Staff Recommended Websites

ANNUAL REPORTS

Annual Reports – AnnualReports.com is the leading provider of free online annual reports to individual and institutional investors. AnnualReports.Com is the most complete and up-to-date listing of Annual Reports online. The directory is a free Internet service that will enable potential investors to review a company’s annual report in an easy convenient manner.

Public Register’s Annual Report Service
– Order free company financials from the Public Register’s Annual Report Service.  PRARS, America’s largest annual report service, provides annual reports,  prospectuses, and 10k’s for over 3,600 public companies.

ART

Artcyclopedia – The mission of Artcylopedia is to become “the definitive and most effective guide to museum-quality fine art on the Internet.”  That’s a tall order, but this web site has complied an index of more than 7500 artists represented at 1200 hundred web sites devoted to the arts.

The Art Guide – A companion website to the a monthly magazine, this site is a comprehensive list of gallery exhibitions and openings in CT and parts of MA, NY, and RI. Search exhibition listings by town, or by using the Calendar of Events. Also included is a Call for Entries from area galleries.

BIOGRAPHY

Biography.com – You may be familiar with Biography through A&E, or through the periodical. This website is from the same family, and it’s loaded with the same wonderful information – over 25,000 biographies of famous folks from the past and present.

BOOKS

The Booklist Center – “Read the best books first or you may not have a chance to read them at all,” said Henry David Thoreau.  At this web site, you’ll find more than 240 book lists to help you find the best books in categories from best sellers to young adult literature.  Thank Dr. David Wilson Taylor, a retired librarian and information scientist, for maintaining this wonderful site.

International Reading Association – The International Reading Association collects and publishes booklists to help young people find books they will enjoy reading. On this web site, see the lists from Children’s Choices, Teachers’ Choices and Young Adults’ Choices. Titles are submitted by young adults, teachers and librarians from around the United States.

The National Book Foundation – The National Book Foundation presents the National Book Awards this month; it’s also National Book Month. Take a look at past National Book Award winners, book trivia, book lists, and much more on the organization’s web site.

The New York Times First Chapters – The New York Times conveniently posts the first chapters of a dozen or so new fiction and non-fiction titles each week.  They’ve also archived the first chapters of  hundreds of titles.  Each book links to the Time’s review (you’ll need to register online with the Times, but it’s free).  There’s a section on authors, and a discussion forum as well.

BUSINESS

Bigcharts – BigCharts is an investment research web site that provides access to research tools like interactive charts, quotes, news, industry analysis, and intraday stock screeners. BigCharts also has an historical quotes feature for researching stock prices from previous years.

County Business Patterns – An annual series of economic information for each state and a U.S. summary whichs covers agricultural services, forestry, mining, construction, manufacturing, transportation, wholesale and retail trade, finance, insurance and real estate, and services.

ThomasNet – A comprehensive database with more than 650,000 industrial suppliers and over 67,000 product and service categories, ThomasNet is a handy site to find an exact product, service, distributor, or supplier.

World Chamber of Commerce - With this worldwide chamber of commerce directory, you can find addresses, phone numbers and web addresses of chambers of commerce throughout the world with ease. You’ll also find information on convention and visitors bureaus, tourism boards, and both American and foreign embassies. Check out the top ten chamber sites, too.

CARS

CarPointMSN CarPoint gives users convenient access to detailed automobile specifications and pricing information, reviews and advice from leading automotive writers, interactive decision management tools,  and a new- and used-car buying service.   You’ll also find personalized maintenance and recall information.  

Edmund’s Automobile Buyer’s Guides – Edmunds.com provides extensive automobile reviews, consumer information, and expert analysis of late-breaking developments in the automotive world. Be sure to check out the site’s Town Hall, an easy-to-scan online conversation area for feedback and questions from other auto shoppers.

Hybrid CenterThinking about buying a hybrid car? Research information at this site is presented by the Union of Concerned Scientists. This site provides key consumer information: a Buyer’s Guide, a Comparison Chart, and hybrid reviews.

Kelley Blue BookThe Blue Book has become one of  the most popular automotive books in the United States. On the Internet since 1995, the Kelley Blue Book of Used Car Values generates millions of pricing reports for new and used cars every month. Find old and new car values, and with a VIN number, complete a title and “lemon search.”

CHARITIES

Better Business Bureau Charity Reports – Before you give, you might want to visit this web site sponsored by the Council of Better Business Bureaus’ Philanthropic Advisory Service. The Council has posted reports that provide information regarding an organization’s background, programs, fund-raising activities, and whether or not the organization meets the Council’s standards.

GuideStar – Billed as the nation’s leading source for non-profit information, this site has more than 1 million charitable non-profit organizations based in the United States. Sign in (it’s free!) and obtain full non-profit information including financials and Form 990.

COLLEGE

Colleges, College Scholarships and Financial AidThis page has been designed for college-bound students, parents and counselors, providing easy access to SAT test prep tips, free college scholarship and financial aid searches, and much more.

College Navigator -  from the National Center for Educational Statistics. Gather lists of potential colleges, selected by many parameters, and export the list to excel..

College and University Rankings – The Education and Social Science Library at the University of Illinois states that the purpose of this rankings site is to “provide context” to the many online sources that rank colleges, with criteria ranging from the academic to the spiritual (e.g.  most wired, disability friendly, and colleges that encourage character development).   You’ll also find news articles discussing some college ranking methods.

FAFSA On the Web – This government sponsored web site allows students to fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) right online.  FAFSA on the Web automatically edits applicants’ answers before transmitting, resulting in fewer applications rejected.  Also, because of  a feature called  “skip logic,” the application will only be prompted to ask only the questions that the individual student needs to answer.

FastWeb -This free web site offers an easy way to gather information about college scholarships.  The backgrounds of registered users are matched with eligibility requirements for scholarships from around the country.  In addition, Fastweb has a directory of over 4,000 schools with information on financial aid and admissions.

