Internet Search Guides
Affordable Health Care (Obamacare) Information
For starters, the staff has compiled lists of what we feel are the best free websites. These websites are free, authoritative, and regularly updated.
Pet Adoption Databases
Presents adoptable pet data from over 12,000 pet shelters in the US & Canada.
A database of animals who need homes as well as a directory of nearly 11,000 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the US, Canada, and Mexico.
This adoption website is a collaborative effort between two leading animal welfare groups to make shelters the first place potential adopters look to find a new pet.
Low cost spay/neuter clinics & veterinarians
Wildlife Rehabilitation and Refuges
Australia & New Zealand
Liverpool Museums Museums – Visit Liverpool
Cotswolds Museums Museums and Heritage in and around the Cotswolds
Royal Museums Greenwich Royal Museums Greenwich
Historic Royal Palaces Historic Royal Palaces
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, University of Indiana
Links everything art, including museums, artists, art history, galleries, art news, etc. Artcyclopedia takes us to museums with fine art collections and an online presence. Search by art museum, artist name, title of art work. There is a special link to lists of women artists broken down by the century in which they lived.
Offers unique artworks from famous and obscure museums worldwide. The Art Project allows the user to discover and view art online in extraordinary detail in super high resolution which allows you to study details of brushwork and patina beyond the naked eye. The Project covers over 250 institutions, 6,000 artists and more than 45,000 works of art.
ART HISTORY (from the EDTECHTEACHER (Best of History Websites)
Links to the best museum websites, art history resources on the web, and resources for teachers, art quizzes, etc.
40 BEST WEBSITES OF MUSEUMS FOR YOUR INSPIRATION by Sizzling Magazine
This online magazine article focuses on and links to what they call the best designed museum websites. Museums include the Louvre, Brukenthal (Romania), Frida Kahlo, van Gogh, Art Institute of Chicago, MOMA, Versailles, Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) to name a few.
LEARN ABOUT SELECTED NEW YORK CITY MUSEUMS
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, New York City
Search the collection of over 400,000 art records online. Highlights of current and future exhibits, and past exhibits going back to 1999. Special blogs give in-depth articles on the collections, events, research announcements and behind the scene activities. Use multimedia features to follow the collection and current exhibits.
Website covers over 48,000 works searchable by artist, title and date.
19th and 20th century art housed in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building.
Web site is an outstanding resource for understanding art history and the creative process of artists in the United States from 1900 to today. Covers over 3,000 artists and 21,000 works.
Decorative and design arts in Andrew Carnegie’s Upper East Side mansion.
The glossary contains more than 1,250 business terms, organized and cross-referenced for your convenience. You can search the glossary for a particular word or search the full text of the glossary to find every reference to a word or phrase.
The site brings together timely business information and research from the intellectual capital of Harvard Business School, Harvard Business School Publishing and other highly regarded sources. Visitors to the site can browse more than a dozen management topics featuring timely articles and essays on diverse management topics, interviews with HBS professors.
This site is the main site for the U.S. Department of Treasury. The U.S. Treasury is the government agency responsible for the economic prosperity and security in the U.S. This site describes and links to the functions and structure of the U.S. Treasury.
The Bureau of Labor’s statistical snapshot of the United States economy.
The website of the United States’ central bank.
Business news from around the world. The Westfield Memorial Library subscribes to Bloomberg Business Week.
The website of the venerable British magazine. The Westfield Memorial Library subscribes and has copies available on the 2nd Floor. (One article per day if not a subscriber.)
The World of Business and Finance from the British daily newspaper. (registration required)
Originally this was blog was about the economies of neighborhoods and towns, but it has now widened its focus to global scale issues.
Practical advice on getting the most out of your money – from hotel rewards to college loans – from a team of bloggers.
A blog by the authors of the popular series of books. Exploring the “hidden side of everything.”
A look at economics and economic history in everyday life.
Brought to you by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, this website offers macroeconomic data on the NJ economy like unemployment rate, information on mass layoffs. There is also help for job seekers, information on COBRA, and many kinds of legal information.
One Stop Career centers are intended to help people begin their career searches. Get help writing a cover letter, putting together a resume, and receive job counseling all at no charge.
Arranged through the Department of Labor, the Professional Services Group is a network of professionals helping professionals. Use this website to get in touch with a PSG facilitator, learn about job fairs, and get the chance to do mock interviews.
