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Frequently Used Links


FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid):
Access the online application to connect students to federal student aid to help when paying for higher education.

IRS Forms & Publications: Access tax forms needed for the filing process.

Medicare : Signup for Medicare, read about what Medicare covers, and find doctors, hospitals, and other services that work with Medicare.

Social Security: Apply for a Social Security card (or change the information on your card) and learn about Social Security retirement benefits.

TRAIL List of Texas Agencies: List of each current Texas state agency with links to their websites.


Film and Television

AFI (American Film Institute): Designed to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, honor artists, and education the next generation of storytellers.

FilmSite: Access the lists of the greatest films, oscar winners, history of film, directors and stars, and more from the award-winning website for film buffs, students, moviegoers, and fans of film.

Internet Movie Database: Access information on movies and actors, view trailers, search showtimes, find news information and box office results, and more in the definitive guide on movies and TV shows.

IPL Movie "Reference" Page : Locate listings on awards, databases, film festivals, film making, history, movies, and more with more than 100 resource listings.

Movies.com: Ultimate source for everything movies including movie trailers, reviews, photos, times, tickets, and more. You'll also find movie news and cast interviews.

Texas Film Commission: Assisting filmmakers since 1971 with a complete range of film-related services and facilities from pre-production through post-production. This commission covers film, television, commercial, animation, visual effects, and video game industries in the state.

Fine Arts

Art History Resources: Provides access to great links on the history of art, and also includes links to museums around the world.

Artcyclopedia: Focusing on fine art painting and sculpture, this site compiles a comprehensive index of every artist represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources.

The Center for Contemporary Arts: Providing enriching and educational experiences for the region's communities through the promotion an support of artists and serving 26,000 individuals annually.

Dallas Museum of Art: Official website to locate information on art exhibits, programs, visiting the museum, upcoming events for all ages, and more.

Getty Publications Archive: Access a free digital backlist of titles from this archives collection.

The Guggenheim Museum: Access 205 art books for free and as a download.

MetPublications: Portal to the Met's comprehensive publishing program with over 1,500 titles, including books, online publications, and "Bulletins" and "Journals" from the last five decades.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature: Located in Downtown Abilene and offering visual and verbal literacy celebrating the best original art published in children's literature.

Music

ASCAP Index: Association of more than 300,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music.

Billboard: Access current information on the music that's blazing the music charts currently, as well as archived lists. Listen to clips of music, find information on festivals, get news on music and artists, and more.

Historic American Sheet Music: Provides access to digital images of over 16,000 pages of sheet music from over 3,000 pieces published in the U.S. between 1850 and 1920.

MetroLyrics: Offers a great searchable database of song lyrics, across all genres of music, with additional content on current popular songs, a top 100 list, videos, features, artist information and more.

Popular Music Index: Cites books in which sheet music can be found, serving as a good index for songs.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Your ultimate guide to learn about rock and roll and how it continues to shape our lives. Online site offers access to information on inductees, exhibits, upcoming events, a store, and more.

Theater & Dance

Dance Magazine : Online version of the magazine, known for its Young Dancer section, reviews, dance news, and features on dancers and choreographers.

Dramatists Play Services, Inc.: Representing the American Theatre by publishing and licensing the work of new and established playwrights. Offers a searchable database, but requires fees to acquire works.

Internet Broadway Database: The official database for Broadway theatre information by providing records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today. This site is searchable by performers, characters, and more.

Business Assistance

allBusiness: Provides how-to articles, business forms, contracts and agreements, expert advice, news, directory listings, product comparisons, and more.  Subsidiary of Dun & Bradstreet.

Export.gov: Information on the U.S. Government's export promotion and finance portal to deliver expert information and services from 11 government agencies.

Office of Women's Business Ownership: Provides an excellent source of information for financial assistance and grant programs available to women in business.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives): Business counselors provide free advice to small business people via email as well as in person at their local chapters. This site has plenty of resources for American small businesses.

U.S. Small Business Administration: National side offering valuable insights into starting, financing, and expanding a business as well as disaster assistance, compliance assistance, contracting opportunities, legislation, and regulations affecting businesses, as well as surviving in a slow economy.

