Recommended Websites

To find quick facts, statistics, or background information on a range of topics, try some of the trusted web pages below, which are arranged by subject area. We also have a collection of print encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories & other print sources in the Library's Reference Collection.

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Academic SuccessArt/ImagesAstronomyBiologyBusinessCareer ResourcesChemistryCollege and University Web SitesComputers/TechnologyConsumer InformationDictionaries/EncyclopediasDigital CollectionsEconomicsEducationEngineeringEnglish/LiteratureEthnic StudiesFilms/TelevisionFinding AidsGeneral ReferenceGeographyGovernment InformationHealthHistoryLaws & Legal InformationMathMusicMythologyNews/Current EventsPhilosophy & ReligionPhysical Education/SportsPhysicsPolitical ScienceScience (General)SociologyStatisticsTheatreWomen's StudiesWriting/Research

General Reference

  • C-Span Video Library -- video archive of over 160,000 hours of federal government events, such as press conferences, political meetings, congressional hearings and debates and much more. The "Browse" section includes links by topic, as well as links to popular programs, such as America and the Courts, Newsmakers and Booknotes /Book T.V.
  • ipl2: Information You Can Trust -- search 20,000 reliable web sites selected by librarians (awarding winning site).
  • Virtual Reference Shelf -- a collection of links, selected by the Library of Congress staff, that provides general and subject-specific reference sources from almanacs to statistics.

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Academic Success

  • Library Resources for Student Success -- a research guide regarding resources, such as video clips, books and websites, to assist you in improving study skills, including note-taking, studying, time management and much more.
  • Academic Earth: Video Lectures from the World's Top Scholars -- Richard Ludlow, founder and CEO of Academic Earth, lists the site's goal as "...giving everyone on earth access to a world-class education." The site offers 1,500 video lectures by instructions from MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, Princeton & Yale for free. There's no registration required. There are currently 21 subject areas, but missing are art, business, sociology and geology.
  • Foreign Language Videos -- developed by the Five Colleges of Ohio consortium, this site features video clips of native speakers discussing in their languages a variety of topics, including culture, family and similar subjects.
  • Khan Academy -- developed by Salman Kahn, a former investment manager and Harvard MBA, this site contains concise video lessons in a variety of subjects, especially in math and science. Lessons are taught by concept, rather than by subject. Calculus, for example, is taught using over 200 videos, each illustrating a single concept within the subject. Endorsed by Bill Gates, this site is excellent for reinforcement of classroom instruction or as a mini refresher course on a particular problem.
  • Learners T. V. -- more than 10,000 free video lectures from universities around the country covering a wide range of topics, including biology, physics, chemistry, computers, medicine, engineering, accounting, management, psychology, history, language, literature and law. Lectures may be browsed or searched by subject.
  • Martindale's On-line Calculators -- links to hundreds of on-line calculators for math and science and a multitude of other subjects.
  • UW-Colleges Online Writing Lab (OWL) -- a service which allows UW-Colleges students to submit essays via the Internet for feedback from a student writing tutor.
  • Wired Chemist -- educational materials designed to help students learn chemistry and related subjects, including animations, lab demonstrations, tutorials, problem sets, projects and more.

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Art/Images

  • Archives of American Art -- maintained by the Smithsonian Institution, the ever-growing Archives consist of 16 million items of primary sources that document American culture and the history of the visual arts in America, including diaries, letters, manuscripts, photographs, films, audio and video recordings and many other artifacts.
  • EDSITEment: the Best of the Humanities on the Web -- portal to online resources in literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Verizon Foundation and others, all the sites indexed in the portal have been evaluated for quality and authenticity.
  • InSitu -- Visual Resources from the Art History Department at UW Madison: "Users in the University of Wisconsin System have access to material that is not specifically restricted to the Madison campus."

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Astronomy

  • MESSENGER Web Site -- a window into NASA's "MEcury, Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging" mission to become the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury. Provides a full compendium of everything you want to know about the mission, the planet and the research data. Features include real-time clocks displaying significant marks in time regarding the mission, a searchable Gallery of images and animations and a News Center with current updates.
  • NASA Multimedia Page -- features images, videos, podcasts and NASA T.V. in quantities that could only be possible via the Internet. The site can be browsed or searched; the "image" section further permits access to the NASA Image Exchange, an advanced search engine which accesses media across numerous NASA organizations.

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Biology

  • BioMed Central -- an open access site of peer-reviewed journals, primarily in medicine and related fields, which permits free and permanent use of online content immediately upon publication.
  • Centre for Bioscience ImageBank -- freely available images contributed by academics, researchers, industry and individuals with copyrights cleared for educational purposes. Images can be searched by keyword or browsed by bioscience subjects.
  • Encyclopedia of Life -- founded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and further supported by many other research institutions and universities, the Encyclopedia of Life is an on-going collaboration to create an open, accessible and trusted resource about life on Earth. Information from around the world is gathered, culled and organized into EOL from its "content partners," including natural history museums, government agencies, and international research consortia, who share information from their own digital collections and databases.
  • Endangered Species Information -- complete information maintained by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
  • FAOSTAT -- from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, this online database collects international statistics on food and agriculture, including data from over 200 countries and territories. Access is free, but the user must register to fully access the site.
  • National Invasive Species Information Center -- sponsored by the USDA, this site provides extensive information regarding plant, animal and microbe non-native species, which are likely to cause economic, environmental or human health problems. The site can be searched and browsed by type, region or state. Information regarding each species includes place of origin, first date in the U.S., economic and environmental impact, distribution, management and links to other information.
  • National Science Digital Library (NSDL) -- online portal for education and research on learning in
    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, with designated resources for higher education. Sponsored by The National Science Foundation, all the sites indexed in the portal have been evaluated for quality and authenticity.
  • State of the Birds 2011: Report on Public Lands and Waters -- the very first assessment of its kind, reporting on the distribution of native birds on public lands and waters to help public agencies identify which species have significant potential for conservation in each habitat. Habitats include arid lands, grasslands, wetlands, arctic and alpine, forests, islands, coasts and oceans.
  • Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms -- over 200 words are pronounced and defined, often with illustrations and video clips of experts elaborating on the definition.

