Research & Enrichment
British Library Sounds presents 50,000 recordings and their associated documentation from the Library’s extensive collections of unique sound recordings which come from all over the world and cover the entire range of recorded sound: music, drama and literature, oral history, wildlife and environmental sounds. The selection available here comes from the 3.5 million sounds held in the British Library.
Experience the CIA's history through its museum of artifacts, stories, and an interactive time line. The CIA's online library is rich with publications on the history of the intelligence community, declassified collections, maps, photos, and other government records. There is also a Spy Kids zone made especially for kids.
Climate Change Laws of the World and Climate Change Litigation of the World build on more than a decade of data collection by the Grantham Research Institute at LSE and the Sabin Center at Columbia Law School.
Climate Change Laws of the World covers national-level climate change legislation and policies globally. The database covers climate and climate-related laws, as well as laws and policies promoting low carbon transitions, which reflects the relevance of climate policy in areas including energy, transport, land use, and climate resilience.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. This collection maintains digital copies of photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government docments, and so much more. All of the materials found through DPLA are free and immediately available in digital format. The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions.
DigitalLearn.org is an online hub for digital literacy support and training created by the Public Library Association. The site launched in June 2013 and builds upon and fosters the work of libraries and community organizations as they work to increase digital literacy across the nation.
If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, DigitalLearn.org has the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed. Take short courses for free online, including: Intro to Email, Introduction to Google Maps, Using a PC, Internet Privacy, Applying for Jobs Online, and more.
Europeana works with thousands of European archives, libraries, and museums to share cultural heritage for enjoyment, education, and research. This digital library also provides access to millions of books, music, artworks and more- with sophisticated search and filter tools to help you find what you’re looking for.
FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics by monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania.
The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
FishWatch is maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the leading authority for managing the nation's marine fisheries, and is designed to provide accessible, science-based facts to help consumers make smart seafood choices. FishWatch will help you:
- make smart seafood choices by offering the facts about what makes U.S. seafood sustainable,
- get up-to-date information on the status of some of the nation’s most valuable marine fish,
- understand how U.S. seafood is responsibly harvested and grown,
- find tips on buying and eating seafood (recipes included) and more!
Forvo is the largest word pronunciation guide in the world and the place where you'll find millions of words and phrases pronounced in their original languages. The resource includes words you might find in a dictionary, but also names and places related to current events. Today, Forvo is the largest online reference for pronunciations with a database of nearly six million words pronounced in over 390 languages– all created and maintained by native speakers.
Google Arts & Culture is a non-profit initiative working with cultural institutions and artists around the world. Together, their mission is to preserve and bring the world’s art and culture online so it is accessible to anyone, anywhere.
I Love Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), created to spread the word about the value of today's libraries. The site promotes the value of libraries and librarians, explains key issues affecting libraries, and urges readers to support and take action for their libraries. This site is a place to learn more about the health and vitality of today's libraries, emerging trends, and current issues affecting libraries around the country, whether in public, school, academic, corporate, or institutional libraries.
The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. The library provides free, public access to a large collection of digital materials that includes websites, texts, videos, audio, software, images, and videogames, as well as public-domain books.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps, and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. It also preserves and provides access to a rich, diverse, and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage you in your intellectual and creative endeavors.
This website is a product of the congressionally-chartered Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC), which is made up of more than 20 federal entities that are coordinating and collaborating to strengthen financial capability and increase access to financial services for all Americans. MyMoney.gov includes resources for understanding finances for researchers, teachers and educators, and youth. It also includes a number of financial calculators, budgeting worksheets, and financial checklists.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal Government, only 1 - 3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests you.
The Book Concierge is NPR’s annual, interactive, year-end reading guide. With book selections made by NPR staff members and trusted critics, this resource will help you find your next great read. Mix and match tags such as Book Club Ideas, Biography & Memoir, or Ladies First to filter results and find the book that’s perfect for you or someone you love.
Use this resource to search for local jobs in Ohio or post a resume to attract potential employers. This website also includes free practice exams, computer skills training, and job-search guidance, as well as budget and money managment calculators.
Carnegie Hall in New York City has hosted 50,000 events in its three auditoriums since 1891. In 2013, Carnegie Hall staff made an online performance archive available directly to the public for the first time. Go beyond events and preview Carnegie Hall's digital collections including programs, flyers, photographs, and more.
Fact-checking journalism is at the heart of PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning website. The site's core principles are independence, transparency, fairness, thorough reporting, and clear writing. Examine statements made by members of Congress, the president, governors, mayors, lobbyists, and anyone else involved in American politics. The recently added PunditFact applies the same scale to the statements of pundits, columnists, talk show hosts and guests, and political analysts.
Psychology Today's Therapy Directory lists clinical professionals, psychiatrists, and treatment centers who provide mental health services in the U.S. and internationally. Simply provide a city, zip code, or name to search local therapists, teletherapy, psychiatrists, treatment centers, and support groups and find photos, specialties, degrees, insurance information, and more to help you make the health decisions that are right for you.
The integrity of Psychology Today's Therapy Directory relies upon its professional membership. Professionals pay a fixed monthly fee to participate and maintain accurate information while allowing professionals themselves to control their own content and to display it without fear or favor.
7 Cups is an online emotional support service that provides online therapy and free support to people experiencing emotional distress by connecting them with trained listeners. Listener volunteers trained in active listening interact with the person seeking help via an anonymous and confidential chat. There are also options for online therapists (for a fee), a mobile app, and a portal for Questions & Answers regarding mental health topics.
Find current travel information on the official Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website including information about passports, passport forms, and passport processing updates. You can also find information regarding travel visas, international travel, intercountry adoption, and more.
Consular Affairs (CA) is the public face of the Department of State for millions of people around the world. CA is responsible for the welfare and protection of U.S. citizens abroad, for the issuance of passports and other documentation to citizens and nationals, and for the protection of U.S. border security and the facilitation of legitimate travel to the United States.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment, and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics- from science to business to global issues- in more than 100 languages.
360 Degrees of Financial Literacy is a national volunteer effort of the nation’s Certified Public Accountants to help Americans understand their personal finances and develop money management skills, focusing on financial education as a lifelong endeavor.
This website offers general information for managing personal finances and does not recommend specific financial actions. It includes free financial calculators for situations like college savings and morgage loans, as well as Q&A with financial advisers.
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