CHICAGO—The 18th Annual Best Free Reference Websites list, previously published in the Fall 2016 issue of Reference & User Services Quarterly, is now also available on RUSA’s website. This year’s list features twenty-two websites with annotations composed by members of ETS’ Best Free Web Sites committee. The selection criteria and process are detailed in the list’s preface.
American FactFinder http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml
Author/Publisher: United States Census Bureau
Author/Publisher: AnnualReports.com, a division of IRSolutions.com
Art UK artuk.org
Author/Publisher: Public Catalogue Foundation
Ballot Measures Database www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/ballot-measures-database.aspx
Author/Publisher: National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Best Commencement Speeches, Ever apps.npr.org/commencement
Cancer Statistics Center cancerstatisticscenter.cancer.org
Author/Publisher: American Cancer Society
CORE - COnnecting REpositories core.ac.uk
Author/Publisher: Knowledge Media Institute
Digital Public Library of America dp.la/subjects
Author/Publisher: Digital Public Library of America
Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records www.findagrave.com/
Author/Publisher: Find A Grave
Global Terrorism Database www.start.umd.edu/gtd
Author/Publisher: National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
Author/Publisher: Goodreads, Inc.
Guide to North American Birds www.audubon.org/bird-guide
Author/Publisher: National Audubon Society
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy www.iep.utm.edu
Author/Publisher: James Fieser (Editor), University of Tennessee at Martin & Bradley Dowden (Editor), California State University, Sacramento.
Author/Publisher: School of Mathematical and Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
National Parks Service www.nps.gov/index.htm
Author/Publisher: National Parks Service, US Dept. of the Interior
National Transportation Statistics www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/national_transportation_statistics/index.html
Author/Publisher: Bureau of Transportation Statistics
NYPL Digital Collections digitalcollections.nypl.org
Author/Publisher: New York Public Library
Reference.com - A Free Online Encyclopedia & Information Reference www.reference.com
Author/Publisher: Dictionary.com, LLC.
Statistical Abstracts of the United States www.census.gov/library/publications/time-series/statistical_abstracts.html
Author/Publisher: U.S. Census Bureau
Date reviewed: March 3, 2016
USDA Local Food Directory Listings www.ams.usda.gov/services/local-regional/food-directories-listings
Author/Publisher: United States Department of Agriculture
U.S. Small Business Administration www.sba.gov
Author/Publisher: U.S. Small Business Administration
Author/Publisher: W3Schools - Refsnes Data
The complete list including annotations and review dates can be viewed on RUSA Update. The Best Free Web Sites Combined Index has been updated to include the sites selected in the 18th annual list. The list made its first debut in the Fall 2014 issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), RUSA’s research journal. Each site is selected based on, but not limited to quality, depth, usability, usefulness of content and authority of producer. Succinct and insightful annotations were written by the selection committee and reflect all subject areas useful for ready reference and value in most libraries.
The Best Free Reference Websites selection committee consists of Autumn Lorraine Mather (Co-Chair), Ryerson & Burnham Libraries; Paul E. Victor, Jr. (Co-Chair), Eastern Washington University Library; Christine M. Barnes, Nagoya University of Commerce and Business; Shannon D. Jones, Medical University of South Carolina; Yaniv Masjedi, Nextiva; Emily Reed, Central Penn College; Sheena Sewell, Broward County Libraries Division; Jeremy Walker, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. Learn more about RUSA’s Book and Media Awards at rusa.ala.org/update/awards/.