Reference Websites, Online Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Online searching

Private detectives spend a lot of time looking up information on the internet, including conducting searches on the most popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. In addition, private investigators spend time digging deep into websites to uncover useful facts and information for their clients.

Following is a list of helpful reference tools, online reference libraries, and reference material:

CEO Express – Executive Gateway to the Internet. Provides a large number of categorized links to a wide variety of resources.

Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine – Eye Spy Intelligence Magazine – the world’s leading newsstand magazine on intelligence and espionage. Read by the intelligence, security, investigative and military communities around the world.

BBC Online – The BBC is the largest broadcasting organization in the world. Its mission is to enrich people’s lives with programs that inform, educate and entertain.  It is a public service broadcaster, established by a Royal Charter and funded by the license fee that is paid by UK households.

Information Please – Information Please is part of Pearson Education, the largest educational publisher in the world and owner of Prentice Hall, Scott Foresman, Addison Wesley Longman, and other distinguished imprints. Pearson also owns Athe Financial Times and Penguin Putnam publishers.

Internet Library for Librarians – Internet Library for Librarians provides links to more than 4,000 resources. All the resources are recommended, selected, and reviewed by librarians. Each entry has a full description of the goals and /or scope of the resource, as well as the contact information if provided. Internet Library for Librarians is a handy and useful tool for both novices and experienced library staff.

Quick Reference – University of Texas at Austin

Reference Shelf – A daily newsletter with resources of interest to information professionals, educators and journalists.

Resource Centers – Library of Congress research and reference information.  The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.


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