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Biography

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Biographies of 300 women who changed the world, and whose contributions have endured through the ages, from Encyclopedia Britannica.
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Biography Index is a bibliographic database that cites biographical material appearing in periodicals indexed in other Wilson Company databases, current books of individual and collective biography, and incidental biographical material in otherwise non-biographical books. Biographical subjects indexed range from antiquity to the present and represent all fields and nationalities.
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This project offers students and teachers an innovative approach to learning about the role of Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central and South American women in U.S. history.  The interactive website uses sound, animation, photographs, timelines, biographies and links to primary and secondary sources to tell stories about those who shaped America's past and present.

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The most comprehensive site on the Internet for presidential resources. The alphabetized subject headings are linked to most of the sites on the web that have information about the Presidents of the United States. The purpose of this site is to provide researchers, students, teachers, politicians, journalists, and citizens a complete resource guide to the U.S. Presidents.

Colleges & Universities

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ACT provides educational and career planning for students and teachers at all levels.
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At this site, from the Education & Social Science Library at the University of Illinois, you will find links to many college and university ranking services, along with cautionary notes and a discussion of the ongoing controversy over rankings.
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This website from the U.S. Department of Education offers consumers information on colleges in an easy-to-use format. It provides information on nearly 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the U.S. and allows comparisons of up to four institutions in one view.
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This website offers students information about financial aid, free college scholarships, SAT and ACT test preparation tips, and colleges and universities throughout the United States.
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Information on finding a college, applying to college, financial aid information, and college cost calculators.
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From The Wall Street Journal, this website includes advice on planning for college and graduate school, managing money, getting a job, and success in the real world.
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A virtual library of 34,714 worldwide college and university catalogs in original page format.
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From the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, this website allows users to search and compare profiles of over 7,000 colleges and universities in the United States.
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Student guide to financial aid for higher education, including scholarships, loans, and other types of aid, as well as a financial aid calculator.
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The Get-Recruited program aims to bring students together with colleges, universities, graduate schools, and professional schools and help them identify the scholarships and financial aid for which they may qualify.
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Graduate School Guide is a tool for college students to quickly locate schools offering the programs they want in locations throughout the United States and Canada.
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Offers information on college search and selection, test preparation, and financial aid, and also online services for essay editing and instruction as well as resume writing.
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An independent online source for free college scholarship searches and financial aid information.

Consumer Information

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The Better Business Bureau is dedicated to fostering fair and honest relationships between businesses and consumers. At this website you may browse consumer tips, file complaints and read business reliability reports.
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The Consumer Action Handbook, from the Federal Citizen Information Center, provides answers to common consumer questions or problems.
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Consumer Guide features articles with expert ratings and reviews to provide information about many kinds of products, including automotive and travel products and services.
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Consumer World is a non-commercial guide with over 2,000 useful consumer resources.
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This site aggregates reviews of many different products from a variety of online publications and provides ranking and descriptions of all the top reviews.
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Ratings and reviews for a wide variety of products written by and for consumers.
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The FCIC is a government resource that provides answers to questions about the Federal Government and everyday consumer issues.
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Whether you're starting a new job, getting married, switching to the Mac or have decided to live a green lifestyle, you'll find the help you need at First30Days.
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FirstGov for Consumers is a portal to a broad range of federal information resources for consumers available online.
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Articles containing advice and warnings about financial topics, products, and scams, from the Federal Reserve Board.
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Publications with advice on avoiding scams and rip-offs, as well as tips on other consumer topics, from the Federal Trade Commision.

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Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is a nonprofit consumer organization with a two-part mission -- consumer information about and consumer advocacy for privacy protection.
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The XE.com Universal Currency Converter performs interactive foreign exchange rate calculations using live, up-to-the-minute currency rates.

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Thesauri & Quotations

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Answers.com provides free access to 4 million topics from over 100 dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, and more.
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Bartleby.com is an online reference library featuring both contemporary and classic works of reference, verse, fiction, and nonfiction.
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This tenth edition contains over 11,000 searchable quotations and was the first new edition of John Bartlett's work to be published after his death in 1905.
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The Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia database indexes over 25,000 records, covering an array of topics. Full text for each record may be easily accessed by double clicking on the topic from the display. The database contains various images, offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library delivers a wealth of eBook reference content in a database format, including multi-volume encyclopedias, biographical collections, business plan handbooks, company history compilations, consumer health references, and specialized reference sources on a variety of subjects.
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This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.
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The Oxford English Dictionary is the authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 600,000 words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 3 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals, to film scripts and cookery books. Users can find information on earliest recorded use (including citations), etymology, and changes in spelling.

