How did all this begin? How long has your organization been doing this?
Internet Accuracy Project's roots date back to the mid-1980s, when we found an increasing amount of our research time diverted by numerous errors in print. Dismayed by the sheer number of errors contained in major reference sources, we brought many of the errors to the attention of the authors, while offering corrected data. While most were appreciative
of the help, thousands of volumes containing the errors remained in circulation. While the Internet has had a positive and most profound effect on the manner in which the public does research, it has also brought about the unfortunate widespread dissemination of erroneous data contained in many of the aforementioned reference
Don't authors/publishers get upset when you bring errors to their attention?
Not at all. Inaccurate information in a publication makes it less credible. The overwhelming majority of publishers wish to convey accurate information to the public, and are usually grateful to rid their publications of errors. We're always polite when pointing out erroneous information to any publisher or author. Being courteous and respectful (and offering detailed, authoritative correction data) is key to successfully prompting a correction.
Since many of the publications confirmed and then corrected most of the errors you point out, why do you continue to list the errors?
Many libraries regularly obtain the latest editions of the reference books they carry. But some households retain their almanacs and encyclopedias for many years -- in some cases, even decades. Unlike a reference website, such as Wikipedia, where an error can immediately be corrected by users, thousands of older volumes containing the errors that we highlight, remain in circulation. That's the reason we continue to call attention to those errors.
Is there a postage rate increase coming soon in the U.S.?
Visit our page of U.S. Postal rate increases for details on that subject.
How can I tell when each page was last updated?
Toward the bottom of each page, you'll find the date it was last updated or expanded. Look for the phrase, "This page was last updated . . ." in the last line of text.
Is anything at your site in the public domain?
The text of the poems, stories, and ebooks we present are in the public domain in the United States. But the website and website design are covered by copyright. Additionally, all other materials at the site are covered by copyright.
Why do you report more than one cause of death for some people?
This is the result of there often being an immediate cause of death, such as heart failure, and a long-term cause of death, such as cancer. The immediate cause of death is always listed first, followed by the long-term cause of death.
Do you have any classic African-American literature?
Some of the classic works by African-Americans at our site:
I'll be donating a box of books to you, but first wanted to see if there are any authors you don't want.
We sincerely thank you for considering us when donating your unwanted books.
I've been told you accept used books. Where do I send them?
Visit our contribute used books page for complete details. Generally speaking, biographical reference books, biographies, autobiographies, and older volumes of poetry and short stories would be most helpful.
Can you use novels by Anne Rice, Stephen King, and Larry McMurtry?
No. We only offer books, short stories and poems that are in the public domain. Their work is not in the public domain, and will be covered by copyright for several decades.
I think I've discovered an error in your perpetual calendar. Aren't 1900 and 2100 leap years?
1900 and 2100 are not leap years. Any year evenly divisible by four is a leap year, except centesimal years (years ending in two zeros) which are considered common years and thus have the typical 365 days, unless they are evenly divisible by 400. Therefore, 1600 and 2000 are leap years, while 1700, 1800, 1900 and 2100 are not.
How does a politician/elected official go about getting your organization's endorsement?
We do not endorse any political party, group or politician -- We never have, and never will.
Since you've uncovered factual errors in just about every almanac and encyclopedia, could you recommend those that might be a little more accurate than the rest?
Any almanac or encyclopedia is better than none at all. Even though we specifically cite errors in them, we still highly-recommend The World Almanac and Book of Facts and the Time/Information Please Almanac. If you're looking for more in-depth information, and have a little more to spend, the Encyclopædia Britannica and the Collier's Encyclopedia, are both fine choices. Better yet, add more than one of the above reference books to your home library so you're not reliant on any one source. Since many almanacs and encyclopedias are now available on DVD or CD-ROM, they're even more helpful, handy, fun, and contain far more features than ever before.
What is your source information for all the corrections and biographies?
In most cases, when biographical data is found to be completely contradictory, we conduct original research utilizing source documentation, such as birth and/or death records, to conclusively resolve the discrepancy. Yes, we are cognizant of the fact that even these documents sometimes contain errors, and always confirm the data they contain with birth
certificates, baptismal certificates, birth announcements, school records, military records, death certificates and/or coroner's reports. Firsthand accounts of births or deaths are used in rare cases.
I've documented several errors in reference books. Can I send them to you?
Understand that we must be able to independently verify all errors. To avoid repetitious submissions of preexisting error corrections, please check errors in reference books to ensure we haven't previously addressed the error in question. If you verify that we have yet to tackle the error, please contact us with your information. Thank you in advance.
I'm constantly aggravated by typos and errors in the novels I read. How do the publishers get away with all the mistakes?
Many readers are understandably irritated by typographical errors in novels, but consider for a moment all those individuals who rely on reference books, almanacs, encyclopedias and other non-fiction works in their daily work. Unlike a publishing mistake found in a novel, the errors found in almanacs, textbooks and reference books have a costly effect on
the businesses, students, researchers and other individuals who count on their accuracy. Errors in educational materials, while common, are simply unforgivable. Literally millions of man-hours are wasted as a result of erroneous data contained in reference sources.
This is a great idea. Is there some way I can help?
Absolutely. Consider contributing used biographies, autobiographies, reference books, and older volumes of short stories and poems you no longer have use for.
We've needed something like this for a long time. I applaud your work and would like to help. Is there anything else your organization needs?
If you have extra items on hand, such as a PDA, books, office supplies, postage, old computer equipment, etc. and would like to help support our organization, we would welcome them.
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