FinAid! – The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid – Here is an award-winning site that has grown into one of the most comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web. FinAid®’s custom calculators can help you figure out how much school will cost, how much you need to save, and how much aid you’ll need.

U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges and Graduate Schools - The famous annual rankings of the ‘best’ educational institutions and programs in the U.S is available online.  Search for colleges and graduate schools by name, or fill out the interactive worksheet to find schools by location, cost, size, academic programs, etc. Other categories include financial aid, best values, and hot job tracks.

CONNECTICUT 

Connecticut Economic Resource Center - CERC is a nonprofit corporation specializing in economic development and marketing for local, regional, state and utility economic development entities. Some of CERC’s services include business registration and licensing, economic data research services and economic development consulting. Look for available commercial and industrial property throughout the state on this web site.

Connecticut FairsSummer and Autumn are a great time to attend a Connecticut fair. The Association of Connecticut Fairs has provided a complete list of upcoming fairs along with hours, admission information, and driving directions!

Connecticut History Online – Connecticut History Online, a collaboration between the Connecticut Historical Society, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and Mystic Seaport currently contains about 14,000 photographs, prints and drawings that are searchable by keywords and dates.

Connecticut Housing SearchFunded by the Department of Economic and Community Development, this site is a free place to list and find accessible, affordable & market rate rental housing in Connecticut.

Connecticut Licensing Info Center – The Connecticut Licensing Info is a searchable database of more than 900 licenses, permits and registrations administered by 25 different Connecticut state agencies, including the Department of Motor Vehicles,  CT Small Business Development Centers, and the Department of Public Safety.  You can search for licenses by agency or key word, and then download the necessary forms online.

Connecticut Network - The Connecticut Network is a partnership of CPTV, Connecticut Public Affairs Network, Connecticut Community College, and the New England Cable Television Association. These organizations have joined forces to provide “unedited and unbiased” coverage of all three branches of Connecticut’s government through television and the Internet. Watch press conferences or live coverage of the state senate in session.

Connecticut State Register and Manual – Browse the contents of the State Register and Manual.

Connecticut’s History – Developed by the Connecticut Humanities Council, this web site is a great place for anyone interested in learning more about programs and resources involving cultural heritage of Connecticut.  There’s a lot of history here just waiting to be discovered.

Name It and Claim ItThis web site is part of the effort of the Connecticut State Treasurer’s Office to return unclaimed funds and property to owners or their heirs.  Search through the list of more than 500,000 names to see if there might be funds from an old savings/checking account,  an un-cashed check, or bond that belongs to you or someone in your family.  You can request an Official Claim Form right online at this site.

State Health Facts Online - See how Connecticut compares to other states in many issues surrounding healthcare. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s web site includes information for all fifty states.

State of Connecticut - The official web site of Connecticut is filled with facts about the state.  If you’re looking for information about the branches of Connecticut government, agencies and organizations, licenses and permits, tourism, commerce, or education, this is the place to search.

State of Connecticut Department of Education - This Connecticut State Department of Education Web site provides a wealth of information about schools in our state including school profiles.

State of Connecticut – Judiciary BranchCreated by the Connecticut Judicial Branch, this web site is a great public service.  Of special interest is the Civil/Family case lookup section.  Just click on “party name inquiry” to search for lawsuits, including suits against doctors and other professionals.

State of Connecticut – Department of Public Health - The state’s Department of Health has created this web site in an effort to keep citizens of Connecticut informed on the issues of health.  Check for physician profiles as well as regulatory action reports (listings of licensing problems for various health occupations).   The Department also provides the latest news about the West Nile virus situation.

CONSUMER

CNET ReviewsCNET has a team of reviewers who dedicate themselves to finding the “hottest” tech products and gadgets on the market. CNET claims that their lab testing, and their hands-on use will provide trusted and unbiased reviews. If you are shopping for anything from a television to a cell phone or MP3 player, be sure to check this site.

ConsumerSearch - ConsumerSearch helps consumers determine which products are “best bets” by scouring professional reviews from multiple sources. Tabs provide product information as both “Fast Answers” (a listing of top-rated products) and also “Full Story” (complete analysis of what the product reviewers have said.)

Home Loan Learning CenterThe Home Loan Learning Center, created by the Mortgage Bankers Association, will assist consumers in understanding mortgage loans by providing information to first time buyers, to those seeking to purchase a second home or to do estate planning, and also to those interested in foreclosure prevention.

ID Theft  – The Federal Trade Commission maintains this site, and updates it regularly law enforcement updates, and links to other sites that offer information about identity theft. This site also describes the various ways that identity thieves work along with consumer alerts, and how to file a complaint.

Consumer WorldThis is a public service, non-commercial guide cataloging over 1800 of the most useful consumer resources on the Web, such as best credit card rates, bargain air fares, home sale prices, discount stores and outlets, and more.

Farmers Markets -Summer is upon us and fresh farm produce can be found throughout Connecticut. Farm markets provide an opportunity for farmers to sell their crops, and also provide a great place for consumers to purchase fresh, high-quality produce and other farm specialty items.

Free Credit ReportsBeginning September 1, 2005, free credit reports are now accessible to all Americans. Nationwide consumer reporting companies are now required to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. This site provides the details for getting your credit report from either the web link, the telephone number, or the mailing address of the Annual Credit Report Request Service.

Fuel Economy – Find and compare automobile gas mileage and annual fuel costs, view tax incentives for fuel efficient cars, get gas mileage tips, or, best of all, find the best per gallon price for gasoline in our area!

Recalls.gov - In order to provide better service in alerting the public to unsafe or defective products, six federal agencies with different jurisdictions have joined together to create this website, which they call a “one stop shop” for U.S. Government recalls.

