Research Bookmarks

Last updated on October 6, 2014

Compiled and maintained by the Research staff Re
of Alumni Relations and Development at Northwestern University


Legal/Med/Dent/Other Prof  

Real Estate

Colleges and Universities 


Reference (Business)

Company Profiles/Venture Capital

Mergers and Acquisitions

Reference (Desktop)


Newspapers and Magazines

Research Web Pages

Government (Federal)  


Salary Information

Government (State and Local) 


Search Engines 



Securities/IPOs/SEC/Stock Quotes



Tax Assessor Site

Items marked with a are NU Research department favorites!

Colleges and Universities

Alumni Magazines on the Web
Yahoo!'s small (but reliable) list of links to alumni magazines in the United States.
A search engine for colleges and universities. Provides additional useful links to other reference tools.

Company Profiles/Venture Capital

Hoover's Online
Hoover's Online provides information on private and public businesses. The more comprehensive material is available only to subscribers.

Yahoo! Finance
Provides profiles, news, SEC filings, and executive bios, not to mention the all-important insider holdings and salary reports. 

Annual Reports Service from The Wall Street Journal Online
Free annual reports on many major companies in PDF format.

Annual Report Service
Provides annual reports for companies that participate in the service. You are able to get most on-line and some are available in a hard copy as well. 

"The Lowdown on High Tech" An amusing and informative site focusing on Silicon Valley and all its suburbs pulled together by The New York Observer.

BigBook (
A national Yellow Pages that maps the location of 11 million businesses. Helps pinpoint sites, especially for efficient scheduling of appointments. Businesses are searchable by categories.
This site bills itself as "the leading business search engine."

Business Credit Reports (
Free basic address information from a database featuring over 14 million companies. Search by business name, executive name, company address, company phone number, Web site URL or UCC listing. Reports with credit information, executive names, sales information, and number of employees now available for a fee or by subscription. Free 72-hour trial.

Corporate Information
Offers free bare-bones reports on companies (meatier profiles are subscriber-based), research links, a list of the top 100 companies worldwide, and a glossary of business definitions.

Tera-oodles of information about tech companies and new products. TechCrunch also hosts CrunchBase, a free database of tech companies, entrepreneurs and investors that is open to the public to edit.

FDIC Bank Data and Statistics
Access comprehensive financial & structural information about every FDIC-insured institution.

National Venture Capital Association
General information on venture capitalism as a career and a membership directory with links to member firms.
Provides information on smaller companies traded on the Over The Counter Bulletin Board and the Pink Sheets. Quotes, stock charts, and company profile information on over six thousand companies that might be hard to find elsewhere.

Pratt's Guide
Excellent source for information on private equity and venture capital. Fee-based but often available through university libraries.

Information and articles on private equity, real estate and hedge fund firms. Most is fee-based, but some good free information including a glossary and a list of resources.

Private Business Valuation
Article from Inc. with general information about putting a price on a business.

PSEPS Venture Capital and Private Equity Directory
"The World's Largest Open Venture Capital and Private Equity Directory" Profiles of VC and PE ffirms and executives.

Provides older directories of Venture Capital firms for free. More up-to-date material is subscription-based. (Small Companies Research)
Specializes in companies traded over the counter that don't show up on other financial directories, including profiles, research reports, IPOs, news.


For links to non-domestic foundation information, look under International

Search information on the programs and finances of nearly two million American charities and nonprofit organizations.

Urban Institute - National Center for Charitable Statistics
Search information on the programs and finances of more than two million American charities and nonprofit organizations. Among its many fine features, the FAQ page of the NCCS site is a succinct primer on the differences between types of nonprofit organizations. 

Information about nonprofit, often including latest 990s.

Glossary from Common Grant Application site
A very helpful glossary of terms used by foundations and a list of resources.

Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations helps grantmakers effectively manage foundations. 

Foundation Center
The Foundation Center is an independent nonprofit organization established by foundations in 1956. Its mission is to increase public understanding of the foundation field. “The Center’s online subscription database, Foundation Directory Online, provides detailed information about more than 98,000 U.S. foundations and corporate donors and 1.7 million grants. It can be used free of charge on site at all Center locations and Cooperating Collections.”

