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Winter Weather: Use resources on the Toolbox's Weather page when covering severe (or mild) winter weather.

Covering the Flu: If you're covering the flu outbreak or other health-related issues, use the resources on the Toolbox's Medical/Health-Flu page.

Infographics: Daily Tekk has more than 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources. Great one-stop shopping for infographic and data visualization resources.

Covering Congress: Find resources to track bills, voting records and more on the Federal Government page.

Teaching Journalism: From ethics to apps, the Newseum's Digital Classroom Videos cover the basics of journalism. They're great for supplementing lectures and giving students extra depth or help with a specific area of interest. SPJ's eCampus training videos also can be helpful in the classroom. You need to be a member and use your online password to access them. Topics include smartphones, FOIAs, video and social media techniques. More resources: College Media.

Teaching Copy Editing: A couple of handy tools for us "word nerds": Chicago Tribune Grammar Cheat Sheet and SPJ Pinterest: Grammar Goofs. I like to use practical examples from Grammar Goofs to lighten up editing class lectures. I also offer extra credit for students who find their own grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes, and then share them with the class. More resources: Copy Editing.

Mobile Journalism: The Mobile Apps Gallery lists government-created mobile apps on hundreds of topics and services, ranging from weather to public works.

Investigative: ProPublica has built a great national database of nursing home inspection reports.

Prison Access: SPJ has a page of state-by-state prison access policies for media.

Connecticut School Shootings: Find resources on the Toolbox's School Violence page. It includes resources for covering traumas and dealing with children.

Teaching Journalism: As college professors prepare for spring semesters and winter quarters, here are some good resources to share with students: 22 Apps and Tools Every College Journalism Student Should Know About and the 40 Best Blogs for College Journalists.

Religion: The Religion Newswriters Association has compiled a comprehensive Religion Stylebook, which serves as an independent supplement to The Associated Press Stylebook.

Census Resources: The U.S. Census Quick Facts page helps you find current census information at the state or county level by using a pulldown menu or image map. The what's new tab at the top of the page shows all of the new data entered at the local levels.

Design: A great tool for designers and developers: MarkupWand is a tool that takes Photoshop .psd files and converts them to embeddable to HTML or CSS code. A huge time-saver.

Covering Congress: On POPVOX, journalists can find every bill in Congress, searchable by keyword or category, with official information such as summary, sponsors, status, and a list of the organizations that support or oppose the bill, with a link to those positions.

Free Speech: Here's an important resource as we head back to college this fall: FIRE: Guide to Free Speech on Campus, an ebook from the Foundation of Individual Rights on Campus.

Interactive Storytelling: Here's a promising tool that's still in beta: Meograph. It allows you to build maps and timelines in one of the best mashups we've seen in a long time. Sign up and take it for a spin. It's free.

Gas Prices: Mapquest has a page to track gas prices in your area. Use resources in the Toolbox's Business Resources section to track the housing market , gas prices, food costs and other economic issues.

Social Trends: Pew Social Trends is full of social demographics and stats. It's a great resource for localizing these national/global trends in your community, as it has stats down to the local level.

College Media: The J-School Legal blog offers resources for journalism schools that are news providers. A must-bookmark for college editors and advisers.

Journalism Jobs: JournaJobs provides listings from all over Europe and a few in the U.S. Use News Nerd Jobs to sort through a great list of news developer jobs. MediaJobPod.org is tailored to college students looking for multimedia jobs and internships. Find more resources on the Journalism Jobs page.

Online Journalism: Jeff Cutler's 60Sites.com offers many helpful web tools, with a focus on social media. Find more resources on the Toolbox's Online Journalism page.

Photojournalism: Error Level Analysis allows you to enter the web address of an online photo and it analyzes how much Photoshop work has been done to the photo. Also, Poynter offers a blog post on three ways to spot if an image has been manipulated.

Copy Editing: EnglishGrammar.org is a free site that offers video lessons, exercises and much more. A fun site is the Editor Real Talk Tumblr. It will make your day. Also, EditTeach.org is a site rich with resources for copy editors and those who teach it. Tips sheets, quizzes, even Dow Jones copy editing practice tests. The Grammar Guide also has some excellent online quizzes. All three sites are great teaching tools.

Twitter Resources: Some new tools to experiment with: RebelMouse, which helps users build a site with various social media streams. GeoFeedia enables location-based searches for social media content. The site displays the latest geotagged content (Twitter, Instagram, YouTube etc.) on a map in the tagged area. It's a great resource for reporters to track what people are sharing in a specific area. Also, Twitter for Newsrooms features resources from the team at Twitter on how to integrate it into daily coverage. Find more resources on the Toolbox's Twitter page.

Federal Government: Here's a helpful site: Directory of All Congressional Twitter Handles. USA.gov: Mobile Apps is a handy list of which government agencies have mobile apps and mobile Web sites. Great quick-reference.

Broadcasting: Find the correct pronunciations of newsmaker names at The Name Engine. Another great resource is the EarIt Demo, which allows you to roll over a name or word and get the correct pronunciation.

Politics: The National Institute on Money in State Politics, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization revealing the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states, has a comprehensive and verifiable campaign-finance database available for free on its site. Poligraft is a Sunlight Foundation site that adds political context to news stories by scanning news articles you enter for the names of donors, corporations, lobbyists and politicians and shows how they are connected by contributions.

Journalist Arrests: SavetheNews.org has built a database to track journalists arrested covering Occupy protests around the world.

Maps: SocMap.com is a new location-based data mapping tool. It's free on the Web and you can do all kinds of location-based journalism with it. You also can look up newspapers on this global map: NewspaperMap.com.

Writing With Numbers: Weird Converter is great for analyzing numbers and coming up with odd facts and figures for stories. It's great for comparing sizes, weights and gives the reader some perspective. Find more resources in the Toolbox's Writing With Numbers section.

Covering People With Disabilities: You'll find hundreds of resources on the Disabilities page.

Teaching Tools: Many of you who use this site train your newsrooms and classrooms how to do online research: College Media, High School Journalism, Design, Broadcast Journalism, Ethics, Writing, Reporting Tools, Writing with Numbers, Photojournalism and Copy Editing.

Reporting Tools: Reporting Tools, Phone/E-Mail/Maps Directories, Search Engines, Expert Sources, Investigative, Form 990s, Public Records, Ethics, Check Domain Names, General Research and Writing With Numbers.

Editing and Fact-Checking Resources: The Toolbox's Copy Editing page has several new resources. The American Copy Editors Society has assembled a collection of 49 online quizzes about everything from AP Style and usage to Iraq and the Middle East. Related Resources: Copy Editing, General Research, History.

Student Resources: College and high school students will find many helpful Toolbox resources for researching papers, reporting and more: Reporting Tools, Public Records, History, Ethics and Copy Editing.