Business News

Bloomberg Business: Delivers business and market news, data, analysis, and video to the world and also featuring stories from "Businessweek" and Bloomberg News.

Entrepreneur: One of the most widely used websites by entrepreneurs and leaders in business worldwide. As the leading small business website, this site serves its visitors' needs by creating the most satisfying experience with relevant content, logical information management, and ease of access.

Money Online: Online version of the Time Warner publication.

Consumer Services

Better Business Bureau: Find any BBB in the U.S. or Canada to locate information on businesses.

Consumer Complaints & Protection: Powered by USA.gov, this site allows you to file a complaint, get a free copy of the Consumer Action Handbook, learn how to be a smart shopper, understand credit, and more.

Consumer Information Center: Access free government publications on all sorts of consumer topics. Also provides information on scams and fraud, as well as providing links to government-related consumer sites.

Kelley Blue Book: Online site of the company offering over 80 years of authoritative car values on both new and used cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles.

NADA Guides: The site of the National Automobile Dealers Association that values new and used autos, classic cars, power sports motorcycles, and more.

National Fraud Information Center: Operated by the National Consumers League, America's oldest nonprofit consumer organization, working to protect consumers from being victimized by fraud. User can learn about scams, determine how to spot a scam, file a complaint, and more.

Nursing Home Compare: Powered by Medicare, visitors can find detailed information about the performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the U.S.

SafeCar : A site where consumers can access information regarding vehicle recalls, filing complaints, searching for complaints and investigations, identify and reporting problems, and more as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Texas Department of Insurance ~ Consumer Protection:
State department offering information important to consumers including a Bill of Rights, complaint information, filing complaints, credit scoring, consumer services and publications, information about companies, and more.

Texas Lemon Law: Access information available online if experiences problems getting your new vehicle to operate the way it should. With information on eligibility for using the law, the complaint process, and vehicle ownership tips, this site will help you determine what steps you can take.

U.S. Consumer Gateway: A U.S. government site offering access to a broad range of federal information resources available online. It is also designed to be able to locate information by category.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Offers information on products, safety education, recalls, the reporting of unsafe projects, regulations and standards, and more.

Databases & Directories

Bureau of Labor Statistics : Unequaled for economic statistics including labor market, hours and earnings, Consumer Price Index, and Producer Price Index.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: Federal government assistance programs for individuals, organizations, and businesses.

Consumer Price Index: Hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards containing lists of historical CPI's as well as information on how to use the CPI and how the CPI is calculated.

Texas Economic Development Business Research: Providing timely information on doing business in Texas including economic and demographic data, analyses and information on industries, and communities statewide.

Thomas Industrial Buying Guide:
Locate manufacturers, distributors and service providers anywhere in the U.S. or Canada with over 67,000 product categories to choose from.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: The place to visit to find information on patents and trademarks.

Economics & Investing

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Unequaled for economic statistics including labor market, hours and earnings, Consumer Price Index, and Producer Price Index.

Consumer Price Index: Hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards containing lists of historical CPI's as well as information on how to use the CPI and how the CPI is calculated.

Texas Economic Development Business Research:
Providing timely information on doing business in Texas including economic and demographic data, analyses and information on industries, and communities statewide.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Investor Education and Assistance: Provides much valuable information including tips on online investing, a questions and answer film, investor alerts, and more.

Computer Resources

4Tests: Offering free online practice tests with exams including MCSE, MCSD, Sun Java, Windows 2000, Visual Studio, Office, and more.

Bleeping Computer: Online community providing free original content consisting of computer help and tutorials in a way that the beginning computer user will understand. Browse topics, ask questions, access a glossary of terms, and more.

Computer Help A to Z: Free website offering tips, articles, and resources to help you learn how to use a computer. Areas covered includes computer basics, hardware, software, tips, computer terms, and more.

Excel Easy: Offers tutorials to help guide you to using this software, including 300 examples to provide clearer explanations on concepts.

Finding Information on the Internet: Tutorial page offering beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses on using the Internet's resources to find information.

Learn the Net: Covers everything from Internet history to basic and advanced tutorials.

Microsoft Office Training: Provides free tutorials on how to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other program in Microsoft Office and provided by Microsoft itself. Offers help for versions dating back to 2007.