NOZA 990-PF Database (formerly Grantsmart)
Database of 990-PF tax forms; search by assets, location, or name.

ProPublica Nonprofit Explorer
Another way to access 990s. Also shows combined revenues of all foundations based in a state

Government (Federal)
Search by FEC database by name and state to find individual donations to political campaigns. You can also see the top donors to a candidate’s campaign. Brought to you by the Center for Responsive Politics.

C-SPAN Campaign Finance Database
Search for financial info on candidates, donors, and fundraisers for federal elections going back to 1994.
Enigma hopes to become a Google for public data, standardizing and connecting all kinds of data from government agencies, companies and other organizations.

Federal Government Internet Guide
The Washington Post's online guide to the federal government.

Institute of Governmental Studies - UC Berkeley
An exceptional compilation of federal government and California local government links.

The Plum Book
Where to find the salary of Federal employees, including Presidential appointees (lists names, too). You must know the department the person is in.

The Political Graveyard
A resource that provides information on both living and deceased politicians which can be used to ascertain whether or not a prospect was ever related to a politician, judge, or diplomat. Most of the people listed have ended their political careers. Searchable by name, office and state held, date born or died, state and county of birth or death, ethnicity, religious affiliation, awards, military status, etc.
Excellent starting place to find information about anything federal. Includes links to state and local governments. It is really a search engine devoted solely to government.

The Library of Congress sponsors and maintains this database for information on federal legislation, presidential nominations, committee information and treaties.

U.S. Congressmen Biographical Data
Biographical directory of all members of Congress since 1774, committee directories, financial disclosure forms, etc.

Uncle Sam by Google
This special Google search engine searches only web sites with the ".gov" government suffix.

Government (State and Local)

Illinois Campaign for Political Reform and Illinois State Board of Elections
Two excellent resources that offer financial disclosure information on Illinois candidates for state office, including campaign donor databases.

SearchSystems Public Records
Links to over 55,000 free public records databases in the US.
State & Government Links
Provides links to the official home pages of particular states, counties, or cities.

California Directory of Lobbyists, Lobbying Firms, and Lobbying Employers
Searchable directory of lobbyists, lobbying firms, and lobbyist employers in California. Includes client contact information, who they lobby for, and who their clients are.

California University and State Employees' Salaries
Salaries of California state employees, including faculty at California State and the University of California system, collected by the Sacramento Bee.

Follow the Money
A stellar source for contribution info for gubernatorial campaigns, etc.

Kentucky Vital Records
Files of Kentucky deaths (1911-1992), marriages (1973-1993) and divorces (1973-1993).

National Association of Counties
Click on a state on the map of the United States get links to all the counties in the state. These sites often have property assessment links. You can search for the home county using the name of a city, view average household incomes in a county and whole lot more.

Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, this site provides an overview of the application process, lists agencies that provide grants and has links to other resources.

National Institute for the Humanities Grants Information
Deadlines, applications and descriptions for current NEH grants.

Society of Research Administrators GrantsWeb
Grants links and information, with an emphasis on government funding.
While not strictly a grants site, is chock full of news about corporate sponsorships of both for-profit and non-profit events, projects and programs. Registered users can access reports and statistics on sponsorship in the U.S., including a list of the top US corporate sponsors.

U.S. Department of Education Grants Site
Everything you need to pursue a DOE grant--announcements, downloadable applications, a forecast of upcoming grants, and an application guide.


United Kingdom
Middle East
Australia/New Zealand
Offers both current and historical international currency conversions.

Yahoo! International Stock Exchange Links
Links to stock exchanges throughout the world.

Corporate Information
Offers free bare-bones reports on companies around the world (meatier profiles are subscriber-based), research links, a list of the top 100 companies worldwide, and a glossary of business definitions.

Cybo Global Business Directory
Useful for contact information and ownership information. Good for domestic and international businesses.

Provides links to many international directories.

Links to foreign news items, government links, foreign business schools, and general information about countries. The site is designed for international business travelers and investors.

International Real Estate Directory
A collection of real estate related internet sites. International Directories
International directory of robust site with links to many directories

Property Assessment Directory
Along with links to domestic property assessment databases, this site has a few international sites, e.g., Bermuda, Northern Ireland, Scotland and others.

