In the course of my various writing projects I research a wide variety of topics. Some are truly strange (e.g. what does lye do to tooth enamel?) and some are simple things like geography or language.
But I find myself researching even when not writing. Planning a vacation, helping a friend’s child with homework, or just because I’m cursedly curious.
Here are a few links I’ve found useful for research of all kinds. They are all reputable resources who are respectful of copyright law.
Bibliomania is a place to access classic texts – fiction, nonfiction and poetry, study guides, book summaries (think Cliff’s notes), dictionaries, author biographies, and religious texts.
Free Documentaries is a site that has collected documentary films from all over the web. Some you’ll recognize, others wildly obscure.
Bartleby provides access to tons of classic literature, reference and verse.
Google Translate will translate bits of text or entire web pages into a variety of languages. And from those languages into English.
That’s why I know the French title of Lye in Wait translates into something like “Crafty! It Smells!”
Sigh. I guess there are some things we just don’t need to know.