PC Support: Offering free PC and tech support for a number of areas and includes a searchable database, news stories, and more.

PERL Programming Language: Offers assistance in understanding this feature-rich programming language by providing documentation, help tools, learning tools with video, and more.

Wired : Access news stories, articles, and coverage of all things technology-related by the experts. Covers a wide variety of associated topics.

ZDNet : Starting point for those who want to read about the world of computers and technology in general.

Technology Resources

CNN Technology: Provides up-to-date news coverage in all forms of technology.

How Stuff Works : If you've ever wondered how refrigerators, DVD players, or diesel engines work then you can find those answers, and much more, at this site.

Live Science - Technology: Access current articles and videos from a renowned site designed to educate, inspire, and trigger buying decisions across an array of tech-related product and service categories.

MIT Technology Review: The leading school on technology provides a site to lead the global conversation on technologies that matter to equip people with the intelligence to understand how the world is shaped by technology.

TED Talks: Offer over 1,900 videos designed to provide you with short and powerful talks and lectures across a number of topics and subjects including technology.

College Financial Aid Resources

American Indian College Fund: Scholarship information aimed specifically at Native Americans, while also including contact information, career center help, tribal colleges, donor information, and more.

Compendium of Texas Colleges & Financial Aid Calendar: Online version of the booklet published by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation containing a list of colleges and universities in Texas.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): Access the online application to connect students to federal student aid to help when paying for higher education.

Financial Aid Toolkit: Provides federal student aid information and outreach tools for counselors, college access professionals, nonprofit mentors, and others.

GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine: Access a wealth of availble scholarships for free with no account, or signup for a free account to track scholarships, deadline, and submissions.

U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post Secondary Education: Discover information on financial aid including student loans, grants, laws, data, and how to find the information you need across a number of topics.

Homeschooling

The Home School Mom: A guide to the best home school resources available online containing over 1,500 pages of resources for new and veteran home schoolers alike with many downloads. Find information on Home School 101, high school and beyond, help by subject areas, free stuff, and more.

Texas Home School Coalition: A nonprofit offering support to home schoolers in Texas. This organization has a Christian foundation. It will not provide for information for the curriculum seeker, but will offer a directory of other home school organizations in Texas.

Educational Instituions & Agencies

American Universities: Established by the University of Florida, this page provides links to American Universities granting bachelor or advanced degrees and offering a page for each university.

Apply Texas : Learn how to apply for admission to Texas colleges online in a site offering a centralized means to apply for many institutions in Texas.

College and University Rankings: Hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this site offers links to ranking services and a discussion of rankings and their validity.

National Public School and School District Locator: Search for schools and school districts across the country. If your search does not list the school or district you're hoping for, read the Search Tips for more help.

Texas Education Agency: Provides access to education law, school data, curriculum and assessment, educational programs, accountability and accreditation, and school finance and grant information.

Standardized Testing

4Tests: Provides practice tests for all of the major standardized tests including the SAT, ACT, GED, LSAT, and more. It also includes practice tests and information for some professional licensing exams.

ETS: Educational Testing Service Network: Connects you with standardized tests, practice questions, college searches, and more

General Education Development (GED) Testing Service: Provides information and links for those interested in taking the GED.

Kaplan Educational Centers: Includes information about tests like the GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and GRE. Information is included on college entrance exams, but you'll find even more for graduate school entrance exams.

THEA: Find information on the Texas Higher Education Assessment entrance exam for colleges including registration, preparing for the exam, frequently asked questions, getting your results, and more.

TExES/ExCET: Locate information on the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards and the Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas. You'll find information about the program and services, registration bulletin, and more, as well as study guides and preparation manuals.

Varsity Tutors: Offers free practice tests for the GED, SAT, and other popular standardized test and featured on Forbes, NBC, the Huffington Post, Fox, USA Today, and CBS.

Fitness

BMI Calculator: Powered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, calculate your body mass index to measure your body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.

Exercise and Physical Fitness - MedlinePlus: From the U.S. National Library of Medicine, access a variety of health and fitness topics and the importance of regular physical activity for your overall health.

President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition: Official site designed to engage, educate, and empower all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

General Health

Go Ask Alice!: Columbia University's Health Education Program designed to connect you with health questions and answers.

