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Our librarians have put together a comprehensive list of links by topic for you to find information online.
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Art History Resources

Well-structured overview of art history from ancient times to 21st century; time line, searchable by country and genre. Contains Western, African, Chinese, Japanese, Indian artists and images.


A search engine for locating artists, art news, museums, masterpieces, galleries and more.

Art Resource

The world’s largest fine art stock photo archive, with more than 1,000,000 searchable fine art images from the world’s leading sources, available for licensing to all media.


Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. It is an online platform for discovering and collecting art. Its growing collection comprises 50,000+ artworks by 11,000+ artists from leading galleries, museums, foundations, and artists’ estates.


A gathering point for networked resources on Art and Architecture including links for journals, images, events, museums, media and other topics of interest.

Google Images

An easy method for finding pictures of artists, periods, or collections.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum’s informative web site.

National Gallery of Art

Features over 100 images from the Gallery’s collection, along with basic information on the works.

Smithsonian Institution’s Collections Search Center

Smithsonian Museum’s site, offering access to images, archives, libraries.

Web Gallery of Art

The Web Gallery of Art is a searchable database of European fine arts and architecture (3rd-19th centuries), currently containing over 47.300 reproductions. Artist biographies, commentaries, guided tours catalogue, free postcard and mobile services are provided.


Last updated March 2, 2019

Art Exhibition

Biography Biography

Academy of Achievement

Biographies of “…the extraordinary leaders, the visionaries and the
pioneers who have helped shape our world.”

Biographical Directory of the Library of Congress

Online biographies of members of Congress.

Biography Channel

The official website of the Biography Channel.

Gale Biography in Context

This resource offers a comprehensive collection of biographies on more than 525,000 people from around the world, throughout history, and across all subjects. It includes audiovisual materials and over 2.5 million full-text articles. Library card required.


Biographies of historically and culturally important figures organized alphabetically.


About the U.S. Presidents from

Crowdsourced Biographical Dictionary

Time 100

Biographies of Time’s 100 most influential people.


Last updated March 2, 2020


Calculator Business/Finance

News and Markets


World Business and financial market news, stock information and personal finance advice. Watch and listen to Bloomberg TV and radio live.

Includes news, analysis, feature articles, and data on stocks, funds, bonds, and financial markets.

CNN Money

Provides links to Fortune, Money and Fortune Small Business magazines, as well as for CNN’s business coverage of financial, business, and industry-specific news for US and world markets.

Kiplinger Online

Check the latest news, get stock quotes, and compare mutual funds.

Financial gateway for the individual investor with information on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, money markets, etc.

Yahoo! Finance

Business news, personal finance advice, stock quotes and more. Link to CNBC news stories and video.

General Business

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Consumer Price Index (CPI) and employment statistics from the Federal Government.

Department of Commerce Country Commercial Guides

Find countries’ commercial environments, using economic, political and market analysis.

New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Information for job seekers, employers, unemployed and disabled.

Taking Care of Business in New Jersey

Resources for starting a business in New Jersey.

United States Patent and Trademark Office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks.

United States Chamber of Commerce

The latest information on job markets, economic growth, and innovation.

Yahoo! Currency Converter

Currency converter.

Small Business Support Small Business

Federal assistance and information for small business.

New Jersey Small Business Development Center

Resources, information, and training on starting and growing a small business.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

SCORE is dedicated to aiding in the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. Includes link to the U.S. Government’s Small Business Association.

Small Business Reference Center

This database offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding. (Library card is required)

U. S. Small Business Administration

Programs and services to help start or grow a business.

Company Information

D&B Hoovers

Search for company information for free.

Reference USA

Provides detailed, current directory information on more than 12 million U.S. Businesses, 102 million U.S. residents, 683,000 U.S. healthcare providers, 1 million Canadian businesses and 11 million Canadian residents. (Library card is required)

Securities and Exchange Commission

Edgar database – Free access to more than 20 million of filings.

Investment Information

BigCharts from MarketWatch

Investment charting and research site with historical quotes. Links to Wall Street Journal and Barron’s online editions.

Motley Fool

Personal finance site that is both informative and entertaining.

Mutual Fund Education Center

Get news on funds, build your own portfolio and plan your retirement.


TreasuryDirect is the only financial services website that lets you buy and redeem securities directly from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Also find the EE bond redemption tables, and other US Bond information.

Community Information

American Factfinder

American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas, including local communities.

NJ Chamber of Commerce Directory

Addresses and phone numbers of local chambers.

Zillow Real Estate

Real estate valuations, search for homes, recently sold homes and more.


Last updated March 3, 2020


Car Cars

AARP Driver Safety Program

Locate the AARP Smart Driver Course near you. Course is designed for drivers aged 50 and up.

Amazon Vehicles

Research cars; includes images, videos, specifications. Read and write customer reviews. Shop for automotive parts and accessories.


Information on all used cars and light trucks model year 1981 or later. Includes tips and advice on car buying, maintenance, safety, technology, and selling your car. It also offers vehicle history reports, but they are not free as this is a premium access feature.

The Center for Auto Safety

Includes a wide variety of safety information, from recalls to lemon laws, and allows users to view and submit complaints about specific makes and models of cars. Consumers Union and Ralph Nader founded the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) in 1970 to provide consumers a voice for auto safety and quality in Washington and to help lemon owners fight back across the country.

Distracted Driving

Statistics, regulations, and general information about distracted driving for adults and teens.

Driving Tests

Practice tests for cars, motorcycles, and commercial licenses. Online driver’s manuals and FAQ section for DMV-related questions.

Fuel Economy Guide

Official US government source for fuel economy information.


Helps shoppers compare and price new and used vehicles.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from crashes on the nation’s roads.

Kelley Blue Book

Vehicle valuation used by banks, car dealers, and insurance companies.

NADA Guides

Source of information on buying, selling and business decisions about vehicle transactions.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The go-to source for information about traffic laws, vehicle safety, and driving safety. Visitors can also search for recalls and file vehicle safety complaints.

NJ Driver Manual

The complete text of the The New Jersey Driver’s Manuals for cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, etc. in pdf format. Included are requirements for obtaining a NJ license, driver’s test information, and rules of the road.

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission

To renew registration, pay fees, change address, order specialized license plates and look up agency locations and hours.

Popular Mechanics Automotive

Geared to car owners and auto enthusiasts. Visitors can read about auto industry news, road test results, DIY repairs and more.

Road and Track

Car lovers will discover tons of articles, images and videos featuring new and vintage vehicles. There is also information about car shows, motorsports, and road test results.

Motor vehicle and highway safety, including crash ratings, recalls, complaints and defects, and other safety-related issues.

True Car

Compare vehicle prices, models, and makes.


Last updated March 2, 2020


Children Children

Reading Initiatives

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Information on the nonprofit movement to instill a love of reading in young children.

Read Aloud 15 Minutes

A nonprofit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care.

Talking is Teaching

A public awareness and action campaign that helps parents recognize their power to boost their children’s early brain and vocabulary development through simple, everyday actions.


Educational, age appropriate games for K-5.

American Girl

The official website of American Girl books, dolls, and other related content.

Animal Planet

The official site for the popular TV channel.

The Baby-sitters Club

Information on the books, the author, and fun activities related to the series.

Book Riot

Book Riot celebrates all things books! Find the best books for your next read or book club, including new books in all genres. Get more books in your face.

CIA Kids’ Zone

This section of the CIA’s official website includes information about the organization written for children in grades K-5, and 6-12, as well as educational games.

Cool Math Games

Math games for children.

Discovery Kids

Play educational games and learn about interesting topics through videos.

Disney Junior

Games and activities of your favorite Disney characters.

Eric Carle

The official website of Eric Carle, the American author and illustrator of such picture books as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Tiny Seed.

Fact Monster

A free reference site for kids.

Fun Brain

Educational games for children.


Games, books, forums and more from R.L. Stine’s popular series.

Highlights Kids

Games, jokes, surveys, science information, crafts, and recipes.

How Stuff Works

This site explains thousands of topics with videos and illustrations.

Jan Brett

The official website of Jan Brett, the American author and illustrator of The Mitten, and other popular children’s books.


Thoughtful book reviews, compelling features, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the hottest new releases, contests and more.

The Magic School Bus

Books, experiments, printables and apps from the popular series.

The Magic Tree House

Information about the books, their authors and illustrators, as well as Mission Games and a Kids’ Adventure Club.

NASA for Kids

For the space lover – a place to play games and learn about NASA.

