Reference: General Portals

References: Specific Subjects

Dictionaries and Language Helps

Kids: For Learning and Fun

News and Editorials Magazines

Science Computer Tech Health

On-line Literature Quotations

Music Art

Consumer Sites Tutorial Sites Maps, etc.

Web Cams Fun Sites Miscellaneous

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The "Mormons"

General Reference Portals
More than 50,000 subjects with over 1 million links. No, really. - What's Your Question?
Answers questions personal and professional, easy and difficult, silly and serious.
CBS Interactive Business Network
Provides working professionals with advice and insights for getting ahead in today's workplace.
BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
Huge list of resources. "If you can't find it here, you just can't find it."
Encyclopedia Britannica
Shorter than the paper version, but much easier to carry.
More than 50,000 articles, plus millions of links, and even pictures for those who can't read.
Fact Monster
Don't open this unless you have time to browse, because you won't want to leave.
How Stuff Works
Even I can read this.
Tons of it.
Library of Congress
Congress doesn't seem to use it. You might as well.
Be sure to wear a tight hat, because this site might make your head explode.
Open Directory Project
Has links to only 2,954,278 sites in 723,636 categories. More or less.
The web's largest database of frequently asked questions (what "we in the biz" call FAQ's).
Reference Desk
Arguably the single best source for facts on the net.
1,100+ video talks from some of the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers.
Open Culture
Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media, great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to it.

Specific Subject References
50 States
Over 21,784 web sites about the different American states.
Just about anything about any belief group of any kind.
Baby Center - Cradle and All
For the parents, not the babies. Unless the babies can read.
Baby Names
Lots more than just names and meanings.
Behind the Name
Fascinating history of first names. That is, useable names; not early Neanderthal names like Og or Zork.
Over 7,000 biographies and features like People, In the News, Nostalgia, Celebrity, History & Culture, Famous Lookalikes
Unit conversion in areas like currency exchange rates, shoe sizes, dimensions, weights, chemistry and anything else that can be converted.
Ellis Island Archives
Data on all 22 million who arrived on Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924.
Frank Potter's Science Gems
More than 14,000 science resources sorted by category, subcategory, and grade level.
Online Conversion
More than 8,100 conversions, or equivalents, between different measurement systems.
S9 Biographical Dictionary
One of the largest biography sites on the planet.
Time and Date
World clocks and time-related calculators.
Now with 3797 biographies of famous people, characters and creatures.

Dictionaries and Language Helps
Acronym Finder
212,000+ definitions of acronyms. abbreviations and initialisms. Probably more than actually exist.
Includes dictionary, thesaurus, quotations, reference, a large translator and many other fun features.
Instead of defining a list of words one at a time, here you can copy and paste the word list and all the words will be extracted and defined. Pretty handy if you don't understand English and can't read any of this.
A free online Talking Dictionary of English Pronunciation. There are currently 155,104 entries.
Free Translation
Translates any text to and from English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian and Portuguese. If you need Swahili, you're out of luck.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Highest quality dictionary and thesaurus. Includes very nifty audio pronunciations.
One-Look Dictionaries
3,922,099 words in 740 online dictionaries. At least that's what they claim. I didn't count them.
OneLook Reverse Dictionary
You describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept.
Phrase Finder
Meanings and origins of 1,500 English phrases and sayings. Includes special sub-headings such as: 135 phrases coined by William Shakespeare, 70 phrases that come from the Bible, 32 phrases coined at sea, English proverbs, and popular fallacies.
Phrases, Expressions & Sayings
Learn where a huge number of everyday phrases, clichés, expressions and sayings come from.
Rhyming Dictionary and Thesaurus
Find definitions, rhyming words, synonyms and more verbal treats.
Visual Dictionary Online
Filled with stunning (at least the illustrator thinks so) illustrations labeled with accurate terminology in up to six languages. This is the ideal language-learning and vocabulary dictionary.
Online Etymology Dictionary
Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago. This answers the question, "Where did that word come from?"

