Internet Reference Resources
by Scott Silet
U.S. Blue Pageshttp://www.usbluepages.gov
This handy directory of federal, state, and local government office listings for all fifty states and the District of Columbia as well as hundreds of cities and metropolitan areas throughout the U.S includes listings grouped by twenty different topical areas, from "Consumer Services and Safety" to "Money and Taxes" (though an individual state must first be chosen to view listings). It also includes useful "America Anywhere" listings for toll-free and other frequently called customer service federal government numbers. Provided by the Government Services Administration.
The Pluralism Project Directory of Religious Centershttp://www.fas.harvard.edu/~pluralsm/html/database.html
The Pluralism Project is a searchable and, to a lesser extent, browseable directory of over three thousand non-Christian and non-Jewish religious centers across the United States. Faiths included are Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Bahaism, paganism, Islam, Sikhism, and Taoism. Search by center name, religious tradition, city, state, and more. The project, established in 1991 with funding from the Lilly Endowment, was developed by Diana L. Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard University.
The American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemerahttp://memory.loc.gov/ammem/rbpehtml/
This digitized collection contains thousands of primary source items from all fifty states and the District of Columbia from the 17th century to the present. Ephemeral items (digitized in high-quality .jpg and .tiff formats) include advertisements, broadsides, catalogs, clippings, leaflets, menus, pamphlets, proclamations, programs, timetables, and other printed ephemera like notices, leaflets, propaganda, manifestos, and business cards. It is searchable by keyword, author, title, genre (format), and geographic location of printing. Another great collection from the Library of Congress's American Memory Project.
Homeglossary is a browseable dictionary from Informedia Group of over ten thousand terms related to residential real estate and home construction from "aaron's rod" (molding) to "zoning variance." The glossary covers terms for both renters and buyers and includes legal and home financing issues as well as agent-speak. The site does not currently offer searching capabilities.
Movies.com Fact Cityhttp://movies1.factcity.net/factcity/go-imdb/
This site is a user-friendly search interface to the wealth of information contained within the Internet Movie Database (http://www.imdb.com). Movies.com allows users to access information about actors, their films, film characteristics (genres, ratings, release years, etc.), and academy awards. From the Walt Disney Internet Group.
So who was born on December 8th? Well, among others, Sammy Davis Jr., James Thurber, Amy Brazil, Camille Claudel, and Mary (Queen of Scots). Search for the birth dates of thousands of notable historical figures around the world. Entries include brief biographical blurbs (typically between 25 and 75 words), birth and death years, and selected entries include either a portrait or (for artists) a picture of a notable work of art. Britannica's Lives is searchable by date only. From Encyclopaedia Britannica.