Internet Sites (other than Inglewood Public Library)

Here you'll find a list of websites recommended by your librarians for accuracy and usefulness, arranged by subject. BE CAUTIOUS -- The Inglewood Public Library is not responsible for the content, quality, or accuracy of any materials referenced or linked through the Inglewood Public Library website. By using this website, you acknowledge and accept that the Library is not responsible for any materials stored on other Internet sites, nor it is liable for any inaccurate, defamatory, offensive, or illegal materials found on other Internet sites, and that the risk of injury from viewing, hearing, downloading, or storing such materials rests entirely with you, the user. Links to other sites on the Internet do not constitute an endorsement of the Inglewood Public Library; it is the responsibility of the user to evaluate the content, quality, and accuracy of materials or information obtained from other sites.

HOT SITES! Need tax forms? Look for the IRS or the California Franchise Tax Board under the "Government" links below. Court forms? Look for California Judicial Council under "Law".

If you need assistance in accessing these Internet sites, please contact the Main Library's Adult Reference Desk when we are open at (310) 412-5380, or e-mail us. Thank you!

 

Art and Architecture

Cities and Buildings Database
A collection of digitized images of buildings and cities drawn from across time and throughout the world, available to students, researchers and educators on the web. These have all been scanned from original slides or drawn from documents in the public domain. They are freely available to anyone with access to the Web for use in the classroom, student study, or for individual research purposes. Researchers can search for buildings by country, city, style, title, architect, date of construction, as well as other fields.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Inglewood Open Studios
Every year dozens of local artists invite the community into their homes and studios to show you what they've been up to! Inglewood Open Studios is an artist run event, co-hosted by Inglewood artists and local nonprofit Inglewood Cultural Arts (ICA). The two day studio tour takes place in November. In addition to the tour, Inglewood Open Studios also features a group show, which includes work by all participating tour artists. Support your local artist!
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Biographies

4000 Years of Women in Science
Includes biographical information on over 125 women astronomers, physicists, mathematicians, chemists, natural philosophers, inventors, writers, etc. The information ranges from the type of science and birth and death dates to several paragraphs with photo and links.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
A digital collection of over 50 published works by 19th century black women writers. A part of the Digital Schomburg Collection, this website provides access to the thought, perspectives, and creative abilities of black women as captured in books and pamphlets published prior to 1920. A full text database is keyword-searchable; each individual title as well as the entire database can be searched to determine what these women had to say about "family", "religion", "slavery" or any other subject of interest to the researcher or casual reader.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Bio
Search through thousands of paragraph-length biographies of notable personalities from antiquity to the present, from the Bio Channel. Searchable by name of person. Entries include dates, pronunciation guides, the gender, alternate spellings of the name, and other relevant biography links.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Biographies of Women Mathematicians
An ongoing project by students in mathematics classes at Agnes Scott College, in Atlanta, Georgia, to illustrate the numerous achievements of women in the field of mathematics. There are biographical essays or comments on most of the women mathematicians and some photos.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Dead People Server
"Remember whats'er name? She played the girl in that dumb movie with whoziss. Whatever happened to her? Specifically, is she dead yet?" The Dead People Server is a list of interesting celebrities who are long dead, newly dead or everyone thinks they're dead. You can search the whole database or browse the names or years one at a time.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Find a Grave
A directory of the locations of the graves of thousands of people with many photographs. Browsable by name, location, and claim to fame, and searchable by first or last name. There are also links to cemeteries, funeral homes, and other related subjects. There is an extensive bibliography included.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

S9 Biographical Dictionary
This website includes more than 25,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day. The dictionary can be searched by names, birth years, death years, positions held, professions, literary and artistic works, miscellaneous achievements, and other keywords, and you can edit or correct it.
Available anywhere through the Internet; you will need to register to make changes.

For additional links, please check our pathfinder on Finding Biographical Information!

