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General Reference Center Gold (Infotrac) - A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. Go Mobile with Access My Library. Audience: Middle School, High School, Higher Education, General Public.
MasterFILE Premier - specifically for public libraries, this database provides full text for nearly 2,050 general reference publications with full text as far back as 1975. Also includes more than 350 full text reference books, 82,968 biographies, 90,915 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags. Check out the EbscoHost Mobile App.
HGTV - Crafts, collectibles and decorating
American Birding Association Online - this site is filled with info on habitat conservation, community projects, volunteer opps, summer camps and more.
Audubon Online - dedicated to educating people about bird behavior and habitats, this site covers endangered species and threatened habitats.
Birdwatchers Digest.com - links, advice on gear, bird song id, birding myths, etc.
Electronic Resources on Ornithology - info on birdwatching, conservations, scientific studies, bird education programs
The Virtual Birder - includes illustrated tours, a media shelf, ecotourism recommendations, and interactive bird song activities
About.com Chess - an excellent gateway to hundreds of links and archived articles
Chess Cafe - columns, tips, endgame studies and tournament announcements
American Philatelic Society
Coin Collecting Basics
Collecting for Kids! - from the Smithsonian, how to get started, how to take care of your collection and see what other kids are collecting
Rock Collecting Basics
U.S. Mint - get the new coins, commemoratives, tours of the mint, etc.
Yahoo Collecting Directory
Comics Research Bibliography - lists of Comics resources on History, Business, Marketing, Reviews, and Original Works
Michigan State Comic Art Index - a comprehensive index to the Comic Art Collection at MSU
Tony's Online Tips - Comic book writer and columnist Tony Isabella shares his thoughts, views, news, etc.
Joseph Wu's Origami Page - learn basic folds, get new diagrams, etc.
Origami Resource Center
Paper Airplanes - a megasite for paper airplane know-how
Scrapbooking - from Memory Makers Magazine, includes lettering, binding, layouts, articles, etc.
AllFreeSewing - free patterns to keep you in stitches, from expert tips to project ideas for every style and skill level.
McCall, Vogue and Butterick Sewing Patterns - a great sewing site with an especially good guide to fitting
About.com's Sewing Page - links to all kinds of sewing sources, patterns, etc.
Miller's Homemade Soap Page - a huge site with all the how-to details you need
Sabrina's Soapmakers Resources - recipes, tips and links on soapmaking
The American Radio Relay League - how to get your amateur radio license, FCC forms, info on equipment, and more
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Amateur Radio Service - the FCC site that tells you all about the licenses and tests
Black and White World - a celebration and exploration of b and w photography
Digital Preview - Digital Camera news and reviews
Focus on Photography - take travel pix like a pro!
George Eastman House Photography and Film Museum - a worthy site for those interested in the history of Photography, including a photo archive and timeline
Kodak - a vast amount of info to help amateurs take better pictures
National Geographic Photography - How do they get those great pix? resources, workshops, behind the scenes, and in the gallery
PhotoArts - an excellent resource for the fine art photo enthusiast
PhotoNet - a world of links from exhibits to how-to
Short Courses in Digital Photography
Online Crossword Maker
Puzzle Makers - all kinds of puzzles from DiscoverySchool
The Amateur Woodworker - this site is aimed at laypeople who don't have big tools and big budgets
Woodsmith Magazine - articles, plans, etc.
Woodworker's Central - good for the beginner
Woodworking at About.com - general resources and links