Helpful Links

Books and Literature

ALA - Recommended Reading
List of links to ALA's literature award winners and various notable reading lists for all ages, sorted by age group.  Includes listings of Caldecott Medal Books, Coretta Scott King Award Books, Newbery Medal Books, and much more.

Barnes & Noble Review
An online publication that brings readers smart and useful appraisals of books, music, and DVDs, as well as essays, interviews, and other features.

Center for the Book in the Library of Congress
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invites people of all ages to discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read. Includes links and information to Library of Congress Literacy Awards, Books that Shaped America, Letters About Literature, suggested reading lists, and more.

The Children's Book Council
The Children's Book Council (CBC) is the national nonprofit trade association of children's book publishers in North America, dedicated to supporting the industry and promoting children's books and reading.

Fantastic Fiction
The Fantastic Fiction website, maintained by Fantastic Fiction Limited, a small family run company based in Lancashire, UK, contains bibliographies for over 50,000 authors and information on over 600,000 books. It is also a good source for series information.

Helping Your Child Become a Reader
The booklet includes activities for families with children from infancy through age 6. Most of the activities make learning experiences out of the everyday routines in which you and your children participate. Most use materials that are found in your home or that can be had free-of-charge from your local library. The activities are designed to be fun for both you and your children as you help them to gain the skills they need to become readers. First published in January 2000, revised 2002 and 2005, by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Communications and Outreach, it is in the public domain.  [Also available from this page is a link to the website/document in Spanish.]

Library of Congress National Book Festival
The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities. Over its 16-year history, the National Book Festival has become one of the pre-eminent literary events in the United States. The festival is funded by private donors and corporate sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy.

Oregon Authors
The Oregon Authors Information Clearinghouse was established to provide access to information and resources about authors living in Oregon. It is maintained by the Oregon Authors Committee, a standing committee of the Oregon Library Association whose charge is to collect and preserve bibliographic data on Oregon authors. Allows browsing by name, city, or genre.

Oregon Book Awards
The Oregon Book Awards and Fellowships honor the state’s finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in genres of poetry, fiction, drama, literary nonfiction, and literature for young readers.

Reading Rockets - Launching Young Readers
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

Series & Sequels - Adults & Youth
What's Next® helps you search fiction in series. A "series" being defined here as two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits. The What's Next® database was developed, and is maintained, by the Kent District Library in Michigan.

Series & Sequels - Juveniles & Young Adults
Mid-Continent Public Library in Missouri's Juvenile Series & Sequels' database contains over 36,000 books in 4,900 series titles that are classified into three audiences: juvenile easy (for birth through 2nd grade readers), juvenile (for 2nd through 6th grade readers), & young adult (for 6th through 12th grade readers).

Series & Sequels - Young Adults
Browse alphabetical lists of authors or series names at the Bettendorf Public Library (Iowa) Teens' Page.

What Should I Read Next?
Enter a book you like and the site will analyse their huge database of real readers' favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.

Young Reader's Choice Awards
The Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award is the longest running children's choice award. The award was established in 1940 by a Seattle bookseller who believed every student should have an opportunity to select a book that gives him or her pleasure.

 

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General Reference

AcademicInfo
AcademicInfo is an online education resource center with a plethora of online degrees, online courses and distance learning information from a selection of online accredited schools. Their mission is to provide free, independent and accurate information and resources for prospective and current students (and other researchers).

American FactFinder
American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys.  You can use American FactFinder to find statistics about population, housing, economic and geographic data. You can also view a list of U.S. Census Bureau products; create reference and thematic maps and search for specific data. You can print and download data.

Answerland
Formerly known as L-net: Oregon Libraries Network, Answerland is an online reference service of Oregon libraries to everyone who lives, works or goes to school in Oregon.  You may chat live with a librarian, text or email a question.

Child Safety on the Information Highway
20th anniversary edition, 2013.  This guide was originally written in 1993 for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). This is the first complete re-write that reflects not just changes in technology but what we’ve learned from all the great research of the past decade. And yes, the name is dated, but think back to the early 90’s when people really were talking about the “Information Super Highway.”

ConnectSafely.com
ConnectSafely.org is a Silicon Valley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Here you’ll find research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy.

Consumer Information: Privacy, Identity & Online Security
Your personal information is a valuable commodity.  It’s not only the key to your financial identity, but also to your online identity.  Knowing how to protect your information — and your identity — is a must in the 21st century.  The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Consumer Information website includes some tips to do it effectively.

Energy Efficiency - SmarterHouse
SmarterHouse is the most complete and up-to-date guide available on energy savings in the home. Following a review of measures to tighten up the building shell itself, the site focuses on the things you put in it your home—including major appliances, heating equipment, air conditioning, lighting, and electronics—and how the energy use of those products can be reduced. SmarterHouse is a project of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.