Health World Online : Connecting people with alternative health options for those seeking natural solutions for your health.

Human Anatomy Online: The information Graphics Corporation produced this site to offer you a look at the human anatomy and all our systems providing 2D and 3D interactive guides.

KidsHealth: The Nemours Children's Clinics sponsor dedicated to all aspects of children's and teens' health.

Mayo Clinic Health Oasis: Offers daily news on diseases, treatments, drugs, diet, and more from one of the leading medical clinics in the world.

Merck Manual: Offers a consumers version for accessing information on medical topics, symptoms, emergencies, drug information, and news.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Check out the "Health Information and Education Programs" section for information on digestive, endocrine, metabolic, kidney, urologic, and hematologic diseases, as well as on diabetes, nutrition, and obesity.

National Library of Medicine : Online site of the U.S. National Library of Medicine to connect you with information on all medical-related issues and news.

National Organization for Rare Diseases: Designed to connect people with information on rare diseases, as well as resources for parents/caregivers seeking to help those fighting the battle.

National Women's Health Resource Center: A source for links to Internet sites concerning all sorts of women's health conditions and issues.

Texas Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology: Created to provide information about Epidemiology, selected diseases, injuries, environmental exposures, and epidemiologic investigations in Texas.

Health Conditions

(AIDS) AIDS Knowledge Base: A textbook on HIV disease from the University of California, San Francisco, and the San Francisco General Hospital to acquire information on treatment, prevention, and more.

(Alcoholism) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Provides access to the full-text of many of their publications on alcohol related research and information on the web.

(Cancer) Texas Cancer Data Center: Designed to assist the public in locating resources about the different phases of cancer care as funded by the Texas Cancer Council.

(Cancer) Herbs: From the Memorial SLoan-Kettering Cancer Center, this site provides objective information for oncologists and healthcare professions including a clinical summary for each agent.

(Colds & Flu) FluNet: World Heath Organization's information on the flu.

Health Indexes & Conditions

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Offering 24/7 coverage of diseases and conditions, healthy living, traveler's information, outbreaks, publications and more to the public.

Healthcare.gov: Find information on getting healthcare coverage, information on plans, and getting the answers you need for individuals and families.

HealthFinder: Government health site with links to resource-rich health links covering all sorts of health conditions from Acne to Zidovudine.

Nutrition & Food Safety

Eat Right: Provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improve the public's health and nutrition.

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition: Access information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on topics including recalls, outbreaks, illnesses, ingredients, news, and more.

Parenting

Baby Center: Offers information on getting pregnant, pregnancy, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, bigger kids, health, and more for parents.

Parents: Online version of the popular magazine offering you a wide range of information on all topics related to pregnancy and parenting. Also includes a baby names section, food, health, fun, summer, videos, and more.

Genealogy Associations

Federation of Genealogical Societies: Provides links for anyone interested in genealogy. The above link will provide access societies in Texas; however, you can search all states and find more information and contacts.

National Genealogical Society: Established to serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training and promoting access to genealogical records.

Texas State Genealogical Society: Organized and operated as a non-profit whose mission is to research, record, accumulate, reproduce, distribute, and circulate genealogical and historical materials.

Genealogy Miscellaneous

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet: Provides a comprehensive, categorized and cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Mary's Genealogy Treasures: Canadian site providing genealogy links to several countries and ethnic groups as well as research aides. Sections provided on the U.S. as well.

Researching Your Family Tree: A free web course in basic genealogy research. This self-paced tutorial is designed for beginning genealogists with basic computer and Internet skills.

Texas Cemeteries: Provides cemetery histories, inscription records, directions, and photographs of Texas cemeteries and burial grounds. Stories, inscription records, directions, and photographs.

Genealogy Records

National Archives and Records Administration: The nation's record keeper of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted in the U.S. federal government.

Public Information Online: Searchable database of state, national, and international online public records including property, criminal, court, birth, death, marriage, and more. May require fees for full access.

Texas Department of Health's Bureau of Vital Statistics: Access vital records for Texas including birth and death certificates, marriage applications, and divorce records.

Genealogy Searches


Family Search: Provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, this nonprofit site allows you to search through a large collection of genealogical and historical records.

