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Index:  Subjects of Links found on this page

Beekeeping Books/Reading & Databases
Clothes & Jewelry
Computer Training
Education Page
Employment [for Retirees]
Family Caregiving
Going “Green”
Home Exchange
Home Goods
Language & Translation
Legal Help
Movies & Television
Newspapers & Magazines
Parent & Child
Public Records
Real Estate
Search Engines
Software (Free)
Teen Literature & Homework Help
U.S. Citizenship
Vacation Rentals

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AARP in CT – Find out what the American Association of Retired Persons is doing in Connecticut.

The Alliance for Aging Research – Nation’s leading non-profit dedicated to accelerating medical discoveries to improve the aging and health.

Alzheimer’s Association – Leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through research; provide and enhance care and support for all affected.

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center – NIA leads a national research program on the biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of aging and prevention of age-related diseases and disabilities, including Alzheimer’s disease. NIA offers health information as well as grants and training information for researchers.

American Association of Retired Persons – A wide range of age-related issues.

American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging – National non-profit; FHA aims to build a bridge between the research and practice of geriatrics health care professionals and the public, and to advocate on behalf of older adults and their special needs.

National Center for Assisted Living – The NACL provides educational resources, news and consumer information.

National Council on the Aging – Promoting the dignity, self-determination, well-being and contributions of older persons through education, research, leadership and advocacy.

National Institute on Aging Information Center – Leading U.S. research agency on aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Health information for seniors, caregivers, professionals. Grants and training information on biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of aging and prevention of age-related diseases and disabilities, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Connecticut Area Agencies on Aging

The North Central AoA (NCAAA) – Non-profit based in Hartford; planning and management of funding and advocacy for services to older persons and caregivers.

Senior Resources Eastern CT AoA – Information and services for seniors in eastern CT and Middlesex County.

The Western CT AoA – Non-profit organization that receives funds, which are distributed to adult day care centers, social services agencies, nutrition, and transportation programs. Programs are for 60 years or older; some services for frail, low income and/or minority elderly. Limited services for Western CT residents below 60.

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Artchive – Virtual gallery of classic and contemporary painting, sculpture, as well as art critique, reviews, and links.

Artnet – Buy, sell, and research Fine & Decorative Art online.

ArtsJournal – Daily arts news from more than 100 newspapers, magazines and e-publications.

Art Cyclopedia – Fine Art search engine.

Guggenheim – Modern and contemporary international art. Located in Manhattan, New York.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Information on museum events, fine art exhibits, special exhibitions, the Met collection and art galleries online.

MoMA Museum of Modern Art – Info on art, film and media, and online exhibitions; highlights from MoMA’s collection; and listings of education and family programs, in the Museum’s newly restored NYC facility.

The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass – Not-for-profit collection of Tiffany lamps, windows, metalwork, flat and pressed glass located in NYC.

New Britain Museum of American Art – Founded in 1903, it is the first museum of strictly American art in the country.

Old Lyme is Art  – Links to the Lyme Art Gallery, the Cooley Gallery, and the Florence Griswold Museum, all in Old Lyme, CT.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT.

WebExhibits – Interesting exhibits on many subjects, such as science and art.

Whitney Museum of American Art – Art books, household objects, stationery, toys, and accessories related to 20th and 21st century American art.

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Bid4Assets – Online auction marketplace for buying and selling high-value items. – Online auction that benefits charities. – Detailed descriptions, pictures, and maps of estate sales, tag sales, auctions, and other estate liquidations.

GovDeals – Government surplus auctions.

National Auctioneers Association – Organization providing educational and designation programs for the auction industry.

PropertyRoom – Police auctions online … and more!

PublicSurplus – Government surplus auctions.

Winter Associates

Auto Auctions

Statewide Auto Auction

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Alternative Fuel Vehicles – Make, model, and availability of cars and trucks which are powered by alternative fuel sources.

Autoblog – Automotive news with reviews, podcasts, high-quality photography and commentary about automobiles and the auto industry.

AutoTrader – Used car information.

Car and Driver – New car reviews, pre-owned car reports, car buying guides. – Buy or sell a vehicle online. Site includes expert car reviews, “Best and Worst” lists, and a link to the Car Talk guys. – From NPR. Car advice, tips, troubleshooting, and answers. Find a mechanic, hear past shows, play the puzzler, join discussion boards, and learn safe driving tips.

Jalopnik – Drive free or die.

Kelley Blue Book – Free values and pricing on new and used cars. New car pricing includes invoice, MSRP and new car Blue Book values.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – Safety statistics; Information on recalls; Crash Test; Rollover Ratings.

National Motor Vehicle Title Information System – Resource center for motor vehicle title information.

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Bee Culture – The magazine of American Beekeeping.

Crown Bees: Information for novice solitary hiveless beekeepers. You can buy bees, houses, and supplies from this site.

Dadant and Son – Information for novice beekeepers and those who already have multiple hives. You can buy bees from this site.

Books, Reading, and Digital Resources Page

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Community Economic Development Fund – To revitalize Connecticut’s distressed neighborhoods by providing greater access to capital, technical assistance to small businesses and support for community economic development.

Connecticut’s Changing Landscape, Center for Land Use Education and Research – The mission is to provide information, education and assistance to land use decision makers, in support of balancing growth and natural resource protection. CLEAR conducts remote sensing research, develops landscape analysis tools and training, and conducts outreach education programs.

Connecticut Economic Resource Center – (800)-392-2122, Provides economic research, marketing services, regional economic development resources and business resources.

Connecticut Innovations – Their vision is to drive a entrepreneurial technology based economy in Connecticut.

Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CSBDC) – (860) 827-7104, Provides professional consulting, workshops and educational programs. Based at Central Connecticut State University.

Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce
39 King’s Highway, P.O. Box 726
Gales Ferry, CT 06335
(860) 464-7373 or (866) 274-5587
Fax: 860-464-7374

Also, contact the Chamber ECT locally at: New London 437-1565, Norwich 887-0872, Niantic 739-7612.

Entrepreneur – News stories about entrepreneurialism, small business management, and business opportunities.

The Federal Trade Commission – Information regarding small-business opportunities.

Hartford Business Information Center
330 Main Street, Floor 2
Hartford, CT 06106-1851
(860) 251-8098

IdeaCafe – Small business ideas, resources, information. How to plan and start a business, get financing, grants, and run your business. Learn from tips, ideas, entrepreneur profiles.

Online Women’s Business Center – From the Small Business Administration, information and services specifically for women-owned businesses. – A nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.

Small Business Administration – (860) 240-8700 or (800) 792-1779, Everything you could want to help you start your own business: grants, training, marketing ideas, assessment tools.

Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region

Women’s Business Development Center – “WBDC is dedicated to connecting with and teaching women who desire to become economically self-sufficient.”

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Computer Training

Goodwill Community Foundation – For the past decade, the program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.

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Economic News Releases – Archived news releases. – Authoritative weekly newspaper focusing on international politics and business news and opinion.

The Inflation Calculator – Adjusts a given amount of money for inflation, according to the Consumer Price Index. – Illuminates the connection between campaign donations and legislative votes in unprecedented ways.

SEC Filings & Forms (EDGAR) – Collection of submitted forms and reports from every domestic public company to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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Job Search & Small Business Page

About Career Planning – Career planning guide.

America’s Career InfoNet – This large career resource library has tools and information to help users make informed choices about their careers.

America’s Service Locator (ASL) – The Service Locator lets users search for employment and training-related services by location.

Career Information (Bureau of Labor Statistics) – By clicking on one of 12 interest areas, youth can learn about potential careers. For each career, answers are provided to questions such as “What is this job like?” and “How do you get ready for this job?”

CareerBuilder – Find new employment or work. Fresh job listings posted daily. Have jobs emailed to you. Explore career opportunities. Search and apply online today.

Careerjet – An employment search engine for the USA. In one simple search, Careerjet gives the job seeker access to a massive selection of jobs that are compiled from various internet sources, saving the trouble of having to visit each site individually.

