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Index:  Subjects of Links found on this page.

Aging
Art
Auctions
Automotive
Beekeeping Books/Reading & Databases
Business
Clothes & Jewelry
Computer Training
Economics
Education Page
Employment
[for Retirees]
Energy
Environment
Family Caregiving
Finances
Gaming
Gardening
Gasoline
Genealogy
Going “Green”  Government
Health
History
Home Exchange
Home Goods
Language & Translation
Legal Help
Local
Miscellaneous
Movies & Television      
Moving
Multimedia
Music
Newspapers & Magazines
Parent & Child
Public Records
Real Estate
Recipes
Reference
Science
Search Engines
Seniors
Software (Free)
Teen Literature & Homework Help
Travel
U.S. Citizenship
Vacation Rentals
Volunteer

Aging

AARP in CT – Find out what the American Association of Retired Persons is doing in Connecticut.

The Alliance for Aging Research – Nation’s leading non-profit dedicated to accelerating medical discoveries to improve the aging and health.

Alzheimer’s Association – Leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through research; provide and enhance care and support for all affected.

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center – NIA leads a national research program on the biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of aging and prevention of age-related diseases and disabilities, including Alzheimer’s disease. NIA offers health information as well as grants and training information for researchers.

American Association of Retired Persons – A wide range of age-related issues.

American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging – National non-profit; FHA aims to build a bridge between the research and practice of geriatrics health care professionals and the public, and to advocate on behalf of older adults and their special needs.

Assisted Living Federation of America – The only professional association dedicated to companies operating professionally managed assisted living communities. ALFA provides a directory of assisted living facilities for senior living care.

Assisted Living Directory –  This is one of the few sites out there that allows facilities to be contacted directly, and any facility in good standing may list with them.  They ensure the site has great content with highly useful and Original information.

CtHelpNet.org – Easy access to the elder care network for Connecticut’s senior citizens.

Eldercare Locator – Local information, referral resources, and contact information, from the United States’ Health and Human Services Department.

MySeniorCare – A community on the topic of senior care providing information on home health care, assisted living facilities, and hospice.

National Center for Assisted Living – The NACL provides educational resources, news and consumer information.

National Council on the Aging – Promoting the dignity, self-determination, well-being and contributions of older persons through education, research, leadership and advocacy.

National Institute on Aging Information Center – Leading U.S. research agency on aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Health information for seniors, caregivers, professionals. Grants and training information on biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of aging and prevention of age-related diseases and disabilities, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Phones for Life – Non-profit organization seeking to improve the lives of senior citizens through cell phone technology.

Connecticut Area Agencies on Aging

The North Central AoA (NCAAA) – Non-profit based in Hartford; planning and management of funding and advocacy for services to older persons and caregivers.

Senior Resources Eastern CT AoA – Information and services for seniors in eastern CT and Middlesex County.

The Western CT AoA – Non-profit organization that receives funds, which are distributed to adult day care centers, social services agencies, nutrition, and transportation programs. Programs are for 60 years or older; some services for frail, low income and/or minority elderly. Limited services for Western CT residents below 60.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging – Mission is to build capacity of its members to help older persons and persons with disabilities live with dignity in their homes and communities for as long as possible.


Art

Artchive – Virtual gallery of classic and contemporary painting, sculpture, as well as art critique, reviews, and links.

Artnet – Buy, sell, and research Fine & Decorative Art online.

ArtsJournal – Daily arts news from more than 100 newspapers, magazines and e-publications.

Art Cyclopedia – Fine Art search engine.

Cerise Press – A journal of literature, arts, and culture.

Guggenheim – Modern and contemporary international art. Located in Manhattan, New York.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Information on museum events, fine art exhibits, special exhibitions, the Met collection and art galleries online.

MoMA Museum of Modern Art – Info on art, film and media, and online exhibitions; highlights from MoMA’s collection; and listings of education and family programs, in the Museum’s newly restored NYC facility.

The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass – Not-for-profit collection of Tiffany lamps, windows, metalwork, flat and pressed glass located in NYC.

New Britain Museum of American Art – Founded in 1903, it is the first museum of strictly American art in the country.

Old Lyme is Art  – Links to the Lyme Art Gallery, the Cooley Gallery, and the Florence Griswold Museum, all in Old Lyme, CT.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT.

WebExhibits – Interesting exhibits on many subjects, such as science and art.

Whitney Museum of American Art – Art books, household objects, stationery, toys, and accessories related to 20th and 21st century American art.


Auctions

Barter Bing – Business barter retail exchange network program for alternative economic community.

Bid4Assets – Online auction marketplace for buying and selling high-value items.

EstateSales.net – Detailed descriptions, pictures, and maps of estate sales, tag sales, auctions, and other estate liquidations.

GovDeals – Government surplus auctions.

National Auctioneers Association – Organization providing educational and designation programs for the auction industry.

PropertyRoom – Police auctions online … and more!

PublicSurplus – Government surplus auctions.

Winter Associates

Auto Auctions

Interstate Auto Auction

Statewide Auto Auction


Automotive

Alternative Fuel Vehicles – Make, model, and availability of cars and trucks which are powered by alternative fuel sources.

Autoblog – Automotive news with reviews, podcasts, high-quality photography and commentary about automobiles and the auto industry.

AutoTrader – Used car information.

Autotropolis.com – Search for used cars in a whole new way with Autotropolis.com’s advanced vehicle comparison engine.

Car and Driver – New car reviews, pre-owned car reports, car buying guides.

Cars.com – Buy or sell a vehicle online. Site includes expert car reviews, “Best and Worst” lists, and a link to the Car Talk guys.

CarTalk.com – From NPR. Car advice, tips, troubleshooting, and answers. Find a mechanic, hear past shows, play the puzzler, join discussion boards, and learn safe driving tips.

Edmunds – Car buying guide listing new car prices, used car prices, car comparisons, car buying advice, car ratings, car values, auto leasing.

Jalopnik – Drive free or die.

Kelley Blue Book – Free values and pricing on new and used cars. New car pricing includes invoice, MSRP and new car Blue Book values.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Safety statistics; Information on recalls; Crash Test; Rollover Ratings.

National Motor Vehicle Title Information System – Resource center for motor vehicle title information.


Beekeeping

Bee Culture – The magazine of American Beekeeping.

The Bee Lab – Created by the University of Minnesota, includes manuals, videos guides and links.

Crown Bees: Information for novice solitary hiveless beekeepers. You can buy bees, houses, and supplies from this site.

Dadant and Son – Information for novice beekeepers and those who already have multiple hives. You can buy bees from this site.

Books, Reading, and Digital Resources Page


Business

Business.gov – The U.S. government information for new franchises and business opportunities.

Community Economic Development Fund – To revitalize Connecticut’s distressed neighborhoods by providing greater access to capital, technical assistance to small businesses and support for community economic development.

Connecticut’s Changing Landscape, Center for Land Use Education and Research – The mission is to provide information, education and assistance to land use decision makers, in support of balancing growth and natural resource protection. CLEAR conducts remote sensing research, develops landscape analysis tools and training, and conducts outreach education programs.

Connecticut Development Authority – (860)-258-7800, Dedicated to strengthening CT economy by offering programs that help businesses prosper.

Connecticut Economic Resource Center – (800)-392-2122, Provides economic research, marketing services, regional economic development resources and business resources.

Connecticut Innovations – Their vision is to drive a entrepreneurial technology based economy in Connecticut.

Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CSBDC) – (860) 827-7104, Provides professional consulting, workshops and educational programs. Based at Central Connecticut State University.

Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce
39 King’s Highway, P.O. Box 726
Gales Ferry, CT 06335
(860) 464-7373 or (866) 274-5587
Fax: 860-464-7374

Also, contact the Chamber ECT locally at: New London 437-1565, Norwich 887-0872, Niantic 739-7612.

Entrepreneur – News stories about entrepreneurialism, small business management, and business opportunities.

Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Hartford – (860) 768-5681, Assists in achieving financial independence through self-employment.

The Federal Trade Commission – Information regarding small-business opportunities.

Hartford Business Information Center
330 Main Street, Floor 2
Hartford, CT 06106-1851
(860) 251-8098

IdeaCafe – Small business ideas, resources, information. How to plan and start a business, get financing, grants, and run your business. Learn from tips, ideas, entrepreneur profiles.

Online Women’s Business Center – From the Small Business Administration, information and services specifically for women-owned businesses.

SCORE.org – A nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.

Small Business Administration – (860) 240-8700 or (800) 792-1779, Everything you could want to help you start your own business: grants, training, marketing ideas, assessment tools.

Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region

Women’s Business Development Center – “WBDC is dedicated to connecting with and teaching women who desire to become economically self-sufficient.”


Computer Training

Goodwill Community Foundation LearnFree.org – For the past decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.


Economics

Economic Indicators – Maintained are the current statistics from the US Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Economic News Releases – Archived news releases.

Economist.com – Authoritative weekly newspaper focusing on international politics and business news and opinion.

The Inflation Calculator – Adjusts a given amount of money for inflation, according to the Consumer Price Index.

MAPLight.org – Illuminates the connection between campaign donations and legislative votes in unprecedented ways.

SEC Filings & Forms (EDGAR) – Collection of submitted forms and reports from every domestic public company to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).


Education Resources Page


Employment

6 Tips for Finding Your First Job After College – Finding a job after college can be stress-free and successful when you use these 6 tips to find — and get — the job you want after earning your college degree.

About Career Planning – Career planning guide.

America’s Career InfoNet – This large career resource library has tools and information to help users make informed choices about their careers.

America’s Service Locator (ASL) – The Service Locator lets users search for employment and training-related services by location.

The Beehive’s Jobs Section – Get help with finding a job, writing a resume, choosing a career, and more.

Capital Workforce Partners – As the regional Workforce Investment Board in North Central Connecticut, Capital Workforce Partners coordinates programs and initiatives to develop a skilled, educated and vital workforce.  The organization is guided by a consortium of the region’s chief and elected officials and by representatives from business, education and labor serving on its Board of Directors.

Career Information (Bureau of Labor Statistics) – By clicking on one of 12 interest areas, youth can learn about potential careers. For each career, answers are provided to questions such as “What is this job like?” and “How do you get ready for this job?”

CareerBuilder – Find new employment or work. Fresh job listings posted daily. Have jobs emailed to you. Explore career opportunities. Search and apply online today.

Careerjet – An employment search engine for the USA. In one simple search, Careerjet gives the job seeker access to a massive selection of jobs that are compiled from various internet sources, saving the trouble of having to visit each site individually. Use the search engine below to begin your job search.

CareerJet JOB SEARCH ENGINE

 

what: where:
Job title, keywords or company name City, state or country (optional)

CareerLab – The first and best cover letters.

CareerOneStop – Learn about different careers, find career information, and locate career resources.

Civic Ventures – Aims to engage millions of people in encore careers – combining personal meaning, continued income and social impact – to produce a windfall of talent to solve society’s greatest problems.

Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) – Online job bank plus news and information on events, agency divisions, workshops and job fairs, services to veterans, individuals and business.

CvTips.com – How to write a curriculum vitae.

Federal Jobs Net – Federal jobs Net explores all government jobs and guides you step-by-step through the government job hiring process. Provides realistic federal job search techniques and hundreds of government job resources. Covers all government job occupations including post office jobs and law enforcement jobs.

FlipDog – Find new jobs, careers, and employment opportunities.

GlassDoor – Search jobs then look inside. Company salaries, reviews, interview questions, and more – all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers.

HireDiversity.com – An online job placement service for minorities. This site has job searching and career-building information tailored to the needs of specific racial/ethnic groups.

HUD’s Step Up Jobs Program – Department of Housing and Urban Development-sponsored program addressing the self-sufficiency needs of low-income individuals through job training and transportation assistance.

The Info Pro’s Survival Guide to Job Hunting – by Mary-Ellen Mort

Indeed.com – One search. All jobs. Search millions of jobs from thousands of job boards, newspapers, classifieds and company websites on indeed.com.

Information Resources for Information Professionals – Jobs for information professionals, compiled by Joe Ryan.

Job & Career Connection – Post your resumé, create cover letters, track your job searches, and develop a personal online career account to help you with your job search.

Job Case.com – One place to manage all things work related, especially the wisdom, experience, and connections of 46 million other Jobcasers.

Job-Hunt.org – Job search resources, one-stop shopping for job hunters looking for the best job listings and other useful information like choosing the best job sites for you, creating an internet resume, and protecting privacy.

JobStar Central – Job search guide from your local public library.

LatitudeU – This free online course teaches participants how to proactively prepare for a successful job search. Proper preparation prevents poor performance throughout the recruitment life-cycle. This course helps job seekers understand the key attributes of successful preparation.

LIBjobs – Career tools, resources for job seekers in the market.

LinkedIn – Strengthens and extends your existing network of trusted contacts. LinkedIn is a networking tool that helps you discover inside connections to recommended job candidates, industry experts and business partners.