Find a Grave: A volunteer run site for locating over 121 million grave sites including famous grave sites, searching by location and date, looking at most popular searches and more.

MyHeritage: Founded by a team of people with a passion for genealogy with a vision for making it easier for people to use the Internet to discover their heritage. Register on this site to search billions of records.

Texas History

Daughters of the Republic of Texas: Founded in 1891 to perpetuate the memory and spirit of those who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas.

New Handbook of Texas:
One of the best and most authoritative sources of information on Texas history as a project of the Texas State Historical Association.

Portal to Texas History: Serving as a gateway to Texas history materials to discover anything from an ancestor's picture in a college yearbook to a rare historical map.


United State History

The American Presidency: The Miller Center is a nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation's governance challenges.

Battlefield Vietnam: Includes a brief history, timeline, information on guerrilla tactics and air war from the PBS site.

Founding Fathers Page: Hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration, this site offers brief biographical information on the 55 delegates to the Constitutional convention.

Poetry and Music of the War Between the States: Offers both Union and Confederate music and poetry written during and after the War.

Jobs & Careers

Career OneStop: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor that includes America's Career InfoNet, America's Job Bank, and America's Service Locator.

Federal Jobs Digest:
Online version of the magazine which reports worldwide Federal vacancy announcements and news of Federal hiring.

Indeed: Search engine for finding jobs, allowing job seekers to find jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards, including Career Builder and Monster.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Online version of the Department of Labor publication providing information on job fields, training, education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, and more.

Texas Workforce Commission: State government agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas.

Citizenship

International Rescue Committee: Organization responding to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helping people to rebuild their lives in new countries, while supporting refugees with immigration assistance and local resources.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Obtain information on U.S. citizenship, acquiring a green card, official forms, citizenship, and more.

U.S. Immigration: Obtain information on preparing for your U.S. Citizenship with a step-by-step guide to completing the Form N-400, or the U.S. Citizenship application, online.

Texas Law

Texas Administrative Code: Offers an online compilation of all state agency rules in Texas.

TexasLawHelp: An online site offering a simple, one-stop resource for free and low cost civil legal help in Texas.

Texas Legislature Online ~ Texas Statutes: Search laws on the books or pending legislation by either bill number or keyword. This site will also explain how to follow the status of a bill.

United States Government Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: Gain access to the assistance programs offered by the federal government to individuals, organizations, and businesses.

FedStats: Offers access to searchable U.S. Government statistics with up-to-date information on the statistical programs of the government.

GPO Access: A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office providing free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government.

Supreme Court Opinions: Compiled by Cornell Law School allowing you to search by topic, parties involved, or by justice who wrote the majority opinion.

Thomas Legislative Information: The Library of Congress site that makes federal legislative information freely available to the public including bill, resolutions, activity in congress, schedules, calendars, and more.

U.S. Government Information: Your one-stop site as the government's official web portal to provide access on benefits, grants, loans, immigration, passports, health insurance, and much more.

White House: The official site of the White House for the public to access information on the current administration, issues, the briefing room, weekly updates, video/photo galleries, and more.

Congress

Congressional Record: Access the the proceedings and debates of the U.S. Congress online that's searchable by date.

General Accounting Office: Government office working to improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people.

House of Representatives: Locate your state's representatives and receive information on all committees, activity, an explanation of the duties of the House, news, and more.

Library of Congress: An agency of the legislative branch of the U.S. government that serves as the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world.

Senate: Access information on your senators as well as obtain information on committees, legislation and records, statistics, session schedules, watch floor webcasts of sessions, and more.

Government Agencies

Agency for International Development: Working to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity.

Central Intelligence Agency: Portal to the agency designated to preempt threats and further U.S. national security objectives to help safeguard the secrets that keep the U.S. safe.

Consumer Product Safety Commission: Agency charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products.

Environmental Protection Agency: Designed to protect human health and the environment in the nation.

Federal Communications Commission : Responsible for regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Established to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation's financial system.

Federal Election Commission: Administers and enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act that governs the financing of federal elections.

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Designated to support our citizens and first responders to ensure and improve our capability to be prepared to respond to all hazards.

Federal Reserve System: The central bank of the U.S. founded to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system.

