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Acronyms and Abbreviations Abbreviations.com A directory and search engine for finding acronyms and abbreviations.
Acronym Finder Provides more than 600,000 human-edited definitions, Acronym Finder is the world's largest and most comprehensive dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.
GovSpeak: a guide to government acronyms and abbreviations Thousands of government acronym and abbreviations are easily found on this page.
Biographical Sources Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress 1774-present With an easy search tool, this resource provides biographical information as well as information on years served in Congress for every member from 1774 to present.
Biographies PolySearch Engine A searchable database of biographical information from a variety of sources.
Biography.com Thousands of short biographies excerpted from the Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia.
Internet Public Library: Biographies The Internet Public Library's website provides an annotated list of links to biographical resources. Subheadings include Artists & Architects, Authors, Entertainers, Musicians & Composers, Politicians & Rulers, and Scientists and Inventors.
Calculators Calculators.com This website provides links to lots of different types of calculators. The most used calculators, including scientific, graphing, mortgage, and percentage, among others, are clickable from the main page of the website.
Calculators Online Center This site provides links to more than 23,000 calculators and spreadsheets of all types.
Cite Your Sources Hudson Valley Library Page Find useful guides for citing correctly,
Colleges and Universities Best Colleges This website, created and maintained by the Education and Social Science Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, provides links to many different ranking sources.
College Navigator A searchable directory from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.
College Search Provides various search criteris for finding up to date comparative information on colleges
U.S. Two-year Colleges This is a comprehensive listing of two-year colleges. Listings are arranged by state.
Countries of the World Background Notes From the U.S. Department of State, this series include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations.
CIA World Factbook Facts and figures about countries compiled by the CIA. Updated annually.
Countries and Regions Provided by the World Bank, this site provides "country briefs" that include recent political and economic activities for each country, along with other useful, current information.
Portals to the World From subject specialists at the Library of Congress, this site provides links to authoritative, in-depth information about nations and areas of the world. The information is arranged country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories.
Currency Converter Universal Currency Converter This site will convert any currency into any other currency. Very easy to use and always up to date.
Dictionaries, Thesauri,
and Translators
Cambridge Dictionaries Online This site provides access to several Cambridge dictionaries, including their Advanced Learners' Dictionary, an idiom dictionary, and others.
Foreign Language Online Dictionaries and Free Translation Links From YourDictionary.com, this site provides links to language resources for a wide variety of languages from Abanaki to Zulu.
Free Translation Online This is a great website for getting quick translation help. Just choose which language you wish to translate, type in the phrase, and the phrase comes back in the second language.
Health Information A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia This resource is from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
MayoClinic.com This site provides reliable, up-to-date information for health care consumers. Information is offered in many categories including: Diseases & Conditions, Drugs & Supplements, Ask a Specialist, etc.
National Center for Health Statistics A website from the Centers for Disease Control, offering a variety of data on topics including aging, births, diseases, health insurance and others.
WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS) From the World Health Organization, this website provides a wealth of information on health issues, worldwide.
Internet Search Engines
and Subject Directories
Google.com The most popular search engine. Offshoots include GoogleScholar, GoogleMaps, and others.
Infomine.com: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections A directory and search engine for finding acronyms and abbreviations.
ipl2 ipl2 is the result of a merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII). Search and browse the this website for high quality links from the best of the Web, maintained by information science professionals from several colleges and universities.
New York State Government
New York State home page This is the first place to go for accurate, current information about NYS government. Information is arranged by broad topic area. There is a search box, as well as clearly labeled Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branch links.
New York State Assembly. Assembly Members Contact your Assembly person. Members are listed alphabetically. If you don't know your Assembly person's name, you can search by your zip code.
New York State Senate. Senators Contact your NYS Senator. Members are listed alphabetically, or you can search by your zip code.
New York State. Unified Court System. Judicial Directory This website provides information on judges for the various levels of NYS courts, as well as information about the court system in NYS.
Primary Sources for Research CivilWar@Smithsonian This site is produced by the National Portrait Gallery and is dedicated to examining the Civil War through the Smithsonian Institution's extensive and manifold collections.
Digital Schomburg This website offers digitized documents from the well-renowned Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library.
Documenting the American South The University Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sponsors Documenting the American South, and the texts and materials come primarily from its southern holdings.