LinkUp – Start your job search on one of the purest job search engines on the web. Find and apply to job openings found directly on company websites.

LIScareer.com – Career development resources for new librarians and information professionals, MLS students and those considering a library-related career.  The site features practical articles contributed by information professionals, along with links to online and print resources.

LISjobs.com – A comprehensive guide to online job resources for librarians and information professionals.

Monster – Find the job that’s right for you. Use Monster’s resources to create a killer resume, search for jobs, prepare for interviews, and launch your career.

Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board – The administrative entity that oversees and administers WIA and CT-DOL funded programs in the Northwest Region Service Delivery Area (SDA).

O*NET Online – Occupational information. Use the site to download the O*NET database, career exploration tools, job analysis questionnaires, employer guides, and technical reports.

Quintessential Careers – Start your job-search here! Tools to help you succeed, including expert advice, career articles, and the best job sites on the Web.

The Riley Guide – Employment oppportunities and job resources.

Simply Hired – Search millions of job listings from across the web. Find local jobs, salary comparisons, and employment trends at Simply Hired. New jobs added daily.

SnagAJob.com – Search and apply for hourly jobs. Articles and a blog offer job advice, and e-mail alerts provide updates on openings of interest.

USA Jobs – Lists of U.S. Government jobs and information from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Vault – Company research.

The Wall Street Journal Executive Career Site – Job hunting tips, resume help, networking and more.

WebJunction Connecticut – Helpful job and career development websites from the CT Department of Labor.

WebJunction Project Compass – Representatives from all state libraries sharing ideas and strategies to build the capacity of libraries addressing the needs of workforce recovery.

WetFeet – Insightful profiles of companies, careers, and industries to guide job seekers toward finding the right career, the right industry, the right company, and the right job for them.

Workforce Alliance – Regional Workforce Development Communities Served: Cromwell, Portland, East Hampton, Middletown, Meriden, Middlefield, Wallingford, Durham, Haddam, East Haddam, Bethany, Hamden, North Haven, North Branford, Guilford, Killingworth, Chester, Deep River, Essex, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Orange, Woodbridge, New Haven, West Haven, Milford, East Hven, Branford, East Haven.

The WorkPlace, Inc. – Helps people prepare for careers and strengthens the workforce for employers. As Southwestern Connecticut’s Regional Workforce Development Board, it administers workforce development funds and coordinates providers of job training and education programs to meet the needs of residents and employers in the Southwestern Connecticut Region.

Other

Charity Guide – Looking to do something a little more meaningful? You won’t get paid to work – and you may even end up spending your own money on travel and supplies – BUT you’ll feel good, learn something, and meet new friends.

Videos

Videos About Entering a Career: Videos About College:
How to Build a Resume Videos College and University Reviews by State
Job Interviewing Videos College Admissions Videos
Job Networking Videos College Counseling Videos
Researching Careers Videos

Employment for Retirees

AARP National Employer Team – Companies, formerly known as Featured Employers, joined with AARP in this program because they recognize that older workers make up a very important part of the workforce. They want to hire older workers because they know that we bring leadership, experience, and skills to do the job.

Career One-Stop – Learn about different careers, find career information, and locate career resources.

DinosaurExchange – Transfer of knowledge to the next generation.

Enrge.us – A private and secure job-market and business interest platform exclusively linking the global business community with America’s public service retirees.

ExecSearches – Nonprofit jobs for executives, fundraisers, and mid-level managers searching for jobs in the nonprofit, healthcare, government and education sectors.

RetiredBrains – Retirement part-time, full-time, temporary jobs for seniors and older workers.

RetireeWorkforce – RetireeWorkforce.com is dedicated to providing exciting employment opportunities for experienced and motivated retirees.

Retirement Jobs – Jobs after retirement. Full and part time jobs from age friendly employers. For planning retirement, a career change or to supplement your income or social security.

Seniors4Hire – U.S. online national Career Center with jobs for job seekers 50 years of age and over; older workers, mature workers, retirees, and senior citizens. Contains a jobs database, featured employer section, and tailored employment information. Employers post jobs. Job seekers search jobs. Free membership for job seekers.

SeniorJobBank – Serving the over-50 community where job seekers can search job listings and apply and employers can post their job openings.

Senior Community Service Employment Service – Employment opportunities for older Americans.

WiserWorker.com – The older worker is in demand. Find jobs for senior citizens, resume writing help, job fair listings, and more resources for the mature worker.

Workforce50.com – An online service connecting age friendly employers with older workers over-50.

YourEncore – YourEncore helps companies accelerate innovation by connecting them with retired scientists and engineers to leverage their expertise.


 Energy

The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) – “A collection of data, including more than 3000 documents and several interactive tools covering the topics of alternative transportation fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, idle reduction technologies, fuel blends, and fuel economy. The AFDC is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy.”


Environment

Citizens for Clean Groundwater – Information about known sources of groundwater contamination based on federal and state environmental information.  In addition, information on active projects and ways that you can nominate an aquifer for them to review.

Zerofootprint.net and GreenIQ. com, as well as the Nature Conservancy provide “carbon calculators” to help you estimate how much global warming gas you produce in a year.

Yale Environment 360 – A publication of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies that is dedicated to covering the global environment.

The Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media – Dialogue amongst scientists, policymakers, and the media on climate change.


Family Caregiving

American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging – Partnerships in Law and Aging 2007 program awards, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, elder law, legal services.

American Diabetic Association – Funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

American Dietetic Association – The world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

American Health Assistance Foundation – A non-profit organization that funds research seeking cures for Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration and glaucoma, and provides the public with information about risk factors, preventative lifestyles, available treatments and coping strategies.

Americans for Better Care of the Dying – Every dying person needs to be able to count on excellent care. ABCD aims to improve end-of-life care by learning which social and political changes will lead to enduring, efficient, and effective programs. They work with the public, clinicians, policymakers, and other end-of-life organizations to make change happen.

Caregiverneeded.com – A professional, well known, full-service Caregiver and Client Locator Service for individuals needing Home Care assistance for a loved one.

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services – A consumer beneficiary website that provides access to information about Medicare, Medicare health plans, contact information and publications, as well as information about health care fraud and abuse and nursing homes.

Children of Aging Parents – A site to help caregivers cope and provide support and information.

Department of Veterans Affairs – Provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents. The home page for the Department of Veterans Affairs provides links to veterans benefits and services, as well as information and resources for other Departmental programs and offices.

Employee Benefit Security Administration – EBSA is committed to providing participant and compliance assistance regarding pension, health and other employee benefit plans.

Family Caregiver Alliance – Established in 2001 as a program of Family Caregiver Alliance, the National Center on Caregiving (NCC) works to advance the development of high-quality, cost-effective policies and programs for caregivers in every state in the country. Uniting research, public policy and services, the NCC serves as a central source of information on caregiving and long-term care issues for policy makers, service providers, media, funders and family caregivers throughout the country.

Family Caregiving 101 – The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) – leaders in the movement to better understand and assist family caregivers — have joined together to recognize, support and advise family caregivers.

Food and Drug Administration

Get Financial Help for Caregivers by Medicare.gov – Find information on financial help for caregivers. Learn about Medicare Savings Programs.

Meals on Wheels Association of America – The oldest and largest organization in the United States representing those who provide meal services to people in need.  MOWAA works toward the social, physical, nutritional, and economic betterment of vulnerable Americans. The Meals On Wheels Association of America provides the tools and information its programs need to make a difference in the lives of others.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys – Elder Law attorneys helping senior citizens, people with disabilities and special needs. Lawyers for long term care planning, nursing homes, housing, living wills, retirement planning.

National Council on Patient Information and Education – One of the original patient safety coalitions, NCPIE works to advance the safe, appropriate use of medicines through enhanced communication.

National Council on the Aging Benefits Checkup Program – Service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources.

National Family Caregivers Association – Educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to help transform family caregivers’ lives by removing barriers to health and well being.

National Hospice Foundation – Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life, supported by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

National Organization for Rare Disorders – Dedicated to helping people with rare, orphan diseases. Rarediseases.org contains information on the prevention, treatment and cure of rare diseases.

National Senior Citizens Law Center -Advocates before the courts, Congress and federal agencies to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly and disabled Americans.

Patient Advocate Foundation – A national network for access to care, job retention, appeals, and education for health care.

Petition for the National Family Caregivers Stamp – ‘Sign’ a petition to have a family caregiving stamp created.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America – Patient Assistance Program – Helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.

SNAP for Seniors – Locate elderly care housing, independent and assisted living communities, nursing homes, retirement communities, home care and other senior housing options. Be smart about your senior housing options.

United Way of Connecticut – Browse their online database of community services. This database contains information for approximately 4,600 health and human service providers and 48,000 service-sites.

Visiting Nurse Associations of America – Cost-effective and compassionate home healthcare to some of the nation’s most vulnerable individuals, particularly the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

Well Spouse Foundation – A nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization, advocates for and addresses the needs of individuals caring for a chronically ill and/or disabled spouse/partner.


Finances

Annual Credit Report – Fight identity theft by monitoring and reviewing your credit report.

AskTax – Income tax advice.

Bogleheads Investing Advice and Information – Dedicated to the civil discussion of investing, personal finance, and consumer issues.

Consumer Credit Counseling of San Francisco – Money management information and assistance.

Debt Collection Answers – Debt collector harrassment? Debt Collection Answers offers straightforward advice for using debt collection laws to protect your rights and resolve your debts.

Fannie Mae – A government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) chartered by Congress with a mission to provide liquidity and stability to the U.S. housing and mortgage markets.

Federation of Tax Administrators – Organization of state tax officials. Includes comparative information on state tax agencies, rates, policies, and administration.

Financial Web – Unbiased, helpful information covering every financial possibility, mortgages, business loans, life insurance, student loans, taxes, and more.

Five Tips for Avoiding Foreclosure Scams – Advice from the Federal Reserve Board.

Foreclosure Mediation Program – Assists homeowners and lenders achieve a mutually agreeable resolution to a mortgage foreclosure action through the mediation process.

Freddie Mac – Helping millions of families across America buy their own homes or enjoy quality and affordable rental housing by linking them to the world’s capital markets. In the process the costs of housing finance is reduced and housing opportunities are expanded for all families, including low-income and minority families. It is a unique mortgage finance system that makes homeownership a reality for more of America’s families.

Frugal Village – Get frugal tips. Includes green living, money management, budget meals, grocery savings, coupons, budget planning, and debt reduction.

Geezo.com, Mint.com, Wesabe.com – “…online tools help users automatically keep track of their spending, set up budgets and goals, and swap tips with others on how to save money.”–Wall Street Journal

Grants.gov – A central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.

Housing Information (A Project of Consumer Action) – Lender and foreclosure do’s and don’ts.

Mint. com – Free personal finance software to assist you to manage your money, financial planning, and budget planning tools.

Money Smartz – Daily personal finance tips, information, and websites, hand picked by Moneysmartz and organized by essential topics including investing, money management, retirement, banking, financial planning, life events, and tax preparation.

Call the National Foundation for Credit Counseling at 1-866-479-6322 for help with debt problems. Also, DebtAdvice.org offers more assistance from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

Old House C.P.R. – Old house resources for the purpose of assisting people in their efforts to take the best possible care of their old place.

OptOutPrescreen.com – Accept or process requests from consumers to opt-in or opt-out firm offers for credit or insurance.

Pension Rights Center – The country’s only consumer organization dedicated solely to protecting and promoting the retirement security of American workers, retirees, and their families.

StockTwits – Real time ideas, trades, charts, and news from real traders and investors.

TheSimpleDollar.com – Simple ideas for improving your finances and your life.

In re Trans Union Corporation Privacy Litigation – The settlement agreement, important documents, register for benefits or update your email address.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Provides tips to help avoid and deal with a foreclosure.


Gaming

AvantGame by Jane McGonigal – A blog about why games make us happy and how they can change the world.

BoardGameGeek – An extensive database of boardgames as well as an active community of users who discuss, argue, buy, sell, trade and play board games.

The Escapist – Betterment of role-playing games and the education of the public and media of their benefits to society.

The Escapist Magazine – The mouthpiece of the gaming generation, The Escapist aims to capture and celebrate the contemporary video gaming lifestyle and the diverse global video game culture by way of in-depth features, thought provoking articles and relevant columns authored by leading video game authorities, as well as cutting-edge video shorts, engaging forums and robust social media elements that incorporate the video gaming experience.

Gamasutra – The art and business of making games.

Game|Life – Gaming news.

Game Politics – Where politics and video games collide.

Gaming Insider – The inside line on games people play.

IGN – IGN is your site for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, DS, PSP, iPhone games with expert reviews, news, previews, trailers, cheat codes, strategy guides, walkthroughs.

Joystiq – Video game news and commentary that’s written with as much excitement, enthusiasm, insight and fun as Joystiq’s bloggers can muster.