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Business

  • Bloomberg -- comprehensive coverage of financial information and other news affecting finance and business.
  • Business Plans and Profiles Index -- subject guide to sample business plans and profiles for specific business types from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
  • Business Wire -- free access to late-breaking and recent (within 30 days) company and industry news, includes links for browsing by subject and industry.
  • Finance Resources on the Web -- directory of several areas of finance, such as Corporate and International Finance, Risk Management and Company, Fund and Investment Research.
  • Start Here Go Places: in Business and Accounting -- look here to learn more about careers in business and accounting (more focused on accounting) created by students and educators of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
  • Tax History Project -- information on the history of U.S. public finance, including a tax history digital archive, presidential tax returns for each year and the federalist papers regarding taxation.  Sponsored by Tax Analysts, a producer of subscription tax products, and heavily advertised, this site is best used for historical rather than current tax information.
  • 20th Century American Leaders Database -- compiled by the Harvard Business School Leadership Initiative, this site offers brief biographies and other background data of 1000 people who greatly influenced American business and society. Searchable by last name, company, industry and era.

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Career Resources: Occupations Information

  • Career Research and Resources -- a UW-Sheboygan Library Research Guide regarding print and online resources to guide you in your search for the perfect career, including books, databases, websites, podcasts and much more.
  • College Majors 101 -- a valuable resource for anyone researching college majors and career paths. Video content of information about the major and the careers to which they may lead. Provides links to student and professional associations and publications within the major.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook -- a complete descriptive reference of occupations, including for each: nature of the work; working conditions; education & training required; advancement possibilities, earnings, and job outlook; and related occupations.
  • STEM Career -- a good site for those considering a career in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field. Disciplines within STEM are covered separately with links to O'Net Online and other resources. The "student" section covers questions of interest to students with links to related resources. The media presentations highlight topics of interest in the STEM fields.
  • WisCareers -- a special career service for UW students and professionals. Find information about occupations, schools, creating a budget and career assessment. Registration is required. Ask for the registration code from the Library or Student Affairs staff.

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Chemistry

  • Chemistry Central -- an open access site of peer-reviewed journals in chemistry and related fields, which permits free and permanent use of online content immediately upon publication.
  • Elemental Data Index -- National Institute of Standards and Technology Physics Laboratory's online data organized by chemical element.
  • General Chemistry I Digital Lecture Material -- Dr. Matt Ott of Jackson Community College in Wyoming offers online lectures covering unit conversion, molecular formulae, balancing chemical equations, and ionic and covalent bonding. Lectures use either Flash or Google Video.
  • National Science Digital Library (NSDL) -- online portal for education and research on learning in
    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, with designated resources for higher education. Sponsored by The National Science Foundation, all the sites indexed in the portal have been evaluated for quality and authenticity.
  • WebElements Periodic Table -- an award winning web site includes properties of the elements in the Periodic Table, photos, news and more.

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College/University Web Sites

  • American Universities -- an extensive index of home pages of academic institutions in the United States; also contains links to indexes of international universities, Canadian universities, and community colleges.
  • College Majors 101 -- a valuable resource for anyone researching college majors and career paths. Video content of information about the major and the careers to which they may lead. Provides links to student and professional associations and publications within the major. Note: the site is sponsored in part by "partner universities;" which may influence its information and/or recommendations.
  • eXtension -- sponsored by land grant universities, including the University of Wisconsin, this site offers reliable information and current research on topics of interest to the general public, with links to news articles, web sites and other information or resources regarding the subject. The site also features an "Ask an Expert" section, as well as archived "Expert" responses.
  • Fastweb -- a free scholarship matching service, based on institution, location, area of study, academic performance, activities, ethnicity and a number of other factors. Provides key information about scholarships and links to grant and scholarship directories.
  • Peterson's Guide to College Information -- comprehensive site for all stages of the college selection process, including test preparation, admissions, scholarships, college search, financial aid and more. Site is advertised and also displays "featured schools" which could indicate possible bias; however, there is valuable free information as well, making the site a good place to start college research.

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Computers and Technology

  • CNET -- comprehensive site about consumer technology including product reviews, free software downloads, videos and "how to" tips.  A "News" section features the latest technological developments and devices.
  • Mashable: Social Media News and Web Tips -- online news site dedicated to covering digital culture, social media and technology, by writers and other contributors worldwide.
  • Pew/Internet: Pew Internet & American Life Project -- analyzes the impact of the Internet on people in their daily, work and political life and the evolution of the Internet through data collection.
  • TechCrunch -- the news source for everything digital, this site features continual news updates on tech companies, mobile phones, general gadgets, social media, T.V., funding and "greentech." Also offers reviews on new companies, products and web sites.
  • Vimeo Video School -- a "one-stop shop" for lessons on how to make videos, including lessons from Vimeo staff and video tutorials submitted by users.

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Consumer Information

  • Better Business Bureau -- businesses that meet a set of best practice standards are invited to join and site offers reports and other resources. "BBB is the resource to turn to for objective, unbiased information on businesses."
  • Consumer Action -- site of Consumer Action, an advocacy group that represents underrepresented consumers by promoting financial literacy and advocating for consumers in the media and in government. 
  • Federal Trade Commission -- the FTC was established in 1914 as a consumer watch dog to prevent business practices that are anti-competitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers. This site represents the work of the FTC with detailed information in the subject areas of recent news involving the agency, competition, consumer protection, economics, acts of Congress and International issues. Topics within these subjects include antitrust, mergers, credit and loans, consumer complaints, identity theft and many more.
  • Get Human -- the web’s largest database of customer service information with a catalog of direct phone numbers for large companies in 50 countries.
  • 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy -- created by volunteers from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, this site features a free program to help Americans understand personal finance and money management at every stage of life. For each life stage, the program address financial topics of interest. such as savings, investments and taxes. The site is not intended to provide recommendations for specific financial decisions, although its "Ask the Money Doctor" addresses users' questions through volunteer certified Personal Financial Specialists. A related site is FeedthePig.org designed for ages 25-34, which focuses primarily on budgeting, saving, consumer credit and more.

