This page has been set
up to help writers with research. Your writing colleagues would greatly
appreciate any links you have that are not shown on this page. Because
there are literally millions of links on the net, there is no way the site owner
can know about all of them. YOU are our eyes and ears!
Suspense, and Mystery
Magazine - True Crime Stories. Great for
finding ideas or information
- members include FBI agents (former or current), crime
scene investigators, police officers, private
investigators, published authors and more.
Blood at the Source: Research Tips for
Mystery Writers- A guide for mystery writers on how
libraries and the Web for research. Includes information
about using libraries, Internet research, and
"getting the most out of reference librarians."
From librarian and mystery author Barbara Fister.
FBI Homepage - lots of good
information, but not as easy to access as previously.
The Smoking Gun features documents:
police reports, autopsy reports, court records. If you
want to see Elvis's autopsy report, read the Texas
dragging death police report, or find out who is stalking
Janet Jackson, this is the place. Most of it is news of
the weird, but the true value of the site is that these
are actual scans of actual documents. What does an
autopsy or police report look like? If you're not a cop
or a lawyer you may never come across the real thing. But
you can go to this site and see for yourself.
Injuries - Comprehensive guide
Cut and Thrust of
Names and Generators
Center's Baby Name Finder -
great source for character names.
The Finer Times -
Includes information about various historical
events that affected the world. Great for research purposes.
British Surnames -
this is a really useful website that gives not only British
surnames, but describes the original geographical location and socio-economic
background of those names.
DMarie's Time Capsule - plug in any date and find out what the
bestselling book, most popular movie, price of groceries
and lot of other details for that date, whether in the
distant or recent past.
This site is so extensive, I can't begin to
explain what you'll find there. As well as historical research links,
you'll also find heaps of links to writing related resources.
Need information about
underwear from different eras? This site
has a tremendous amount of info regarding the 1800's,
plus links to others. You might find what you're looking
for under "Daily Life." The "Time
Line" alone is worth the trip.
History Timelines for different countries
- Search by country or century
History of Colonial
Domination of the Gentle Sex: The Lives of Medieval Women
Outline of American
Indian History Sites
19th Century America
A Century of
Lawmaking for a New Nation
Colonist's Library (what they read)
More than 300 links to Victorian
topics, with a focus on arts and literature, arranged
can get lost in this
site. There is even a link for medieval York.
- another one to get lost in
Map from the Regency Era - Scroll
down, and below the map you will find several
street/section names and where to find them on the map.
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Easy-to-Read Health and Medical Sites
- Links to health information for the layperson
illnesses and conditions.
and Medical Sites - links to health
information for the layperson on common illnesses and
conditions. The information linked to is in formats that
are easy to reproduce, and this is an excellent source of
materials for people with limited reading skills. About
twenty-five of the links are to information in Spanish.
The sites were chosen by health professionals from the
staff at the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine
Google Maps - want to know the street names around your
heroine's office? Ask Google Maps. Click on the link in
the upper right hand corner for a satellite image of the
area to get an idea of the buildings situated there,
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Grammar & Punctuation
The Grammar and Punctuation Glossary -
a fantastic resource from
(We have no affiliation - it's just a great
Grammar Slammer - your grammar
questions answered here.
Commas can be tricky little suckers.
Sort them out here.
& Other Information
Profnet - need to find an expert in a particular field
to interview? Post a request on profnet and it will go
out to more than 16,000 experts who can then contact you
Works - want to know about
NASCAR, professional photography, movie making, or any of
hundreds of topics? Type in your request and How Stuff
Works will fill you in on the details.
Wikipedia - this online encyclopedia has information
about almost anything.
Babyhold - 20,000 unique baby names and their meanings. Great
for naming characters!
Editor or Agent or Publisher?
and Editors - check out agents &/or editors here.
Piers Anthony site is where you can also check
on publishers and agents etc. This site is regularly updated - whenever
Piers gets new information. The majority of the info comes from writers,
so it's usually very accurate. *I usually go here before Preditors and Editors.
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