Kotaku – Reviews, interviews, and video segments of game developers justifying their creations.

Metacritic – Not every critic is the same. Metacritic offers aggregated game reviews from the top critics, and their own METASCORE pinpoints at a glance how each game was reviewed.

MobyGames – An online, historical and archival database of the entertainment software industry’s products, with game reviews and ratings for GameBoy, Xbox, GameCube, Playstation, Playstation 2, Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, Jaguar, Super NES and more.

Replacementdocs – Web archive of game manuals.

Terra Nova – A weblog about virtual worlds. Virtual Worlds are also known as synthetics worlds, MMOs, MMORPGs, Social Worlds, MUDs, MOOs, and MUSHes. Terra Nova authors include scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines.


Gardening

Amish Country Gazebo – Your source for spa gazebos, hot tub gazebos, gazebo kits and landscape design gazebos.

Ball Horticultural Company – A leader in all facets of floriculture, with distribution capabilities in all of the major world markets.

Behind the Scenes with Suzanne Thompson, CT Outdoors – Stay up-to-date on everything to do with people and nature across Connecticut with Suzanne Thompson.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Offers news, virtual tour, programs, events, articles, shopping, research, and information for visitors. New York.

Campania International – Produces cast stone, polyethylene and terra cotta garden decor including planters, bird baths, benches and fountains.

Conard-Pyle Co. – Producer and wholesaler of a wide variety of rose plants. Offers a PDF catalogue.

Deer Stopper – Deer repellent and other animal repellents from Messina Wildlife
Management. Repellent is easy to use, available on-line or at retailers nationwide. Natural, organic deer repellent.

Dynamite -The ONLY plant food that delivers: 9 months of continuous feeding. Custom blends for your soil and water. Micronutrients in addition to Macronutrients.

Elizabeth Park Gardens – Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the park features a two and one-half acre rose garden with 800 varieties of roses. Hartford, CT.

Flowers & Plants in Connecticut – Collaborative site of the nonprofit trade associations representing Connecticut’s florists, greenhouse growers, nurseries, garden centers and landscapers.

Gardening for Good – Gardening for Good is dedicated to promoting the therapeutic benefits of a connection with gardening and nature.

Garden Media Group – GMG specializes in the lawn and garden public relations industry. We provide a focused approach to corporate image and brand awareness.

Garden Writers Association – On being a “multi-media horticultural communicator.”

Hines Horticulture – Large-scale supplier of ornamental shrubs, color plants and container-grown plants with commercial nursery facilities throughout the United States.

The Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE) – Database of invasive and potentially invasive plants in New England continually updated by a network of professionals and trained volunteers.

Jonah Center for the Earth and Arts and the Environment – The Jonah Center for Earth and Art is working to restore and preserve ecologically significant areas in Middletown. John C. Hall, Executive Director.

New StarPlants.com – The Conard-Pyle Co. is wholesale container nursery located in West Grove, Pennsylvania. We have been growing and introducing exceptional plants and roses since 1897. You will find our brand names, Star® Quality Plants and Star® Roses in fine garden centers throughout the country.

Organic Mechanics – The best potting soil on the planet!

Pest Management Resources Online (PRO) of New England – Pest management information useful for New Englanders.

Simply Beautiful – Simply Beautiful offers long-lasting color that is simple to choose and simple to use.

Wave Petunias – Showcases the Wave series of spreading petunias. Available varieties, cultural tips, photos of implementations, and retailer finder.

Naturalists

John Himmelman, Killingworth

Scott Tucker, Expedition New England, public access TV show on CT nature, www.expeditionnewengland.com.

Horticulturalists and Horticultural Authors

Mark Brand, UConn ornamental horticultural professor. Connecticut Plant Data Base.  See article at www.theday.com/blogs for Mark’s short list of favorite CT shrubs.

Tom Christopher, Middletown, co-author of The 20-minute Gardener, The Garden of your Dreams without Giving up Your Life, Your Job or Your Sanity.

Carol King  – Wallingford gardening and landscape design writer.

Patricia KlindienstAuthor, Guilford, The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture & Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans.

Pamela WeilThe Connecticut Gardener, check out the Events Calendar.


Gasoline

AltFuelPrices.com – Volunteers update gas prices of compressed natural gas, an alternative fuel.

Automotive.com – Operated by Source Interlink Media Automotive Digital, this web site offers a widget that monitors local gas prices.

Fuel Economy – Consumers can compare fuel efficiencies of various cars.

Fuel Economy Guide – Looking for a car with the best gas mileage? Want to estimate your fuel costs for the year? This U.S. Government site will let you do just that.

Gasbuddy.com and gaspricewatch.com help drivers find the best deals on gasoline.

Gasprices.mapquest.com – A fuel calculator offered by MapQuest.

Google Transit – Google, working with transit authorities across the United States, provides directions to use public transit.


 Genealogy

Ancestry, Inc. – Discover your ancestors with the world’s largest family history website. Start a family tree, browse census records and more online at Ancestry.com.

Connecticut State Archives – Research resources for genealogists and family historians.

Connecticut State Library, History and Genealogy Unit
231 Capital Ave
Hartford, Ct 06106
(860) 566-3690 or (860) 566-3692

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet – More than 264,550 links! 254,900 links, categorized & cross-referenced, in over 180 categories. Another 9,600+ uncategorized new links in the works.

Daniel Brainerd Society Newsletter – Copies available for use in the Library History Room only.

Family Search – Brought to you by the Latter Day Saints. This site has information on deceased family members, but has useful information on researching your family’s history, and provides a free Personal Ancestral Files (family tree maker) software.

Family Tree Connection – Learn details about your ancestry that you cannot find elsewhere.

Find A Grave – A free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members.

Godfrey Memorial Genealogical Library
134 Newfield Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 346-4375

Genanet.com – The free world network of users who use the internet to search for their ancestors. If you are fascinated with history and genealogy, search for your family name and history in the databases of users!

Haddam Bulletin – Issues dating back to February 1950 available for use in the Library History Room.

Haddam Genealogical Website – Early history, geography, landmarks, churches and other research information provided.

Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians – Information, events, and research in genealogy and family history.

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, UConn – Archives and special collections.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services-Genealogy – A fee-for-service program providing family historians and other researchers with timely access to historical immigration and naturalization records.

U.S. GenWeb Project – Free genealogy and family history online made possible by the USGenWeb Project volunteers. Search free genealogy websites for your ancestors.

YAHOO! Geneaology Page – Directory of genealogy resource and guide sites.

Genealogical Societies

Connecticut Historical and Genealogical Societies – Links to the official websites of the local historical and genealogical societies in Connecticut.

Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. – Founded in 1968 as a non-profit organization to encourage and promote genealogical research and publication, to maintain and elevate genealogical standards and to provide instructional and educational programs and publications. With more than 4,000 members worldwide, CSG is among the largest societies devoted exclusively to U.S. genealogy.

Federation of Genealogical Societies – The Federation of Genealogical Societies links the genealogical community by: serving the needs of its member societies, providing products and services needed by member societies, and marshaling the resources of its member organizations.

Haddam Historical Society – News, events and information on research, collections, education and the Thankful Arnold House.

The Killingly Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. – Founded in 1972, the Society’s charter is to promote knowledge, interest and research in Killingly and Windham County.

Middlesex Genealogical Society – Overview of the organization, plus information and links for genealogical research.

The National Genealogical Society – Genealogical Society extending help in research, education, family tree creation, immigration search, including courses, publications, and how to documents on researching family history using sources from bible records through census records.

New England Historic Genealogical Society – Family research and family history.


Going “Green”

1BOG (One Block Off the Grid) – Organizes group discounts on solar panels for your home, lowering the cost to buy home solar power. Signing up is free!

Alliance to Save Energy – Supports energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource under existing market conditions and advocates energy-efficiency policies that minimize costs to society and individual consumers, and that lessen greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the global climate.

American Horticultural Society’s “Green Garage Quiz”

BuildingGreen.com, GreenBuilding.com, and ReGreenProgram.org – Everything you want to know and more about green building.

Building Materials Reuse Association – A non-profit educational organization that facilitates building deconstruction and the reuse/recycling of recovered building materials.

Building Performance Institute – National home performance and weatherization standards and contractor credentials.

Climate Change – The EPA Climate Change site provides comprehensive information on the issue of climate change and global warming in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society – communities, individuals, business, states and localities, and governments. The site explains climate change science, U.S. climate policy, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental effects, and what you can do.

CLP Tools, Education and More – Energy-audit tools, links to educational programs and resources, and information that will help you control your energy usage.

CT Clean Energy Fund – Promotes, develops, and invests in clean energy sources for the benefit of Connecticut ratepayers.

CT Clean Energy Options -A program that supports environmentally friendly renewable resources from wind, water and more.

CT Energy Info – An information center developed by the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, Energy Conservation Management Board and Institute for Sustainable Energy to help consumers navigate the ever increasing number of energy-related resources.

CT Environmental Headlines – A community of individuals and organizations who share an interest in and a commitment to the conservation and preservation of Connecticut’s environment.

CT Housing Investment Fund – Hartford-based private, nonprofit organization established to finance affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization projects throughout Connecticut.

Direct Mail – Sign up for the “National Do Not Mail List” and stop unwanted advertisements from entering your mailbox.

Earth Portal – Comprehensive resource for science-based information about the environment. Includes earth news, earth encyclopedia articles and an earth forum.

Energy Federation Incorporated – Residential distributors of energy efficiency-related products in the United States.

Energy Star – Information on manufacturers and retailers for energy-efficient electronics, lighting, transformers, appliances, office equipment, and heating/cooling.

EPA Recycling Resource – Information on the benefits of recycling, the process of recycling – collecting and processing secondary materials, manufacturing recycled-content products, and purchasing recycled products – links to statistics and where to recycle.

Freecycle – Donate or receive used items.

Gazelle – Sell electronics and sell cell phones at gazelle.com. We buy and sell your old electronics. You get cash and help save the environment. Free shipping.

GreenBiz.com – Green business news and tools for aligning sustainability with business success.

Green Depot – Green building supplies.

Green Roof Plants – Supplier of green roof plants. Includes FAQ, research, projects, and links.

Going Green At Your Library – Environmentally friendly practices for libraries and beyond.

Green Buildings Open House – How clean energy and green building practices work.

The Green Guide – National Geographic’s green living tips, product reviews, and environmental health news.

Green Jobs Now – On September 27, 2008, more than 50,000 Americans came together to call for a new “clean and green” economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Nearly 700 communities in every state in the country sent a unified message to our leaders: “We’re ready for green jobs now!” America is ready to build the new economy. Ready to start saving the planet and then people. Ready for green jobs now.

National Association of Home Builders – For people interested in home building and the industry.

OneThing CT – Become a member of the onething movement to help conserve energy and protect our environment.

PG&E Energy Efficiency Classes – Energy efficiency classes, energy efficiency programs, energy efficiency education, energy efficiency seminars.

ProJo.com – Eco-friendly house interactive graphic.

Recycle My Old Fridge Campaign – “If every American home recycled its pre-1993 fridges with ENERGY STAR qualified models, together, we would cut annual energy costs by more than $1.7 billion.” (from their web site)

The Residential Green Building Guide for New England – The EPA has put together a pamphlet containing basic information on building Green. The information in this pdf. is limited, but there are lists of and links to a myriad of other resources which can put one on the right track to safeguarding the environment by building green. (.pdf file)

ReuseMarketplace.org – The Reuse Marketplace is a free online service to facilitate the reuse of surplus and unwanted items. Membership is free. Registered members can post listings for materials, similar to a classified ad. Anyone can browse the listed items.

SimpleSteps.org – Green living by the National Resources Defense Council, keeping you posted on protecting your health, home, and environment.

That Drywall Guy – Myron Ferguson, author, provides information on drywall tools and techniques and an interactive forum.

TreeHugger.com – A series of in depth how-to articles that will help you green your life.

United Nations Environment Programme – Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World – UNEP promotes environmentally sound practices globally and in delivering its own activities. This publication has not been printed in hard copy and is only available in electronic format. Our distribution policy aims to reduce UNEP’s carbon footprint.

U.S. Green Building Council – Non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction. Developers of the LEED building rating system.

USPS Recycle – In select Post Offices, customers can get free prepaid mail-back envelopes for recycling inkjet cartridges, cell phones, PDAs, digital cameras and other small electronics.

Veggie Trader – Your place to trade, buy or sell local homegrown produce.

YouRenew.com – Sell electronics for cash at YouRenew.com. We buy and sell electronics and sell cell phones. Get paid to renew. Try it today. Free shipping!

Yellow Pages Goes Green – Opt-out and stop delivery of unwanted telephone books.


Government

Connecticut

The Secretary of the State has issued a Notice of Intent to Adopt Regulations in regard to the publication and distribution of the Connecticut  State Register and Manual. The purpose of the amended regulation is to eliminate excess publication costs.  What this means for public libraries is that they will no longer receive published copies of the Connecticut State Register and Manual. The Manual will continue to be available  electronically on the Secretary of State’s website.