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Dictionaries/Encyclopedias

[NOTE: for some of the subjects below, the library's print dictionaries may contain more terms]

  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary -- included with Encyclopedia Britannica Online; enter a term and click on the button for Dictionary & Thesaurus. Note: You must have off campus access to use this resource away from campus.
  • Oxford English Dictionary -- the world's leading authority on the meaning, history, usage, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. Note: You must have off campus access to use this resource away from campus.
  • Accounting Terminology Guide -- source for definitions of terms related to accounting, auditing, taxation, finance and business laws. 
  • Bartleby.com -- this site houses many online reference sources, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, quotation dictionaries, thesauri and biographies.
  • Business -- WashingtonPost.com Business Glossary.
  • Computer Science/Technology -- TechWeb Technology Encyclopedia. 
  • Concise Encyclopedia of Economics -- the books and essays on this web site represent classics of economic thought, both historical and modern from the Library of Economics and Liberty. 
  • MedicineNet -- includes a dictionary of diseases & treatments, a pharmaceutical dictionary of prescription & over-the-counter drugs, and a general medical dictionary with brief definitions. 
  • The Word Spy -- definitions for new words and phrases that have appeared multiple times in newspapers, magazines, books and other sources.

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Digital Collections

  • African American Women Writers of the 19th Century -- 52 full text literary digital works of black women writers published before 1920 are offered by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
  • American Archives: Documents of the American Revolution -- a digital archive of the American Archives, a nine volume primary source collection of pamphlets, booklets, and newspaper articles pertaining to the "Origin, Settlement, and Progress of the Colonies in North America."
  • American Journeys: Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement -- 1,000+ pages of documents arising from the Lewis and Clark Expedition; this project will expand to include 150 eyewitness accounts of North American Exploration from 1492 thru 1844.
  • American Memory -- online primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States, compiled by the Library of Congress National Digital Library Program.
  • American Memory Map Collections -- a digital archive of historical maps, which represents only a small portion of the 4.5 million holdings of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress. The focus of this searchable digital library is "Americana and Cartographic Treasures of the Library of Congress." The maps are divided into seven categories: general, cities and towns, cultural landscapes, military battles and campaigns, conservation and environment, discovery and exploration and transportation and communication.
  • Audubon's Birds of America -- University of Pittsburgh offers access to the complete plates/drawings from its copy of John James Audubon's Birds of America.
  • Documenting the American South -- a collection of primary sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century South from the viewpoint of Southerners.
  • European History Primary Sources -- digital images of primary source documents related to European history. Arranged by nation, language, period and subject, with a brief synopsis of the item in history.
  • EVIA Digital Archive Project -- developed through the combined efforts of Indiana University and the University of Michigan, this site features free, unedited ethnographic video of various religious, ethnic and cultural groups worldwide engaging in daily activities or important events, including member interviews.  Annotated archives can be browsed or searched by keyword.
  • Internet Archive Wayback Machine -- a digital archive of 150 billion web pages from 1996 to the present, captured at how they looked at specific dates and times. Searchable only by url of the "lost" web site. Great for finding broken- link content or for documenting changes over time. Featured collections include web pages for Hurricane Katrina, September 11, Web Pioneers and more.
  • Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web -- from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, an international and multi-lingual archive of digital exhibitions that have been created by libraries, archives, historical societies and museums.
  • Library of Congress -- past and current exhibitions of the LOC in digital form.
  • Life Photo Archive -- look for photos from Life magazine from the 1750s to present on this site hosted by Google.
  • Lincoln/Net -- historical materials from Abraham Lincoln's Illinois years (1830-1861), including Lincoln's writings and speeches, as well as other materials representative of the period.
  • NYPL Picture Collection Online -- 30,000 digitized images from the library's books, magazines and newspapers, photographs and postcards mostly created before 1923.
  • Peace Corps Digital Library -- contains on-going content regarding the history of the Peace Corps and its volunteers. Searchable content includes government documents, photographs, personal stories and experiences and projects.
  • Picture History -- an on-line archive of images illustrating more than 200 years of American history. High resolution images are available for professional licensing and sale; watermarked images are available for download.
  • Smithsonian Digital Library -- contains digital publications, collections and objects including online exhibitions, web casts, digital editions, bibliographies, fact sheets and finding aids for artist files.
  • United States Army Heritage Collections Online -- digitized materials from the archival collections of the U.S. Army Military History Institute, including photographs, manuscripts, military publications, oral histories, and audio/video material.
  • Walt Whitman Archive -- electronic access to a great deal of Whitman's work, such as all editions of the Leaves of Grass, many published works, journals, manuscripts, criticism, biographical information and other resources, is provided by the University of Nebraska's Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.
  • WebExhibits -- an interactive, online museum of science, humanities and culture, sponsored by the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA). Exhibits include Color Vision and Art, Causes of Color, Pigments through the Ages and others.

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Economics

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics -- web site of the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.
  • Bureau of Economic Analysis -- U.S. Department of Commerce web site whose mission is "providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data."
  • Economic Indicators -- full-image access back to January 1998 of this publication of the U.S. Government Printing Office, providing national economic data. 
  • The Economist Online -- offers insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science and technology. Contains all the articles of the print edition, with a searchable archive from 1997.
  • Federal Reserve Board: Economic Research and Data -- includes statistical information maintained by the Federal Reserve.
  • Middletown Thrall Library Special Coverage: The Economy -- public library site, offering links to information about the global economic crisis and recovery, news, statistics, world economic indicators, credit, financing, energy, food, housing, mortgages.
  • Office of Economic Advisors -- the WI Department of Workforce Development helps users understand economic and demographic data affect job growth in Wisconsin.
  • PovertyNet -- sponsored by the World Bank, this site offers measurements, trends and strategies to reduce poverty.

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Education

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Engineering

  • GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design -- content includes all aspects of sustainable design, including news, building projects, case studies, product information, events, images and blogs. Also included are current and back issues of GreenSource magazine.
  • National Science Digital Library (NSDL) -- online portal for education and research on learning in
    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, with designated resources for higher education. Sponsored by The National Science Foundation, all the sites indexed in the portal have been evaluated for quality and authenticity.

