References you can trust
No posts yesterday — I was preoccupied with some kind of news event — though I have taken part in the back-and-forth over Wikipedia. (Where, by the way, are all the wiki-wary among you? I could use some more backup.) Today I have some time to answer a question from a reader who wonders what electronic references I would recommend.
This is not a systematic or exhaustive list, but the items on it are all useful. Not infallible, but subject to some degree of verification.
The online Oxford English Dictionary, which is updated each quarter, is an indispensable reference on language, but it is available by subscription, and the subscription is not cheap. Best if you can piggyback on some institutional subscription, such as at a university.
Assignment Editor.com has an extensive set of links to electronic resources, such as the CIA World Factbook, U.S. government directories, and U.S. and foreign newspapers.
The Librarians’ Internet Index has links to Web sites that have been vetted.
Bartleby.com has access to a number of reference books, including books of quotations and an edition of the Columbia Encyclopedia.
The Library of Congress has a wealth of information freely available.
Snopes.com, of course, for all those urban legends and Internet rumors that turn out to have no foundation.
Enough to get you started and lure you away from Wikipedia for a while?