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Best of the Web: Reference
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Federal Trade Commission - For the Consumer
A veritable encyclopedia of consumer information on subjects such as privacy, identity theft, e-commerce, automobiles, telemarketing, and travel.
The three letters after the dot in a computer file's name (such the ".doc" in "resume.doc") are called the extension and they tell you what kind of file it is. Here's a comprehensive listing of those extensions.
Find A Grave
See the graves of thousands of famous people from around the world. Find the graves of ancestors.
FirstGov for Consumers
Links to a broad range of federal information resources available online, which can be searched by category.
Provides real-time flight tracking on the Internet.
Food & Nutrition Information Center
Numerous links to current and reliable nutrition information, icluding food composition, dietary supplements, dietary guidelines, and special topics.
News from New York's Channel 5.
Frequently Occurring Names from the 1990 Census
See how popular a first name or last name was in the 1990 Census.
Funeral Consumers Alliance
Provides information about funeral choices, consumer alerts, a FCA law library, how to file a funeral or cemetery complaint, and etc.
The FXConverter (Foreign Exchange Currency Converter) provides up to date exchange rates for 164 currencies.
Gas Appliances Manufacturers Association
Consumers' Directory of Certified Efficiency Ratings for heating and water heating equipment. View certified efficiency ratings for residential heating equipment, residential water heating equipment and commerical water heating appliances.
Give.org - BBB Wise Giving Alliance
This organization affiliated with the Council of Better Business Bureaus "collects and distributes information on hundreds of nonprofit organizations."
Choose a volunteer vacation abroad or assist a USA volunteer program.
This site provides information about outdoor adventure travel. Topics covered on this site are: hiking, camping, national parks, travel destinations, gear, books, and tours.
New York City news and policy.
A comprehensive site that provides links to grammatical and literate websites, grammarian.com also has an "Ask a Grammarian" service that allows visitors to email their grammar questions.
Great Buildings Online
An NYPL Best of Reference selection in 2001, Great Buildings Online documents architectural masterpieces from around the world and across history with photographs, drawings, 3D models, commentary, bibliographies and web links. Searchable by building name, architect, style, time period, and more, this site is a gateway to the world of architecture.
Greenwich Mean Time
Provides information about time zones, daylight savings time, world time, time zone maps, official time, international time zones, Greenwich Mean Time, military time, atomic time, New York time, Eastern Standard Time, and a time zone converter.
Guide to Grammar and Writing
A guide to the effective use of the English Language, from word use to standard research paper formats. Includes lessons and quizzes.
GuideStar - The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations
Find a wealth of information on a nonprofit's operations, programs, finances, and personnel on this indispensable site.
Focused on local interest with some national/world news.
Easy-to-use portal providing free access to news, news headlines, and news sources worldwide.
This site in addition to offering a search engine for real estate also provides a city comparison feature, a neighborhood finder, and a mortgage and salary calculator.
This online city guide provides door-to-door subway and bus directions, maps for New York City,
International, National and Local News from the Houston Chronicle.
How Far Is It
Calculate the distance -- as the crow flies -- between any two cities around the world.
- How Many? A Dictionary Of Units Of Measurement
How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurements
An A-Z dictionary of the International System of Units, the metric system, and English traditional systems with a history and overview of each. Comprehensive.
How Your House Works
The Head Homeboy at HomeTips is Don Vandervort, segment host on the award-winning HGTV show "The Fix." This part of the site describes how things work in the home. The hometips.com site offers advicefor home improvement, remodeling houses, home repair, decorating, and buying appliances and other home products.
An extensive database of free cleaning-related information, links to service providers, and product reviews.
Searchable directory of 10,000 non-profit organizations in 150 countries. Find information on events, resources, services, volunteering, and employment.
Idealist.org: Action without Borders
The largest website of its kind, Idealist.org lets you search or browse through tens of thousands of nonprofit and community organizations in over 165 countries. The Nonprofit Career Center lets you search for jobs and internships all over the world, there is an extensive list of global volunteer opportunities as well, and information for possible donors.
Infobel World - Telephone Directories
Comprehensive index to online phone directories with 400+ links to yellow pages, white pages, business directories, e-mail addresses and fax listings from around the world.
InfoHub Specialty Travel Guide
InfoHub provides information about unique vacations for people with special interests.
A general information almanac now published on the web. Keyword searching and browsing is available.
This site provides forecasts and advisories for recreational activities and sports.
International Architecture Database
This database has brief descriptions and listings of international buildings, projects and architects. Searchable by name, location and keyword.
International News Archives on the Web
One of the sites maintained by the News Division volunteers of the Special Libraries Association, this one archives foreign newspapers papers are organized by region and country.
International Volunteer Programs Association
An up-to-date search site for international volunteer and internship opportunities from the IVPA.
Internet Anagram Server
Input a word and get all possible anagrams.
Internet Crime Complaint Center
The Internet Crime Complaint Center, in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center, provides a convenient reporting mechanism that alerts authorities to suspected fraud committed over the Internet.
Internet History Sourcebooks Project
Collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use. Find primary sources in ancient, medieval and modern history as well as African, East Asian, Islamic, Jewish, Lesbian and Gay, Science, and Women's history. This is a wonderful site for primary sources on the Internet.
Internet Public Library
The IPL is a virtual library on your desktop created and managed by librarians dedicated to serving the public by "finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing, and creating quality information resources." A first-class site.
Internet Public Library Newspapers
Links to online newspapers from around the world organized by region and country, searchable by keyword.
- Internet Public Library's Online Newspaper Collect
Kelley Blue Book
Offers new and used car pricing as well as decision guides, side-by-side comparisons, car reviews and other tools, tips and advice.
This worldwide directory provides links to newspapers, radio stations, and television stations on the Internet.
