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General Reference

Bartlett's Quotations
Calculator Currency Converter
Dictionary of Slang
Information Please Almanac
Merriam-Webster's online
MLA Style Guide
Official U.S. Time
Old Farmers Almanac
Popclock (U.S. and World population)
Perpetual Calendars
Weights and Measures Converter

Search Engines
Yipee: Welcome to the Cloud


Local Art In Ruins
Great Buildings Collection
Providence Architecture
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Galleria degli Uffizi
The Getty
Musee du Louvre
The MetMuseum
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
Museum of Fine Arts/Boston
The National Portrait Gallery
RISD Museum

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Ask Art
Kovels - antiques & collectibles
Sears Archives
Sothebys – Digital Photography
Digital Photography
New York Public Library's Digital Gallery
Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art
Google Images
Graffiti Archaeology
Shutterfly – Edit, Share, Order your digital photos

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Car Talk (a wide range of automotive information)
Kelley Blue Book (used car prices)
NADA (used car prices)
RI Division of Motor Vehicles

Books & Publishing

Book Sellers - used and rare book prices

Brattle Bookshop
Cellar Stories

Book Reviews and Recommendations

Shopping for Books
Complete Review of Books
Barnes & Noble
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Rhode Island Small Business Recovery Program
Every Company Counts - Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
Chamber of Commerce Directory (U.S.)
Providence Business News
Stock Quotes-Yahoo Finance
Urban Ventures

Computers & the Internet Shareware
PC World Magazine
Mac Addict Magazine
Symantec (anti-virus information and software)
CNET (computer and electronics reviews and downloads)
Internet Archive "Wayback Machine"

Consumer Information

Better Business Bureau
Consumer Protection Unit-RI Dept. of Attorney General
Epinions (consumer product reviews)
Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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Educational Resources Education Center (reports on federally funded education research topics from the U.S. Department of Education)
Education Journals Online
InfoWorks: Data for RI schools; assessment, Socioeconomic and spending facts
RI Certification
RILINK:Rhode Island Library Information Network for Kids
RI Dept. of Education
Lesson Plans-from

Educators links
Learningtimes.orgDevelopment Community for Education and Training
PBS TeacherSource Reading Is Fundamental
American Museum of Natural History: Resources for Learning Class Homepage Builder

Affordable Colleges Online
Black Excel College Help Network
College Board online
College Source Online: college information from the Career Guidance Foundation
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
FinAid: information about financial aid
GED: High School Equivalency Diploma Program 
Online College Courses - Free online college courses, lectures and videos from the world's leading universities.
Petersons College Guide
RI Colleges and Universities
The Student Center Network - online community for writers
World Citizen's Guide
Ask AliceGeneral Health Questions - guide/resource about post-secondary loans – Find your career in Business and Accounting
Accountingdegreeonline - Database of online Accounting programs offered by accredited colleges in the U.S.
Accredited Schools Online - Search tool and comparison guide for online colleges -- Graduate school scholarships
Online Universities & Colleges Guidebook
Financial Aid Information for Online College Students

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Elections & Politics

Providence and RI Election Information
Elections Division-RI Secretary of State
Find your city (Providence) council person
Political Parties with presidential candidates on the 2000 RI ballot Constitution Party
Democratic Party
Green Party
Natural Law Party
Reform Party
Republican Party

Guide to U.S. Politics & other Parties
Inside Politics (information on state and local politics)
Operation Clean Government

BostonWorks (Boston Globe Classifieds)
Federal Job listings from the OPM
Job Center (Providence Journal Classifieds)
Monster Job Board

Occupational Outlook Handbook (career information from the U.S. government)

RI Job Exchange – Job info – Workplace info
Freelance Talent – Freelance Talent – US Department of State
High Tech Jobs for Computer Professionals
America’s Job Bank
Companies with RI openings
Thingamajob – Contract, Temp, Direct-hire Jobs

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Academy Awards
All Movie Guide
Internet Movie Database
Hollywood Video

Radio Station locator - Television
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
TV Acres (TV show information and trivia)
TV Guide
TV Station Locator
TV Tome (TV show information and trivia)

