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Looking for good, accurate information online but not sure where to turn? Check out our compilation of online resources below. All have been vetted by a degreed librarian so you know you are getting the very best current information out there. 

Health

www.FamilyDoctor.org – Operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

www.Cancer.gov – Official site for the National Cancer Institute.

www.Healthfinder.gov – Sponsored  by the Department of Health and Human Services.

www.MayoClinic.org – Provides patient information to the general public.

www.MedlinePlus.gov – Consumer health information from the National Library of Medicine.

www.NIH.gov – Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

www.KidsHealth.org – Sponsored by the Nemours Foundation to provide doctor-approved health information.

[www.RefSeek.com – A guide to the 25 best online resources for medical reference; it is a search engine that can search more than one billion documents, web pages, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers – most of the websites listed above are included here].

http://www.pdr.net/browse-by-consumer-monograph-name/  – Physician’s desk reference to drug guides and information.

 

 General Reference, Teaching, and Learning

www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/virtualref.html  – The Library of Congress provides access to a rich, diverse, and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire, and engage you in your intellectual and creative endeavors.

www.ala.org/rusa/sites/ala.org.rusa/files/content/BestFreeReferenceWebsites2017.pdf – A document  listing the best website winners of 2017.

www.brightpips.com/best-reference-websites-help-kids-learn-study – Fantastic reference websites that are great for kids, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, and reference sites.

www.archives.gov/research/start/online-tools.html – The National Archives site.

www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/50-awesome-search-engines-every-librarian-should-know-about – Lists 50 meta-search and multi-search engines.

http://www.easybib.com/guides/students/writing-guide/ii-research/a-finding-sources/ – Lists tools that are designed to help find different types of sources.

https://www.reference.com/ – Answers to general reference queries.

 

Investments, Financial Planning, and Money Management

https://www.kiplinger.com/article/investing/T023-C000-S002-best-places-to-get-investment-advice.html – Websites, blogs, and newsletters for recommendations about stocks, bonds, funds, and more.

https://www.moneycrashers.com/best-stock-market-investment-news-analysis-research-sites/ – Competent and comprehensive stock market investment research and analysis.

https://www.fool.com/how-to-invest/2012/09/10/10-indispensable-websites-for-investors.aspx – Identifies and ranks the 10 most indispensable websites (many which are free) for investors.

http://fortune.com/2017/12/07/investors-guide-2018-roundtable/ – Best investment advice for 2018 from Fortune Magazine.

https://www.fool.com/podcasts/answers/?source=awin&awc=12195_1524601533_707d741fb7df1f2836ba2ebd9e13fd0a&utm_source=aw&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=78888 – Motley Fool podcasts answering questions on saving, spending, and planning.

https://www.mymoney.gov/Pages/default.aspx – Learn about the “money 5”: earn, spend, save and invest, and borrow; created by the federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission.

 

Nature and the Environment

https://www.treehugger.com/ – A popular destination for up-to-date green news, with a focus on technology, design, and green living. The stated goal of  the site is to “drive sustainability mainstream,” and its easy-to-read content and catchy titles can get even the average person interested in the environment.

https://grist.org/ – An online magazine (a veteran in the environmental media landscape since 1999) which focuses on environmental news and commentary, with a humorous and ironic twist.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/ – This environmental section is chock full of gems from top news to stunning photos; check out the “climate change science quiz” that tests your knowledge on how the change in climate is affecting the environment.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/section/green – A vital part of the Huffington Post, HuffPostGreen explores all things ecological, from breaking news to animal stories.

https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/ – This independent global campaigning nonprofit works to protect and conserve Mother Earth while promoting peace at the same time.

http://www.earthshare.org/ – EarthShare was founded in 1988 by America’s leading national environmental and conservation organizations with a clear mission: to connect workplaces with environmental causes.

https://www.epa.gov/students – Provides K-12 students and educators access to quality homework resources, lesson plans, and project ideas to learn and teach about the environment.

https://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/earth-environ.jsp – A collection of lessons and web resources aimed at classroom teachers, their students, and students’ families; most of these resources come from the National Science Digital Library.

https://www.nature.org/ – The Nature Conservancy has always strived to ensure that people can thrive along with the landscapes we love; work is grounded in science and they use science to tell us what we need to focus on to ensure our planet can survive without destroying the resources on which we depend.