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Roundup Tools

There are literally thousands of reference-type Web sites online—dictionaries, almanacs, encyclopedias, and more. Because of this you'll get a lot of use out of a site that aggregates a bunch of the best ones together into a reference desk. Here are three I recommend.

RefDesk—http://www.refdesk.com/

RefDesk has been around for ages, and it's still great. It contains over 20,000 links. When you visit the front page you may find yourself a bit overwhelmed. Have no fear; it's simple. On the left you'll see some search boxes for popular search tools (like Google) and links to site information and “Quick Find” for specific information types like jobs, economic facts, and obituaries. In the middle you'll see daily features (x-of-the-day) as well as links to current event resources and, at the bottom of the page, RefDesk subject categories. Finally, on the right you'll see lots of news links, “help and advice” links, and pointers to reference resources in popular categories like almanacs, biographies, etc.


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