The New Jersey State Library’s Economic Recovery Wiki and Virtual Career Center. This Wiki is intended to be a one-stop clearinghouse for information concerning the recovery from the economic downturn with an emphasis on helping the people of New Jersey find employment.
A comprehensive career resource with information on thousands of companies. Glassdoor includes salary and bonuses and details for specific jobs at specific companies, as well as actual interview questions and hiring process details. Also included are reviews written by employees that highlight the pro’s and con’s of working for a particular employer.
This service is designed to support lifelong career exploration, planning, and decision making. NJCAN offers New Jersey-specific information on over 550 occupations, including current wages, job outlooks and occupational licensing requirements. NJCAN has five free assessments that let you uncover occupations best suited for you.
New Jersey Next Stop is oriented towards teenagers, parents, and counselors but useful for everyone. Use this great tool for teenagers exploring their career options, whatever their post-high school path is. “Find cutting-edge career paths to satisfy your skills and talents.”
Learn more about what it takes to start a business and make it successful with this list of resources from SCORE.
Learn more about what it takes to start a business and make it successful with this list of resources from SCORE.
Resume Builder is a free tool for creating resumes and for sharing resumes with potential employers. It provides multiple templates for users to choose from, organizational advice, and cloud storage.
A great starting point for any donor. It lists large and small charities by alphabet and by category, and details their purposes. It also provides guidelines on how to choose a charity, what to do when a natural disaster hits and the pleas roll in, and even gives information on reading a charity’s tax statement.
The arm of the Better Business Bureau devoted to charities. Similar to the way the BBB approaches private companies, it reviews and reports charities based on a detailed list of criteria such as the makeup of the charity’s Board, conflicts of interest, effectiveness, and expenses.
Rates charities based on where the dollars go and an organizations expenses, lists compensation packages for top-tier CEOs. Emphasizes that donors use the information as a starting point and not as the sole determining factor for choosing a charity.
New Jersey Division of Consumer Affair Charities Registration Section
What you need to know about small and large charities and fund-raising organizations in New Jersey. Includes a list of registered charities and fund-raising companies in the state and their status.
An overview of charitable giving analysis. Includes guidelines for charitable giving and support of fundraising efforts, lists of top charities along with an explanation of their evaluation process, and blogs with topics of interest to new and experienced donors.
Many hands (and sets of eyes) make light work! Researchers and scientists worldwide have taken to the Web to enlist the aid of people like you to perform simple Internet-based identification and transcription tasks.
New Jersey Resources
Explanation of Citizen Science and list of projects
A hub for multiple crowdsourced projects on space, climate, the humanities, nature, biology and physics–many projects to choose from
Help researchers digitally reconstruct antiquities that have been damaged or destroyed by ISIS
Help the New York Public Library transcribe their huge collection of historical menus
Browse and select a work from the Smithsonian Institution’s archives to transcribe
The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.
Offers advice on purchasing computers and technology and shows you how to get the most out of what you already own.
One of the oldest computer magazines, Computer World is where IT people get their information.
PC World is also intended for the Technology shopper. It offers labs-based testing of a variety of products.
Online encyclopedia of computing technologies.
This comprehensive subject guide contains links to many interesting websites in computing and related fields.
History of Computers
covers the breadth of computer history through scholarly articles by leading computer scientists and historians, as well as firsthand accounts by computing pioneers.
The University of Virginia’s Computer Museum contains various computer-related artifacts, both historical and modern.
“Learn in vivid detail how youthful amateurs, hippies and self-proclaimed “nerds” accidentally changed the world.”
“Computers have evolved and advanced significantly over the decades since they originated. Many years ago, in their most rudimentary form, computers were very large and slow. Gradually, computers have become smaller and faster, enabling people to use them virtually anywhere.”
Takes online consumer complaints against businesses.
Information on various licensing boards and committees overseen by the Division of Consumer Affairs. You can make specific complaints directly to the correct board.
To find the proper out of state agency.
Report scam letters and other mail issues.
To file a complaint with the FTC.
To complain about unwanted phone calls and to get your number on the Do Not Call List.
Handles Complaints against utilities, third party energy companies, and cable companies.
To report IRS impersonation fraud and other tax-related fraud.
If you have a problem with the IRS that you cannot solve yourself.
Takes complaints about financial products and services.
Takes complaints about financial products, services or institutions.
To file a complaint with the Federal Reserve.
To file a complaint with the Comptroller of the Currency.