RetrevoThis site maintains a library of more than 100,000 consumer electronics product manuals. To download the manual to your computer, you have to create an account, but it is free! Consumers can also find the best value in electronic products as Retrevo summarizes information from experts, users, PDF manuals and other web pages.

Sperlings Best Places – From the authors of the Money Magazine study, “Best Places to Live,” Sperlings Best Places enables you to do a side-by-side comparison of 3,000 U.S. cities in 100 categories. Whether you are relocating, looking for real estate or a new job, this is a great place to start.

Tips for Avoiding ForeclosureFrom the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, information on how to avoid foreclosure and what to do if you are facing foreclosure.

US Government PublicationsFor over 35 years, the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) has been a trusted source for consumer information. This web site categorizes consumer issues into subjects ranging from “Cars” to “Travel.” While many of the print publications can be ordered for little or no cost, most are available to read online for free!

COPYRIGHT AND PATENTS

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office -The United States Patent and Trademark Office has developed this comprehensive web site so that interested parties may research patents and trademarks online.  In the year 2000, is will be possible to apply for patents online as well, with the USPTO’s electronic filing system software.

DICTIONARIES

OneLook Dictionaries -Sure, there are a number of good dictionaries on the Internet, but here you will find 2,848,851words in 589 dictionaries. For three years in a row, this megadictionary site has won awards for being incredibly useful because it makes the process of looking up a word both quick and painless.

Free On-Line Dictionary of Computing - FOLDOC is a searchable dictionary of computer acronyms and jargon, programming languages, history of computers – in fact anything to do with computing.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS 

Center for Disease Control – This very informative web site from The Center for Disease Control’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response covers such topics as smallpox, anthrax and radiation emergencies.

National Disaster Medical System – This is the official home page of the National Disaster Medical System, a section of the Department of Homeland Security. They are responsibile for managing and coordinating Federal medical, and health related social services and recovery to major emergencies and Federally declared disasters.

Ready.gov – From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the primary goal of this web site is to educate the public, on a continuing basis, about how to be prepared in case of a national emergency – including a possible terrorist attack.

EMPLOYMENT

Advertising Research Foundation Career Center – The ARF Career Center is a good resource for advertising, marketing, and research-related jobs. The ARF Career Center shares a job and resume database with more than 45 advertising and marketing organizations. Post your resume, search for jobs, and benefit from Career Development Resources.

CareerBuilder.comCareerBuilders offers job seekers the ability to search for positions in the U.S. and internationally (there are more than 250,000 job postings in this database).  In addition, job seekers can build, manage, and track their resumes right online.

CareerOneStop – This government site is the “nation’s publicly-funded resource for jobseekers and businesses” everywhere. Find jobs in all industries, from technical to professional, from entry level to CEO. You can also locate area public workforce services. Resume writing, interview strategies and alternative career paths are also explored.

CareerJournal.com -From The Wall Street Journal, a premier career site that includes a database of more than 30,000 top-level jobs from the nation’s best companies, more than 2,500 articles on all aspects of job hunting and career management, and features such as in-depth salary data and a calendar of career events.

Connecticut’s Job Bank -This web site lists job openings in Connecticut that are posted through the Department of Labor for the State of Connecticut. Registered users can post resumes, create cover letters, track job searches, and develop a personal online career account to help with their job search.

Fairfield County Jobs- Fairfield County Jobs is updated continuously with information about job openings from over 200 area employers.  If you are looking for a job, this is great website because it allows for flexible searching; you can use keywords, company names, cities or profession.  And the site is truly dedicated to listing organizations that are in Fairfield County.

Indeed.comSelected in 2007 by Time magazine as one of the “Top 10″ websites for 2007, this site claims to be the most comprehensive job search service on the Web. Indeed.com includes all the job listings from major job boards, newspapers, associations and company career pages. And, job seekers can save their searches and have jobs delivered them by email alert, MyYahoo, or other RSS feed readers!

InfolineA free community service, you can find assistance for a wide array of needs in this online database of community services. Infoline contains information from about 4,600 health and human service providers. For example, learn about where to turn in Connecticut if you become unemployed, about assistance for homeless and HUSKY Recipients, or about Connecticut’s new affordable Health Care – the Charter Oak Health Plan.

MonsterMonster.com lets job seekers search for jobs throughout the U.S. by type, company, or location.  Be sure to take advantage of the career resources that are offered  (you can research the companies that post jobs on this web site, subscribe to the free career newsletter, or sit in on the scheduled chat sessions).

Nation Job SearchThis site is a mega-job site where you can not only visit the top job sites, but also find job listings by state or industry. In addition, in Career Development Resources you can find information on the best employers, Executive Search Firms, Job Fairs and Expos and more!

 Occupational Outlook Handbook - The most recent edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the nationally recognized source of career information, is now available online. The Handbook is designed to assist individuals in making decisions about their careers by describing what workers do on the job, training and education requirements, earnings, and expected job prospects.

The Riley GuideMargaret F. Dikel, the author of The Riley Guide,  describes it as “the first guide to using the Internet to aid in your job search. Included in this free document is information on using the Internet, how the Internet can be a tool in the job search and recruiting process, and links to hundreds of job resources, services, and information guides all over the Internet.”

ENTERTAINMENT

Fairfield County OnlineThis is an “up-to-the-minute” listing of happenings for kids through seniors in Fairfield County. Click on the Calendar at the top of the page and search by type of event, by town, or by month. You also find other helpful information, such as movie and TV listings, weather, and traffic cams situated throughout Fairfield County.

Internet Movie Database - Roger Ebert named IMDb the best movie site on the Web, and it is indeed a great site.  Here you’ll find the answer to virtually any questions you may have about movies and television.  There are reviews, release dates, plot summaries, and bios on actors all combined with great searching flexibility.

Movie Review Query EngineThis site is a central gateway to many of the movie reviews available on the web, from sources such as the Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert), Boxoffice Magazine, Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly and Variety. There are over 20,000 titles and more than 150,000 reviews in this comprehensive database.

