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The links on this page lead to websites I've found over the years that have proven useful for research. They're divided in general categories and you'll find them heavily weighted toward history because I write historical novels, but there are many current resources here as well. I will be adding to the links from time to time, so it might pay you to check back for the new resources.

At the bottom of this page you'll also find a section of writing resources. Material covered there includes grammar, dictionaries, a thesaurus, and language translators.

Please note that clicking on a resource link will open a new browser window so you can easily return to this resource page by closing the new window. All of the resources here are free, but many do include advertising.

H. P.




ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA

NAME CONTENT
Historic Periods in Television Technology Illustrated articles about the development of television technology (FCC)
History of Twentieth Century Popular Music Fifteen articles covering the histories of popular music styles of the 20th Century
History of Vaudeville Multi-media history of American Vaudeville
Hit Parade 1935-1959 Top ten lists from Hit Parade Magazine
Old Time Radio Large collection of downloadable radio programs from the 1930s & '40s
Oldies Television Representative collection of viewable TV shows from the '50s & '60s
Vintage Radio & Television Ads Magazine ads for radios, televisions and related projects (1900-today)
American Memory Collection American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920 (LOC)
Timeline of the Newspaper Industry World timeline of newspaper history (Ask.com)
Vintage Movie, Theater & Entertainment Ads Magazine entertainment ads (1770 to today)
Database of motion pictures LInternet Movie Database--also includes some television (IMDB)



FASHIONS & STYLES

NAME CONTENT
Victorian British Slang Glossary Glossary of lower class and underworld slang from 19th Century England
Eyeglasses Through the Ages Illustrated history of eyewear
Historical Dictionary of American Slang Searchable dictionary of US slang from 1700s to 2000s
Women's Fashion Timeline Timeline of US women's fashions 1800-1970s (Vintage Fashion Guild)
Vintage Clothing & Fashion Ads Magazine ads for clothing (1790 to today)
Vintage Beauty & Hygiene Ads Magazine ads for beauty & hygiene products (1800-today)



FLORA & FAUNA

NAME CONTENT
Breeds of Livestock Illustrated info on breeds of horses, cattle, sheep, etc. (Oklahoma State U.)
Wildlife Library US wildlife descriptions & photos (Nat'l Federation of Wildlife)
Registered Dog Breeds Photos & information about AKC recognized dog breeds
Registered Cat Breeds Photos & information about cat breeds recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Assoc.
US Plants Database US plant descriptions & photos (USDA)
US Plant Zones Plant hardiness zones, plus tree & shrub information
Famous US Gardens Photos & descriptions of famous US private & public gardens



FOOD & DRINK

NAME CONTENT
Basic Wine Knowledge Extensive articles on types of wine and the wine-making process
Food History Index An index and glossary of foods throughout history
The Food Timeline Timeline of food and drink developments through the ages
Vintage Drink Advertisements Large collection of drink ads from 1860-2000
Dining Through the Decades Overview of American foods
US Food History Guide Timelines and articles about US foods
Fast Food News, Facts & History Articles about the histories of leading fast food chains
Vintage Food Advertising Magazine ads for food & related products (1840-today)



GENERAL INFORMATION

NAME CONTENT
Area Code Lookup Search by area code or state (Verizon)
Country Calling Codes Enter from & to locations for international calling codes, plus other services
Zip Code Finder Search by zip code or location
Perpetual Calendar Create calendar for any month or year, past or future (InfoPlease)
US Map Maker (Atlas) Create US maps displaying many types of information (USGS)
World Atlas Wide variety of atlas information and services
Currency Converter Convert currencies and view current exchange rates
Library of Congress Library of Congress Front Page
World Factbook Central Intelligence Agency
Weather History Weather histories back to 1945 (Weather Underground)



MONEY & FINANCIAL

NAME CONTENT
History of What Things Cost in America Examples of product costs from 1776 through 2000
Inflation Calculator Calculate the rate of inflation between any two years (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
American Memory Collection Prosperity and Thrift: the Coolidge Era and Consumer Economy, 1921-1929 (LOC)
A Short History of the Great Depression Cause & effect overview of the Great Depression (History Beat)
US Economic Timeline Significant events in US economy (additional articles on site)
Vintage Banking & Insurance Ads Magazine ads for insurance and banking from 1840 to today



POLICE & CRIME

NAME CONTENT
Forensic Science Central Articles on most aspects of modern forensic science
History of the Mafia Concise history of La Costa Nostra
Top Ten Unsolved US Crimes Details of famous unsolved US Crimes, plus related articles (Time Magazine)
FBI Famous Cases & Criminals Articles on FBI investigations of famous crimes & criminals
Important Dates In Law Enforcement History Timeline of US police firsts



TRANSPORTATION & TRAVEL

NAME CONTENT
History of Pullman & Pullman-Standard Pullman railroad car history
Old Car Advertisements Collection of 12K car ads from 1903-1969
Railroad History Archive Extensive list of US railroad history links (U. of Connecticut)
Vintage Travel Posters A large collection of old travel posters indexed by country and style
Airlines & Airliner History Articles tracing today's airline roots
Abandoned & Little-known Airfields Data and photos of abandoned/little-known airfields organized by state
Golden Age of Ocean Travel Compendium of articles & photos of luxury liners
The Last Ocean Liners Ocean liner Information, photos and sailing schedules
Royal Regals: A History of Ocean Liners Articles on luxury ocean liners
Vintage Automobile Ads Magazine car ads from 1870 to today
US Highways: US 1 to (US 830) A plethora of information on the US highway system
US Interstate Highway System Federal Highway Administration website
Vintage Transportation Ads Magazine ads for commercial travel (1840-today)



US HISTORY - GENERAL

NAME CONTENT
American Memory Collection America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915 (LOC)
American Memory Collection The Life of a City: Early Films of New York, 1898-1906 (LOC)
American Memory Collection Before & After Earthquake & Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916 (LOC)
American Memory Collection Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901 (LOC)
US History Timelines Collection of timelines pertaining to events and people in US history
National Registry of Historic Places National Park Service illustrated information about historic places
US state flags Commercial Site with good illustrations and short explanations



WARS & MILITARY

NAME CONTENT
American Memory Collection The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures (LOC)
American Memory Collection Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film (LOC)
WWI Timeline Timeline of events for the Great War (PBS)
History of World War One Multimedia library of WWI history (FirstWorldWar.com)
WWII Timeline Simple illustrated timeline of WWII (National WWII Museum)
WWII Historical overview of WWII (History.com)
Korean War History Historical overview of the Korean War (History.com)
Vietnam War History Historical overview of the Vietnam War (History.com)
Vintage Military, War and Army Recruiting Ads Magazine ads for military recruiting & war related products
WWII US Rationing Text about rationing (Illustrated)



WRITING RESOURCES

NAME CONTENT
Grammar Handbook Rules for grammar & punctuation, plus writing mechanics & sentence style
Roget's Thesaurus Find synonyms and antonyms by word search or index
Oxford Dictionaries Word meanings, plus other useful features
Google Translate Translation service with many common languages
Smart Link Translator Translation, plus dictionaries, text to speech, & other services