Takes complaints about brokerage firms and investment advisors.
To file complaints about banking, real estate and insurance entities.
Everyone is entitled to a free copy of their credit report once a year.
THREE MAJOR CREDIT BUREAUS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Food Safety homepage, including information on foodborne outbreaks, and preventing food poisoning
The World Health Organization (WHO) Food Safety page , including links to recent publications and a video on the Five Keys to Safer F ood
Courtesy of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is this great food safety resource, with different versions targeted to consumers, professionals, and researchers. The latest FDA recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts are included here.
The Food Safety Web page from Iowa State University includes links to educational and training materials.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest is a consumer advocacy organization that maintains a Web page on food safety issues, with links to recent news stories and areas of nutrition and food safety activism.
The “Expert Answers” section of the Mayo Clinic’s Nutrition and Healthy Eating Web page includes answers to such questions as, “How long can you safely keep leftovers in the refrigerator?”
Foodsafety.gov, a chart with an answer to that same question
Food safety and quality information from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, which provides an international and scientific perspective
Eating Disorder Recovery Guidance on recovery from an eating disorder.
To report elder abuse, neglect and/or financial exploitation go to the NJ MFCU website at and utilize the hotline telephone number (609-292-1272) and/or the online Medicaid Fraud & Elder Abuse & Neglect Reporting Form
NJ Bureau of Securities – https://www.NJSecurities.gov,
Emergency Preparedness: These Websites can help you and your family stay informed and prepared in case of weather-related emergencies or other crises.
Quizzes, exercises and puzzles to help learn English as a second language. Project of the Internet TESL Journal.
Rules of grammar, punctuation, capitalization, etc., plus quizzes.
Internet meeting place for ESL and EFL teachers and students. Also contains grammar, idioms, slang and quizzes.
Word games, puzzles, quizzes, slang, proverbs, vocabulary, tongue twisters and listening practice.
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced lessons. Grammar, rules, listening and reading comprehension exercises.
A beginner level dictionary that uses a keyword search to find the picture/definition.
This is a clearing house for information on improving one’s literacy.
Grammar, spelling, punctuation, numbers, and writing. Easy download of handout materials for students and teachers of ESL.
A terrific website for those who want to know something about everything
An online almanac—encyclopedia, atlas, and thesaurus all in one
Enter any date, math formula, city name, calculation, or city name and get an answer from this “computational knowledge machine”
Find out the source of a specific quote, or find quotes that match any topic
An encyclopedia created by everyday people for everyday people. The facts in the entries are not checked for accuracy, but it’s a fun website to discover new things. You can create your own entry, or add to an existing one.
The most useful websites for learning about absolutely anything, curated by the librarians at the New York Public Library.
Designed for those exploring African-American roots. Search marriage, death, and slave data records. Message boards and chats allow easy communication between members.
Interactive map and historical data confirms actual county names in a certain year, includes cross-name checking and information on the session laws that created and changed counties. An excellent tool designed to confirm geographical information, even in non-county areas and territories.
This serves as an introduction to genealogical research, finding records, verification of records, and ways to share what you have learned.
Offered by the Church of Latter-Day Saints, this site has search capabilities, access to library catalogs and genealogy indexes. Users can develop and share family trees and photo albums.
How-tos, podcasts, ebooks, newsletters, and article of interest for beginner and experienced genealogists.
Discover burial information through thousands of images of tombstones. Search by name, death or birth date, or location. Browse through famous and historical tombstones. Share and add information and images.
The Bureau of Land Management provides images of the 5 million land title records purchased from 1820 to the present, mainly in the Midwest and West. A research library also contains field notes, survey plats, and information on federal public land sales.
This is a genealogical social network that lets you build a family tree and then connect with other users who have done the same thing and have common ancestry.
Explore Jewish ancestors through location or surname. Databases include Holocaust names, a town finder, and family trees. Join discussion groups or take free online genealogy classes.
Designed for the tech-savvy and mobile-friendly. Create online family trees, receive email alerts discoveries, and chat with other members. The site can be accessed through a tablet or smartphone as well as a computer.
Databases, research tools, chats, forums, and a wealth of digitized records. Search military records, census data, and land records. Ability to order some records online.
The official website of the CDF includes links to the gluten-free diet, nutrition tips and product information.
Government sponsered website which offers a chart of specific diet information (allowed foods, foods to be avoided) and hidden sources of gluten in food.