Sabine Schuller's International Donor Research Resources
Guides, webinars, blogs, articles and links to international research resources.

Sutter's Who's Who International Red Series
Full-text, searchable company and biographical information for Italian, Russian, Chinese and Spanish corporations, executives, and other VIPs. It's also free!


SEDAR, the Canadian equivalent of the SEC, offers new public company filings, company profiles, and other public company documents. See the "About SEDAR" tab for definitions of filing and document types. Everything is available in both English and French. Worth checking out when researching Canadian prospects or companies, even if the company is listed on anAmerican exchange.

The System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders (SEDI) aims to provide full insider transaction disclosure reports for Canadian companies. Electronic filing became mandatory after December 17, 2001.

Boat Register
Searchable by owner

Business Information Centre
List of sourcesabout Canadian companies

Canadia Revenue Agency Charities Listing

Charity Village
Charity Village is “Canada 's supersite for the nonprofit sector” In your choice of French or English, this site provides news, job information and other resources for Canadian nonprofit professionals.

Corporations Canada
This is a searchable directory of federal corporations located in Canada, part of the Canadian government's Industry Canada “Strategis” site. Data provided includes the corporation number, corporate name, creation date, city, province, corporation status, incorporation date, directors' names, and more.

Calgary Economic Development
Sources for information about businesses in Calgary

Canada Postal Code Look-up

Canadian Property Searches
A mix of free and fee-based Canadian property searches, compiled by JournalismNet.

Canada's Richest Neighborhoods
Postal codes of Canada's wealthiest neighborhoods
News digest and links to a variety of Canadian news sources.

Civil Aircraft Register
Searchable by owner

MLS Online - Canadian Real Estate Database
Searchable Canadian real estate database

Pitney Bowes
Demographic information about Canadians.

Real Estate Weekly's Home Guide
Listings of homes in Lower Mainland and Greater Vancouver Area.

Rich List 100
The Complete list is available for a fee. You can see the slide show for the top twenty and the richest people or families in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calagary.

Middle East

Arabian Business
Articles about everything from tipping cabbies in Dubai to the effects of US fracking on Middle East oil-producing countries. Archives are searchable back to 2006. This site also has lists of the 100 most powerful Arabs.

United Kingdom

Zoopla! aims to be the Zillow of the UK. It gives the prices paid for houses in the UK since 1995. Zoopla! also has the Zed-Index!—the average of estimated market values of home in a given area. Look-ups seem to work better using the postal code instead of the specific address.

Valuations and property sale prices for homes in the UK.
The most comprehensive phone directory (55 million records) currently available for United Kingdom. Features an impressive number of lookup options, including voting register, family finder, route maps, relationship search, etc. Unfortunately, it's not free . . .
Database of information on over 170,000 charities in the United Kingdom.

Companies House
This site provides company profiles from the United Kingdom. The free WebCheck service is available from Monday to Saturday 7:00 am to Midnight UK time.

British Telecom Phone Directory
Another useful phone directory for the UK. Includes both white and yellow page searches. They generously allow you ten free lookups a day!

The Lawyer Salary Surveys
What American Lawyer does for American law firms, The Lawyer does for British law firms. The salary surveys are no longer free.

Navy CyberSpace
Military pay charts for British armed forces.

UWE Business Sources
The University of the West of England has compiled a fine collection of company/business information databases and directories.


Budapest Business Journal
Business news and information from Central Europe, brought to you by the publisher of the Prague, Warsaw and Budapest Business Journals. The site offers free access to the archives of all three of these journals for free on Fridays.

Information on 2.3 million businesses in thirty-five European countries. Search by business name, product or service.

European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA)
Information on European Venture Capital firms

Factary Links

Links to European fundraising sites and other sites useful for international research.

Federal Association of German Foundations
Links to German foundations

Swedish Telephone Directory
The Consulate General of Sweden links to the Swedish Yellow Pages and provides simple English instructions to search by business names


Hong Kong Property Valuation Calculator

IRAsia (Investor Relations Asia Pacific) (pronounced I-R-Asia) provides corporate information for Asian and Pacific-based firms.

Japan Foundation Center
Information and links to many major Japanese Foundations.

