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Articles & News

Newseum - Today's Front Pages
Front pages from more than 665 newspapers from 53 countries.

NewsLink
Find your hometown newspaper here — anywhere in the world! Also includes links to magazines, radio, and TV stations.

Books & Reader's Advisory

Bartleby.com
Bartleby.com publishes the classics of literature, nonfiction, and reference free of charge.

LibriVox
LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain.

Project Gutenberg
A library of 17,000 free eBooks whose copyright has expired.
WorldCat.org
WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.

Business & Investment

AnnualCreditReport.com
The official site set up by the big three credit reporting agencies to help consumers obtain their free annual credit reports.

BigCharts
BigCharts provides access to investment research tools such as interactive charts, quotes, industry analysis, intraday stock screeners, as well as market news & commentary.

CNNMoney.com
Business news and information from the editors of CNN and Money Magazine.

EDGAR (SEC Filings & Forms)
  Corporate information on companies required to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Entrepreneur's Guide
A helpful, reliable resource for anyone interested in starting a business in Pennsylvania. It clearly outlines the information you need, including: writing a business plan, financing your business,choosing a site, registering your business name, laws, regulations and licenses, general tax information, tax credits and incentives and more.

SCORE
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.  The site includes valuable templates and tools to help construct business plans, accounting & managment, legal issues, technology, and much more.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Search the Trademark and Patent Databases. Tutorials from UT's Engineering Library will help make your search more productive.

U.S. Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration site is full of tools, templates, and links to other organizations that are helpful to small businesses

College, Careers & Jobs

COLLEGENavigator
See and compare profiles of over 7,000 colleges and universities across the nation.

FAFSA
Fill out a FAFSA (free application for student aid) at this site from the U.S. Department of Education.

Glassdoor.com

Get an inside look at companies with thousands of current and former employee reviews in addition to a job search engine.

LearnHowToBecome.org

A one stop, comprehensive resource developed to help students and professionals understand what it takes to land their perfect career.  From picking the right school, all the way to climbing the company ladder, this site acts as a guide through each of the steps you need to take to begin, further, or change your career path.

PA CareerLink
PA CareerLink® Lehigh Valley is an employment center that connects employers and job opportunities with qualified job seekers.

Riley Guide
Excellent resource for using the Internet to find a job.

Virtual Career Network
The Virtual Career Network (VCN) is an "open source, open content" workforce services and online learning delivery platform built and operated by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) under a grant from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the United States Department of Labor (DOL).  The purpose of this platform is to assist new entrants and un- and under-employed persons transition into high paying, high growth healthcare careers. The VCN will offer a structured step-by-step online process designed to assist users determine whether a health care career is appropriate for them, identify necessary credentials, find aid and education, and much more.  

DIRECTORIES

Telephone Directories on the Web
Telephone books, Yellow Pages, fax, and business directories from the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Zabasearch
Search for people by name from information in public record databases.

Entertainment

allmusic
Explore the world of music -- all genres and styles are covered.

ESPN.com
All the sports news and updated scores.

Internet Movie Database
Film information including reviews, plot summaries, awards, bios...

TV Guide Entertainment Network
Not just TV — music and movies, too.

Wedding Planner (theknot.com)   

Detailed planner covers venues, dresses, cakes, receptions, honeymoons & more

Genealogy

Cindy's List
Large selection of resources from around the web devoted to genealogy.

FamilySearch
The largest collection of free family history, family tree, and genealogy records in the world.

GENUKI (Genealogy of the United Kingdom & Ireland)
This large collection of genealogical information pages run by volunteers covers England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Includes a link to the UK National Archives. GENUKI is the British equivalent of the USGenWeb site

National Archives
Resources for Genealogists from archives.gov.

RefDesk
This site is an aggregation of 70 different resources around the web.

USGenWebProject
A volunteer project to provide Internet sites for genealogical research in every county and state of the U.S. Includes access to the USGW Digital Library transcription project and a variety of other special projects and sites.

Cemetary Records

Cemetery Junction
Directory of cemeteries linked to transcriptions entered by volunteers on a wide variety of sites around the Internet.  The focus is on the United States and Australia.

Find a Grave
Growing, searchable database of cemeteries and gravesites.