CareerOneStop – Learn about different careers, find career information, and locate career resources.

Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) – Online job bank plus news and information on events, agency divisions, workshops and job fairs, services to veterans, individuals and business.

Federal Jobs Net – Federal jobs Net explores all government jobs and guides you step-by-step through the government job hiring process. Provides realistic federal job search techniques and hundreds of government job resources. Covers all government job occupations including post office jobs and law enforcement jobs.

GlassDoor – Search jobs then look inside. Company salaries, reviews, interview questions, and more – all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers.

The Info Pro’s Survival Guide to Job Hunting – by Mary-Ellen Mort – One search. All jobs. Search millions of jobs from thousands of job boards, newspapers, classifieds and company websites on

Job & Career Connection – Post your resumé, create cover letters, track your job searches, and develop a personal online career account to help you with your job search.

JobStar Central – Job search guide from your local public library.

LIBjobs – Career tools, resources for job seekers in the market.

LinkedIn – Strengthens and extends your existing network of trusted contacts. LinkedIn is a networking tool that helps you discover inside connections to recommended job candidates, industry experts and business partners.

LinkUp – Start your job search on one of the purest job search engines on the web. Find and apply to job openings found directly on company websites.

LiveCareer – Start your job-search here! Tools to help you succeed, including expert advice, career articles, and the best job sites on the Web.

Monster – Find the job that’s right for you. Use Monster’s resources to create a killer resume, search for jobs, prepare for interviews, and launch your career.

Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board – The administrative entity that oversees and administers WIA and CT-DOL funded programs in the Northwest Region Service Delivery Area (SDA).

O*NET Online – Occupational information. Use the site to download the O*NET database, career exploration tools, job analysis questionnaires, employer guides, and technical reports.

My Perfect Resume – Employment opportunities and job resources.

Simply Hired – Search millions of job listings from across the web. Find local jobs, salary comparisons, and employment trends at Simply Hired. New jobs added daily. – Search and apply for hourly jobs. Articles and a blog offer job advice, and e-mail alerts provide updates on openings of interest.

USA Jobs – Lists of U.S. Government jobs and information from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

The WorkPlace, Inc. – Helps people prepare for careers and strengthens the workforce for employers. As Southwestern Connecticut’s Regional Workforce Development Board, it administers workforce development funds and coordinates providers of job training and education programs to meet the needs of residents and employers in the Southwestern Connecticut Region.

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Employment for Retirees

AARP National Employer Team – Companies, formerly known as Featured Employers, joined with AARP in this program because they recognize that older workers make up a very important part of the workforce. They want to hire older workers because they know that we bring leadership, experience, and skills to do the job.

Career One-Stop – Learn about different careers, find career information, and locate career resources.

ExecSearches – Nonprofit jobs for executives, fundraisers, and mid-level managers searching for jobs in the nonprofit, healthcare, government and education sectors.

RetiredBrains – Retirement part-time, full-time, temporary jobs for seniors and older workers.  37+ Best Jobs for Seniors (For All Situations)

Retirement Jobs – Jobs after retirement. Full and part time jobs from age friendly employers. For planning retirement, a career change or to supplement your income or social security.

Seniors4Hire – U.S. online national Career Center with jobs for job seekers 50 years of age and over; older workers, mature workers, retirees, and senior citizens. Contains a jobs database, featured employer section, and tailored employment information. Employers post jobs. Job seekers search jobs. Free membership for job seekers.

Senior Community Service Employment Service – Employment opportunities for older Americans. – An online service connecting age friendly employers with older workers over-50.

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The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) – “A collection of data, including more than 3000 documents and several interactive tools covering the topics of alternative transportation fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, idle reduction technologies, fuel blends, and fuel economy. The AFDC is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy.”

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The Nature Conservancy has a dedicated staff, scientists and members advancing effective, lasting conservation in more than 70 countries and territories.

Yale Environment 360 – A publication of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies that is dedicated to covering the global environment.

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Family Caregiving

American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging – Partnerships in Law and Aging 2007 program awards, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, elder law, legal services.

American Diabetic Association – Funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics– The world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

Bright Focus Foundation – A non-profit organization that funds research seeking cures for Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration and glaucoma, and provides the public with information about risk factors, preventative lifestyles, available treatments and coping strategies.

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services – A consumer beneficiary website that provides access to information about Medicare, Medicare health plans, contact information and publications, as well as information about health care fraud and abuse and nursing homes.

Department of Veterans Affairs – Provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents. The home page for the Department of Veterans Affairs provides links to veterans benefits and services, as well as information and resources for other Departmental programs and offices.

Employee Benefit Security Administration – EBSA is committed to providing participant and compliance assistance regarding pension, health and other employee benefit plans.

Family Caregiver Alliance – Established in 2001 as a program of Family Caregiver Alliance, the National Center on Caregiving (NCC) works to advance the development of high-quality, cost-effective policies and programs for caregivers in every state in the country. Uniting research, public policy and services, the NCC serves as a central source of information on caregiving and long-term care issues for policy makers, service providers, media, funders and family caregivers throughout the country.

Food and Drug Administration- The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) ensures that safe and effective drugs are available to improve the health of the people in the United States

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys – Elder Law attorneys helping senior citizens, people with disabilities and special needs. Lawyers for long term care planning, nursing homes, housing, living wills, retirement planning.

National Council on Patient Information and Education – One of the original patient safety coalitions, NCPIE works to advance the safe, appropriate use of medicines through enhanced communication.

National Council on the Aging Benefits Checkup Program – Service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources.

National Family Caregivers Association – Educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to help transform family caregivers’ lives by removing barriers to health and well being.

National Hospice Foundation – Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life, supported by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

National Organization for Rare Disorders – Dedicated to helping people with rare, orphan diseases. contains information on the prevention, treatment and cure of rare diseases.

National Senior Citizens Law Center -Advocates before the courts, Congress and federal agencies to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly and disabled Americans.

Patient Advocate Foundation – A national network for access to care, job retention, appeals, and education for health care.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America – Patient Assistance Program – Helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free.

United Way of Connecticut – Browse their online database of community services. This database contains information for approximately 4,600 health and human service providers and 48,000 service-sites.

Visiting Nurse Associations of America – Cost-effective and compassionate home healthcare to some of the nation’s most vulnerable individuals, particularly the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

Well Spouse Foundation – A nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization, advocates for and addresses the needs of individuals caring for a chronically ill and/or disabled spouse/partner.

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Annual Credit Report – Fight identity theft by monitoring and reviewing your credit report.

Bogleheads Investing Advice and Information – Dedicated to the civil discussion of investing, personal finance, and consumer issues.

Consumer Credit Counseling of San Francisco – Money management information and assistance.

Debt Collection Answers – Debt collector harrassment? Debt Collection Answers offers straightforward advice for using debt collection laws to protect your rights and resolve your debts.

Fannie Mae – A government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) chartered by Congress with a mission to provide liquidity and stability to the U.S. housing and mortgage markets.

Federation of Tax Administrators – Organization of state tax officials. Includes comparative information on state tax agencies, rates, policies, and administration.

Foreclosure Mediation Program – Assists homeowners and lenders achieve a mutually agreeable resolution to a mortgage foreclosure action through the mediation process.

Freddie Mac – Helping millions of families across America buy their own homes or enjoy quality and affordable rental housing by linking them to the world’s capital markets. In the process the costs of housing finance is reduced and housing opportunities are expanded for all families, including low-income and minority families. It is a unique mortgage finance system that makes homeownership a reality for more of America’s families. – A central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.

Housing Information (A Project of Consumer Action) – Lender and foreclosure do’s and don’ts.

Mint. com – Free personal finance software to assist you to manage your money, financial planning, and budget planning tools.

Call the National Foundation for Credit Counseling at 1-800-388-2227 for help with debt problems.

