Web Resources

​​​​​​​​Student Survival Guide​

The following web resources provide information that will not only help you survive college but also help you to become a successful student.

Study Resources

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Better Student: A list of annotated websites helping students participate in class, study, improve reading and take tests.

Learn techniques to help you become more effective and efficient at studying.

Writing Resources

Elements of StyleExcerpts from Strunk and White's timeless classic on the art of writing make up this site.

The English-ZoneHere's a comprehensive site that is just as useful for English Language Learner as it is for native speakers. It includes sections on grammar, vocabulary, spelling, idioms, study skills, reading and writing.

How to Write a Term PaperThis guide is designed to support you as you use electronic and print resources

Merriam-Webster Dictionary OnlineThe site inks to their thesaurus. Check out this useful site to increase your word power. Click on the audio symbol to hear the audio pronunciation 

The Owl at Purdue; Free writing help and teaching resourcesA complex and valuable website by Purdue University's Online Writing Lab.

Taking Notes from Research ReadingA brief description of what to do with the research materials once you have found them in the library. 

Build your college writing skills by using these resources to learn more about the thesis, paragraph structure, citation and more. Also use these guides to brush up on grammar and vocabulary.

Financial Aid/Transfer Resources

Assist Information CenterA computerized student-transfer information system. It displays reports of how course credits earned at one California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. 

FAFSA—Free Application For Federal Student AidU.S. Department of Education free Application

The Financial Aid Information Page Extensive annotated guide to information about student financial aid.​

​​Find information on financial aid and transferring to 4-year colleges with these resources.

​Subjects​

Here you will find a list of credible websites vetted by librarians to support your research papers.

​Business & U.S. Economy--BUSINESS--

SBA.gov

http://www.sba.gov/

The official site of the U.S. Small Business Administration helps with information on starting a business, legal considerations, government services from federal, state and local agencies.

Entrepreneur

http://www.entrepreneur.com/bizstartups/index.html

Offers how-to guides for starting a business, sample business plans, success stories and more.

Inventor Resources

http://www.uspto.gov/inventors/index.jsp

This is the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's official site for independent inventors.  It provides comprehensive information on intellectual property, patents, trademarks and copyrights.

​Inventor's Handbook

http://web.mit.edu/invent/h-main.html

This web site is a handbook created by Lemelson-MIT Program to address the independent inventor's and aspiring entrepreneur's most frequently asked questions regarding U.S. patents.

--U.S. ECONOMY--

Economic Indicators

http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/briefroom/BriefRm

This site has information on current and historic economic indicators

Career/Job Search​

Occupational Outlook Handbook

http://www.bls.gov/oco/

Outlines hundreds of jobs including information about required training or education, earnings, expected job prospects, job responsibilities, and work environment 

Indeed.com

http://www.indeed.com/

This comprehensive job search engine is easy to navigate with thousands employment postings. 

CareerOneStop: Pathways to Career and Success

http://www.careeronestop.org/

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOneStop assists in exploring careers, writing resumes, interviewing, and locating jobs.  It also provides links to state job banks. 

O*Net Online

http://www.onetonline.org/

O*NET OnLine is an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also includes Career Exploration Tools. 

CaliforniaColleges.edu

https://secure.californiacolleges.edu/career_planning/_default.aspxFind career information, assessment tools, job lists, resume builders and more. 

California Employment Development Department (EDD): Labor Market​

www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/

Describes employment development in California 

Bay Area Jobs

http://www.bajobs.com/

Lists job information for the San Francisco Bay Area.

​​Dictionaries & ​Thesauri  Acronyms and Abbreviations

http://www.abbreviations.com/​

Look up acronyms and abbreviations

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

http://www.merriam-webster.com/

Roget's II: The New Thesaurus

http://education.yahoo.com/reference/thesaurus

Urban Dictionary

http://www.urbandictionary.com/

"Slanguage and pop culture are what the Urban Dictionary web site is all about." (LJ 6/1/09) This dictionary is built wiki style, but is a valuable tool for keeping up with the fluidity of slang.  It was started in 1999 by Aaron Peckham, at Cal Tech and contains millions of definitions. 

​​Health/Medical ​ 

General Medicine and Health: Centers for Disease Control

http://www.cdc.gov/

Credible information on diseases and conditions, from issues from Autism to Zoster (Shingles).  Also provides information on Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Health, Life Stages, Healthy Living, Injury, Violence and Safety, Traveler's Health and Workplace Safety and Health. 

