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Ready Reference Sites - News - Government
Job Hunting and Career Information - Health, Medicine and Nutrition
Miscellaneous Reference Sites


Electronic Resources

EBSCO NoveList NoveList is a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 120,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles.

ResearchIT CT - Connecticut's digital library. A service of the Connecticut State Library, it provides access to various databases such as HeritageQuest and Wilson Biographies Online, plus full-text periodical access. To access ResearchIT CT from home, you will need your library card number.

Search Engines

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Metasearch Engines

Not all search engines retrieve the same results. For example, try doing the same search in Google and in Yahoo -- you might find that the search results differ dramatically. Metasearch engines search other search engines -- they compile the information that many search engines find into a single list of results.


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Ready Reference Sites

Refdesk Refdesk contains links to hundreds of other reference sites. The links in the columns on the left and right sides of the page are particularly helpful if you are looking for a quick answer to a question.
Internet Public Library - Searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 14,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness.
Bartleby.com At Bartleby, you can search many classic reference sources, including the American Heritage Dictionary, the Columbia Encyclopedia, Roget's Thesauri, Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, the King James Bible, Gray's Anatomy, Post's Etiquette, Strunck's Elements of Style, Bulfinch's Mythology, the Oxford Shakespeare, and many more. Users can also search poetry anthologies and classic works of literature.

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Note that some news sites require you to register in order to view articles.

Local news: Hartford Courant, Bristol Press, New Britain Herald, Torrington Register Citizen, Waterbury Republican-American,

National/International News: New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, Newsweek, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC

Connecticut Network - Your State, Your Government, Your Network. It is managed and operated for the Connecticut General Assembly by Connecticut Public Affairs Network.

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State government:
State of Connecticut Home Page
Connecticut General Assembly
State Representative John Piscopo
2016 Major Issues Report
State Senator Beth Bye
U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal
Connecticut Open Data

Federal Agencies:
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Bureau of the Census
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Central Intelligence Agency
Defense Department
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Trade Commission
Food and Drug Administration
Government Printing Office
Department of Homeland Security
Internal Revenue Service
Patent and Trademark Office
Social Security Administration
State Department
Supreme Court
U.S. Postal Service
White House
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet

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Job Hunting and Career Information

Connecticut links:
Hartford County Jobs
Connecticut Department of Labor
Connecticut Job Bank
State of Connecticut Employment Opportunities
Connecticut Reemployment Portal
Job & Career ConneCTion
Manufacturing Centers have been located at three community colleges to meet the state's manufacturing workforce needs: www.commnet.edu

General links:
Career One Stop Tool Kit
Employment Guide
Indeed online job search
Job Bank USA
Occupational Outlook Handbook (from the Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Salary information

Internships and student jobs:
Resort Jobs
Summer Jobs

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Health, Medicine and Nutrition

General health information:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Dr. Koop
Family Doctor
Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network
Household Product Database: health and safety information
Mayo Clinic
MedlinePlus Ebola page
National Center for Health Statistics
National Institute of Mental Health
National Women's Health Information Center
Travel Health Online
Getting the right help for Opioid Dependence or Withdrawal

Drug information:
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
MedlinePlus Drug Information


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Small Business Resources

www.decd.org Small Business Express Package
Job Expansion Tax Credits for small businesses

Miscellaneous Reference Sites

Project Gutenberg Full-text of more than 10,000 books, mainly older literary works that are no longer in copyright in the United States.
CIA World Factbook Comprehensive and up-to-date information on every country in the world, maintained by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Biography.com Biographical information on over 25,000 people from throughout history.
Online Conversion Conversion tables for various units of measurement.
Dictionary.com Free, searchable dictionary and thesaurus. Also includes links to other reference sites.
Snopes.com The truth behind urban legends.
Flags of the World Pictures of and information about the flags of the world.
How Stuff Works Learn how everything works!
Internet Movie Database Everything you always wanted to know about movies.

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