Old House C.P.R. – Old house resources for the purpose of assisting people in their efforts to take the best possible care of their old place. – Accept or process requests from consumers to opt-in or opt-out firm offers for credit or insurance.

Pension Rights Center – The country’s only consumer organization dedicated solely to protecting and promoting the retirement security of American workers, retirees, and their families.

StockTwits – Real time ideas, trades, charts, and news from real traders and investors. – Simple ideas for improving your finances and your life.

Suze Orman – Take charge of your own personal finances by getting to know Suze Orman, an internationally acclaimed personal finance expert.

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BoardGameGeek – An extensive database of boardgames as well as an active community of users who discuss, argue, buy, sell, trade and play board games.

Engadget – Video game news and commentary that’s written with as much excitement, enthusiasm, insight and fun as they can muster.

The Escapist – Betterment of role-playing games and the education of the public and media of their benefits to society.

The Escapist Magazine – The mouthpiece of the gaming generation, The Escapist aims to capture and celebrate the contemporary video gaming lifestyle and the diverse global video game culture by way of in-depth features, thought provoking articles and relevant columns authored by leading video game authorities, as well as cutting-edge video shorts, engaging forums and robust social media elements that incorporate the video gaming experience.

Game Developer – The art and business of making games.

Game|Life – Gaming news.

Game Politics – Where politics and video games collide.

IGN – IGN is your site for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, DS, PSP, iPhone games with expert reviews, news, previews, trailers, cheat codes, strategy guides, walkthroughs.

Kotaku – Reviews, interviews, and video segments of game developers justifying their creations.

Metacritic – Not every critic is the same. Metacritic offers aggregated game reviews from the top critics, and their own METASCORE pinpoints at a glance how each game was reviewed.

Replacementdocs – Web archive of game manuals.

Steam – Online multiplayer games.

Terra Nova – A weblog about virtual worlds. Virtual Worlds are also known as synthetics worlds, MMOs, MMORPGs, Social Worlds, MUDs, MOOs, and MUSHes. Terra Nova authors include scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines.

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Amish Country Gazebo – Your source for spa gazebos, hot tub gazebos, gazebo kits and landscape design gazebos.

Ball Horticultural Company – A leader in all facets of floriculture, with distribution capabilities in all of the major world markets.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Offers news, virtual tour, programs, events, articles, shopping, research, and information for visitors. New York.

Conard-Pyle Co. – Producer and wholesaler of a wide variety of rose plants. Offers a PDF catalogue.

Deer Stopper – Deer repellent and other animal repellents from Messina Wildlife
Management. Repellent is easy to use, available on-line or at retailers nationwide. Natural, organic deer repellent.

Dynamite -The ONLY plant food that delivers: 9 months of continuous feeding. Custom blends for your soil and water. Micronutrients in addition to Macronutrients.

Elizabeth Park Gardens – Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the park features a two and one-half acre rose garden with 800 varieties of roses. West Hartford, CT.

Gardening for Good – Gardening for Good is dedicated to promoting the therapeutic benefits of a connection with gardening and nature.

Jonah Center for the Earth and Arts and the Environment – The Jonah Center for Earth and Art is working to restore and preserve ecologically significant areas in Middletown. John C. Hall, Executive Director.

Organic Mechanics – The best potting soil on the planet!

Pl@ntNet – Pl@ntNet is a tool to help to identify plants with pictures. It is organized in different thematic and geographical floras.

Simply Beautiful – Simply Beautiful offers long-lasting color that is simple to choose and simple to use.

UConn Extension Center of Middlesex County – The Middlesex County office is located in Haddam. Several of our programs have offices in Haddam, including 4-H, the Connecticut Trail Census and the Master Gardener Program. Soil test kits are available through the Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory


Master Naturalist Program – Participants will learn about the ecosystems of Connecticut, the animals and plants that inhabit our area, and current conservation issues affecting our wildlife and natural resources. The program includes outdoor hands-on field sessions and virtual learning where participants learn to identify, interpret, and understand key ecological Connecticut’s natural resources through education and service.

Horticulturalists and Horticultural Authors

Pamela WeilThe Connecticut Gardener, check out the Events Calendar.

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Fuel Economy – Consumers can compare fuel efficiencies of various cars. helps drivers find the best deals on gasoline.

Google Transit – Google, working with transit authorities across the United States, provides directions to use public transit.

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23 and Me  – DNA testing and genealogy site

Ancestry, Inc. – Discover your ancestors with the world’s largest family history website. Start a family tree, browse census records and more online at

Connecticut State Archives – Research resources for genealogists and family historians.

Daniel Brainerd Society Newsletter – Copies available for use in the Library History Room only.

Family Search – Brought to you by the Latter Day Saints. This site has information on deceased family members, but has useful information on researching your family’s history, and provides a free Personal Ancestral Files (family tree maker) software.

Find A Grave – A free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members.

Godfrey Memorial Genealogical Library
134 Newfield Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 346-4375 – The free world network of users who use the internet to search for their ancestors. If you are fascinated with history and genealogy, search for your family name and history in the databases of users!

Haddam Bulletin – Issues dating back to February 1950 available for use in the Library History Room.

Haddam Genealogical Website – Early history, geography, landmarks, churches and other research information provided.

Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians – Information, events, and research in genealogy and family history.

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, UConn – Archives and special collections.

U.S. GenWeb Project – Free genealogy and family history online made possible by the USGenWeb Project volunteers. Search free genealogy websites for your ancestors.

Genealogical Societies

Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. – Founded in 1968 as a non-profit organization to encourage and promote genealogical research and publication, to maintain and elevate genealogical standards and to provide instructional and educational programs and publications. With more than 4,000 members worldwide, CSG is among the largest societies devoted exclusively to U.S. genealogy.

Haddam Historical Society – News, events and information on research, collections, education and the Thankful Arnold House.

The Killingly Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. – Founded in 1972, the Society’s charter is to promote knowledge, interest and research in Killingly and Windham County.

The National Genealogical Society – Genealogical Society extending help in research, education, family tree creation, immigration search, including courses, publications, and how to documents on researching family history using sources from bible records through census records.

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Going “Green”

Alliance to Save Energy – Supports energy efficiency as a cost-effective energy resource under existing market conditions and advocates energy-efficiency policies that minimize costs to society and individual consumers, and that lessen greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the global climate.,, and – Everything you want to know and more about green building.

Building Performance Institute – National home performance and weatherization standards and contractor credentials.

Climate Change – The EPA Climate Change site provides comprehensive information on the issue of climate change and global warming in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society – communities, individuals, business, states and localities, and governments. The site explains climate change science, U.S. climate policy, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental effects, and what you can do.

CT Energy Info – An information center developed by the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, Energy Conservation Management Board and Institute for Sustainable Energy to help consumers navigate the ever increasing number of energy-related resources.

Energy Star – Information on manufacturers and retailers for energy-efficient electronics, lighting, transformers, appliances, office equipment, and heating/cooling.

EPA Region 1 New England

Freecycle – Donate or receive used items.

Gazelle – Sell electronics and sell cell phones at We buy and sell your old electronics. You get cash and help save the environment. Free shipping. – Green business news and tools for aligning sustainability with business success.

Green Roof Plants – Supplier of green roof plants. Includes FAQ, research, projects, and links. – The Reuse Marketplace is a free online service to facilitate the reuse of surplus and unwanted items. Membership is free. Registered members can post listings for materials, similar to a classified ad. Anyone can browse the listed items. – Green living by the National Resources Defense Council, keeping you posted on protecting your health, home, and environment. – A series of in depth how-to articles that will help you green your life.

U.S. Green Building Council – Non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction. Developers of the LEED building rating system.

USPS Recycle – In select Post Offices, customers can get free prepaid mail-back envelopes for recycling inkjet cartridges, cell phones, PDAs, digital cameras and other small electronics.