Health.gov

http://health.gov/

A variety of health topics including preventative medicine from the National Health Clearinghouse 

Mayo Clinic

http://www.mayoclinic.com/

Medical information on a variety of diseases including treatment and diagnosis 

National Institutes of Health

http://www.nih.gov/

Information on all types of diseases and health concerns, including specialized ones. 

National Library of Medicine

http://www.nlm.nih.gov

The world's largest medical library and a portal to a variety of health and science related databases including general health databases. 

Pub Med

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

Research comes from Medline and biomedical research journals.  The focus is for researchers and physicians.  

Womenshealth.gov

http://www.womenshealth.gov/

Created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health; it offers a variety of topics affecting the health of women. 

Evaluating Health Web Sites

http://nnlm.gov/outreach/consumer/evalsite.html

Site for evaluating medical web sites​ 

History - American

​Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project

http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/

Lincoln/Net presents historical materials from Abraham Lincoln's Illinois years (1830-1861), including Lincoln's writings and speeches.  You can also view vignettes of his life through text, images, and videos.  This is a collaborative project based at Northern Illinois University.

Documenting the American South

http://docsouth.unc.edu/

This collection of primary resources focuses on the culture, literature and history of the American South.  Read first-person narratives of women, slaves and soldiers; discover Southern literary works dating from the Colonial period; and listen to interviews on topics such as civil rights and politics.

Du Bois Central: Resources on the Life and Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois

http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/dubois/

One of the largest free repositories of primary materials for the study of African American history and culture, focusing on the books, correspondence, essays, lectures and notes of W.E.B. Du Bois.  Also included are hundreds of photographs from Du Bois' personal collection, and his biography.

Library of Congress

http://www.loc.gov/index.html

National library containing primary and secondary resources of American History

National Civil Rights Museum

http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org/

Site is at the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King was killed. Museum is a historical representation of the civil rights movement.

Silicon Valley History Online

http://www.siliconvalleyhistory.org/

A pictorial history of Santa Clara County, exploring the valley's cultural diversity, immigration, agriculture, commerce, education, technology, transportation, and urban life over the past few centuries.

Smithsonian National Museum of History

http://americanhistory.si.edu/

National museum on American history

UShistory.org

http://www.ushistory.org/

Located in Philadelphia, this site contains links to a virtual tour of the historical sites of the Revolutionary War and the founding of the United States.

Language/Literature & Performing Arts

--LANGUAGE & LITERATURE--

​Poetry Foundation

http://www.poetryfoundation.org

Site is published by Poetry magazine to share the discovery and celebration of poetry.  The full-text of the magazine is available from 1998, as is a historical index that dates to 1912.  Use this site to search for information about poets or for poems by title, author, first line, or occasion. 

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

http://bartleby.com/100/

--PERFORMING ARTS--

​Performing Arts Encyclopedia

http://www.loc.gov/performingarts/

The Performing Arts Encyclopedia (PAE) is a guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress.  Users can find digitized items from the collections; special Web presentations on topics and collections; articles and biographical essays and more.

American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Online Ballet Dictionary

http://www.abt.org/education/dictionary/index.html

This is an interactive site providing an introduction to the art of ballet in small video clips illustrating 170 technical terms.

Cyber Dance

http://www.cyberdance.org/index.html

This site provides thousands of links to ballet and modern-dance companies, schools, services, products, organizations and other dance Web sites.

TheatreCrafts.com

http://theatrecrafts.com

This site provides practical information and advice for theatre technicians.  Links to resources and suppliers are provided, as well as interesting essays on a variety of theatre research topics such as, "The history and fashion of shoes", found under the Costumes link.

American Film Institute

http://www.afi.com/

Information about American films

Glossary of Film Terms

https://sites.google.com/site/joelschlemowitz/glossary-of-film-terms

This site provides definitions for hundreds of film terms indexed alphabetically.

MRQE: Movie Review Query Engine

http://www.mrqe.com

This site is the largest online database of movie reviews

The Greatest Films

http://www.filmsite.org/

This is an award-winning site offering a variety of "best lists," lengthy plot synopses, and feature articles.

Internet Moving Images Archive: Movie Collection

http://www.archive.org/details/movies

This site includes more than 200,000 free digital films, including animation and cartoons, cultural, academic and ephemeral films, news and public affairs, full-length movies, and more.

