Various reference texts that didn't fit in anywhere else, but that
I've found useful at one point or another and which I've used either professionally
or, more often, for my personal use and to help me in my writing.
An essential reference source. A guide to almost 1000 entries on modern
culture--everything from MTV to MST3K to Frank Gehry.
A-Z of Horror
Films 1895-1950 An excellent encyclopedia to horror films.
* Babelfish The excellent
translation service; it's free, and although it handles only the major
European languages that's still all I really need it for.
Black Belt Magazine Martial
Arts Dictionary In case someone uses the phrase "pentjak-silat" and
you don't know what it means.
Research Centre 17,000 online entries from various reference works.
Books Linguafranca's fascinating set, updated monthly and compiled
by respected scholars and authorities, of "breakthrough books in their
field, those books that have defined a particular area of thought."
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable From the Bibliomania
site. You know, of course--or you should know--about Brewer's Dictionary
of Phrase and Fable, one of those essential works no good reference
library should be without. This is the hypertext version of it.
Catholic Encyclopedia I
am of course not a Catholic, but I've found that having access to the Catholic
Encyclopedia can be handy under the darndest circumstances.
A "Tibetan-English-Dictionary of Buddhist Teaching and Practice."
* Dictionary.Com The good,
basic, essential Internet dictionary. (Although sometimes there are connection
problems, darn it.)
of Difficult Words What it says.
* Economist Country
Briefings "News, country profiles, forecasts, statistics, and more"
on sixty countries, from the staff of the Economist.
A guide to hieroglyphs, with a translator page--glyph to English letter,
letter to glyph.
* The Egyptian's
IDSC Library Oddly enough, the Egyptian government site, of all places,
has produced this. Go figure. Atlases, maps, directories, dictionaries,
news services, reference links, and abstracts.
Encarta Online Home
The Encarta Encyclopedia, online. Without the depth that the real
thing has, of course, but massively useful nonetheless.
Encyclopedia.com Articles from the
Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia. Very useful, indeed.
Compendiums, Flags, Reference You might have difficulty connecting,
but it's worth the attempt. A good array of links to encyclopedias and
other reference sources. From the Stanford site.
Episteme Links An excellent
source for information on philosophy and various philosophy resources on
to History "The nations you didn't learn about in high school geography."
An excellent guide to historical and geographical obscurities and curiosities.
A dandy free translation site, translating fewer languages but more text
* General Research
Links An enormous set of research links from the Marine Corps Intelligence
Agency. I know, I know--I don't think of web research and the Marine Corps
in the same line of thought, either. But surprisingly they do some very
nice Web work.
The Gnosis Archive An
archive & e-text library of writings on gnosis and the gnostics.
History of Mathematics
A handy online guide to the history of math, made accessible for us liberal
Illustrated Encyclopedia of MesoAmerica Not exactly thorough--each
letter seems to average 3-4 entries--but the entries themselves are long,
rather than short. A good start.
A quite useful database for current statistical information on various
In Other Words:
A Lexicon of the Humanities A glossary of "provisional definitions"
of various humanities vocabulary terms.
The Internet Encyclopedia of
Philosophy An online encyclopedia of philosophy. The terms in the encyclopedia
are general, and lead to medium-length essays, but it's still worth a look.
The Jargon Dictionary A good
reference work for jargon.
* Judaism 101 An excellent
online encyclopedia/FAQ of Judaism.
NEW Lexicate Online Dictionary
List A very nice assemblage of dictionaries.
Index to the Internet Librarians--we're what's for dinner! The worthy
folks at Berkeley have put together a really incredible set of links to
just about every subject you can think of. Between this and the My Virtual
Reference Desk, below, you really won't have to go anywhere else to
find whatever it is you're looking for.
* My Virtual Reference Desk
- A One-Stop Site for All Things Internet< An amazing array of
reference links on every subject imaginable. Even has a search engine.
The page is, if anything, too busy, but it's still a cornucopia of information.
My Virtual Reference Desk
- My Virtual Encyclopedia Another onliine encyclopedia.
An Onomastikon That's a
dictionary of names, to you and me--where they come from and what they
Peter Batke's Homepage
Links to a number of different things, as well as some e-texts. When I
get the chance I'll put each of the things on this page up and remove this
Guide A neat-o guide to the great philosophers of history, with pictures
of them and short biographies, descriptions of their philosophies and works,
and links to them.
* Probert Encyclopedia
Entries on...well, just about everything.
* Research Guides
24 good research links from the Marine Corps University Libraries. Again,
you wouldn't think that the USMC would produce Web work of this quality--at
least, I didn't--but they do very good work. Semper Fi, gentlemen.
* Research Institute
for the Humanities This is the Chinese University of Hong Kong's very
successful attempt at "meta-indicing humanities resources worldwide, and
2) develop texts, tools and pages covering various interests in the humanistic
* Research-It! - Your one-stop
reference desk Over two dozen search engines--everything from e-mail
discussion groups to currency conversion to quotations.
Symbols.Com An online encyclopedia
of graphic symbols, both their meaning and their history.
Strange and Unusual Dictionaries
An assortment of odd dictionaries, some of which are actually useful.
* Systran Another
good free online translation service, with more languages offered than
The Word Detective The "online
version of The Word Detective, a newspaper column answering reader's
questions about words and language."
Index A short, online version of the very useful book. Gives some information,
but really only whets the appetite.
U.S. Gazetteer Handy.
A search engine for locations in the US; enter the place name and get census
A very nice set of foreign language dictionaries.
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