Business and Finance

American Association of Individual Investors
From the beginning, AAII has answered the question, "Where can you go to get unbiased facts and effective knowledge about investing?" Dr. James Cloonan founded AAII in 1978 because he believed that individual investors armed with effective investment education materials and a bit of dedication could outperform the popular market averages. Over thirty years later, the 150,000 members of AAII report investment returns that are consistently higher than those of the stock market as a whole. AAII's Shadow Stock and Mutual Fund Portfolios (real portfolios used to teach members about investing) have had lower risk scores and better returns than the S&P 500 for the last 10 years. AAII is a nonprofit organization that arms individual investors with the education and tools they need to build wealth. From stock investing to financial planning and retirement funding, AAII covers all your needs with hundreds of articles and analysis.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Company Spotlight
For 23 years, PrecisionIR has been providing investors with annual reports for the world's top publicly-traded companies. We are now have aggregated content (video, PowerPoint, Webcasts, and more) for over 30,000 companies and are offering it to you for free. Searching by name or ticker symbol will lead you directly to the company you are looking for. You can also browse by sector, region, or stock exchange. Throughout the site, our Recommendation Engine will suggest companies you might be interested in. Company Spotlight also can cross-reference companies in the same sector, access multimedia content, and even contact companies directly.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

County Business Patterns
County Business Patterns (CBP) is an annual series that provides economic data by industry. This series includes the number of establishments, employment, and payroll. This data is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for other statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses. Businesses use the data for analyzing market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets. ZIP Code Business Patterns data are available shortly after the release of County Business Patterns. It provides the number of establishments by employment-size classes by detailed industry in the U.S. These two programs cover most of the country's economic activity based on establishments. Data for 2010 were released in June 2012.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Investopedia
The Investopedia sources articles from nearly 200 writers located around the world with expertise ranging from active trading to frugal living and everything in between. Whether they’re frugal consumers with loads of unique tips, financial professionals who want to spill the beans about how to succeed on Wall Street, or experienced day traders with an eye for all things technical, our readers want to hear the real-life experts’ side of the story. This site includes a dictionary, video, tutorials, market analysis, and hundreds of articles on investing.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

MarketWatch
MarketWatch, published by Dow Jones, tracks the markets with more than 16 million visitors per month. The site is a leading innovator in business news, personal finance information, real-time commentary and investment tools and data, with dedicated journalists generating hundreds of headlines, stories, videos and market briefs a day from 10 bureaus in the U.S., Europe and Asia. MarketWatch is part of The Wall Street Digital Network, which includes WSJ.com, Barrons.com, AllThingsD.com, BigCharts.com and VirtualStockExchange.com.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

The Motley Fool
Founded in 1993, The Motley Fool is a multimedia financial-services company dedicated to building the world's greatest investment community. Reaching millions of people each month through its website, books, newspaper column, television appearances, and subscription newsletter services, The Motley Fool provides financial solutions for investors of every kind. Whether it's analyzing the latest earnings reports or helping investors find the next home run stock, the Fool's award-winning website publishes hundreds of articles each week. Fool.com offers news, analysis, and commentary; the Fool's groundbreaking stock-rating service provides unique insights into what Motley Fool community members (as well as more than 100 professional Wall Street firms) think about the stocks investors own. More than 5,000 stocks carry a rating from one to five stars, making the Fool's CAPS site a must for investors seeking new ideas (or a second opinion on their investments). From buying a home to dealing with taxes, and from managing credit-card debt to saving for retirement, Fool.com's Personal Finance Center provides actionable advice to help members save more and spend smarter.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

TheStreet
TheStreet is a digital financial media company; their mission is to provide actionable ideas from the world of investing, finance and business in order to break down information barriers, level the playing field and help all individuals and organizations grow their wealth. TheStreet offers tools and insight needed to make the best decisions about earning, investing, saving and spending money. Since its inception in 1996, TheStreet has distinguished itself from other financial media companies with its journalistic excellence, unbiased approach and interactive multimedia coverage of the financial markets, economy, industry trends, investment and financial planning.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

For additional links, please check our old pathfinder on Finding Grant Information!

