Internet Reference Resources
by Scott Silet
Sperling's BestPlaces- http://www.bestplaces.net
Targeted at realtors and people looking to relocate, this site contains a number of useful comparative and rating resources for cities across the U.S. These include a City Profile database, Cost of Living and Salary Calculator, and the "Find your Best Place to Live" database. City profiles include comparisons of housing, cost of living, economy, health, climate, crime, and education - the latter two being searchable independently. Compiled by Portland-based software programmer Bert Sperling, the man behind Money Magazine's annual Best Places list.
BBB Wise-Giving Alliance Charity Reports Index- http://give.org/reports/
This site provides users with detailed information about nearly 500 U.S.-based charities from ACCION International to Mothers Against Drunk Driving to Zero Population Growth. Entries, which are updated biennially, include information about charity programs, governance, fund-raising, finances, use of funds as percentage of income, total income, and miscellaneous notes. Entries also include explanation(s) of charities that fail to meet CBBB standards for charitable solicitations.
Searchable database of over 150,000 magazines, journals, e-journals, newspapers, newsletters, and other periodicals. Search or browse by title, publisher, subject, and ISSN. Entries include periodical frequency, ISSN, editor, publisher, and publisher contact information. Publist.com is privately funded and based in Rockland, MA.
World Statesmen- http://www.worldstatesmen.org
Comprehensive directory of world leaders for more than 200 countries and territories, dozens of religious organizations from the 18th century to the present, as well as more than 25 international organizations. Contains several browsable indexes - alphabetical, geographic, and colonial index. Compiled from more than 100 published sources by Ben Cahoon.
Palette Man- http://www.paletteman.com
Color palette-generation program geared toward those designing Web pages. Select up to 5 colors from the 216-color Web-safe palette and see how they interact. Program automatically generates both Hex and RGB codes and allows user to e-mail color samples and codes to any address.