FactCheck.org
FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. They are a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor 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. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

FedWorld.gov - a program of the United States Department of Commerce
In 1992, FedWorld was established to serve as the online locator service for a comprehensive inventory of information disseminated by the Federal Government.  This site is developed and maintained by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Healthy Sleep for Teenagers
"Teens are young adults, but they don’t yet sleep like adults. Epidemiologic studies suggest that most function best with at least nine hours of nightly sleep–yet few sleep that much. Nearly 90 percent of high school students don’t get enough sleep on school nights. This is unfortunate, as teens often have intense physical and mental demands that require adequate sleep. There are serious consequences for teens who don’t sleep enough: poor grades, moodiness, obesity, drowsy driving, even an increased risk for anxiety, depression, and suicide."  [From Tuck.com, whose aim is to improve sleep hygiene, health and wellness.]

Information Please
Information Please has been providing authoritative answers to all kinds of factual questions since 1938—first as a popular radio quiz show, then starting in 1947 as an annual almanac, and since 1998 on the Internet.  Information Please, a part of FEN Learning, is dedicated to providing reliable information, in a way that engages and entertains.

ipl2: Information You Can Trust
ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. The site hosted by Drexel University's College of Computing and Informatics.  Note on home page: After 20 years of service, ipl2 is now closed permanently. You may continue using the ipl2 website. However, the site will no longer be updated, and no other services will be available.

Kids Rules for Online Safety
SafeKids.com, one of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety, has some rules aimed mostly at younger children, at oldest pre-teens. Appropriate “rules” for online use vary by age, maturity of the child and family values (updated June, 2013).

KidsHealth
The most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.  KidsHealth is more than just the facts about health. As part of The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, KidsHealth also provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens.

Library of Congress
Library of Congress provides a vast online treasure trove of materials and services.

New York Public Library's Best of the Web
Websites selected the New York Public Library staff cover topics in categories such as: Arts & Humanities, Business & Finance, Children's Resources, Resources for Older Adults, Resources for Young Adults, Science & Technology, and many more.

NewsLink
Links to newspapers, broadcasters and magazines.

The Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
The Perry-Castaneda Map Collection at the University of Texas Libraries at Austin includes more than 250,000 maps with about 20% of the collection available online.

Purdue University Quick Reference
Internet sites providing links of a general nature for quick reference, maintained by Purdue University Libraries (Indiana).

Refdesk
Refdesk indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based resources.

SafeTeens.com: Internet Safety for Teens
SafeTeens.com has some postings from SafeKids.com that are directly impactful for teens.  There is also a listing of resources for youth in crisis available on the site.

Safety Advice & Tools
SafeKids.com, one of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety, has some articles and postings related to safety advice and tools.

Solid Finances
Solid Finances is series of free financial education webinars. The webinars are designed to empower you to take control of your finances by improving your knowledge of personal finance topics. The sessions will be taught by faculty from the University of Idaho, North Dakota State University, and Montana State University.  Although the series is free, registration is required.

Virtual Privacy Lab
Learn about privacy topics and generate a custom privacy toolkit geared towards your online needs at the San Jose Public Library Virtual Privacy Lab. Toolkits include links, tips, and resources that empower you to customize your online identity. Email or print your privacy toolkit for future use.

 

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Government

Government Resources on the Internet
Woodward Library at Austin Peay State University (Tennessee) has a list of resources that represent some of the best available tools for locating texts, statistics, media, and other forms of primary and secondary government information sources from around the globe.

IRS
U.S. Department of the Treasury's Internal Revenue Service.

Oregon.gov
Oregon.gov is the front door to Oregon's state government. This site was created with the citizen's perspective in mind. Its navigation is organized by customer need or "theme", not by the state's organizational structure. No longer will citizens need to know which state agency provides a particular service or type of information in order to find what they need.

Oregon Electronic Titles (OrNet)
OrNET is a monthly listing of new titles added to the Oregon Documents Repository, March 2006-January 2015.  Titles are listed by the month they are added to the Repository.

Oregon Revised Statues - 2015 Edition
The Oregon Revised Statues are the codified laws of the State of Oregon.  The ORS is published every two years. Each edition incorporates all laws, and changes to laws, enacted by the Legislative Assembly through the odd-numbered year regular session referenced in the volume titles for that edition.

Oregon State Archives
Links on the Oregon State Archives public information server, including Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) and the Oregon Blue Book.

Oregon State Library
Mission - The State Library provides leadership and resources to continue growing vibrant library services for Oregonians with print disabilities, the Legislature and state government, and all Oregonians through local libraries.

US Federal Government Agencies Directory
USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state, and local government web resources and services.

 

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Library Catalogs

Library of Congress online catalog
Library of Congress collections contain over 158 million books, periodicals, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources. More than 18 million records describing these collections are located in the LC Online Catalog.

Library of Congress Authorities
Using Library of Congress Authorities, you can browse and display authority headings for Subject, Name, Title and Name/Title combinations.

Sage Library System
A consortial catalog of 77 member libraries (academic, public, school, and special libraries) in 15 counties in eastern and central Oregon.