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English/Literature

  • American Verse Project -- project of the University of Michigan, providing an electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920.
  • Bartleby.com -- this site houses many online books (fiction & non-fiction) and reference sources, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, quotation dictionaries, thesauri and biographies.
  • Beowulf: A new translation for oral Delivery -- translated by Dick Ringler, this University of Wisconsin Digital Collection entry, offers an online, oral reading of this oldest narrative poem in the English language, which runs three hours, or it can be started at any of forty-three different sections.
  • eBooks@Adelaide -- offers free ebooks in a format which, unlike other digital books, is easily read from a computer, Kindle, Nook or other portable device.. Site may be browsed or searched by author, title and subject.
  • EDSITEment: the Best of the Humanities on the Web -- portal to online resources in literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Verizon Foundation and others, all the sites indexed in the portal have been evaluated for quality and authenticity.
  • The Online Books Page -- this site hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Library facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet.
  • Poetry Archive -- online archive of poets reading their English language works; some are historic recordings, some have been made specially for the Archive. Site can be browsed or searched by poet or title.
  • Project Gutenberg -- the original provider of free (out of copyright) ebooks, Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 ebooks to download to your PC, Kindle, Nook or other portable device. Site may be browsed or searched by author, title and subject; a top 100 list is also available for browsing.
  • WorldCat Identities -- identifies authors by their most widely held titles, including brief descriptions and book covers. Also includes biographies regarding the author and a tag cloud of subjects associated with the author's books. The site also features a tag cloud of the "top 100 identities."
  • Wright American Fiction, 1851-1875 -- an electronic collection of 19th century American fiction, consisting of over 1700 texts.

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Ethnic Studies

  • BlackPast.org:Remembered & Reclaimed -- the "Google of African American History" this site gives access to an online encyclopedia, text of 100 speeches, 80 primary documents, bibliographies, and links to 50 digital archives collections, sponsored by Quintard Taylor at the University of Washington, Seattle.  
  • Early Americas Digital Archive -- "...a collection of electronic texts originally written in or about the Americas from about 1492 to approximately 1820" from the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.
  • Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment* -- a collection of more than 10,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters.
  • EVIA Digital Archive Project -- developed through the combined efforts of Indiana University and the University of Michigan, this site features free, unedited ethnographic video of various religious, ethnic and cultural groups worldwide engaging in daily activities or important events, including member interviews.  Annotated archives can be browsed or searched by keyword. 
  • The Gilder Lehreman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition -- provides information about the Atlantic slave system and its legacy.
  • Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies -- a collection of over 4,400 videotaped interviews with witnesses and survivors of the Holocaust.
  • History Makers Digital Archive -- a series of video clips of an oral interview with about 310 historically significant African Americans, who provide a personal view of what it is like to grow up as an African American. Biographies and photos accompany the clips.
  • NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom, 1909-2009 -- digitized collection of materials representing the major personalities, events and achievements in the NAACP's history. As the official repository of NAACP materials, the Library of Congress holds a large collection of NAACP artifacts, including manuscripts, photographs, prints, pamphlets, broadsides, audiotapes, phonograph records, films, and video recordings. Site also features an online time line of significant events.
  • Our Americas Archive Project -- a collaboration between Rice University and the University of Maryland, this digital archive of primary source images and documents that examines political and cultural relationships between the Americas, including the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America, from the beginning of colonization to the present. Site can be searched or browsed by topics, which include gender, slavery, borders, colonialism and more.
  • Race and Place: African American Community Histories -- images, oral histories, articles, government records and other materials from African American communities in Virginia historical periods, including the Civil War, Reconstruction and the "Jim Crow" south.
  • South Asian Oral History Project -- sponsored by the University of Washington Libraries, this oral history project records pan-South Asian immigrant experiences in the Pacific Northwest during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s and 1980s.

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Films/Television

  • AMC Filmsite.org: Greatest Films -- compiled by film buff Tim Dirks, an educator and museum curator, this site features comprehensive information for about 300 English language films, including production notes, plot synopses and poster art. Other "best" lists include film kisses, cult films, horror films and most controversial. Films can be searched by actor, director, title and genre.
  • Encyclopedia of Television -- commissioned by the Museum of Broadcast Communications, the Encyclopedia contains 1,000 essays dealing with television programs, people, & topics drawn primarily from the U.S., Britain, Canada, & Australia.
  • FedFlix -- features more than 3,300 films created by the U.S. Government on a wide variety of topics, from Apollo to war and many in between.
  • Folkstreams.net -- provides access to streaming video of documentaries beginning in 1964 on U.S. folk or roots culture. Articles on background information are included.
  • Internet Archive: moving images -- this movie archive is part of the Internet Archive, a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve internet sites and other cultural artifacts that exist in digital formats. The movie archive contains thousands of digital movies, many of which can be downloaded, ranging from "classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts."
  • The Internet Movie Database -- an extensive database of information on movies and TV series.
  • Movieclips.com -- free, legal access to thousands of clips from over two thousand movies, indexed by title, actor, genre, mood, theme and more.
  • SnagFilms -- provides free access to hundreds of documentaries on a wide range of subjects, along with supplemental material such as related films or articles. Although viewing is free, the site is heavily advertised.
  • Top Documentary Films -- similar to SnagFilms, offers free viewing of documentary films on more than 20 subjects, including art, psychology, religion and science.

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Finding Aids

  • Best of History Web Sites -- links to over 1,000 reviewed history-related sites, including primary sources, research-related and general sources.
  • Digitization Projects Registry -- a listing of publicly accessible collections of digitized U.S. Government publications covering a variety of disciplines. The registry can be browsed (by category or alphabetically by title) or searched (by keyword or project information).
  • EDSITEment: the Best of the Humanities on the Web -- portal to online resources in literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Verizon Foundation and others, all the sites indexed in the portal have been evaluated for quality and authenticity.
  • ipl2: Information You Can Trust -- search 20,000 reliable web sites selected by librarians (awarding winning site).
  • National Science Digital Library (NSDL) -- online portal for education and research on learning in
    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, with designated resources for higher education. Sponsored by The National Science Foundation, all the sites indexed in the portal have been evaluated for quality and authenticity.
  • OAIster -- search engine to digital collections, including audio and video. Today, OAIster includes more than 25 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,100 contributors.

