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Ask?Away Best Practices 6/21/07
  • Free Web Sites to Help Library Staff Provide
    Excellent Reference Service
  • Presented by
  • Loretta Broomfield
  • Information Services Consultant
  • Shawnee Library System
  • Carterville, IL
  • 618-985-3711 ext. 2014
  • lbroom_at_shawls.lib.il.us

2
Almanacs
  • The Old Farmers Almanac http//almanac.com Find
    information about phases of the moon, tides, when
    to plant a garden and much more!
  • Information Please Almanac http//www.infoplease.
    com/almanacs.html A wonderful free online
    resource for general reference information.

3
Arts and Entertainment
  • Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music
    http//levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu A collection
    consisting of 29,000 pieces of popular American
    sheet music from 1780-1960.
  • Internet Broadway Database http//www.ibdb.com A
    comprehensive database of shows produced on
    Broadway. Searchable by show, people, theatre,
    and character name.
  • Internet Movie Database http//www.imdb.com A
    wealth of information about movies, actors,
    characters, and plots.

4
Consumer Information
  • Consumer Reports http//consumerreports.org
    Consumer information about a variety of products.
    Must subscribe for actual ratings.
  • Kelley Blue Book http//www.kbb.com A standard
    resource for determining the value of vehicles.
  • National Automobile Dealers Association
    http//www.nada.com Vehicle pricing and
    information for buyers, sellers and shoppers.
    Includes RVs, motorcycles, boats and manufactured
    homes.

5
Finance and Business
  • Currency Converter http//www.oanda.com/convert/c
    lassic Allows users to convert world currency.
    Updated daily with the latest exchange rates.
  • Library Centers for Effective Nonprofits (CEN)
    http//nonprofitcenters.lcls.org Free web
    resources of particular interest to nonprofit
    organizations (how to form a nonprofit,
    prospecting, grant writing, etc.).
  • Thomas Register http//www.thomasnet.com A
    Comprehensive resource for industrial
    information, products, services, CAD drawings,
    and more.
  • How Much is That? http//eh.net/hmit Access
    economic history calculators from way back!

6
Geography
  • National Atlas http//nationalatlas.gov Tons of
    U.S. maps. Transportation, topographical,
    county, climate, population and many other types
    of maps--all free!
  • CIA World Fact Book https//www.cia.gov/library/p
    ublications/the-world-factbook/index.html
    Contains national-level information about the
    geography, people, government, economy, etc. of
    countries, territories and dependencies.

7
Government
  • U.S. Government Printing Office
    http//www.gpoaccess.gov Find links to various
    government information and publications (Code of
    Federal Regulations, Federal Register,
    Congressional Record, Supreme Court website).
  • Thomas http//thomas.loc.gov In the spirit of
    Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from
    the Library of Congress.
  • United States Census Bureau http//www.census.gov
    A variety of statistics from the U.S. Census
    Bureau.

8
History
  • The History Channel http//history.com Find not
    only programming information for the History
    Channel, but also articles and videos and lots of
    other historical information.
  • Digital History http//www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/
    An extensive collection of multimedia materials
    of historic importance.

9
Literature/Style Manuals
  • Bartleby http//www.bartleby.com Free full text
    books, quotations, encyclopedias, thesauri, and
    more.
  • Sparknotes http//sparknotes.com Free online
    study guides for a large variety of topics
    (literature, poetry, math, biology, test prep,
    and much more)!
  • Citation Builder http//www.lib.ncsu.edu/lobo2/ci
    tationbuilder/citationbuilder.php Online
    citation help.

10
Literature/Style Manuals cont.
  • Citation Machine http//citationmachine.net/
    Online citation help.
  • Microsoft Office Online http//office.microsoft.c
    om Lots of free clipart, citation help, and
    templates for cards, resumes, invitations,
    newsletters, etc. Also information from Crabby
    Office Lady.
  • A Research Guide for Students http//www.aresearc
    hguide.com Everything a person needs to write an
    first class research paper.

11
Medical
  • DoctorFinder http//webapps.ama-assn.org/doctorfi
    nder/home.html?03138022 Providesbasic
    professional information on virtually every
    licensed physician in the United States. This
    includes more than 690,000 doctors.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    http//www.cdc.gov Your online source for
    credible health information.
  • Household Products Database http//householdprodu
    cts.nlm.nih.gov From the National Library of
    Medicine. Over 4,000 products are represented
    including Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and
    a listing of ingredients in each product.

12
Medical cont.
  • MEDLINE plus http//medlineplus.gov A
    government site featuring a medical encyclopedia,
    a medical dictionary, links to related news
    items, a directory of doctors and hospitals and a
    section containing over 165 interactive tutorials
    relating to medical tests and procedures.
  • National Library of Medicine http//www.nlm.nih.g
    ov Information on diseases and disorders as well
    as information about current medical research.

13
Google
  • We all know that Google is a powerful search
    engine, but have you used
  • Google Web Alerts http//www.google.com/alerts
  • Google Books http//books.google.com/bkshp?tabwp
  • Google Docs and Spreadsheets http//docs.google.c
    om/?tabwo
  • Google Glossary http//www.google.com/search?qde
    fineclew
  • Google Maps http//maps.google.com/maps?tabwl
  • Google Scholar http//scholar.google.com/schhp?ta
    bws
  • Google Suggest http//www.google.com/webhp?comple
    te1hlen

14
Other Lists
  • MARS/RUSA Best Free Websites http//www.ala.org/a
    la/rusa/rusaourassoc/rusasections/mars/marspubs/ma
    rsbestref2006.htm
  • Online Education Database The Best Online
    Research Apps/Sites You've Never Heard Of
    http//oedb.org/library/features/best-online-resea
    rch-sites

15
Wrap Up
  • Questions?
  • Comments?
  • Discussion?
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