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  • 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.

  • See the graves of thousands of famous people from around the world. Find the graves of ancestors.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • See how popular a first name or last name was in the 1990 Census.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A guide to the effective use of the English Language, from word use to standard research paper formats. Includes lessons and quizzes.
  • 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.
  • Calculate the distance -- as the crow flies -- between any two cities around the world.
  • 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.
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  • Searchable directory of 10,000 non-profit organizations in 150 countries. Find information on events, resources, services, volunteering, and employment.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • This database has brief descriptions and listings of international buildings, projects and architects. Searchable by name, location and keyword.
  • 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.
  • An up-to-date search site for international volunteer and internship opportunities from the IVPA.
  • Input a word and get all possible anagrams.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Links to online newspapers from around the world organized by region and country, searchable by keyword.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."

  • This resource provides local time, geographical location, and local time zones for almost all countries and islands of the world.
  • Provides travel guides, maps, and message boards for locations throughout the world.
  • News from today's paper plus additional items. Free registration - some services fee-based.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Free ebooks in various formats for PDAs.
  • 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.
  • This site provides a variety of general and subject specific calculators.
  • 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.
  • Official site for buses, trains and other transportation in the Metro area. Includes schedules, fares and current service advisories.
  • 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.
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  • Offers product and pricing information.
  • Provides pricing information for new and used vehicles. Includes details on standard features and specifications.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Award winners since 1950. Information about the National Book Foundation and its programs.
  • The National Consumers League is a private, nonprofit advocacy group that provides information about issues such as child labor, privacy, food safety, and medication.
  • Source for Internet and telemarketing fraud information. Provides a Fraud Hotline and an Online Complaint Form.
  • NPR provides listeners with "noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming."
  • 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."
  • A dictionary of mostly Internet-related terms

  • Helps teenagers develop career aspirations by enlisting the support of experienced industry professionals entirely through the Internet.
  • A portal to real estate public records and property information.
  • 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.
  • Seeks to unite and enable caring New Yorkers to help people in need and improve their city through volunteer service and creative giving.
  • NYC agency for consumer and business assistance, consumer protection, complaint filing, business license applications and informative publications.
  • New York City news with some national coverage.
  • New York Radio Guide features links to FM Stations by frequency and call letters, AM Stations, Program Listings, and This Week's Highlights.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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