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Geography

  • Ancient World Mapping Center -- information on cartography, historical geography and geographic information science.
  • Background Notes -- produced by the U.S. State Department, these publications provide brief geographical, social, and historical information on countries of the world.
  • Energy Information Administration -- part of the U.S. Department of Energy, the mission of the EIA "...is to provide policy-neutral data, forecasts, and analyses to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment."
  • Energy in Brief -- published by the Energy Information Administration, this site contains a series of short "fact sheets" for the general public or non-expert on current energy topics.
  • Envirofacts -- Created by the United States Environmental Protection Associate, this site facilitates search of multiple sources for environmental data related to a particular geographical location or EPA subject area. The Multi-System search finds data regarding facility information, including toxic chemical releases, water discharge permit compliance, hazardous waste handling processes, Superfund status, and air emission estimates.
  • Environmental Research Web -- provides analysis and commentary on all areas of environmental research, including policy and sustainable technology. Published by a subsidiary of the Institute of Physics, which also publishes the open access journal, Environmental Research Letters.
  • E.P.A. Data Finder -- a single source for finding a vast selection of EPA data in downloadable formats, organized into topics such as air, land and water.
  • Evolution of the Conservation Movement 1850-1920 -- documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage.
  • GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design -- content includes all aspects of sustainable design, including news, building projects, case studies, product information, events, images and blogs.
  • GIS Bibliography -- indexes the literature of geographic information systems, science, and technology, from the origins of GIS to the present. Features a GIS dictionary and an Undergraduate Research Guide.
  • National Atlas of the United States of America -- this interactive web site allows users to create maps including data about boundaries, climate, agricultural, biological and environmental factors, people, transportation, water, history, and geology.
  • National Geographic's Map Machine Atlas -- includes maps, flags, and brief factual profiles of the countries of the world and the U.S. states.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Photo Library -- collections include fisheries, geodesy, sailing for science, NOAA’s ark, NOAA people, NOAA in space and others, with each collection featuring a catalog of all pictures, as well as an album of pictures on a single subject area. Includes literally thousands of images relating to weather and space, shores and coastal seas and marine species. Most items in public domain and free for download, with credit to the NOAA.
  • National Science Digital Library (NSDL) -- online portal for education and research on learning in
    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, with designated resources for higher education. Sponsored by The National Science Foundation, all the sites indexed in the portal have been evaluated for quality and authenticity.
  • State of the Ocean.org -- the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) was established by researchers and scientists to protect the world's oceans. The site features a "long" and "short" report of IPSO on ocean stressors, including warming, acidification and overfishing. The site also features educational information on Earth system dynamics and links to related sites on oceanography, marine biology and environmental advocacy.
  • United States Global Change Research Program -- USGCRP coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society.  Information is divided by geographic sections and by areas of interest, such as water resource, agriculture and transportation.  News, publications and resources about global climate change are also included.  The annual report, “Our Changing Planet” is also available.
  • USGS Water Resources of the United States -- extensive information on multiple water resource topics, such as streams, lakes and reservoirs, floods and droughts, contamination and pollution, water use, quality of water resources and more. The site also features "Water Science by State," covering many of the same topics for individual states, as well as information regarding stream flow, water-quality, and groundwater levels of many water sites within the state.
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution -- the purpose of this private, nonprofit organization is "research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system." Its website acts as a guide to the institution's work, divided into the areas of Research, People, Ships and Technology, Education, News and Multimedia. Of special interest to students is the Research category, which includes a wide variety of information relating to "ocean topics," such as hazards, ocean life and coastal science, and the "data center" which includes research and reports collected and maintained by the Institution.
  • World Factbook -- includes maps, flags, and considerable overview information on the countries of the world.

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Government Information: State and Federal

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 -- site explains the economic stimulus plan passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama in Feb. 2009. "...Recovery.gov features information on how the Act is working, tools to help you hold the government accountable, and up-to-date data on the expenditure of funds.” 
  • Congressional Directory -- the official directory of the U.S. Congress, which includes a short biography of each member of Congress, information about committee memberships, and lists of officials of the courts, military establishments, and other Federal departments and agencies.
  • Economic Report of the President -- an overview of economic progress in the U.S. written annually by the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors.
  • Federal Citizen Information Center: National Contact Center -- find toll-free phone numbers for federal programs and services or agencies, find answers to frequently asked questions about the federal government or order free consumer publications.
  • Federal Digital System (FDsys) -- provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. As of November 5, 2011, the Federal Digital System is the only maintained site of historical and current government information.
  • Internal Revenue Service -- home page of the IRS, including links to federal income tax forms.
  • USA.gov -- official portal to the U.S. Government's online information, services and resources.
  • U.S. Department of State --information about American foreign policy issues and foreign relations, including a country-by-country analysis.
  • U.S. Government Manual -- is the official manual of the Federal Government with information on all three branches of government.
  • Wisconsin Blue Book -- fully searchable digitized collection of the one volume primary reference source about the state published annually from 1879-1883 and biannually since 1885.
  • Wisconsin Department of Revenue: Forms -- income tax forms and other forms.
  • Wisconsin.gov -- the home page of the State of Wisconsin.
  • World Factbook-- includes maps, flags, and considerable overview information on the countries of the world; produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

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Health

  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 -- online version of the Guidelines in PDF downloads, along with information and recommendations for implementing them.
  • Health, United States -- annual report on national trends in health statistics compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Your Food Environment Atlas -- statistics from the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Cancer Institute and others regarding community access to healthy food. Divided into three main areas, Food Choices, Health and Well-Being and Community Characteristics, the site allows users to create maps illustrating statistical findings by national and local geographic areas.