Internet Movie Database

www.imdb.com

News, reviews, and other information about movies and television

Allmusic.com

http://allmusic.com/

A comprehensive, descriptive, critical, and discographic information site for all genres and styles of music; included are biographies and images of thousands of artists, including smaller local artists and obscure bands.

Hulu

http://www.hulu.com/

This site includes episodes of complete television shows and excerpts of others from a variety of networks, selected full-length movies, and trailers.

Museum of Broadcast Communications

http://www.museum.tv/

This site provides free access to more than 7,000 hours of digitized radio and television content and a searchable archive of thousands of programs. The archive search requires a free online registration.

​The Paley Center for Media

http://www.paleycenter.org/

This site contains a searchable database of thousands of television and radio programs and advertisements available for viewing in person in New York or Los Angeles.  The online database offers synopses and production credits for the programs.

​Politics/Government & Law
POLITICS/GOVERNMENT

C-SPAN Video Library

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/videoLibrary/

Central video library of C-SPAN shows on authors and government information.

CA.gov – State of California

http://www.ca.gov/About/Government/index.html

Includes links to a wide variety of California government information sites.

CIA World Factbook

https:/www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

Information on history, people, government, etc. of all the countries of the world

Government Information Web Directory

http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/govdoc/govinfo.cfm

Directory of a huge amount of government information

Maplight.Org: Money and Politics: Illuminating the Connection

http://maplight.org/

This site explores the connections between campaign donations and Congressional voting.  It matches interest groups with legislators and their voting records.

USA.Gov: Government Made Easy

http://www.usa.gov/index.shtml

Includes links to a wide variety of United States government information sites.

United Nations

http://www.un.org

Gateway to information on global issues, maps, UN charter & organization, etc.

United States Government Manual

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gmanual/index.html

The United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies and international organizations in which the United States participates; also, boards, commissions, and committees.

US Government Printing Office

http://www.gpo.gov/

Site for government publications

League of Women Voters of California

http://ca.lwv.org/

Non-partisan political, election, and government information

LAW

​Thomas Legislative Information

http://thomas.loc.gov/

Includes bills or resolutions, public law, activity in congress, congressional record and more 

Official California Legislative Information

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/

The official site for California Legislature – it includes information on bills, laws, pending legislation, legislative publications and processes, and information on legislators.​

POLLS & SURVEYS

Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research Data Archive

http://www.ciser.cornell.edu/info/polls.shtml

List of polls and surveys compiled by Cornell University

Science​ & Environment

General

Science 360

http://science360.gov/files

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the site includes videos on a variety of scientific topics that were submitted by "scientists, colleges and universities, science and engineering centers and more.

Science Daily

http://www.sciencedaily.com/

Science Research News

Specific Disciplines

Anatomy

Human Anatomy:http://www.innerbody.com/

An exploration of human anatomy with descriptions, graphics and animation

Biology

Cengage's Biology Websites:http://www.cengage.com/biology/discipline_content/biology_websites.htm

Links to biology websites

Chemistry

American Chemistry society
http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content

World of Chemistryhttp://www.learner.org/resources/series61.htmlProvides a series of instructional videos on chemistry

Ecology

Ecology.comwww.ecology.comEcology and environmental portal from both a global and national perspective

Environment

Environmental Protection Agencyhttp://www.epa.gov/Facts, statistics, regulations and standards on important environmental issues like waste, climate change, pesticides and pollution.

Geology

U.S. Geological Surveyhttp://www.usgs.gov/U.S. government site on geology

Physics

Physics.orghttp://www.physics.org/Site for physics news, careers, exploration and discovery

speech & communication 

Famous Speeches in History​

http://www.history.com/speeches

Audios and videos of famous speeches​

Statistics​ Statistical Abstracts of the United States

http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/

Published since 1878, this is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on social, political, and economic issues in the U.S.

State and County Quick Facts

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html

U.S. Census Bureau

http://www.census.gov/

Provides tables and other information collected from the 2010 census

​UNdata 

​http://data.un.org

Search more than 55 million records from the databases of the United Nations.  It includes international statistical information on employment, population, refugees and much more.​

​Environmental Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov/

Facts, statistics, regulations and standards on important environmental issues like waste, climate change, pesticides and pollution.

Ecology

www.ecology.com

Ecology and environmental portal from both a global and national perspective

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