Federal Trade Commission : Designed to prevent business practices that are anticompetitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers.

Food and Drug Administration: Responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

General Services Administration: Tasked with the duties to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people.

Government Printing Office: The government's official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. government.

Immigration and Naturalization Service: Tasked with securing America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.

Internal Revenue Service: Provides America's taxpayers with service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.

Library of Congress: Agency of the legislative branch of the U.S. government and one of the oldest federal cultural institutions that serves as the research arm of Congress.

National Aeronautics and Space Commission: NASA's vision is to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind.

National Archives and Records Administration: The nation's record keeper of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the U.S. federal government.

National Park Service: Works to preserve the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

National Transportation Safety Board: Charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the U.S. and significant accidents in other modes of transportation - railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission: An independent agency created by Congress to ensure the safe use of radioactive materials for beneficial civilian purposes while protecting people and the environment.

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Works to protect the retirement incomes of more than 44 million American workers.

Postal Service: An independent establishment of the Executive Branch of the government that operates to provide postal services for the nation.

Securities and Exchange Commission: Designed to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.

Small Business Administration: An independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns.

Smithsonian Institute:
The world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.

Social Security Administration:
Delivers a broad range of services to deliver social security services that meet the changing needs of the public.

Veteran's Affairs: Designed to fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's veterans.

Government Departments

Dept. of Agriculture: Access information on topics, programs and services, news, glossaries and more on the department responsible for agricultural efforts in the nation.

Dept. of Commerce: Perform a search or browse by topics, access data, find news, take a tour, view photos and videos, and more on the department responsible for economic growth and opportunity.

Dept. of Defense: The starting point for finding U.S. military information online connecting you with top issues, news, contact information, photos and videos, resources, history, and more.

Dept. of Education: Access information on student loans, grants, laws, data, and more.

Dept. of Energy: Learn about energy saving methods, public services offered, news, and more.

Dept. of Health and Human Services: Responsible for enhancing and protecting the health and well-being of America, access information on medicine, public health, social services, and more.

Dept. of Homeland Security: Access news stories, frequently requested pages, associated forms, careers, and more from the department whose mission is to secure the nation.

Dept. of Housing and Urban Development: Your one-stop site when it comes to learning about home ownership, renting, and more.

Dept. of Interior: Connects users with information relating to working towards protecting and managing the nation's natural resources and cultural heritage.

Dept. of Justice: Access information from the department that enforces the law of the nation. Search up-to-date news and videos, resources, the Action Center features, and more.

Dept. of Labor: Connecting people with current information on disability resources, employment laws, health plans, benefits, unemployment, retirement, and more.

Dept. of State: Responsible for shaping and sustaining a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability everywhere.

Dept. of Transportation: Access information from the department charged with the well-being of the transportation system in the nation.

Dept. of Treasury: Responsible for maintaining a strong economy and financial system by managing the U.S. Government's finances and resources.

Voting/Election

League of Women Voters: Offers up-to-date voter information and provides tools to get involved in the democratic process at the federal, state, and local levels.

Project Vote Smart: Non-partisan, non-special interest funded site tracking the performance of over 13,000 political leaders including the president, congress, governors, state legislators, and more.

Vote411: A one-stop-shop for election related information providing nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information.

Taxes

IRS-Charities & Non-Profits: IRS site that allows you to search the IRS' database of exempt organizations by city, state, and name.

IRS Forms & Publications: Access all tax forms needed for the filing process through a searchable database.

Texas Government

Texas League of Women Voters: A nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences policy through education and advocacy.

Texas Legislature Online: Access the online portal for information on bills, amendments, statutes, information on the House of Representatives, and more.

Texas Online: Provides links to offices and officials for the state of Texas, including links to just about everything you need to know dealing with the Lone Star State.

General Reference

Acronym Finder: A searchable database containing common acronyms and abbreviations about all subjects, with a focus on computers, technology, telecommunications, and the military.

Calculators Online Center: Offers access to calculators for everything you could want to count including loans, fractions, graphing, percentage,
temperature, area, and more.

Dictionary.com: Find definitions, synonyms, and antonyms from a number of sources as well as a translating feature.

