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OASIS

Access an interactive mapping system for New York City, supplemented by aerial photography, building and property data, environmental information, and data analysis tools.
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Image Collections, Government and Law, New York City History, Science, Technology, Maps, Atlases, Cartography
The New York City Open Accessible Space Information System Cooperative is a project of more than 30 public and private groups (such as NYPIRG
English

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Information on hundreds of different types of jobs and training or education needed.
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Jobs
English

OCLC FirstSearch

On-Site Access Only
Provides access to a wide variety of articles in a number of databases as well as a union catalog of books in libraries all over the world.  
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Art, Language and Literature, Reference, Books and Libraries, Library Catalogs, Magazines, Journals and Serials
OCLC FirstSearch is an online reference system that provides access to a wide range of resources in 4 databases, ArticleFirst (OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals), ECO ( An OCLC collection of scholarly journals) , UnionLists (List of periodicals held by OCLC member libraries), & WorldCat (OCLC catalog of books, web resources, and other material worldwide).
English

OldNYC: Mapping Historical Photographs of New York City

This free website provides an alternative way of browsing the NYPL's incredible Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s collection.
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Photography, New York City History, Image Collections, Maps, Atlases, Cartography
English

One Step by Stephen Morse

Search tools for finding immigration records, federal and New York state census records, vital record indexes, and for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, soundex, and numerous other genealogical applications. Some of these tools fetch data from other websites but do so in more versatile ways than the search tools provided on those websites, including Ellis Island, Castle Garden, and Germans to the U.S., 1850-1897, and Russians to the U.S., 1834-1897. Includes AD/ED finder for census research.
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Genealogy
English

Open Access Pub

Open Access Pub initiated with an aim of promoting the progress and upholding the cause of Science and Technology using the concept of Open Access with the best system ever available along with retaining its "Quality"-the main element.
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Science, Technology
English

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Library Card Required
Opposing Viewpoints offers material to support differing views and help students develop critical thinking skills on thousands of current social topics in the forms of primary source documents, statistics, websites and multimedia.
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Government and Law, Health and Medicine, History, United States History, World History, Philosophy, Homework Help, Magazines, Journals and Serials, Religion, Area and Cultural Studies, American Studies, Economics, Education, Political Science, Psychology, Technology
English

ORB: On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies

A collection of Medieval Studies resources on the Internet
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History, Language and Literature
ORB is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students. All articles have been judged by at least two peer reviewers. Authors are held to high standards of accuracy, currency, and relevance to the field of medieval studies.
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Ordnance Survey, Ireland, Mapping Agency historic mapping

Between 1829 and 1842 Ordnance Survey Ireland completed the first ever large-scale survey of an entire country. This includes that survey and other mapping data.
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English

Oxford Art Online

Library Card Required
Oxford Art Online offers users the ability to access the vast content of Grove Art Online, The  Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms all in one interface. 
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Art, Art History, Prints, Photography, Biography, Image Collections
English