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History

  • AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History -- links to full text of 400 primary source documents relating to American history from the 15th through the 21st century.
  • The American Presidency Project -- this is the place to go to access public presidential papers, state of the union addresses, and quick-time video clips of important presidential addresses, created by John Woolley, Gerhard Peters of Univ. of California at Santa Barbara.
  • Best of History Web Sites -- links to over 1,000 reviewed history-related sites, including primary sources, research-related and general sources.
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers -- a searchable, digital collection of selected pages from America's newspapers from 1836 -1922, as well as a U.S. Newspaper Directory with information about American newspapers from 1690 to the present. New pages are regularly added to the collection and upon completion, 100,000 pages of news for each state will be included.
  • C-Span Video Library -- video archive of over 160,000 hours of federal government events, such as press conferences, political meetings, congressional hearings and debates and much more. The "Browse" section includes links by topic, as well as links to popular programs, such as America and the Courts, Newsmakers and Booknotes /Book T.V.
  • EDSITEment: the Best of the Humanities on the Web -- portal to online resources in literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Verizon Foundation and others, all the sites indexed in the portal have been evaluated for quality and authenticity.
  • HNN - History News Network -- the mission of HNN is "to help put current events into historical perspective." The site features weekly opinion pieces from prominent historians of varying ideological backgrounds analyzing current events. A 10-year archive of these articles is also available. In addition, the HNN staff provides daily "breaking news" of important news related to history or with an historic impact, blogs, interviews with historians, book reviews and much more.
  • Making of America (Cornell University titles) -- a collection of primary sources on American social history of the 19th century.
  • Making of America (University of Michigan titles) -- a collection of primary sources on American social history of the 19th century.
  • Mapping History -- maps and tables illustrate key events and problems in world history, such as Centers of Learning in the Middle Ages, Peasant Rebellions in Early Modern Europe, the American Westward Expansion and World War I and II. An American-German joint project.
  • Military History Encyclopedia on the Web -- covers wars from ancient times to the 1990 Gulf War, including entries related to weapons, battles, biographies, wars by country and special subjects. Site also includes book and DVD references, time lines and access to digitized primary documents.
  • Our Documents -- links to 100 "milestone" documents, compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, which chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965.
  • Pop History Dig -- series of non-scholarly articles about American popular culture from 1900 to the present. Topics range from politics to personalities to sports. Each article usually contains period photos, sidebars, and other graphics. 
  • Sheboygan County Historical Documents -- part of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, this collection provides snapshots into the social, economic, and political history of Sheboygan County.
  • Turning Points in Wisconsin History -- hundreds of eyewitness accounts of pivotal moments in Wisconsin History, including a link to the Dictionary of Wisconsin History, maintained by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
  • Wisconsin Magazine of History -- digital archives of the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Historical Society with full text searchable articles.
  • Wisconsin Electronic Reader -- digitized sources on various aspects of 19th and early 20th century Wisconsin history.
  • Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles -- database maintained by the Wisconsin Historical Society, containing historical newspaper articles (published between 1860 and 1940) on Wisconsin people and communities.
  • Wisconsin Pioneer Experience -- a digital collection of diaries, letters, reminiscences, speeches and other writings of people who settled and built Wisconsin during the 19th century.

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Laws and Legal Information

  • Federal Judicial Center -- created in 1967 to provide research and educational support for US Courts, including information on the US Supreme Court. A search engine offers access to documents, publications and videos. Historical information on US Courts is also included. 
  • Federal Register -- a user-friendly site which daily publishes the rules and regulations of U.S. administrative agencies, such as the EPA, FDA and all other agencies. The site contains the Federal Register print content, which is searchable by agency; users can also browse rules and regulations by topic under the general categories of Money, World, Business and Industry, Science and Technology and Health and Public Welfare.
  • GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) -- provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government, including the U.S. Code, Federal Register and U.S. Courts' opinions (from 2004-present.) It is also the repository for the full text of Supreme Court Decisions issued between 1937 and 1975, containing 7,407 Decisions from volumes 300 through 422 of U.S. Reports. As of November 5, 2011, the Federal Digital System is the only maintained site of historical and current government information. (Note: See also, links to the sites of the Federal Register and the United States Code sites included herein.)
  • JURIST: Legal News and Research -- published by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, this site provides free access to legal news and research, which is updated daily. The site can be searched or browsed by news, commentary, documents, videos and topics of general interest, such as abortion, same-sex marriage, military law and many others. 
  • Public Library of Law -- bills itself as the world's largest online database of free law, providing access to all United States Supreme Court and Federal case law; state case law from 1997 to the present, as well as federal and state statutes, regulatory codes and court rules.
  • Supreme Court of the United States -- Portal to both slip opinions (current opinions, not yet bound) and U.S. Reports bound volumes from the October Term 1991 to the present. Contains information about the court and the judicial process, including audio links to Supreme Court oral arguments.
  • THOMAS Legislative Information -- an extensive resource of federal legislative information; includes the text, summary and status of bills, and the text of the Congressional Record (a record of each day's congressional session).
  • United States Code -- Published on-line and in-print by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives, the United States Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. The site is designed to facilitate browsing and searching and includes some of the print version's "finding aids," such as the Popular Name index and the Cite Checker.
  • United States Courts -- an important resource regarding the work and operation of the federal court system, providing separate pages and links to information for students, researchers, jurors, attorneys and the media. Also features videos and a YouTube channel regarding different aspects of the judiciary.
  • Wisconsin Administrative Code and Register -- produced by the Wisconsin State Legislature Revisor of Statutes Bureau.
  • Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau -- provides access to Wisconsin statutes, administrative code and case law, including the Bureau files regarding legislative history and drafting.
  • Wisconsin State Law Library -- provides access to legal information from all branches of government to members of the public. The site's A - Z topic list provides a summary of information and resources for hundreds of topics of general interest, such as child support, landlord/tenant and mining.. Direct access to information is further provided by the site's "Ask a Librarian" chat and e-mail service. Start here for legal research.
  • Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations -- text of newly enacted laws incorporated into existing statutes with searchable Folio InfoBase.

