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 books.
Internet Accuracy Project was founded early
in 2005, to bring errors in popular reference books
to the attention of the general public, while
supplying corrected data. We're also dedicated
to the presentation of thoroughly-vetted
educational materials and classic literary works,
entirely free of charge.
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.?
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.
Do you have a list of pages that have recently been modified and/or expanded?
Visit latest updates for information on
those pages that were most recently updated
and expanded. For any other announcements, or
the latest news about changes to the site,
you can visit our blog.
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?
NOTE: You'll save a substantial sum over standard
USPS shipping charges if you ship your unwanted
books via Media Mail with the U.S. Postal Service.
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
Many older volumes are now in the public
domain--meaning that no one owns a United States'
copyright for these works. This allows us to
present these stories and poems to the public,
at no cost. Share your love of classic
literature with the world by giving any
volumes of older poetry or short stories
you no longer have use for.
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 notleap 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.
Information on additional source data
utilized in our research can be found
in most of our biographical profiles.
Additional information on each error correction
can be found by clicking on the link
at the beginning and/or end of each entry.
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.
While most publishers take their responsibility
to deliver accurate publications seriously,
others are quite lax in their fact checking.
Publishers argue that they can't possibly
check the validity of every last fact, and
thus cannot be expected to deliver error-free
publications every time. But this does not
justify the sheer number of inaccuracies
contained in their reference books and websites.
In fact, leading online encyclopedias (some
of which you must pay to access) actually
have disclaimers and provide no warranty as
to their accuracy.
Admittedly, editorial perfection in the
publishing industry is virtually unattainable
at this point in time.
The origin of the faulty data, be it the result
of research oversight, deliberate falsification,
or simple typo, is irrelevant. Regardless of
whether the author, editor or publisher is
ultimately to blame for the errors, the
erroneous data exists, and must be addressed
to prevent its further dissemination.
This is a great idea. Is there some way I can help?
Consider contributing used biographies,
autobiographies, reference books, and older
volumes of short stories and poems you no
longer have use for.
If you're a scholar with a passion for
accuracy, check out our volunteer link for
As an all-volunteer organization,
Internet Accuracy Project cannot rely on
huge marketing budgets or extensive promotional
campaigns. If you like what we're doing,
and find the information we present useful,
please take a moment to spread the word
about us. Let your friends and family
know about Internet Accuracy Project's
great features, or link to our site
from your webpage, blog or website. Word of
mouth is a crucial component to our success.
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?