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Animal Kingdom Local Information
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Book Reviews & Recommended Reading News
Careers Quotations
Calculators & Conversion Tools Science & Mathematics
College & University Information Telephone & E-Mail Directories
General Reference Travel
Government Writing & Grammar Guides
Health & Wellness World Wide Web Search Engines
History Zip Codes

Almanacs, Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

CIA World Factbook Facts, figures, maps, and vital statistics for countries around the world Covers a broad range of national and international topics

The Old Farmers Almanac Selected portions from the long time favorite

Encyclopedia Britannica

Encyberpedia Reference sites across the Web Information from The Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Third Edition

Merriam Webster Dictionary Word look ups in English and five other languages

A Web of Online Dictionaries Foreign language and English dictionaries Dictionary Legal terms

Roget's Thesaurus

Indispensable Writing Resources Research, reference, and writing related sites

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Animal Kingdom

The Electronic Zoo Information on animals of the world

The Virtual Library's Zoo and Animal Resource Guide Zoo sites and related materials

The Discovery Channel's Animal Guide Animals around the globe

Planet Pets Loaded with information related to the common (and some not so common) household pet

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Arts Online

Artcyclopedia Links to museums worldwide

24 Hour Museum UK museums and galleries

The ArtCenter Artists and their works, museums, galleries, and organizations

Internet ArtResources Links to galleries, artists, museums, art schools and images

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Books Online

IPL Online Texts Assortment of full text works

Project Gutenberg Etext Books available online

Bartleby Library, Great Books Online Books available in full text

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

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Book Reviews & Recommended Reading

New York Times Book Review

Book Reviews From Book Page online magazine

Book Reviews From Hungry Mind Review magazine

IPL Online Literary Criticism Collection Literary criticism

Books in Depth Book reviews originally published in magazines and newspapers

Recommended Reading Lists for adults, young adults, and children

Reader's Forum A list of recommended reading is compiled based on user's responses

Book Recommendations of Real Folks Rate books and develop custom reading lists

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Reference USA Job searches, business opportunities, addresses,
phone numbers & out-of-town companies.

CareerAdviser Job Descriptions, outlooks, and salary potential with links to professional sites

Government Jobs The official site for U.S. Government jobs

Monsterboard Hunt for jobs and post your resume

My Job Search Select the classified section of newspapers nationwide, employment opportunities within Fortune 500 companies, post your resume

Nonprofit Organization Classifieds Employment opportunities by state or keyword, library, resume tips, and links commercial job sites

CareerWeb Search for jobs and post resumes

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Calculators & Conversion Tools

Measure 4 Measure Calculators and conversion tools

Convert It! Conversions of weights and measures

Martindale's Calculators Online Calculators available online covering a wide range of conversions

Time Zone Converter Enter two geographical locations to convert the time

Temperature Conversion Convert Fahrenheit and Celsius scales

Distance Converter Calculator of in inches, centimeters, feet, yards, and meters

How Far Is It? Calculates the distance between two locations with maps and directions for driving

Volume Conversion Liters, pounds, imperial gallons, cubic inches, cubic feet, cups, gallons, pints, ounces, tablespoons, quarts, and teaspoons

Conversion Tables Metric/standard distance, decimals/fractions, Fahrenheit/Celsius measurements

Pounds & Kilogram Converter Pounds to kilograms and vice versa

International Currency Converter Currency conversion and global exchange rates

Finance Calculators Calculators for mortgages, loans, credit cards, auto leasing, relocation, and travel

Heart Rate Calculator Optimum heart rate from age and pulse

Weather Calculator Temperature, moisture and air pressure measurements

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College & University Information

National Center for Education Statistics: College Opportunities On-Line Links to colleges and universities across the U.S., including two year, four year, community, and trade schools

State University of New York: Official Web Site Statistics, degree programs, tuition expenses, financial aid information, and tours of campuses

Department of Education's Student Guide The official publication on financial aid for students, includes on-line applications.

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation New York State's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), student loan programs, requirements, regulations

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General Reference

Awesome Library Reviewed sites for teachers, kids, teens, parents and librarians

StudyWeb Reviewed and rated sites with indicated grade levels

Internet Public Library's Reference Center Main page for the IPL reference services

Martindale's Reference Desk Links to information on a variety of topics

Indispensable Writing Resources Research and writing sites

Ask an Expert for Help Topics for all age groups

50 States Basic data and links

United Nations Cyber School Bus Countries and cities worldwide

World Wide Holidays Holidays and festivals celebrated around the world

Flags of the World

Library of Congress Country Studies International data and maps

America's Library

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Federal Directory Federal web sites, toll free numbers, information on contacting legislators by state and zip code

Executive Branch Guide to web sites

Legislative Branch Bills, laws, links to legislators and how they have voted

Judicial Branch Information about the Federal Court system

GPO Pathway Services Links to government Internet web sites by topic

State of New York Agencies and departments

State and Local Governments A directory compiled by the Library of Congress

State Government and Politics State and local government information on the web

Monthly Catalog (MoCat) Bibliographic records of U.S. Government publications

Thomas, Legislative Information on the Internet Information on all aspects of Federal legislative activity

Directory of Foreign Governments Online Government web sites worldwide

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Health & Wellness

National Institutes of Health Consumer health issues and publications, scientific resources

MEDLINEplus Geared toward the general public with information on sickness and disease, medications, health-related publications, hospitals and doctors

The Merck Manual Access to the manuals of Medical Information, Home Edition; Geriatric; and Diagnosis and Therapy

Healthfinder Links to online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, support and self-help groups

Access America for Seniors Information on social security benefits, health and nutrition, consumer protection, employment, taxes, travel and education

