Duncan's Essential Reference Page

Drowning in Information, but starved of knowledge? Start with this small but essential reference collection.

 

Education

Computers

Films / Movies and TV

Food

Genealogy

History

Literature

Music

 

Education and Teaching

Schoolzone - support to teachers parents and pupils. Includes lesson plans
Language in Use - resources to support courses on English Language, especially A Level
Times Educational Supplement - the UK's leading education newspaper
National Curriculum Online
TeachIt - free English teaching resources
Association of Teachers Websites - lesson plans, education materials by skilled teachers
Cambridgeshire Education Portal - outstanding range of advice for teachers

 

Computers

Apple Apple computers, hardware and software
Microsoft - the world's richest software company
Open Office - Libre Office - the serious alternatives to Microsoft's suite
How Stuff Works - computers and how they work
PC World - online shop
Free or Shareware Software: Version Tracker - | - Tucows - |
Sophos Hoax and Virus checker
Google Webmaster Tools

 

Films / Movies and TV

The Internet Movie Database
The BBC : includes films, news, radio and programming
CNMovies

 

Food and Recipes

BBC Food and Recipes
Astray - 187,862 Recipes
Jamie Oliver - recipes
Waitrose - food, drink and recipes

 

Genealogy

Births marriages and Deaths in England and Wales at Find My Past
US immigration to Ellis Island
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Family Search "The largest collection of free family history and genealogy records in the world" by the Church of Latter Day Saints.
UK National Archives including Census records.

 

History

Time The time at places all over the world.
Anyday in History a site for those looking for historic events, births, and deaths on a certain day

The 24 hour Museum - UK National Virtual Museum with links news and features on 3000+ UK museums, galleries and heritage sites

 

Literature

Bible - searchable in 50 versions
Rhymes Finds rhymes to words of your choice.
Open Source Shakespeare Complete Works, easily searchable
Abe Books - secondhand and rare book search
Project Gutenberg - free e-books and non-copyright texts

 

Music

All-Music Guide
Music - Classical : Portal for classical music, and links to other interesting web sites
Music - Rock Albums Popular rock information from across the world.
iTunes the most popular download shop, 99p per track
Free & Legal listening & downloads:
Last | Filter| World Music Network

 

News

Online Newspapers - The Paper boy - newspapers - thousands of them!
British Media Online - UK Newspapers
Crayon - compile your own daily newspaper
ABYZ news links - links to over 15,800 newspapers and news sources

The British Newspaper Library Online

CNN World News - Europe
BBC News Online BBC news and Links to news from every part of the world
UK Newspapers: Times Newspapers - | - The Guardian - | - Telegraph- | - The Independent - | - Times Educational Supplement

 

People

Biographical Dictionary with searchable Index
E-mail address finder Start from a name or a domain and it may turn up an e-mail address
People Search
BT's UK National Phone Directory (click on register and you'll need an account number)
UK Post Codes (free but need to register)

 

Places

Maps:- | - Google Map - | - Ordnance Survey Get-a-map - |
Lonely Planet travel guides
Cyber cafes - internet cafes in 140 countries - | - Cybercaptive - cybercafes, public internet access points and kiosks
Geograph - photographs of every square kilometere in the UK and Ireland
Walking World - find a good walk anywhere in the UK

 

Politics

UK Parliament - UK Gov
The White House Entry to USA Government
BBC News and Politics

 

Science

Scientific American
A few articles from the current edition of this periodical, summaries of other articles, news and commentary, extensive links to other sites and a search engine for current and some past articles.
The Why Files funded by the National Science Foundation. Popular stories behind the science news. Very readable. Search engine.
The Tree of Life Vast website that documents 400 billion years of the Earth and its creatures. The aim is to have a web page for every living species!

 

Sport

Cricket
Football - soccer links | Football - Team Talk
Sportal.com - the world's first broadband sports site

 

Travel

Road
UK Travel News from BBC
The Automobile Association
UK traffic information, route maps and route planning
Journey Price Calculator - Petrol prices for journeys
National Express
country-wide coach travel

All
Transport Direct - plan UK journeys using every form of transport
Public Transport Information
Impressive links to all public service transport in the UK

Rail
National Rail (UK) and The Trainline The entire Great Britain passenger rail timetable (searchable) and instantly updated departure boards for all stations.
International Rail timetables and tickets
The Man in Seat 61
- International rail and ferry information

Air
Flight Stats - flight status, arrival departure and more ....
Heathrow live flight details
British Airways | Virgin Atlantic | Ryanair | EasyJet

Holiday Flights
Teletext Holidays - | - Cheap Flights - | - Which Budget - | - Global Holidays - | - Kayak compare hundreds of flights

Travel Guides
Lonely Planet | Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel Advice

 

Weather

Weather (UK) The UK Meteorological Office offers weather forecasts and other services for all regions including Cambridge or
uk.weather.com including the forecast for Cambridge

 

Words & Language

Thesaurus - ideal for synonyms and alternative words
Quotes and Sayings
Ask Oxford - references to Oxford reference sources
One Look Dictionaries simultaneously offering a range of definitions from different dictionaries.
Your Dictionary Pointers to dictionaries in over 130 languages
Google Translate
Merriam-Webster's Language Center - Dictionary and Thesaurus
Language in Use - resources to support courses on English Language, especially A Level
OneLook Reverse Dictionary - can't think of a word? Type in a concept and it can find it!
"Worthless Word of the Day."

 

Web Mastery

Free Link checker
Webmonkey
Code Tutorial
1000 Website tools
Colour Scheme generator - complementary colour scheme wheel
Network Tools

Broadband Speed

 

General Reference

The Internet Public Library A general reference site with broad scope and US bias.
Cambridgeshire Library Online - links to extensive information sources for holders of Cambridgeshire library cards
Info Please! A general reference site with broad scope and US bias.

iTools All the search tools in one place!
Dictionary.com It aspires to be the definitive guide to reference material on the Internet, and includes Roget's Thesaurus, Bartlett's Quotations, Webster's Unabridged Dictionary and Strunk's Elements of Style.
The Virtual Reference Desk A great source of general information though in a cluttered interface.
Martindale's Reference Desk a much more extensive collection of references than this page
Atlapedia Online countries and maps
The Academic Index -search engine for academic research papers
Academic Info - subject guides to all manner of things!
The Encyclopedia Britannica itself is now also online! including The 1911 Edition (dated but great!)
Wikipedia created by users for users
Answers.com

Worldometers - constantly counting world statistics in real time

free web page hit counter

Special Links

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