National Geographic Kids

Play games, watch videos, learn about nature, science, animals and places, and get interesting facts.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids

Stories, facts, and activities for children on weather, astronomy, gardening, history, and more.

PBS Kids

Educational games and videos from your favorite PBS KIDS shows.


Book-related games, videos, and readers advisory!

Science Bob

Science experiments and science videos.

Scrap Coloring

Free online coloring pages that include fun patterns to color with.

Sesame Street

Play games and watch videos of your favorite Sesame Street characters.

Smithsonian for Kids

Resources, games, and learning for kids.

Sports Illustrated Kids

Read articles, play games, and learn interesting facts about your favorite sports and athletes.

Thomas and Friends

Learn more about Thomas & Friends.

Weave Silk

Draw beautiful, soothing art.


Last updated March 2, 2020


Teapot Collectibles

American Society of Appraisers

Visit this site to find an expert appraiser in your area. Search for appraisers by their specialty. Also explains the credentials of the appraisers, continuing education ,and how to become a member.

Antiques and the Arts Weekly

Free online access to the nation’s leading weekly publication on the Antiques and Arts Trade. In addition, offers a calendar of events, free online newsletter, and searchable listings of auctions, estate sales, antique shows, galleries and museum shows.


One of the premiere organizations that offers auctions and private sales of fine art, antiques, jewelry, wine, and more. Look up what items sold at auctions and search for appraisers.

Go Antiques

The oldest and most established antiques and collectible online trading community.

Bid on auctions live online. Search for items by category or geography and catch up on the latest auction news.


The go to source for information on antiques and collectibles. Must subscribe for premium content but prices, marks and other resources are free content.

ThoughtCo: Collecting

General resource with timely articles and free price guides.


Last updated March 3, 2020


Ratings Consumer Information

Charitable Giving

Charity Navigator

A national service that evaluates charities of all types.

Charity Watch

An independent and assertive charity watchdog evaluating and rating nonprofits.


Rates nonprofits on basis of direct impact per dollar.


Better Business Bureau

You can use this site to check out a charity or business or file a complaint.

Offers basic information and guides on consumer protection. Money management, credit,loans, and debt, scams and identity theft. Toolbox section includes videos. Very accessible.

Consumer Protection Publications from the U.S. Government

This site includes publications on cars, computers, travel etc. You can download a copy of the Consumer Action Handbook from this site.

Consumer World

Includes consumer news, scam alerts and information on bargains for services and products.

Federal Trade Commission – Consumer Information

This site is a separate section of the main Federal Trade commission site and offers information on Money & Credit, Houses & Mortgages, Health & Fitness, Jobs & Making Money, and Privacy & Identity. It also offers options to file a complaint, register for the do not call list, and report identity theft.

National Do Not Call Registry

Consumers may register a phone number, verify that a number is registered, or submit a complaint.

NJ Division of Consumer Affairs

Provides consumer information regarding autos, charities, cyber fraud, etc. Also provides forms for registering consumer complaints.

Consumer Products


Tech product reviews, forums, how-tos, videos, and more

Consumer Product Information Database

Currently links over 12,000 consumer brands to health effects and educates consumers about chemical ingredients of household products.

Safer Products

Information about the safety, and recalls of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals.



Analyzes information from public and private sources to create detailed profiles of every city and town in the US. Includes financial, education, weather, demographics, crime, and more. Includes forums.

FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center

Use the MSC to find your official flood map, access a range of other flood hazard products, and take advantage of tools for better understanding flood risk.


This site is a partner of the American Moving & Storage Association. It provides the resources and tools needed to manage all stages of the relocation process.

Megan’s Law New Jersey Sex Offender Internet Registry

Use this site to check if there are any registered sex offenders in an area.

Sperling’s Best Places

Analyzes data about people and places, and rates.It provides information about real estate, mortgages, school comparison data, crime rate, cost of living, and best places to live lists.


An online market for real estate listings.


An online market for real estate listings.

Garden State Multiple Listing Service

Multiple listing service for New Jersey Real Estate


Last updated August 14, 2018

Consumer Information

Cooking Cooking


Convert Me

Easy conversion of weights and measures.

Cook’s Thesaurus

An encyclopedia of cooking .


Federal food safety information.

Still Tasty: Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide

Useful site gives information on shelf-life and best means of storage for all types of food. Easy to use and complete.

Food & Recipes


Comprehensive site with Special Diet, World Cuisine, Holiday, and more. Well-organized and easy to use.


Interactive food trends/entertainment. Videos, recipes, and discussions on food-related topics. Content is free, with free membership for interactivity.

Eating Well

Magazine website devoted to healthy eating. Good recipes including vegan, gluten free,diabetic, and more.


Food community with extensive recipe, menu, article, cookbook, and video collections. Partners with Bon Appetit and (the now defunct) Gourmet magazines.  Content is free and available, but free membership required for interactivity, plus extra features such as recipe box.

Food Network

Website of  the TV network and magazine. Free access to recipes, instructional videos, current year’s episodes of shows featuring Food Network chefs: Ina Garten, Rachael Ray, Giada, the Neelys, and more. Free membership for interactivity and more content.

Food community with surprisingly extensive and multicultural reader-submitted recipes. Free content, plus free membership for interactivity.

Food & Wine

Website of magazine. Free access to recipes, instructional cooking videos, ratings & reviews, pairing of food, wine, and spirits. Free membership for interactivity separate from magazine subscription.

Designed by then-grad student Leanne Brown as a resource for families on food stamps. Brown ensured that families in need would have access to her book “Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day” by posting it online as a free PDF.


Follows current trends in cooking, baking, and healthy living. Includes recipes, meal planning, instructional videos, product reviews, and kitchen design.

Thousands of kosher recipes, videos, articles, and tips. Holiday cooking

Martha Stewart Living

The online presence of the popular TV shows/magazine. The food page has many recipes and videos.

My Recipes

Easy recipes with plentiful information. Includes sections on Healthy Recipes, World Cuisine, and Special Diets including Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Low Carb, and more.

PBS Food

Recipes, videos, and articles from public television. Blogs and TV shows.

Real Simple

Articles, recipes, instructional videos, and a food blog from the magazine. Free membership for interactivity.

Spark Recipes

Recipe page of a health/diet/fitness community. Free access to recipes and videos. Free membership for interactivity, customized diet plans, and other content.

Vegetarian Times

Magazine website. Large collection of recipes, videos, and information on vegetarian and vegan diets.

VegKitchen with Nava Atlas

Recipes, videos, information and tips on vegetarian and vegan lifestyle. Material on vegetarian kids and teens.


Recipes and information of vegetarian and vegan lifestyle. Free membership for interactivity.


Last updated March 3, 2020


Graduate Cap Education

Primary & Secondary School     Colleges & Universities     Financial Aid     Tests     Resources for Students     Resources for Teachers     Online Continuing Education Resources

Primary & Secondary School

National Center for Education Statistics

Information about individual public and private schools and colleges, and libraries throughout the US. Includes school characteristics, demographics, enrollment by grade in an easily accessible format.

NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards

Explains educational expectations by grade level as per Core Curriculum.

NJ School Performance Report

These reports are designed to inform parents, educators and communities about how well a school is performing and preparing its students for college and careers


Site includes links to information on the tests, tutorials, and practice tests.

Colleges & Universities

College and University Rankings

This site maintained by the University of Illinois provides an annotated guide to the many college ranking lists for both graduate and undergraduate colleges and universities. Includes a “Caution & Controversy” section detailing and questioning the methods, validity, and value of the various lists – or indeed of any list. Also provides lists by subject and discipline.

College Navigator

Good college selection site based using information from the National Center for Education Statistics. Select for state, degree, programs/major, setting, test scores, tuition, and more. Links to preparing for college, financial aid, and career planning.

Community College Finder

Find information about community colleges.

Data Science Programs

Information on various Data Science programs and degrees by level. 

Teaching Degree Programs

Search over 3,100 different teaching degrees and 1,700 different universities with accredited programs.

U.S. News & World Report: Best Colleges

Lists ranking colleges by different criteria: best schools, best liberal arts, best value, and more. Articles on admissions, paying for college, and other information of interest.

U.S. News & World Report: Best Grad Schools

Lists ranking colleges by discipline. Additional articles and tips for graduate students.

Financial Aid

College Affordability Guide

This site provides information and advice regarding options students have to reduce the cost of their degree. “Affordability Scores” for the colleges are also provided.