Cooking and Home Repair

Good Housekeeping
This website for the popular magazine includes many hints for cleaning and decorating, home organizing, etc. Readers can add their own comments or solutions.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Speed Cleaning Rules
Popular home cleaning expert Jeff Campbell shares the tricks used by his "Clean Team" about how to clean and avoid clutter.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Education and Schools

Online College Database
OnlineCollegesDatabase.org provides links to colleges, universities, community colleges and vocational schools at the local, city and state level. Federal and state government data sources used include the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census, and the American Fact Finder. Find whose graduates get the highest salary after graduation, and the tuition you will pay.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Online Schools
Are you interested in getting a degree online (also known as distance learning)? This excellent resource will help you find a school by state, by degree or by subject. You can also read what online students think of their school, an online library of different subjects, and discussions about distance learning and how to find a job with an online degree.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Government Documents and Websites

Benefits.gov
Benefits.gov was launched to provide citizens with easy, one stop access to government benefit and assistance programs. The site's core function is the eligibility prescreening questionnaire or "Benefit Finder." Answers to the questionnaire are used to evaluate a visitor's situation and compare it with the eligibility criteria for more than 1,000 Federally-funded benefit and assistance programs. Each program description provides citizens with the next steps to apply for any benefit program of interest.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

California State Agency Databases
An annotated list of all the informational databases available from the State of California; look up a law, a bill, a current legal case, find available state jobs or contracts, check the license of a doctor, nursing home, auto mechanic, and much, much more. Even find a shipwreck or make a map!
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Export.gov
Export.gov brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist businesses in planning their international sales strategies; resources include market research and trade leads, export finance information, and agricultural export assistance. Export.gov was created to provide better customer service for businesses interacting with the Federal Government; the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration manages Export.gov as a collaborative effort with the 19 Federal Agencies that offer export assistance programs and services.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Federal Digital System (FDSys)
Nearly 80% of all Federal Government information is now online; find it here! Search the Code of Federal Regulations, Presidential documents, the United States Code and opinions of all Federal courts, read the Federal Register, the US Budget, economic data, and literally millions of other documents, databases, maps and other resources of your nation. Provided by the Government Printing Office.
Available anywhere through the Internet. You will need to have Adobe Reader for the many .pdf files which can be downloaded or printed.

Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER)
FRASER preserves and provides access to economic and banking data and policy documents. To this end, various types of documents have been digitized, including publications of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, publications of District Federal Reserve Banks, statements and speeches of Fed policymakers, archival materials of Fed policymakers, government data publications, statistical releases, Congressional hearings, and many books.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Franchise Tax Board (FTB)
Here is where you can file your California state taxes online, check on your refund, pay installments, download forms and instructions, calculate renter's credit and much more. You can even chat online directly with an FTB advisor. To go directly to forms for this tax year or previous years, click here.
Available anywhere through the Internet. You will need to have Adobe Reader to print out tax forms.

GovTrack
Use GovTrack to keep tabs on your representatives in Congress and some state governments, or to research pending legislation that might impact your life or business. Get updated automatically on the progress of bills, hearings and votes in Congress and many state legislatures.
Available anywhere through the Internet; you will need to register to receive updates on legislation by e-mail.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Here is where you can file your Federal taxes online, check on your refund, pay installments, download forms and instructions, and much more. To go directly to forms for this tax year or previous years, click here.
Available anywhere through the Internet. You will need to have Adobe Reader to print out tax forms.

Legislative Source Book
A collection of pathfinders and guides to finding government and legal information. The Legislative Source Book is a project of Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C.'s Legislative Research Special Interest Section.
Available anywhere through the Internet. You will need to have Adobe Reader for the many .pdf files which can be downloaded or printed.

