Internet Reference Resources
by Scott Silet
General Accounting Office Reports
The General Accounting Office, an investigative arm of the United States Congress, "examines the use of public funds, evaluates federal programs and activities, and provides analyses, options, recommendations, and other assistance to help the Congress make effective oversight, policy, and funding decisions." The "Find GAO Reports" link provides access to citations from GAO Reports back to 1975 and includes full-text Reports since 1997. Reports can be searched by keyword, topic, and date. Full-text searches can be sorted by relevance, date, or title.
The 1911 Edition Encyclopedia Britannica
Online browsable version of the famous eleventh (29-volume) edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. This work, compiled by over 1500 scholars from 19 countries, contains over 40,000 entries (44 million words) and gives users a good view of our knowledge of the world at the turn of the nineteenth century. The site contains no images, photographs, or drawings, nor does it contain any linked cross-references. Text was scanned using optical character recognition (OCR) software and does contain some errors and formatting problems, as well as annoying pop-up advertisements. Compiled by the Austin-based Internet subject directory, PageWise, Inc.
Periodical Historical Atlas of Europe
Collection of eighteen detailed (low-resolution) centennial maps of Europe from 1 AD to 1700 AD. Maps include general administrative and geographic boundaries, as well as major cities for each of the hundred-year periods it covers. Includes alphabetical listing of more than 70 Roman battles (with links to appropriate maps). Locations not searchable, but each page includes an alphabetical listing of polities listed on the map. Maps include adjoining areas of North Africa and the Middle East.
This site offers an impressive, browsable database of nearly 50,000 high- and low-rise buildings from more than 2500 cities around the world. Individual city entries include lists of all buildings (nearly 4000 for New York alone), indicating the tallest, those under construction, approved/proposed, and demolished. Individual building entries generally include current and former name(s), address, technical data, building description and facts, companies involved in design and construction, and exterior photographs. Includes an advanced building search (http://www.skyscrapers.com/english/worldmap/city/expertsearch.html) and useful company directory (http://www.skyscrapers.com/english/company/index.html) with interactive lists of architectural firms, construction companies, and materials suppliers. Database also includes churches, monuments, towers, stadiums, and other structures. Data compiled by dozens of Skyscrapers.com editors around the world, under the general editorship of Garrett Stout. The company's management is based in Darmstadt, Germany.
The Cyclopedia, "an index to where paintings, sculptures and other great works of fine art can be viewed online, at hundreds of art-museum sites and image archives worldwide," includes more than 7500 artists with links to more than 100,000 works. Search for artists by name, art works by title, or art museum by name or place. Database specializes in painting and sculpture but also includes photography, decorative arts, installation art, video, digital, and Web-based art, naïve art, and folk art. Site created by Calgary-based IT professional and art lover, John Malyon.