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Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering – The Academy identifies and studies issues and technological advances that are or should be of concern to the people of Connecticut, and provides unbiased, expert advice on science- and technology-related issues to state government and other Connecticut institutions. (description from web site)

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development – A summary of Connecticut economic and demographic statistics and comparative features. With more than 200 tables, it will answer your questions about Connecticut’s people, economy and industries. The report also includes statistics on labor force, markets, business, education, housing, income, exports, foreign direct investments and more.

Connecticut General Assembly – Allows access to General Statutes, Commissions, Committees, and current session information.

Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries – Guidance and access to information to individuals who are researching or pursuing legal rights and remedies.

The Connecticut Network (CT-N) – CT’s State Public Affairs Television and Streaming Network – CT-N’s purpose is to provide the citizens of Connecticut with coverage of state government deliberations and public policy events. CT-N is aired on the internet and on cable or public access channels throughout Connecticut.

Connecticut State Government – Online access to our state government.

Connecticut State Library – The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government.

League of Women Voters of Connecticut – A nonpartisan political organization of men and women, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy

Federal Government

CIA-Central Intelligence Agency – The CIA is an independent agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers. The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) is nominated by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Director manages the operations, personnel, and budget of the Central Intelligence Agency. – A partnership of Federal agencies with a shared vision – to provide self-guided access for persons affected by a disaster to find and apply for government administered forms of assistance. – Exists to increase government transparency and accountability; to ensure sound, equitable regulatory and budgetary processes and policies; and to protect and promote active citizen participation in our democracy. We envision a more just and democratic society, one in which an open, responsive government protects people’s health, safety, and well-being, safeguards the environment, honors the public’s right to information, values an engaged and effective citizenry, and adequately invests in the common good. – Track legislation and votes in the United States Congress.

The House of Representatives

IRS – The US government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement. Includes income tax forms, instructions, and agency publications.

National Security Archive – Open access version of the National Security Archive on U.S. intelligence and WMD. – The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is a state government agency. One of their main goals is to protect people from scams, unfair businesses and unsafe products. Consumers can help protect themselves with good information. If you have a problem in the marketplace, a written complaint is the first step you can take to tell them about the problem. They review every complaint and investigate as needed. Then they do our best to find a fair solution. – Home page of the U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal for all government transactions, services, and information. It provides direct online access to federal, state, local, and tribal governments.

U.S. Census Bureau – Data on race and hispanic origin, age, employment, income, marital status, education, genealogy, businesses, governments, taxes, foreign trade, housing, poverty, health insurance, federal spending and much more.

U.S. Congress – Legislation in the making, addresses of representatives and senators, and useful links.

U.S. Small Business Administration – Information resource for small businesses, small business owners and prospective business owners.

The United States Senate

The White House

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Health – Learn how to keep your child safe while living with a peanut allergy, wheat allergy, or any other food allergy.

Alzheimer’s Association – The leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) -A not-for-profit organization that oversees 24 approved medical specialty boards in setting standards for the ongoing evaluation and certification of physician specialists.

American Cancer Society – The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering through research, education, advocacy, and service.

American Dental Association (ADA) – Dental professionals, consumers, and the media.

American Heart Association – Learn more about the American Heart Association’s efforts to reduce death caused by cardiovascular disease.

American Medical Association – Physicians dedicated to the health of America.

American Parkinson Disease Association – Founded in 1961 “To Ease the Burden – To Find the Cure” for Parkinson’s disease. Headquartered in New York, the organization focuses its energies on research, patient services, education and raising public awareness of the disease.

Annenberg Foundation – The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands created its Adolescent Mental Health Initiative to synthesize and disseminate scientific research on the prevention and treatment of mental disorders in adolescents.

Autism Speaks – Information about autism, including videos to help you diagnose and a glossary to help understand medical terminology. Also includes links to other families for information and support.

Cancer Resources from Oncolink – Provides comprehensive information on treatments, research advances, continuing medical education, prevention, and clinical trials.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC′s Mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.

Children with Diabetes – The online community for kids, families and adults with diabetes.

The Connecticut Partnership – A coalition of organizations for information on Long Term Care. – Provides independent testing results online about vitamins, supplements, and nutrition products to consumers and healthcare providers.  Herbal, vitamin, and mineral dietary supplements are evaluated, as well as foods, beverages, and personal care products. – Donnica Moore, M.D., provides thorough women’s health information. Topics include menopause, hormone replacement therapy, osteoporosis, migraine, headache, birth control, infertility, heart disease, breast cancer, thyroid disease, fibroids, sexuality and wellness.

The Encyclopedia of Surgery – 450 Surgical procedures and topics such as laser surgery, hysterectomy, endoscopy, cryosurgery, anesthetics, biopsy, angioplasty, medications and postoperative care, and many related subjects.

FLU Watch

CT Flu Watch – State of Connecticut pandemic flu task force.

Food Allergy Network – Nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing about a clearer understanding of the issues surrounding food allergies and providing helpful resources.

Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective – Provides medical services, support groups, mental health services and health education tailored to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities but serves clients of all genders and gender identities, sexual orientations, ages and ethnicity. – Resources on diseases, disorders and chronic illness, including medical news, information, articles, community message forums and chat rooms, email, books, newsletter, directory of related web sites and more.

Healthcare Blue Book – Your free guide to fair pricing for health care costs. – Find out which private insurance plans, public programs and community services are available to you plus more. – Health news, online check-ups, links to credible resources, and more.

Healthline – Healthline is the first consumer medical search engine focused on delivering results from trusted, high-quality  healthcare websites. Get answers to all your health questions and use our tools  to save, organize, and send the results to friends and family.

Healthnet – The University of Connecticut Health Center Library’s consumer health information program for Connecticut residents and public libraries.

Health Happens in Libraries – A program to improve public library eHealth services and increase library staff capacity to respond to patron requests for information regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Health on the Net Foundation – The leading organization promoting and guiding of useful and reliable online medical and health information, and its appropriate and efficient use. Created in 1995, HON is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, accredited to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Human Anatomy Online – Innerbody is listed first in the search engines for searches such as ‘Body, Human Anatomy Biology, Human gross Anatomy, Human Anatomy Photos’ and many more.

HungryGirl – Free. Useful and witty, seasonal recipes and advice as well as product and munu picks and pans.

JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association – JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, is a highly cited weekly medical journal that publishes peer-reviewed original medical research findings and editorial opinion.

Kids Health – Includes articles, animations, games, and health resources for parents, teens, and children.

Kids with Food Allergies – Provides online food allergy support groups, allergy free recipes, educational articles, and allergy news for families raising children with food allergies. Tax-exempt nonprofit charity. -Offers trusted health information and health news on diseases, symptoms, drugs, treatments and more. – The official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare.

Medicare Rights Center – A national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.

Medline Plus – Health information from the National Library of Medicine.

Medscape – Offers the web’s largest collection of free, full-text, peer-reviewed clinical medicine articles.

The MERCK Manual Medical Library – Online version of The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.

Mesothelioma – Comprehensive and current information on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance – is an online educational and support resource for cancer patients and caregivers dedicated to providing answers to patients. Range of information discusses the cancer itself, types of treatment, preventative measures and list of doctors and cancer clinics that specialize in this diagnosis.

Mesothelioma Fund – Helps patients and families get compensation through asbestos and mesothelioma trust funds.

Mesothelioma Guide

National Cancer Institute – Information from the National Cancer Institute about cancer treatment, prevention, screening, genetics, causes, and how to cope with cancer.

National Center for Learning Disabilities – Links to major reports, research-based interventions and other effective teaching practices, and information from leading researchers in the field of learning disabilities.  You can also access articles regarding key policy issues and link to helpful resources and major LD organizations nationwide.

National Health Council – The National Health Council believes that people deserve the kind of health care that puts their needs first and are here to listen to you, share the latest information with you and give you a voice in Washington, DC.

National Health Information Center – A health information referral service.