Online Conversion: Convert just about anything with thousands of units offering millions of conversions.

Texas Almanac: Provides selections from the Texas Almanac about all things related to the Lone Star State since 1857 and searchable by topics, towns, perform your own search, and more.




Languages

duolingo: A free site to help you learn a second language that is effective, user-friendly, and fun. Free apps are also available for Androids, Apple devices, Windows, and Kindle Fires.

Google Translate: Offers a free online language translation service that instantly translates text and web pages and supporting a number of major languages.

Statistics

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Unequaled for economic statistics including labor market, hours, and earnings, Consumer Price Index, and Producer Price Index.

CIA World Factbook: Contains plenty of detailed information on the geography, demographics, government, and economies of countries, territories, and regions of interest to the U.S.

Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics: Health statistics, including births, deaths, and marriages/divorces. Includes links to information on obtaining birth/death certificates, epidemiology, and more.

U.S. Census Bureau: Department providing information on the makeup of the nation concerning population, demographics, geographic information, and more.

U.S. State Fact Sheets: Provides information on population, per-capita income, earnings per job, poverty rate, total number of jobs, unemployment rate, and more.

Book Reviews

Bookpage: Online edition of a monthly book review publication distributed to more than 450,000 readers who subscribe through bookstores and public libraries; includes author interviews too.

Modern Library's Best 100: Provides a list of the top 100 books, the 100 best novels, the 100 best nonfiction titles, and more. Discover great ideas on books to read.

Publisher's Weekly: Access reviews in all areas of reading, and for all reading levels, from one of the leading news magazines targeting publishers, librarians, booksellers, literary agents, and readers.

Electronic Resources

Project Gutenberg: Offers over 49,000 free eBooks from works that are in the public domain. Read them online or download them to keep forever.

Representative Poetry Online: An online anthology of 4,800 poems in English and French by over 700 poets and spanning 1,400 years.

Reference Tools

Fantastic Fiction: Provides bibliographies for over 30,000 authors and information on more than 150,000 books. Great for finding new books, viewing the order of series, finding popular reads, and more.

Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem Without Knowing its Title or Author: From the Library of Congress, use this site to locate a novel, short story, or poem without having all the information.

Math

MathVids: A website providing high-quality, instructional, and free math videos for students in middle school through college.

Archaeology & Paleontology

UC Museum of Paleontology: Presented by the University of California (Berkeley) Museum of Paleontology that make it very clear that paleontology is more than just fossils.

Astronomy

Astronomy: Online portal to the magazine offering information on news, videos, photos, blogs, and more concerning astronomy.

Hubble Space Telescope: Science center on the campus of Johns Hopkins Universities that let's you access current missions, news, education, archives, information on future missions, and more.

NASA Observatory: Online site of the organization with a mission to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about the environment, Earth systems, and climate.

Sky Online: Online site for Sky & Telescope and offering news and information on astronomy and the sky above.

Solar System: Provided from National Geographic to provide a look at the solar system using an interactive and animated graphics.

StarDate Online: Listen to StarDate Radio (the longest running science feature in the country), while also accessing facts and photos of all things celestial.

Botany

Texas Threatened and Endangered Species: A Texas Parks and Wildlife site that includes links to federal and state regulations, as well as pictures and fact sheets on many endangered species of Texas.

Wildflowers in Bloom: A cooperative project between Wildseed Farms and the Texas Horticulture Program that features photos and growing information for dozens of Texas wildflowers.

Chemistry

WebElements: Offers an online periodic table on the internet where you can click on any element to receive additional information on it.

Geology

Global Volcanism Program: A project of the National Museum of Natural History featuring volcanic activity notices and reports, lists and data on the world's volcanoes, and more.

U.S. Geological Survey: Providing science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods; the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources

Weather & Climate

AccuWeather: Access local weather forecasts, radars, maps, news, videos, and more by choosing your location.

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association:   From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, and climatemonitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA has resources for all. 

Military

DefenseLINK: Official website of the U.S. Department of Defense and the starting point for finding U.S. military information online including coverage of the different military branches, biographies of leaders in the Defense Department, news, and links to other military-related sites.

DOD Dictionary of Military Terms: A dictionary including terms from A-10 to Zulu Time to provide definitions, abbreviations, and acronyms of military terminology.