Playbill Online -Owned and operate by Playbill, Inc., this site is a gateway to the world of theatre where the theatre buff can buy tickets to shows on Broadway or in London, read the latest news of the theatre world, see seating charts, and find the best restaurants in the Broadway area for pre-theatre dinners.

ENVIRONMENT

Scorecard – Scorecard reports on pollution in areas across the United States. By entering in a zip code, you can learn about environmental issues such as air quality, toxic chemicals, agricultural pollution and land contamination.

DEP. What do I do with…..?From the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, information about the proper disposal orrecycling of an array of items from A – W.

ESL

Online Writing Lab- Purdue University offers free ESL materials through its Online Writing Lab.  These materials include many handouts and exercises, as well as links to other Internet resources for the ESL student or teacher.  The grammar section alone has more than 60 handouts and exercises.

FAIRFIELD

Fairfield Museum and History Center – Explore the current exhibits at the museum, read the highlights of Fairfield’s history, or review research tips for a visit to the Museum’s library. The Fairfield Museum and History Center is a great place to learn.

Town of Fairfield – The Town of Fairfield maintains an informative website to help you stay abreast of town business, programs, and the news of the Fairfield.

FAMILY HISTORY/GENEALOGY

Ancient Faces – Ancient Faces, the sponsor of this fantastic website, “wants to help bring faces to the names of our ancestors by adding photos to genealogy.” They’ve provided an exchange where the owners of old photos can share them for free so that people researching their family trees can actually see their ancestors.   You can search for photos of your relatives by keyword, name, date, or location

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet -What began as a project for a local genealogical society has grown into an index of 50,000+ web sites. Cyndi’s List offers a categorized & cross-referenced index of genealogical sources on the Internet.  Included in the List are sites that allow you to perform a surname search, sites that are gateways to genealogical information in other countries, and the ability to post queries.

Ellis Island Home Page -The American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island has undertaken the ambitious project of gathering information on the 17 million people who came to New York from 1892-1924.  Immigrant arrival records are being digitized and entered into a searchable database.   Take a look at the Immigration Museum and the American Immigrant Wall of Honor from this web site.

Family SearchYou can search for free through the Mormon Church’s International Genealogical Index, an extensive database of births, christenings, marriages, and deaths from all over the world. In the Ancestral File, you might get lucky finding a branch of your family in the family trees contributed by researchers.

Family Tree MakerThis is the home page for the most popular genealogy software that also includes access to the World Family Tree project database of 98 million names, helpful how-to articles, news of electronic research sources, and family name forums.

GenForum -GenForum is intended to provide users a forum to provide genealogical information or to discuss topics related to genealogy and other related issues of interest.   At this web site, you can search the online forums by surname, region (including foreign countries), and specific topics like adoption and family reunions.

National Archives and Records AdministrationSince genealogists are the most frequent users of its facilities, the Genealogy Page of the National Archives and Records Administration has been designed to help the family tree researcher by providing access to many guides and research tools as preparation for a visit to one of the 13 regional facilites or for requesting records from the NARA.

Public Record CenterSearch billions of public records through tens of thousands of government and public record links organized by subject, county, state, or country. Best of all, it’s free!

RootsWebRootsWeb offers an impressive variety of information for genealogists, including research advice, mailing lists for diverse interests and surname resources. At present, RootsWeb hosts more than 2,700 web sites and 3,600 mailing lists.

The USGenWeb Project -The USGenWeb Project of a group of volunteers working to provide Internet web sites for genealogical research in every county in the U.S. This web site provides you with links to all the state web sites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties.

GOVERNMENT

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance - This site is a directory of Federal Domestic Assistance programs available to individuals, private profit & non-profit organizations and institutions, and to state and local governments. In addition to searching for programs, information is available on writing grant proposals.

Govengine – Govengine’s goal is to provide the citizens of the United States with easy access to federal, state and local government information.  This web site also has information regarding both state and federal court systems.

Government Forms – The Top 100 Most Requested Government Forms, including some tax forms, can now be found in one place. This site has been developed in conjunction with the Government Paperwork Elimination Act.

Government Made Easy – One-stop access to all online U.S. Federal Government resources.  Allows users to browse everything from researching at the Library of Congress to tracking a NASA mission. It also enables users to apply for student loans, track Social Security benefits, and compare Medicare options.

State and Local Government on the Net – A directory of official state, county, and city government websites, this site is searchable by both state or by many topics including Tourism, the Arts, or State Military and Veteran’s Sites.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServiceFrom the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, access forms and information to obtain a Green Card or apply for Naturalization.
At the bottom are helpful links for “How do I” fact sheets, “Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants,” and “Quick Civics Lessons”

Welcome to the USAThis is a site intended for those newly arrived in the United States, and those people and organizations that serve them. Find information on Citizenship, education, childcare, where to learn english, and more.

HEALTH 

Affordable Care Act -    Information resources for the Affordable Care Act in Connecticu, including contact information.

American Medical AssociationFor medical professionals and health care consumers alike, this site has many interesting features, including a medical reference library.  Of special interest is a feature called ‘Doctor Finder’, which allows you to search for doctors by name or medical specialty.  

Disability Resources on the Internet – Disability Resources, a nonprofit organization established to help bring information to people with disabilities, has established a website to guide people to disability resources on the Internet. Use the site’s regional resource directory to search for agencies in Connecticut, or search by topics such as caregiving, mood disorders, and adopting children with disabilities.

Drugs@FDA – This web site is actually a catalog of prescription and over the counter drugs that have been “approved or tentatively approved” by the Food and Drug Administration. Search by drug name, active ingredient or browse a list of drugs.

Women’s Health - The National Women’s Health Information Center has created this web site to provide reliable health information for women everywhere. Subscribe to the free electronic newsletter, or search the database for information on specific health issues.

