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Links to further your writing abilities.

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The resources (listed with **) are for contacts to interview, or for expert contacts.

**Biz News** for Business experts

**Media Resource Service** for science/medical/technical experts 800-223-1730

**Party Line** this resource takes a little longer, use it for something you know you don't have an immediate deadline on

**Profnet Expert Database** 1-800-776-3638

**The Year Book of Experts, Authorities, and Spokespersons** order the book free at 1-800-yearbook (1-800-932-7266) (932-7266) or search the website at

Quote Sites

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Major Business Journals:
Fortune or
Business Week

Find company information:

Forrester Research. They're two of the big Net market-analysis firms.
or Jupiter Communications at

Find stock filings: or

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Link to a cost of living calculator that figures how much money you need to earn when moving from one are to another. Since, several people on the list have relocated or are thinking about it, thought some people might be interested. I did it for the town where we used to live in Colorado and we could live as comfortably there making a full 1/3 less in salary! This site also has lots of other relocation info like school data, etc. Could be a useful writing research site as well.

AIER Cost of Living Calculators: or

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Merriam Webster Online -

OneLook Dictionaries is a site that allows you to "metasearch" as many as 454 online dictionaries to find the definition or spelling of a particular word.

Online dictionary:

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The CIA's World Factbook

Find legislators' voting record:

Find public records:

State Tax Rates and Structures (Federation of Tax Administrators)

Great research resource (Researchers, genealogists and the plain curious can now use the Internet to check more than 50 million historical records at the National Archives, from Civil War battles to family immigration files):

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Online source to find a large list of trade publications:

Check out the Web site of the Parenting Publications of America at:

Home of Kidon Media-Link, every country has its own integrated page. There are no separate pages for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and news agencies anymore.

Wonderful site! It lists listerally hundreds of e-zines and provides specific information about them all, including where to find submission guidelines for several of them!! They are listed in general categories which makes your search very easy, then it tells you how many e- zines are listed for that category. You can also search by key words which is helpful if your area of interest isn't listed as a category (for instance, parenting is not a category, but does come up as a keyword with 21 e-zines listed). If anyone is trying to finding e-zines in your area of interest, here is the place to go! This is such a cool site!

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Find medical information: or

Finding Medical Statistics: The easiest way would be if the disease has an official Web site or a medical site features the disease (like Web MD). You might also try the
Centers for Disease Control ( sites for disease statistics.

Second, you could pose a question to an expert located through or other "source" resources.

Third, you could search for recent articles through Medline at the National Library of Medicine. ( will get you directly to the site to search journals. The ( site gets you to the general National Library of Medicine search site that can also help you find all sorts of health/medical information. If you search for journal articles through PubMed, you can view the abstract (and sometimes the full article). Journal articles often state the scope of the problem for a particular
disease (you can specify children, pediatric, etc. in the search). Or, if all else fails, journal articles will identify researchers and the institutions they are associated with. Then you can do a search for the institution and often find the researcher's email address through the institution website. A quick email to the researcher explaining what you would like to know can point you in the right direction.


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Newspaper information (it has an amazing amount of paper links, and you can get archives directly through some of the paper sites.):

Arts & Letters Daily: updated daily, this comprehensive index puts you a click away from major newspapers, magazines, reviews of new books, and thoughtful essays and articles. Want to shoot down an annoying colleague with a cool quote from Buckley, Saffire, or Will? Here's your ammo.

HomeTown Free Press provides links to local newspapers around the world. Just click the world region you want; then hone down to find the specific location that interests you. The USA section logically organizes the links by state and then lists links alphabetically by city. The USA page also includes a link to an index of college and university Web sites.

WebActive bills itself as an "alternative news source." In these days of about a million cable and cable-Web news outlets, this isn't exactly a differentiating claim. Still, WebActive does provide access to news outlets not likely to be foremost in your mind: The Nation, Pacifica Network News, and Democracy Now, for example. Our favorite was the not-so-alternative Hightower Radio section, where you can listen to RealAudio rebroadcasts of cheerily sarcastic Jim Hightower's two-minute muckraking radio spots (he's like Paul Harvey, with more bite and less voice trouble).

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The World's Largest Online Library:

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Capitol Watch. This site offers a one-page summary of the day's top political stories, congressional votes, and insider information. You politically active types can read the bills and/or motions word for word, e-mail congressperson sites, and so on--or have the entire page mailed to you every day.

Ever get the idea that politicians, and even news reporters, cite only the polls that support their point? Public Agenda, at is one place to go to get the results of many, if not all, of the polls taken on issues running the alphabetical gamut from abortion to welfare. Though we were surprised not to see any polling about the recent presidential crisis in particular and politicians' behavior in general (about which so many polls have been cited in the past two years), we found the information here enlightening and sometimes even surprising. Don't miss the "A Nation Divided?" sections for each topic, which tell you something (not necessarily encouraging) about both the way polling questions are framed and the skill with which Americans answer them.

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Reference Desk (online magazines):

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Academic Info
Religion Gateway - World Religions - Religious Studies - Comparative Religion -

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There are calculators there and dictionaries and legal things and just TONS of cool stuff. This site is highly recommended by a Momwriting Reporter.

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~Ask the Experts~ ~Business Related~ ~Calculations~ ~Dictionaries~ ~Government~

~Magazines & E-Zines~ ~Medical Information~ ~Newspapers~    

~Online Library~ ~Politics~ ~References~ ~Religious~ ~Misc~


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