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Free Online References for Writers, Students and Quick Links for People who want to be Informed (newspapers, encyclopedias, government)


Ask Doctor Universe Dr. Universe tackles questions, not just science from whole campus of experts. From global warming to soil nematodes.

Consumer Reporting Agencies PDF file on companies who do credit reports, background checks for landlords, auto insurance reports, check screening, payday loans...

Encyclopedia Britannica Online encyclopedia with over 120,000 articles, an updated world atlas, thousands of images and videos, an online dictionary and thesaurus, over 300,000 articles from respected magazines and journals, and news headlines.

Education World A to Z topical list of sites for high school students and teachers.

Essortment Articles Free online articles on history, art, science, food and drink, hobbies, travel...

Journalists Toolbox the Toolbox features more than 18,000 resources on 110 pages. a resource for editors, reporters and news librarians. It's a teaching tool for college and high school journalism students and instructors.

Museum Stuff A worldwide guide To museums. Statistics Every Writer Should Know.

Science Daily Breaking news about the latest discoveries and hottest research projects in everything from astrophysics to zoology.

wikiHow How to do anything. Their goal? Teaching anyone in the world how to do anything.

Wikipedia the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. A multi-language, free-content encyclopedia written collaboratively by volunteers; 1,138,977 articles in English. encyclopedia and learning center covers everything from abacus to zoomed video.

Writers Free Reference If the writer link you hoped to find is not on Smatterings then try this site. It has more links to search through.


The Black Vault archive containing more than 1.4 MILLION pages of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

GovTrack.US A resource for tracking what is really happening in the US Congress. Allows you to find out what your Congressional Representative voted for on every issue.

Library of Congress A wealth of information on many subjects.

Open Secrets A site dedicated to making political donations more transparent.

USA Government Made Easy As the U.S. government's official web portal, makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web.


All has histories on most every country but not the US or Canada.

Atlas of World History 4000 year map animation shows empires growing. Click nations on maps for history at that time.

The History Place Great Speeches Collection include speeches by Susan B Anthony, Pope John Paul II, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and more.

Odin's Castle of Dreams and Legends An Archive of History and Historical Resources from the Dawn of Mankind to the Space Age and everything in between. Includes mythology, folklore, legends, King Arthur, Robin Hood, maritime history, aviation history.

25 maps that explain the English Language or scroll to the bottom for 40 Maps that explain WWI, An awesome map of the last time each European Country was Occupied, and 40 maps that explain the Middle East.

WikiTime Scale A hyperlinked timeline that shows what historical events happened simultaneously.


Newspapers Search Over 64+ Million Historical Newspaper Pages from the 1700s-2000s

United States Newspapers A site listing and linking to newspapers across America.

Google Trends if you need to know what topics are trending, then this is an invaluable resource.

Educational Freeware

CDAY WX Calendar Almanac Lists events in history on a particular day. Be sure to download and unzip all the libraries to Program Files cdaywx lib on your hard drive after installing the program. Windows version.

Gas Price Calculator Find out when it's not cheaper to drive out to the Res for gas.

Google Earth Chrome application. Learn what a satellite sees when it's pointed at earth, use it to verify the architecture in your settings, visit historic places, or view the skies via the Hubble telescope and NASA photographs.

Simple Roman Numeral Converter Ever look blurry-eyed at the Roman numeral date on the DVD you want to tell somebody about? Download from

Stellarium constellations for ten different cultures, images of nebulae (full Messier catalog) realistic Milky Way very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset. our solar system and over 600,000 stars. Runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Virtual Hypnotist open source freeware that simulates a real hypnosis session as much as possible.

Dictionaries & Thesaurus
More free online dictionaries links. Standalone freeware and free open source dictionaries and thesaurus.

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