2005 Connecticut State Building Codes

Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering – The Academy identifies and studies issues and technological advances that are or should be of concern to the people of Connecticut, and provides unbiased, expert advice on science- and technology-related issues to state government and other Connecticut institutions. (description from web site)

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development – A summary of Connecticut economic and demographic statistics and comparative features. With more than 200 tables, it will answer your questions about Connecticut’s people, economy and industries. The report also includes statistics on labor force, markets, business, education, housing, income, exports, foreign direct investments and more.

Connecticut General Assembly – Allows access to General Statutes, Commissions, Committees, and current session information.

Connecticut History Online – 15,000 images from the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut State Library, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, Mystic Seaport, and the New Haven Colony Historical Society.

Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries – Guidance and access to information to individuals who are researching or pursuing legal rights and remedies.

Connecticut Legislative Guide – Compiled annually by the Office of Legislative Management and is available from that office in LOB Room 5100 and online.

The Connecticut Network (CT-N) – CT’s State Public Affairs Television and Streaming Network – CT-N’s purpose is to provide the citizens of Connecticut with coverage of state government deliberations and public policy events. CT-N is aired on the internet and on cable or public access channels throughout Connecticut.

Connecticut Sites, Seals, and Symbols

Connecticut State Government – Online access to our state government.

Connecticut State Library – The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government.

Connecticut State Register and Manual – Published annually by the Office of the Secretary of the State. It includes statistics, current and past elected officials, local data, U.S. Census information and election statistics.

League of Women Voters of Connecticut – A nonpartisan political organization of men and women, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

National GovernmentFederal Government

CIA-Central Intelligence Agency – The CIA is an independent agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers. The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) is nominated by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Director manages the operations, personnel, and budget of the Central Intelligence Agency.

CIA World Factbook – Country profiles, appendixes, reference maps, notes and definitions, guide to country profiles, and flags of the world.

C-SPAN Video Library – The C-SPAN Archives records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, now totaling over 160,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN Archives.

DisasterAssistance.gov – A partnership of Federal agencies with a shared vision – to provide self-guided access for persons affected by a disaster to find and apply for government administered forms of assistance.

FedSpending.org – Exists to increase government transparency and accountability; to ensure sound, equitable regulatory and budgetary processes and policies; and to protect and promote active citizen participation in our democracy. We envision a more just and democratic society, one in which an open, responsive government protects people’s health, safety, and well-being, safeguards the environment, honors the public’s right to information, values an engaged and effective citizenry, and adequately invests in the common good.

GovTrack.us – Track legislation and votes in the United States Congress.

The House of Representatives

IRS – The US government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement. Includes income tax forms, instructions, and agency publications.

LegStorm.com – Annual salaries and financial disclosures of congressional staffers.

National Security Archive – Open access version of the Natioanl Security Archive on U.S. intelligence and WMD.

Public.Resource.Org – Making government information more accessible.

SmartConsumer.ct.gov – The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is a state government agency. One of their main goals is to protect people from scams, unfair businesses and unsafe products. Consumers can help protect themselves with good information. If you have a problem in the marketplace, a written complaint is the first step you can take to tell them about the problem. They review every complaint and investigate as needed. Then they do our best to find a fair solution.

Terrorism Knowledge Base (TKB) – Research and analysis on domestic and international terrorist activities.

USA.gov – Home page of the U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal for all government transactions, services, and information. It provides direct online access to federal, state, local, and tribal governments.

U.S. Census Bureau – Data on race and hispanic origin, age, employment, income, marital status, education, genealogy, businesses, governments, taxes, foreign trade, housing, poverty, health insurance, federal spending and much more.

U.S. Congress – Legislation in the making, addresses of representatives and senators, and useful links.

U.S. Congress Votes Database – Have you ever wondered how your Congressman or Senator has voted on key issues? The Washington Post has put together this database which details the voting record of all our representatives in Washington.

U.S. Small Business Administration – Information resource for small businesses, small business owners and prospective business owners.

The United States Senate

The White House


 

Health

Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) – An organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing education and reliable consumer information.

AllergicChild.com – Learn how to keep your child safe while living with a peanut allergy, wheat allergy, or any other food allergy.

Alzheimer’s Association – The leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) -A not-for-profit organization that oversees 24 approved medical specialty boards in setting standards for the ongoing evaluation and certification of physician specialists.

American Cancer Society – The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering through research, education, advocacy, and service.

American Dental Association (ADA) – Dental professionals, consumers, and the media.

American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF) – The American Health Assistance Foundation is a non-profit organization that funds research seeking cures for Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration and glaucoma, and provides the public with information about risk factors, preventative lifestyles, available treatments and coping strategies.

American Heart Association – Learn more about the American Heart Association’s efforts to reduce death caused by cardiovascular disease.

American Medical Association – Physicians dedicated to the health of America.

American Parkinson Disease Association – Founded in 1961 “To Ease the Burden – To Find the Cure” for Parkinson’s disease. Headquartered in New York, the organization focuses its energies on research, patient services, education and raising public awareness of the disease.

AutismWeb – A parents’ guide to the diagnosis, education and treatment of children with autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).

Autism Speaks – Information about autism, including videos to help you diagnose and a glossary to help understand medical terminology. Also includes links to other families for information and support.

The Beauty Brains – Cosmetic chemists answer your beauty product questions.

Cancer Resources from Oncolink – Provides comprehensive information on treatments, research advances, continuing medical education, prevention, and clinical trials.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC′s Mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

Children with Diabetes – The online community for kids, families and adults with diabetes.

COBRA Subsidy – COBRA Continuation coverage assistance under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Connecticut Network of Care for Behavioral Health – Community-based resources and tools for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental health.

The Connecticut Partnership – A coalition of organizations for information on Long Term Care.

ConsumerLab.com – Provides independent testing results online about vitamins, supplements, and nutrition products to consumers and healthcare providers.  Herbal, vitamin, and mineral dietary supplements are evaluated, as well as foods, beverages, and personal care products.

CopeCareDeal – Expert information on depression, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and other mental health topics.

C-Health – C-Health delivers in-depth, physician-reviewed health & fitness articles on drugs and conditions, as well as the latest health news, medical research & more to keep you updated on the latest treatments and diagnostic techniques.

The DailyPlate – Calorie counter, nutrition facts, fitness tracker, calorie information, healthy alternatives, in their database of 165,000 foods.

DrDonnica.com – Donnica Moore, M.D., provides thorough women’s health information. Topics include menopause, hormone replacement therapy, osteoporosis, migraine, headache, birth control, infertility, heart disease, breast cancer, thyroid disease, fibroids, sexuality and wellness.

The Encyclopedia of Surgery – 450 Surgical procedures and topics such as laser surgery, hysterectomy, endoscopy, cryosurgery, anesthetics, biopsy, angioplasty, medications and postoperative care, and many related subjects.

Familydoctor.org – Health information for the whole family.

FLU Watch

AMAFluHelp.org – A free public health resource that can help assess your risk of swine flu and determine the best course of action based on any symptoms you may have.

CT Flu Watch – State of Connecticut pandemic flu task force.

Food Allergy Network – Nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing about a clearer understanding of the issues surrounding food allergies and providing helpful resources.

Food & Nutrition Information Center – Credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers.

Foundation for Health Coverage Education – Are you or someone you know eligible for free or low cost health coverage? The Foundation for Health Coverage Education® (FHCE) offers four unique ways to help you find health coverage in your area: find services via the web, get help over the phone, obtain a free matrix, and apply for a program.

Habits of the Heart – Explore the heart and lungs through online science activities.

Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective – Provides medical services, support groups, mental health services and health education tailored to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities but serves clients of all genders and gender identities, sexual orientations, ages and ethnicity.

Healing Thresholds Autism Therapy – A free website and email newsletter dedicated to healing the lives of families touched by autism. They provide comprehensive therapy fact sheets, daily updates of autism therapy research and news, and a global directory of autism-related therapists and services.

HealingWell.com – Resources on diseases, disorders and chronic illness, including medical news, information, articles, community message forums and chat rooms, email, books, newsletter, directory of related web sites and more.

Healthcare Blue Book – Your free guide to fair pricing for health care costs.

Healthcare.gov – Find out which private insurance plans, public programs and community services are available to you plus more.

Healthfinder.gov – Health news, online check-ups, links to credible resources, and more.

Healthline – Healthline is the first consumer medical search engine focused on delivering results from trusted, high-quality  healthcare websites. Get answers to all your health questions and use our tools  to save, organize, and send the results to friends and family.

Healthlinks – Links to health services and products, alternative health, education, dental and medical resources, hospitals, employment, healthcare publications, mental health and more.

Healthnet – The University of Connecticut Health Center Library’s consumer health information program for Connecticut residents and public libraries.

Health Happens in Libraries – A program to improve public library eHealth services and increase library staff capacity to respond to patron requests for information regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Health news (provided by LentilHealth.com) – The latest health, fitness and lifestyle news.

Health on the Net Foundation – The leading organization promoting and guiding of useful and reliable online medical and health information, and its appropriate and efficient use. Created in 1995, HON is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, accredited to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

HIV InSite Gateway to HIV and AIDS Knowledge – Comprehensive, up-to-date information on HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention, and policy from the University of California San Francisco.

Human Anatomy Online – Innerbody is listed first in the search engines for searches such as ‘Body, Human Anatomy Biology, Human gross Anatomy, Human Anatomy Photos’ and many more.

HungryGirl – Free. Useful and witty, seasonal recipes and advice as well as product and munu picks and pans.

HyperStrike – A fitness program: you’ll never walk into your gym or home without an effective workout that constantly challenges you and helps you attain results.

The Icarus Project – “… a website community, support network of local groups, and media project created by and for people struggling with bipolar disorder and other dangerous gifts commonly labeled as “mental illnesses.””–Taken from their website.

JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association – JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, is a highly cited weekly medical journal that publishes peer-reviewed original medical research findings and editorial opinion.

Kids Health – Includes articles, animations, games, and health resources for parents, teens, and children.

Kids with Food Allergies – Provides online food allergy support groups, allergy free recipes, educational articles, and allergy news for families raising children with food allergies. Tax-exempt nonprofit charity.

Lance Armstrong Foundation – Unites, inspires and empowers people affected by cancer.

LiveStrong.com -Offers trusted health information and health news on diseases, symptoms, drugs, treatments and more.

Male Health Center – An encyclopedia of information on male health issues.

Mayo Clinic Health Oasis – Reliable health information from Mayo Clinic.

Medical Information in Plain Language: A Health Literacy Resource Guide – Explanations of medical words and illnesses in plain language that may help you understand your doctor’s descriptions. This Guide also includes suggestions to help you talk with your doctor and other health care workers.

Medicare.gov – The official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare.

Medicare Rights Center – A national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.

Medline Plus – Health information from the National Library of Medicine.

Medscape – Offers the web’s largest collection of free, full-text, peer-reviewed clinical medicine articles.

MedWeb Community – Large searchable database of internet health resources.

The MERCK Manual Medical Library – Online version of The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.

Mesothelioma – Comprehensive and current information on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance – is an online educational and support resource for cancer patients and caregivers dedicated to providing answers to patients. Range of information discusses the cancer itself, types of treatment, preventative measures and list of doctors and cancer clinics that specialize in this diagnosis.

Mesothelioma Fund – Helps patients and families get compensation through asbestos and mesothelioma trust funds.

National Cancer Institute – Information from the National Cancer Institute about cancer treatment, prevention, screening, genetics, causes, and how to cope with cancer.

National Center for Learning Disabilities – Links to major reports, research-based interventions and other effective teaching practices, and information from leading researchers in the field of learning disabilities.  You can also access articles regarding key policy issues and link to helpful resources and major LD organizations nationwide.

National Health Council – The National Health Council believes that people deserve the kind of health care that puts their needs first and are here to listen to you, share the latest information with you and give you a voice in Washington, DC.

National Health Information Center – A health information referral service.

National Institutes of Health – Official website of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers. An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the Federal focal point for health research. The NIH website offers health information for the public as well as medical professionals. There’s extensive information on funding opportunities and links to the many Institutes and Centers that make-up NIH such as the National Cancer Institute and the National Library of Medicine.

National Library of Medicine – The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world’s largest medical library. It collects materials in all major areas of the health sciences and to a lesser degree in such areas as chemistry, physics, botany and zoology. The collections stand at 5 million items–books, journals, technical reports, manuscripts, microfilms, photographs and images. Housed within the Library is one of the world’s finest medical history collections of old (pre-1914) and rare medical texts, manuscripts, and incunabula.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Advancing the progress of medicine and improving the public health through access to health information. Provides health science practitioners, investigators, educators, and administrators in the U.S. with timely, convenient access to biomedical and health care information resources.

