Selected free sites recommended by library staff with current content, reliable links, ease of use and stated purpose of content. Some content at some sites may require registration or fee.
Business & Economics
- American Museum of Photography – taken from collection of photo-historian William B.Becker, site contains works 1860s to WW I.
- Archives of American Art – Smithsonian repository of digitalized primary materials relevant to the study of visual art in America
- ArtLex – dictionary provides basic definitions of art terms, numerous illustrations, quotations, pronunciation notes and links to other Web resource
- Global Gateway – World Cultures and Resources – information from virtually every country, region, national, ethnic and religious group, from the International Collection of the Library of Congress
- Metropolitan Museum of Art Timeline of Art History
- Mother of All Art and Art History Links – maintained by University of Michigan, site is useful as a gateway to more than 400 academic, museum, commercial and studio sites
- Performing Arts Encyclopedia – well organized sire providing access to Library of Congress vast collections in performing arts; finding aids available and home page offers links to featured events and Webcasts
- American History Memory Project – free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
- Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers – search a directory of 23,00 American newspaper titles published between 1900 and 1910 with selected article retrieval and retrieval
- History Channel – additional features -biography, timelines,maps, speeches & clips- beyond scheduling information
- Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 – created by Harvard University Library
- Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History
- BRB’s Free Resource Center – portal to public records where users seeking information on living people may locate resources available on record sites in both the public and private sector
- C-Span – commercial-free live coverage of congressional proceedings and hearings,press briefings,public policy discussions and more…..24/7
- C.I.A. World Factbook – brief, up-todate profile information about the nations of the world
- Constitution Finder – offers constitutions, charters, amendments and related documents from nations of the world
- Council on Foreign Affairs – nonpartisan CFA offers a series of easy-to-use multimedia primers on the background and current status of world affairs. Browse by world region or issue.
- Fact Check – team at Annenberg Political Fact Check does the verifying for you
- FindLaw – one-stop shop for legal information
- FirstGov – official web portal of the Federal Government
- POTUS: Presidents of the United States – Internet Public Library site for information of each of the U.S. Presidents including links to biographies, audio tapes of speeches, images, and video streams, documents and ‘notable’ events.
- Project Vote Smart – guides students, offering perspective and analysis
- Recalls.gov – six federal agencies combine recall announcements on dangerous products
- THOMAS – legislative information on the Internet
- Common Errors in English Usage – name of book and website maintained by Paul Brians at Washington State University – fun and enlightening
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Site monitors public health, investigates health problems and promotes healthy behavior. Includes public health image library, and state and national data sets on health and disease.
- DrugDigest – non-commercial, evidenced based consumer health and drug information site. Search for specific drugs or conditions.
- HealthFinder – Consumer health information site maintained by National Health Information Center. Directory of hand-selected organizational websites. Also in Spanish.
- MayoClinic – Consumer health Web site produced by team of Web professionals and medical experts. Includes unique Treatment Decisions section, Health Living material, Ask a Specialist feature and links to calculators, self-assessment tools, slide shows and videos.
- Medical Images on the Web – Excellant portal to online image collections: Anatomy and Histology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Embriology, Neurology, Pathology, Pediatrics and ENT . Note: Google Images is another good image resource.
- MedLine Plus – Excellent resource for nursing students. Also available in Spanish. Brings together information from various agencies, provides medical encyclopedia, current health news, drug and herbal supplement information and superior interactive tutorials.
- National Institute of Mental Health – Site presents research on mental illness and behavioral issues
- Paralysis.org – Covers all aspects of spinal cord injury
- PubMed (Medline) – Service of National Library of Medicine, offers indexing to biomedical articles in Medline back to 1950s. Links to fulltext of articles and nongovernmental Web resources.
Movies and Music
- allmusic – resource for music chronologies, history, biographical information and criticism
- amc filmsite – is an award-winning website offering detailed plot synopses, review commentary, film reference material and analysis
- Database of Recorded American Music – non-subscribers may search the catalog and read liner notes
- The Internet Movie Database – most complete movie guide ever, with movie news, filmakers bios, detailed indexing of every film and TV show
- Metacritic – searchable database of individual reviews of film, video/DVD, television, music, books and games
- Native Networks – online information about film, video and radio produced by indigenous people of the Americas and Hawaii
- PsychScholar – collection of web resources for both psychological scholars and beginning student; emphasis on course-related information, tutorials and study aids for the latter.
- Climate Change – Offers comprehensive information about climate change isues in all parts of society. Organized under seven main categories but links to popular topics under ‘Quick Finder.’
- Climate Impacts Group (CIG) – interdisciplinary research group studying impacts of natioanl climate variability and change on the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Focus on water resources, aquatic ecosystems, forests and coasts.
- Encyclopedia of Earth – electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society; free, searchable collection of articles written by scholars
- National Weather Service – detailed weather, marine and avaition forcasts for cities, counties and states in U.S.
- SciVee – video sharing site from Public Library of Science, National Science Foundation and San Diego Computer Center. Researchers post short videos or podcasts explaining techniques
- Visual Elements Periodic Table – provides html and Flash versions of the table; historical background and useful link to Site Overview page for related resources
- Encyclopedia of Life – ambitous project by an international team of scientists to catalog all knowledge about every species on the planet; work in progress