The Best Reference Sites of 2004

While search engines are getting better at answering specific questions, nothing yet beats a specialized site designed to provide "ready reference" information on demand. The best of these sites can deliver up facts on just about any subject imaginable with little effort or fuss—if you know where to find them and the scope and limits of the information they offer.

Today's SearchDay article, The Best Online Reference Sites features a sampling of these sites chosen as the best of the year by the American Library Association. Read on to find out more about the ALA's selections.