Nikkei Net Interactive - Japan Business News Online
Japanese company information, historical and current stock prices and Japanese IPOs (subscription required; free trial available).

Australia/New Zealand

Australian White Pages Online

Carine Research
Great source for general advice (especially for freelancers) on prospect research and specific info about Australian sources.

Legal/Medical/Dental/Other Professions

ADA Dentist Directory
The American Dental Association's Find A Dentist database provides information on ADA members only, but is the most comprehensive listing of dentists available online.

American Medical Association Directory
From the "Doctor Finder" you can search by physician's name, specialty, or a medical condition. Lists name, address info, practice, affiliations, educational background, whether they are AMA members, etc.

Lawyer and Law Firm Directory from Martindale
An excellent resource for finding basic biographical and professional information on lawyers across the country: Can search by lawyer name, firm name, and location/specialty. .

American Institute of Architects
Search their database of member firms nationwide.

American Lawyer

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
Has interviews, events, news, as well as searchable database of performed music, guides on the business and resources, etc.

Limited searchable database of lawyers and firms by practice area and state.

California Attorneys
The State Bar of California maintains a database of California attorneys. Information available online includes name, address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses, date of admission to the California Bar, undergraduate and law schools attended and whether the member is entitled to practice law in California at this time.

Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Contains the service record and biographical information for all judges who have served on the U.S. District Courts, U.S. Circuit Courts, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the Supreme Court since 1789.

Searchable directory of attorneys and law firms.
An excellent source for salary surveys of coporate lawyers.

National Law Journal's NLJ 350 Survey
Now larger but fee-based.

New York Doctors

New York State Licensed Professionals
New York Education Department oversees the licensing of certain professions, including physicians, chiropractors, CPAs, architects, etc. Information on licensing, searchable by name and profession.

The Journal of Online Law
This site is sponsored by Cornell University's Law School. Searchable database of state and federal laws.


PRSPCT-L (pronounced "prospect el") is a listserv provided as a forum for discussion of prospect research issue. Founded by Joseph Boeke at the University of California, Irvine in 1992.

How America Gives
An analysis of giving by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. You can sort by state city, zip code.

Forbes lists
All the lists we love to clip: "The World's Billionaires," "The Celebrity 100," "The 400 Richest Americans" and many more.

"A discussion group for development professionals involved or interested in data mining and modeling, particularly as such concepts may be applied to major gifts."

Helen Brown Group
"Rich Lists" from around the world.

Million Dollar List
A free record of gifts of $1 million or more, spanning the years of 2000 to 2010. Put together by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, this site is in Beta form.

The Sunday Times “Rich List”
The 2,000 wealthiest people in Britain and Ireland (2010 list), unfortunately now available only by subscription.
"Originally started in March 1995 as "The Internet Lotus Exchanger" (T.I.L.E.) this site has evolved over the years from a comprehensive Internet resource to an email newsletter, email discussion lists, email alerts and Internet Service Provider (ISP) directory."

Yahoo! Groups for Educational Fund Raising
Searchable list of thousands of fund raising groups on Yahoo! Groups.

Mergers and Acquisitions

White papers, videos and podcasts about mergers and acquisitions and other finance topics.

The Deal
In its efforts to chart "the Deal Economy" this site logs news of mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, bankruptcies, venture capital, and private equity.

Newspapers and Magazines
Good source of regional business news. Also provides lists of certain area-specific companies and organizations (top ten law firms, venture capitalists in Minnesota, etc.).

Links to newspaper and magazine home pages, arranged geographically. Very helpful for access to smaller periodicals. Some require a subscription and/or are fee-based.

PR Newswire
News updates served up directly from companies, institutions and agencies across the globe. Set up alerts for people and companies that you want to track.  

BBC World Service
Exceptional news source for world news.

Business Exchange by BusinessWeek
A compilation of articles, blogs and other content on different business topics, from specific businesses (e.g., Adobe Systems) to more general topics. Of particular interest: Venture Capital, Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Data Mining. Still in beta.

Center for Public Integrity
With newspapers losing staff and readers, investigative journalism is in a bad way. The Center for Public Integrity tries to pick up some of the slack.
News digest and links to a variety of Canadian news sources.