National Library of Medicine – The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world’s largest medical library. It collects materials in all major areas of the health sciences and to a lesser degree in such areas as chemistry, physics, botany and zoology. The collections stand at 5 million items–books, journals, technical reports, manuscripts, microfilms, photographs and images. Housed within the Library is one of the world’s finest medical history collections of old (pre-1914) and rare medical texts, manuscripts, and incunabula.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Advancing the progress of medicine and improving the public health through access to health information. Provides health science practitioners, investigators, educators, and administrators in the U.S. with timely, convenient access to biomedical and health care information resources. – The most comprehensive medical search engine platform on the internet focusing on results from authoritative sources. Includes 6 main search options: Authoritative medical web, top health and medical news sources, image search, MedPro for medical professionals with peer level resources, and a shopping search engine for health and medical products.

Third Age – Find expert baby boomer advice and tips on health, aging, retirement and more. Learn how to age gracefully, transition into retirement, manage a career change, bring back the excitement and passion in your relationship and properly care for your loved.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Led by Secretary Mike Leavitt and based in Washington, D.C.

WebMD – Trustworthy and timely health and medical news and information. Providing credible health information, supportive community, and educational services by blending award-winning expertise in content, community services, expert commentary, and medical review.

World Health Organization (WHO) – WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Yale School of Medicine – Yale School of Medicine educates and nurtures creative leaders in medicine and science, promoting curiosity and critical inquiry in an inclusive environment.

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Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project – Produced by the Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project to bring many of Illinois’ Lincoln materials together for use by students and scholars.

American Journeys – A digital library of early American exploration and settlement. – Site dedicated to public speeches and speakers of all kinds and includes a speech bank, movie speeches, audio figures of speech, the top 100 American political speeches of the 20th century, the rhetoric of 9-11 and links to communication associations and journals.

Charter of Connecticut, 1662

Conversations with History – Harry Kreisler interviews distinguished individuals about their lives and work.

Digital History – Digital History enhances history teaching and research through primary sources, an online textbook, extensive reference resources, and interactive materials.

Digital Scriptorium Projects – 4,000 Catalog records and 15,000 digitized images.

Documenting the American South – Details the rise of Southern secessionism using first-hand written accounts, literature and narratives from the time period.

Europa-European Union – The official EU website that provides access to information published by all EU institutions, agencies and bodies.

History Channel – A cable television station offering programming related to historical events and people.

The History Place – Easily accessible articles and helpful time lines.

The Library of Congress – The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 120 million items. The collections include books, sound recordings, motion pictures, photographs, maps, and manuscripts.

Museum of Connecticut History – A museum of Connecticut government, industrial and military history.

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections – Cooperative cataloging program operated by the Library of Congress. – Country comparisons using graphs, maps. Huge database of world statistics. Reference site contains country statistics, maps, flags, graphs and pie charts.

Online Library of Liberty – Provided in order to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals by making freely available on the internet the classic texts in the classical liberal and free market traditions.

Smithsonian: History and Culture – Explore and learn.

Talking History – Aural history programs and sound files archived on the web.

Women Working: Open Collections Program – Women Working, 1800 – 1930 focuses on women’s role in the United States economy and provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard University’s library and museum collections.

Connecticut Historical Societies 

Connecticut Historical Society – The Connecticut Historical Society is a non-profit museum, library and educational center established in 1825.

Stamford, CT Historical Society – A history center offering a searchable bibliography of Stamford, record groups, and bookshop.

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Home Exchange

Home Exchange – The vacation alternative of home swapping.

HomeLink-USA – “See the world while living like a native. Enjoy the exciting world of Home Exchange while saving money you would spend on hotels and car rentals.” (from their web site)

INTERvac – International home exchange, vacation house exchange and house swap services. – Luxury home swap. – Vacation rental property listings.

VRBO – Vacation Rental by Owner

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Home Goods

Room & Board – Handcrafted, American-made furniture and accessories.

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Language & Translation

FORVO – The largest word pronunciation dictionary in the world, now with translations. All the words in all the languages pronounced by native speakers.

French Culture – The official website of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. offers information about French books, film, music, visual art, dance, and theater in the United States and France as well as information on grants, programs and other resources for French and American teachers, students, parents, artists, authors, and scholars.

Google Translate

Live Lingua – The FSI language courses cover over 40 languages from the most spoken in the world to some less well known ones. Some of the language learning material is a bit dated, but it is still possible for someone to learn a huge amount from this material.

Verbix – Verb conjugation and grammar in Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Danish and more. Language maps.

Language Learning

Duolingo  –  Free, fun, and effective way to learn a language! -Learn languages for free!  They offer the tools and resources to make learning a language easy and fun.

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Legal Help

Build A Will – Create your last will and testament in the privacy of your own home or office at your own pace and at a fraction of the price of a traditionally prepared will. The BuildaWill staff is dedicated to supporting your choice to live more responsibly by creating your will.

Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries – Official website for the Law Libraries of the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch and provides public access to legal resources.

CT Law Help – Connecticut’s Legal Aid programs created this web site to help people with very low income find help for their legal problems. This web site will give you legal information and tools to help you represent yourself.

LegalZoom – Online legal document preparation services for starting a business.

Nolo – The nation’s oldest and most respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses.

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2-1-1 – An integrated system of help via the telephone – a single source for information about community services, referrals to human ser-
vices, and crisis intervention. It is accessed toll-free from anywhere in Connecticut by simply dialing 2-1-1. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Multilingual call specialists and TDD access is available.

Connecticut Emergency Alerting and Notification Systems – CT Alert ENS allows state and local officials to help protect lives and property by providing critical information to residents during emergencies, including dangerous situations.

The Connecticut Mirror – An independent, non-partisan, non-profit news organization created to reinvigorate coverage of Connecticut’s state government, public policy and politics.

The Haddam Historical Society – Curious about local history? The Historical Society has an in depth history of the town and the people who founded it. They also have research and genealogical resources available to the public.

The Haddam Land Trust and Greenspace Newsletter – The Haddam Land Trust is a private, non-profit corporation. Its purpose is to promote the preservation of natural resources of the Town of Haddam. The site provides information on the Trust’s events, as well as an opportunity to purchase Land Trust merchandise.

The Hartford Courant – Breaking news, sports, weather and traffic in Hartford, New Haven and across Connecticut.

The Middletown Press – Daily newspaper covering local, regional, and national news including local sports, video and multimedia coverage, and classified advertising.

Mystic Seaport Collections and Research Department – Information on vessels, people, objects, photos and more.

The Town of Haddam

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2-1-1 – Provides free and confidential information and referral. Call
2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. – Independent investigative journalism. – Free printable coupons! Featured on Oprah, Today, The View, NBC, CNN, Fox, ABC.

Coupons – Grocery Coupons. Recipe Coupons. Internet Coupons. Coupons.

Craigslist – Classified listings.

Do Not Call Registry or 1-888-382-1222 – Tired of all those dinnertime interruptions from salespeople? Call or go online to remove your number from these sales lists. To use phone number: you must call from the phone you are registering. To register on line: you must have an e-mail address. This takes three months to go into effect and is good for 5 years.

Facebook – A social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, post links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. – The pros and cons of controversial issues.

Sloan Digital Sky Survey – Deep, multi-color images covering more than a quarter of the sky and created 3-dimensional maps containing more than 930,000 galaxies and more than 120,000 quasars. – The definitive internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.

TopTenREVIEWS – The place to learn about all the latest software, web services, electronics, video games, music and movies. Read insightful software, web services and electronic reviews, compare products, and view expert movie, music and video game reviews and information.

Urban Dictionary – Define your world. – A collaborative writing project to build the world’s largest, highest quality how-to manual.

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Movies & Television

allmovie – Allows users to search for films using flexible criteria. Film listings include general information, cast and crew, synopses, reviews.

Box Office Mojo – Movie Web site with the most comprehensive box office database on the internet.

The Film Experience Blog

Funny or Die – Funny videos, funny captions and jokes featuring Will Ferrell, celebrities, comedians, and you.