College Affordability and Transparency Center

A tool from the U.S. Department of Education about college costs.


Applications and filing for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).

Federal Student Aid

Includes information on preparing for college, types of aid, eligibility, repayment options, and FAFSA instructions.


Comprehensive site on all aspects of financial aid; scholarships, loans, applying for financial aid, saving for college, calculators, and more. – Grants, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

Information on financial support for New Jersey students.



Official site of the ACT test includes test dates, and the ability to create an online account for registration, printing admission ticket, and submitting scores. Practice questions and tips included.


Information about the SAT and Subject tests, including practice, dates, and sign up. Also information on colleges, majors, and financial aid.

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

Official website for the GMAT. Information about the test and registration, free downloadable study software. Many other materials available for a fee.

GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

Test centers, dates, preparation including complete sample tests for GRE and GRE subject exams.

LSAT (Law School Admission Test)

Registration, test dates and locations, free sample questions with explanations, free sample test.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Registration and information about the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam. Includes tutorials and practice.

Resources for Students

A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania that monitors the accuracy of statements made by major politicians.

Practical Money Skills

Visa’s financial literacy initiative with resources for students of all ages.

Purdue OWL

Find writing, research, and citation information at the Online Writing Lab (OWL) of Purdue University.

A not-for-profit resource that provides the pros and cons for a variety of topics.


The free resources on this site include literature guides, learning guides, college prep content, and more.

Resources for Teachers


Helps teachers integrate technology in the classroom. This site helps locate online tools and resources such as ready-to-use Web lessons, classroom calendars, quizzes, as well as resources in both English and Spanish for rubrics, project-based learning, and notes to send home.

Colorin Colorado

A bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners.


A resource about teaching with documents from the National Archives.


A collection of resources in the humanities, literature, history, American history, foreign language, social studies. Primary sources, lesson plans by grade level, and stand-alone activities included.


Discussion of issues relating to information technology in education.

Learning Network: Teaching and Learning with the New York Times

Lesson plans and activities based on material from the New York Times. Recommended by the Times for ages 13 and up. Some interactivity.

Lesson Plans from NEA

Activities and lesson plans from the National Education Association for Pre-K through Gr. 12. Browsable by month, grade, or subject.

Library of Congress: Teachers

Classroom materials for teachers enabling them to use primary sources from the digital collections of the Library of Congress.

MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)

Online community and resource sharing with teaching and learning material for faculty, staff, and students in higher education.


Instructional guides and materials for secondary education on religion and the environment in American History with links to online resources.

NJ State Library JerseyClicks

Find links to databases such as Academic Search Premier, ERIC, Literary Reference Center, Middle Search Plus, Novelist K-8, and Teacher Reference Center. (Available for use in libraries only.)

Reading Rockets

National multimedia literacy initiative with resources to help readers build phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. Online course on teaching reading.


Digital reading comprehension curriculum that includes fiction and nonfiction articles with lessons, vocabulary, and assessments aligned with all state standards. Instructional design includes embedded teacher training.

Watch Know Learn

Library of educational and instructional videos in wiki format. Appropriate for primary and secondary school, searchable by subject, age range and common core.

Online Continuing Education Resources

Academic Earth

A free collection of online college courses plus original content.


A for-profit organization. All courses are free to audit, but a mixture of free and fee-based courses. A range of requirements, student assignments, credits, certificates, and fees depending on the course. Some courses can be quite expensive.


Free online courses. A nonprofit effort originally started and administered by MIT and Harvard, but joined by other universities. Not for credit, no certificate.

Khan Academy

Free library of online instructional videos, including practice videos for SAT. Non-profit, and underwritten in part by Bill and Melinda Gates. Skills for secondary education.

MIT OpenCourseWare

Free and open access to online materials for MIT courses for self-learners. Non-degree, non-certificate granting. Lecture notes, exams, and videos.

Open Yale Courses

Provides lectures and other materials from selected Yale College courses to the public free of charge via the Internet. The courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences. No registration, fee, credit, or certificate.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Conference

Videos of talks given by prominent guest speakers. Each speaker has a maximum limit of eighteen minutes to present their idea. Topics cover a wide range of subjects in science and culture. Mission statement:“Ideas worth spreading.”


Free online college courses in computer sciences and related subjects. Certificate of completion given for each course.


Last updated March 2, 2020


Briefcase Employment/Career Tools

The Balance Careers

The Balance Careers provides practical advice on job searching, resume writing, salary negotiations, and other career planning topics.

Boomer Job Tips

Offers tips and how-to’s for the growing baby boomer population to help them find a job, win an interview or move their career forward. The site has hundreds of articles from experts in the career area on résumés, interviews, strategy and tactics with a “boomer focus.”

Career Builder

Online job openings.


U.S. Department of Labor source for career exploration, training, and jobs.

Get Help from the NJ State Library

Links, videos, and contact information for individuals seeking job and career assistance.

Find out what past and current employees are saying about the company you are applying for.

Job and Career Accelerator

Powerful tools and expert guidance to help you find a great job. This is a database provided by the New Jersey State Library and a valid library card is needed to login.

JVS New Jersey Job Seekers Guide

The Job Seekers Guide is produced by JVS New Jersey and iSeek Solutions as part of a national collaboration of the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services, with funding provided through the U.S. Department of Labor.


Provides information on finding jobs by field, company or location, creating a resume, preparing for interviews.

NJ Civil Service Commission

Information and job openings for those interested in NJ Civil Service employment.

NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Information on state resources for the unemployed, links for job fairs, and information on state government employment.

NJ Works

State Library job and career resource portal offering links to online job resources, computer training, etc. Job Search and Employment Opportunities

State classified ads.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Federal government database of career profiles.


SCORE’s mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education.

Simply Hired

Search engine for jobs and a quick way to survey a massive number of job listings. The site aggregates information from job boards, news sites and company listings. Job listings display a user’s LinkedIn connections to each job.

USA Jobs

Federal listings of job openings.


Last updated March 2, 2020


Family Tree Genealogy

Association of Professional Genealogists Directory

Provides contact information and advice for those seeking expert help. Directory allows for search by specialty and services, among others.

Cyndi’s List

Index to genealogical genealogy resources on the Internet. Cyndi’s List is free for everyone to use and it is meant to be your starting point when researching online.

Ellis Island Passenger Search

Online search of Ellis Island’s passenger lists.

Family Search

Large, free genealogy research database.

Free genealogy resources from

National Archives Resources for Genealogists

Articles, tips, and tools for online genealogy research.

Online Genealogy Records and Resources

Lists of online records, including vital records, census records, immigration records, and other genealogical resources.


Free genealogy resources from

Steve Morse

Offers web-based genealogy search tools.

U.S. Census Bureau: Genealogy

This site contains data and tips to help amateur genealogists use census records to fill out their family tree.

US Gen Web Project

Links to genealogy websites organized by county and state.


Last updated March 2, 2020


Reference Books General Resources

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Dictionary (Merriam-Webster)

Complete source for language information, including definitions, synonyms, antonyms, related words and word origin.

Searches over 100 encyclopedias and dictionaries, including those covering such specific subject areas as medicine, computers, social science and foreign policy.


Includes encyclopedia, dictionary, almanac and atlas information, resources for teachers, tools such as a perpetual calendar and a distance calculator, homework help and business and biographical information.


Common English pronunciations of “people, places, and stuff”, with a link to audio pronunciation.


Collaborative encyclopedia. Also includes dictionary, thesaurus, quotations, books, media, and more.

Calculation and Conversion Tools Cost of Living Wizard

Calculates differences in the cost of living for over 300 US cities.

Universal Currency Converter

Interactive up-to-the-minute foreign exchange rate calculator.

Virtual Perpetual Calendar

Perpetual calendar for the 19th-21st centuries.

World Time Server

Calculates time conversions for most cities, states and countries.


All Area Codes

Area codes for Canada and the US are listed in numerical order and by state.

Locates contact information on individuals and businesses, permits reverse telephone searches, and links to maps and directions.

White Pages

Accesses people, businesses, reverse phone and address, area codes, zip codes, maps and some city yellow pages.

Zip Code Lookup (USPS)

From the USPS site,  zip codes by street address, city and state or all zip codes within a city and/or state.


Last updated March 2, 2020

General Resources

U.S. Capitol Government


Atlantic County

Information about government, activities, county news, visitors and employment.

Bergen County

Information about government structure, services, residents, visitors, business.

Bergen County Municipalities

List of local municipalities within Bergen County and their websites.