For Learning and Fun

Great Websites for Kids
A compilation of websites geared for children up to age 14, evaluated by a division of the American Library Association. Subjects include animals, the arts, history and biography, literature and languages, mathematics and computers, sciences, social sciences, and a reference desk. Includes a long list of sites for parents, care givers, teachers, and others.
Fact Monster
A cartoon-style reference site for kids.
Fun Brain
#1 educational site for K-8 teachers and kids. Fun games and tests.
NASA - "Ultra-Efficient Engine Technology Kid's Pages"
Introducing elementary grade students to aerospace engineering. Major sections include Dynamics of Flight, Airplanes, Engines, History of Flight, Vocabulary, Fun and Games.
Understanding Flight Dynamics
What keeps airplanes up in the sky, considering how heavy they are and how thin the air is? How does the pilot control the plane? What is a sonic boom? Many questions, many answers.
ScienceNews for Students
Very entertaining and informative. Rich graphic content. Stories of great interest for young people.
Math Calculators - organized by Subject, Topic & Difficulty
Part of, an amazing collection of a widely various calculators, the best on line, well organized and categorized for easy reference.
Architecture for Kids
Math and science can use architecture as a basis for learning elemental concepts about measurement and physics. Social studies can use architecture as a way to uncovering a culture and the history of people and place. Kids can build things with their own hands, feeling the accomplishment of problem-solving and creating something interesting, or beautiful or weird.
Fix-It Literacy Guide
Find the skills and capability to handle common home repair projects on your own. This provides how-to articles, videos, and other resources to teach teens about tools, common home repair projects, and the fix-it vocabulary that will benefit them in adulthood.
Become an Engineer
Learn the lifestyles in different disciplines within engineering. Find summer programs and internships, school engineering programs, tips on course selection and financial aid. Browse questions answered by engineering students and professionals.
Become a Doctor: Preparing for the MCAT
What is the MCAT? Frequently Asked Questions, Creating a Study Plan, Practice Tests, Tips for Preparing for the Test, MCAT Success Strategies, MCAT Writing Sample Strategies, What to Expect on Test Day, and many more resources.
National Geographic for Kids
A seemingly endless list of fascinating subjects and graphics-rich resources for learning about our world.
Cultural Norms and Anomalies in Rural Morocco
Much deep information you'll be surprised to find so interesting, fascinatingly told in informal first-person format by someone who lives there.
The Encyclopedia of Earth - Geography
A huge, and hugely interesting, website. Different types of content including Articles, Definitions, Speeches, Reports, Ebooks, Images, Videos and Sound Files. Overall, emphasis is on the interaction between social and natural aspects of the Earth.

News and Editorials
ABC News
The news, plus texts from their various TV news magazine shows.
Arts & Letters Daily
Philosophy, literature, aesthetics, language, trends, breakthroughs, ideas, criticism, culture, history, music, arts, disputes, gossip - updated often, this can be more engrossing than a good book store.
Arts Journal
A digest of some of the best arts and cultural journalism in the English-speaking world. Each day ArtsJournal features link to stories culled from more than 200 English-language newspapers, magazines and publications featuring writing about arts and culture.
BBC News
Complete coverage of the entire world from England.
CNN News
Complete coverage of the entire world from America.
Debka File
In-depth analysis of the fast-changing geopolitical world from a nonpartisan source.
Drudge Report
Breaking news plus an ocean of editorials from everywhere.
Fox News Channel
Many fun and fascinating features besides all the news.
More weather news then you could possibly want.
News Max
A digital news stand the size of Rhode Island.
Newspapers Online
Links to many thousands of newspaper sites.
A long but fun page with up-to-the-minute headlines from the most popular sites on the internet.
U Express
Decide what you think on the issues by absorbing the informed observations and judgments of America's sharpest, most outspoken commentators and gasbags.
USA Today
The national newspaper on line.
Wired News
Cool daily news about technology and culture.

Magazine Directory
Alphabetized links to an astonishing number of magazines.
National Geographic
The legendary print magazine on line!
Scientific American
Another legendary print magazine on line!
Time Magazine
Yet another legendary print magazine on line!

Everyday Mysteries
Answers questions dealing with everyday phenomena that we often take for granted, but each can be explained scientifically. All of the questions presented on this web site were asked by researchers and answered by librarians from the Library of Congress Science Reference Services.
Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century
For those who love engineering achievements.
Science news read by students, educators, researchers, healthcare professionals, government agencies, and the general public. But hardly anyone else.
Science Frontiers
Full of observations and facts that challenge prevailing scientific paradigms, or in other words, baffle scientists.
Si-Tec Daily Review
This will suck you in like Arts & Letters Daily, except it's about science and technology.

