General Reference

AcademicInfo is an online education resource center with a plethora of online degrees, online courses and distance learning information from a selection of online accredited schools. Their mission is to provide free, independent and accurate information and resources for prospective and current students (and other researchers).

American FactFinder
American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys.  You can use American FactFinder to find statistics about population, housing, economic and geographic data. You can also view a list of U.S. Census Bureau products; create reference and thematic maps and search for specific data. You can print and download data.

Formerly known as L-net: Oregon Libraries Network, Answerland is an online reference service of Oregon libraries to everyone who lives, works or goes to school in Oregon.  You may chat live with a librarian, text or email a question.

Child Safety on the Information Highway
20th anniversary edition, 2013.  This guide was originally written in 1993 for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). This is the first complete re-write that reflects not just changes in technology but what we’ve learned from all the great research of the past decade. And yes, the name is dated, but think back to the early 90’s when people really were talking about the “Information Super Highway.” is a Silicon Valley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Here you’ll find research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy.

Consumer Information: Privacy, Identity & Online Security
Your personal information is a valuable commodity.  It’s not only the key to your financial identity, but also to your online identity.  Knowing how to protect your information — and your identity — is a must in the 21st century.  The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Consumer Information website includes some tips to do it effectively.

Energy Efficiency - SmarterHouse
SmarterHouse is the most complete and up-to-date guide available on energy savings in the home. Following a review of measures to tighten up the building shell itself, the site focuses on the things you put in it your home—including major appliances, heating equipment, air conditioning, lighting, and electronics—and how the energy use of those products can be reduced. SmarterHouse is a project of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. They are a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding. - a program of the United States Department of Commerce
In 1992, FedWorld was established to serve as the online locator service for a comprehensive inventory of information disseminated by the Federal Government.  This site is developed and maintained by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Healthy Sleep for Teenagers
"Teens are young adults, but they don’t yet sleep like adults. Epidemiologic studies suggest that most function best with at least nine hours of nightly sleep–yet few sleep that much. Nearly 90 percent of high school students don’t get enough sleep on school nights. This is unfortunate, as teens often have intense physical and mental demands that require adequate sleep. There are serious consequences for teens who don’t sleep enough: poor grades, moodiness, obesity, drowsy driving, even an increased risk for anxiety, depression, and suicide."  [From, whose aim is to improve sleep hygiene, health and wellness.]

Information Please
Information Please has been providing authoritative answers to all kinds of factual questions since 1938—first as a popular radio quiz show, then starting in 1947 as an annual almanac, and since 1998 on the Internet.  Information Please, a part of FEN Learning, is dedicated to providing reliable information, in a way that engages and entertains.

ipl2: Information You Can Trust
ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. The site hosted by Drexel University's College of Computing and Informatics.  Note on home page: After 20 years of service, ipl2 is now closed permanently. You may continue using the ipl2 website. However, the site will no longer be updated, and no other services will be available.

Kids Rules for Online Safety, one of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety, has some rules aimed mostly at younger children, at oldest pre-teens. Appropriate “rules” for online use vary by age, maturity of the child and family values (updated June, 2013).

The most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.  KidsHealth is more than just the facts about health. As part of The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, KidsHealth also provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens.

Library of Congress
Library of Congress provides a vast online treasure trove of materials and services.

New York Public Library's Best of the Web
Websites selected the New York Public Library staff cover topics in categories such as: Arts & Humanities, Business & Finance, Children's Resources, Resources for Older Adults, Resources for Young Adults, Science & Technology, and many more.

Links to newspapers, broadcasters and magazines.

The Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
The Perry-Castaneda Map Collection at the University of Texas Libraries at Austin includes more than 250,000 maps with about 20% of the collection available online.

Purdue University Quick Reference
Internet sites providing links of a general nature for quick reference, maintained by Purdue University Libraries (Indiana).

Refdesk indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based resources. Internet Safety for Teens has some postings from that are directly impactful for teens.  There is also a listing of resources for youth in crisis available on the site.

Safety Advice & Tools, one of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety, has some articles and postings related to safety advice and tools.

Solid Finances
Solid Finances is series of free financial education webinars. The webinars are designed to empower you to take control of your finances by improving your knowledge of personal finance topics. The sessions will be taught by faculty from the University of Idaho, North Dakota State University, and Montana State University.  Although the series is free, registration is required.

Virtual Privacy Lab
Learn about privacy topics and generate a custom privacy toolkit geared towards your online needs at the San Jose Public Library Virtual Privacy Lab. Toolkits include links, tips, and resources that empower you to customize your online identity. Email or print your privacy toolkit for future use.


                    - links last checked: 11/30/16  &  updated: 8/21/17 -