LC Lists of Newspapers, Periodicals and News Resources
Numerous links to news & periodical resources on the Web.
Search for relationships between words, concepts, and people in this combination thesaurus, rhyming dictionary, pun generator, and concept navigator.
The latest news from the Dominican Republic.
Literary Map of Manhattan
The New York Times Book Review has developed this map with interactive features linking book excerpts to their various locations on the island of Manhattan. The subtitle explains it all: here's where imaginary New Yorkers lived, worked, played, drank, walked and looked at ducks.
- Live radio and tv from around the world
Lives, the Biography Resource
An extensive collection of links to Websites containing biographies of "individuals who are no longer living or whose public life and career are well behind them."
Local Times Around the World
This resource provides local time, geographical location, and local time zones for almost all countries and islands of the world.
Lonely Planet Online
Provides travel guides, maps, and message boards for locations throughout the world.
Los Angeles Times
News from today's paper plus additional items. Free registration - some services fee-based.
Making of America
Materials accessible here are Cornell University Library's contributions to Making of America (MOA), a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints. The project represents a major collaborative endeavor in preservation and electronic access to historical texts.
Making of America - Cornell University
Cornell University's contributions to the digital library of primary sources in American social history. The MOA is a collaborative effort of Cornell University and the University of Michigan to preserve and provide electronic access to historical texts covering the period from the antebellum through reconstruction. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints from Cornell's collections.
Making of America - University of Michigan
The University of Michigan's contributions to MOA. This site provides access to approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints from the university's collections.
Manhattan Address Locator
Zero in on cross streets or avenues with this handy address finder.
Free ebooks in various formats for PDAs.
Map Machine from The National Geographic Society
Dynamic maps, atlas maps, flags, and country facts are among the highlights of this fine site.
Map an address or get directions from Point A to Point B.
Martindale's Calculators On-Line Center
This site provides a variety of general and subject specific calculators.
Mayor's Volunteer Center
Connects people with meaningful volunteer opportunities that significantly improve the quality of life in New York City. Provides links to organizations in NYC which accept volunteers.
Look up words in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary or Thesaurus.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Official site for buses, trains and other transportation in the Metro area. Includes schedules, fares and current service advisories.
Mike's Radio World
Helpful in locating Internet Radio Stations and Stations by Format (e.g. classical, 80s hits, jazz, etc.)
This is a search engine dedicated to travel sites and airline information. It provides one search of several resources for ticket prices and hotels. The search results link to the service providers.
A gateway service for mass media on the worldwide web, provides links to newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations around the world. Searchable by country, city, and topic.
Use Monstermoving.com to look up apartment and home listings, mortgage quotes, moving quotes, and city comparisons.
All news from MSNBC, including breaking news and this week's Newsweek.
An update on the U.S. government food pyramid, the new pyramids are designed to be personalized.
Helps consumers locate the best price for the exact amount of service they need. Rate calculators are available for services such as wireless, long distance, travel, satellite television, and credit cards.
Offers product and pricing information.
Provides pricing information for new and used vehicles. Includes details on standard features and specifications.
National Address Server
After you enter a "valid U.S. postal address" this site will write the address in the proper format along with the ZIP+4 code.
National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives "ensures, for citizens and federal officials, ready access to essential evidence that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions of federal officials, and the national experience." This incomparable site provides access to millions of documentary treasures including the Charters of Freedom, the Apollo 11 Flight Plan, photographs spanning a century of life in America, and posters from World War II, to name just a few.
National Atlas of the United States
Interactive, multimedia, layered maps of the U.S. with fascinating data that allow you to track the spread of zebra mussels or pinpoint active volcanoes, to name just two possibilities.
National Book Awards
National Book Award winners since 1950. Information about the National Book Foundation and its programs.
National Consumers League
The National Consumers League is a private, nonprofit advocacy group that provides information about issues such as child labor, privacy, food safety, and medication.
National Fraud Information Center
Source for Internet and telemarketing fraud information. Provides a Fraud Hotline and an Online Complaint Form.
National Public Radio
NPR provides listeners with "noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming."
National Toll Free Directory
The National Tollfree Directory provides you with toll free number information, 800 numbers, addresses, website links, email addresses and much more.
"NetAid's mission is to mobilize people in developed countries to make ending extreme poverty a global priority."
NetLingo Online Dictionary
A dictionary of mostly Internet-related terms
Helps teenagers develop career aspirations by enlisting the support of experienced industry professionals entirely through the Internet.
NETRonline.com Public Records Online Directory
A portal to real estate public records and property information.
Network for Good
A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people get more involved in their communities. Search for volunteer opportunities which match your interests and geographic location, find charities to which to donate money, and locate an elected official or media contact to voice your opinions on a variety of topics.
- New Delhi Television
New York Cares
Seeks to unite and enable caring New Yorkers to help people in need and improve their city through volunteer service and creative giving.
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
NYC agency for consumer and business assistance, consumer protection, complaint filing, business license applications and informative publications.
- New York City Department of Transportation
New York Daily News
New York City news with some national coverage.
New York Radio Guide
New York Radio Guide features links to FM Stations by frequency and call letters, AM Stations, Program Listings, and This Week's Highlights.
New York State Consumer Protection Board
Consumer protection and education on lemon laws, credit reporting and ticket brokers, as well as information on scams involving home improvement, construction, telemarketing, mail, and senior citizens in New York State.
New York State Funeral Directors Association
Provides information for New York State consumers about arranging a funeral, Medicaid issues, casket purchasing, embalming issues, and other topics related to death and grief.
New York Today's Restaurants
A searchable guide offering restaurant lists by cuisine and ratings complete with reviews from The New York Times.
Newseum is an online interactive museum of news with a special feature that displays the front pages of newspapers from around the world on a daily basis.