Editor & Publisher Interactive  
Editor & Publisher covers the newspaper industry.

A business journal covering Silicon Valley and the rest of the techie world.


Free Patents Online
A well-designed site that allows you to search for patents by inventors' names, issue dates, descriptions, etc. It is easier to navigate than the US Patent and Trademark Office site and claims to hold more data. The site also provides RSS feeds for patents by class—great for keeping up with a particular industry. See the Advanced Search for protocol in checking specific portions of the patent (e.g. IN/"Doe John E" to query on the inventor). Finally it has a collection called Crazy Patents, which is great fun to browse when you are crazy for a break.

Google Patent
Over 7 million patents available to search. Still in Beta form. I love the line drawings of miracle inventions on the opening page: e.g., Device for Cooling an Infant's Brain.


African-American Biographical Database
Wonderful biographical resource that documents the lives of thousands of African Americans from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, both famous and obscure. (NOTE: you may not be able to access this site if your institution's library doesn't subscribe to it, but you can sign up for a free trial.)
Through partnerships with nearly 800 newspapers worldwide, has developed a database of millions of obituaries.

Social Security Death Index
Comprehensive biographical database of American artists that also offers sample images and current exhibit information. Auction price available only to subscribers.
The popular cable network's database of notable biographies.

Celebrity Net Worth
Maybe more of a diversion than a resource, but CNW estimates the net worth of actors, sports figures, supermodel, rappers and others. Nothing on the site indicates the basis for these estimates.

CBS Sportsline Alumni Tracker
CBS Sportsline is an excellent source for biographical information on athletes in every professional sport. A useful( but not always up to date) feature shows allows you to track professional athletes by their alma maters:



Infoplease Biographies
Search more than 30,000 biographies of politicians, athletes, artists, and business leaders.

Links to yellow pages, business directories searchable by exec name, city information, a government section--fed, state, and local.

Little Sis
Little Sis profiles the powers that be. This collaboratively written site approaches relationship mapping through a political lens, "tracking the key relationships of politicians, corporate executives, lobbyists, financiers, and their affiliated organizations." Includes links to all kinds of useful lists.

Michigan Electronic Library Biography Links

National Obituary Archive
Searchable obituary database, regularly updated. You can sign up for e-mail alerts "when an obituary that interests you is added to the National Obituary Archive."

New York Social Diary
Interesting searchable site documenting the fabulous night life of New York's social elite.

People Spot Biography Links
This page includes links to many smaller, specialized biography sites for people in the arts and notables of various ethnicities.

Sutter's Who's Who International Red Series
Full-text, searchable company and biographical information for Italian, Russian, and Spanish corporations, executives, and other VIPs. It's also free!

Vital Records
The Centers for Disease Control and Protection site provides information for obtaining birth, marriage, divorce and death records.

Wealthy Families in America: History and Genealogy
This database of America's wealthiest families can be a bit difficult to navigate, but it includes valuable background information and family trees on America's elite.

Provides a quick bio or company profile. The results can be repetitive, but Zoominfo is a great starting point.


Matching Gift Database, through the University of Pennsylvania
Enter a company name, and the database will return matching gift details, range of gifts matched, matching ratio, etc.

Charity Navigator
This organization rates the financial health of 10,000 charities in the US and provides its analyses in a searchable database. In addition to the database, the Web site offers tips and resources to help donors evaluate the effectiveness of organizations.

Chronicle of Higher Education
This week in Academe--stories on higher education issues and events. You can create a free account. Paid subscribers have access to all portions of the Web site and an archive of back issues. This site is particularly good for facts, figures, charts comparing endowment levels, salary surveys for faculty members, etc.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Who gave what to whom, and all kinds of news about the nonprofit world. You can create a free account; premium content available only to subscribers.You can connect to its"How America Gives"info here.

Estate Planning Glossary
Don't know a CLUT from a CLAT? Here isyour guide.

Hudson Institute's Global Philathropy Index
The Index of Global Philanthropy and Remittancescontains a wealth of information about aid to developing nation--who gives what to whom.

Network for Good
This site (formerly is a great resource for nonprofits in recruiting donors and volunteers via the Internet.

The NonProfit Times
"Leading Business Publication for Nonprofit Management" Some information is free; subscription needed for the rest.

