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Health, legal, educational, and general reference resources including almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and manuals.
  • General Reference

    General Reference Resources A-Z

    Reference Websites

    Below is a list of some free sites which have been compiled by the American Library Association.

    Abbreviations

    http://www.abbreviations.com

    Extensive collection of hundreds of thousands of acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms. Arranged by broad areas, then broken down into browseable categories.

    Ad*Access

    http://library.duke,edu/digitalcollections/adaccess

    More than 7000 ads from print newspapers and magazines published from 1910 to the 1950's. Content focuses on radio, TV, transportation, beauty/hygiene, and WWII.

    Television Commercials

    http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adviews

    Access thousands of historic commercials from the 1950s-1980s.

    Almanacs

    http://www.infoplease.com/almanacs.html  

    Information Please Almanac

    American Time Use Survey

    http://www.bls.gov/tus

    Provides statistics and graphical data on the amount of time people in the U.S. spend on various activities.

    Art Project

    http://googleartproject.com

    Links to more than 1000 works of art in 17 museums around the world. Virtually explore a museum, view the art in high resolution. and create your own personlaized collection.

    ATM Locator

    http://www.mastercard.com/cardholderservices/atm/

    Find Mastercard , Cirrus or Maestro ATM's worldwide 

    Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

    http://yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/avalon.htm

    Documnets relevant tot he fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government. Searchable by date, subject, author and title.

    Baby Name Wizard

    http://babynamewizard.com

    Find the perfect name. Create a list by length of letters in a name, letter preference, heritage and popularity. Provides etymologies, and can track names by state or year for popularity.

    Bank Rate Monitor

    http://www.bankrate.com/brm/default.asp

    Mortgage, college financing, insurance, debt information and more

    BigCharts.com

    http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com

    The site provides basic, advanced and interactive tools for charting; current and historical quotes; industry and market data; news and analysis; and screening tools for stocks on major worldwide exchanges. Information is organized under tabs.

    Biodiversity heritage Library

    http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org

    With over 32million+ digitized pages about plants and animals from publications from 1484 to the present, the site is for browsing digitzed books and journals, and scanned images are of high quality and in full color. Explore some of the world's great science libraries, museums and botanical gardens.

    Cars.com

    http://www.cars.com

    Easy to understand on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a new or used auto or truck. Pricing and financing information. Search for specific makes, models and years.

    Census Bureau: Economic Indicators

    http://census.gov/cgi-bin/briefroom/BriefRm

    Find the latest numbers for over a dozen key economic indicators, including new residential construction, home ownership rates...

    Charity Navigator

    http://charitynavigator.org

    Rates over 5000 charities. Updated frequently, groups change according to the season and events.

    Citi-Data.com

    http://www.city-data.com

    Research any city, zip code, or neighborhood for home value estimator, crime data, unemployment...

    Code Academy

    www.codeacademy.com

    Learn the basics of Java, HTML, Ruby, Python using free interactive web-based classes.

    Consumer Search

    http://www.consumersearch.com

    Automotive, computers, electronics, family, health, home and more.

    Cooking Light

    http://www.cookinglight.com

    Over 20,000 recipes online. The travel section lists some of the best places to eat out when traveling.

    Coursera.org

    www.coursera.org

    Online courses free to anyone in a wide range of topics (23 categories), 325 courses offered at 62 universities.

    Currency converter

    http://www.oanda.com/converter/classic

    Convert any currency to another including historical information

    Current Value of Old Money

    http://projects.exeter.ac.uk/RDavies/arian/current/howmuch.html

    Collects links "to inflation statistics, price indexes, and sources of data on changes in the value of money." Resources are divided geographically and thematically.

    Dietary supplements labels database

    dietarysupplements.nlm.nih.gov/dietary

    Search "information about label ingredients in more than 7000 selected brands of dietary supplements", browsing by brand name, target population and ingredient.

    e-books@Adelaide

    http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au

    Full text e-books of classic works of literature, philosophy, and history from various countries. Downloadable to various e-book devices.

    ePodunk

    http://www.epodunk.com/

    Profiles of cities and counties-data on airports, museums, statistics at the city and county level. Links to local media outlets, community organizations, historical weather, films shot in area and celebrity residences.