This Is My Vote
Find out about voting and voter registrations laws in all 50 states, including recent news on voter suppression laws. Sponsored by the NAACP.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

THOMAS
Find information about current and past bill and resolutions in the United States Congress, read the Congressional Record of daily activities, and search for treaties, thousands of hearings, and much more! Provided by the Library of Congress.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Health and Medicine

ClinicalTrials.gov
ClinicalTrials.gov is an official US registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies using human participants around the world. The database currently lists over 140,000 studies with locations in all 50 states and in 182 other countries.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Covered California - California Health Insurance Exchange
Millions of Californians will be able to choose affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage offered through Covered California™ after January 2014. Covered California is a new marketplace where you and your family may get financial assistance to make coverage more affordable and where you will be able to compare and choose health coverage that best fits your needs and budget. By law, your coverage can't be dropped or denied even if you have a pre-existing medical condition or get sick. You may have thought you couldn't afford health insurance, but Covered California will provide the tools for you to shop for health insurance that meets your health care needs and financial realities.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Drugs.com
Drugs.com is the most popular, comprehensive and up-to-date source of drug information online. Providing free, peer-reviewed, accurate and independent data on more than 24,000 prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines & natural products, you can find helpful tools, wallet size personal medication records, mobile applications and more.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

HealthCare.gov - Federal Health Insurance Exchange
Here is the new website of the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare)...their mission is to help you understand your new health coverage options so you can enroll in a plan that works for you and your family. If you run a small business, they will also help you find a health insurance plan that works for you and your employees. This site will provide you with a personalized list of coverage options, content tailored to your situation, and a checklist to help you get ready for the new insurance exchanges; when open enrollment starts on October 1, 2013, you’ll be able to use this site to apply, compare plans, and enroll. California families can also use Covered California, just above.
Available anywhere through the Internet, accessible on mobile devices and tablets; includes a 24/7 online chat for customer service.

Medline Plus
Many health sites on the Internet can be unreliable, so we recommend MedlinePlus, a website from the National Institutes of Health for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

History and Geography

CIA World Factbook
The Central Intelligence Agency gathers a multitude of facts about countries throughout the world, and publishes the information in its World Factbook. The web page includes a map and small flag of each country, as well as statistical data, description of the government, lists of political and pressure group leaders, economic information, military status, membership in international organizations, and territories currently in dispute.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Country Fact Sheets
Brief information on countries of the world and their relations with the United States, with links to more comprehensive individual country pages.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Organization of American States
The OAS is the world's oldest regional organization. Its basic purposes are to strengthen the peace and security of the continent; to promote and consolidate representative democracy, with due respect for the principle of nonintervention; to prevent possible causes of difficulties and to ensure the pacific settlement of disputes that may arise among the members; to provide for common action on the part of those States in the event of aggression; to seek the solution of political, juridical and economic problems that may arise among them; to promote, by cooperative action, their economic, social and cultural development, and to achieve an effective limitation of conventional weapons that will make it possible to devote the largest amount of resources to the economic and social development of the members.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

United Nations
The United Nations is an organization of sovereign nations. It provides the machinery to help find solutions to international problems or disputes, and to deal with pressing concerns that face people everywhere. This page includes information about the organization and its member states, and links to global information sources.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

For additional links, please check our old pathfinder called Finding Information on Countries!