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Containing 35,000 synonyms and over 250,000 cross-references, this thesaurus features word definitions and a linked category index.

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Scholarpedia is a free peer -reviewed encyclopedia written by scholars from all around the world. While the initial authorship and review processes are similar to a print journal, articles in Scholarpedia are not frozen and outdated, but dynamic, subject to an ongoing process of improvement moderated by their curators.

Genealogy

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Search Ellis Island passenger records and genealogy resources.
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Genealogy, family trees and family history records online.
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Census Finder is a tool designed to help locate websites that offer free census records online.
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A categorized index of genealogical resources on the internet.
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A collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records. Registration required.
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A selective list of resources available to family historians at The New York Public Library.
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Create your own private family website. Subscription required.
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Searchable records from the U.S. National Archives.

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RootsWeb.com is a free genealogy community the purpose of which is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.
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The USGenWeb Project is a volunteer effort to provide websites with links for genealogical research resources in every county and state of the United States.

Health

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The CDC National Prevention Information Network is the U.S. reference, referral, and distribution service for information on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis. This site includes fact sheets and statistics, as well as information on funding, treatment, and clinical trials.
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DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs. This information includes FDA approved labels (package inserts). This Web site provides health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts.
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Search over 650,000 licensed doctors by name or specialty in any state, city or zip code at this website from the American Medical Association.
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Clear, concise medical and health information written and reviewed by doctors and healthcare professionals at the American Academy of Family Physicians.
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This website provides searchable health information from the National Institutes of Health, as well as links to health databases and hotlines.
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HealthWorld features information, products, and services for natural health, wellness, self-care, and alternative medicine.
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From the National Library of Medicine/NIH, a comprehensive site with medical resources including a full-text encyclopedia, medical dictionaries, videos, links to external organizations, directories of doctors, hospitals and credentials, consumer health libraries and publications, and data on clinical research studies.

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Merck & Co. publishes The Merck Manual Home Edition medical reference book. The searchable, full-text version is available online for free.
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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site has information about substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment, including research, statistics, publications, and referrals.
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The National Library of Medicine (NLM), is the world's largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.

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NOAH provides access to high quality full-text consumer health information in English and Spanish that is accurate, timely, relevant and unbiased. The resources on NOAH are selected by librarians and health professionals.
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stickK promotes healthier and happier living by helping people achieve their personal goals through the signing of Commitment Contracts.
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WebMD provides timely health information, interactive tools for health management, and community support features like message boards and blogs.

Libraries & Library Catalogs

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Search libraries and library catalogs in the New York City area and worldwide.

New York City Resources

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From the Brooklyn Public Library, a comprehensive list of Brooklyn-themed websites, books and movies.
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Door-to-door subway and bus directions and maps for New York City. You can also search for places to eat, drink, sleep and see in the City Guide.
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Online resources for the history of New York City, both general and borough-specific, from the New York Public Library.

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New York City visitor information, history, local news, maps and online reservation systems.
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The official government website of New York City.
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Short histories, facts and resource lists documenting Brooklyn's vibrant and diverse neighborhoods.

News Resources

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Links to newspapers and databases selected by Brooklyn College Librarians.

Opinions

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Polls from 2005-present from ABC News.
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Polls from 2003-present from the AP and Ipsos, a global survey-based research group.
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The current year's polls from CBS News.
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Fox News polls from 2005 through the present.
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Searchable database of Gallup poll results since 1935, and analysis articles since 1997. Subscription fee required for the majority of the content, though some recent content is available for free.
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An annotated guide to polling data from around the world, from the Association of College & Research Libraries.

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Begun in 1963, The Harris Poll weekly column is a proprietary survey conducted by Harris Interactive measuring public opinion in the United States on a wide variety of topics.

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The Kaiser Family Foundation public opinion polls on health issues from 1994 through the present.
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Polls from the Los Angeles Times newspaper from 2005 through the present.
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Polls from 2002 through the present, from the New York Times newspaper.
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NORC is a national organization for research at the University of Chicago, established in 1941.
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Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is the premier database covering social issues, such as Gun Control, Genetic Engineering, Censorship, Endangered Species, and Terrorism. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center brings together viewpoint articles, contextual topic overviews, government and organizational statistics, biographies of social activists, court cases, profiles of government agencies and special interest groups, newspaper and magazines articles, as well as links to more than 1,800 reviewed and subject-indexed web sites. It takes its name from the renowned Opposing Viewpoints print series published by Greenhaven Press, an imprint of the Gale Group.
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The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan organization that conducts public opinion polling and social science research to provide information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.
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This tutorial offers a simplified overview of the fundamentals of public opinion polling.

