www.annualreports.com - 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
investors to review a company's annual report in an
Public Register's Annual Report Service
www.prars.com/index.html 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.
- 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
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
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.
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.
- 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
The National Book
http://www.nationalbook.org - 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
– 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.
http://www.bigcharts.com/ 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
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.
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
- 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.
carpoint.msn.com MSN 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
You’ll also find personalized maintenance and recall
Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guides
http://www.edmunds.com/ 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
Thinking 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
Kelley Blue Book
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."
Better Business Bureau Charity Reports
http://www.give.org/ – 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.
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 Scholarships and Financial Aid
- This 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
Students.gov is a gateway for students and their families to
services and information from the government of the United
States. The U.S.
Department of Education has joined forces with many federal
agencies to create a single web site that addresses a number of
student concerns such as education, finances, careers, community
service and much, much more.
http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ 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
www.library.uiuc.edu/edx/rankings.htm 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
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.
www.fastweb.com 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
FinAid! – The Smart Student Guide to Financial
http://www.finaid.org/ 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
U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges and
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.
http://www.cerc.com/ – 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.
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
-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
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 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.
http://www.ct-n.com/ - 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 Public Schools
This Connecticut State Department of Education Web site provides a
wealth of information about schools in our state including school
Connecticut State Register and Manual
http://www.ct.gov/sots - Browse the contents of the State Register and Manual.
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
a lot of history here just waiting to be discovered.
Name It and Claim
This 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
- 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
http://www.ct.gov/ 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 - Judiciary
http://www.jud.ct.gov/index.asp Created 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
State of Connecticut - Department of
http://www.dph.state.ct.us/ 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
If you are shopping for
anything from a television to a cell phone or MP3 player, be sure
to check this site.
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.
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 Center
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.
- 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.
This 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.
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
For 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 Credit Reports
Beginning 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
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!
http://www.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
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
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
the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, information
on how to avoid foreclosure and what to do if you are facing
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
www.uspto.gov 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.
www.onelook.com 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
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.
Center for Disease
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/ - 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
http://ndms.dhhs.gov/ - 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.
http://www.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
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.
CareerBuilders 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
- 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
http://www.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
Connecticut's Job Bank
http://connecticut.us.jobs/index.asp 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
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.
Selected 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!
A 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.
www.monster.com Monster.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
This 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
-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
The Riley Guide
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
Fairfield County Online
This 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
www.imdb.com Roger Ebert has 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
http://www.mrqe.com/ This 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.
www.playbill.com 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
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
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.
- 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 Museum and History Center
www.fairfieldhistoricalsociety.org – 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
www.fairfieldct.org – The Town of Fairfield maintains an informative website to help you stay abreast of town business, programs, and the news of the Fairfield.
- 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
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the
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
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.
familysearch.org You 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
Family Tree Maker
This 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.genealogy.com/ GenForum is intended
to provide users a forum to provide genealogical information or to
discuss topics related to genealogy and other related issues of
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 Administration
http://www.archives.gov/Since 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 Center
Search 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!
RootsWeb 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.
Catalog of Federal
- 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.
- Declare Yourself, a national nonpartisan and nonprofit campaign,
hopes to rally young American voters to participate in the
presidential elections. Their website offers people a chance to
register to vote, and gives comprehensive election
http://www.fedforms.gov/ - The
Top 100 Most Requested Government Forms, including some tax forms,
can now be found in one place at Fedforms.gov. This site has been
developed in conjunction with the Government Paperwork Elimination
www.firstgov.gov – This
is the first government web site to provide the public one-stop
access to all online U.S. Federal Government resources. FirstGov 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
Govengine’s goal is to provide the citizens of the United States
with easy access to federal, state and local government
This web site also has information regarding both state and
federal court systems.
State and Local Government on the
- 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
Citizenship and Immigration Service
From the U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services website, access forms and
information to obtain a Green Card or apply for
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
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.
American Medical Association
www.ama-assn.org For 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
- 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
- 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.
http://www.womenshealth.gov/ - 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
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.
Medline Plus has added overviews of the swine flu in English and Spanish, Frequently Asked Questions, news, videos, and journal articles.
To understand the scope of this virus, check out the World Health Organization's Swine Influenza page.
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
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
National Library of
www.nlm.nih.gov 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
- 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.
www.rarediseases.org – 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
Search the rare disease database for information on more
than 1100 diseases – or browse the organizational database of more
than 3000 helpful organizations.
– 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
Smallpox Information Site
- Center for Disease Control
www.cdc.gov/smallpox - For 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
FBI's Freedom of Information Act Electronic
http://www.fbi.gov/foia/ - 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
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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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
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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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.
Tutor for Beginning Typists
For 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
http://www.webmath.com/ This 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.
http://www.bankrate.com/ Gathered 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.