Interment.net
Over 3 million cemetery records in nearly 8 thousand cemeteries submitted by volunteers around the world.  Also includes photographs, history, maps of cemeteries and driving directions.

Nationwide Military Gravesite Locator
Search most of the 120 Department of Veterans Affairs' national cemeteries for burial locations.

US Cemetery Records
US cemetery transcription listings listed by state.  Browse these listings for particular cemeteries in each state that have interments found online.

Health & Medicine

ClinicalTrials.gov

This registry of over 130,000 clinical trials conducted worldwide and includes the trial's purpose, participant eligibility, and location.

Drug Information Portal

The National Library of Medicine's Drug Information Portal provides information on over 31,000 drugs from their entry in clinical trials through U.S. FDA approval and into the marketplace.  

Healthcare.gov

Healthcare.gov will help you prepare for the introduction of the Affordable Care Act.  The site provides information about shopping for health coverage using the new Health Insurance Marketplace, health provider comparisons and more.

LactMed

Drugs and Lactation Database with drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed.  Includes information on levels of substances in breast milk and infant blood, possible effects on nursing infants and on lactation, potential alternate drugs and links to breastfeeding resources

MEDLINEplus
MEDLINEplus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, provides consumer health information in English and Spanish. 

National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine provides free health information to libraries, health professionals, and consumers around the world. The information originates from the National Institutes of Health.

NIH Senior Health

NIH Senior Health is a government website designed with the needs of older adults in mind.  The site provides accurate health and wellness information for people 60+

Pillbox

Quickly identify unknown drugs by color, shape, size, imprint, and scoring.  Pill images are included when available.

PDRhealth.com

Based on the Physicians' Desk Reference database, this site is designed to put critical health information into the hands of consumers.

Hospital Comparison
Resources for hospital comparison.

Homeschooling

askpauline.com
Askpauline.com is dedicated to homeschooling in Pennsylvania

Homework Helpers

Great Sites!
Web sites for kids and the adults who care about them from the American Library Association.   

Internet

Facebook beginners Guide

Subject Directories

ipl2
A comprehensive index to the Internet designed for public library customers.

Useful Reference Sites
Sites recommended by the Library of Congress (Alcove 9)

Search Engines

Best Search Tools
Links to recommended search engines from Infopeople.

Recommended Search Engines
A table of features of the best general Web page search engines with links to more detailed instructions and to the search engines.

Tutorials

New Internet User Tutorial
Designed to help people who have never used a computer before, this tutorial concentrates on using the mouse and other basic skills.

Bare Bones 101
A basic tutorial on searching the Web.

Law

Findlaw
Index to many legal resources, including primary legal sources, government resources, and WWW sites.

Public Library of Law
A free online legal research site from Fastcase

Libraries

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress catalog and more — copyright information, links to government sites, and a guide to the Web.

Real Estate

Lehigh County Assessment Office
Search assessment records for Lehigh County.

Trulia
Check real estate listings, see crime trends, school reviews, and more.

Zillow
Check real estate listings and more.

Tax Information

Internal Revenue Service Web Site
Get your forms and publications here.

Local (Parkland) Tax
Tax office of the Parkland School District

Pennsylvania

Who Represents Me?
Enter your address to find who represents you in Congress

Senior Resources

AARP 
Administration on Aging 
Benefits Check Up
Eldercare Locator
Family Caregiver Alliance
Meals on Wheels 
Medicare 
National Council on the Aging
Senior Living Map 
SeniorNet 

U.S. Government

American FactFinder
Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

USA.gov
USA.gov is an easy-to-search, free-access website designed to give you a centralized place to find information from local, state, and U.S. Government Agency websites.

Citizen and Immigration Services
Check here for forms and information on fees, fingerprints, laws, and regulations.

FedStats
Statistics from more than 70 agencies of the U.S. government.

Publications.USA.gov

Download or print hundreds of free consumer, medical, & health information

Social Security Administration
The official website of the Social Security Administration.

THOMAS: Legislative information from the Library of Congress
Legislative information of the U.S. Congress, including floor activities, bills, laws, committee information, and more.

The White House
Keep track of the issues, signed legislation, and appointments from the Executive branch.

Resources created by PCL Reference Librarians

Parenting Guide

History Day Resources Guide

Science Fair Resources Guide

Job Seeker Resource Guide

Guide to Health Related Resources