Burlington County

Information about government, services, departments, business and community information.

Camden County

List of events, government, theatre, arts, events, services and government departments.

Cape May County

Information about employment, government, services, community ,and the county library

Cumberland County

List of history, departments, services, business and tourism.

Essex County

Information about government structure, services, departments, events. Also lists municipalities and their websites.

Gloucester County

Information about department agencies, history , alerts, officials, directory and services.

Hudson County

Information about government structure, services, departments, events.

Hudson County Municipalities

List of local municipalities within Hudson County and their websites.

Hunterdon County

List of local municipalities within Hunterdon county, employment opportunities, programs, departments and services.

Mercer County

List of community, tourism, government,boards and commission and employment opportunities.

Middlesex County

List of services, events, government, tourism, business and history.

Monmouth County

List of employment, government, departments, services, tourism, current news.

Morris County

Information about government structure, services, departments and events. Also lists programs and the latest news.

Ocean County

Information about government, services, departments, tourism, directories, press releases and directions.

Passaic County

Information about government structure, services, departments, events.

Passaic County Municipalities

List of local municipalities within Passaic County and their websites.

Salem County

List of history, media, news, government, services.

Sussex County

List of directories, tourism,government, departments, employment, news, and events.

Union County

List of parks, government, tourism, events, services.

Warren County

List of elected officials, tourism, government, services, news and employment.

New Jersey

State of New Jersey

Official website of the state of New Jersey containing a wide variety of information including government departments and services.

New Jersey State Legislature

Information on the New Jersey Constitution, legislative activity, committees, bill search, legislator directories, budget information, as well as links to Democratic and Republican staff offices.

United States

United States Congress

Watch legislative activities live, read current bills up for vote,members of each committee.

United States House of Representatives

Information on members of the House of Representatives, links to member websites, bills and committees.  Find representatives and schedules for current hearings and legislative activity.

United States Senate

Information on senators and legislative activity, as well as historical and statistical information on officeholders.

United States Supreme Court

Information on the workings of the Supreme Court, member biographies and planning a visit to the Court.

U.S. Government Manual

Official handbook for the federal government, providing comprehensive information on agencies of each branch of government.  Typical agency description includes lists of officials, statement of agency purpose and history, as well as addresses and phone numbers.  Published annually.


Information about issues, executive offices, initiatives, special events, administration, news, overall government structure.


Last updated March 3, 2020


Lightbulb History

Local History

Bergen County Historical Society

Historic site and event listings for Bergen County.

Durand-Hedden House and Garden

Local History Museum of Maplewood, NJ / Essex County.

Hudson County Genealogical and Historical Society

Historic site and event listings for Hudson County.

Passaic County Historical Society

Historic site and event listings for Passaic County.

New Jersey History

New Jersey Digital Highway

A collaboration between Rutgers University Libraries, The New Jersey State Library, The New Jersey Division of Archives and Records Management, The New Jersey Historical Society, and the American Labor Museum, NJDH serves as a portal for digital historical and cultural resources.

New Jersey Historical Society

The New Jersey Historical Society collects, preserves, teaches and interprets New Jersey history through their archives, research library and educational programs.

New Jersey State Archives

Access to historic documents including images, genealogical collections, and digital exhibits.

New Jersey State Historic Sites

Maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, this website gives information on State Owned Historic Sites that everyone can visit.

Visit NJ: History

Maintained by the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, this website includes information about NJ historic sites, memorials, and museums. Searchable by ADA compliance, family/pet friendliness, free admission, and other factors useful to travelers.

US and World History

American Rhetoric

A database of speeches organized by alphabetically by speaker’s first name.

Digital History

Textbook, primary source, and multimedia American history resources.

Digital Vaults

The National Archives Experience: Digital Vaults is an interactive exploration of history that examines thousands of documents, photographs, and pieces of history that have been integrated in a digital format.

History Channel

General information on World and American history including articles and video content.

Library of Congress Digital Collections

Primary and secondary source materials, recordings, images, prints, maps, sheet music documenting the history of the United States.

National Register of Historic Places

Maintained by the National Park Service, this website includes sample travel itineraries, monthly online exhibits, and teaching resources.

United States National Archives and Records Administration

Historic documents, veterans’ service records, genealogical materials, online exhibits, and more.

World History

BBC News Country Profiles

Features full profiles that provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.

History Channel

General information on World and American history including articles and video content.

Library of Congress Country Studies

Electronic versions of 80 books previously published in hard copy as part of the Country Studies Series by the Federal Research Division. Includes books on countries that no longer exist, such as East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union.


Lists of heads of states and heads of government, current and historical.

World Digital Library

The World Digital Library (WDL), a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, and international organizations from around the world, makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures.


Last updated March 2, 2020


Language Language

Abbreviation Dictionary

Directory and search engine for acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms

Acronym Finder

Dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms

Dictionary (Merriam-Webster)

Provides definitions, parts of speech, synonyms, origins of words and rhyming words, as well as a medical dictionary and concise encyclopedia.


Free language learning platform offers many languages on the web, Android, iOS, and Windows. Claims that 34 hours of independent study on Duolingo is the equivalent of one semester of college language class.

Etymology Dictionary

Online etymology dictionary providing origins and derivations of English words.  Includes related terms for alternate meanings.

Google Translate


A website that offers demonstrations, vocabulary, and resources for a variety of age groups about American Sign Language.

Idiom Site

Definitions for a limited list of every day idioms in common use.


An online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages.

Pronunciation Dictionary

Online pronunciation reference. Seeks to compile native speaker pronunciations for all the words that exist in the world, including names.

Rhyming Dictionary

Finds rhymes, synonyms, adjectives, and more.

Slang Dictionary

Dictionary is a dictionary of slang words, neologisms, idioms, aphorisms, jargon, informal speech, and figurative usages.

Rosetta Stone

This resource provides a proven language learning immersion method trusted for over 20 years. It is funded by the New Jersey State Library.

The TOEFL Test

Information about the English-language test for study, immigration, and work.

USA Learns

A website that offers free English language learning resources.


Last updated March 3, 2020


Legal Documents Law


Cornell University Law School: Legal Information Institute

Not-for profit providing access to laws online, including U.S. Code, Federal Rules, state statutes and international law, as well as free legal documents by state.  Resources for locating a lawyer and legal encyclopedia.

FindLaw: Find a Lawyer

A national directory of lawyers with detailed profiles.

Offers help with finding a lawyer, using a lawyer and understanding the law. Provided as a public service by the American Bar Association’s DIvision for Legal Services.

Guide to Law Online

Prepared by the Law Library of Congress, a portal of web sites on government and law by region, U.S. State or country. Find a Lawyer

Search for a lawyer by name or location and legal issue. Lawyer profiles, client reviews and ratings provided by Martindale-Hubbell, a legal source for over 140 years.

NOLO Legal Dictionary

A dictionary of legal terms for non lawyers.

Focused on making primary legal materials and community resources free and easy to find on the Internet. The company provides Internet users with free case law, codes, regulations, legal articles and legal blog and twitterer databases, as well as additional community resources.


Core Documents of the United States

The United States Constitution, Bill of Rights and other crucial documents can be found here.

Government Printing Office

Provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the federal government.  Includes tutorials on how to search the Federal Depository System.

New Jersey State Library: Federal Legal Resources

A compilation of websites where you can find legal documents, information about federal courts, and regulations.

Legislative information from the Library of Congress. Includes bills and resolutions, access to the Congressional Record, treaties and committee reports. Resources for teachers.

United States Code

Search the US Code by Title or browse the table of contents.

United States Supreme Court

Go here to read what is on the court’s upcoming docket, past opinions, rules of court, and information about the justices.

United States Court Map

Map displaying the geographic boundaries of the U.S. Courts of Appeals and District Courts, with links to web pages for each court.

Official online guide to Government Information and Services.

New Jersey

Legal Services of New Jersey

Information for low income people in need of free legal services.


Provides legal forms, videos and easy to read general information on New Jersey laws and resources. In English and Spanish. Website is maintained by the Legal Services of New Jersey.

Local Ordinances

Access full-text, searchable ordinances for the majority of New Jersey municipalities.

Megan’s Law New Jersey Sex Offender Internet Registry

Use this site to check if there are any registered sex offenders in an area.

New Jersey Bar Association

Resources for people looking for information about a specific lawyer as well as resources for practicing attorneys.

New Jersey Constitution

Access the complete text of the New Jersey Constitution, search the text, read a transcript of the New Jersey 1947 Constitutional Convention.

