Medical resources:Doctor Grasshopper's blog
, written by a first-year resident at a hospital in Boston (especially entries tagged as The Useful Posts
) It's it's geared specifically towards helping writers injure or kill their characters in an accurate and convincing way. Medscape
- geared toward doctors but has lots of useful information on illnesses and conditions and their symptoms, treatment options, etc. (Registering is necessary, but free) Medical Advances Timeline
- useful for the 'Was X around then?' sort of question.The Cascade Hospital
- defunct site from "The Sentinel" fandom that is a great resource for how ERs and other sections of a hospital work and what gets treated where and how.
Diverse stuff:The Writer’s Forensics Blog
- You can get lost in this blog, lots and lots of info about various forms and aspects of forensics including dentisty, fingerprints, technology, famous cases, etc, etc.http://improbable.com/
Improbably Research to make people laugh and think. I like the article on the postal experiment
, but the entire site is neat. I'm not sure how useful it really is for fic writing, but I thought I'd include it anyway.
More specific stuff:Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning
- as a former lifeguard I can say that this article knows what it's talking about. 95% of what you see on TV and in the movies is WRONG regarding drowning.http://www.theboxotruth.com-
tons and tons of information on guns and weapons, the education page
has a lot of specific information on how to shoot and how to clean guns and a lot of other stuff that could come in handy.The Inception Fic Writer's Guide to Firearms
- As the name suggests, it's written as a guide for Inception writers, but most of it is pretty universal and it does a good job in explaining the basics of firearms and also points out what movies/tv shows get wrong. Part I covers safety, usage, and ammo. Part II covers gunshot wounds (including what it's like to get shot) and types of guns. Part III covers carrying guns, holsters, and other accessories (and has a nice bit on laser sights). Part IV covers shooting: aiming, stances, procedure for clearing a room, etc.IMFDB
- the internet movie (and television) firearms database. Information (including screenshots) of the weapons used in movies and on TV shows.
And off topic a bit, but thrown in because it's interesting: http://www.etymonline.com/
the perfect site for figuring out if a word was actually in use when you want to use it.
ETA- Haven't had a chance to look at this yet, but it was recommended on a comm I follow: Psychological Disorders Encyclopedia Interesting and informative post on guns and gunshot wounds
(as related to Sherlock, but generally useful)