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  • Library of Congress' list of online newpaper archives, indexes and databases, with links to both free and subscription services.
  • A gateway to local U.S. newspapers maintained by the Newspaper Association of America.
  • News, weather & sports from the New York City radio station.
  • Satellite images, current conditions, forecasts, climate archives and statistics from the U.S. National Weather Service.
  • Provides online access to selected historical newspapers from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties.
  • News and features from National Public Radio. Includes a national directory of NPR affiliates.
  • Free, up-to-date guide to U.S. and international telephone directories on the Web.
  • NY1
    NYC's 24-hour news channel.
  • Information on New York City roadways, bridges and parking.
  • Some interesting statistics and fun facts about New York City from the city's official tourism Website.
  • OAIster is an easy to search reference site, which consists of "a collection of freely available, difficult-to-access, academically-oriented digital resources."
  • Set your watch to the official U.S. time.
  • Entertaining site that allows you to listen to clips from "old time radio series and news."
  • Search over 800 dictionary Websites for definitions and translations.
  • This site enables you to convert speed, distance, area, numbers, angles, clothing size, etc. It provides over 5,000 units, and 50,000 conversions.
  • Links to thousands of U.S. and international newspapers.
  • Historical bird's-eye view maps from the American Memory Collection of the Library of Congress. Search by keyword or browse by location, subject, or map creator.
  • Peace Corps volunteers serve in 70 countries, working to bring clean water to communities, teach children, help start new small businesses, and stop the spread of AIDS. This Website provides assignment descriptions, a guide to the application process, personal accounts from volunteers, an online application, and more.
  • An A to Z glossary of food and cooking terms.
  • This site links to frequently updated airline ticket deals and specials. It also includes tips, airports and booking agents.
  • Search for nationwide volunteer opportunities and resources.
  • Biographies of Popes from The Catholic Encyclopedia.
  • Provides most popular baby names by decade, state and gender. Names are searchable for popularity listing from 1990 to the present.
  • Analyzes statistical data with a special focus on population, health, and the environment, and offers special sections for Educators and Journalists.
  • A collection of Websites containing publicly available information.
  • Background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents.
  • Find reports on products and prices for goods such as books, computers, digital photography, electronics, prescription drugs, home & garden, movies, music, office equipment, sporting goods, video games, and watches.
  • With data on real estate in selected cities compiled from government sources, this site is useful to tenants as well as prospective buyers and renters. It provides property records, maps, photos, building permits and violations, and the demographics of the area surrounding a given address.
  • Offers an annotated list of sources of public records and public information.
  • Literary, humorous, and random quotations, plus quotations by topic.
  • This radio station search engine allows you to search by zip code, state, and call letters. Radio-Locator even provides links to world radio stations.
  • Exceedingly comprehensive and easy to use, this catalog of Web resources has it all.
  • Offers appliance repair help and tips.
  • This website, from the University of Washington, is an interactive tutorial about how to conduct research. It is an excellent resource for teachers, students, or anyone looking to hone their research skills.
  • This website, edited by two librarians, adds high-quality web-based resources on a daily basis.
  • Provides the results of inspections of food service establishments in the five boroughs conducted by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Search for a restaurant by neighborhood or establishment name.
  • News from the Netherlands.
  • This site, created by the American Bar Association, provides tips for safely shopping online.
  • Find out how much you should be getting paid with salary.com's compensation calculators.
  • Archives of articles and photos back to 1995 included free.
  • National news from California.
  • Gateway to the websites of more than 2,100 scholarly societies around the world. Offers keyword searching, subject guides and historical data.
  • An extensive directory of links to free public records databases on the Internet.
  • Part of News Directory, it allows you to search for free full-text articles in selected newspapers. Coverage varies. News Directory is a free directory of newspapers, magazines, television stations, colleges, visitor bureaus, governmental agencies and more.
  • This site can help you select a good seat on American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, United, and US Airways.
  • Today's news searchable from Feb. 1996.
  • A network of programs that tap the experience, skills, and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges.
  • Through SERVEnet, a program of Youth Service America (YSA), users can enter their zip code, city, state, skills, interests, and availability and be matched with organizations needing help.
  • Assists in the development and success of volunteer activities that can becompleted, in whole or in part, via the Internet.