The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy From Yale University Law School Library, this website provides a rich collection of primary sources.
A Chronology of US Historical Documents From the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
American Memory Project From the Library of Congress, this website provides access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity.
Many Pasts This webpage is part of George Mason University's website, "History Matters: the U.S. Survey Course on the Web." This feature contains primary documents in text, image, and audio about the experiences of ordinary Americans throughout U.S. history.
The New Deal Network The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (FERI) created the New Deal Network, a research and teaching resource containing primary source materials, photographs, political cartoons, and texts (speeches, letters, and other historic documents). Currently there are more than 20,000 items in this database.
New York Times-Proquest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851-2005) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue.
Coverage: Sept. 18, 1851 - Dec 31., 2005
The Ad*Access Project Funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund, this site presents images and database information for more than 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II.
New York State Digital Collections This link takes you to a catalog search to locate a large collection of digitized items from the New York State Library.
New York Heritage Digital Collections This is a gateway to hundreds of digital collections about New York State's people, places, and institutions. NewYorkHeritage.org brings together freely accessible digital collections from libraries, museums and archives from all over the state.
Perseus Digital Library From Tufts University, this website is an excellent source for primary materials on the Classics as well as other world history topics.
Selected Digital Historical Documents from the Collections of the New York State Library This link provides access to a collection of historical materials, including items from the Colonial period, Revolutionary War, Civil War, and many others.
World History Sources From the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, this site provides website reviews that describe online primary–source archives, evaluate resources and provide classroom suggestions. It also provides some primary documents including images, text and audio.
Quotations Quotations at Bartleby.com Bartleby.com combines the best of both contemporary and classic quotations collections into a searchable database of more than 87,000 entries, the largest of its kind ever compiled.
Rensselaer County Information Rensselaer County Online If you live here, we hope you are able to access the services you need, and if you don't live here we hope you have similar good fortune and encourage you to come visit us...who knows...you may decide to stay.
Statistics Sources American FactFinder This website from the U.S. Census Bureau provides links to statistics on population, housing, business and government. There's a continually updated Population Clock, links to the Economic Census as well as the Annual Survey of Manufactures, and much more. The site is searchable and easy to navigate.
Bureau of Justice Statistics - Federal The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics collects, analyzes and disseminates data on crime and criminals at all levels of government.
Criminal Justice Statistics - New York State From the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, this website provides a wealth of data.
FedStats This U.S. government website provides links to statistical information from more than 100 government agencies. Includes a Statistical Reference Shelf that provides online access to several statistical reference sources, including the Statistical Abstract of the United States, National Transportation Statistics and others.
International Database From the U.S. Census Bureau, this website provides a wealth of statistical information on countries or areas of the world with populations over 5,000.
PollingReport.com This is an independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion.
State and County QuickFacts From the U.S. Census Bureau, this is a very useful website with information on cities and towns with populations of 25,000+. There's a "Student State Facts" for younger students. This website is easy to us. You click the state on the U.S. map or use the dropdown menu to select the state.
Tax Information New York State Forms and Instruction Access both electronic and print media.
IRS Forms and Publications Access both electronic and print media.
U.S. Government Information Fdsys: Federal Digital System This site replaces GPO Access and is the official site for information from the three branches of the federal government.
Google U.S. Government Search Use Google's familiar search interface to find US Government information
THOMAS From the Library of Congress, this website provides full text of bills, resolutions, bill status, House and Senate roll call votes and much more.
USA.gov This website is the U.S. Government's official Web portal. There are multiple ways to find information, including by broad topic area, agency,using a search box, etc.
Weights, Measures
and Equivalents
Common Equivalent Weights and Measures This site provides a very convenient equivalence chart.
Convert-me.com Here you can make online conversions for many types of weights and measures: temperature, weights, distances, area and many others.
OnlineConversion.com This site provides an enormous amount of conversion information including clothing sizes, astronomical units, cooking, frequency, length, distance, and much more.
Writing Assistance The Writing and Research Center in the Learning Assistance Center Writing Assistance is available onsite on the second floor of Marvin Library Learning Commons. Online resources are also available.
OWL (Online Writing Lab) From Purdue University, this website provides excellent online resources for improving your writing.