National Resource Center on AD/HD Library (NRC) – The National Resource Center on AD/HD maintains the NRC Library as a source for scientific-medical evidence based information on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and related topics.

Natural Standard – High-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies.

NOAH – Consumer health information in English and Spanish on a wide range of topics.

OmniMedicalSearch.com – The most comprehensive medical search engine platform on the internet focusing on results from authoritative sources. Includes 6 main search options: Authoritative medical web, top health and medical news sources, image search, MedPro for medical professionals with peer level resources, and a shopping search engine for health and medical products.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance – 2,500 free or low cost brand-name and generic prescription medications.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturer’s Association – A directory of prescription drug assistance programs, which lists up-to-date information on individual manufacturers’ patient programs.

PubMed – A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to 1948. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

Sensei.com – Programs focused on promoting learning and lifestyle change through automated interactive dialogue that integrates seamlessly into daily routines.

Shape – Diet, fitness and beauty features, with an online community.

SparkPeople – A free online diet and healthy living community with over 3 million members who provide support and motivation to each other. Create a free account and get the support you need to lose weight the healthy way.

Talk About Curing Austism – Help, hope, resources, information and support for families and children affected by autism.

Third Age – Find expert baby boomer advice and tips on health, aging, retirement and more. Learn how to age gracefully, transition into retirement, manage a career change, bring back the excitement and passion in your relationship and properly care for your loved.

Together for Austism – A community of people who are effected in one way or another by autism.

traineo – Helps you lose weight by letting you track your progress through a unique way of getting friendly motivation. The concept is simple: you sign up and choose up to 4 friends or members of your family to receive weekly email updates on how you’re doing.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Led by Secretary Mike Leavitt and based in Washington, D.C.

U.S. FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition – One of six centers within FDA. The Center promotes and protects the public health and economic interest by ensuring that: Food is safe, nutritious and wholesome, cosmetics and dietary supplements are safe and food, cosmetics, and dietary supplements are honestly, accurately and informatively labeled.

Vitual Hospital – Digital library of health information.

Walking While You Work

WebMD – Trustworthy and timely health and medical news and information. Providing credible health information, supportive community, and educational services by blending award-winning expertise in content, community services, expert commentary, and medical review.

Who Cares – Sources of information about health care products and services from the Federal Trade Commission. Helps older consumers and their family, caregivers, and friends find reliable sources of information on a variety of health topics important to them.

World Health Organization (WHO) – WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness – Ensures that frontline public health workers are prepared to respond to public health emergencies including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and disease outbreaks.


History

Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project – Produced by the Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project to bring many of Illinois’ Lincoln materials together for use by students and scholars.

The Alfred Russell Wallace Page – Materials on and by the English naturalist and social critic Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), including bibliographies, lists, commentaries, a biography, and the full-text of hundreds of his writings.

American Journeys – A digital library of early American exploration and settlement.

AmericanRhetoric.com – Site dedicated to public speeches and speakers of all kinds and includes a speech bank, movie speeches, audio figures of speech, the top 100 American political speeches of the 20th century, the rhetoric of 9-11 and links to communication associations and journals.

Amistad Letters “These letters concerning the Amistad Africans have been transcribed by Ann J. Arconi, Farmington Room Librarian and the members of the Farmington Historical Society for use in tours of Farmington’s Amistad sites, and also for the use of students and other researchers. The letters (photocopies) were purchased from the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, the owning institution. There are letters … not presented here. The following letters were selected for details they provide about the life of the Medians, as they were sometimes called, before they were set free by the Supreme Court and while they lived her in our town (Farmington) from March to November of 1841. The Farmington Library staff may add more letters in the future as time permits.” (From the Farmington Library website)

Beyond the Fire – Introduces the real-life stories of 15 teenagers, now living in the US, who have survived war in seven war zones.

Charter of Connecticut, 1662

The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online – A single site for all of Darwin’s published and unpublished writings including a major catalogue of his every publication and manuscript in the world.

Connecticut History Online – Database of 19th and 20th century photographs, drawings and prints from three institutions depicting social, business, political, educational, cultural and civic life with curriculum materials for grades 7-12.

Connecticut Towns and Their Establishment – Prepared by the History and Genealogy Department, Connecticut State Library.

Constitution Finder – This database offers constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents. Nations of the world are linked to their constitutional text posted somewhere on the Internet.

Conversations with History – Harry Kreisler interviews distinguished individuals about their lives and work.

Digital History – Digital History enhances history teaching and research through primary sources, an online textbook, extensive reference resources, and interactive materials.

Digital Scriptorium Projects – 4,000 Catalog records and 15,000 digitized images.

Documenting the American South – Details the rise of Southern secessionism using first-hand written accounts, literature and narratives from the time period.

Europa-European Union – The official EU website that provides access to information published by all EU institutions, agencies and bodies.

Europeana – Produces an e-Bulletin in English every two months to keep you up to date on progress on the Europeana portal.

Footnote.com – View, save, and share original images of historical documents available for the first time on the internet. National Archive Documents now available online.

GPO Access – Free public access to full-text, official Federal information; Federal information finding aids; and Federal products for sale.

Hagrett Library Rare Map Collection – A collection of more than 800 historic maps spanning nearly 500 years, from the sixteenth century through the early twentieth century.

The Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation – “Based on Hiroshima’s A-bomb experience, and collaborating with peace research institutions and related organizations in Japan and abroad, this Foundation aims to convey that experience and to contribute to the dissemination of peace thought and international understanding and cooperation, and thereby to contribute to the creation of world peace and the betterment of human welfare, from a global perspective.” Quote taken from their website.

Historical Text Archive – High quality articles, books, essays, documents, historical photos, and links, screened for content, for a broad range of historical subjects.

History Channel – A cable television station offering programming related to historical events and people.

The History Place – Easily accessible articles and helpful time lines.

In the First Person – In-depth indexing of more than 2,500 collections of oral history in English from around the world.

Karpeles Manuscript Library – This is a Museum holding the largest private collection of original manuscripts and documents in the world.

The Library of Congress – The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 120 million items. The collections include books, sound recordings, motion pictures, photographs, maps, and manuscripts.

Museum of Connecticut History – A museum of Connecticut government, industrial and military history.

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections – Cooperative cataloging program operated by the Library of Congress.

NationMaster.com – Country comparisons using graphs, maps. Huge database of world statistics. Reference site contains country statistics, maps, flags, graphs and pie charts.

NWtravel Magazine Online – Tables, maps, era information, and branches of government.

Online Library of Liberty – Provided in order to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals by making freely available on the internet the classic texts in the classical liberal and free market traditions.

Presidential Recordings Program – A portal for the Miller Center’s Presidential Recordings Program to share publicly its transcripts online.

Quinnipiac’s Digitized Connecticut History Books – A small, but growing collection of historical documents ranging from the Speeches of Abraham Lincoln to an “autobiography” of Mark Twain.

Smithsonian: History and Culture – Explore and learn.

Talking History – Aural history programs and sound files archived on the web.

U.S. Historical Documents – A chronology of U.S. historical documents from pre-Colonial to present day.

Women Working: Open Collections Program – Women Working, 1800 – 1930 focuses on women’s role in the United States economy and provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard University’s library and museum collections.

Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers – Woodward and Bernstein’s notes from source interviews, drafts of newspaper stories and books, memos, letters, tape recordings, research materials, and other Watergate papers.

Connecticut Historical Societies

Connecticut Historical Societies and Museums -Directory provided by the University of Connecticut.

Connecticut Historical Society – The Connecticut Historical Society is a non-profit museum, library and educational center established in 1825.

Connecticut Historical and Genealogical Societies – Links to the official websites of the local historical and genealogical societies in Connecticut.

Connecticut State Library Directory of Historical Societies – List compiled by the Connecticut State Library’s History and Genealogy Unit.

Stamford, CT Historical Society – A history center offering a searchable bibliography of Stamford, record groups, and bookshop.


Home Exchange

Digsville.com – Home swap to save money while travelling.

Home Exchange – The vacation alternative of home swapping.

HomeLink-USA – “See the world while living like a native. Enjoy the exciting world of Home Exchange while saving money you would spend on hotels and car rentals.” (from their web site)

INTERvac – International home exchange, vacation house exchange and house swap services.

TradeToTravel.com – Luxury home swap.

WeNeedaVacation.com – Vacation rental property listings.

VRBO – Vacation Rental by Owner


Home Goods

Gilt Groupe – Luxury designers and fashion brands at prices up to 60% off retail.

One Kings Lane – The world’s top home decor brands and designers at up to 70% off retail. Free membership, new sales daily.

Room & Board – Handcrafted, American-made furniture and accessories.


Language & Translation

Babel Fish – Text and web page translation.

FORVO – The largest word pronunciation dictionary in the world, now with translations. All the words in all the languages pronounced by native speakers.

French Culture – The official website of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. offers information about French books, film, music, visual art, dance, and theater in the United States and France as well as information on grants, programs and other resources for French and American teachers, students, parents, artists, authors, and scholars.

Google Translate

Live Lingua – The FSI language courses cover over 40 languages from the most spoken in the world to some less well known ones. Some of the language learning material is a bit dated, but it is still possible for someone to learn a huge amount from this material.

SDL FreeTranslation.com – Free translation and professional translation services from SDL.

Tomísimo – Spanish dictionary, grammar, reference and more. Helping you speak like a native.

U.S. English Foundation Programs – The U.S.ENGLISH Foundation is a nonpartisan, Washington, D.C.-based 501 (c)(3) educational foundation that disseminates information on English teaching methods, sponsors educational programs, develops English instructional materials, represents the interests of Official English advocates before state and federal courts and promotes opportunities for people living in the United States to learn English.

Verbix – Verb conjugation and grammar in Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Danish and more. Language maps.


Legal Help

Build A Will – Create your last will and testament in the privacy of your own home or office at your own pace and at a fraction of the price of a traditionally prepared will. The BuildaWill staff is dedicated to supporting your choice to live more responsibly by creating your will.

Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries – Official website for the Law Libraries of the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch and provides public access to legal resources.

CT Law Help – Connecticut’s Legal Aid programs created this web site to help people with very low income find help for their legal problems. This web site will give you legal information and tools to help you represent yourself.

Its My Life – Encourages and empowers you to make informed choices. It’s not just the experience that matters – what really counts are the documents you get in your hands.

Legacy Writer – Estate planning legal document web service. Write a will, living will, or power of attorney in minutes, print and sign it yourself, without an attorney.

Legal Hotlines – CERA – Provides technical assistance to legal hotline managers and developers. The website provides a compilation of hotline-related materials produced by the Project as well as those produced by numerous other programs.

LegalZoom – Online legal document preparation services for estate planning, trademarks, corporations and others.

Nolo – The nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

Nuwav Legal Documents – Provides documents that meet the needs of everyday Citizens. Easily compose documents in categories like Business, Contracts, Landlord/Tenant disputes, Divorce and more. Log in with your BML card.

Suze Orman – Take charge of your own personal finances by getting to know Suze Orman, an internationally acclaimed personal finance expert.


Local

2-1-1 – An integrated system of help via the telephone – a single source for information about community services, referrals to human ser-
vices, and crisis intervention. It is accessed toll-free from anywhere in Connecticut by simply dialing 2-1-1. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Multilingual call specialists and TDD access is available.

Citizens for a Better Haddam – Started as “a people’s site for informed residents,” this site has information on the issues currently of interest to the townspeople of Haddam.

Connecticut Emergency Alerting and Notification Systems – CT Alert ENS allows state and local officials to help protect lives and property by providing critical information to residents during emergencies, including dangerous situations.

The Connecticut Mirror – An independent, non-partisan, non-profit news organization created to reinvigorate coverage of Connecticut’s state government, public policy and politics.

The Connecticut Muse – Book reviews, a calendar of literary events, information about new releases by Connecticut authors, and original essays, poetry and short fiction written by Connecticut authors.

East Haddam-Haddam, CT Patch – East Haddam-Haddam news, events, and deals, delivered straight to you.

The Haddam Bulletin – News and events for and about Haddam, Higganum and Haddam Neck.

The Haddam Historical Society – Curious about local history? The Historical Society has an in depth history of the town and the people who founded it. They also have research and genealogical resources available to the public.

Haddam/Killingworth Recreation Department – Provides a comprehensive year-round recreational program which meets the needs of the individuals in the community. The department strives to provide positive recreational experiences which contribute to the individual’s physical, social, emotional, creative, cultural, and educational growth and development in order to enrich the quality of life.

The Haddam Land Trust and Greenspace Newsletter – The Haddam Land Trust is a private, non-profit corporation. Its purpose is to promote the preservation of natural resources of the Town of Haddam. The site provides information on the Trust’s events, as well as an opportunity to purchase Land Trust merchandise.

The Hartford Courant – Breaking news, sports, weather and traffic in Hartford, New Haven and across Connecticut.

