This is a collection of links that I find very useful or entertaining in my profession. I use them for research, confirmation, edification, or gainfully whiling away the marginal hours. (And this is where one would go after Google and Wikipedia.)



  • White Pages − With reverse phone and address searches and new links to social media, this is increasingly handy.
  • Google Scholar − Access to scholarly journals, as much as you can read without buying an account.
  • Etymonline − This is a delirious, delicious indulgence in word origins, learning the amazing stories behind the words we use.
  • Wordnik − A beautiful, robust compendium of the most obscure, archaic words with cited examples of usage.
  • Hoovers − If you need to research a corporation or its admin, this is frequently a great place to start.
  • Internet Archive − Need to know what used to be on a website? Check the Wayback Machine.
  • ipl2 − Merger of the Internet Public Library and the Librarians’ Internet Index (closed, but still works).
  • US Patent/Trademark Office – For looking up who owns what name and when last they had it.


  • Google Images – Among the best image search sites online.
  • Tin Eye – This was the image search website before Google got on the bandwagon.
  • ASCII 2D – A Japanese site that pulls images (primarily illustrations) from an entirely unique database.
  • Yandex – If you can’t find your image anywhere else, you might as well give this Russian site a try.


  • Project Gutenberg – A broad collection of free-to-download texts for computer or e-reader devices.
  • Google Books – Another enormous online collection of books, magazines, newspaper, what-have-you.
  • Library of Congress – The truest treasure trove of publications and media. Movies, music, pictures, writing—it’s magnificent.
  • Distributed Proofreaders – Another online library dedicated to preserving classical works through volunteer effort.