Subscription-based site with “world’s largest database of charitable donations.”

Philanthropic Digest Index
List of large (some humongous!) gifts to institutions.


For links to non-domestic phone and address information, look under International
Ever come across one of those pesky Web sites that forget to include contact information? Just type in the URL and Whois will provide you with registration information, including snail mail address, email address and a phone number!

E-mail Verifiers
Trying to confirm whether an email address is current?  These sites connect to the mail server and confirm whether the address syntax is correct and the e-mail exists.   (only three free lookups a day)

This site provides links to various telephone directories on the web including: Yellow Pages - White Pages - Fax Directories - Toll Free Directories - and Regional Directories.

A free nationwide residential and business directory from Includes over 90 million people and 10 million businesses.

Zip Code Lookup
A web site run by the postal service that will find zips for you.  


Click Other Applications for zip codes (listed with the cities) within a radius.

Real Estate

For links to non-domestic real estate information, look under International

Christina Pulawski's Tax Assessor Database
Listings of phone numbers, links, and multipliers for counties and other communities so you can find the market value of properties.

Property Shark
Great site for finding information and comparables for New York City property--with free registration you're allowed one free lookup per day.

The real estate site that has become a verb, ala Google. The site provides current market value estimates.

The Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS) allows you to search property records and view document images for Manhattan , Queens, Bronx, and Brooklyn back to 1966. Maintained by the New York City Department of Finance.

Chicago Tribune Home Sales Site
Offers transactions for the last seven years of home sales in the Chicago metro area.

This real estate newsletteris no longer covers just the wild world of New York City real estat. Now it covers LA, Chicago, DC and other places. It remains an entertaining read and a great way for outsiders to learn about (and keep up with) rapidly changing real estate values.

Luxury Letter
Monthly newsletter tracking luxury real estate in New York City.

Most Expensive Zip Codes
The Forbes list of the most expensive zip codes in the United States.

New York State Equalization Information
I can easily kill a half hour searching for the equalization rates hidden away on New York State's Office of Real Property Services site, so here they are. And here is the explanation for how to use them.

New York City Realty
Provides comps for coops and condos in Manhattan, describes the buildings, lists recent sale prices, etc. Good site but others have surpassed it.

Portico's Online Assessor Links

Property Assessment Directory
Links to property assessment databases from around the country and a few international sites, e.g., Bermuda, North Ireland, Scotland and others. You still need to check Christina Pulawksi's site for multipliers.

Easily navigable site for searching New York City and New Jersey properties by neighborhood or building.

Wealthy Zip Code List - USC
The University of Southern California's list of zip codes that boast average household incomes of $150,000+, with average property values of $500,000+. Links to other Zip Code lists as well.

Reference (Business)

CEO Express
"The Executive's Internet" is a handy collection of links including newspapers and periodicl, business research sites and office tools and reference.

Finance Glossary
Brought to you by Professor Campbell R. Harvey at Duke University, this site boasts over 8.000 entries with 18,000 hyperlinks. It is an excellent source for financial terminology.

A Guide to SEC Corporate Filings
A downloadable PDF file with definitionsof all the SEC reports by number, as well as many of the terms and regulations behind them all.

Inflation Calculator
This handy calculator can help you figure out the current value of gifts given as long ago as 1913.

Investopedia Dictionary

rovides short definitions of investing terms.

References (Desktop)

Yahoo! Babel Fish
Named after Douglas Adams's extraordinarily useful fish from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, this site will translate any phrase or Web page from/into most of the major languages spoken on this planet. What's more, you don't have to stick anything in your ear to use it.

Chicago Manual of Style
Great aid for all your grammar and usage questions.

Currency Converter
Translate various currencies to dollars.

Yahoo! Reference
One-stop reference shopping, courtesy of Yahoo! Access the American Heritage Dictionary (both English and Spanish) Roget's Thesaurus,Columbia Encyclopedia, World Factbook, Gray's Anatomy, The Oxford Shakespeare, and the Conversion Calculator.

American Fact Finder
Slice and dice information from the 2010 US Census.
Use the site map as an index to a wide range of links of topics from 19th Century America to Zoology Societies.