HartfordInfo.org – Source of data and information on Hartford, Connecticut. Information and data on crime, development, education, environment, families and children, government, health, housing, neighborhoods, smart growth, NRZs, people, employment, and income.

Living on Earth: Nuclear Money Meltdown – President Obama has big plans for the future of commercial nuclear energy but the industry still has to deal with the waste it’s generated over the past 50 years. Half a century of radioactive waste remains at power plants. That’s costing taxpayers and ratepayers billions of dollars a year. Living on Earth’s Bruce Gellerman investigates the flow of federal funds and nuclear waste in the second story in their series. Connecticut Yankee Atomic Plant in Haddam, CT is highlighted.

The Middletown Press – Daily newspaper covering local, regional, and national news including local sports, video and multimedia coverage, and classified advertising.

Mystic Seaport Collections and Research Department – Information on vessels, people, objects, photos and more.

Region 17 School District – Calendar, Board of Education, student services and links to each of the schools.

The Town of Haddam

The Town of Killingworth, CT Chamber of Commerce


 

Miscellaneous

2-1-1 – Provides free and confidential information and referral. Call
2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.

allgame.com – Entertainment information database for video games.

Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities – Brought to you by the gentlemen who gave the world Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, this site documents how the United State’s government prioritizes it’s spending, and illustrates this clearly with a series of pie-charts.

Consortiumnews.com – Independent investigative journalism.

CouponMom.com – Free printable coupons! Featured on Oprah, Today, The View, NBC, CNN, Fox, ABC.

Coupons – Grocery Coupons. Recipe Coupons. Internet Coupons. Coupons.

Craigslist – Classified listings.

Do Not Call Registry or 1-888-382-1222 – Tired of all those dinnertime interruptions from salespeople? Call or go online to remove your number from these sales lists. To use phone number: you must call from the phone you are registering. To register on line: you must have an e-mail address. This takes three months to go into effect and is good for 5 years.

eHow.com – How to do just about everything.

eons – The online community for spirited BOOMers who want to explore their passions, keep in touch with friends, connect with interesting people, share life experiences and, most of all, have fun.

Facebook – A social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, post links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.

Friendfeed – Enables you to discover and discuss the interesting stuff your friends find on the web.

Hard to Find Numbers – Do you need to contact Amazon.com’s customer service department? Microsoft.com technical support? This site lists hundreds of phone numbers you won’t find anywhere else!

Kirtsy – KiRTSY is a place to find things. News. Ideas. Information. Products. Coolness. And more and more and more. It’s like that friend who always finds the best stuff… only better. Because it finds the stuff online. And let’s face it, there are billions of online options…and finding something you’re interested in is sometimes tricky. A spot that you can stop in to see what excellent things others have found.

NBC Learn – NBC Learn is the education arm of NBC News. We are making the global resources of NBC News and the historic film and video archive available to teachers, students, schools and universities to drive college and career readiness, improve test scores and improve graduation rates.

Network Solutions Ever wonder who’s behind the website you’re perusing? Want to see if the persons sponsoring the site have an agenda? This site gives you all the pertinent information about who owns the domain name for the site.

PeopleSmart Privacy Information – Protecting your privacy is hard in our complicated, technology-driven world. At PeopleSmart, we are dedicated to privacy. To help you protect your privacy, we compiled educational resources, privacy tips, and a list of things you can do.

PeopleSmart Search for People – PeopleSmart’s directory makes it easy for users to lookup basic contact information, work information, public records data and geographical statistics for each person in the U.S. by consolidating all of this information into pages tailored to each individual’s name.

ProCon.org – The pros and cons of controversial issues.

PublicResources.org – Development resources for non-profit associations.

punchbutton – Video gaming blog.

Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency – What you can do to prepare for a hurricane.

Sloan Digital Sky Survey – Deep, multi-color images covering more than a quarter of the sky and created 3-dimensional maps containing more than 930,000 galaxies and more than 120,000 quasars.

Snopes.com – The definitive internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.

Speed Trap Exchange – In a hurry? Don’t want to get stopped by the police on your way to work? This site lists the places police officers sometimes sit and wait for someone to speed by. Each location is posted by a member of the public, so the information is as accurate as coffee shop gossip.

Things to Be Happy About – Site based on the book 14,000 things to be happy about and other books by Barbara Ann Kipfer.

TopTenREVIEWS – The place to learn about all the latest software, web services, electronics, video games, music and movies. Read insightful software, web services and electronic reviews, compare products, and view expert movie, music and video game reviews and information.

Tumblr – The easiest way to blog.

Urban Dictionary – Define your world.

WikiHow.com – A collaborative writing project to build the world’s largest, highest quality how-to manual.


 

Movies & Television

Ain’t It Cool – The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news.

allmovie – Allows users to search for films using flexible criteria. Film listings include general information, cast and crew, synopses, reviews.

Alexander Street Press, American Film Scripts – Accurate and authorized versions of copyrighted screenplays.

AT&T Entertainment – Anyone with a PC may access online streaming TV shows and movies for free.

blip.tv – It looks like the best shows on the web are now on your phone.

Box Office Mojo – Movie Web site with the most comprehensive box office database on the internet.

FIAF International FilmArchive Database – Film literature and resources in one database.

FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals -A bibliographical index offering in-depth coverage of the world’s foremost academic and popular film journals from 1972 to the present day.

Film & Television Literature Index – A comprehensive bibliographic and full-text database covering the entire spectrum of television and film. Subject coverage includes film and television theory, preservation and restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews.

The Film Experience Blog

Funny or Die – Funny videos, funny captions and jokes featuring Will Ferrell, celebrities, comedians, and you.

Hulu – A free online video service that offers hit TV shows including Family Guy, 30 Rock, NBA and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, etc. Their extensive library also includes blockbuster movies like Lost in Translation as well as classics like Fiddler on the Roof. No registration or downloads required.

The Internet Movie Database – They call themselves “the biggest, best, most award-winning movie site on the planet,” and they may be right.

MRQE: Movie Review Query Engine – Online directory of movie reviews.

RogerEbert.com – Movie reviews, essays, interviews and the Movie Answer Man from film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Rotten Tomatoes – Movie trailers, movie reviews and new movie previews.

SnagFilms – Watch and share free documentaries and snag documentary films.

Strike.TV – Hollywood unplugged.

VideoETA – DVD and Blu-ray release dates for upcoming movies plus entertainment news and celebrity information. Want to know when the latest box office smash is coming to DVD and/or Blu-ray? Check out VideoETA, When Entertainment Happens.


Moving

American Moving and Storage Association for Consumers – Moving American consumers professionally.

American Moving and Storage Association for Industries – Moving American industry professionally.

Protect Your Move – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration resources to plan a successful move thereby decreasing moving fraud.


Multimedia

Animated Images

All Free.Nu – Free animated clipart , free website templates, webpage backgrounds, free text generators, sport animated gifs, birthday animated gifs, free food clipart, free animated banners, logo gifs, email icons, computer icons, and other free webmaster resources.

GifAnimations – Collection of free animations of GIF images for use in web design, email and cell phone.

Gifs.Net – More the 15000 absolutely free animations and animated gifs you can use on your website, emails, presentations or send as digital postcards.

Graphics

Ad Access – Provides access to digital images print advertisements published primarily in the United States and Canada between 1911 and 1957.

The American Memory Project from the Library of Congress – Pprovides free access to historical images, maps, sound recordings, and motion pictures that document the American experience. American Memory offers primary source materials that chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America.

Cinema Image Gallery – H.W. Wilson is adding a new collection to its Art Suite. The Kobal Collection is one of the world’s finest and most comprehensive image archives of movie, television and entertainment history. Also offered is an extensive TV stills archive featuring classic and modern TV: comedies, dramas, series, TV movies, game shows and thousands of pictures of the stars of this medium.

CoolText.com – A free graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you need an impressive logo without a lot of design work.  Simply choose what kind of image you would like. Then fill out a form and you’ll have your own custom image created on the fly.

Creative Commons – Provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from “All Rights Reserved” to “Some Rights Reserved.” A nonprofit organization. Everything they do — including the software they create — is free.

Flickr – Photo management and sharing application. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.

Free Digital Photos – Thousands of royalty free photos for instant download. For commercial and non-commercial use. No registration required.

Gimp Savvy – Learning advanced digital image editing techniques using the GNU Image Manipulation Program, the GIMP.

Hathi Trust Digital Library – a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than sixty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide.

IconBAZAAR – A gallery of free clipart, graphics, images, webdings and webart for use in HTML development.

LIFE Photo Archives hosted by Google – Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

The Morgue File – Contains high-resolution stock photography images free for either corporate or private use.

NASA Images – NASA Images, a service of Internet Archive, offers public access to NASA’s images, videos and audio collections. NASA Images is constantly growing with the addition of current media from NASA as well as newly digitized media from the archives of the NASA Centers. NASA Images in an official media partner of the NASA.

Open Clip Art Library – Providing an online repository for high quality vector graphics on the internet.

Open Photo  – Digital photography and an open network of photographers consisting of pictures of animals, nature, landscape, architecture, still life, and technology.

RealImageBank.com – Digital imaging, background image, live satellite, getty, pdf to tiff.

World Digital Library – Significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and more.

Audio

Better Propaganda – An eclectic mix of music and most of it is free.

Creative Commons – Audio Files – Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators

Internet Archive: Audio Archive – Contains over two hundred thousand free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these audios and MP3s are available for free download.

Jazz Times – Each month Jazz Times offers a sampling of recent releases to download.  These songs are free, but are copyrighted and need to be cited.

mFiles Classical Music – Free mp3 music files to download by your favourite classical composers: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn, etc.

Odeo – Odeo makes it easy to find, play and enjoy the latest audio & video from around the web.

Partners in Rhyme – Most of the music is for sale – but mixed in here and there are free songs, and sound effects and video clips to download and use in your presentations.

PublicDomain4U – Older blues, music from the early 20th century, all free for you to use.

Video

Blinks.tv – Search over 32 million hours of video from sites like Google Video, YouTube, MySpace, MetaCafe, and more.

Google Video – Search and watch millions of videos indexed from all over the web. Upload and share videos with the world.

Living Room Candidate – Presidential campaign commercials from 1952 – present.

PBS Video – Watch award-winning national programming and locally produced shows. Catch up on the episodes you may have missed and watch your favorite, full-length shows free and on-demand.

Yahoo! Video – Offers features to upload, share, rate and watch videos, including vlogs, popular videos, autos, animation, food, news, sports, people, and funny videos.

Web

Web 2.0 Guru – Information needed to redesign, retool and sustain a truly robust 21st Century pedagogy.

Most materials on the internet are copyrighted.  But just because something is copyrighted doesn’t mean that you can’t use it. There are lots of sites offer images for personal and educational use, for free. Fair use covers a lot of educational usages. Always cite your multi-media sources.


Music

All Music – Offers biographies on artists from the 1920s to today. It lists songs by title, genre, the lyricists, the musicians, even the artists who performed the song. It provides links so you can preview the music, as well as links to pages where you can buy the album, or sheet music, or even biographies on your favorite musicians. It is a commercial site, and they do want you to buy something eventually, but it offers a wealth of information for free.

Berkleemusic – Online courses and certificate programs in guitar, music business, songwriting, music production, music theory, music education and performance.

Download.com – Free MP3 downloads.

Freeplay Music – A comprehensive collection of High End Broadcast production music spanning all the popular musical genres, available for download either on-line or via our Portable Hard Drive.

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library – A community-built library of public domain sheet music. Extensive collection of original scores scanned to PDF.

Lyrics.com – A music community with the largest searchable lyrics database.

Musicals101.com – The history of musical theatre, film and television.

National Jukebox – Historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge, the Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

Pandora Radio – The personalized internet radio service that helps you find new music based on your old and current favorites. Create custom web radio stations, listen free.

Vault Radio – Offering Fresh Blasts from the Past: NPR.


Newspapers & Magazines

Access Newspaper Archive Institutional Version – The con-
venient research tool that will link you to newspapers from the past.

Catalog Choice – A free service that allows you to decline unwanted catalogs.  By using this service, you not only help reduce your mailbox clutter but also help the environment.

Country Watch – An information provider for anyone needing up-to-date news and information on each of the recognized countries of the world.

Directory of Open Access Journals – Categorized, searchable links to free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

East Haddam-Haddam, CT Patch – East Haddam-Haddam news, events, and deals, delivered straight to you.

FindArticles at BNET – Contains articles from the back issues of over 900 magazines, journals, trade publications and newspapers.

Internet Library of Early Journals – An digital library of 18th and 19th century journals.

Library Journal Shelf Renewal – Analytical news reports covering technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns. Its hefty review sections evaluate nearly 7000 books annually, along with hundreds of audiobooks, videos, databases, web sites, and systems that libraries buy.

National Geographic Society Publications Index – This index contains records describing each NGS magazine article, book, map, video, and more.

NYPL, Databases and Indexes Online – New York Public Library.

