I'm an unashamed fan of Wikipedia. I know, it's frequently inaccurate and can be slanted toward the views of the individual editor -- who could be anyone. But overall, it's a great source for quick information and can be a wonderful starting point for in-depth research -- the sources listed at the bottom of the article often include numerous academic-type articles/studies that would be tough to find using Google.

The Wikipedia entry on the United States Housing Bubble is, I would argue, an example of the site at its finest. The article includes a time-line starting in 1985, and numerous charts and graphs depicting the rise and fall of the bubble. The list of 215 citations at the bottom of the article is a must-read for anyone looking to research this mess. Links to articles like subprime lending and economic bubbles provide more resources.

The article isn't perfect -- it's being constantly updated -- but it's actually incredible that something of this quality has been put together collectively by people who aren't being paid.

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