The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. Offers nutrition information, Kid’s corner, cooking classes
Offers a Grains and Flour glossary, and recipes
Celiac friendly guide to restaurants, cafés and hotels
New Jersey Resources
Full Text, Unannotated.
The New Jersey Courts website provides links to all published and unpublished Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Tax and Trial Court opinions. You can remove the next three categories through Trial Court Decisions.
from 1990 forward, with selected earlier ones. Note: Arrangement is by administration, latest first, and numerically within each administration
Freely accessible from this site are: the entire New Jersey Administrative Code (updated quarterly), and the New Jersey Register from July 1995 through the latest issue. Instructions are provided for updating the N.J.A.C. using the N.J.Register.
New Jersey editions of the International Building Code and related codes.
Congressional bills, Public Laws, & Congressional Record from 101st Congress (1989) forward; Congressional Committee Reports from 104th Congress (1995) forward.
Decisions from May 1994—
Registration statements for publicly traded companies.
State Department background information on other countries.
Compendium of Federal and State Information on the Internet.
Legal search engine. Can search U.S. District Court Opinions.
Where to write for vital records from the National Center for Health Statistics.
Internet Law guide compiled by Rutgers University Law Library.
Owned by the IHA (Independence Hall Association) which supports our mission to educate the public about the Revolutionary and Colonial eras of American history, as well as Philadelphia generally.
World History Matters is a portal to world history websites developed by the Center for History and New Media.
Best of history websites, created by EdTechTeacher, is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history websites and activities.
More than 1,000,000 words on world history in linked narratives, More than 10,000 events from world history to search for timelines.
Great websites for kids Sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
Websites for Knitting & Crocheting
Ravelry is a free community for knitters and crocheters. It’s a great place to keep track of your yarn, tools, project and pattern information and to look for ideas and inspiration. The content is all user-driven. Find the perfect pattern and connect with people who love to work with yarn from all over the world.
Knitty is one of the first knitting magazines available online. Published four times a year, Knitty offers a pattern library and interesting articles.
At this site, you’ll find knitting videos to help you learn techniques. From the very first stitches to advanced techniques, it has everything you need to learn how to knit.
About.com has great information on knitting and crocheting. On these sites, you will find tutorials on how to knit and crochet, links to patterns and reviews of new products and books.
The Craft Yarn Council represents the leading yarn companies, accessory manufacturers, magazine, book publishers and consultants in the yarn industry. For more than 30 years the Council has sponsored a wide range of promotional and educational programs including Discover Knit and Crochet classes.
This widely-know yarn company site describes its purpose as a place to “enhance your enjoyment of knitting and crafting with yarn.” In addition to being a place where you can purchase yarn, this site offers free patterns and instructions, a directory of clubs, a free weekly email newsletter, inspirational essays and informative articles and much more.
This organization makes and delivers baby blankets to the infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
This is the website for the yarn company known as Bernat. It provides yarn for purchase as well as free patterns, instructions and a free email newsletter.
Websites for Knitting & Crocheting for Charity
The Pink Slipper Project is an endeavor to warm the hearts and toes of women and children living in shelters for victims of domestic violence. Their philosophy is that not only will a pair of handmade slippers help keep someone warm, but remind them that they are not alone.
This program organizes handmade scarves that are donated to veterans in Veterans’ Centers somewhere in the United States. The site offers pattern suggestions and information on starting a group.
This project coordinates the donation of hand crocheted and knitted caps for chemotherapy patients and others facing life-threatening illnesses.
This organization has helped over 50,000 young adults from foster care achieve success through education. Their philosophy is that little things make a big difference in the life of a college student. Their scarf project provides handmade red scarves to students as they move forward to graduation.
Warm Up America! is the charity that has warmed peopl es’ lives since 1991. It started in a small Wisconsin town with neighbors knitting and crocheting afghans for neighbors in need. Thanks to the creativity of founder Evie Rosen who came up with the idea of having volunteers knit or crochet small sections and then others join them together, the idea quickly caught on. Today Warm Up America distributes warm afghans, caps and other items to tens of thousands of people, thanks to the generosity of knitters and crocheters around the country.
PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS
New Jersey Playgrounds Worth Travelling To: New Jersey Family Magazine List of the top playgrounds in the State.
New Jersey Playgrounds: Lists indoor and outdoor playgrounds.