Texas Military Forces Museum: Learn about the history of Texas military units from the National Guard to World War II and beyond.

U.S. Air Force: Official site of the Air Force with the mission to fly, fight, and win...in air, space and cyberspace. Access news, information, resources, videos, recruitment information, forms and publications, and more.

U.S. Army: Official site of the Army to locate the latest news, information on leaders, media coverage, what it takes to join the army, life in the army and more.

U.S. Coast Guard: Official site of the Coast Guard, the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security, charged with safeguarding our nation's maritime interests. Access information about the organization, how to join, news, articles, and more.

U.S. Marine Corps: Official site of the Marine Corps providing information and resources on this military branch, news, photos, leaders, resources for families, community relations, and providing a great frequently asked questions section.

U.S. National Guard: Official site of the National Guard to access information on eligibility requirements, careers, benefits, basic training, enlistment timeline, videos, and more.

U.S. Navy: Official site of the Navy, whose mission is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. Access information on careers, how to join, leadership, news, and more.

Psychology

American Psychological Association: Official site of the association providing access to information on psychology topics, publications and databases, a psychology help center, news, and more.

Religion

(Christianity) All-In-One Biblical Resources Search: Find Bible translations and versions, information on ancient Biblical world, discussion lists, and Biblical resources; developed by Dr. Mark Goodacre of the University of Birmingham.

(Christianity) Bible Gateway: Search for passages and words from various versions and translations (language) of the Bible; provided by The Gospel Communications Network.

(Christianity) New Advent Catholic Website: Contains over 8,000 articles from The Catholic Encyclopedia, ancient Christian writings, and questions and answers about the religion.

(Christianity) Patron Saints Index: Provides information and profiles on over 2,500 patron saints; from the Catholic Community Forum.

(Classical) Bulfinch's Mythology: Classic work offered online that tells the stories of Greco-Roman gods, goddesses, and heroes.

(Classical) Greek Mythology: The classic work offered online provides stories of Greek myths, Olympian gods, the Titans, mortals, heroes, creatures, monsters, and more. Touted as the #1 Greek Mythology website since 1997.

(Classical) Greek Mythology Link: Provides information about divinities, myths, and events, while also offering a web pages for the site in Spanish.

(Eastern) Basics of Taoism: Starting place for Taoism on the Web offering annotated links to different pages that range from Taoism specific sites to more general Chinese philosophy pages.

(General) Religion: Offers various links form the Librarian's Index to the Internet.

(Islam) Islam 101: An educational site on Islam, it's civilization, and culture. It includes an introductory course on Islam and presents Islamic views on contemporary issues.

(Judaism) Judaism and Jewish Resources: An online resource offering resources on the Jewish faith accessible on the Internet. This site was first started in 1993 and contains a searchable table of contents.

(Judaism) Ohr Somayach Interactive: Offers a lot of information about Judaism, including an "Ask the Rabbi" tool.

(Other) Sikhism Home Page: Great place to go for background information on Sikhism including biographies, history and origins, philosophy and scriptures, and much more.

Social Services - Children

Adoption Network Law Center: Offers help and assistance for couples wishing to adopt as well as for those seeking assistance with unplanned pregnancies.

Child Welfare Information Gateway: Provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families from the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Social Services - Dasabilities

U.S. Access Board: Federal agency which develops minimum guidelines and requirements for standards issued under the American Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act, accessibility guidelines for telecommunications equipment, and more.

Social Services - Miscellaneous

2-1-1 A Call For Help: Access to information about services in the 19 counties of West Central Texas in areas including housing, food, health, financial, jobs, and transportation.

2-1-1 Texas: Access to information about services available statewide in Texas in areas including housing, food, health, financial jobs, childcare, education, mental health services, and more.

Aunt Bertha: Helps people find and connect to social services.  It’s free. It’s fast. It’s easy. It covers the biggest cities to the smallest towns. Food pantries, help paying for bills, housing, job training, the list goes on.

National Endowment for the Humanities: An independent grant-making agency of the U.S. government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs.

Social Psychology Network: Endeavors to be the largest social psychology database on the Internet where you'll find more than 20,000 links to psychology-related resources.