New Jersey Legislature

Information about all aspects of the state legislature – legislators, bills, laws, districts, rules.

New Jersey State Library: New Jersey Legal Resources

A collection of legal resources specifically for New Jersey.

New Jersey Statutes

Browse or search the full-text version of the state statutes. The statutes are not annotated.


Last updated March 3, 2020


Books Literature


Women’s Prize for Fiction

Established in 1996 to recognize the contributions of women in literature.Awarded to best novel originally written in English by woman of any nationality and published in the UK during the award year.

The Booker Prize

Awarded for best novel originally written in English and published in the UK in the year of the prize. Author’s of any nationality are eligible.

The International Booker Prize

Prize is awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland to honour fiction and writing on a global basis.

National Book Foundation (National Book Awards)

Group of yearly literary awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature for books published in the United States during the award year.

Nobel Prize in Literature

Yearly prize awarded by the Swedish Academy to an author from any country whose body of work is deemed to be “For the greatest benefit to mankind”.

Pulitzer Prize

Annual awards in Fiction,General Nonfiction,History, Biography/Autobiography, Drama, Music, and Journalism in the United States.


Gale Literature Resource Center (Sign in with library card required.)

This database provides access to a wide variety of literary resources, including author biographies, interviews, and images, as well as full-text articles, essays, reviews, poems, short stories, plays, and more.

Literary Reference Center (Sign in with library card required.)

This comprehensive database includes the full text of over a million plot summaries, synopses, work overviews, literary criticism articles and essays, author biographies, literary journals, book reviews, poems, short stories, author interviews, classic texts, and more. Access to this database is provided by the New Jersey State Library.

Newark Public Library Guide to Literary Analysis and Criticism

A selection of authoritative websites for those looking for literary criticism.


Citation Machine

Free. Generates citations in APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, and more.


Contains bibliography and citation maker, free  MLA format (not APA).

Merriam Webster Dictionary

Dictionary, Thesaurus, Word of the Day, games, grammar, videos

Newark Public Library Guide to Writing

A guide to useful sites with writing tips, citation guides, and publishing advice.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Provides access to ESL material, grammar exercises, professional writings samples, such as business letters,MLA format, and; APA formatting and style guide.

eBooks & Texts

Academy of American Poets

Poem-a-day, texts, videos, essays, and teaching materials.

eBCCLS Overdrive

Borrow eBooks on supported devices. Overdrive ebooks are integrated into the BCCLS catalog, so you can search for, check out, return, and request them directly from our standard catalog or use the Overdrive website. (Login required)

Folger Digital Texts

Read or download the accurate Folger Shakespeare with notes, synopses. Attractive and searchable. Includes the Complete Shakespeare plays and poetry.

Google Books

Search books that are no longer covered by copyright, or the publisher has given permission for inclusion. The result might be a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it’s in the public domain, you’re free to download a PDF copy.

Open Library

Read or download classic or modern ebooks. This site aims to catalog every available digital book in the world.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 46,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

Project Gutenberg Australia

Check this site for items not available on the American version, such as George Orwell’s 1984 and “Animal Farm”, and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse.


Last updated March 3, 2020


Medicine Medicine/Health


Mayo Clinic

Provides information on conditions, treatments, and medical research, including clinical trials.

Merck Manuals

Contains Professional and Consumer versions, plus the Merck Veterinary Manual. Includes information on medical conditions, symptoms, medications, and normal laboratory test values. Also an extensive resource list.


Includes a pill identifier along with information on diseases, symptoms, drugs, and supplements.


Consumer oriented, with a physician directory, information on supplements and a section on healthy living.

Finding/Talking to a Doctor

DoctorFinder (American Medical Association)

Directory of AMA member doctors.

New Jersey Healthcare Profile

Find a NJ Medical Doctor, Podiatrist or Optometrist. Profiles developed by the Division of Consumer Affairs in consultation with the State Board of Medical Examiners and the State Board of Optometrists.

New York State Physician Profile

Find a NY doctor.

Physician Compare (

Directory of Medicare providers.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Information on how to communicate well with your doctor and obtain the information you need.


Vitals is an online resource for patients to find doctors and medical facilities.

Government Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health when traveling, environmental health.

Comprehensive information on the Affordable Care Act, including a preview of plans and prices, estimates of costs and savings, the 4 ways to apply and access to online enrollment. Information is also available in Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, French Creole, Polish, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Information on Medicare.

Medline Plus

Information on diseases, conditions and wellness written for consumers.

National Institutes of Health

Information on clinical trials and research on disease.

National Library of Medicine

Access to medical databases.

National Safety Council

Information on a variety of safety topics including: preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Links to sources for essential government health services.

New Jersey Resources

NJ Air Quality

Check NJ air quality.

NJ Healthcare Profile

Find a NJ Medical Doctor, Podiatrist or Optometrist. Profiles developed by the Division of Consumer Affairs in consultation with the State Board of Medical Examiners and the State Board of Optometrists.

NJ Medicaid

Information concerning eligibility for and health care benefits provided by NJ Medicaid.

Special Health Topics

Alzheimer’s Association

Comprehensive information on Alzheimer’s disease-diagnosis, treatment, and research.  Includes support for caregivers.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society provides information on the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.  Written for the consumer.

American Diabetes Association

User friendly site of the American Diabetes Association, providing support and information on living with the condition.

American Heart Association

Information on heart disease and health for patients, caregivers and educators from the American Heart Association.

Children’s Health

Comprehensive information on children’s health and wellness.


Fact sheet provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning the Ebola Virus Disease.

End of Life and Palliative Care

Includes forms and FAQ concerning Advance Directives (New Jersey) such as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and a Living Will. Also contains information regarding Hospice. Provided by the N.J. Dept. of Health.

FARE: Food Allergy Research & Education

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Food Safety

U.S. Government information on food safety, including recalls and alerts.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Reliable information on complementary and alternative medicine from the National Institutes of Health.

Women’s Health

Covers health topics of special interest to women.

Work Related Injuries and Diseases

Information concerning work-related injuries and diseases provided by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Medical Journals

BioMed Central

Free open access to 259 peer reviewed journals in the areas of science, technology and medicine.

Free Medical Journals

Free access to 4000 medical journals, including JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine.

New England Journal of Medicine

The New England Journal of Medicine online, full text available free 1990-present.

PubMed Central

Free full text archive of biomedical and life science journal literature at the US National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine, containing 2.9 million articles.


Last updated March 3, 2020

Medicine, Health

Musical Notes Music


The American Music Awards

Billboard 200

This week’s top selling albums across all genres, ranked by sales data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

The Grammy Awards

Find information about nominees and winners.

Library of Congress Digital Collections in Music Division

OnMusic Dictionary

Comprehensive dictionary of musical terms, instruments, composers, and symbols


Musical concerts and events in New Jersey.

Radio-Locator (NJ)

Search for radio stations by location or genre.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives

The Library and Archives is the most comprehensive repository of materials relating to the history of rock and roll.

Rolling Stone Music


Academy of Country Music

ACM award nominees, winners, and country music news, audio and video.


The official website of BBC Music Magazine


New Jersey Jazz List

Search here for jazz events in NJ, NY and Philadelphia.

Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies

The mission of the Institute of Jazz Studies is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the heritage of jazz, an American art form that has been embraced by the world.

World Music

ArtsEdge World Music Resources

Explore the rich tapestry created by musicians around the world.

World Music Central

Online magazine dedicated to World Music

Free Printable Sheet Music in the Public Domain

BandMusic PDF Library

Choral Public Domain Library

The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection: American popular music dating back to 1780


Score sharing platform

Mutopia Project

Editable classical and contemporary music.


Last updated March 3, 2020


House New Jersey

NJ State

Official Web Site for the State of New Jersey. Links to all state agencies.Comprehensive website for the State. All links on this page can be found within this site.


Web sites of counties served by BCCLS.

Bergen County

Links to all county agencies.

Essex County

Links to all county agencies.

Hudson County

Links to all county agencies.

Passaic County

Links to all county agencies.


NJ Department of Banking and Insurance

Consumers can file for assistance with the Department if they need help with a banking, insurance or real estate issue or issue a complaint.

NJ Department of Education

NJ School Directory, information on NJ teacher certification, and more.

NJ Department of Health

Offices and programs related to your health, health care and vital records.

NJ Department of Human Services

Services to senior citizens, disabled people, people with mental illnesses and addictions, economically disadvantaged individuals, and families in need (housing, food, energy assistance, etc).