    Encyclopedia of Earth

    http://www.eoearth.org

    Free online encyclopedia with 7000 articles written by "scholars, professionals, educators, practioners and other experts who collaborate and review each other's work." Content is keyword searchable.

    FBI Records

    http://vault.fbi.gov

    Online "vault" to thousands of declassified FBI documents spanning decades.

    Forvo: words pronounced

    http://www.forvo.com

    Audio playback clips of word pronunciations in over 280 languages. Website can be viewed in several languages.

    Google Translate

    http://translate.google.com/#en|es|

    Translate words, text, website or entire documents in over 50 supported languages. If you can't identify the language, use the "detect language" feature. Quality varies by language.

    Hulu

    http://www.hulu.com

    Free television episodes, full length movies and video clips. Browse by genre, documentaries to popular series.

    IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

    http://iucnredlist.org

    Compilation of information on plant and animal species threatened with extinction. List is updated once a year. Taxonomy, geographic range, population, habitat, ecology, threats and conservation actions are included.

    Law Help NY

    LawHelpNY.org is designed to help low-income New Yorkers with their civil legal problems. It is a collaborative effort across New York State legal aid offices to give low income and vulnerable New Yorkers access to legal information, information about how to contact legal aid offices and other social agencies that can assist them, as well as help them understand their legal rights and navigate the court system. It covers 16 legal areas and connects to over 500 legal aid programs offering free legal services in New York State.

    Local Harvest

    http://www.localharvest.org/

    nationwide directory of farmer's markets, small family farms & organic food resources. For anyone buying local and/or organic food and produce.

    Long Island Railroad

    http://www.mta.info/lirr/

    Schedule, fares, maps, delays, escalator and elevator, purchasing information.


    My Environment

    http://www.epa.gov/myenvironment

    Searches for environmental data by location-zip code, street address, county name...Results appear by topic: My Maps, My Water, My Energy, MY Land, My Community...

    National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

    http://nsidec.org

    Supports research into the world's frozen realms. Includes Sea Ice Index or learn All About Snow.

    NewspaperCat

    http://ufdc.ufl.edu/hnccoll

    Catalog of Digital Hisotrical Newspapers. Links to over 1700 freely availabledigital hisotrical newspapers.

    Online Conversion

    http://onlineconversion.com/

    50,000 conversions and 5000 units. Has the popular conversions, but also contains measurements for women's clothing between countries, light years, density, torque, and fun stuff such as weight on Mars and names into Morse Code.

    Open Library

    http://openlibrary.org

    Seeks to create and maintain "one webpage for every book ever published." The site provides full-text access (when available)  to out-of-copyright titles, including the option to send the text to a Kindle. Over 20 million records gathered so far.

    Opinion Polls

    http://www.gallup.com

    Gallop Polls on all topics.

    Petrucci Music Library

    http://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page

    20,000 works from 3000 composers. Free sheet music online

    Poetry Tool

    http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poetrytool.html

    Articles about poetry and poets. Poems in full text, including podcasts and audio versions of poems.

    ProCon.org-Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues

    http://procon.org

    Site looks at both sides of 40 controversial issues in many areas. For each issue, a core question is posed along with the top ten pro and con statements regarding the issue, little known facts, historical timeline and a glossary.

    Professional Misconduct

    http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/opmc/main.htm

    Physician and Physician Assistant disciplinary and other actions.

    Statistical Abstract of the United States

    http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab

    Includes statistics from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis among others.

    Still Tasty

    http://www.stilltasty.com

    The site contains information on how long food can be safely stored and the best way to keep it. Information from the Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Suffolk Transit

    http://www.sct-bus.org/schedules.html

    Bus schedules, maps, fares, and news.

    U.N. data

    http://data.un.org

    International statistics on a broad range of topics

    UNESCO Institute for Statistics

    http://uis.unesco.org

    The most comprehensive database for education statistics in the world, tracking current and historical data. Can build custom tables and reports besides predefined statistical tables, country profiles and global rankings.

    Web Gallery of Art

    www.gua.hu/index.html

    Virtual museum and searchable database of art, containing over 30,000 images.

    Weights and measures

    http://chemistry.berkeley.edu/links/weights/equivalences.html

    Common equivalent weights and measures.

    Zip Code

    http://www.usps.com/zip4/

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