IMDBIMDb (abbreviation of Internet Movie Database)] is an online database of information related to films, television series, podcasts, home videos, video games, and streaming content online – including cast, production crew and personal biographies, plot summaries, trivia, ratings, and fan and critical reviews.

MRQE: Movie Review Query Engine – Online directory of movie reviews. – Movie reviews, essays, interviews and the Movie Answer Man from film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Rotten Tomatoes – Movie trailers, movie reviews and new movie previews.

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American Moving and Storage Association for Consumers – Moving American consumers professionally.

Budget Van Rentals

Estate – Get information about estate sales and companies near you.

Protect Your Move – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration resources to plan a successful move thereby decreasing moving fraud.

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Animated Images

GifAnimations – Collection of free animations of GIF images for use in web design, email and cell phone.

Gifs.Net – More the 15000 absolutely free animations and animated gifs you can use on your website, emails, presentations or send as digital postcards.


The American Memory Project from the Library of Congress – Pprovides free access to historical images, maps, sound recordings, and motion pictures that document the American experience. American Memory offers primary source materials that chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America.

Canva – Design tool. For anyone wanting to design anything, on your own or with others. No design experience required, and it’s free forever. – A free graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you need an impressive logo without a lot of design work.  Simply choose what kind of image you would like. Then fill out a form and you’ll have your own custom image created on the fly.

Creative Commons – Provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from “All Rights Reserved” to “Some Rights Reserved.” A nonprofit organization. Everything they do — including the software they create — is free.

Flickr – Photo management and sharing application. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.

Free Digital Photos – Thousands of royalty free photos for instant download. For commercial and non-commercial use. No registration required.

Hathi Trust Digital Library – a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than sixty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide.

LIFE Photo Archives hosted by Google – Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

The Morgue File – Contains high-resolution stock photography images free for either corporate or private use.

Open Clip Art Library – Providing an online repository for high quality vector graphics on the internet.

Open Photo  – Digital photography and an open network of photographers consisting of pictures of animals, nature, landscape, architecture, still life, and technology.

World Digital Library – Significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and more.


Creative Commons – Audio Files – Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators

mFiles Classical Music – Free mp3 music files to download by your favourite classical composers: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn, etc.

Partners in Rhyme – Most of the music is for sale – but mixed in here and there are free songs, and sound effects and video clips to download and use in your presentations.

PublicDomain4U – Older blues, music from the early 20th century, all free for you to use.


Google Video – Search and watch millions of videos indexed from all over the web. Upload and share videos with the world.

Living Room Candidate – Presidential campaign commercials from 1952 – present.

PBS Video – Watch award-winning national programming and locally produced shows. Catch up on the episodes you may have missed and watch your favorite, full-length shows free and on-demand.

Yahoo! Video – Offers features to upload, share, rate and watch videos, including vlogs, popular videos, autos, animation, food, news, sports, people, and funny videos.

YoutubeYouTube is a global online video sharing and social media platform. It is owned by Google and is the second most visited website, after Google Search. YouTube has more than 2.5 billion monthly users.


Most materials on the internet are copyrighted.  But just because something is copyrighted doesn’t mean that you can’t use it. There are lots of sites offer images for personal and educational use, for free. Fair use covers a lot of educational usages. Always cite your multi-media sources.

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All Music – Offers biographies on artists from the 1920s to today. It lists songs by title, genre, the lyricists, the musicians, even the artists who performed the song. It provides links so you can preview the music, as well as links to pages where you can buy the album, or sheet music, or even biographies on your favorite musicians. It is a commercial site, and they do want you to buy something eventually, but it offers a wealth of information for free.

Berkleemusic – Online courses and certificate programs in guitar, music business, songwriting, music production, music theory, music education and performance. – Free MP3 downloads.

Freeplay Music – A comprehensive collection of High End Broadcast production music spanning all the popular musical genres, available for download either on-line or via our Portable Hard Drive.

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library – A community-built library of public domain sheet music. Extensive collection of original scores scanned to PDF. – A music community with the largest searchable lyrics database. – The history of musical theatre, film and television.

National Jukebox – Historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge, the Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

Pandora Radio – The personalized internet radio service that helps you find new music based on your old and current favorites. Create custom web radio stations, listen free.

Vault Radio – Offering Fresh Blasts from the Past: NPR.

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Newspapers & Magazines

Access Newspaper Archive Institutional Version – The con-
venient research tool that will link you to newspapers from the past.

Catalog Choice – A free service that allows you to decline unwanted catalogs.  By using this service, you not only help reduce your mailbox clutter but also help the environment.

Country Watch – An information provider for anyone needing up-to-date news and information on each of the recognized countries of the world.

Directory of Open Access Journals – Categorized, searchable links to free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

FindArticles at BNET – Contains articles from the back issues of over 900 magazines, journals, trade publications and newspapers.

Internet Library of Early Journals – An digital library of 18th and 19th century journals.

NYPL, Databases and Indexes Online – New York Public Library.

Table of Contents of Journals of Interest to Classicists TOCS-IN – The tables of contents of a selection of Classics, Near Eastern Studies, and Religion journals, both in text format and through a Web search program.

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Parent & Child

AHC Arts & Crafts – Kids’ crafts, activities, coloring pages and printables, creative arts and crafts ideas for children, preschoolers, and kindergarteners.

ALA Speaking Out About Bullying – Speaking OUT is a list of resources about bullying. There’s links to resources for kids in trouble and the people who care about them.

American Academy of Pediatrics – Dedicated to the health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

AskDrSears – Help for parents to become better informed consumers of health care.

The Baby Center – Covers pregnancy and early childhood.

Baby Name Wizard – The name-hunter’s paradise, from best-selling name expert Laura Wattenberg. Popularity graphs & maps, Name Finder, and Namipedia for full info on every name.

Birth to Three System – Do you have concerns about your child’s ability to see, talk, hear, move, eat, play? “The mission of the Birth to Three System is to strengthen the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities.  This is a State of Connecticut program.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – An online source for credible healthcare information.

Common Sense Media – Whether your teens are into vampires, music, history, or just plain great stories, the books on this list are all excellent picks. Just try to put them down!

The Connecticut Association for the Gifted – Resources of all kinds for parents and educators alike to help for gifted children.

Connecticut Educational Services – Concerned that your child might have ADHD, Autism, Dysgraphia or some other Developmental or Learning Disability? This is a great place to go to help with diagnosis and evaluation. “CES provides a full range of educational assistance including diagnosis and treatment for students experiencing school-related academic or behavioral difficulties (from the web site).”

Drug and Substance Abuse Information – Brought to you by the Partnership for a drug free America.

The Exploratorium – Looking for Cool hands-on activities? Or quick and easy science experiments you can do at home? The San Francisco Science Museum can help you provide your children with hours of amusement, along with some fascinating facts.

Family Fun – Provides answers for every family’s needs. Find resources on parenting and raising healthy children, activities, entertainment, recipes, family travel and attractions, budgeting, shopping, coupons, and answers from the experts, other moms.

Figure This! Parents’ Site – Family members—as children’s first teachers—are crucial to student success. And the more adults become engaged in their children’s education, the greater the chances that children will succeed. The resources listed here may help as you work with your child.

Great Kids CT – “…the web site for parents devoted to information on parenting, education, and health and safety. The resources available on this site are related to children from birth to eight years”.

Great Websites for Kids – Great Websites for Kids is a compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Suggested sites are evaluated by the Great Websites for Kids Committee using established selection criteria. The committee is made up of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. Newly evaluated and accepted sites are added to the database three times a year. The committee also reviews all sites within the database twice a year to guarantee sites are still relevant, appropriate and accessible.

Husky Healthcare for Kids and Youths – Free or low cost health insurance for children 18 and younger is available. Learn more on this site, or call or 1-877-284-8759 or 1-800-656-6684

The Internet TESL Journal – For teachers of English as a second language.

Kids Health – Provides doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.