H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the Department of Health and Human Services has compiled the available information on the swine flu.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act – If you’ve been to the doctor since April 14th, 2003, you many have been given a questionnaire to complete about the disclosure of your medical information. This is because of the new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The United States Department of Health and Human Services has posted an HIPAA fact sheet and other important information on this web site.

Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network - Located at the University of Connecticut Health Center Library in Farmington, Healthnet has been helping Connecticut residents find consumer health information through their local public libraries since 1985. Their Web site includes “Internet Resources,” a directory of links to some of the most important health sites on the Internet.

National Library of Medicine - The web site of the world’s largest medical library and the creator of MEDLINE allows access to more than 10 million journal article references and abstracts dating back to the 1960s.  Answer health questions, learn about clinical research studies, and search the directory of health organizations.

Nutrition.gov – The Nutrition.gov website provides information about nutrition and physical activity produced by the federal government.  It’s a wonderful resource for nutrition issues, such as dietary guidelines for children and adults.  You can also read up on the latest information about the food-borne illnesses that are so prevalent in recent news headlines.

Rare Diseases - This comprehensive web site was developed by NORD, the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.   NORD is a “unique federation” of non-profit health organizations that service those who are affected by rare diseases and disorders.   Search the rare disease database for information on more than 1100 diseases – or browse the organizational database of more than 3000 helpful organizations.

SafeMedication.com - Sponsored by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, this web site provides detailed descriptions of at least 650 different prescription and non-prescription medications.  They discuss how medications should be used, side effects and adverse drug reactions, storage instructions, and what to do if a dose is missed.

Smallpox Information Site – Center for Disease ControlFor educational information about smallpox disease from the Center for Disease Control of the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Site includes news updates, questions and answers, and information on vaccination programs.

HISTORY 

FBI’s Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room - Since the Freedom of Information Act in 1966, many of the FBI’s most sensitive and engaging files have been declassified and opened to the public. Some of the categories on the site include Espionage,  Gangster Era, Historical Interest and Unusual Phenomena.  Read reports about both the famous and infamous, including  John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Albert Einstein and Adolf Hitler.

The Food Timeline - The Food Timeline was created by librarians in response to questions about food history and period recipes. The historical information comes from reference tools like The Oxford Companion to Food, and the recipes come from culinary historians, primary documents, and restaurant web sites. The site also offers a food history answer service (free and open to everyone).

Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies – The Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University currently holds more that 4,100 testimonies of individuals who experienced the Holocaust – survivors, those in hiding, resistors, liberators.  The project began in 1979, and the resources have been available to the public since 1982.  View excerpts from these testimonies here at the Archive’s web site, or connect to the Archive’s online catalogs.

Making of America – Begun in 1995, the Making of America collection consists of digitized books and journal articles published between 1850 and 1877. It is a virtual treasure trove for researchers, students and historians interested in antebellum America, especially those who are looking for primary sources.

NARA American Originals - This online exhibit from the National Archives and Records administration includes “a selection of some of the most significant and compelling documents from the National Archives holdings.”  Take a look at the full text of the Louisiana Purchase agreements, the police report on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the report of the collision of the Titanic.

HOMEWORK HELP

B.J. Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper - Young BJ and his father have partnered with Discoveryschool.com, and together they have created a wonderful list of more than 625 links to educational sites on the Internet that they’ve found very helpful.

Cite Those Sources! – Not sure how to cite a book, magazine, or electronic database as a source for your term paper? This resource, courtesy of Tomlinson school, will help answer your bibliographic questions!

Congress for Kids – This web site is designed for students in fourth grade through high school, but everyone will find it fun and useful.  Learn about Congress and our government with the interactive tour and colorful illustrations.

Exploratorium Hands-on Activities - This site by the Exploratorium Science Museum, contains instructions for more than 500 simple experiments that you can do at home.  These experiments range from building telescopes and rain sticks to making mummies and paper airplanes.

Homework Center – Multnomah County Library – This excellent collection of links was created by the Multnomah County Library for middle and high school students. If you are looking for opposing viewpoints on a wide range of social issues, from Animal Rights to World Population, this is a great place to start.

National Geographic Homework Help – Expert homework help from National Geographic! Here you’ll find fact-filled features that are perfect for homework, presentations and reports. Categories include animals, history, culture, maps, geography, art, science and nature.

Slate Citation Machine – What a wonderful resource for students and writers everywhere! Citing sources can be tricky, especially electronic resources. This website allows you to plug in the citation information (author, title, journal, etc.), and then arranges the info in either the correct MLA or APA format.

Typing Tutor for Beginning TypistsFor typing speed and accuracy, practice makes perfect. At this free web site, you will find typing tests to measure your current speed -New Typing Test- and typing drills for all skill levels -New Typing Tutor. For those interested in learning to use the numeric keypad, click on Ten-Key Tutor or Ten-Key Test.

WebmathThis site offers help with math homework in an interactive way. You find the category that applies to your math problem and enter the particulars. Webmath will get the answer and show you how to do the problem.

INTEREST RATES

Bankrate.comGathered from more than 2500 financial institutions throughout the country, Bankrate.com informs consumers by providing access to financial data – mortgages, credit cards, auto loans, money market accounts and credit unions are all included in this convenient web site.

INTERNET  

All Search Engines – This handy website lists all the major internet search engines, specialized (topic) search engines and web directories. There are categories for finding images, news, jobs, people, businesses and many other popular subjects.

Internet Crime Complaint Center – The Internet Crime Complaint Center is the result of a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. Learn what steps to take if you’ve been the victim of Internet fraud, and file a complaint online.

Learn the Net – Although this is a commercial web site, the company that sponsors Learn the Net has provided some fantastic free information about navigating the Internet, e-mail, web pages, newsgroups and a lot more.

