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The research material found on this site is organized into 4 main parts: (1) quotes; (2) biographical list; (3) reading list; and, (4) word puzzle applications. Quotes are grouped by author or by topic, and a few are selected as daily quotes and presented weekly. Quotes grouped by author are listed alphabetically by title of work (ignoring a leading article such as "a", "an", or "the"). Quotes grouped by topic are listed alphabetically by author's last name as is the biographical list. Spaces, hyphens and other punctuation which are a part of the last name are ignored. Last names beginning with articles, such as d', da, de, l', la, le, van, von, etc., meaning "of" or "the" before the formal name are sorted by just the formal name. This rule is not always followed because of common usage of some names. For example, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed under "Goethe", while Vincent Van Gogh is listed under "Van Gogh". Therefore, search all variations. Names such as Saint Francis are sorted under Francis. Authors having pseudonyms, pen names, married names, or names including initials are sorted under their most commonly known name, but are often listed under several names, so search all names. The reading list is presented in many formats, including fiction and nonfiction, alphabetically by title, alphabetically by author's last name and chronologically. The list of popular and useful internet links is grouped by category and subcategory.

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Linking to GIGA

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Although we hope that there are no errors on this site, in view of the large volume of material contained on this site, there will undoubtedly be a variety of errors, including spelling errors, typographical errors, incorrect quote attributions, as well as errors of inclusion or exclusion. Even the esteemed Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (5th ed. 1999) has an error in its Thomas Jefferson quotation on the "Declaration of Independence", i.e., in the first sentence, "bonds" should be "bands". So, remember to always verify the citation and the actual content at the original source, because editors, translators and authorities and their various texts and editions differ and because errors are often made in transcribing quotes from the original or secondary sources. We accept no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for a visitor's use of material contained on this site, whether the material is accurate or inaccurate. All information and material on this site is provided "as is" and without warranty or guarantee of any kind.

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Quote Research

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A list of definitions pertinent to quotations can be displayed by clicking here.

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Book Notes

A book, which is the generic term used here for any item of literature, is either classified as fiction or as nonfiction. The fiction category comprises novels, mysteries, romances, short stories, science fiction, children's fiction, and the like. The nonfiction category comprises all literature that is not within the fiction category, including histories, biographies, religious works, social and natural sciences, arts, plays, poems, historical documents, and ancient classics (which might actually be fictional). If a date is listed, it is the date of a work's first copyright or publication, or the best estimate of its date of first publication. When literary works are published as a series or over a period of time, the date listed is the first publication date of the first part. Please report any incorrect title, author or date in the reading list to MAILBOX{at}GIGA-USA{dot}COM.

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