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.)
- Merriam-Webster − Like it or not, this is the US’s Declaration of Independence from the OED.
- Memidex − An excellent cross-reference dictionary system, just to be absolutely clear on meaning.
- Google Ngram Viewer – A good start for tracking linguistic shift (in literature, at least).
- notengoenie − The handiest supplier of special characters for print and online writing.
- GrammarBook.com – The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation.
- Common Errors in English Usage − A very helpful, very important guide for nuance and expression.
- IEEE Computer Society Styleguide − A guide to dressing up and standardizing online copy.
- 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.