Internet Broadway Database
Tony Awards - Providence Theater
Black Repertory Theater
Newgate Theater
Ocean State Follies
Perishable Theater
Providence Performing Arts Center
Sandra Feinstein-Gamm
Trinity Repertory Company

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Food, Home & Gardening

All Recipes
Better Homes and Gardens
Food and Nutrition Information
Food Network
Home and Garden Television
This Old House
URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences
All Recipes
Better Homes and Gardens
Food and Nutrition Information
Food Network
Home and Garden Television
This Old House
URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Food and Recipes
Cook’s Thesaurus
All food site
Gourmet Spot
Food 411
Cooking For Engineers
Cook's Illustrated, America 's Test Kitchen
Cooking Light
The Food Section
The Splendid Table from American Public Media


American College of Heraldry
Cyndi's List
Ellis-Island Online
Social Security Death Index (Powered by FamilySearch)
United States Vital Records Information
Chronicling America (Library of Congress)

Rhode Island Genealogy Resources
RI Historical Cemeteries Transcription Project
Roots Web's RI Resources

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Geography & Countries

Background Notes (provided by U.S. State Department)
CIA World Fact Book
Country Studies
Flags (American)
Flags of the world
Nation Master (statistical information on the countries of the world)
U.S. Geological Survey (maps)
U.S. State Department Travel Advisories
United Nations

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FirstGov (official U.S. government web portal)
Government Documents (GPO)
U.S. Congress
U.S. Judiciary
U.S. Presidency
United States Government Manual (directory of U.S. government agencies and organizations)
Library of Congress
US Senate
The White House
U.S. General Services Administration  

Rhode Island
Rhode Island General Laws
State of Rhode Island (official state web portal)

City Ordinances
City of Providence

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Grants & NonProfits

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Charity Navitagor
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Foundation Center
GrantsNet-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Guidestar-National Database of Nonprofits
National Center for Charitable Statistics
National Institute of Health-Grants and Funding Opportunities
Rhode Island Foundation


Center for Disease Control
Dr. Weil (medical advice and information)
Healthfinder (U.S. Department of Health)
MedlinePlus (National Institutes of Health & National Library of Medicine)
RI DocFinder
Web MD
National Institute of Health – Cancer Care
Living to 100: Life Expectancy Calculator
American Heart Association
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
Drug Rehab

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Ancient Greece
History Channel
Presidents of the U.S. - White House
U.S. National Archives and Records

Primary Sources
American Memory
Over 7 million digital items available from more than 100 historical collections compiled by the Library of Congress
British Pathe Media Archive
75 years of 12 million images from Pathecinema newsreels
European Documents
Selected translations, transcriptions, and facsimiles from Western European primary documents
Making of America
A digital library covering American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction
Internet History Sourcebooks
Primary source material covering the Ancient, Modern and Medieval world. Subsidiary sourcebooks include Africa, India, East Asia and the Islamic world.
Our Documents
Documents of American history from the National Archives
The Vietnam Project
Documents of American history from the National Archives
What Did You Do in the War Grandma?
An Oral history of Rhode Island women during WWII conducted by students at South Kingstown High School
Conducting Primary Source Research
Do History
Teaches the researcher how to piece the past together using one woman's 18th Century diary as a case study
A guide to organizing and publishing oral history interviews
Using Primary Sources on the Web

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HUD in RI (includes section 8 housing search)
Home Center (Providence Journal Classifieds)
RI Housing Resources Commission
RI Living (Real Estate listing search)

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Law & Legal (legal articles, local attorney reference)
Find Law (legal resources)
Legal Database Locator
Legal Information Institute (legal information and court cases and decisions from Cornell University)
Legislative Information (federal bill status and history)
Martindale-Hubble Law Directory (directory of law offices and lawyers)
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Libraries & Library Catalogs

Brown University Libraries (Josiah search)
Facts About Rhode Island Libraries
HELIN: RI Higher Education Library Information Network
Library of Congress
Ocean State Libraries
OLIS Libraries Organizations
SAILS: Southeastern Automated Integrated Library Service