Fun New Jersey Magazine: Top Ten Playgrounds in New Jersey:
Union County Parks: Lists parks with amenities and a link to a map.
Essex County Parks: Provides a map of the parks in the County. Clicking on a particular park links to a page with information about events and ameniites.
Morris County Parks: Allows you to search by activities and features.
Somerset County Parks: Links to a comprehensive pdf Parks Guide.
STATE PARK SYSTEMS
New Jersey State Parks: Allows you to find State Parks by location and activity.
New York State Parks: Provides information about events as well as containing a search function.
Pennsylvania State Parks: Includes a list of 25 must-see State Parks.
US National Parks: Allows you to find National Parks in all 50 States.
New Jersey National Parks: Lists all New Jersey National Parks as well as links to events and maps.
A podcast is an online episode, sometimes of a radio or television program, that can be subscribed to or listened to or watched at your leisure. You can use your computer or mobile device. The following is a list of podcasts that are popular or have appeared on “Best of” type lists:
A music, call-in and comedy show, formerly hosted by New Jersey station, WFMU.
A directory of NPR podcasts by topic. Here you will find many favorites includingThis American Life, Freakonomics Radio, Radiolab, and Science Friday.
A podcast where Starlee Kine solves mysteries.
A series of global conferences on “ideas worth spreading” in the areas of technology, entertainment and design.
A podcast from PRI focused on language.
Author interviews from the Free Library of Philadelphia.
Podcasts from KUT, a station of the University of Texas at Austin.
Material of special interest to English Language Learners.
Tips to improve your writing.
Talks about books from Slate.
Sci-fi podcasts originating in the Southwest.
The APA’s topics page gives information on various psychological topics. Use this site to find press releases, scholarly articles, articles in popular newspapers and magazines, and book recommendations. Note: Not everything is available to non-APS members.
The NWHRC has a selection of psychological topics tailored to women’s needs. Use this site to find information on dieting, motherhood, health insurance and more.
The Encyclopedia of Psychology offers links to hundreds of websites and scholarly articles on virtually every topic in psychology. Use this resource to find biographical information on notable psychologists.
NAMI’s website offers help for people studying mental illness for their own selves and for research purposes. Not only are conditions covered, but treatments, Medicare Part D, and support.
This website from the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health has a good science news section and serves as a gateway to the NIMH’s many publications on mental health.
Psychology Today’s website offers selected articles from the magazine, discussion boards, and information about various psychological issues. Use this site to research a condition, find a therapist, join a discussion board with people who can relate to you, and even explore a career in psychology.
A Collection of Web Resources for Psychological Scholars and Budding Psychological Scholars
The Royal College of Psychiatrists offers links to research and pamphlets on mental health issues.
This website claims to be the #1 self-help website on the internet. The website includes articles, pamphlets, and videos. Like many other websites, selfhelp.net has a news feed, but unlike many other sites selfhelp.net categorizes articles by topic.
This website offers 16,000 links related to psychology. Full-text searchable.
People contemplating suicide or experiencing the depths of a severe depression need to know they are not alone. From teenagers to college students, LGBT to the elderly, people struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts need options, reassurance, hope and help.
Qumrum and Modern Scholarship, a companion site to a Library of Congress exhibit Scrolls From the Dead Sea: The Ancient Library of Qumran and Modern Scholarship.
online museum dedicated to Jewish history. The extremely well-designed website offers illustrated features like “The Bible Through Rembrandt’s Eyes,” sections on the days of the Bible, and all periods of Jewish history.
The JTS offers a small, yet substantial, portion of its collection for viewing at this website. Through this website, a user can browse Medieval illuminated Haggadahs, siddurs, and various three-dimensional art.
This is one of the broadest collections of research materials on Jewish Studies (in the broadest sense) available on the internet. Resources are convienently organized by subject.
this website focuses on views of Jesus Christ over the past two millennia. The articles tend to be short, but are well written and on very interesting topics. While the website is about Jesus, there are frequent tie ins to Judaism and Islam. Views of Jesus are represented in Eighteen Themes, from Jesus the Jew to Jesus, the Man who Belongs to this World.
associated with Calvin College, hosts 118 Christian texts. The authors range from the early Church Fathers to Thomas a Kempis to 19th century American evangelicals.
This website, from Southern Methodist University, offers a massive collection of primary sources related to Christianity.
