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Incomplete Education
- An Incomplete Education - by Judy Jones, William Wilson. This book covers most subject areas. I really like the literature section as it offers some of the more obscure works by each author and provides a little background on him/her. If you are starting from point zero, the economics section, while short, gives you enough info to have a fighting chance on most economists questions. This book is very readable and its authors are almost funny at times. A must for all academic teamers! While there is a newer edition, you can buy this one used for around a dollar plus shipping at half.com here.
New York Time's Guide to Essential Knowledge

- New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge - While I have not seen this included in many academic team reference lists, that just tells me that there are many teams out there missing out. This book does an excellent job of not only listing information that comes up often, but also provides good explanations. You'll have difficulty finding another resource that breaks down architectural time period, that also outlines the basic laws of the major scientific categories. Get a leg up on the competition and at least buy a copy of this for the team reference library. New, this can get pretty pricey. However, a very good used copy of this older edition can be purchased for around $4.00 plus shipping here.

The 100

- The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History - by Michael H. Hart. When preparing for quick recall, this is a good resource as it includes one to two page bios on scientists, political figures, mathematicians, and religious figures. Especially when just getting started, science and social studies players can pick up a little depth on the individuals covered. There are a few people included that are a little more obscure as well. This would be a great book to purchase by a coach so that he/she can loan it out to team members with certain persons flagged for reading. You can purchase a used copy here for around six to ten dollars plus shipping.

The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy

- The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy - by Hirsch, Trefil, and Kett. This book covers mostly social studies topics but includes some non-social studies topics/people such that we decided to include it hear as well. It can serve one of a couple purposes in that it can certainly be a reference guide when something comes up in a question. While not going in depth, the user would gain a surface knowledge of an event or person so that the giveaway part of question they hear later should do just that, give away the answer. While its focus is defintely history/geography, there are a few chapters on humanities and a few more on science as well. The edition shown to the left can be purchased used for under a dollar plus shipping here.

Web Sites

www.naqt.com - National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC - NAQT is probably the most popular format in the United States for quiz bowl competition. It uses a 20 toss-up/20 bonus format with the toss-ups being around a paragraph long each. On their site you can research tournaments in your area, purchase practice questions, or (and this is my favorite part) study their "You Gotta Know" lists. These lists are short descriptions of around ten items long each and they are correct, you gotta know what's on these lists.

www.acf-quizbowl.com/index.php - Academic Competition Federation - ACF is also a very popular format. It is similar in style to NAQT yet their questions are usually a little longer. Their site offers free questions from past tournaments which can be very useful when gearing up for either of these two formats.

http://quizbowlpackets.com/ - HS Quiz Bowl Packet Archive - This site is a good source for ACF/NAQT style questions from past high school level tournaments. Not a bad place to start when you begin practicing for one fo these types of tournaments. You will notice that we do not sell these question formats in our store. The reason, why pay money for questions when you can get them for free!! Shorter question formats we do have, but the longer ones can be found here.

http://quizbowl.stanford.edu/archive/ - Stanford Packet Archive - Similar to the archive quiz bowl archive above, this site contains mostly college tournament packets. There are a few high school packets as well though, so enjoy!

www.fraughtmachine.com/refdesk - The Fraught Machine's Reference Desk - The aforementioned reference desk is an excellent source for web sites on all subjects. Some sites are better than others as the author freely admits that they have not used each enough to comment on how useful they all are. Having said that, you'll be hard pressed to find another location with as many sites uniquely chosen for academic/quiz bowl teams.

www.kaac.com - Kentucky Association for Academic Competition - KAAC provides another format and is currently used primarily within the commonwealth. A typical match has 100 two to three sentence long questions that can serve as either toss-ups or bonuses. Their major events also include written assessments in the determination of the overall team winner. Each subject area also has a state champion from these tests. You can purchase questions from previous tournaments and practice sets from their store.

Study Lists

NAQT - "You Gotta Know" Lists - These lists include topics from every subject area. Most consist of around ten items with a short description of the event/person/thing. They have named these lists correctly as you absolutely have to know this material if you want to begin to compete at a high level. Their best use is for new team, new players, or teams that are trying play at the next level for the first time. They do a good job at laying the foundation for the areas they are meant to cover. Also, their frequency lists are a must have and are worth the price.

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