General research tools

Note on 8/4/2012: I prepared this page in 2006 and only lightly edited it a few times after that.

  1. Accountability for using the Internet: 2011 Internet Filter Top Ten Review
  2. Amazon: advanced search. The “Search Inside!” feature is especially handy, even for books you already own in print.
  3. Dictionaries for foreign languages: Google (translates over forty languages into English and vice versa), French, German (1, 2, 3), Spanish
  4. Gmail: my favorite email program (free)
  5. Google Books: about
  6. Google Calendar: tour
  7. Google Desktop: features
  8. Google Earth: tour
  9. Google Maps
  10. Google Scholar: about
  11. Google Shopping List
  12. How Stuff Works
  13. IMAK SmartGlove
  14. Library Spot: “a free virtual library resource center” (about)
  15. Mint: “Mint is fresh, intelligent online money management. Not only is Mint free, it saves you money” (product | about).
  16. Music:
  17. Movie reviews:
  18. National Review Online: about
  19. Oxford English Dictionary: requires a subscription
  20. Photo organization/editing (HT: Phil Gons):
    • Picasa: Google’s free program
    • GIMPshop: free version of Photoshop
    • Adobe Photoshop: Not cheap. Included in the Creative Suite, either the Web Premium ($1,599 [student price: $499]) or Design Premium ($1,799 [student price: $599]). The student price for the whole CS3, which contains almost 10 pieces of software, is cheaper than Photoshop all by itself.
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements: a watered-down version of Photoshop
    • Microsoft Expression Design: competition for Photoshop
  21. Plugged In Online: reviews of recent movies, video/DVD, music, and television by a team that is part of Focus on the Family
  22. Renaissance Art: “Fine Handcrafted Leather Books.” I’ve ordered four custom leather book covers for Bibles, and I’m very pleased with them.
  23. Travel:
  24. The Wall Street Journal Online
  25. Weather: alerts and daily forecasts via email, local temperature on your desktop
  26. WTS Books
  27. WebMD: about; convenient resource to check when dealing with a minor injury or sickness
  28. Wikipedia: “a multilingual, web-based, free content encyclopedia project” that “is written collaboratively by volunteers” (about)
  29. World Cat: “the world’s largest network of library content and services” (about)
  30. The World Factbook: FAQs