National Center For Learning Disabilities – Guide to essential information about learning disabilities, early literacy and learning resources, support for adolescents and adults with learning disabilities, public policy and advocacy tools.

The Parent Center – Parenting, children’s health and education, family crafts and activities. Covers ages 2-8.

Parents Guide to the Internet – Brought to you by the U.S. Department of Education.

Reading Rockets – This is a great resource for parents and teachers. It provides research documenting the importance of summer reading, as well as resources and ideas to encourage reluctant or struggling readers. There are also links to fun, enjoyable, summer reading lists.

RIF – Reading is Fundamental – Book ideas, craft and activity ideas, and grants to help make them possible.

Smories – Smories are original stories for kids, read by kids. – Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone. Get the information that you need to help stop bullying at school, online, and in the community.

STOP Cyberbullying – What cyberbullying is, how it works and how to understand and deal with cyberbullies.

Surfing the Net With Kids – Common sense safety tips, teacher approved sites, book reviews, book clubs, information for kids, teens and their parents.

Teach Parents Tech – Keep tech support a family business. Send a tech support care package to mom and dad.

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Public Records

National Archives and Records Administration – Holds the records of the United States Federal government. On-line access to art works, census data, US legal manuscripts, the Federal Register and more.

Repositories of Primary Sources – A listing of over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar.

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Real Estate

Appraisal Institute – Real estate appraisals and valuation specialists. – Compare mortgage rates. – Financial calculators. – Find school information by state, city, or district to help determine the value of the real estate.

Trulia – Free real estate search. – Real estate valuations, homes for sale, and free real estate information.

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All Recipes – Complete resource for recipes and cooking.

Epicurious – Recipes, menus, cooking articles and food guides.

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Letterboxing North America – Local nature hikes and scavenger hunts.

National Park Services – Listing of all National Parks. Links to campground reservation site.

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200Linx – Visual websites directory for easy internet experience. All popular websites in major categories assembled to one neat page.

Ad*Access – Provides access to digital images print advertisements published primarily in the United States and Canada between 1911 and 1957.

American Time Use Survey – Measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing.

Association of Religion Data Archives – Free access to the most authoritative religion statistics, data and church membership reports from around the world, including Christian statistics and adherents data. The ARDA offers recent U.S. and international survey findings, local, national and global profiles of religion, and detailed demographic reports and maps of religious and protestant denominations in America. Relying on an archive of over 500 data collections, the Association of Religion Data Archives provides online tools and resources for educators, religious congregations, researchers, journalists, and anyone interested in religion statistics and data.

Consumer Product Safety Commission – U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Recalls.

Energy Information Administration (EIA) – Official energy statistics from the U.S. Government.

ePODUNK – Your source for any and all information on a city, town, county or community – whatever you’re looking for, wherever you’re at, ePodunk has it. – One-stop access to U.S. Government H1N1, avian and pandemic flu information. – Subway and bus directions for New York City (NYC) as well as subway and bus maps for Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island.

ipl2 – Information You Can Trust features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites; links to online texts, newspapers, and magazines; and the Ask an ipl2 Librarian online reference service.

The National Security Archive – Collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

PetPlace – Pet care information and pet health information with over 5,000 veterinarian approved articles.

PEW Center on Global Climate Change – Conducts research on global warming, its causes and effects, greenhouse gas emissions trends, environmental impacts and possible solutions.

Sunlight Foundation – Cutting-edge technology and ideas making government transparent and accountable.

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) – America’s national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.

Vision of Humanity – A ground-breaking milestone in the study of peace. For the first time, an Index has been created that ranks the nations of the world by their peacefulness and identifies some of the drivers of that peace.

Wikipedia – The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

Wolfram|Alpha – Computational knowledge engine.

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Biodiversity Heritage Library – The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), the digitization component of the Encyclopedia of Life, is a consortium of 12 major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions organized to digitize, serve, and preserve the legacy literature of biodiversity.

General Chemistry Online – Resources for students and teachers of introductory college chemistry, including lecture guides, a question and answer board, a searchable glossary with audio, resource database, and programmed learning tutorials. – A gateway to government science information provided by U.S. Government science agencies, including research and development results.

WorldWideScience – A global science gateway connecting you to national and international scientific databases and portals.

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Search Engines

To completely search indexed pages on the internet, you should do the same search in the following three search engines. As of November 2004, all other search engines just repackage the same information from three sources: Ask Jeeves (good to use when you have a factual question), Google, and Yahoo! Search.

Compare Google, Yahoo, and MSN Results


AltaVista – Provides the most comprehensive search experience on the web. – WikiAnswers combined with free online dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedias. Ask questions, get answers.

Bing – Finds and organizes the answers you need so you can make faster, more informed decisions.

Brainboost Answer Engine – Finds the answers to questions rather than directing you to pages that mention the questions.

Clusty the Clustering Engine – This search tool from Vivísimo offers clustered results for a selection of searches.

CredibilityCommons – Improved access to credible information on the Internet.

DogPile – Makes searching the web easy, because it has all the best search engines piled into one.

EveryZing – Next-generation universal search technology and brings the benefits of search engine optimization (SEO) to online audio and video content.

Excite Web Search – Excite Metasearch. More Tools. Less Effort. Better Results.

FaganFinder – The most comprehensive internet tools organized into topics. Search engines, reference, news, multimedia, etc.

Gigablast – High-quality, relevant search results.

Google Blog Search – Blog Search is Google search technology focused on blogs.

Google Book Search – Google’s collection of digitized books includes a large number of books related to Old English literature and language. The service was formerly known as Google Print.

Google Product Search – Presents photographs of products and links to the stores that sell them online. Options to narrow search by price range, and view results as a grid of images.

Google Scholar – Provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles.

Google U.S. Government Search – Search for U.S. federal, state and local information. – The premier federal, state and local directory of official government and court web sites. Includes links to all branches of federal and state government. – Guide to US and international government resources. Explore national, state and local services, libraries, government documents, reports and more.

Healthline – The first consumer medical search engine focused on delivering results from trusted, high-quality healthcare websites.

HotBot – Offers a search powered by a choice of Ask or Windows Live. There are options to block offensive language, customize search results, and skins.

Hunch – Gives customized recommendations and gets smarter the more you use it.

IceRocket Web Search – Real-time blog search engine.

Infomine – A comprehensive virtual library and reference tool for academic and scholarly internet resources, including web sites, databases, and more.

Internet Archive – Nonprofit organization established to preserve web sites by taking regular “snapshots”. The Wayback Machine provides links to older versions of a webpage.

Internet Search Engine Database – News and articles dealing with search engine marketing and optimization. Also offers a newsletter.

Intute – Cataloged and annotated resources covering the humanities and social sciences.

Ixquick Metasearch – High quality meta-search results in full privacy.

KartOO – A metasearch engine with visual display interfaces.

Lexxe Search Engine – Processes natural language queries and delivers results in clusters by topic. Queries can be keywords, phrases or short questions. – Uncover more of the web with metasearch! collects only the top results from the best search engines on the Internet.

NoodleTools – Choose the best search engine for your needs. – Medical search engine platform focusing on results from authoritative sources.

Placeblogger – Blogging about places.

Resource Central – Resource links for the world that are up to date and resourceful.

Scirus – Science-specific search engine.

Search Engine Features Chart – The user’s guide to web searching.

Soople – Easy searching in all the advanced functions of Google. Easy internet.

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Technorati – A search engine for blogs.

Turbo 10 – Metasearch engine, offering results from user chosen groups of search engines.

UNdata – An internet-based data service which brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point from which users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN System.

U.S. Government Printing Office

Vivísimo – A leading provider of search solutions, offering the award-winning Velocity Search Platform for enterprises and governmental organizations.

The Web Credibility Project – Stanford University – They are: performing quantitative research on web credibility; collecting all public information on web credibility; acting as a clearinghouse for this information; facilitating research and discussion about web credibility; collaborating with academic and industry research groups.