Privacy Foundation – If you are concerned about your privacy when using the Internet, you might want to visit the website of The Privacy Foundation.  The purpose of this organization is to “educate the public, in part by conducting research into communications technologies and services that may pose a threat to personal privacy.”

Specialty Search Engines – This list of specialty search engines, or topical search engines as they’re sometimes called, will guide you to web sites that will help you search through very specific types of listings in many different areas. Some of these areas include legal issues, science and travel.

LAW

Connecticut Attorney General’s OfficeThis information has been prepared by the Attorney General’s Office and is intended to inform Connecticut residents.

Connecticut Judicial Branch Law LibrariesThis site has useful links for case look-up (both Small Claims and Civil/Family), Research Guides for many different issues, such as adoption and medical malpractice, Court Forms, and even “Ask a Librarian!”

FindLawFocused on law and government, this directory makes finding any kind of legal information on the Internet easier – case law, federal and state codes, regulations, lawyers, legal news, government agencies, etc.

Martindale-Hubbell For over 100 years, lawyers have relied on Martindale-Hubbell as the authoritative guide to the American legal profession. The database is regarded as a primary research source for information about attorneys and law firms around the world. Use their “Lawyer Locator” to find lawyers in specialized fields in any state in the U.S.

Lawyers.com- This free service from Martindale-Hubbell claims to offer the most comprehensive database in the country.  It allows you to search for firms or individual lawyers using factors like geographical location, area of practice, and language requirement.  You may also post a question in the “Ask a Lawyer” forum or search through past questions which are archived by topic.

LITERARY RESOURCES 

Authors On the Web – This web site from Bookreporter.com has lots of information well-known authors – even what they are reading for the summer! Sit in on Author Round Tables, or check out your favorite author’s bio.

Free Book NotesNothing takes the place of reading a good book, but if you seek a greater understanding or just need a little help understanding your book, this is a good place to start. With a database of over 2500 book notes, you will find free book summaries, literature notes, and study guides from the major study guide sites.

Reading Group Guides – Featuring over 1400 reading group guides (searchable by author, title, and by over 30 subjects, including Historical Fiction, Bestsellers and Books into Movies) and book recommendations, this site will be of interest to all readers!

Slate Citation Machine – What a wonderful resource for students and writers everywhere! Citing sources can be tricky, especially electronic resources. This website allows you to plug in the citation information (author, title, journal, etc.), and then arranges the info in either the correct MLA or APA format.

LIBRARIES

Bridgeport Public Library -  Bridgeport Public Library offers patrons the ability to access information at home.  In addition to the library’s catalog, this site has pertinent information such as library hours, a community calendar of events, bibliographies on popular subjects, news and book discussion groups.  With your Bridgeport Public Library card, you’ll be able to use research tools like EBSCO and Electric Library.

Connecticut Library Homepages – If you’re looking for a gateway to homepages of libraries throughout the state, this web site is the place to be. It’s the result of an effort by the Connecticut Library Network (CLN), a project administered by the Connecticut State Library. Here you’ll find links to homepages for public libraries, college and university libraries, K-12 school libraries, and corporate and special libraries as well.

Easton Public Library – Of special interest on the official web site of Easton Public Library is the Children’s Reference area, which offers helpful links to students with homework questions.   You can learn about the library’s current happenings from the Director’s Desk.  Find out about hours, area attractions and how to become a Friend of the Easton Public Library.

DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University - While this site is designed for the students at Fairfield University, anyone can search the library’s catalog on the World Wide Web.  This will come in handy when searching for material that is more academic in nature.  Fairfield residents are allowed to check out a limited number of items from the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.

Pequot Library – Visit Pequot Library online, “an independent library for use by all.”  Search the library’s catalog, or learn about their famous Summer Book Sale. You’ll also find information on library hours, upcoming events, Pequot Library’s history, and much, much more.

Ryan Matura Library at Sacred Heart University – Access the Carl Online Catalog via telnet at the site of Sacred Heart University’s Ryan Matura Library.  The public may use the library’s electronic resources by first obtaining a guest card.  There’s lots of information here, including hours, and bibliographies for the areas of business, education, and social work.

Westport Public Library – Whether you’re looking to search the collection of Westport Library, or want information about hours, events, bibliographies, book discussion groups, or new books and videos, this web site has it all.  Take a look at the photographs on the library’s main page – you’ll see wonderful shots of the library’s interior and exterior.

MAPS

MSN Maps & Directions - Get maps and driving directions from this helpful web site from Microsoft, featuring Microsoft MapPoint Technology.

MapQuest - Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, MapQuest is the place to find and print maps from all over the world.  This travel site includes door-to-door driving directions between any points in the U.S. and Canada, live traffic reports, yellow and white pages information, and travel and city guides.

National Geographic Map Machine – This National Geographic web site allows you to locate almost any place on Earth. Special sections include country facts, historical, weather and population maps.

MUSIC   

American Sheet MusicMusic for the Nation: American Sheet Music contains more than 62,500 pieces of historical sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1870-1885. Included are popular songs, piano music, choral music, and instructional materials.

8notes.com – This web site offers access to over 1,500 free sheet music pieces and riffs from categories like guitar, classical, jazz, piano and traditional.  Some of the sheet music is accompanied by audio files that allow you to hear the music while viewing the notes.

NATURE  

American Field Guide - Produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting, the American Field Guide offers over 1400 video clips of America’s wilderness.   Search by keyword, and discover footage of animals, ecosystems, plants, and earth and space – footage that comes from nearly 30 stations across the United States.

Bird Checklists of the United States – This site from the Northern Prairie Research Center offers bird checklists developed by others showing the seasonal occurrence of birds in state, federal, and nature preserves throughout the United States.

NEWSPAPERS  

All You Can Read – What a fast, easy way to find the homepages of magazines and newspapers – from anywhere in the world!  You can browse by category for magazines, or by geographic location for newspapers.