Table of Contents of Journals of Interest to Classicists TOCS-IN – The tables of contents of a selection of Classics, Near Eastern Studies, and Religion journals, both in text format and through a Web search program.


Parent & Child

Advocates for Youth – Parent’s Sex Ed Center. Not just sex ed- but information on developmental and social issues, links to advice columns, and worksheets and exercises to help you prepare for ‘The Talk”.

AHC Arts & Crafts – Kids’ crafts, activities, coloring pages and printables, creative arts and crafts ideas for children, preschoolers, and kindergarteners.

ALA Speaking Out About Bullying – Speaking OUT is a list of resources about bullying. There’s links to resources for kids in trouble and the people who care about them.

American Academy of Pediatrics – Dedicated to the health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

AskDrSears – Help for parents to become better informed consumers of health care.

The Baby Center – Covers pregnancy and early childhood.

Baby Name Wizard – The name-hunter’s paradise, from best-selling name expert Laura Wattenberg. Popularity graphs & maps, Name Finder, and Namipedia for full info on every name.

Birth to Three System – Do you have concerns about your child’s ability to see, talk, hear, move, eat, play? “The mission of the Birth to Three System is to strengthen the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities.  This is a State of Connecticut program.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – An online source for credible healthcare information.

Common Sense Media – Whether your teens are into vampires, music, history, or just plain great stories, the books on this list are all excellent picks. Just try to put them down!

The Connecticut Association for the Gifted – Resources of all kinds for parents and educators alike to help for gifted children.

Connecticut Educational Services – Concerned that your child might have ADHD, Autism, Dysgraphia or some other Developmental or Learning Disability? This is a great place to go to help with diagnosis and evaluation. “CES provides a full range of educational assistance including diagnosis and treatment for students experiencing school-related academic or behavioral difficulties (from the web site).”

Drug and Substance Abuse Information – Brought to you by the Partnership for a drug free America.

The Exploratorium – Looking for Cool hands-on activities? Or quick and easy science experiments you can do at home? The San Francisco Science Museum can help you provide your children with hours of amusement, along with some fascinating facts.

Family Fun – Provides answers for every family’s needs. Find resources on parenting and raising healthy children, activities, entertainment, recipes, family travel and attractions, budgeting, shopping, coupons, and answers from the experts, other moms.

Figure This! Parents’ Site – Family members—as children’s first teachers—are crucial to student success. And the more adults become engaged in their children’s education, the greater the chances that children will succeed. The resources listed here may help as you work with your child.

Great Kids CT – “…the web site for parents devoted to information on parenting, education, and health and safety. The resources available on this site are related to children from birth to eight years”.

Great Websites for Kids – Great Websites for Kids is a compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Suggested sites are evaluated by the Great Websites for Kids Committee using established selection criteria. The committee is made up of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. Newly evaluated and accepted sites are added to the database three times a year. The committee also reviews all sites within the database twice a year to guarantee sites are still relevant, appropriate and accessible.

Hoagies’ Gifted Education – A resource for parents, educators, administrators, counselors, psychologists, and gifted children and teens, including articles and research, books for parents and teachers, organizations, on-line support groups, reading lists, smart toys and games, academic programs, and lots more!

Husky Healthcare for Kids and Youths – Free or low cost health insurance for children 18 and younger is available. Learn more on this site, or call or 1-877-284-8759 or 1-800-656-6684

The Internet TESL Journal – For teachers of English as a second language.

Kids Health – Provides doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.

National Center For Learning Disabilities – Guide to essential information about learning disabilities, early literacy and learning resources, support for adolescents and adults with learning disabilities, public policy and advocacy tools.

The Parent Center – Parenting, children’s health and education, family crafts and activities. Covers ages 2-8.

Parents Guide to the Internet – Brought to you by the U.S. Department of Education.

Reading Rockets – This is a great resource for parents and teachers. It provides research documenting the importance of summer reading, as well as resources and ideas to encourage reluctant or struggling readers. There are also links to fun, enjoyable, summer reading lists.

RIF – Reading is Fundamental – Book ideas, craft and activity ideas, and grants to help make them possible.

Smories – Smories are original stories for kids, read by kids.

StopBullying.gov – Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone. Get the information that you need to help stop bullying at school, online, and in the community.

STOP Cyberbullying – What cyberbullying is, how it works and how to understand and deal with cyberbullies.

Surfing the Net With Kids – Common sense safety tips, teacher approved sites, book reviews, book clubs, information for kids, teens and their parents.

Teach Parents Tech – Keep tech support a family business. Send a tech support care package to mom and dad.


Public Records

National Archives and Records Administration – Holds the records of the United States Federal government. On-line access to art works, census data, US legal manuscripts, the Federal Register and more.

Repositories of Primary Sources – A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar.


Real Estate

Appraisal Institute – Real estate appraisals and valuation specialists.

Bankrate.com – Compare mortgage rates.

Dinkytown.com – Financial calculators.

GreatSchools.net – Find school information by state, city, or district to help determine the value of the real estate.

Trulia – Free real estate search.

The Wall Street Journal – Real estate investing information.

Zillow.com – Real estate valuations, homes for sale, and free real estate information.


Recipes

All Recipes – Complete resource for recipes and cooking.

Cookbooks | The MaintainIT Project – Learn from the experiences of others! Download our FREE Cookbooks, packed with tips and techniques on maintaining public computers. Each Cookbook has valuable and practical information collected from hundreds of public libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Epicurious – Recipes, menus, cooking articles and food guides.


Recreation

Letterboxing North America – Local nature hikes and scavenger hunts.

National Park Services – Listing of all National Parks. Links to campground reservation site.


Reference

200Linx – Visual websites directory for easy internet experience. All popular websites in major categories assembled to one neat page.

Ad*Access – Provides access to digital images print advertisements published primarily in the United States and Canada between 1911 and 1957.

American Time Use Survey – Measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing.

Association of Religion Data Archives – Free access to the most authoritative religion statistics, data and church membership reports from around the world, including Christian statistics and adherents data. The ARDA offers recent U.S. and international survey findings, local, national and global profiles of religion, and detailed demographic reports and maps of religious and protestant denominations in America. Relying on an archive of over 500 data collections, the Association of Religion Data Archives provides online tools and resources for educators, religious congregations, researchers, journalists, and anyone interested in religion statistics and data.

Consumer Product Safety Commission – U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Recalls.

Energy Information Administration (EIA) – Official energy statistics from the U.S. Government.

ePODUNK – Your source for any and all information on a city, town, county or community – whatever you’re looking for, wherever you’re at, ePodunk has it.

Flu.gov – One-stop access to U.S. Government H1N1, avian and pandemic flu information.

HopStop.com – Subway and bus directions for New York City (NYC) as well as subway and bus maps for Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island.

ipl2 – Information You Can Trust features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites; links to online texts, newspapers, and magazines; and the Ask an ipl2 Librarian online reference service.

National Biological Information Infrastructure – A broad, collaborative program that provides increased access to data and information on the nation’s biological resources.

The National Security Archive – Collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

PetPlace – Pet care information and pet health information with over 5,000 veterinarian approved articles.

PEW Center on Global Climate Change – Conducts research on global warming, its causes and effects, greenhouse gas emissions trends, environmental impacts and possible solutions.

Sunlight Foundation – Cutting-edge technology and ideas making government transparent and accountable.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) – America’s national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.

Vision of Humanity – A ground-breaking milestone in the study of peace. For the first time, an Index has been created that ranks the nations of the world by their peacefulness and identifies some of the drivers of that peace.

Wikipedia – The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

Wolfram|Alpha – Computational knowledge engine.


Science

Biodiversity Heritage Library – The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), the digitization component of the Encyclopedia of Life, is a consortium of 12 major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions organized to digitize, serve, and preserve the legacy literature of biodiversity.

General Chemistry Online – Resources for students and teachers of introductory college chemistry, including lecture guides, a question and answer board, a searchable glossary with audio, resource database, and programmed learning tutorials.

Science.gov – A gateway to government science information provided by U.S. Government science agencies, including research and development results.

WorldWideScience – A global science gateway connecting you to national and international scientific databases and portals.


Search Engines

To completely search indexed pages on the internet, you should do the same search in the following three search engines. As of November 2004, all other search engines just repackage the same information from three sources: Ask Jeeves (good to use when you have a factual question), Google, and Yahoo! Search.

Compare Google, Yahoo, and MSN Results

General

AltaVista – Provides the most comprehensive search experience on the web.

Answers.com – WikiAnswers combined with free online dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedias. Ask questions, get answers.

Bing – Finds and organizes the answers you need so you can make faster, more informed decisions.

Brainboost Answer Engine – Finds the answers to questions rather than directing you to pages that mention the questions.

Clusty the Clustering Engine – This search tool from Vivísimo offers clustered results for a selection of searches.

CompletePlanet – Over 70,000 databases and specialty search engines.

CredibilityCommons – Improved access to credible information on the Internet.

DogPile – Makes searching the web easy, because it has all the best search engines piled into one.

Educational CyberPlayGround – Learn how to use and find Search Engines, syntax, tips, resources, and history.

EveryZing – Next-generation universal search technology and brings the benefits of search engine optimization (SEO) to online audio and video content.

Excite Web Search – Excite Metasearch. More Tools. Less Effort. Better Results.

FaganFinder – The most comprehensive internet tools organized into topics. Search engines, reference, news, multimedia, etc.

Gigablast – High-quality, relevant search results.

Google Blog Search – Blog Search is Google search technology focused on blogs.

Google Book Search – Google’s collection of digitized books includes a large number of books related to Old English literature and language. The service was formerly known as Google Print.

Google Product Search – Presents photographs of products and links to the stores that sell them online. Options to narrow search by price range, and view results as a grid of images.

Google Scholar – Provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles.

Google U.S. Government Search – Search for U.S. federal, state and local information.

GovEngine.com – The premier federal, state and local directory of official government and court web sites. Includes links to all branches of federal and state government.

GovSpot.com – Guide to US and international government resources. Explore national, state and local services, libraries, government documents, reports and more.

Healthline – The first consumer medical search engine focused on delivering results from trusted, high-quality healthcare websites.

HotBot – Offers a search powered by a choice of Ask or Windows Live. There are options to block offensive language, customize search results, and skins.

Hunch – Gives customized recommendations and gets smarter the more you use it.

IceRocket Web Search – Real-time blog search engine.

Infomine – A comprehensive virtual library and reference tool for academic and scholarly internet resources, including web sites, databases, and more.

Internet Archive – Nonprofit organization established to preserve web sites by taking regular “snapshots”. The Wayback Machine provides links to older versions of a webpage.

Internet Search Engine Database – News and articles dealing with search engine marketing and optimization. Also offers a newsletter.

Intute – Cataloged and annotated resources covering the humanities and social sciences.

Ixquick Metasearch – High quality meta-search results in full privacy.

KartOO – A metasearch engine with visual display interfaces.

Lexxe Search Engine – Processes natural language queries and delivers results in clusters by topic. Queries can be keywords, phrases or short questions.

Mamma.com – Uncover more of the web with metasearch! Mamma.com collects only the top results from the best search engines on the Internet.

NoodleTools – Choose the best search engine for your needs.

ODP – Open Directory Project – Help build the most comprehensive human-reviewed directory of the web.

OmniMedicalSearch.com – Medical search engine platform focusing on results from authoritative sources.

Phil Bradley – Search engines that help you find whatever you are looking for. This is a collection of helpful resources to assist you in finding information.

Placeblogger – Blogging about places.

Qwika – Wiki search.

Resource Central – Resource links for the world that are up to date and resourceful.

Rollyo – Makes it possible for anyone to create their own custom search engines, restricting the index to selected websites.

Scirus – Science-specific search engine.

Search Engine Features Chart – The user’s guide to web searching.

SearchGov.com – Includes links to state sites.

Soople – Easy searching in all the advanced functions of Google. Easy internet.

Starting Point to the Web

Switchboard – Yellow Pages, White Pages, maps, and more.

Technorati – A search engine for blogs.

Teoma – Search with Authority – Defaults to Boolean AND search. From same company as Ask Jeeves.

Turbo 10 – Metasearch engine, offering results from user chosen groups of search engines.

UNdata – An internet-based data service which brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point from which users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN System.

U.S. Government Printing Office

Vivísimo – A leading provider of search solutions, offering the award-winning Velocity Search Platform for enterprises and governmental organizations.

The Web Credibility Project – Stanford University – They are: performing quantitative research on web credibility; collecting all public information on web credibility; acting as a clearinghouse for this information; facilitating research and discussion about web credibility; collaborating with academic and industry research groups.

Windows Live – Includes the Virtual Earth 3-D online mapping service.

Windows Live Academic Home Page – A thaumaturgical compendium.

Yellow Pages – Search six Yellow Pages providers from one Yellow Pages website.

ZoomInfo – People Directory – A service that extracts information about people and companies from millions of published resources.