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
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.
- 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.
- If you are concerned about your privacy when using the Internet,
you might want to visit the website of The Privacy
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
http://www.searchenginewatch.com/links/specialty.html - 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.
Connecticut Attorney General's Office -- Living
This information has
been prepared by the Attorney General's Office and is intended to
inform Connecticut residents about the options available under
Connecticut law to help convey a person's wishes if they are
unable to make or communicate their medical treatment decisions.
Also, for those looking to compare drug prices at local
pharmacies, go back to the Attorney General's Home Page
and click on Pharmacy Prescription Drug
Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries
This sight 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!"
Focused 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.
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
www.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
Authors On the
- 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
Free Book Notes
Nothing 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
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
late 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.
- 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
With your Bridgeport Public Library card, you’ll be able to
use research tools like EBSCO and Electric
- 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.
www.eastonlibrary.org/ - 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
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
http://www.pequotlibrary.com/– 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.
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
– 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
MSN Maps & Directions
http://mappoint.msn.com/ - Get
maps and driving directions from this helpful web site from
Microsoft, featuring Microsoft MapPoint
www.mapquest.com 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
- This National Geographic web site allows you to locate almost
any place on Earth. Special sections include country facts,
historical, weather and population maps.
American Sheet Music
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/mussmhtml/ - Music 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
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
Essentials of Music
- Created in cooperation with W.W. Norton & Company, this web
site is designed for both the casual and serious classical music
listeners. You'll find music history, composer information, and a
American Field Guide
Produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting, the
American Field Guide offers over 1400 video clips of America's
Search by keyword, and discover footage of animals,
ecosystems, plants, and earth and space - footage that comes from
nearly 30 stations across the United
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
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
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
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 at http://www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org/ffldcit.htm.
- 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.
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
http://www.pensionrights.org/ - 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
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.
www.savingsbonds.gov – 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.
- 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.
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
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
- 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
My Virtual Reference
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.
http://skepdic.com - 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.
- 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.
Connecticut Public Schools
– The Connecticut Policy and Economic Council (CPEC) has
created a database that allows you to search for information on
school districts throughout the state. By creating graphs, you
can contrast and compare the different districts in the areas of
performance, finances, and demographics. All of the information is
derived from the data of Connecticut’s State Department of
www.homefair.com/usr/nsrs/home.html 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.
Connecticut Strategic School
These annual reports are submitted
by local and regional boards of education throughout the state of
strategic school profile addresses the areas of student needs,
school resources, school performance, and student
performance. You can
search the reports by school or by
– 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.
How Stuff Works
www.howstuffworks.com - 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.
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.
Observing the Sky
- This website, funded by NASA, is a "skyblog" that covers
astronomical observations and events, discoveries, NASA
spacecraft, and other topics related to astronomy. They invite you
to "grab your eyeballs and binoculars, turn off your outdoor
lights, and go outside to get acquainted with your
http://www.aarp.org - 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
http://www.aoa.gov - 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.
- 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.
BenefitsCheckup will supply you with information on possible
programs and application instructions.
http://www.longtermcarelink.net/index.html - Issues surrounding long-term care are complicated and
sometimes confusing, but Long Term Care Link is a good place to
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
Beginning 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
The 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
- 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
Connecticut Agency on Aging
http://www.swcaa.org - 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
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
www.fedstats.gov The 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)
http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2 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.
www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/infonation/e_infonation.htm An offshoot of the United
Nations Cyber School Bus,
Infonation is an easy-to-use with more than 30 categories
of statistics on 185 different countries. You can find
anything from population to the average
State & County
- 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
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
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
U.S. Internal Revenue Service
www.irs.ustreas.gov 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.
Department of Revenue Service
www.ct.gov/drs 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 State
www.tax.state.ny.us The 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
http://www.connectnet.org/english - 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
Librarians' Index to the
http://www.lii.org/ - The Librarians' Index to the
Internet is a searchable, directory of more than 7,900
Internet resources that are selected, annotated and evaluated by
librarians. It's a great tool for librarians and non-librarians
alike as a reliable and efficient guide to Internet resources. You
can also subscribe to a weekly e-mailing of the top 20
Telephone Directories on the Web
This is the
Internet's original and most detailed index of online phonebooks,
with links to yellow pages, white pages, business directories,
email addresses and fax listings from all around the
www.acacamps.org/ - 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.
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.
to Port Jefferson Ferry
www.bpjferry.com – 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
Bridgeport Transit Authority
Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority operates public fixed
route bus transportation in Bridgeport, Fairfield, Stratford and
this website, you can learn about fares, route schedules, and
– 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
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
www.expedia.com 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.
www.priceline.com Although 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.
- 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