Best Free Reference Web Sites 2011 13th Annual List RUSA Emerging Technologies in Reference Section (MARS)


This is an annual series initiated under the auspices of the Emerging Technologies in Reference Section (MARS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of ALA to recognize outstanding reference sites on the World Wide Web. View selection criteria.

"Since the Web is a changing world, readers should note that these Web sites were as annotated on the date the member reviewed the site. Reviewing previous lists is not part of the charge of the Committee (formerly the Task Force on the Best of Free Reference Web Sites). However, we will make note of updated links, or other very substantial changes (such as a conversion from free to fee-based), if they are brought to our attention." RUSA Quarterly Fall 2001.

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BAMONA: Butterflies and Moths of North America (http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/)

BAMONA, MontanaStateUniversity

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

Biodiversity Heritage Library (http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/)

Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), a consortium of 12 natural history and botanical libraries

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

BlackPast.org (http://www.blackpast.org/)

BlackPast.org

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

Cornell Lab of Ornithology (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/)

Cornell Lab of Ornithology, CornellUniversity

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

Current Value of Old Money (http://projects.exeter.ac.uk/RDavies/arian/current/howmuch.html)

Roy Davies, former Librarian, St. Luke's Campus, University of Exeter

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

Google Translate (http://translate.google.com/#en|es|)

Google

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

International Business Statistics Database | globalEDGE (http://globaledge.msu.edu/resourcedesk/dibs)

MichiganStateUniversity  / Additional access with free registration

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (http://www.iucnredlist.org/)

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

KIDS CountDataCenter (http://datacenter.kidscount.org/)

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

The Mark Twain Project Online (http://www.marktwainproject.org/)

"MTPO is produced by the Mark Twain Papers and Project of The Bancroft Library in collaboration with the University of California Press; the site is hosted by UC Berkeley's Library Systems Office. During 2005-8 the California Digital Library collaborated in MTPO's creation and initial development."

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

morgueFile (http://morguefile.com/)

Kevin and Michael Connors, Johannes Seemann

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (http://nccam.nih.gov/)

NationalCenter for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

Open CRS (http://opencrs.com/)

Open CRS, Center for Democracy & Technology

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

Open Library (http://openlibrary.org/)

Internet Archive

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

Plant Information Online (http://plantinfo.umn.edu/)

Richard T. Isaacson and Katherine Allen, University of Minnesota Libraries

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

ProCon.org – Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues (http://www.procon.org/)

ProCon.org

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

Public Library of Science (http://www.plos.org/)

Public Library of Science

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (http://plato.stanford.edu/)

Metaphysics Research Lab, CSLI, StanfordUniversity

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

Still Tasty (http://www.stilltasty.com/)

StillTasty, LLC

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading (http://www.ted.com/)

TED Conferences LLC

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (http://www.uis.unesco.org/)

UNESCO Institute for Statistics

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

UNT Libraries: CyberCemetery Home (http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/)

University of NorthTexas Libraries & U.S. Government Printing Office

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

WikiLeaks (http://mirror.wikileaks.info)

WikiLeaks

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

Wolfram|Alpha (http://www.wolframalpha.com/)

WolframAlpha

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011

 

Worldometers (http://www.worldometers.info)

The Real Time Statistics Project

Reviewed: MARS Best 2011