Acronym Finder
A searchable database of more than 5 million common acronyms and abbreviations.
Amortization Table Calculator
Create an amortization table in three easy steps.
Searh for quotations from the King James Bible, Shakespeare, Bartlett's and other sources. Indexes by author title and subject.

Boat Buyers Guide
A searchable database of boat values.

Boat Trader
Using Boat Trader Online's nationwide database of classified ads, identifies current high, low, and average prices for specific boats.

Many excellent links to academic subjects.

ECHO Virtual Center for Science and Technology
This site links to more than 5,000 websites concerning the history of science, technology, and industry. Auction Results Database
Excellent resource for those times when you are trying to estimate the value of a prospect's art collection. The database contains more than 2 million art prices. You must register and pay for the service.

An absolutely massive collection of academic information. Includes a function to search many academic journals. Also provides a link to another huge collection of government information. The search engine can be a bit frustrating, but the links portion of it is very comprehensive.

The Internet Movie Database
The IMDb is an excellent movie reference source. Searchable by film and actor name, as well as director and crew. Subscription-based IMDB pro provides access to contacts to the talent.

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System
Catalogs of art work, manuscripts, books and photographs.

Library of Congress

Internet Public Library (ipl2)

Perpetual Calendar

Peterson's College Search
Free access to information on hundreds of major educational institutions, including size, tuition, majors, athletics, and student life.

Resource Shelf
"Countless high-quality, free resources .... including databases, lists and rankings, real-time sources, and multimedia." You can subscribe to a free weekly newsletter.

Time Magazine’s “C
Divided into ten different categories, including News & Info, Financial & Productivity, Social Media and Education. This page also has links to Best Web Sites lists going back to 2004.

"It'snot a Search engine, it's a Compuational Knowledge Engine." Great for getting stock prices, calorie and nutritional value of foods, distances between cities and all kinds of calculations.
Another searchable database useful in determining the value of a boat.

Research Web Pages

Excellent resources for development researchers.

Anderson University

PRA Home Page
"The mission of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement is to foster professional development and promote standards that enhance the expertise and status of development research and information service professionals worldwide." Links to many prospect research sites here.

David Lamb's Research Page

Helen Brown Group

The Internet Prospector
An archive of prospect research information from December 1994 to November 2008. No longer updated.

Michigan State University

Stanford University

Supporting Advancement

Although geared towards higher education development, all kinds of research shops will find great resources here.

University of Southern California (NETSource) 

University of Vermont

University of Virginia (Portico)

Wheaton College

Salary Information

USA Today Pro Athletes' Salaries
Search for the salaries of football, baseball, basketball and hockey players on this site. Goes back at least seven years in each league.

Reuter's Business and Finance
Comprehensive, nicely formatted information on public companies, including executive compensation and stock ownership.

Medical Economics
Great salary information on doctors by specialty, location.

O*Net OnLine
Occupational Information Network. From “Find Occupations,” you can type in or find a name of an occupation, get a detailed description of the job – select “wages and employment” to get to a link where you can choose the state the position is in. Retrieves a report from Bureau of Labor and other stats.
This site provides salary and compensation package ranges for a comprehensive list of job titles, by region or zip code.

AAUP Faculty Salary Survey
Search ten years of average faculty salaries arranged by academic rank at more than 1,200 colleges, universities, and multicampus systems.

Current physician compensation information compiled by the American Medical Group Association. The advantage to this site is the wide range of medical specialties covered. Try this link for salaries of non physician medical practitioners.

FindLaw Salary Information
Look up salaries at individual law firms and branch offices.

Salaries, reviews of companies and interviews with employees of nearly 100,000 companies.

Health Career Center Salary Info
Comprehensive list of salaries in the medical profession.

Health Care Job Store
More salaries for health care practitioners

Salary estimates derived from over 50 million job postings. This site has information about some job titles other sites don't cover.

Gives both average salaries and salaries from specific businesses. The downside is the small sample size for many occupations.

Offers many links to other salary sites.

Medscape Physicians' Salaries
Salaries for health care practitioners

Merritt Hawkins Medical Salary Search
Choose specialty and region to get more accurate income estimates

Salary information for all branches of US military service.

Navy CyberSpace
Military pay charts for both American and British armed forces.

Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-11 from the U.S. Department of Labor
Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.

Pam Poly's Net Guide (Healthcare Professionals' Salaries)
An extensive list of sites with salary and compensation information for health care professionals. The sites listed are a mix of free and fee-based sites.

Salary Sites: CareerBabe's Best Salary Sites (so far)
An index and collection of links to salary surveys in a variety of fields and geographic areas, including sites that detail the pay of women versus men.

This site provides specific salary information about positions at specific companies. You can search the site by companies, job titles and state and date.

State of Illinois Salaries
The State Journal-Register’s compilation of salaries for state of Illinois employees, organized by job title.

Tech Company Salaries
Where to find out what top technology companies pay their employees. Allows you to search by name and location.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Salaries and Wages
Provides information on a variety of Government wide pay programs for Federal employees, including the General Schedule (GS), Law Enforcement Officer Pay Schedules, and the Federal Wage System (FWS).

Search Engines

The industry standard. It's a good idea to check out Google's options page occasionally for all kinds of search and Web tools.

Google Guide
Lists search operators that work with each Google search service

It's easy to fall into a Google-only mode, but even Google's huge database misses about half of the searchable Web. Other search engines can find things Google missed. The following are well-regarded.

The Avis to Google's Hertz.

Formerly Live Search, Windows Live Search and MSN Search.

Use slash tags to focus your search. 

Supposedly pulls fewer sites with spam and useless stuff. DuckDuckGo does not record user information.

Meta Search Engines

 These search engines can pull together results from a number of search engines at once, but don't delve as deeply into the databases.

Pulls its results from Google, Yahoo!, Bing and Yandex
Pulls from Google, Yahoo! and Bing.

Not a true meta search engine in that you can't search using a number of search engines simultaneously, but you can toggle between Google, Yahoo!, Wikipedia and Bing. Register (it's free) with 43Marks and get your own personal 43Marks URL to organize your bookmarks so they can be accessed on any computer. This site is still in Beta.

Guides to Search Engines

Search Engine Showdown
This site tracks new features offered by the major search engines (Google, Yahoo!, Live Search, Ask, Exalead and Gigablast). It also has comprehensive search engine reviews and chart comparing features, Boolean protocol, etc. of these search engines.

Google Blogoscoped
An independent site covering all things Google.

Search Engine Guide
A busy-looking site with loads of adverstising, but it is handy for its Search Engine Directory of search engines devoted to arts, business, education, government, reference, news, etc.

UC Berkeley Best Internet Guide
A pithy guide to search engines, meta search engines, web search stategies, etc. Also has a chart with a comparison of Google, Yahoo! and Ask.

Internet Archive

The Wayback Machine from the Internet Archive
This site can be an absolute lifesaver at those times when you need to capture a bio or news item that has been deleted from a Web site. Web pages from as long ago as 1996 (ancient in terms of the Web's short history!) are archived here.

Securities/IPOs/SEC/Stock Quotes

Big Charts
Interactive charts, quotes, reports and indicators on stocks, mutual funds and market indexes. We like it because it is one of the few sites that provides historical stock quotes going back to 1970.

IPO Central
From Hoover’s. Lists recent IPOs and provides links to Edgar documents on the IPO, which include officer/director names, bios.

Morningstar Document Research
The site formerly known as 10-K Wizard. Provides full Boolean searching of SEC documents. You can also set up alerts.

Yahoo! Finance
Register with Yahoo!, and this site allows you to keep an online "portfolio" that tracks trading prices for companies of interest, downloadable to spreadsheet format. Offers news, insider trading, historical quotes and charts, all in one nice, free package.

The American Stock Exchange
Links to companies listed on the American Stock Exchange.

EDGAR Search
Download SEC documents, for free.

Insider trading database searchable by stock ticker or trader's name.

National Archives
Look to the bottom of the page for links to search for insider trading from 1978 to 2001.

Rank and Filed
As the site claims: SEC filings for Humans. R&F offers the stock trading history of insiders arranged on a timeline, with specific SEC documents just a click away. The site also provides an influence graph that charts the various companies in which a business’s insiders own shares, one-stop shopping for assets under management, and other goodies--with excellent exporting functions.




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