Zuula Search – An innovative internet search service that gives its users quick access to web, image, video, news, blog and job search results.

Audio

FindSounds – Search for sample sounds and sound effects at this file search engine. Offers directory, keyword and sonic similarity search functions.

Jobs

Hot Daddy

Media

Creative Commons SearchAllows searching for photos, music, text, and other works for commercial purposes as well as for works you can modify, adapt, or build upon.

Music

Lyrics Search Engine – Search for lyrics by keyword or browse by band and album in a sizeable, diverse collection.

Podcast

iPodder.org – Directory of podcasts.

LearnOutLoud.com – Your one-stop destination for audio and video learning.

PodcastAlley.com – Find all your Podcasts, podcast feeds, podcast definitions, podcast software and a podcast directory.

Video

Blinkx – Search over 32 million hours of video from sites like Google Video, YouTube, MySpace, MetaCafe, and more.

Google Video – Search and watch millions of videos indexed from all over the web. Upload and share videos with the world.

Searchforvideo – A video search engine which also offers video clips from thousands of websites you can browse using user-friendly categories.

TVEyes – Real time media monitoring.

Youtube – Hosts user-generated videos. Includes network and professional content.


Seniors

Pension Rights Center – The country’s only consumer organization dedicated solely to protecting and promoting the retirement security of American workers, retirees, and their families.

Retirement Cafe – Addresses the new retirement including topics such as why you should retire before you expire, where to retire, how to preserve retirement savings, how to increase retirement income, how to find fun retirement jobs, and how to get involved in inspirational retirement activities.

RetirementRevised – Your guide to retirement in tough times. Learn how to achieve retirement security, manage benefits and handle career transition.

SeniorNet – Provides nonprofit computer and Internet education for older adults and seniors. SeniorNet is the premier senior site for content and community.


Software (Free)

Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware

Ad-Aware 2008 Free – Lavasoft’s anti-spyware.

AntiVir – AVIRA’s anti-virus for Windows and Linux plus others with firewall, anti-spam, and recovery security.

avast! anti-virus – Alwil Software’s high security and protection software.

AVG Technologies’ AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition for Windows XP and Windows Vista – Basic protection against viruses and spyware.

Windows Defender by Microsoft – Detects and removes spyware.

File Transfer, Online Storage

FileSend, LargeFilesASAP.com, and MozyHome – Free file sending and online storage services.

YouSendIt and Sendspace.com allow file transfer up to 100MB or 300MB in size to an email address you provide. The recipient receives a link to download the files.

Window’s Live SkyDrive offers up to 5GB of free online storage.

Photo Editing

GIMP – For advanced users, photo editing with a customizable interface.

Picasa by Google – Manage, edit, and share your digital photos.

Photoshop Express by Adobe – Allows users to upload 2GB of photos, edit and share.

Word Processing, Spreadsheets

Google Docs & Spreadsheets and OpenOffice.org 2 – Free word processing and spreadsheet creation.


Teen Literature & Homework Help

HK Schools – Check your assignments, email your teachers, or get the news on the latest events.

Advocates for Youth – Youth Lounge – Information on current events, teen activism, health and social issues, and birth control.

Choose Respect – An initiative to help adolescents form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse before it starts.

Encyclopedia.com – Very basic encyclopedia entries that are good for basic background information.

Figment – Where writers meet, create, share, and connect.

HighschoolAce – Free quality educational resources: subject guides, reference tools, news, puzzles, quizzes, and college information.

homeworkNYC.org – Help with any subject in the school curriculum: Math, Science, History, Government, Language Arts, Music & Art, Religion & Mythology, Geography and Health.

InfoAnytime – Find a live librarian 24 hours a day.

Literature Map – Travel the world of literature.

Mid-Continent Public Library – Recommended books, music, and movies. Homework help, too.

Multimedia Downloads – A list of free, as well as copyright free, materials to integrate into your multimedia projects.

Newsmap – Did you ever wonder which news stories are being covered in other countries? Newsmap visually graphs the stories by the number of requests for that item in by country.

Open J Gate – Lists free, full text scholarly articles, many of them great for research.

ReaderGirlz – Books, recommendations, reviews, interviews and more! Use for fun reads or to get information for school reports.

Refdesk – Basic reference – fast.

Schmoop – Summary, notes, guides, and analysis of themes and characters for English Literature homework.

TeenSpace – Homework help, writing tips, and games from the Internet Public Library.

TenXTen – International news at a glance.

Thinkfinity – Thousands of free lesson plans in math, social studies, art, language arts, music, physical education, reading, writing, geography, science projects, science lesson plans, and thematic units. K-12 educational resources and activities for teachers, parents and students.

Thomas-Gale Reference Materials – Free full text reference from respected academic publishers. Solid background information for your research projects.

Timeline of the 20th Century – Presents interactive timelines of each president’s life that includes diaries, maps, photos, video clips and project ideas.


 Travel

AirfareWatchdog – Airfare deals, cheap flights, and money-saving tips from airfare experts.

BedandBreakfast.com – Find bed and breakfast inns and book online. Unique lodging.

BeginnerCampingTips.com – Camping tips, information, help, and expert advice to enjoy outdoor living.

Best Trip Choices – Your one stop source for finding the best trip and vacation destination on the web. Read reviews, join our interactive mailing list, in addition to take the patented Plog Travel Personality Quiz which matches your personality with the trip best suited for you.

Boo.com – Travel reviews of over 2,503 destinations in 170 countries. City guides, photos, hotel reviews and travel tips. Book on boo or with the hotel. Share your travel reviews with boo.

BusJunction – Find and book cheap bus tickets to New York, Boston, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, and more.

Cheapoair – Find cheap airline tickets with exclusive cheap airfare deals. Book cheap flights, discount plane tickets, cheap air tickets and more.

City By City and Beautiful Places in HD – Visit your vacation destination online prior to travel.

The Contrarian Traveler – Vacation deals, travel bargains, based on the award-winning travel book “Make Your Travel Dollars Worth A Fortune, The Contrarian Traveler’s Guide to Getting More for Less.”

CouchSurfing – A volunteer-based worldwide network connecting travelers with members of local communities, who offer free accommodation and/or advice.

CruiseCompete – Discount Cruises. Cruise agents compete for best cruise prices on discounted cruise deals. Compare cruise prices to get the best cruise deal.

CruiseDeals – Last minute cruise deals and other discount cruises.

Department of Homeland Security Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative -Details on the ID law taking effect on January 31, 2009 and the eventual land/sea traveler passport requirements.

Discover America – The Official Travel & Tourism Website of the United States, Discover America is the best online resource for planning a vacation to the United States. Explore vacation ideas, hotels, restaurants, specials and packages to popular US cities and states.

eCamping – Find a campground or RV park on the road using AOL instant messanger.

fabsearch – Think of them as your private secretary who reads glossy magazines, speaks with local trend setters, then reports valuable info to you.

Farecast – Cheap flight, airfare, airline tickets, cheap travel.

FareCompare.com – Cheap airline tickets, cheap flights and discounted airfares.

GoToBus.com – Bus tickets, bus tours and vacation packages.

Groupon – Features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in Hartford and a variety of other cities across the United States.

Hostelworld.com – Book hostels online. Confirmed reservations at over 20,000 youth hostels worldwide as well as up to the minute Hostelworld customer reviews and ratings, descriptions and photos. Cheap hostels.

HopStop.com – Provides subway and bus directions for New York City (NYC) As well as Subway and Bus maps for Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island.

Hotwire.com – Discount airfare, hotel reservations, car rentals, vacation packages and cruises.

ITA Software – ITA Software, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, develops software for the travel and airline industry.

ItsEasy – Passport expediting and visa expediting services.

Jetsetter – A private online community that provides members with insider access, expert knowledge, and exclusive deals on the world’s greatest vacations. All of the properties featured are hand-selected by their team of globe-trotting correspondents, and sales last five to seven days.

Kayak.com – Find and book cheap airline tickets, hotel rooms, vacations and rental cars with Kayak.com. Search hundreds of travel sites, compare results, and buy direct.

MegaBus – Low cost, daily, express bus service.

Mobissimo Travel – Find and compare cheap airline tickets, airfare, hotel rooms and rates, travel deals, and rental cars with Mobissimo. Compare hundreds of airlines and hotels in one convenient website.

National Geographic Traveler – Features photo galleries, articles, interactive quizzes, maps, photos of the week, and more.

nextstop – Recommendations for the best places to eat, things to do, and hidden gems anywhere in the world.

Orbitz – Find hotels, airline tickets, vacation packages, travel deals, car rentals and cruises.

The Passport Services Office – For anyone planning to travel abroad who needs a first or renewed passport.

Professional Travel Guide – Unbiased hotel reviews, destination guides, cruise reviews, flight information and much more all for free.

rentalo.com – Vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, discount hotels, vacation home rentals.

Road Scholar – Discover nearly 8,000 educational tours in all 50 states and more than 90 countries with Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975.

SideStep – Compare airfares and check out special flight offers for the best deals on airfare. Find cheap airfares, discount hotels, car rentals and cruise deals to popular travel destinations worldwide.

smarterTravel – Cheap airfare, vacation deals, car rental, and discount travel.

SniqueAway – A brand-new private sale travel experience, members are offered top brands and A-List accommodations at surprisingly affordable prices.

STA Travel – Discount student travel agency. Book cheap flights, travel insurance, vacation packages, rail pass, hostel nights, hotel rooms and student discount cards online for students and teachers.

TripAdvisor – Reviews of vacations, hotels, resorts, vacation and travel packages.

TripIt – Free online trip planner and free travel itinerary website for organizing vacations, group trips or business travel.

Vacation Rentals by Owner – Vacation home rentals by property owners.

Vayama – Find international flights on Vayama – the leader in low cost international airfare.

venueMasters – Meeting and accomodation facilities at UK academic venues.

VibeAgent – Hotel deals for over 140,000 hotels from 30 leading hotel and travel sites.

Walkscore.com – Helps home buyers and renters find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods. Walk Score calculates the walkability of any address.

Wanderfly – Discover new travel experiences based on what you like and how much you can spend. Plan, share and book your trip – all in one place.

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) – Requires U.S. and Canadian travelers to present a passport or other document that denotes identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. It is a result of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). WHTI will go into effect June 1, 2009 for land and sea travel into the U.S. WHTI went into effect for air travelers on January 23, 2007.

Yapta – Tracks prices for you, saving you time and money.

YELLOWPAGES.Travel – A tool to search all of the leading travel sites at the same time.


 

U. S. Citizenship

U. S. Citizenship Orientation Packet from the Hartford Public Library:

Application for Naturalization, N-400

Document Checklist for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

General Naturalization Requirements

A Guide to Naturalization, pages 25 to 27 of http://www.uscis.gov/files/article/M-476.pdf

Instructions for the N-400, Application for Naturalization

Naturalization Study Guide, page 56 of http://www.uscis.gov/files/article/M-476.pdf

Redesigned Naturalization Test

Civics (History and Government) Items for the Redesigned Naturalization Test

Sample Civics Questions, pages 57 – 61 of http://www.uscis.gov/files/article/M-476.pdf

Sample Sentences for Written English Testing, page 62 of http://www.uscis.gov/files/article/M-476.pdf

Sample Civics Questions in Spanish


Vacation Rentals

Homeaway – Vacation rentals marketplace. Save 50% compared to the average family hotel stay.

VRBO – Vacation rentals by owner.


Volunteer

Century of Compassion – Encourage Compassion where you see it. Create compassion where there is none.

eBay Giving Works – eBay Giving Works is the program that facilitates nonprofit listings on eBay, and is administered by the licensed nonprofit organization, MissionFish. Any eBay seller who has a current account in good standing can create an eBay Giving Works listing.

Grandma’s Gifts – Youth lending a hand to fight Appalachian poverty.

Idealist.org – Imagine. Connect. Act.

International Volunteer Programs Association – Provides international volunteer opportunities and youth internship exchange programs. Includes tips, funding information, and educational resources.

Locks of Love – Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

Peace Corps – Looking for travel, adventure, and want to make a difference in the world? Consider joining the Peace Corps!

Recycle – Or reuse what you can.

Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantry – An interfaith ministry that provides food and fellowship to people in need and educates our communities about hunger and poverty.

St. Vincent de Paul Place – Provides food, clothing, shelter and basic human services to poor and homeless individuals regardless of race, creed, national origin, criminal history or recidivism.

UNV Online Volunteering – Connects volunteers with organizations working for sustainable human development. Volunteers contribute their skills online to help organizations address development challenges. Organizations collaborate with online volunteers over the Internet to strengthen the impact of their development work.

VolunteerMatch – Find volunteering opportunities with nonprofit organizations by location and interest area.

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms – Links volunteers with organic farmers, promotes an educational exchange, and builds a global community conscious of ecological farming practices across the country.

World Hunger Relief – A non-profit group that educates people about sustainable farming. Live-in volunteers can exchange their time for housing and food.