Free Online Reference Resources

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Websites with Lists of Free Online Reference Resources

  • Best Information on the Net O'Keefe Library, St. Ambrose University
  • Internet Public Library subject collections and ready reference sites online
  • Librarians' Internet Index a searchable, browsable collection of over 16,000 high-quality Websites
  • MeL Internet Reference Michigan eLibrary list of online reference sources
  • Virtual Learning Resources Center a searchable, browsable collection of over 50,000 academic information pages recommended by teachers, librarians and educational and library consortia
  • MARS Best Free Websites for 2009 is the latest update to the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Machine Assisted Reference Section selections for best free Reference Websites.
  • Best Free Reference Web Sites Combined Index, 1999-2008 "an index of the web sites included in the 1999-2008 annual lists issued by the Mars Best of Free Reference Web Sites Committee of the Machine-Assisted Reference Section(MARS) of the Reference and User Services Association(RUSA) of ALA to recognize outstanding reference sites on the World Wide Web."

Our Own List of Free Online Reference Resources

  • The Changing Face of the Scholarly Web: Finding Free, Quality, Full-Text Articles, Books, and More! by Robert J. Lackie in MultiMedia & Internet@Schools July 2006
  • FOREASt: The Internet East Asian Library by Tao Yang, which has many free online reference tools for studying East Asia.

Blogs/Websites To Watch

ResearchBuzz - A blog about new search engines, databases, and other sources of information retrieval.