NJ Civil Service Commission

State, county and municipal job information.

NJ Courts

Information on the legal system.

NJ Division of Elections

Voter and candidate information.

NJ Division of Taxation

Tax forms.

NJ Employment

Links and information for the unemployed, employed and those seeking employment.

NJ Legislature

Find your legislator, track a bill.

NJ Motor Vehicle Commission

Information on licenses, registration, Motor Vehicle Agencies.

NJ State Library/NJ

A guide to NJ government, recreational, and other public resources.

NJ Transit

Public transportation information.

Visit NJ

Official tourism web site of NJ.

Volunteer NJ

Volunteer opportunities in NJ.


Last updated March 3, 2020

New Jersey

Newspaper Parenting

American Psychological Association – Parenting Resources

Resources on parenting practices.

Attachment Parenting International

An organization that supports attachment parenting, and gives information and tools regarding concepts and insights on attachment parenting.


Expert advice on pregnancy and parenting topics.

Boys Town

A national organization that provides for in-home family counseling, health care and programs to rebuild at-risk schools.


Information and resources about breastfeeding from the Office on Women’s Health.

Child Development

Resources provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Child Welfare Information Gateway

A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.

Family Partners of Hudson County

A family-run organization in Hudson County committed to providing effective and customized support to families, caregivers and providers of children with emotional, mental and behavioral needs.

Family Support Organization of Bergen County (Bergen County residents)

A component of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (NJDCF) within the Division of Children’s System of Care (CSOC); that provides direct family-to-family peer support to families enrolled in the Unified Care Management.

Family Support Organization of Essex County

An Essex County-based family-centered, family-driven nonprofit organization that provides peer support, education and advocacy for parents of children who have emotional, behavioral, mental health, substance use, intellectual and developmental challenges.

Family Support Organization of Passaic County

A family-run, Passaic County-based organization that provides direct family-to-family peer support, education, advocacy and other services to family members of children with emotional and behavioral challenges.

FARE: Food Allergy Research and Education

An organization dedicated to food allergy research, that provides resources regarding food allergies.

Healthy Children

Health resources provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics and member physicians.

Human Rights Commission – Explore: Parenting

Current resources that address the many potential paths to parenthood as well as tools for issues facing LGBTQ-headed families or LGBTQ youth.

Kids Health

The Parenting section of the #1 most-visited website for children’s health and development.

National Center for Fathering

Nonprofit organization that provides training, tools and resources to inspire and equip fathers and father figures to be actively engaged in their children’s lives. Their website provides articles and videos on a number of topics related to fatherhood. Also, available sign up for weekly emails that offer fathering tips, ideas and inspiration.

National Stepfamily Resource Center

The NSRC, a division of Auburn University’s Center for Children, Youth, and Families (CCYF), serves as a clearinghouse of information, linking family science research on stepfamilies and best practices in work with couples and children in stepfamilies.

New Jersey Parent Caucus

Trainings for parents and caregivers of youth with special emotional and behavioral needs.

NJ Parent Link

This website highlights NJ State services and resources for parents. Some Federal and Community resources are included.


Resources for parents; includes videos, articles and quick tips.

Parenting Counts

Provides a developmental timeline and videos to support families and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children.

Planned Parenthood – For Parents

Resources for talking to children of all ages about bodies, identity, pregnancy and reproduction, relationships, personal safety, and sex and sexuality.

Programs for Parents (Essex County residents)

Non-profit organization that works to help families of Essex County.

SPAN – Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (NJ)

Information and resources for families with the greatest need due to disability or special health/mental health needs; poverty; discrimination based on race, sex, language, immigrant or homeless status; involvement in the foster care, child welfare, or juvenile justice systems; geographic location; or other special circumstances.

Information for parents on preventing bullying.

Government website that provides resources and information on a number of youth related topics such as bullying prevention, driver safety and mental health.


Last updated March 3, 2020


Mask Performing Arts

New Jersey Arts Council: Resources

Provides links to national and regional resources, New Jersey state and local resources, county arts agencies, and other related organizations.



Tickets and information on Broadway and major Off-Broadway shows.

Curtain Up

The Internet Theater Magazine of Reviews, Features, Annotated Listings –On Line Since 1996

Discover Jersey Arts

A central clearinghouse of information on the New Jersey cultural scene, including an event search for programs of all sorts within the state.

Fun New Jersey: NJ Theater and Play Information

Comprehensive and complete up-to-date information about NJ Playhouses and NJ Theatre.

Internet Broadway Database (IBDB)

Official database for Broadway theatre information. Provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today.

New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Professional and community theatres throughout NJ.


News, features, performance listings for Broadway, Off-Broadway, London and Regional theatre.

Show Score

Theater reviews for fans by fans.

Theater Development Fund (TDF)

Become A TDF Member. Find out if you’re eligible for deep discounts on theatre, dance and music.


Common Sense Media

Offers reviews and recommendations for parents on all types of media.


Film and television news, reviews, interviews, global festival coverage and more.

Internet Movie Database

Comprehensive details on movies, actors, directors, etc.

Kids in Mind

Gives details on violence, sexuality, language, and drug use in films, allowing parents to make informed decisions on what their children can watch.


Aggregator of reviews for movies, TV, music, and games into a single rating or metascore. Individual professional and lay reviews available, as well as new and upcoming releases, and release dates.

Rotten Tomatoes

A critical view of movies.

Screen Junkies

Screen Junkies is an online movie magazine and YouTube channel, owned and operated by Defy Media, that focuses on movies and television.


Last updated March 3, 2020

Performing Arts

Reading Read, Watch, Listen


All about authors, including videos, BCCLS-hosted interviews, and more.

Book Clubbing

Your book club kickstarter – author bios, Q&A, book recommendations, and more!


Book lists by genre, read-a-like, or type divided for all ages and levels. Includes literacy activities for parents and for families. This is a database provided by the New Jersey State Library and a valid library card is needed to login.

NoveList K-8

Book lists, read-a-like tool, awards lists and other book recommendations for readers in grades K to 8. This is a database provided by the New Jersey State Library and a valid library card is needed to login.

NY Times Bestsellers

Weekly best-selling titles posted by the New York Times.

Read, Watch, Listen

A site maintained by local BCCLS librarians to help you find the perfect items to check out from your library on your next visit to the library in person or through your device. It doesn’t matter if you are in the mood to read a book, watch a movie, listen to music, or play some games! The site is divided into sections devoted to different genres, awards, and age groups.


Last updated March 3, 2020

Read, Watch, Listen

World Religion

General Information & World Religions

Association of Religious Data Archives (The ARDA)

Includes American and international data collections.based in Pennsylvania State University., this is the closest thing to a religious census. Also includes an excellent news and research section on religious issues of current interest.

BBC: Religions

Find out more about the world’s different religions. This page has been archived and is no longer being updated, but you may still find some useful information.

DK Find Out

An illustrated resource for kids about any topic, including religion.

Learn Religions

A subsidiary of Dotdash. Resources on religion and spirituality.


Information on world religions and spirituality, including religious history and commentary on current events from multiple viewpoints. Ecumenical, but with a Christian slant.

Pew Research Center: Religion and Public Life

Articles, videos, demographics, polling and analysis of religion and society worldwide.

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Website originally derived from a PBS series that examined the role of ethics and religion in current news topics. Extensive video archive.

Religion Facts: just the facts on religion

Nondenominational information on religion, comparative religion, and religious topics.Interesting charts.

Religion-TED talks

A collection of TED talks and articles on the topic of religion.

World Religion News

News, discussion, and opinion about all world religions from Agnostic to Wiccan. Articles, videos.


Bible Hub

Interdenominational Christian site with good and easily accessible study tools and resources including Atlases, Concordance, Multilingual Bibles, Devotionals,study resources in Topical, Hebrew , and Greek, and much more. User friendly and available as free app.

Blue Letter Bible

Search the Bible using terms or verses and locate their sources in several different editions.  Includes Bible study resources.

Information on Catholic belief and practice, topics and current events within Catholicism.

Christian Science

Introduction to basic teachings, history, organization and practice of Christian Science.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Teachings, resources and news of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Includes The Book of Mormon and study aids.

Friends General Conference

Provides resources for people interested in the Quaker way.  Includes information on history, Quaker meetings, organization of the Quakers, Quaker views on pacifism  and frequently asked questions.

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Information on teachings, activities and organization of Jehovah’s witnesses.  Includes frequently asked questions.