Computer Tech
CNET - Fuel for the Tech Savvy Mind
Tech news, product reviews, and even videos that demystify technology(at least for some people).
FOLDOC: Free On-Line Dictionary of Computing
So you can at least sound like you know what you're doing.
Internet Related Technologies
Helps you not to be clueless on the Web.
Kim Komando Radio Show
Tons of comprehensible info about computers and the Internet.
Software downloads, web sites, do-it-yourself projects,novel shortcuts and tips for getting things done.
Living Internet
More than 700 pages, 2,000 internal links, and 2,000 external links to some of the world's best online content about the Internet.
The PC Guide Topic Index
Includes a basic guide to the workings of a computer's internal organs.
PC Magazine
A complete up-to-date guide on all aspects of electronic consumer technology.
Program File Downloads
Over 17,000 programs for you to download - many of them free.
What Is
A dictionary for tecnical terms. Many cheat sheets and glossaries.
ZD Net
A broad range of IT news and analysis, plus blogs, product reviews, software downloads, videos, white papers, peer feedback, and research.

Aim for a Healthy Weight
Learn how to do it, assess your risks, calculate your Body Mass Index, and more. From the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Drug Library
Part of, a rich source of information on a long list of drugs.
Go Ask Alice!
Columbia University’s health site answers questions on everything from antidepressants to yawning. Has been included in many other student research projects and doctoral dissertations.
Gray's Anatomy
Ever wonder what you look like inside? Remember, beauty is only skin deep.
Internet Drug Index
More about drugs and alternative medicines.
Learn CPR
The complete guide.
Mayo Clinic
More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers share their expertise. And they don't even bill you for it.
Medical Encyclopedia
Extensive information about drugs, medical illustrations, interactive patient tutorials, and health news.
Medical Terms Encyclopedia
You, too, can talk like a doctor.
The National Institutes of Health's Web site gives information about your favorite diseases and wellness issues in language you can actually understand. And if you can't read, you can watch medical videos or look at pictures.
What you are really eating?
Physician's Desk Reference
Comprehensible explanations of diseases, which help you tell people how sick you are, even if you're not. It also tells you how to use drugs without getting arrested or killing yourself.
Web MD
Another major source of quality information to help you sound and act like a real doctor. All you'll need now is a white coat and a stethoscope.
Every Day Health
Providing the expert guidance and daily tools people need to make the best health choices, actively manage their conditions and live healthier lives every day. Rich graphics.
The Internet Drug Index for prescription drugs, medications and pill identifier.

On-line Literature
A modest little offering of great books including dictionaries, encyclopedias, reference guides, the Bible, the complete works of Shakespeare,the 70-volume Harvard Classics, and over 10,000 poems. But not much else.
The Children's Literature Web Guide
A vast resource of classical and modern literature for children and young adults.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Classic Christian books from a variety of viewpoints and traditions. Works from Abandonment to Divine Providence to You Can Do Greater Things Than Christ
The Classical Library
A rich supply of reading-ready classic literature, reference works, magazines, journals, newspapers, based on texts that are newly scanned and converted.
The Internet Archive
An accessible library of a staggering number of archived web pages, books and documents, images,videos and sound files, primarily as digital artifacts for researchers, historians, and scholars. The Archive collaborates with institutions including the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian.
The Internet Classical Archive
441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.
Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature
Medieval, Renaissance, 17th Century, and 18th Century, plus sections for religious writers, Rennaisance drama, metaphysical poets, and cavalier poets as well as a proprietary encyclopedia for historical contexts.
Novel Guide
Literature profiles, metaphor analysis, theme analysis, and author biographies, book notes, general biographies, sample study questions, sample essays, etc.
The Online Books Page
Listing over 1 million free books on the Web
The Perseus Digital Library Project
Classical Greek literature in English and Greek. Much of the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world.
Pink Monkey
The internet successor to Cliff Notes. Hundreds of free study guides, chapter summaries, booknotes, plot analysis, book notes, chapter notes, synopsis, essays, downloadable notes. Wow.
Project Gutenberg
The mother of all sites for making electronic texts freely available.

Quotations on every topic, by every author, and in every fashion possible. But don't quote me on that.
Annabelle's Quotation Guide
Full of quotes you might not find elsewhere.

Classical Archives
More musical info and downloadable midi-files than you could imagine.
Classical Net
More tons of musical resources and information.
A directory of over 4000 radio stations from across Europe streaming live on the internet.
Music Treasures Co.
An on-line catalog from which you can order a huge variety of music and dance related products, gifts and educational stuff.
Worldwide Internet Music Resources
Part of Indiana University Libraries, which comprise one of the leading academic research library systems in North America. Links to nearly everything about music that is on the Web.
IMSLP, the International Music Score Library Project
As of May, 2015, we have 315,000 printed music scores and 35,000 recordings available for free download. All in public domain.