Connecticut Post- Here is the online edition of Fairfield County’s largest newspaper. Of course you’ll find the day’s top stories, obituaries, sports scores, and weather reports, but you’ll also be able to search the Connecticut Post’s archives back to 1997.

Fairfield Citizen News – Check up on local headlines or weekend-happenings at the web site of the Fairfield Citizen News. Just like the Connecticut Post, this site offers searching capability of the newspaper’s archives through 1997. Don’t forget – the Fairfield Public Library’s index of the Fairfield Citizen News is now available.

Fairfield Minuteman - Another Fairfield newspaper with a searchable web site is the Fairfield Minuteman. In addition to basic features like top stories and classifieds, the Minuteman offers a business directory that allows you to search for local businesses by categories like dining and community services.

Today’s Front Pages - Today’s Front Pages is an online version of one of the Newseum’s most popular exhibits. Newseum is an interactive museum of news, and each morning, more than 100 newspapers from around the world submit their front pages to the Newseum over the Internet.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Bigcharts - BigCharts is an investment research web site that provides access to research tools like interactive charts, quotes, news, industry analysis, and intraday stock screeners. BigCharts also has an historical quotes feature for researching stock prices from previous years.

Pension Rights  – The Pension Rights Center in Washington, D.C., is a consumer organization that works to promote pension rights by identifying pension plans with problems and offering solutions.  This web site will also help with answering questions about pensions and your legal rights.

Roth IRA Web Site - If you’re looking for the latest news articles, laws, or technical and planning information on Roth IRA’s, this is the web site for you. Both practitioners and consumers will enjoy the detail and depth of this Roth IRA home page.

Savings Bonds – On the website of the Bureau of Public Debt, you’ll find a wealth of information about savings bonds, including the “Savings Bond Wizard,” which can help you keep track of your own bonds.  Learn about buying bonds, T-bills and notes, read about upcoming auctions, or monitor the public debt with the Bureau’s monthly statement.

PETS

Care for Animals – This site by The American Veterinary Medical Association offers valuable information for the new pet owner, including seasonal pet health tips to help keep your pet healthy throughout the year. In the Kids Corner you will find a collection of puzzles, games that will teach children about responsible pet ownership.

REFERENCE

Bartleby.com – Bartleby.com offers access to “Great Books Online,” including the classics of literature, nonfiction, and reference, all free of charge. This wonderful site allows you to do full-text searches of premiere reference works such as the World Factbook, Columbia Encyclopedia, and Bartlett’s Quotations.  You’ll also find in full text classic works of fiction by Dickens, Poe, Eliot and Shakespeare.

First Find Info – A project of the Westchester Library System, firstfind.info is a collection of websites that provide basic information about a wide range of topics. All of the websites listed are reviewed by librarians.

Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary – Merriam-Webster updates its dictionary once every decade. The latest edition includes 10,000 new words and more than 100,000 new meanings. You’ll find an overview of the new information at this web site.

My Virtual Reference Desk -In an attempt to “bring some semblance of order to the chaos of the Internet,” family therapist Bob Drudge has created what has been called a breathtaking “reference guide to all things Internet.”  Indeed, this site must be seen to appreciate its breadth of coverage of more than 20,000 links on subjects ranging from astronomy to zip codes.

Skeptic’s Dictionary – What do you really think about the Loch Ness Monster and alien abductions? This site has over 400 ‘skeptical’ definitions and essays on supernatural and paranormal phenomenon and ideas, with references to the best skeptical literature and criticism.

Slate Citation Machine – What a wonderful resource for students and writers everywhere! Citing sources can be tricky, especially electronic resources. This website allows you to plug in the citation information (author, title, journal, etc.), and then arranges the info in either the correct MLA or APA format.

Time Zone Converter - The Time Zone Converter will certainly come in handy when  you need to determine what time it is in different parts of the world. Print out a customized Time Zone Reference Card that allows you to convert between time zones on the go.

SCHOOLS

Connecticut Public Schools – This Connecticut State Department of Education Web site provides a wealth of information about schools in our state including school profiles.

The School Report.com - The School Report Research Division of the Homefair Group wants to help families identify school districts that best meet their educational needs.  Just select a county or city, and you’ll be provided with a free school report that includes SAT scores, awards and recognitions, the percentage of students who go on  to college, and much more.

SCIENCE 

Calculators On-Line Center – This site must be seen to be believed. The author, Jim Martindale, and host University of California, Irvine, have designed a gateway to over 12,240 calculators for every subject under the sun.  Tipping, longevity, code translators, name translators, statistics, math, chemistry and engineering are just a few of the topics you’ll find here.  Have fun!

How Stuff Works – Want to learn about unlocking the mysteries of hypnosis or quicksand?  Interested in learning how to start a business?  How about climbing inside your car’s remote entry system?  All of these things are possible thanks to Marshall Brain, the creator of this entertaining web site.

ENature - Drawing from the National Audubon Society Field, Regional, and Nature guides, the Online Field Guide offers information on more than 4,000 plant and animal species found in North America. Be sure to check out the news items, discussion groups, and travel tales as well.

NASA – brings you images, videos and interactive features from the unique perspective of America’s space agency.

SENIORS

AARP - Some of the many tasks the AARP has taken on for people over 50 include ensuring the long-term solvency of Social Security, fighting age discrimination; prescription-drug coverage in Medicare and  patient protections in managed and long-term care.  Their web site is overflowing with information on these and other topics. See their list of over 700 web sites for folks over 50 at http://www.aarp.org/internetresources/ .

Administration on Aging - AoA, the Federal advocate agency for older persons and their concerns, works to heighten awareness among other Federal agencies, organizations, , and the public about the needs of older people.  AoA also seeks to educate older people about the services and benefits that are available to them.

Benefits Checkup - Seniors everywhere should take advantage of this tool created by the National Council on the Aging to find out if they are eligible for government programs that may help improve quality of life. The brief questionnaire is completely confidential – you won’t need to supply your name or social security number. Benefits Checkup will supply you with information on possible programs and application instructions.