  • 10,000 notable quotations from 4,000 sources covering the years 1950 to 1988. Browse subject and author indexes to find quotations with full citations.
  • Searchable archive of newspapers from small towns in the United States.
  • In-depth how-to articles on thousands of topics.
  • Breaking news from Russia, includes an archive of back issues.
  • Comprehensive, annotated directory of the best resources for statistics on the Web.
  • From the US Department of Labor, this website provides links to a large number of US Federal and International statistical agencies.
  • An online directory and shopping resource in English and Spanish from Verizon.
  • This website allows you to enter a word and get its synonyms, antonyms, and its definition.
  • View calendars for any year from 1 to 10000 C.E.
  • Breaking News from Australia
  • This site's mission is to increase public awareness about food allergies and anaphylaxis (a severe, life-threatening reaction). It provides access to some current research and links to other allergy related sites.
  • This government Website provides information on food safety, food recalls, foodborne illness, and a variety of other topics.
  • News from one of Ireland's national newspapers.
  • Breaking news from Israel.
  • This website from the NYC Department of Transportation, which is responsible for much of the city's transportation infrastructure, has information about mass transit, motorists, bicycles and pedestrians, as well as the most updated information on travel advisories and traffic regulations.
  • This site allows you to search for New York City restaurants by name, cuisine, location, price, rating, and meal.
  • Provides five-day and long-range weather forecasts, gardening tips, solar and lunar events, and weekly advice.
  • Helpful site that provides suggestions for tipping and an enlargeable tip rate table card.
  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's website provides official travel and service information.
  • The oldest quotation site on the Web, The Quotations Page offers over 25,000 quotations, an author and subject index, as well as a number of different features, including: a search function, a "word of the day", and book reviews.
  • Use StartSpot to "simplify your search for the best of the Web." StartSpot features links to topical information about books, movies, employment, genealogy, government, headlines, homework, libraries, museums, and travel.
  • Internet version of the weekly and Sunday paper. Requires registration, but is free.
  • This site allows you to create a customized packing list for your trip.
  • Politics, international, national and local news.
  • The University of Wisconsin developed this science site which features current events and an archive.
  • The WIPO is an agency of the United Nations dedicated to promoting the protection of Intellectual Property. Users have access to comprehensive lists of resources and up to date copyright, patent and trademark information.
  • Hosted by Garrison Keillor, this daily on-line and radio program has poems as well as significant birthdays and historical information, mostly of literary importance.
  • A guide to time zones, calendars and more.
  • Time's Person of the Year awards since 1927 honoring the most influential person or idea of the preceding year.
  • Check the current time in cities around the world or find out what time it'll be in Minsk when it's noon in Tahiti.
  • This site provides the local time and time zone of different countries. When a country is selected, Time Ticker will also show what other coutries are included in that time zone.
  • This directory provides official government tourism offices, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce, and similar agencies which provide free travel information.
  • This online travel service allows you to make reservations for flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, and etc.
  • Turkey's only English-language daily news- paper current issues available free.
  • This site provides links to travel warnings, Consular Information Sheets, passport information, help for Americans abroad, and other useful tips for travelers.
  • Contains links to national and international newspaper archives and indexes available over theInternet.
  • Obtain the climate data for U.S. cities and and create maps of monthly temperatures and precipitation from 1895 to the present. Look up weather terms in the handy glossary.
  • A comprehensive collection of weather links offering access to forecasts, images, and weather data.
  • United Nations Volunteers is administered by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). UNV is seeking staff who are committed to the ideals of volunteerism and can contribute to UNV'S mission in three key areas: advocating for volunteerism, intergrating volunteerism in development and mobilizing volunteers for peace and development.
  • Population figures, social indicators, and other statistics from international sources compiled by the U.N. Statistics Division.
  • U.S. Census Bureau home page. Censuses of Population and Housing, Economic Censuses and many more statistical sources, both current and historical.

  • Official site of the U.S. Copyright Office featuring general information, legislation and publications. Download Copyright Office application forms.
  • Inventor resources, searchable databases, printable forms, and much more from the USPTO.
  • The United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) is the volunteer arm of the United Nations. UNV manages this Online Volunteering service.
  • Comprehensive site of categorized urban legends.

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