Research Tools

The Acronym Finder is a searchable database of more than 109,800 common abbreviations and acronyms about computers, technology, telecommunications, and the military, including Department of Defense, Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, and Coast Guard acronyms and abbreviations.

A-Z Music Lyrics – This index contains links to all sorts of music lyrics. An amazing site. This is how you discover the words behind today’s hit music.

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

Bible Gateway – The best way to search for that elusive Bible verse. Search any verse in the NIV, ESV, The Message, NASB, NRSV, KJV, Young’s Literal, Worldwide English or Darby translations. It is as good as having Bible software loaded on your computer. (You can search within foreign language translations as well!)

British-American Dictionary – ever wonder about the British usage of an American phrase? More can be found on this additional site.

The Christian Post – A comprehensive Christian news site

Convert Measurements – Convert yards into metric; Fahrenheit into Celsius; etc.

Count Your Phrases – (the WriteWords Phrase Frequency Counter) – copy and paste your work-in-progress and see how many phrases you inadvertently repeat.

Currency Calculator – Convert money into the correct amount in another country.

Ecclesiastical Calendar – Need to know the date of Easter for a future or past year? Need to know the timing of the Church Holy Days? This is the resource for you. Discover the Holy Days for any year after 325 A.D.

Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr.

Famous Birthdays – Find out who was born when. Great for trivia sidebars.

Federal Statistics – More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.

How Far is It? – Determine the distance between any two locations

Internet Movie Database – Everything you ever wanted to know about the movies.

Movie Clichés – A hilarious collection of assumptions about society that movies have inserted into our thinking. For instance: “Pastries are always in plain pink boxes. When we see a plain pink box, we expected to know that the box contains donuts or cake or some related item.”

Exceptional Websites for Theologians

One Look -Look in 165 Dictionaries at the same time! Believe it or not.

Probe Ministries – A great site with wonderful apologetic resources. Their mission statement reads: “Probe’s mission is to present the Gospel to communities, nationally and internationally, by providing life-long opportunities to integrate faith and learning through balanced, biblically based scholarship, training people to love God by renewing their minds and equipping the Church to engage the world for Christ.”

Project Gutenberg – The original and exhaustive site of public domain books that have been converted to digital form for you to search and read on the Internet. The list of available texts is extraordinary. Look for your favorites.

Precept Austin – THE go-t0 place for public domain resources. Note the “commentaries by verse” feature. This allows you to find amazing resources for each book of the Bible. Including hundreds of links to Mp3 resources, the complete writings of Spurgeon, Calvin, Henry, etc.

Research-It! – currency converter, a language translator, dictionary, thesaurus, zip code retrieval, biography searcher, bible search, quotation search and package tracking plus a lot of other stuff you might need now and then.

Rhyming Dictionary: The Rhyme Zone

The Slot: a web site for copy editors -This web site evolved into the great book Lapsing into a Comma by Bill Walsh. However there are still some fascinating articles and insights into writing at this site. Highly recommended for the discussion it generates.

Statistics Every Writer Should Know – Intriguing discussion of statistics and their meaning. Important if you are to become accurate in your research.

Today in History

Trademark Search – Make sure you aren’t breaking any laws concerning the use of a particular name that might be trademarked! Can you use a trademarked name in your book? Read this article on the topic.

Translate to Other Languages – English to French, Spanish, German, Italian or Portuguese. Great for adding a little flair to your character!

White House Documents – Current releases, hot topics, and the latest Federal statistics.

Word Counter – Paste your work-in-progress in this site and see how often you use specific words.

YourDictionary.com – A fabulous compendium of on-line dictionaries and thesauri of every imaginable description, including foreign language, acronyms, biographical, multilingual, and the ever-popular Pimbly’s Dictionary of Heraldry. If you can’t find it here, it’s probably not a word.