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Electronic Poetry Center-U. of Buffalo
English Electronic Text Archive-U. of Virginia
Find a Poet A searchable database of poets and their poetry through the American Academy of Poets
Literary Movements
Perseus Digital Library-Tufts (Contains a range of primary and secondary materials for the study of Literature, Classics and the Humanities)
Project Gutenberg
Shakespeare-The Complete Works

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National Geographic
US News & World Report

Rhode Island
Providence and East Side Monthly
Rhode Island Monthly

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New England
Boston Children's Museum
Boston Science Museum
Heritage Harbor Museum
Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Mystic Seaport
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New England Aquarium
Providence Children's Museum
RISD Museum
Roger Williams Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

National and International
American Museum of Natural History
British Museum
Musee Online (Directory)


All Music Guide
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Celestial Harmonies
Classical Music
Copyright for Music Librarians
Cultural Equity
Dirty Linen
Harmonia Mundi
I Hear America Singing
International Music Score Library Project
Library of Congress National Jukebox
Putumayo World Music
Rhode Island Philharmonic
Sheet Music Consortium
Worldwide Internet Music Resources Yahoo Music Indices

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News & Newspapers

Local News
Channel 6 (ABC)
Channel 10 (NBC)
Channel 12 (CBS)


Newspaper Index

Rhode Island Newspapers
Newport Daily News
Pawtucket Times
Providence Journal
Providence Phoenix
Westerly Sun
Woonsocket Call

National Newspapers
Boston Globe
New York Times
USA Today
Washington Post

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Pet Finder (adopt a pet)
Pet Place (information for pet owners)
Pet Source (information for pet owners)
Veterinarian Directory


Arts and Entertainment - ArtsNowRI calendar
City of Providence
  Providence Emergency Management (Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan 2013)
Downtown Providence
History of Providence
Providence Plan (Statistics and demographic information about Providence and its neighborhoods)
Providence Preservation Society
Providence Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Religion & Mythology

BeliefNet (information on world religions)
Bible Gateway (passage and word search of many different bible versions)
Catholic Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia Mythica (mythology)
Religion Online (full text religious documents and scriptures)
Religious Resources (directory of religious resources on the internet)
Religious Tolerance (promotes religious tolerance and freedom, describes religions, discusses controversial topics)

Resources en Español

CNN en Espanol
FirstGov en Espanol
MedlinePlus en Espanol
Mundo Latino
Periodicos en Espanol
Verizon Superpages en Espanol (Directorio telefónico en línea con mapas, páginas amarillas, y más)
Wikepedia en Espanol (la enciclopedia libre)
Yahoo en Espanol

Rhode Island

Accessible RI (a guide to accessibility in the Ocean State)
City of Providence
Contacts for RI cities and towns
HeritageQuest* from the library
HeritageQuest* from your home
Moving to Rhode Island
Rhode Island Government ~
Rhode Island History
Rhode Island Historical Society
Rhode Island State Archives
United Way 2-1-1 of Rhode Island
Travel Rhode Island
Visit Rhode Island
What's Happening in Rhode Island - ArtsNowRI calendar

*available throught the SRRC to all OSL cardholders from anywhere

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Science, Technology & Math

Discovery Channel
First Gov for Science (science information from the federal government)
How Stuff Works
Math Forum (math resources and help for students and teachers)
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Why Files (the science behind the news)  

Sports & Recreation

Olympics Official Site
Sports Illustrated

Boston Bruins
Boston Celtics
Boston Red Sox
New England Patriots
Pawtucket Red Sox
Providence Bruins

East Coast Greenway (bicycling)
Hiking and Walking (recreation information from the federal government)

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Tax Forms

Federal Tax Forms
RI Tax Forms
U.S. State Tax Forms

Telephone Directories 

AnyWho (contains a reverse look-up by telephone number)
Canada 411
MisterWhat (find companies, restaurants, shops and local services in the United States)
Switchboard (contains a reverse look-up by telephone number)
Verizon Superpages

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Transportation & Travel

Convention & Visitors' Bureau Directory
Lonely Planet Travel Guides
MBTA (Boston)
Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
T.F. Green (PVD) Airport
Travel New England


Maine Harbors: Tides and Weather for the New England Mariner
National Weather Service
Weather Channel
Weather Underground (contains historical weather data)

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