Art and the Bible
Hundreds of famous paintings linked to their corresponding Bible passages.
Web Museum Famous Paintings Exhibition
A vast wealth of downloadable artworks, all conveniently thumbnailed.

Consumer Sites
Meaningful comparisons and ratings on a large index of goods and services.
Net users' reviews of more than 2 million consumer products and services.
Price Grabber
Merchant ratings and reviews, detailed product information and reviews, and side-by-side product comparisons.
One of largest consumer electronics shopping and review sites in the world. Has over 100,000 user manuals, available for free download.
Shop Sleuth
ShopSleuth strives to be the web’s most comprehensive and useful resource for all things shopping. Whether you are looking for new brands or information about your favorite stores, you will find all the help you need on

Tutorial Sites
Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement, Repair and Remodeling
So you can rebuild your own house.
The Do-It-Yourself Network
Help for any do-it-yourself project.
Focuses on indexing only high-quality How-To's, typically from well-known, recognized brand names or individuals.
Lawn Care
A terrific, elegantly simple lawn-care web site.
So You Wanna
Step-by-step tutorials on anything you might want to do. Within reason, of course.
Whether you need to fix, build, create or learn, eHow gives you practical solutions to problems life throws at you. We empower you to efficiently solve each new challenge and make your life better and easier.
Manuals on Line
Manuals Online is stocked with over 650,000 owner manuals from hundreds of top brands .
Wanna Learn
Over 350 categories of free, first-rate, family-safe online tutorials, guides and instructionally oriented Websites!

Maps, etc.
Google Maps
Essentially Google Earth with a map overlay. Very cool.
Map Quest
Maps, driving directions, road trip planners, city guides, and real time traffic reports.

Web Cams
Earth Cam
Arguably the best portal for live cam feeds from all over the world.

Fun Sites
Wacky Uses
Hundreds of little-known uses for well-known products.
Top 10 Lists of everything under the sun.

The Creativity Post
The very best content on creativity, in all of its forms: from scientific discovery to philosophical debate, from entrepreneurial ventures to educational reform, from artistic expression to technological innovation.
Many hundreds of highest quality documentaries and films generated by thousands of professional content producers and TV-stations - free to stream or download.
Every Rule
Largest database of rules in the world. So now you know.
Find a Grave
See the graves of thousands of famous people from around the world. What fun!
Flight Arrivals and Departures
Arrival and departure information for all commercial airline flights over the US and Canada.
Written scripts of hundreds of movies and TV shows.
Wave Central
A big library of sound wave files from popular TV shows, movies, commercials.
TV Theme Music and Songs -
A huge free library of TV theme songs and music
The Web 100
Rankings and reviews, top 100, top 10, and other lists help you cut through the web's clutter to find the best sites.
Who's Alive and Who's Dead
Helps you find out whether somebody is alive or dead. Limited to famous people. Very handy if they want to check on themselves.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The "Mormons"
Discover your family history with free access to billions of genealogical records from around the world.
Offers in-depth resources primarily for Church members to help them learn, live, and share the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Meridian Magazine
An free omnibus online magazine of high quality by and for Latter-day Saints. Highly recommended by me.
Provides an introduction to Mormons, how they live their lives, and what they believe.
A Church media service that provides inspirational and uplifting content for members and those with similar values.
FairMormon Answers
Dedicated to providing well-documented answers to criticisms of LDS doctrine, belief and practice, FairMormon is staffed completely by students of the scriptures, ancient languages, early Christian history, early LDS history, and LDS doctrine and apologetics. Most all of the staff here at FairMormon have been involved in online services and Internet-based LDS apologetics for many years.
Book of Mormon Evidences
Contrary to the claims of our critics, there are many interesting findings that make it difficult to explain away the Book of Mormon as a nineteenth-century fraud from Joseph Smith. Such evidence is not "proof" but should encourage readers and seekers of truth to give the Book of Mormon a chance. These pages are maintained by Jeff Lindsay, a Book of Mormon aficionado, who takes full responsibility for the statements and opinions offered on this page. This page is neither sponsored nor endorsed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
LDS FAQ, Frequently Asked Questions
BYU Studies sponsors LDSfaq. BYU Studies is an academic LDS journal that has produced high quality, peer-reviewed, scholary LDS research since 1959.
The Encyclopedia of Mormonism
The History, Scripture, Doctrine, and Procedure of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Originally Copyright © 1992 Macmillan Publishing Company, now online from BYU Harold B. Lee Library