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Public Agenda is a research organization that aims to help the public learn more about critical policy issues, and help American leaders better understand the public's point of view.
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A searchable database of poll questions from a variety of American polls from the 1960s through the present, from the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina.
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The SRC, at the University of Michigan, has undertaken interdisciplinary social science research involving the collection or analysis of data from scientific sample surveys for the past 50 years.

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Polls on a variety of topics from 1999 through the present.
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News articles and analysis pieces written about Washington Post polls from 1997 through the present.
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Polls from Time Magazine and the research organization SRBI from 2004 through the present.
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Zogby International has been tracking public opinion since 1984 in North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

Research Help

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Resources for research, writing, and study, selected by Brooklyn College Librarians.

Telephone & Email Directories

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Google Maps allows you to map an address or location in map or satellite image view. You can also get customized driving directions, and find local businesses.
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Superpages features online yellow pages searchable by keyword, business name, and location. Online white pages are also available, to search for people by name, address, and reverse phone number.
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Switchboard searches for people, businesses, area codes, zip codes, as well as a reverse phone search.
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Yahoo! People Search allows you to search for U.S. phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses. It also features a reverse phone number search.

Travel, Maps and City Guides

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"The ultimate fieldtrip resource": this website compiles enjoyable and educational places to visit in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.
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Budget travel information and vacation guides to destinations around the world.
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CheapTickets provides a large selection of low fares, accommodations, customizable vacation packages, cruises, rental cars, condo rentals, and last-minute trips.
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From this website you can research, plan, and book an entire trip, including airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, and cruises.
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Google Maps allows you to map an address or location in map or satellite image view. You can also get customized driving directions.
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Door-to-door subway and bus directions, maps, and city guides for New York City, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco and Chicago.
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Kayak is a travel search engine which searches hundreds of other websites in real time for travel deals on airfares, hotels and rental cars.
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Charming and offbeat travel advice and information from the people responsible for the quirky Lonely Planet guidebooks.
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Maps and door-to-door directions available online or over a mobile device (some mobile options are fee-based).
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Mobissimo is a meta-search engine; it retrieves and displays prices from over 157 different sites across the world in real-time based on your search criteria.
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New York City's official tourism website has visitor information, an events calendar, and hotel booking.

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Travel discounts, including airline tickets, hotels, car rentals, and vacation packages.
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An airport directory with information about dozens of airports in the U.S. and abroad, from terminal maps to transportation options.
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This website provides information about planning visits to U.S. Federal recreation sites and making campground/tour reservations. You may search for recreation areas by state, activity, agency, or map.
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This website, from the publishers of the Rough Guides travel books, provides destination information and traveler reviews.
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Find travel information and book flights, hotels, vacation packages, and more at this website.
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Transportation rules and restrictions from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, including information on security checkpoints and permitted airline carry-on items.
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The XE.com Universal Currency Converter performs interactive foreign exchange rate calculations using live, up-to-the-minute currency rates.
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Location maps, available in map or satellite view, as well as driving directions and life traffic information.

Tutorials

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What the library has to offer.
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Get books from other CUNY colleges.
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Shows library computer facilities.
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How to find and check out books.
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Shows services and facilities available in the Music Library.
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How to locate the historic maps, photos and artifacts in Special Collections.
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See the various services of the Library - reference, media, Archives and Special Collections, reserves, printing, circulation.
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Video showing collections and locations.

Weather

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Weather forecasts, radar, and weather reporting from AccuWeather for the entire United States and more than two million international locations.
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From the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, this website provides facts and advice on coping with extremely hot weather.
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From the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, this website provides facts and advice on dealing with winter weather.
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From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this is the official website of the National Weather Service. The site includes weather warnings, forecasts, and radar as well as climate information.

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Current weather conditions and forecasts for New York City and over 60,000 cities worldwide.
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Provides real-time weather conditions, including animated radar, and forecasts for over 60,000 U.S. and international cities.
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Weather forecasts, reports, and radar for over 77,000 locations worldwide from The Weather Channel.