National Council of Churches

The largest ecumenical organization of churches in the United States, including mainline Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox,Evangelical, historic African-American, and Living Peace denominations.Active in social and political advocacy.

New Testament Gateway

Directory of Internet resources on the New Testament.  Emphasizes academic study of the New Testament and historical origins.

Seventh Day Adventist

Information on this Protestant Christian denomination known for its belief in the seventh day (Saturday) as the Sabbath, the imminent coming of Christ, and an emphasis on the whole person- health, lifestyle, and diet.

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Introduction to beliefs, principles and worship of the Unitarian Universalist Association, as well as information on social justice efforts.

The Vatican

Available in French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, Italian and Chinese.  Portal to the Holy See.  Includes encyclicals, speeches, travels of the Pope and photos.  Search the Vatican Library and Museum.

World Council of Churches

World-wide organization of churches, includes most of the world’s Orthodox churches, Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches. While the bulk of the WCC’s founding churches were European and North American, today most member churches are in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific. Coordinates ecumenical, evangelical, service, and social action.


Library of resources on Islamic beliefs, history and Quran.  Includes Sunni and Shi’a resources.

Encyclopedia Britannica:Islam

Excellent in-depth article on Islam,its history, doctrines, and practices.

International Association of Sufism

Introduces Sufi beliefs and practices in all its varied forms.

Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America

Information on halal food products, ingredients, nutritional products, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and other consumer products.

My Halal Kitchen

Includes recipes, videos, Halal substitutions and guidelines, holiday and cultural material

The Noble Quran

Quran presented verse by verse in Arabic and English, with audio vocalization. Beautiful presentation for learning.

Quran Explorer

E-Audio files of Quran recitation and translation online in Arabic, English, and Urdu and also a portal to everything Islamic.

The Religion of Islam

Brief, informative articles about different aspects of Islam.


A comprehensive traditional Jewish content website.

Akhlah: The Jewish Children’s Learning Network

Jewish Children’s Learning Network, a comprehensive resource for prayers, stories and rituals of Judaism, written in simple language for children and their families.

Center for Jewish History

A cultural institution, independent research facility and destination for the exploration of Jewish history and heritage. Good resource for researching family history.

Information on history, mission, Jewish practice and values of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.  Includes practical tips for daily living and celebrations.

Jewish Virtual Library

Searchable library of information on Jewish biography, history and Jewish art.  Particular emphasis on Israeli-U.S. relations.  Includes maps and travel information.

Jewish Book Council

Sponsors Jewish Book Month and National Jewish Book Month.Includes essays, resources for book clubs, and author interviews.

Jewish Women’s Archive

World’s largest collection on information about Jewish women includes an encyclopedia, blog, podcasts, and book club.

Judaism 101

An online encyclopedia covering Jewish beliefs, people, places, things, language, scripture, holidays, practices and customs.

My Jewish Learning

Offers articles, videos and other resources to help you navigate all aspects of Judaism and Jewish life — from food to history to beliefs and practices

National Library of Israel: Digital Library

Jewish Press collection. Many other digitized collections.

Orthodox Union

Website of the Orthodox Union, leader in kosher certification. Includes information on Jewish life, holidays and current topics. Current kosher alerts.

Basics of Reform Judaism and the Reform movement.  Includes rituals, culture, holidays and Reform views on social justice and Israel.


A free living library of Jewish texts in Hebrew and English translation.

Traditional Jewish educational material and Torah archives.



Information on the Bahá’í faith, principles and organizing vision of the founder.  Includes responses to frequently asked questions on beliefs, worship and views on the human condition.

Belief Net

A lifestyle website dedicated to religious and spiritual inspiration of all denominations to encourage a happier and more meaningful life.


Buddhist education and information network including Buddhist studies, directory of global organizations.  Electronic access to downloadable e-books and files on Buddhist meditation, history and art.

BuddhaNet: Kids

Stories, games, and activities about Buddhism for kids.

Center of Traditional Taoist Studies

Information on the classical teachings of ancient Taoism: philosophy, religious instruction, holistic fitness and mediation.

Confucianism| Asia Society

History, philosophy, and practice of Confucianism, as well as many related articles. Good source for all Asian religions.

The Dalai Lama

Official website of the Office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Includes teachings, messages, biographical information, and photo gallery.


International clearinghouse for Buddhist study and practice.  Hosts in-house databases and collections, as well as providing links to Buddhist resources world-wide.

Hindu American Foundation

Resources and information as well as current issues. Hinduism 101 for kids.

Hinduism: BBC

Information on Hinduism with links to many other websites related to Hindu studies and practices.


Provides basic reference and personal stories on Jainism and its relevance today.

The Secular Web

Online collection of literature on the philosophy of religion, religious skepticism, atheism and naturalism. Articles, essays, reviews, humor and satire.

Sikhism: Religion of the Sikh People

Culture, history, and scripture of Sikhism.

Spirituality & Practice

A multifaith website with resources for a spiritual path.

URI Kids: World Religions

Inclusive interfaith cooperation site provides an explanation of religions, as well as an introduction to many religions including Jains, Sikhs, Confucianism, Indigenous, Shinto, and more.Not just for kids.


Last updated March 3, 2020


Atom Science/Technology


All About Birds

Online guide to birds and bird watching. Includes ID tips, sound and video for over 200 species.

Animal Diversity Web

Includes general information about all species of the animal kingdom.

Extreme Science

World records of science. The biggest, baddest and best and the science behind each.

How Stuff Works

Explains thousands of topics including science, technology, and electronics.

GCF Learn Free: Computers

Online tutorials for learning computer basics from the Goodwill Community Foundation.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA

Current information and news about space missions, past and present. Includes images, video and interactive features.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Information on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere, climate and weather.

Online magazine covering a wide range of science and medical topics. Browse by topic or by publication.

Periodic Table

Periodic table with user-friendly data and facts about each of the elements.

U.S. Geological Survey

Information on the health of our ecosystems and natural resources.

Wolfram MathWorld

An extensive mathematics resource.

World Wide Web Consortium Standards & Tutorials

Information on web technology standards and tutorials for website development.


Live Science

News articles and reviews on science topics in the natural and technological worlds.

New Scientist

Science news and articles on space, technology, health, economics and genetics from the New Scientist magazine.

Popular Science

Reporting on what’s new and next in technology, science, gadgets, space, green tech, and more.


Reliable and timely free science information in the biosciences, health sciences, physics/chemistry, earth and space, and engineering.

Science Daily

Breaking news and articles in science and technology.


Open access collection of scholarly articles about physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology and other topics maintained by Cornell University Library.

Green FILE

Well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment. Library card required.

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)

Publishes scholarly, peer-reviewed open access journals.

Science Direct

in physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences and social sciences from Elsevier. Includes open access articles.


Last updated March 3, 2020


Social Social Customs

Culture Crossing

A community built guide to cross-cultural etiquette & understanding.


International business etiquette, manners, & culture. Covers only the countries the company conducts business with.


This guide contains information about everything an international student needs to know about studying and living in the United States.

Emily Post

Advice about business, weddings, lifestyle. Podcasts and Newsletters with a free subscription.

Just Landed

A resource to help manage everyday life. The guide covers topics such as visas, housing, jobs and finance. It is very easy to use and lots offers many of practical tips. A good resource for people coming to this country or getting acclimated to another country.


Last updated March 3, 2020

Social Customs

Sports Shoe Sports

Major U.S. Sports

Major League Baseball

For information about Major League Baseball.

National Basketball League

Information about the National Basketball Association.

National Football League

Information about the National Football League.

National Hockey League

Information about the National Hockey League.

More Sports

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

Official website of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).


Information about the Professional Golfers’ Association and its tournaments.

Major League Soccer (US and Canada)

Official site with news, standings, clubs, statistics, players and videos.

NASCAR (Stock Car Racing)

Information about the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR).

Olympic Games

Official website of the Olympic Games.


Official website of USA Softball (women’s & men’s).

Sports Reference

A group of sites providing both basic and sabermetric statistics and resources for sports fans everywhere. Easy to use, fast, and complete list of sources for sports statistics.


Official website of USA Swimming.


Official website of the United States Tennis Association.

Track & Field

Official website of USA Track & Field.

U.S. Ski Team/U.S. Snowboarding

Official website of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.

Women’s National Basketball League

Information about the Women’s National Basketball Association.

News & Information

CBS Sports

Current sports information, including news, standings, box scores, injury reports, statistics, and game recaps.