The IIHW is a great resource for anyone doing a paper on Islamic history. This website contains articles, sound recordings, and some videos dealing with the history of the Islamic world. Perhaps the most valuable portion of the website is its large collection of primary sources. The primary sources are organized very logically by chronology and nation.
This website has a large number of well-organized links to websites and articles about Islam. The links are categorized by topics like “Islam and Terrorism,” “Islamic Arts,” and “Sufis and Sufi Poetry.”
based at Georgetown University. It works to attempt to explain Islam and Muslim opinions to Americans and other Westerners. The ACMCU website offers articles and analysis by Georgetown scholars.
This Web site, created in support of the PBS documentary of the same name, discusses the fate of Tibet under Chinese rule. It includes interviews, book excerpts, maps, a historical chronology, links to other relevant sites, and even a discussion of Tibetan Buddhism. Also covers how Tibet and Tibetan culture are perceived by Westerners.
This website attractively presents over 2,000 years of Buddhist art from museums around the world. Art is categorized by medium (sculpture, painting, textile). The website also delves into the rich symbolic meanings of Buddhist iconography, the relationships between different Buddhist sects, and Buddhist history.
This site, written to complement a Buddhist Psychology course at Shippensburg University, offers a concise but thorough introduction to Buddhist history, teachings, morality, and practice.
The JGB is a scholarly journal devoted to Buddhism’s spread beyond Asia to the rest of the world.
Tricycle Magazine has articles on many aspects of Buddhism. Topics covered include purely religious issues, political questions, and even issues like diet.
Based on the book “The True History and the Religion of India”, this site is a concise encyclopedia of articles on Hinduism. It “gives complete information about the Hindu (Bhartiya) religion, scripture, history, and their Divinity.”
The Hindu American Foundation’s mission is to sustain a leading institution of Hindu American advocacy for the promotion of human dignity, mutual respect, and pluralism.
One of the web’s most active websites on Hindus and Hinduism.
“In the 1980s and early ’90s the publishers of Hinduism Today magazine crafted a simple summary of Hindu beliefs. These were printed side-by-side with their Christian counterparts in Christianity Today magazine in February 1993 so Christians could better comprehend Hindus. These nine beliefs offer a basic summary of Sanatana Dharma’s spirituality.”
This AARP website that offers free online tutorials on topics including setting goals and career planning. Developed by experts including author and executive coach Richard Leider.
This site is from the U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission. The site is largely a compendium of links to other government Web sites, which can be helpful if you want to apply for Social Security benefits or learn which laws protect your benefits in the event of a job loss.
Forbes’ Magazines Listing of the Best Places to Retire
Kiplinger’s Best Cities to Retire
Help plan for your retirement by knowing what your benefits will be.
Guidance on reverse mortgages from the Federal Trade Commission
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz of Charles Schwab gives advice on securing one’s financial future.
A major theme about aging well is the power of independence and spirit in maintaining wellness and also healing. As we all get older we’re inevitably and indubitably more susceptible to disease, but there are steps we can take to reduce how vulnerable we are. Here are some useful websites:
About Darwin is dedicated to the life and work of the great naturalist Charles Darwin, the father of natural selection.
Cellupedia is devoted to everything about cells, such as their processes and anatomy.
The Biology Project is intended to help teachers teach biology and students learn it. It has lessons on various biological topics
Includes astronomy and space news, sky events, and telescope resources.
Solar systems, stars and planets, galaxies, cosmology, laboratory astrophysics, and extreme astrophysics.
News, picture gallery, discovering astronomy, and education links.
NASA site devoted to space shuttle, lauch and mission schedules, information on astronauts, launching rockets, and space station.
News, links, mission schedules and a section for kids. Includes an image gallery, information of the space shuttle, the moon, the solar system, the earth, and aeronautics.
News, photo gallery, community groups, “sky at a glance,” observation tips, and tips on how to stargaze.
A NASA online textbook designed for those working in mission operations but accessible to teachers and students at the high school and college levels.
Information about the United States’ space flight programs, including NASA missions and the astronauts who participate in the efforts to explore Earth’s galaxy.
Wikipedia’s chronology of events leading to space exploration and the missions that followed, listed by date and country.
Described by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in conjunction with some of their recent acquisitions.
The Encyclopedia Britannica’s comprehensive and up-to-date article on the subject of space exploration.
International cooperation and the International Space Station (ISS)
Images, videos, news and blog posts from one of the largest, most versatile space telescopes.
