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Library Journal's Best Web Sites List

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Library Journal's best web sites list. Internet use data suggest the continued need for authoritative lists such as this one to assist librarians in identifying reliable and trustworthy sources.
Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
A joint project of the University of Toronto and the Universite Laval, this site provides free access to the first 14 volumes of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, covering notable Canadians who died between the years 1000 and 1930. The nearly 8000 biographies can be searched by date range of death, gender, or identification.
FareCompare
This travel site allows you to compare the cheapest flights from one location to another. Prices are arranged first by month and then by day. For example, a trip from Nashville to New York might cost $118 in March and $138 in July. Lots of money saving tips.
Global Change Master Directory
Use this site to locate global change research data from 1200 government agencies, universities, and other institutions worldwide.
Internet Archive
This site is one of the leaders in the Open Content Alliance. A recent $1 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation should enable it to continue building a library of web sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Included are links to 57,533 moving images, 37,704 live music concerts, 124,021 audio recordings, and 185,845 texts.
Intute
Headquartered at the University of Manchester, this consortium of seven universities has a mission to advance education and research by promoting the best of web resources. You can search in one of four categories--Science and Technology; Arts and Humanities; Social Sciences; or Health and Life Sciences--or by narrower subjects like anthropology and law.
Iraq Coalition Casualties List
Use this site to find out the when, where, and how behind the casualty statistics for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Data are derived from official sources and broken out in numerous ways, including fatalities by country, home state, ethnicity, branch of service, and date.
Legend of Hockey Net
One of the finest of its kind, this sports site provides a registry of every player who ever appeared in the National Hockey League. You can search alphabetically by position, team, place of birth, and achievements. A click on Silverware links you to all of the awards given out and all of the winners.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project
In 1985, Coretta Scott King asked Stanford historian Clayborne Carson to edit and publish the papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Since then, numerous resources illustrating his life have been published online. Here you can read his biography, view a chronology of his life, and listen to some of his most famous sermons like "The American Dream."
OANDA, The Currency Site
Find up-to-the-minute foreign exchange news, conversion rates for 164 countries, a table of exchange rates for 26 countries, or create a wallet-size exchange rate table to take on your next trip. Or use FXGame to practice currency trading without spending a dime, a ruble, or a krona.
The 111 Greatest Acts of the Anglo-American Folk Tradition
A science librarian by day and an expert on Alfred Russell Wallace, Charles H. Smith is the developer of a number of award-winning sites in folk and classical music. His newest ranks 111 folk legends, complete with annotations, and then adds links to video recordings on YouTube. A very popular site.
Political Database of the Americas
A joint project of the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown and the Secretariat of Political Affairs at the Organization of American States, this site is a major source of information on elections, political parties, and constitutions in the the Americas. It serves more than 600,000 users per month.
Presidential Timeline of the Twentieth Century
This portal to the presidential libraries and their digitized collections covers everyone from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton. Educational units on such topics as the stock market crash of 1929, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the 1979 Iran hostage crisis provide teachers with resources for students.
Science.gov
This is the place to go for science information and results of scientific research. A collaborative effort of 12 federal science agencies, this search engine goes into the deep web databases and more than 50 million pages of scientific information. It serves as a gateway to more than 1800 scientific web sites.
VOTE411.org
With this online tool, there's no excuse for not voting! Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund in October 2006, it is a one-stop source for election-related questions. Here you can find information about voting options, election dates, candidates, polling places, registration deadlines, and even voting machines.
Womenfolk: Creativity Through Quilting Past & Present
This expansive quilt history site allows you to view quilt patterns and read their stories while traveling through history. Online articles and exhibits include America's Quilting History; African American Presence; Children's Quilt History; Early Quilting and Textiles; and Quilts from Around the World.