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Math

  • Khan Academy -- developed by Salman Kahn, a former investment manager and Harvard MBA, this site contains concise video lessons in a variety of subjects, especially in math and science. Lessons are taught by concept, rather than by subject. Calculus, for example, is taught using over 200 videos, each illustrating a single concept within the subject. Endorsed by Bill Gates, this site is excellent for reinforcement of classroom instruction or as a mini refresher course on a particular problem.
  • Success in Mathematics -- useful tips on how to study mathematics, problem solving and more from St. Louis University Mathematics Department.

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Music

  • All Music Guide -- an online version of the well-respected print All Music Guide encyclopedia. In addition to signed articles, comprehensive discographies, and a glossary, it has many ways to search and a good search engine.
  • Bachtrack: The World's Best Way to Find Live Classical Music -- UK-based site for finding live concert, opera and ballet performances around the world, although the primary focus is on the larger performance companies in the US, UK and Europe. Also includes reviews of performances.
  • Down Beat.com -- information about jazz music, musicians, CD reviews and access to articles in the Down Beat Magazine archive.
  • Folkstreams.net -- provides access to streaming video of documentaries beginning in 1964 on U.S. folk or roots culture. Articles on background information are included.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum -- this web site includes a biography and chronology for every artist/group in the Hall of Fame, with a discography and list of recommended reading for some.

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Mythology

  • The Encyclopedia Mythica -- an encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and legend
  • Greek Mythology Link -- based on his book Genealogical Guide to Mythology (1993), Carlos Parada provides lists, maps, drawings, photos and summaries.

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News/Current Events

  • Encyclo: An Encyclopedia of the Future of News -- a free encyclopedia of news outlets of every medium, created by Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab as part of its effort to explore Internet journalism and news models that are having an impact in the Internet age. Focusing on the backgrounds and contexts of news outlets, each entry includes a brief company history, the type of content published, staffing and links to further information. 
  • FactCheck.org -- "...nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate...that aims to reduce...deception and confusion in U.S. politics." This Annenberg Public Policy Project scans media, news releases, speeches and debates for accuracy of what is said by major U.S. politicians.
  • Futurity: News from Leading Research Universities -- led by Duke University, Stanford University and the University of Rochester, this site provides press releases and related information regarding current research from 45 universities in the areas of Earth and the Environment, Health and Medicine, Science and Technology and Society and Cultures, with links to the underlying studies and findings. In spite of its scholarly content, the site is fully accessible to a general audience, with stories and features of interest to everyone.
  • News Frontier Database -- a part of the Columbia Journalism Review, this site indexes digital news sources which provide "original reporting and content production," as opposed to simply the online editions of the popular press. Selected news sources are those which are representative of the "digital news landscape." Site is searchable by nine categories, including location, business staff size, type of coverage and others.
  • Wisconsin Policy Research Institute -- a non-profit institute that publishes essays, reports, and public-opinion polls on various current issues relevant to the state of Wisconsin.
  • World Public Opinion.org -- developed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland and funded by numerous charitable organizations and foundations, this site provides information and analysis about public opinion on international policy issues from around the world.

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Philosophy & Religion

  • ARDA: Association of Religion Data Archives -- the purpose of the Archive is "to democratize access to the best data on religion." Both national and international in scope, the archive is a collection of surveys, polls, and other data submitted by researchers and made available online by the ARDA, including data on denominations, specific congregations, locales, history and much more.
  • Philosophy Bites -- this site is advertised as "podcasts of top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics." The interviews consist of discrete topics, such as "designer babies," on wide-ranging aspects of philosophy. The interviewers are British authors and philosophy scholars, Nigel Warburton and David Edmonds.
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy -- "dynamic" reference source in which entries are maintained by subject experts and reviewed by an editorial board.
  • Wabash Center Internet Guide to Religion -- a selective, annotated guide to a variety of electronic resources of interest to those involved in the study and practice of religion.

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Physical Education/Sports

  • Sports-Reference.com -- provides links to Basefall-Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, Hockey-Reference.com and Olympics-at-Sports-Reference.Com with timely historical information and statistics about individuals, teams and leagues.

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Physics

  • Center for History of Physics -- site maintained by the American Institute of Physics, intended to preserve and make known the history of modern physics and allied fields.
  • European Physical Journal -- an open access site of peer-reviewed journals, covering the full range of pure and applied physics and related interdisciplinary topics. Many of the journals permit use of online content immediately upon publication; others require a password for access.
  • National Science Digital Library (NSDL) -- online portal for education and research on learning in
    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, with designated resources for higher education. Sponsored by The National Science Foundation, all the sites indexed in the portal have been evaluated for quality and authenticity.

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Political Science

  • Africa Portal -- books, articles, documents and other informational resources in regard to policy-related issues in Africa, including conflict resolution, energy, food security, climate change and others.
  • American FactFinder -- demographic information from Census 2000 and 2010, covering geographic, economic, housing and population data.
  • The American Presidency Project -- this is the place to go to access public presidential papers, state of the union addresses, and quick-time video clips of important presidential addresses, created by John Woolley, Gerhard Peters of Univ. of California at Santa Barbara.
  • EUROPA - European Union -- is the official website of the European Union, with information about its members, history, policies, activities, services and current news.
  • FactCheck.org -- "...nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate...that aims to reduce...deception and confusion in U.S. politics." This Annenberg Public Policy Project scans media, news releases, speeches and debates for accuracy of what is said by major U.S. politicians. 
  • First Amendment Center -- the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, runs this site offering research on critical First Amendment issues and related daily news.
  • International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs -- this web site was created by the IWGIA to "endorse and promote indigenous peoples' right to self-determination, their cultural integrity and their right to development.... " To that end, this site provides updates in regard to news, issues and "international processes" as they relate to indigenous peoples. The site also features IWGIA publications, including current and past volumes of The Indigenous World, a yearly report of the current status and conditions of indigenous peoples, which readers may purchase of download. 
  • A New Nation Votes: American Election Returns, 1787-1825 -- search for information by state, election year, office, person and party affiliation. Philip Lampi of the American Antiquarian Society collected the data and Tufts University hosts the web site.
  • Opensecrets.org -- site of the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy.