Internet Search Engines

Ask
Instead of websites, Ask.com searches for answers to question...look for information and you may get a website, or a direct answer from one of Ask.com's other users.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Google
Google is the undisputed king of the simple Internet search. Find websites here by typing words into the search box; you can limit searches to news, videos, images; find addresses or driving directions on maps, look at locations with the amazing Street View, sign up for free webmail, create documents and much, much more. For scholarly articles, scientific papers and legal cases, try Google Scholar.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is an amazing librarian-created compilation of files and websites. Search here for millions of videos, musical recordings, audio, online books, television shows, etc. Some projects of the Internet Archive include the Wayback Machine, where you can visit websites from the past, even long-lost websites from the 1990s; the Open Library, with over 20 million books (over a million online); and Open Education, which includes thousands of free educational courses and lectures.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Yahoo
While Google is best for simple searching, Yahoo is more like a full-service network. You can sign up for webmail, read the news, check a horoscope or the weather, find a website by subject, compare prices for goods or plane tickets, access cable television listings, look for a house or a job, play online games, and more.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

For additional links, please check our old pathfinder on Internet Searching!

Jobs and Grants

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
The Catalog is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities which provide assistance or benefits to the American public. It contains financial and nonfinancial assistance programs administered by departments and establishments of the Federal government.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

FinAid - The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid
Provides links to websites about scholarships, loans, grants, military aid and savings programs.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

The Foundation Center
An independent nonprofit information clearinghouse established in 1956. The Center collects and organizes information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects. The audiences that call on the Center's resources include grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public. The site includes a number of practical guides to proposal writing and grantseeking.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

The Grantsmanship Center
The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles is the world's leading source of fundraising training and information for the nonprofit sector. Since it was founded in 1972, TGCI has trained more than 65,000 agency staff in grantsmanship, program planning, and fundraising.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Idealist
Idealist connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live dignified and productive lives. The organization works through the Internet and through local chapters to promote and facilitate collaboration, volunteerism and investment in support of these goals, with lists of green and nonprofit jobs, and volunteer and educational opportunities.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

For additional links, please check our old pathfinder on Finding Grant Information!

Legal Resources and Cases

California Judicial Council Forms
The most common and useful court forms, including pleadings, small claims, probate, civil and criminal motions, family law. Many forms and instructions are available in multiple languages.
Available anywhere through the Internet. You will need to have Adobe Reader to print out court forms.

The Law Student Guide to Free Legal Research on the Internet
An excellent website with links to dozens of free legal resources. Sponsored by the Free Law Coalition and maintained by Sarah Glassmeyer, a librarian and professor at the Valparaiso University School of Law.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Locating the Law
An excellent locally-produced document on how to do legal research and understand legal citations. Produced by the Public Access to Legal Information (PALI) Committee of the Southern California Association of Law Libraries.
Available anywhere through the Internet. You will need to have Adobe Reader to read or print out this booklet.

Research Guides in Law
A wonderful list of legal and government websites, organized by topic, explaining how to research certain issues and where to find answers online. Maintained by the Washington University School of Law.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

United States Patent and Trademark Office
The Patent and Trademark Office is the Federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. Start here to search for a patent or trademark, to read up on the newest inventions, or to learn about patent and trademark laws.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Literature and Writing

Digital Copyright Slider
Is it protected by copyright? This slider will tell you what the rules are for different works, depending upon when they were published and if copyright was registered.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

GoodReads
Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world, with more than 14,000,000 members who have added more than 470,000,000 books. Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, find their next favorite book, form book clubs and much more.
Available anywhere through the Internet.

Science and Mathematics

ArXiv - Free Research Papers
Open access to nearly a million scholarly papers published since 1991, with hundreds added every day. Subjects include physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics. The papers can be searched by author, title, and subject keywords. Hosted by the Cornell University Library.
Available anywhere through the Internet; registered users can submit their own articles. You will need to have Adobe Reader for the .pdf files which can be downloaded or printed.

Especially for Seniors

50something Info
50somethingInfo.com is a search engine created and maintained to enhance the lives of those who are fifty or better. It is simple to use; the screen is easy to read. The information is reliable, fresh, and continuously updated by research librarian Sue Levine and the 50somethingInfo team. It is not influenced by advertisers. When you type in the name of something you want to buy, or have been wondering about, or just want to know, we will give you the right amount of clear, reliable information.
Available anywhere through the Internet.