Current sports information, including news, standings, box scores, injury reports, statistics, and game recaps.

Golf Channel: Golf News, Tournaments, Tours & Leaderboards

Find the latest golf news from all the major tours and updates from around the world. Up-to-date leaderboard information, instruction videos and more.

Fox Sports

Current Sports information, including news, box scores, injury reports, statistics and game recaps.

NCAA: National Collegiate Athletic Association

Official website for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Find news, statistics, rankings, and videos for your favorite sport and college team.

Sports Know How

Sport Field and Court Dimension Diagrams, Sports History, Rules and How To Information for Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bocce, Football, Hockey, and many more.

For Kids

Little League

Local League Resource Guide.

Sports Illustrated Kids

Sports news, features, and games for kids.

Sports Science

Find out how sports such as skateboarding are governed by the principles of momentum, gravity, friction, and centrifugal force.


Last updated March 3, 2020


Percentage Statistics

International      United Nations      United States      New Jersey


International Trade Administration

Information about U.S. Government export assistance programs, general export counseling, and country and regional market information.

OECD.Stat Extracts: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Includes data and metadata for OECD countries and selected non-member economies.

United Nations

FAOStat: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Food production, prices, trade, food security and other categories that pertain to the world food supply.

Human Development Reports

Empirical data identifying human development trends of developing countries.

International Labor Organization

Includes multiple datasets of over 100 indicators for 230 countries, areas and territories.

Millennium Development Goals Indicators

Data covering poverty, hunger, education, child mortality, maternal health and other indicators for countries of the world.

United Nations Statistics Division

Offers global statistical database access through a single entry point.

UNCTAD: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

A wide range of trade and development data collected from national and international sources including historical data going back to 1948 for almost all economies of the world.

UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

The primary source for cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories.

World Development Indicators

This statistical reference includes over 800 indicators covering more than 150 economies.

The World Factbook – Central Intelligence Agency

Profiles of 267 world entities includes country comparisons and maps.

United States

American FactFinder

Index of data provided by the US Census Bureau, including population, ethnic, divorce, economic, poverty, and migration statistics.

Bureau of Economic Analysis

US economic statistics including national income, product accounts (NIPAs), and gross domestic product.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The principal fact-finding agency for the U.S.Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics.

Case Schiller Home Price Indices

The leading measures of U.S. residential real estate prices; tracking changes in the value of residential real estate both nationally as well as in 20 metropolitan regions.

City Data

Complete profiles of United States cities with photos.

FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Crime statistics collected by the FBI.

Living Wage Calculator (MIT)

Method to estimate the cost of living in your community or region: features typical expenses, the living wage and typical wages for the selected location.

New Jersey

Center for Health Statistics

Morbidity, mortality, marriage, health insurance data from the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services.

NJ Agricultural Statistics

Food crops, horticulture, and equine statistics from the NJ field office for the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Statistics related to New Jersey’s labor market including wages, employment, and occupations.

NJ Economy at a Glance

Workforce, nonfarm wage and salary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

NJ Statistics of Income

Income data as reported by the NJ Division of Taxation beginning in 2001.

Consumer Price Index for NY-NJ

Consumer price index for this area from the Bureau of Labor Statistics/NY-NJ Information Office.


Last updated March 3, 2020


Taxes Taxes

AARP Tax-Aide

Free tax assistance provided by volunteers for seniors.

Federal (IRS)

Forms and information about federal taxes.

IRS Forms & Pubs

Forms and publications for federal taxes for both individuals and businesses .

NJ State

Forms and information about NJ state taxes.

NY State

Forms and information about NY State Taxes.

Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center

SB/SE serves taxpayers who file Form 1040, Schedules C, E, F or Form 2106, as well as small businesses with assets under $10 million.

State Tax Forms

A list of links for forms for all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico for the current tax year. – Get Help with your Taxes

A site from the US government to help find tools, tips, and help on your taxes. .


Last updated March 3, 2020


Teens Teens

Ask Alice

Full of advice on a variety of topics, teens can anonymously use this website to ask questions or read questions from other people.

Book Riot

Book Riot celebrates all things books! Find the best books for your next read or book club, including new books in all genres. Get more books in your face.

College Countdown

Advice from experts to help teens choose a college, study for AP exams, ACT and SAT tests, apply to colleges, pay for college, and survive their first college year.

Comic Book Resources

The latest news in comics, movies, and TV.

Epic Reads

Join the EpicReads community or browse the site for readers’ advisory, book-related videos, fun quizzes, and free ARC giveaways.

An unbiased site that breaks down and fact-checks American politics.

Girls Health

Health information for tween and teen girls.

Peterson’s College Guide

Detailed information on over 4,000 colleges and universities, online schools, and graduate programs, as well as financial aid information and test prep resources.


A place to gather interests and ideas, and share them with others in a blog style website with a user-friendly format.


PolitiFact is a nonpartisan fact-checking website for American politics.

Reading Rants

Readers’ advisory and book suggestions for teens.


Discover new books for teens and fans of young adult literature, connect with your favorite authors, and read books for free.


Debunks urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.

Teen Ink

Perfect for teens interested in writing and publishing fiction & nonfiction essays, as well as poetry. Teens can also submit art, photos, and videos.


A community of people who love reading! Author interviews, book reviews, and readers’ advisory.

U.S. News and World Report: College Rankings

Numerical school rankings and lists to help students narrow their college search.


Writers are provided with an opportunity to write, promote and help their work reach a wide and varied audience. Also, users are able to directly interact with the writers and share their opinions with fellow readers.


Release dates for young adult books.

Young Men’s Health

Health information for tween and teen boys.


Last updated March 3, 2020


Airplane Travel & Geography


CDC Travel Advisories

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives advice on vaccines, as well as disease prevention tips for different countries.

Flight Stats

FlightStats provides definitive information for approximately 99.5% of U.S. flights, and better than 86% of flights worldwide.

Fodor’s Travel

In depth travel guides for worldwide destinations. Includes photo galleries and blog.


All inclusive destination guides including travel news and deals.

Google Maps

View maps and get directions.

Hostelling International USA

Non-profit group that promotes hostelling.

Hotel Guides

View maps and get directions.

Lonely Planet

All encompassing travel planner with themed travel and forums.


Provides maps, directions, and live traffic information.


US Department of State website with information about passports and visas.

State Department Travel Warnings

Features Travel Warnings and Alerts from the State Department about travel to other countries based on short and long term political, crime, health, or other issues.

Trip Advisor

Popular website for vacation planning with the most comprehensive traveler written hotel reviews and rankings. Has links to partner sites for comparative pricing and mobile App.

Universal Currency Converter

Provides the conversion for different types of currency.


The Census’ Geography Page

The US Census site provides geographic data and products such as the TIGER/Line Shapefiles, KMLs, TIGERweb, cartographic boundary files, geographic relationship files, and reference and thematic maps.

CIA World Factbook

Provides information on the 267 world entities, including maps.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

From the Getty Research Institute

How Far Is It?

Find out the distance between (almost) any two places in the world

The Library of Congress Map and Reading Room Web Resources Page

Library of Congress provides links to current and historic maps, geographic information, and cartographic organizations.

Nation Master

Massive datasource to compare statistics between nations, includes maps.


Last updated March 3, 2020

Travel and Geography

Weather Weather


AccuWeather provides hourly and Minute by Minute for any longitude/latitude on Earth, with customized content and video presentations available on smartphones, tablets, free wired and mobile Internet sites, connected TVs, and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers.

NASA: Climate Change and Global Warming

Science and statistics of climate change made accessible by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Information on climate change, weather, and storms from the U.S. Government.

National Weather Service

Raw weather data and maps from the U.S. Government.

The site has a live feed for active weather watches and warnings, a map showing advisories as they occur throughout the state; a search box for forecasts by zip code; and links to local forecasts, current conditions, weather radar and satellite images, as well as links to New Jersey news and traffic.

Pivotal Weather

In depth technical information about the weather and different weather models in the current forecast .


Information on disaster preparedness from The Department of Homeland Security and The Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Weather Channel

Details on today’s local forecasts, plus hourly and 10-day forecasts.

Weather Underground

Weather Underground provides local & long range Weather Forecast, weather reports, maps & tropical weather conditions for locations worldwide.


A source for local weather information on a variety of platforms. You can find Weatherboy on twitter, facebook, Snapchat, and Pinterest. On all these platforms the weather information is provided by current and active members of both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.


Last updated March 3, 2020


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