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Automobiles / Books & Literature / Business / Careers / Consumer Issues / Education / Environment / Food & Nutrition / Government / Health / Law / Libraries / Massachusetts Information / Research / Senior Citizens / Statistics / Studying & Report Writing / Taxes / Travel / Veterans / Weather

 


QUICK REFERENCE

Information Please Almanac http://www.infoplease.com/
Includes almanac, atlas, dictionary, encyclopedia, thesaurus, country information, and timelines.

Internet Movie Database  http://www.imdb.com/
Searchable movie database – what’s playing, what’s coming on DVD, trailers, trivia.

RefDesk.com http://refdesk.com/  An extensive list of links to news, stock quotes, puzzles, and reference tools.

Library Spot  http://www.libraryspot.com/ Find events in history, photos, podcasts, calculators, calendars, and more.

Map Quest http://www.mapquest.com/  Get road maps and directions.

Vital Records http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm   Where to write for birth, marriage, death records.

Telephone Numbers  http://www.whitepages.com

Toll Free Number Directoryhttp://www.anywho.com/tf.html

Zip Code Lookup – United States Postal Service https://www.usps.com/zip4/             


AUTOMOBILES

Edmunds http://www.edmunds.com/ 
Provides information on pricing, car reviews, ratings, and advice.

Kelley Blue Book http://www.kbb.com/

Fuel Economy Guide  http://www.fueleconomy.gov/
Compare vehicles or find fuel economy ratings, gasoline prices, gas mileage tips, information on hybrid vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety  http://www.iihs.org/
Provides top vehicle safety picks and crash test results.

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles http://www.mass.gov/rmv/
Online transactions include registrations, licenses, address changes and tickets.

NADA Guides http://www.nadaguides.com/
Find information on new, used, and classic cars as well as motorcycles, boats, recreation vehicles, and manufactured homes.


BOOKS & LITERATURE

Bartleby.com http://www.bartleby.com
Find reference works, literature, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Book Awards  http://www.goodreads.com/award Look here for winners of the Newbery and Caldecott medals, National Book Awards, Booker, Pulitzer, Edgar prizes, and more.

Books in Series http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/ref/booksinseries/  Search by author, title, or series name. Scroll down for other series guides to mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, and juvenile books.

Project Gutenberg  http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
Electronic archive of full-text literature to read or search.

Reading Group Guides  http://www.readinggroupguides.com/
More than 4,000 guides are searchable by author, title, awards, and categories. Also find tips for reading groups from getting started to keeping things going and even some recipes!


BUSINESS

Kirstein Business Library http://www.bpl.org/kbl

South Shore Chamber of Commerce http://www.southshorechamber.org/


CAREERS

Career Works http://www.careerworks.org/
The Brockton location of the one-stop career center offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, and employers.ight job and lists available job openings and the skills they require.

Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
This source provides information about hundreds of types of jobs including: training and education needed, earnings, job prospects, what workers do, and working conditions.


CONSUMER ISSUES

BankRate http://www.bankrate.com
Provides free rate information to consumers on more than 300 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used automobile loans, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees.

Federal Bureau of Consumer Protection https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/bureaus-offices/bureau-consumer-protection
Features complaint assistance.

Massachusetts Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/

Federal Citizen Information Center  https://publications.usa.gov/USAPubs.php
Information about cars, computers, education, employment, family, federal programs, food, health, housing, money, small business, travel, and more.

Fighting Back Against Identity Theft  http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/
“Deter, Detect, Defend – Avoid ID Theft.” This site tells you what to do.

Household Products Database http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/index.htm
Includes health and safety information about household products.

National Do-Not-Call Registry http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/donotcall/
Prevent unwanted phone calls from telemarketers for a five-year period by registering your phone number for free.

On Guard Online https://www.onguardonline.gov/ 
Provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

Recalls http://www.recalls.gov/
Six federal agencies join to alert consumers about recalls of unsafe, hazardous or defective products.


EDUCATION

Abington Public Schools  http://www.abingtonps.org

United States Department of Education http://www.ed.gov

Massachusetts Department of Education http://www.doe.mass.edu


ENVIRONMENT

Endangered Species http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ 
Follow the links to search for endangered species.

United States Environmental Protection Agency   https://www3.epa.gov/
Search Issues, Science & Technology, Laws & Regulations

Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/
Information about Air & Climate; Water, Wastewater & Wetlands; Waste & Recycling; Toxics & Hazards; Cleanup of Sites & Spills. 


FOOD & NUTRITION

All Recipes.com  http://allrecipes.com/
This searchable recipe database includes more than 40,000 recipes.

Recipe Source  http://www.recipesource.com/
Recipes are organized in two groups – recipes associated with an ethnic cuisine and recipes categorized by main dish.

Food Safety  http://www.foodsafety.gov/
Gateway to government food safety information offers links that include News & Safety Alerts, Consumer Advice, Foodborne Pathogens, National Food Safety Programs, and more.

USDA National Agricultural Library – Food and Nutrition Information Center   http://fnic.nal.usda.gov/
Provides accurate and useful resources about food and nutrition. Includes diet, food safety, food labeling and more.


GOVERNMENT

Massachusetts City and Town Websites  www.mma.org/city-and-town-web-sites 
Visit the websites of Massachusetts cities and towns - compiled by the Massachusetts Municipal Association.

Massachusetts Legislature  https://malegislature.gov/ 
Find Bills & Laws, Legislators, Committees, Events.

Mass.gov  http://www.mass.gov
Links to state agencies, tax information, vehicle registration, vital records, driver’s license, unemployment, sex offender registry.