Windows Live – Includes the Virtual Earth 3-D online mapping service.

Windows Live Academic Home Page – A thaumaturgical compendium.

Yellow Pages – Search six Yellow Pages providers from one Yellow Pages website.


FindSounds – Search for sample sounds and sound effects at this file search engine. Offers directory, keyword and sonic similarity search functions.


Hot Daddy


Creative Commons SearchAllows searching for photos, music, text, and other works for commercial purposes as well as for works you can modify, adapt, or build upon.



Podcast – Directory of podcasts. – Your one-stop destination for audio and video learning. – Find all your Podcasts, podcast feeds, podcast definitions, podcast software and a podcast directory.


Blinkx – Search over 32 million hours of video from sites like Google Video, YouTube, MySpace, MetaCafe, and more.

Google Video – Search and watch millions of videos indexed from all over the web. Upload and share videos with the world.

Searchforvideo – A video search engine which also offers video clips from thousands of websites you can browse using user-friendly categories.

TVEyes – Real time media monitoring.

Youtube – Hosts user-generated videos. Includes network and professional content.

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Addition in the Elderly – Drug and alcohol abuse among the elderly is a rapidly growing health problem in the United States.   Get 24/7 help now: All calls free and confidential. (855) 725-1828

Pension Rights Center – The country’s only consumer organization dedicated solely to protecting and promoting the retirement security of American workers, retirees, and their families.

Retirement Cafe – Addresses the new retirement including topics such as why you should retire before you expire, where to retire, how to preserve retirement savings, how to increase retirement income, how to find fun retirement jobs, and how to get involved in inspirational retirement activities.

RetirementRevised – Your guide to retirement in tough times. Learn how to achieve retirement security, manage benefits and handle career transition.

SeniorNet – Provides nonprofit computer and Internet education for older adults and seniors. SeniorNet is the premier senior site for content and community.

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Software (Free)

Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware

Ad-Aware 2008 Free – Lavasoft’s anti-spyware.

AntiVir – AVIRA’s anti-virus for Windows and Linux plus others with firewall, anti-spam, and recovery security.

avast! anti-virus – Alwil Software’s high security and protection software.

AVG Technologies’ AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition for Windows XP and Windows Vista – Basic protection against viruses and spyware.

File Transfer, Online Storage

FileSend,, and MozyHome – Free file sending and online storage services.

YouSendIt and allow file transfer up to 100MB or 300MB in size to an email address you provide. The recipient receives a link to download the files.

Photo Editing

GIMP – For advanced users, photo editing with a customizable interface.

Picasa by Google – Manage, edit, and share your digital photos.

Word Processing, Spreadsheets

Google Docs & Spreadsheets and 2 – Free word processing and spreadsheet creation.

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Teen Literature & Homework Help

HK Schools – Check your assignments, email your teachers, or get the news on the latest events. – Very basic encyclopedia entries that are good for basic background information.

Figment – Where writers meet, create, share, and connect.

Literature Map – Travel the world of literature.

ReaderGirlz – Books, recommendations, reviews, interviews and more! Use for fun reads or to get information for school reports.

Refdesk – Basic reference – fast.

Schmoop – Summary, notes, guides, and analysis of themes and characters for English Literature homework.

TeenSpace – Homework help, writing tips, and games from the Internet Public Library.


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AirfareWatchdog – Airfare deals, cheap flights, and money-saving tips from airfare experts. – Find bed and breakfast inns and book online. Unique lodging. – Camping tips, information, help, and expert advice to enjoy outdoor living.

Best Trip Choices – Your one stop source for finding the best trip and vacation destination on the web. Read reviews, join our interactive mailing list, in addition to take the patented Plog Travel Personality Quiz which matches your personality with the trip best suited for you.

BusJunction – Find and book cheap bus tickets to New York, Boston, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, and more.

Cheapoair – Find cheap airline tickets with exclusive cheap airfare deals. Book cheap flights, discount plane tickets, cheap air tickets and more.

The Contrarian Traveler – Vacation deals, travel bargains, based on the award-winning travel book “Make Your Travel Dollars Worth A Fortune, The Contrarian Traveler’s Guide to Getting More for Less.”

CouchSurfing – A volunteer-based worldwide network connecting travelers with members of local communities, who offer free accommodation and/or advice.

CruiseCompete – Discount Cruises. Cruise agents compete for best cruise prices on discounted cruise deals. Compare cruise prices to get the best cruise deal.

CruiseDeals – Last minute cruise deals and other discount cruises.

fabsearch – Think of them as your private secretary who reads glossy magazines, speaks with local trend settrs, then reports valuable info to you. – Bus tickets, bus tours and vacation packages.

Groupon – Features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in Hartford and a variety of other cities across the United States. – Book hostels online. Confirmed reservations at over 20,000 youth hostels worldwide as well as up to the minute Hostelworld customer reviews and ratings, descriptions and photos. Cheap hostels. – Discount airfare, hotel reservations, car rentals, vacation packages and cruises.

ITA Software – ITA Software, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, develops software for the travel and airline industry.

ItsEasy – Passport expediting and visa expediting services.

Jetsetter – A private online community that provides members with insider access, expert knowledge, and exclusive deals on the world’s greatest vacations. All of the properties featured are hand-selected by their team of globe-trotting correspondents, and sales last five to seven days. – Find and book cheap airline tickets, hotel rooms, vacations and rental cars with Search hundreds of travel sites, compare results, and buy direct.

MegaBus – Low cost, daily, express bus service.

Mobissimo Travel – Find and compare cheap airline tickets, airfare, hotel rooms and rates, travel deals, and rental cars with Mobissimo. Compare hundreds of airlines and hotels in one convenient website.

National Geographic Traveler – Features photo galleries, articles, interactive quizzes, maps, photos of the week, and more.

Orbitz – Find hotels, airline tickets, vacation packages, travel deals, car rentals and cruises.

The Passport Services Office – For anyone planning to travel abroad who needs a first or renewed passport. – Vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, discount hotels, vacation home rentals.

Road Scholar – Discover nearly 8,000 educational tours in all 50 states and more than 90 countries with Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975.

SideStep – Compare airfares and check out special flight offers for the best deals on airfare. Find cheap airfares, discount hotels, car rentals and cruise deals to popular travel destinations worldwide.

smarterTravel – Cheap airfare, vacation deals, car rental, and discount travel.

TripAdvisor – Reviews of vacations, hotels, resorts, vacation and travel packages.

TripIt – Free online trip planner and free travel itinerary website for organizing vacations, group trips or business travel.

Vacation Rentals by Owner – Vacation home rentals by property owners.

Vayama – Find international flights on Vayama – the leader in low cost international airfare.

venueMasters – Meeting and accomodation facilities at UK academic venues. – Helps home buyers and renters find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods. Walk Score calculates the walkability of any address.

Yapta – Tracks prices for you, saving you time and money.

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U. S. Citizenship

U. S. Citizenship Orientation Packet from the Hartford Public Library:

A Guide to Naturalization, pages 25 to 27 of

Instructions for the N-400, Application for Naturalization

Naturalization Study Guide, page 56 of

Sample Civics Questions, pages 57 – 61 of

Sample Sentences for Written English Testing, page 62 of

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Vacation Rentals

Homeaway – Vacation rentals marketplace. Save 50% compared to the average family hotel stay.

VRBO – Vacation rentals by owner.

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International Volunteer Programs Association – Provides international volunteer opportunities and youth internship exchange programs. Includes tips, funding information, and educational resources.

Locks of Love – Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

Peace Corps – Looking for travel, adventure, and want to make a difference in the world? Consider joining the Peace Corps!

Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantry – An interfaith ministry that provides food and fellowship to people in need and educates our communities about hunger and poverty.

VolunteerMatch – Find volunteering opportunities with nonprofit organizations by location and interest area.

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms – Links volunteers with organic farmers, promotes an educational exchange, and builds a global community conscious of ecological farming practices across the country.