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Science (General)

  • Eric Weisstein's World of Science -- encyclopedias of astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry and physics.
  • Science Daily -- features the top, late-breaking science news stories from approximately 2000 contributing organizations, including the world’s leading universities and research organizations. Updated several times daily.
  • Science.gov -- portal to over 40 scientific government databases and 2000 scientific government web sites.
  • Science Oxford Online -- designed to demonstrate how science is integrated into everyday life, this site features thumbnail images and brief descriptions of items or issues of general interest in the sciences. Users can search the site by keyword or browse by images. Entries include links to related articles and information.
  • Science Reference Services -- compiled by the Science, Technology and Business Division of the Library of Congress, this site features research guides by subject, recommended internet sites and reference guides in the field of science.
  • WorldWideScience.org -- directory of international scientific research databases on energy, medicine, agriculture, environment and general sciences, hosted by the US Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information.

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Sociology

  • Folkstreams.net -- provides access to streaming video of documentaries beginning in 1964 on U.S. folk or roots culture. Articles on background information are included.
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Culture -- cultural encyclopedia of things gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and more.
  • International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs -- this web site was created by the IWGIA to "endorse and promote indigenous peoples' right to self-determination, their cultural integrity and their right to development.... " To that end, this site provides updates in regard to news, issues and "international processes" as they relate to indigenous peoples. The site also features IWGIA publications, including current and past volumes of The Indigenous World, a yearly report of the current status and conditions of indigenous peoples, which readers may purchase of download.
  • National Partnership for Women & Families -- provides information on issues relating to work and family, health care and workplace fairness.
  • Pew/Internet: Pew Internet & American Life Project -- analyzes the impact of the Internet on people in their daily, work and political life and the evolution of the Internet through data collection.
  • Population Reference Bureau -- gateway to data and reports on population trends.
  • World Bank Open Data -- provides access to the data collected by the World Bank, an institution providing "financing and technical assistance to developing countries around the world." Available data consists of profiles of 200 countries and economies and over 1200 economic indicators, which has been organized by topic, country and indicator. Charts and maps reflecting data results can also be downloaded.

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Statistics

  • American FactFinder -- demographic information from Census 2000 and 2010, covering geographic, economic, housing and population data. Can't find what you are looking for? Try the U. S. Census Bureau.
  • CensusScope -- data from the U.S. Census regarding such issues as racial diversity, population growth, and educational levels, produced by the Social Science Data Analysis Network at the University of Michigan. The site has information at the national, state, county, and metropolitan level.
  • Energy Information Administration -- part of the U.S. Department of Energy, the mission of the EIA "...is to provide policy-neutral data, forecasts, and analyses to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment."
  • FedStats -- provides access to a wide variety of official statistics collected and published by more than 100 Federal agencies.
  • Historical Census Browser -- this University of Virginia site provides U.S. Census data from 1790 to 1960; data are available about the people & economy of each state & county.
  • Historic County and City Data Books -- information from the 1944 through 2000 editions of this work, providing social and economic data on the cities, counties, and states of the U.S.
  • Mapping the Measure of America -- created by the American Human Development Project, this site features interactive, color-coded maps of the United States to provide state-by-state statistics in regard to "the well-being of America" as defined by the health, education and income of its citizens.
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) home page -- provides links to an abundance of data, statistics, and facts related to American education.
  • Population Reference Bureau -- gateway to data and reports on population trends.
  • State and County Quick Facts -- 2010 statistics related to population, housing, business and other areas of interest.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States -- produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Note: Effective October 1, 2011, data collection for Statistical Abstracts terminated. Current statistics can be found from the organizations
    cited in the Abstracts as sources for collection.
  • Statistical Sites on the World Wide Web -- links to statistical sources around the world, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Vital Statistics of the United States -- publication of the National Center for Health Statistics, consisting of detailed data on natality and mortality, marriage and divorce.
  • World Bank Open Data -- provides access to the data collected by the World Bank, an institution providing "financing and technical assistance to developing countries around the world." Available data consists of profiles of 200 countries and economies and over 1200 economic indicators, which has been organized by topic, country and indicator. Charts and maps reflecting data results can also be downloaded.

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Theatre

  • American Variety Stage -- This Library of Congress American Memory collection is a multimedia anthology of Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment from 1870-1920. It includes motion pictures, play scripts, sound recordings, playbills and programs and a Houdini section.
  • Costumer's Manifesto.com -- 800 pages of costume and fashion information. 
  • IBDB: Internet Broadway Database -- the official database for Broadway theatre information, with records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today. 
  • The Oxford Shakespeare -- online version of the 1914 Oxford edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare; includes 37 plays, 154 sonnets & miscellaneous verse.

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Women's Studies

  • American Women: a Gateway to Library of Congress Resources -- described as the source to start your research in Women's Studies, the "gateway" is primarily a research guide, with links to digitized women's history materials drawn from a variety of Library and internet sources, as well as information regarding locations of print and photographic material. 
  • Discovering American Women's History Online -- a database to simplify access to digital collections of primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) that document women's history in the United States. See also, Women's History Sources, a collaborative blog regarding new primary sources from museums, libraries and archives, maintained by the developer of the Discovering American Women database. 
  • GenderStats via World Bank Group -- statistical and other data on subjects ranging from health and education to political participation and poverty, including national statistics, United Nations databases, and World Bank-conducted or funded surveys. 
  • Gerritsen Collection: Women's History Online, 1543-1945 * -- books and periodicals reflecting the evolution of a feminist consciousness and women's rights over four centuries and fifteen languages.
  • Violence Against Women -- facts, guides, data and resources relating to a spectrum of issues including partner violence, date violence, bullying and government initiatives for preventing violence against women. 
  • Women's History Primary Sources Blog -- new and notable primary sources in archives, libraries, and museums. 
  • Women's Studies Librarian -- A good starting point for research in the field of women's studies.  It provides search strategies, links to organizations, magazines, books and videos resources, prevention and more from the National Women's Health Information Center.

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Writing/Research

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