Information about the planets from the National Air and Space Museum.
Experiments in Space
Ethical Considerations in Space Exploration
What’s the difference between…
So you want to be an astronaut
Article about the prospects of astronaut employment after the suspension of the space shuttle program.
The Story of Stuff Project
Environmental activist Annie Leonard’s project began with a twenty minute movie and has developed into a community of more than a million people making changes in their individual approaches to “stuff” as a way of taking responsibility to build a more sustainable and healthier world.
Telling Fact from Fiction: Finding Reliable Information on the Web
Librarians have long advocated for, and taught the skills of information literacy, often invoking the so-called CRAAP test as a tool for evaluating the truth of information sources, particularly those found online. While this tool is mainly suggested to students evaluating sources for use in term papers or other assignments, the criteria the acronym spells out are useful for all of us to keep in mind as we evaluate the news.
In 2019, some universities began to espouse a new checklist and corresponding acronym for evaluating information. The SIFT method, developed my Mike Caulfield of Washington State University Vancouver, encourages students to:
I: investigate the source
F: find better coverage
T: trace claims, quotes and media to the original context
Evaluation of Statistical Claims
C. Get Calm, be attention to qualifiers intended to induce an emotional response.
C. Get Context, pay attention to the big picture, especially in spending.
C. Be Curious, try to discover what a statistical claim is telling you about the world.
Books for Background:
Atkisson, Sharyl. The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote, Non-Fiction, 070.4 Att
Kovach, Bill. Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload, Non-Fiction 070.9 Kov
Rabin-Havt, Ari. Lies Incorporated: The World of Post-Truth Politics, Non-Fiction 320.6097 Rab (also available in other formats)
Young, Kevin. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-facts, and Fake News. Non-fiction e-book accessible through Hoopla.
Davis, Stephen. Truthteller : An Investigative Reporter’s Journey Through the World of Truth Prevention, Fake News and Conspiracy Theories, Non-fiction e-book accessible through Freading
Stengel, Richards. Information wars : how we lost the global battle against disinformation & what we can do about it, Non-fiction 355.343 Ste
Abramson, Jill. Merchants of truth : the business of news and the fight for facts, Non-fiction 071 Abr (Also available in electronic formats)
Otis, Cindy L. True or false a CIA analyst’s guide to spotting fake news, Non-fiction teen book available through e-Library NJ/Libby
A 2021 article, “Dismantling the Evaluation Framework,” discusses the current frameworks for evaluating information and proposes a more proactive approach.
Rand Corporation report on “Truth Decay”
Online guides from other libraries:
Clark College (Washington State)
Since mental illness often strikes in the teen years, and sometimes earlier, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms so that appropriate, timely treatment can be found. The organizations listed below can help.
NAMI is the website of the National alliance for the mentally ill.
NAMI – fact sheet on child & teen mental illness
The teenage years can be full of pressure, uncertainty, and change, and it’s normal to worry sometimes. But no one should feel hopeless or worthless all the time. Whatever challenges you’re facing, there is help available.
The National Institute for Mental Health has useful information about many aspects of teen mental Health.
Bipolar Disorder Resources
Dr. Papolos, the author of this website, is an expert on juvenile and adult onset bipolar disorder. Learn about the latest research findings and useful clinical information that can help your child and your family cope with bipolar disorder.
An overview about Bipolar Disorder from WedMD.com.
An overview of Bipolar disorder from NAMI, the National Alliance for the mentally ill.
“Mental Health Resources for Young Adults with Bipolar Disorder” shares organizations, virtual support groups, videos, apps, podcasts, and worksheets to help young adults and teens. There are also resources for parents and educators to better understand mood disorders and how to support individuals.
Psychosis & Schizophrenia Resources
Dealing with Schizophrenia
An overview of Schizophrenia from NAMI
Information on teen psychosis from NAMI
An overview from the WebMD website.
Resources about Youth Suicide
The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide through education and awareness programs.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE).
Helps individuals in suicidal crisis within the United States to contact the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider.
Offers practical help for suicide prevention.
American foundation for suicide prevention
Resources on Depression
An overview of depression for the National institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
An overview of depression from The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Learn the facts about depression and anxiety from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Vegan Living and Cooking
Lifestyle and Recipe Blogs and Guides:
These are among the most popular vegan blogs. They feature recipes, advice, and food product recommendations. Many bloggers have also written cookbooks or offer merchandise, so bear in mind that those presenting information may have a commercial interest.
