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NAQT - 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 them.

ACF - 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.

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 of these types of tournaments. You will notice that we do not sell these question formats in our store. The reason, why pay for questions when you can get them for free!! Shorter question formats we do have, but the longer ones can be found at this site.

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

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.

KAAC - 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.

Sparknotes Literature Section - The literature section provides summaries, contexts, character analyses and more on various works in literature and some philosophy as well. Definitely check this site out when researching a specific novel as it will provide a good starting point when getting a little more in depth.

Sparknotes No Fear Shakespeare - Similar to the above literature section, it dives into each act of Shakespeare's plays. It also provides character descriptions which by themselves can answer many questions.

Cliff's Notes Study Guides - Similar to sparknotes, though I believe it actually covers more works. Whether you prefer Sparknotes or Cliff's Notes is a personal preference, but most people generally gravitate towards one or the other.

Bibliomania A source for full texts, study guides, and author biographies. The usefullness of this site is obvious. Spend a little time here as, unlike many others listed here, poetry, non-fiction, and reference books are all accessible here.

The Gutenberg Project Full texts online of over 25,000 works whose copyrights have expired in the US. While it is not recommended as the best way to learn what you need for quiz bowl or quick recall, you can read full novels here.

HyperHistory Online - With the Culture tab at the bottom, you can select a timeline for music and artists. Music covers around four hundred years, with artists covering around six hundred. On the timeline itself, a user can click on a specific composer or artist to get a brief biography to the right.

Artcyclopedia - This web site allows you to search by artist or work to find the information you seek. It also categorizes artists by movement which is nice as it helps you get a feel for where each person fits in to the history of art. Lastly, it includes art galleries and museums. Each will usually come up in terms of either its architecture, fame as an institution, or due to the pieces it houses. However, you will want to know the name of the institution you want to research as this site is not one simply for browsing. It includes many lesser known museums that will never appear in a question.

Classical.net - The important part of this web site for a humanities player is its composers section, to which the link to the left will take you. It includes a composer timeline that can give you a better feel for who were contemporaries. Their chronological lists are a good "what should I be researching" resource, but do not themselves provide the research. I would look elsewhere to find out which works are the most important for each composer. Specifically I would recommend researching a biography page on each major composer.

The Math Book - I have included the web site that is associated with the book as published by Clifford Pickover.

Trigonometric Identities - This web site contains a list of trigonometric identities. Print it and put it in any binder you may have for mathematics preparation. Note that this is especially useful for computation questions.

Thinkquest's Math History - An excellent web site that dives rather deeply into the history of mathematics. Every mathematics player should spend some time reading what Thinkquest has to offer here. One thing that really impresses me about this is that it includes the history of math from every corner of the Earth, not just the classical European history.

The Thirty Greatest Mathematicians - Not only does this site list the thirty greatest mathematicians of all time (and ranks them rather well), but it also includes lengthy biographies on each. Read all of them! The page's creator has recently expanded it to seventy-five mathematicians, if you are looking to deepen your knowledge continue with numbers thirty-one to seventy-five.

Vision Learning - This site is excellent for science players as it is pretty thorough. The Earth Science portion is divided into eleven different sections with a full page (sometimes over ten paragraphs) of quality information that a good science player would find very beneficial. Each section also includes a quiz. Definitely use this site!

ReekoScience Glossary of Terms - This site contains a glossary of science terms. If you don't have access to a science dictionary, you can use this site to look up some terms, but do not expect to find every word or phrase you're looking for here.

eHistory Archive - This web site is excellent when you dive in deep. It offers biographies, lists, and event descriptions throughout history. Broken down into sections including "World", "Middle Ages", "Civil War", "WWII", and more. Definitely use this as you can pick up a lot of information here.

Altapedia - Atlapedia allows you to view any nation's political or physical map online. Also, you can opt to view all important statistical data on that country, including a brief synopsis of its history.

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