Long Term Care Link - Issues surrounding long-term care are complicated and sometimes confusing, but Long Term Care Link is a good place to start. This web site is a rich source of long term care information that includes links, news, articles and editorials on long-term care insurance, nursing homes, Medicare, Medicaid, and much more.

MedicareBeginning January 1, 2006, Medicare participants will have access to prescription drug coverage. The link entitled “Want to Learn More About the New Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage” provides a good overview. The government document mailed to Medicare participants is also available here in PDF format. At the bottom of the page are search tools that will help you to compare Medicare prescription drug plans in your area. Also, search for Medicare events, dialysis facilities, Medigap policies, participating physicians, and prescription assistance programs.

Nursing Home CompareThe Medicare site includes a Nursing Home Compare tool that allows a search by geography, proximity, or name — and then compare (1) Quality Measures (2) Nursing Home Staffing, and (3) Inspection results for each nursing home. As you begin your search, you’ll find links to both a “Nursing Home Checklist” and state contacts. There is also a PDF document, “Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home” under the Resources tab.

Senior Drivers – This web site from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in Washington features videos, pictures, and text presentations to help seniors learn to drive more safely. Topics include exercising for driving safety, adjusting your car for driving safety, handling common and difficult driving situations, and emergencies.

Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging – The SWCAA is a non-profit corporation supporting seniors throughout Fairfield County.  In addition to serving as an advocate for seniors, this agency is a wonderful resource for information on such services as in-home and adult day care, transportation, senior centers, health insurance and housing

STATISTICS

CensusScope - Created by the University of Michigan, CensusScope is a handy tool to examine the 2000 Census by using Charts and Trends, Maps, or Rankings. In each segment, easy-to-understand graphs present information right down to state and, often, metro area.

FedStatsThe Fast Facts section of this government-sponsored site links to online versions of fact-filled sources like the Statistical Abstract of the United States, and the State and Metropolitan Area Data Book.  In addition, FedStats provides access to the publicly available statistics of more than seventy government agencies.

FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data) - From the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the FRED database will provide you with historical U.S. financial and economic data, including a historical database of economic and financial statistics, exchange rates, interest rates, & consumer prices indexes.

State & County QuickFacts – This very helpful web site from the U.S. Census Bureau now includes information from the 2000 census.  It’s a great place to get a snapshot of population, business or geographic statistics at the state or county level.  There are also links if you are looking for more detailed information.

Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web – This site from Fedstats has links to information and statistics from more than 70 agencies in the U.S. Federal government. You’ll also find links to International Statistics agencies.

U.S. Census Bureau - Log on to the official web site of the U.S. Census Bureau to access statistics on people, economic indicators, maps, and news. There is a wealth of social, demographic and economic data, and it is all freely accessible. Check out the American FactFinder, an interactive database for the latest Economic Census.

TAXES

U.S. Internal Revenue Service -This government-sponsored web site is the place to download and print federal tax forms and instructions, get taxpayer help and information, and even file your taxes with the IRS’s electronic filing software.

Connecticut Department of Revenue Service -Like the web site of the IRS, the Connecticut Department of Revenue Service offers taxpayers the chance to obtain forms and instructions and file their taxes electronically.  The state also lists its top 100 delinquent taxpayers on this site.

New York StateThe New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has designed their Individual Taxpayers Homepage to be easily navigated by those looking for forms, instructions, news, refund information and filing status.

TECHNOLOGY

ConnectNet.org – This website is a result of a campaign to provide technology and computer resources to everyone. (Campaign participants include the American Library Association). The goal is to bridge the “digital divide” by connecting people with technology centers and libraries in their communities. Just enter in your zip code, and you’ll be provided with names and address of nearby libraries, computer laboratories, and technology centers.

Internet Public Library – IPL is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for the Ask an IPL Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl’s collections.

TRAVEL/RECREATION  

American Camping Association – For the past 50 years, the American Camping Association accreditation has been evidence of a camp’s commitment to a safe and nurturing environment for children. Here you can quickly locate information, such as session length, cost, contact information and special activities for more than 2,300 camps.

Amtrak – Whether you’re looking to plan a trip or check on the arrival status of a train, Amtrak’s web site can help.  Some of the features of this travel aid include the station locator section, routes & services information, and special offers like RailSale, which is a list of weekly web offers with exclusive online savings.

Bridgeport to Port Jefferson Ferry – The Port Jefferson Ferry is more than just a shuttle between Connecticut and Long Island.  Find out about day trips to great places in New England like Boston and Old Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and trips to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.  Of course, you’ll also find information regarding schedules, rates and directions to the Ferry.

Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority – The Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority  operates public fixed route bus transportation in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Stratford and Trumbull.   At this website, you can learn about fares, route schedules, and current events.

Metro-North Railroad – The web site of Metro-North will come in handy while planning a trip in Connecticut or to Manhattan.  The many helpful features include information on schedules, fares, stations, and news on servicing being done that might cause delays or changes in routes.

Travelocity – Travelocity.com is among the most powerful travel sites on the Internet today. The business or leisure traveler is provided with secure online reservation capabilities for air, car, hotel and vacation reservations, plus access to a vast database of destination and other travel information all on from one site

Expedia -This travel service helps travelers meet all of their needs with multiple booking options, destination advice, and editorial reviews.  Expedia.com will help you find good prices for airline tickets, hotel rooms, cruises, vacations and car rentals.

PricelineAlthough this popular web site can help you find bargains on cars, groceries, appliances and more, it’s especially helpful when planning a trip.  Name your own price for airline tickets, hotels and rental cars, and Priceline will let you know if your bid has been accepted.

WEATHER

Weather Underground – A great place to find current and historical weather data from across the country. Although this web site offers a fee-based membership, anyone can search for weather information for free.