The websites of these organizations offer information on the ethical and nutritional issues surrounding veganism.
Recipe and Restaurant Listings by Location:
Information found in the following websites can help you make sure your nutritional needs are met while eating a vegan diet.
If you are seeking academic, research-driven articles on the subject of veganism,
try typing “vegan” or “vegan diet” into the search box at the following government Websites
has an entire section on gardening and it includes garden plans, planting dates, beginner tips, vegetable growing guides and how to videos.
offers detailed gardening articles with video and photos along with a helpful Planning Tools section.
published by Rodale Institute, pioneer in organic farming.
(Full issues of Organic Life magazine available through WML magazine database Zinio)
offers Regional Gardening Reports and Expert Advice with How-to Projects and Videos
The Xerces Society is a science-based nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats. Learn how you can help invertebrates thrive.
A garden is nothing without pollination. The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.
seasonal edible gardening articles and guides
local New Jersey gardening news
This site contains links to Insects (such as beneficial pollinators), Produce (fruits and vegetables), Ornamentals (annuals and perennials), DIY projects, Techniques (such as maintenance and weed control), Advice and Tips (such as Cold Season Gardening).
Whether you are looking for new ways to give of your time or resources, these volunteering websites will help you find what you are looking for:
With over 77,000 volunteer opportunities, this site connects you to causes and lets you tailor your search according to your interests.
This site connects professionals with nonprofits and social good initiative for pro bono work.
This site, founded by a former social studies teacher, helps you make an impact in classrooms by allowing public school teachers to post their requests (from books to art supplies to laptops etc.) and you choose a request to fulfill that suits your interest.
This provides a listing of natural and cultural resource service projects with government agencies.
AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve directly with nonprofit organizations to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges.
This site connects you with volunteer organizations to share your life experiences, skills and passions in your local community.
This is a website that helps people give and volunteer with projects all over the world which are vetted and 100% of each donation goes directly to the cause. Their vision is to “create a world where giving and volunteering are a natural way of life.”
Social Network Sites
Allows you to catalog books you’ve read and use them to find similar books to read.
Similar to Library Thing. Includes a Monthly email newsletter.
Allows you to track series fiction.
Enter a book you like and the site will suggest what you should read next.
Quirky but interesting booklists.
Book suggestions from the Williamsburg Regional Library.
Book blog from the Wall Street Journal. Also includes sections for other media such as television and film.
Resource for mystery lovers. Indexes by author, character names, time periods, places occupations etc.
Mystery news blog.
Reviews of new mysteries.
Over 5,000 historical novels listed by time and place.
Historical Fiction blog, includes author interviews and book give aways.
News, views and reviews of historical fiction.
News and reviews of romance novels.
Romance Reviews and Booklists.
More Romance novel reviews and news.
Science Fiction and Fantasy news and reviews
Bibliographies for over 30,000 authors. Note this is a British site.
The website for Locus Magazine.
This New Jersey Department of State web page includes voter eligibility requirements, deadlines and links to voter registration application forms
Vote411.org is a website of the non-partisan League of Women Voters providing an online voter registration tool, plus information on topics including absentee voting, early voting, and polling place details.
Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to building political power for young people. If you are a young, first time voter you can figure out how and where to register, which may be either your home state, or the place where you are studying. You can also get information about upcoming elections and what will be on the ballot.
The New York Public Library’s Best Tools for Informed Voting blog provides links to Websites to help you register to vote and learn more about candidates, endorsements, campaign financing, political advertising, and fact-checking endeavors.
Local Government Resources
Senator Cory Booker
One Gateway Center
Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 639-8700
Fax: (973) 639-8723
Senator Robert Menendez
One Gateway Center,
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Phone: (973) 645-3030
Fax: (973) 645-0502
Congressman Tom Malinowski (District 7)
Note: Tom Kean will be the new representation starting in January 2023.
75-77 N Bridge St.
Somerville, NJ 08876
Phone: (908) 547-3307
State Representatives (Westfield is in District 21)
Senator Jon Bramnick
251 North Ave. West, 2nd Floor,
Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: (908) 232-2073
Assemblywoman Michele Matsikoudis
251 North Ave. West, 2nd Floor,
Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: (908) 232-2073
Assemblywoman Nancy F. Munoz
57 Union Place, Suite 310, Summit, NJ 07901
Phone: (908) 918-0414