USA.gov  https://www.usa.gov/
Search for government information by topic or agency or use the search window.


HEALTH

A Users Guide to Finding Health Information on the Web http://www.mlanet.org/resources/userguide.html
Created by medical librarians, this site offers a guide to searchers seeking reliable health information.

The American Academy of Pediatrics – Healthy Children  http://www.healthychildren.org

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs  http://www.crbestbuydrugs.org/
Free guidance for consumers on prescription medicines.

Healthfinder.gov  http://www.healthfinder.gov/
This award-winning Federal Web site for consumers is a guide to reliable health information.

Health Hotlines  http://healthhotlines.nlm.nih.gov
Find toll-free telephone numbers as well as Internet addresses for health organizations.

MedLine Plus  https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/  
Includes health topics, drug information, clinical trials, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

NIH Senior Health  http://nihseniorhealth.gov/  
Locate aging-related health information that is reliable and easy to understand.

National Institute of Mental Health  http://www.nimh.nih.gov/ 
Find information on mental illness and behavioral disorders.

Physician Profile Site for Massachusetts http://profiles.ehs.state.ma.us/Profiles/Pages/FindAPhysician.aspx 
Locate information about the education, training, and experience of all licensed physicians.

PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=PubMed
Search over 17 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. Use the tutorial links to learn how to use this resource.

 


LAW

Guide to Massachusetts Laws by Subject  http://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/laws-by-subj/about/

Office of the Attorney General   http://www.mass.gov/ago/

The Massachusetts Court System    http://www.mass.gov/courts/  
Resource links include: Attorney Referral; Forms; Guidelines and Standards; Juror Information; Trial Court Law Libraries; Opinions; Press Releases; Probation.


LIBRARIES

Boston Public Library  http://www.bpl.org
Lists exhibits, programs, Internet links, and more.

Dyer Memorial Library  http://www.dyerlibrary.org/ 
Located in Abington, the Dyer focuses on genealogy and local history of Old Abington and surrounding communities.

Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/  
Browse online exhibitions, research guides, American Memory Collections.

Massachusetts Libraries
http://libraries.state.ma.us/
Locate library catalogs for Massachusetts libraries through the official website of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Perkins Library Website   http://www.perkins.org/library  
Offers free public library services to those who cannot use traditional print due to visual, physical, or reading disabilities. Materials are mailed directly to patrons and returned through the mail. 


MASSACHUSETTS INFORMATION

Mass Moments  http://www.massmoments.org
Electronic almanac of Massachusetts history allows users to listen to or read about events and people in Massachusetts history.

Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism http://www.massvacation.com/
Things to do and places to go in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation  http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/  
Learn about 450,000 acres of parks, campgrounds, forests, mountains and beaches. Borrow a Massachusetts Parks Pass at Abington Public Library.

Museums New England  http://museumsnewengland.com/

Massachusetts Attractions http://www.visit-massachusetts.com/state/

Massachusetts Facts  http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cismaf/mafidx.htm  
From history and symbols to statistics and politics, find it here. 


RESEARCH

Internet Public Library http://www.ipl.org/  
Features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites.

Research Topics from Multnomah Public Library  http://www.multcolib.org/ref/topics.html
This list of common research topics leads to useful links.

 


SENIOR CITIZENS

AARP  http://www.aarp.org

Medicare http://www.medicare.gov  
This is the official government website with information about what’s covered, health plans, prescription drug plans, and your rights.

 Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs http://www.mass.gov/elders/  
Includes phone numbers and information links about Housing, Home Care, Caregiver Support, Regulations and Statistics, Health Care, Meals and Nutrition, and Service Organizations and Advocates.

NIH Senior Healthhttp://nihseniorhealth.gov/  
This web site makes aging-related health information available in a reliable, easy-to-understand online resource. 


STATISTICS

FedStats http://fedstats.sites.usa.gov/
Includes statistics from more than 100 agencies.

State Health Facts   http://kff.org/statedata/

National Center for Health Statisticshttp://www.cdc.gov/nchs/

The U.S. Census Bureau  http://www.census.gov/main/
The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. 


STUDYING & REPORT WRITING

Landmark Son of Citation Machine   http://citationmachine.net/index2.php?regstyleid=99  
Select citation format and follow directions 

 


TAXES

Internal Revenue Service   http://www.irs.gov/  
Search for forms, file taxes or research tax information.

Massachusetts Department of Revenue   http://www.mass.gov/dor/  
Find tax forms, information and regulations. 


TRAVEL

CDC Travelers’ Health Information  http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/
Offers specific information about your travel destination. Includes vaccinations, diseases and more.

Currency Converter  http://finance.yahoo.com/currency?u

Fodor’s Travel Guides  http://www.fodors.com/

Frommer’s Travel Guides  http://www.frommers.com/

Let’s Go Travel Guides  http://www.letsgo.com/

National Park Service  http://www.nps.gov/

Rick Steves Travel Guides  http://ricksteves.com

U.S. Department of State – U.S. Passports and International Travel   http://www.state.gov/travel/


VETERANS

Massachusetts Veterans’ Guide to Benefits http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cisvet/vetidx.htm

United States Department of Veterans Affairs  http://www.va.gov/health

Veterans Employment Resource Center  http://www.dol.gov/vets  
Tools and resources for all U.S. Veterans - job opportunities, forms, benefits, and program information as well as training assistance for private sector employment.


WEATHER

AccuWeather  http://www.accuweather.com/ 

National Weather Service  http://www.weather.gov/

Weather Channel  http://www.weather.com/

Weather Underground – Historical Weather  http://www.wunderground.com/history/


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