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April/May/June 2000
Volume 46, Number 2

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Internet Reference Resources

by Scott Silet

The Word Spy
http://www.logophilia.com/WordSpy/WordSpy-index.html

Search or browse this dictionary of over one thousand "recently-coined words, existing words that have enjoyed a recent renaissance, and older words that are now being used in new ways." Entries, which range from address munging to dot snot to zorse, are culled from dozens of respected newspapers and magazines and include etymological quotations. Daily e-mail notification service is available at no charge. The Word Spy is compiled by Toronto-based word geek Paul McFedries.

Roget's II: The New Thesaurus
http://www.bartleby.com/62/

Browse this third edition of Roget's II Thesaurus (1995) containing over thirty-five thousand synonyms. Entries include a list of synonyms as well as links to broader antonym/synonym groups (e.g. parsimonious directs the reader to the entry "Give/Take/Reciprocity"). A handy category (antonym) index is also included. This is one of several new reference resources from Bartleby.com.

Simpson's Contemporary Quotations: The Most Quotable Quotes Since 1950
http://www.bartleby.com/63/

Search or browse this database of over ten thousand quotations from 1950 to 1988. Browse by author or by one of sixty different categories. Quotations have been selected from over four thousand sources and citation information is given for each quotation, including source, date, and occasion. Authors are primarily individuals but also include organizations, companies, and product advertisements. Simpson's Contemporary Quotations is based on the 1988 print edition and is produced by Bartleby.com.

National Film Registry
http://lcweb.loc.gov/film/filmnfr.html and http://www.cs.cmu.edu/Unofficial/Movies/NFR-Titles.html

Each year, the Librarian of Congress and the National Film Preservation Board choose up to twenty-five "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant films" for inclusion in the National Film Registry. These films and any archival material relating to the films are then added to the Library of Congress's collection. One of the goals of this project is to preserve films perceived to be at risk. Films that have not been released in theaters are considered for the Registry as well as those that have, and while they do not need to be feature-length films, they must be at least ten years old to be eligible. The first web address above lists National Film Registry entries by title, year awarded, and year produced; the second is a yearly list of National Film Registry titles with links to the Internet Movie Database (http://www.imdb.com) for more information about each film. Nominations to the National Film Registry (up to fifty titles per year) can be sent to sleg@loc.gov.

Chambers's Book of Days
http://www.library.wisc.edu/etext/BookofDays/

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries have created an electronic reprint of Robert Chambers's classic two-volume reference work published in 1879. Subtitled "A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities in Connection with the Calendar, Including Anecdote, Biography, & History, Curiosities of Literature, and Oddities of Human Life and Character," the Book of Days is a patriotic (bordering on altruistic) effort to improve what the editor calls the "fireside wisdom of the present day." It must have been a favorite of Alistair Cooke's. The electronic version includes reproductions of nearly three hundred original engraved illustrations. Chambers's Book of Days is part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries' electronic text and multimedia collection.

Degree Search
http://www.degreesearch.com

Degree Search is a database of degree, training, and certificate programs for over eight thousand colleges, universities, institutes, etc. Search by location (state), program type (bachelors, graduate, etc.), institution type (public or private), and/or by keyword (for example, Spanish, comparative literature, hotel management, etc.). It includes a somewhat hidden institution search (http://www.degreesearch.com/degreesearch2/default.asp). An index of degree keywords is not provided. Entries include degree programs, school contact information, enrollment, tuition, and average SAT/ACT scores. Degree Search is produced by Archive Solutions, a Denver-based Web publisher.

Obituary Daily Times
http://www.rootsweb.com/~obituary

The Obituary Daily Times is a searchable database of over four million obituaries from over two thousand publications, primarily from the United States but sources from Canada and Australia are also included. Entries, compiled by hundreds of volunteers, typically provide the source of the obituary and the deceased's name, age, city of residence, and death date. Full-text entries are not included. Links to numerous other genealogy resources are provided, including the British birth/death/marriage database (http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl). The Obituary Daily times is produced by Rootsweb.com.

Topozone.com: The Web's Topographic Map
http://www.topozone.com/

Search for maps on this database of nearly sixty thousand United States Geological Survey topographic maps (1:200,000, 1:100,000, 1:25,000, and 1:24,000 scales) covering the United States and Puerto Rico. Use the handy navigation arrows to move to adjacent maps or use mouse clicks to re-center the map around a specific point. Each map includes small (600 x 450 pixels), medium, and large (1400 x 1050) screen resolutions and all locations are geo-referenced in thew browser status bar (at the bottom of the page for both Netscape and Internet Explorer). Maps are best viewed using high-speed lines and can be printed. Topozone.com is produced by the Massachusetts- based Maps a la carte, Inc., in partnership with the United States Geological Survey.

Columbia Encyclopedia
http://www.bartleby.com/65/

Browse or search the sixth edition (2000) of this respected and newly revised encyclopedia of more than fifty thousand articles. Most entries are concise (75-150 words in length), but major entries can be upwards of 1,500 words and contain current bibliographies of secondary writings. This electronic encyclopedia is published by Columbia University Press and is produced by Bartleby.com.

Almanac of American Politics
http://www.freedomchannel.com/almanac/almanac_of_amer_pol.cfm

The Almanac of American Politics is a comprehensive directory of current candidates for various federal and state level positions (President, Senate, House, and Governors). The Almanac provides short biographies of all official candidates (including fourteen currently on the ballot for President), supplemented by links to their web pages, e-mail addresses, and, for selected candidates, television ads and speeches on various issues identified by topic. Information for current officials also includes ratings from a dozen national organizations and the National Journal, key votes in the most recent Congress, election results, and campaign finance receipts and expenditures. The American Almanac of Politics is produced by the Freedom Channel, which is based in D.C.

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