The following web resources provide information that will not only help you survive college but also help you to become a successful student.
Learn techniques to help you become more effective and efficient at studying.
Elements of Style: Excerpts from Strunk and White's timeless classic on the art of writing make up this site.
The English-Zone: Here'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 Paper: This guide is designed to support you as you use electronic and print resources
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online: The 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 resources: A complex and valuable website by Purdue University's Online Writing Lab.
Taking Notes from Research Reading: A 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 Center: A 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 Aid: U.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.
Here you will find a list of credible websites vetted by librarians to support your research papers.
Business & U.S. Economy--BUSINESS--
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.
Offers how-to guides for starting a business, sample business plans, success stories and more.
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.
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.
This site has information on current and historic economic indicators
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Outlines hundreds of jobs including information about required training or education, earnings, expected job prospects, job responsibilities, and work environment.
This comprehensive job search engine is easy to navigate with thousands employment postings.
CareerOneStop: Pathways to Career and Success
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 is an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also includes Career Exploration Tools.
https://secure.californiacolleges.edu/career_planning/_default.aspxFind career information, assessment tools, job lists, resume builders and more.
California Employment Development Department (EDD): LaborMarket
Describes employment development in California Bay Area Jobs
Lists job information for the San Francisco Bay Area.
Job seekers can look through company reviews, salaries, and interview information on over 400,000 companies – all submitted by actual employees – and search through over 22 million open job and internships postings.
Dictionaries & Thesauri Acronyms and Abbreviations
Look up acronyms and abbreviations
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
"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.
General Medicine and Health: Centers for Disease Control
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.
A variety of health topics including preventative medicine from the National Health Clearinghouse
Medical information on a variety of diseases including treatment and diagnosis
National Institutes of Health
Information on all types of diseases and health concerns, including specialized ones.
National Library of Medicine
The world's largest medical library and a portal to a variety of health and science related databases including general health databases.
Research comes from Medline and biomedical research journals. The focus is for researchers and physicians.
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
Site for evaluating medical web sites
History - American
Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project
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
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.
W.E.B. Du Bois Center
https://www.library.umass.edu/locations/w-e-b-du-bois-center/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
National library containing primary and secondary resources of American History
National Civil Rights Museum
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
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
National museum on American history
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--
https://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
Performing Arts Encyclopedia
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
This is an interactive site providing an introduction to the art of ballet in small video clips illustrating 170 technical terms.
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
American Film Institute
Information about American films
Glossary of Film Terms
This site provides definitions for hundreds of film terms indexed alphabetically.
MRQE: Movie Review Query Engine
This site is the largest online database of movie reviews
The Greatest Films
This is an award-winning site offering a variety of "best lists," lengthy plot synopses, and feature articles.
Internet Moving Images Archive: Movie Collection
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
News, reviews, and other information about movies and television
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.
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
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
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 & LawPOLITICS/GOVERNMENT
C-SPAN Video Library
Central video library of C-SPAN shows on authors and government information.
CA.gov – State of California
Includes links to a wide variety of California government information sites.
CIA World Factbook
Information on history, people, government, etc. of all the countries of the world
Government Information Web Directory
Directory of a huge amount of government information
Maplight.Org: Money and Politics: Illuminating the Connection
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
Includes links to a wide variety of United States government information sites.
Gateway to information on global issues, maps, UN charter & organization, etc.
United States Government Manual
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
Site for government publications
League of Women Voters of California
Non-partisan political, election, and government information
Thomas Legislative Information
Includes bills or resolutions, public law, activity in congress, congressional record and more
Official California Legislative Information
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
List of polls and surveys compiled by Cornell University
Science & Environment
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 Research News
An exploration of human anatomy with descriptions, graphics and animation
Cengage's Biology Websites:http://www.cengage.com/biology/discipline_content/biology_websites.htm
Links to biology websites
American Chemistry societyhttps://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/about.html
World of Chemistryhttp://www.learner.org/resources/series61.htmlProvides a series of instructional videos on chemistry
Ecology.com www.ecology.comEcology and environmental portal from both a global and national perspective
Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov/Facts, statistics, regulations and standards on important environmental issues like waste, climate change, pesticides and pollution.
U.S. Geological Survey http://www.usgs.gov/U.S. government site on geology
Physics.org http://www.physics.org/Site for physics news, careers, exploration and discovery
speech & communication
Famous Speeches in History
Audios and videos of famous speeches
Statistics Statistical Abstracts of the United States
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
U.S. Census Bureau
Provides tables and other information collected from the 2010 census
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
Facts, statistics, regulations and standards on important environmental issues like waste, climate change, pesticides and pollution.
Ecology and environmental portal from both a global and national perspective
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