Always remember the value of words and placing them correctly. A man may love to get a John Deere, but he does not want a Dear John.
Musings (on Facebook): is a group to promote the Musings writing series and offers information and ideas for writers.
Articles, Definitions and "Encyclopedia" Content
Dictionary.com: This is a free dictionary. It has a free daily dictionary word option where the site emails a word with definition and example of usage daily. It sometimes repeats words, but it is wonderful for increasing ones vocabulary.
The Free Dictionary: I just found this one. I tested it out by dropping in "gopher." Not only did it offer multiple options for the type of gopher, it gave paragraph descriptions of the furry little critters when I chose "gopher: animal." It also has options not listed below, including an Acronyms, Idioms and definitions for financial terms.
The Free Dictionary (medical dictionary): I chose this site option and dropped in "bone density." The definition was not in paragraphs, but it was in plain English and I understood it.
The Free Dictionary (legal dictionary): I clicked this link and dropped in "Roe vs. Wade." Extensive information for a basic posting. Includes wonderful links to works cited. I chose the topic because it was a court case I knew the name of. (It is in no way a pro or con statement about the case or related topics.)
The Grand List of Console Role Playing Game Cliche: Hilarious cliches found in video games. Is a wonderful tool to research how not to write stories.
Knol: This is a Google resource similar to Wikipedia. It is not "encyclopedic" and articles are not as rigidly formatted. (Examples of Wikipedia's control of information is available.) The articles are written by general users. I have not found Knol to be as useful as Wikipedia, but it is a more open forum for posting articles if that interests you.
Wikipedia: I find this resource wonderful for finding various tidbits and topics ranging from agriculture to Einstein's brain. I have found information on almost everything I looked for. The downside of its wide range of free information is that it is posted by random people on-line. It is not a "reliable" source of information, but the information is a good start and the citations on individual pages are often more reliable then the Wikipedia page itself.
Wiktionary: This is a dictionary, of sorts, associated with Wikipedia. It looks promising.
Cultural and Location Information
CIA Factbook: USA-published material. Wonderful information on any country, including obscure ones, I have ever needed information on. It also includes information on countries that are not safe for Americans to travel.
Lonely Planet: Wonderful information on any country, including obscure ones, I have ever needed information on.
MapQuest: Great site for finding information on location. It has standard maps and aerial maps (taken by satellite) that given wonderful details for setting. (Remember to check your details to know if a building was there five years ago or isn't there now.)
Scholarpedia: Similar to Wikipedia, it has different guidelines. The information is suppose to be more reliable. It took me a bit to find an article and then the article was over my head. With the posted guidelines, however, the information standards are potentially better then Wikipedia.
Wikipedia: This site is good for finding the basic idea behind a concept. It may also include links to other websites on the topic. Please remember that this site is available to anyone and everyone to make pages and possibly alter those pages. This site should not be considered a reliable source. Please check the source of the information provided on this site.
On-line Language Translators
Stars21: This link indicates English to Irish. However, it has a long list of languages translated from English, including Latin.
Online Conversion: Ever needed to translate kilometers into miles, or vice versa? Or maybe needed to figure out gradients. This is the website for you. It has information ranging from land distance to dates/times to energy conversion. Wonderful for pesky things like Celsius and Fahrenheit.
Sigmund Freud: This has some really bizarre quotes, but I do like, "Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock."
Mark Twain/Samuel Clemmons: Quotes are organized in alphabetical order and has a site search to track quotes with key words.
Dreams: This page has quotes from Douglas Adams to Chuang Tzu on Dreams. I find them inspirational.
Ask: I believe this was formerly "Ask Jeeves" and is used much like ones plays Jeopardy.
Google: This is my search engine of chose. It also has a number of free options including email, an article site similar to wikipedia, websites, group lists (although requires members to have gmail accounts for restricted groups,) and various other options.
Yahoo: Another good search engine. It has various free options including email, a good messenger program, bad chat options for adults, group lists (am not positive but I don't remember Yahoo lists requiring a Yahoo email,) one player and multi-player games, and additional options to numerous to remember nevertheless mention.
Purdue On-line Writing Lab (OWL): This has information about MLA format.
MLA Citation Style: This has examples.
Purdue On-line Writing Lab (OWL): This has information about APA format. APA is the American Psychological Association. This format is for psychology papers and social sciences. Please ask your instructor if you are unsure which format to use.
APA Citation Style: This has examples.
Basic Guide to Essay Writing
Daily Writing Tips: Numerous writing tools, including a page on commonly confused words. 50 Problem Words and Phrases.
EnhanceMyWriting.com: From what I've seen, it has a lot of good resources for research. It specifies research papers, but I figure it has more uses.
How to Write a Poem: A rather formal explanation of writing poetry. Could be useful for a class project.
Purdue Online Writing Lab: Creative-Sedative on LF gave me this one. Has some wonderful links of its own.
SFWA: World Building Information: This is one section of the website for Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer's of America. It includes some good information on creating fictional worlds.
Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers: LF has a writers resource post/thread involving this page. I looked at it a little bit. Looks promising.
The Snowflake Method: Another wonderful link from the LF writers resource forum. It is an approach to writing and worth looking at.
Superhero Nation: This website has a lot of good information on improving one's writing. It is writing with an interesting sense of humor which makes reading the information easier then someone listing the "dos and don'ts" of writing.
TV Tropes: While the name meant nothing to me when Vanguard waved it under my nose, I did find the site interesting. I only briefly glanced over one section. The information I saw was good.
Yahoo Answers: Have a question to a problem and can't find the answer? Yahoo Answers is a wonderful place to ask on-line people questions from physics to naming babies (for naming characters, I recommend the Books & Authors section.) The answers are opinions of random people. Sometimes questions get spammed. Some individuals give bad information, alternative ideas, and preach. I have found good information, including links. It does require a free yahoo email account.