SierraHome Cooking's Nutrition Calculator Nutritional information including fat, calorie and vitamin content of foods

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American Memory American history documents, photographs, sound and video clips

Making of America Books and journals whose focus is American History

United States History Index US history resources

Presidents of the United States A chronological guide

Voice of the Shuttle: History History related pages on the Web

History Internet Resources Ancient to modern history

PBS History History related sites

The History Net: Recommended Sites World history

Holocaust Resource Center Web pages dedicated to the Holocaust

The Victorian Web Victorian era history

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Laws & Legal Resources

Thomas, Legislative Information on the Internet Information on all aspects of Federal legislative activity

Charting the Legal Web A directory of legal information

Law Library of Congress National and international law resources

International Law Locator International laws, treaties, and organizations

Lawyer Express Search engine for legal materials Dictionary Look up legal terms by the term itself, or by its definition

Free Advice General legal information

FindLaw For consumers and small business owners

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Local Information

Cattaraugus Chamber of Commerce The official web site of Cattaraugus County

Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce School information, business directories, special events & calendars.

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Mapquest Maps, driving directions, and travel guides

National Atlas Map-like views of the natural and socio-cultural landscapes of the United States

Library of Congress Country Studies International data and maps

Xpeditions Maps that were designed for easy printing and photocopying

US Census Bureau Statistics, maps about the U.S. based on latest census data

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Newspapers, Magazines, & Journals

Newspapers Online International newspapers online

NewsHunt Online newspapers and newspaper archives

E&P Media Links International publication and broadcast sites, including magazines, newspapers, radio, and television stations

Proquest Index of periodicals, many full text

Magazines A guide to English language magazines published worldwide

PubList Information on magazines, journals, and newsletters from around the world

Electronic Journal Provides a title and subject organization of electronic serial publications on the Internet

NewJour Archival copies of electronic journals and newsletters

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AP Wire; Breaking News Breaking news from around the world presented by the Associated Press

CNN National and international news updated constantly throughout the day

MSNBC News National and international news

CNBC National and international business and economic news

ABC News News from the national affiliate of ABC

Fox News National and international news produced and maintained by Fox Television

Court TV Updates on the current U.S. trials of import

BBC News and events from the British Broadcasting Company

WIVB Channel 4 News, weather, sports, schedules and special events from Channel 4 in Buffalo, New York

WKBW Channel 7 Local and National news, weather and sports from Channel 7 in Buffalo, New York

PBS Newshour The web site for the PBS broadcast television show NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Digital City News and issues

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The (Searchable) Complete Works of William Shakespeare Enter a full or partial line to obtain citations

Familiar Quotations Bartleby Library provides the online version of John Bartlett's 1901 edition

Motion Picture Quotables The Internet Movie Database's compilation of searchable movie quotes

Quoteland Quotes on a variety of topics

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Science & Mathematics

Internet Mathematics Library Math resources on the Web

Earth Science Links Earth Science links, including geography, weather, the environment, and rocks and minerals

Science Fair Project Resource Guide Scientific research and experiments for students

The School Page Links to math and science sites

The Periodic Table of Elements Click on an element to display relevant details

Natural History Museums and Collections Natural History Museums worldwide

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Telephone & E-Mail Directories

Telephone and Electronic Mail Directory Look up a phone number, address, or e-mail address

GTE Yellow Pages Look up a phone number, get a map and driving directions

Reverse Phone Directory Enter a phone or fax number to get an address

GTE Yellow Pages Canada Phone numbers, maps and driving directions to businesses across Canada

International Telephone Directories on the Web Telephone directories from across the globe

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Mapquest   Map out your trip and more

Fodor's Travel Online Link to a wide range of travel information

The USA CityLink Project Travel and tourism guide for U.S. cities

Visit Your National Parks Visitor information for all National Parks

USA Today's Travel Directory News and tips from USA Today

Bed & Breakfast Inns Online Information on B&B accommodations nationwide

Hotel Guide for North American Cities Hotel information for major cities in North America

European Hotel Guide Worldwide directory of hotels

UK Hotel Guide Guide to hotels located in the United Kingdom

All-Hotels Airlines, car rental and hotels world wide

Airline Toll Free Numbers Toll free numbers for airlines around the world

US State Department Traveler Information Advisories and tips for international travelers

International Currency Converter Currency conversion and global exchange rates

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Writing & Grammar Guides

10 Steps to Preparing a Research Paper Step by step guide for successful paper completion

Indispensable Writing Resources Links to research and writing sites

Guide to Grammar Online grammar and writing guide

William Strunk Jr.'s Elements of Style This 1918 version is published on the Web by Bartleby Library

Turabian's Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations Rules of punctuation, usage, and citation of sources by Kate Turabian

Citing Electronic Resources Compiled by the Internet Public Library

Glossary of Literary Terms Look up terms and get examples of how to effectively utilize these tools

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World Wide Web Search Engines

All-in-One Search Page General and subject specific search engines

Argus Clearinghouse The best of the best

The Scout Report Site reviews and ratings

AltaVista Search the web for sites, images, audio, and video

WWW Virtual Library The Virtual Library's home page

AskJeeves Natural language question answering device

Go Network for Kids A search engine for kids and kid friendly sites on the Internet

Go Network for Kids Jr. Search engine with links for young children

AskJeeves for Kids Natural language question answering capabilities for school aged children

Yahooligans Designed to link to sites geared toward children of all ages

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Zip Codes

Zip Code Directory Look up zip codes by address or by city and state

USPS Rate Calculators Obtain postage rates

International Postal Codes Postal codes for locations around the world

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