.com/ - The Galt Download Zone (Fun Free and Shareware)
    http://www.howstuffworks.com/index.htm -How Stuff Works

    US Links
    www.law.cornell.edu/constitution - Index US Constitution
    http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/ -CIA

    Wine
    http://www.wines.com -Wines
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    Wow, what a great list! Thanks, Cath.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cath View Post
    Thanks to I_Shrugged and others for the links so far.
    I miss I_Shrugged. I wish she would come back...

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    Thanks, you have quite an exhaustive list going. Also, I'd like to add: profnet.com, an excellent free source to turn to for experts in many fields.
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    Mods, feel free to move, wherever is best -- didn't know where to put

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    We have a big sticky of links in the request and expert forum. These would be boffo moved to there. What a lot of work you put in Kimmi!

    Wow and thanks!
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    Great Cath! Didn't know we had a sticky already

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    Let me add this link to the "Fun" section -

    A List of Books That Aren't! Cryptobibliography!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ooks#DC_Comics
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    Here's another one, where whistleblowers can anonymously post leaked documents:

    http://wikileaks.be/wiki/Wikileaks
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    How about a general information site:

    Http://www.allexperts.com

    People who know a lot about a subject join the site as "experts" and most will answer your questions in a professional, intelligent, and informative manner. Some of them actually have degrees in the categories they answer in. Occasionally, an answer doesn't come through at all, or the answerer sounds like s/he was drunk when answering the question, but I recently asked some questions about solar flares and what I learned pretty much blew my mind away.

    You can learn about diet, fitness, autos, geography, physics, astronomy, religion, etc.

    To improve your chances of getting an answer, write as if you were writing a letter to a professional. You know, be courteous, specific, and not too greedy for answers. Most won't answer anything that has more than three parts to it.
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    Here are some of my most useful sites.

    http://libraries.mit.edu/help/virtualref/ - Collection of MORE online reference resources.
    http://www.drugs.indiana.edu/drug-slang.aspx - Street slang, language, drugs
    http://mit-vera.mit.edu/fmi/xsl/all....&Hide=no&-find - Another general reference guide. Some of the links are MIT only, some are open to the public.

    And a list of Regency England links I posted in the romance section. I thought I would repeat it here as well.

    http://www.gaelenfoley.com/index-06history.html (LOTS of great links)
    http://home.comcast.net/~dflawson/ (so much info it is almost confusing, lol)
    http://www.ugoi.net/nonsense/name.html (general fun)
    http://www.eclectics.com/allisonlane...cy_errors.html (always best to know what NOT to do)
    http://www.regencylady.net/repository/ (lots-o-info)
    http://heyerlist.org/slang.html (good language info)
    http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:...ient=firefox-a
    (info on inheritance)
    http://www.eskimo.com/~lhowell/bcp16...c/kindred.html (table of kindred)
    http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~awoodley/faq.html#common (great links)
    http://www.chinet.com/~laura/html/titles01.html (great links)
    http://janitesonthejames.blogspot.co...d-regency.html
    (AWESOME money info)
    http://www.likesbooks.com/regent.html
    http://www.janeausten.co.uk/magazine...pid=364&step=4 (more money info, and their general site has more great info)
    http://www.chinet.com/~laura/html/titles12.html (correct forms of address)
    http://lesleyannemcleod.homestead.co...christmas.html (regency Christmas info, plays heavily into one of my stories)
    http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~awoodle...ncy/marry.html (marriages)

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    Here's a link I just found that gives the basics of crime reporting for new journalists.

    http://www.justicejournalism.org/cri...chapter01.html
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    Came across this one today, a virtual plethora and cornucopia of all things Canadian (well, obscure Canadian things, mostly, but lots of indigenous and historical stuff):

    Canada's Digital Collection
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    Here's a link to a list of menus from lots of restaurants across the US

    http://www.allmenus.com/locations/selected_cities/
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    The Times (the UK newspaper) have plugged their archives into the interweb.
    Bits of their newspaper from 1785 to 1985.
    Archives here.


    Some of the more interesting bits (these link to the actual article's published at the time of the events):

    Jack the Ripper. October 1888

    Britain declares war on Germany. September 1939

    The Moon Landing. July 1969
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    Animal collectives

    Terms for groups of animal, birds and insects to be found here:

    http://http://www.hintsandthings.co.uk/kennel/collectives.htm

    "A crash of elephants" seems so very appropriate. I'm also fond of "a quiver of cobras".
    Or how 'bout "an implausibility of gnus"?
    "A gang of elk" or a "business of ferrets"?

    Very useful, this stuff
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    I just found a great chemistry site called the Periodic Table of Videos. It has videos about each element and has a great sense of humor - useful for anyone using chemistry in a story for any reason.

    http://www.periodicvideos.com/#
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    Chirag Mehta's created a cool tool called "Tip of My Tongue" to help you when you've got the perfect word on the tip of your tongue but just can't recall it:
    http://chir.ag/projects/tip-of-my-tongue/
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    Some more additions ...

    Fashion
    Black Tie Guide: http://www.blacktieguide.com/

    Government
    Searchable site for U.S. Government: http://www.usa.gov

    Military
    Since only the Air Force was originally listed--

    Army: http://www.army.mil
    Navy: http://www.navy.mil
    Marine Corps: http://www.usmc.mil
    Coast Guard: http://www.uscg.mil

    Names
    Social Security: http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/ - This site lists popular first names by year dating back over 100 years. Great for historical novels!

    Newspapers

    Links to all the newspapers in the U.S.: http://www.newspaperlinks.com/home.cfm
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    I need some help on research and don't know where to post here. In my novel a key element is a piece of jewelry. It was popular in the 60 and 70"s. It is two half hearts and when the hearts are apart each one has a saying on it. One half was worn by each of the lovers. The saying was something about even though they were apart. Then when the two halves are put togeher the saying on the halves jioin to make another saying. Does anyone know what these hearts said and what they said when they were joined or where I can find out.

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    I've just found an extensive encyclopedia resource with links to websites. It's user-generated, so I can't say how accurate it is, but it's a potentially a decent basic starting point for research.

    You can search for your term on this page: http://key-phrase.com/Glossaries/

    Or you can use the search box on the right-hand side of this page: http://www.keywen.com/ Hint: the left box only works if you are Russian, as I found out after ten minutes of scratching my head.


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    Here's where the Wikipedia editors act as reference librarians.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Reference_desk
    "Crazy visions you got. Come with me to barber, we bleed you, you see right, everything good. I buy for you first leech."
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    And Read The Blog!

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    What a great thread. I've been here for years and didn't know this was here.

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    http://www.godchecker.com

    Amazing website that collects a whole lot of information on a whole lot of gods. Check it out, it's just fun to peruse but even better for writing!
    You can go to my site now, I'm more proud of it, lol

    If you want to stay updated on with my blog, you can follow me on Twitter. I post updates there.

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