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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/