WorldCat
WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of many libraries throughout the US & the world.

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Library Oriented

7 Reasons to Read (pdf)
A list of 7 reasons to read as taken from a Huffington Post article published Oct. 12, 2013.

Classify
An experimental classification web service by OCLC.  Classify is a FRBR-based prototype designed to support the assignment of classification numbers and subject headings for books, DVDs, CDs, and other types of materials.

Fantastic Fiction
The Fantastic Fiction website, maintained by Fantastic Fiction Limited, a small family run company based in Lancashire, UK, contains bibliographies for over 50,000 authors and information on over 600,000 books. It is a good source for series information.

ISBN Converter
Converts 10-digit ISBNs to 13-digit ISBNs or 13-digit ISBNs to 10-digit ISBNs.

Northwest Central
NWCentral is the continuing education network for library staff in Oregon and beyond.

A Simple Book Repair Manual
The web version of the Simple Book Repair Manual was created by members of Preservation Services, Dartmouth College Library. Copyright 1996 the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

 

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Youth

Answerland
Formerly known as L-net: Oregon Libraries Network, Answerland is an online reference service of Oregon libraries to everyone who lives, works or goes to school in Oregon.  You may chat live with a librarian, text or email a question.

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
Created in 1996, BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper has been touted as the curator of the best free education and homework resources for students, teachers and parents.  Student topic groupings include math, science, foreign languages, English, research & reference, art & music, social studies, computer science & programming, health & physical education.

Fact Monster
Fact Monster is a kids' reference website brought to you by the editors at Information Please.  It combines essential reference materials, fun facts and features, and homework help for kids -- the contents include an encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, a homework center, and educational games.

Great Web Sites for Kids
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.

Healthy Sleep for Teenagers
"Teens are young adults, but they don’t yet sleep like adults. Epidemiologic studies suggest that most function best with at least nine hours of nightly sleep–yet few sleep that much. Nearly 90 percent of high school students don’t get enough sleep on school nights. This is unfortunate, as teens often have intense physical and mental demands that require adequate sleep. There are serious consequences for teens who don’t sleep enough: poor grades, moodiness, obesity, drowsy driving, even an increased risk for anxiety, depression, and suicide."  [From Tuck.com, whose aim is to improve sleep hygiene, health and wellness.]

ipl2: Information You Can Trust... For Kids
A kid's interface to the ipl2: Information You Can Trust, which is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment.  The site is hosted by Drexel University's College of Computing and Informatics.  Note on home page: After 20 years of service, ipl2 is now closed permanently. You may continue using the ipl2 website. However, the site will no longer be updated, and no other services will be available.

ipl2: Information You Can Trust... For Teens
A teen's interface to the ipl2: Information You Can Trust, which is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. The site is hosted by Drexel University's College of Computing and Informatics.  Note on home page: After 20 years of service, ipl2 is now closed permanently. You may continue using the ipl2 website. However, the site will no longer be updated, and no other services will be available.

Kids Ahead
The Kids Ahead program is an initiative to increase the number of middle school kids with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competencies and interests. The Kids Ahead program is part of a larger national initiative being led by Southern Methodist University aiming to improve STEM skills in young people.

Kids Rules for Online Safety
SafeKids.com, one of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety, has some rules aimed mostly at younger children, at oldest pre-teens. Appropriate “rules” for online use vary by age, maturity of the child and family values (updated June, 2013).

KidsClick!
KidsClick! is a web search site designed for kids by librarians -- with kid-friendly results.  Originally created by a group of librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library System, as a logical step in addressing concerns about the role of public libraries in guiding their young users to valuable and age appropriate web sites, KidsClick! is owned and run by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University.

Multnomah County Library Homework Center
An Internet subject directory consisting of web sites and web pages that specifically concentrate on K-12, homework-related subjects. Web resources included on this site are reviewed by librarians from Multnomah County Library.

SafeTeens.com: Internet Safety for Teens
SafeTeens.com has some postings from SafeKids.com that are directly impactful for teens.  There is also a listing of resources for youth in crisis available on the site.

Safety Advice & Tools
SafeKids.com, one of the oldest and most enduring sites for Internet safety, has some articles and postings related to safety advice and tools.

STEM-Works
The STEM-Works team developed a Web portal that supports volunteers that are working in their local communities to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in our nation's youth.  STEM-Works is sponsored by the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education at the Southern Methodist University and the Director of Defense Research and Engineering within the Department of Defense.

Tips for Getting Girls Involved in STEM
Science and engineering play a huge role in how we learn about the world and develop ways to advance our well being. While the United States is known for its higher education compared to other leading nations, we lack in educating engineers and scientists. One of the big reasons that the United States has fallen behind in science and engineering is that not enough is being done to encourage females to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). It is important that we find ways to encourage females to explore careers in STEM.

 

                    - links last checked: 11/30/16  &  updated: 8/21/17 -