Ready Reference Resources

These resources have been selected by the Reference Staff at the Eldredge Public Library.  They are a list of suggested websites for popular reference subjects. 

College Search
The College Board features online registration for SAT and help with essay preparation.  Gives profile information for colleges.
Apply to colleges online, or find information about schools and financial aid.
A database of scholarships and grants.FS
Online version of the federal financial aid form (FAFSA).
Common application for undergraduate college admissions.
An annual ranking of colleges according to U.S. News & World Report, and a database that can be searched for specific criteria.
Help with financial planning.
College directory, etc.
College directory and more
The Princeton Review
Department of Education, FAFSA information.
Occupational Outlook Handbook and training needed for various jobs.
Directory to information and more
College newspapers
View profiles and find information about the Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts.

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Consumer Information

Kelley Blue Book – Get values for new and used vehicles.
The NADA guides online give new and used values for cars, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles and more.
Edmunds offers values for new and used cars, vehicle comparisons, car reviews and more.
Trying to find a new or used car to buy on Cape Cod?  Try this website before hitting the pavement.
Autotropolis helps consumers research automobiles, find dealerships and more.
Insurance institute for Highway Safety is especially useful for its motor vehicle ratings.

Price comparisons and reviews.
Compare cell phone rates, plans and companies.
Compare prices and products for online products.
Offers comparison shopping services.
CNET offers pricing and availability of computer products.
Digital camera reviews and comparisons.
Online auction for new and used items nationwide.
Find new and used items for sale locally.
Provides free shipping options.
Video game deals.
View historical Amazon prices to make sure you are getting a good Amazon deal.
This is a nonprofit movement of people giving and getting things for free within their community to help keep things out of the landfill.



Do you need to check on an Internet Business?
Better Business Bureau

Do you need to report Internet Fraud?
Internet Fraud Complaint Center

File a consumer complaint
State Attorney General Office

Federal Trade Commission

Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs (or call toll free 888-283-3757)

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Official website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts tax forms.
Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
Massachusetts Trial Court Law Library – Links to Mass laws, regulations and cases.

United States
Don't miss this site!  Contains just about everything government related.
United States Government official web portal with links to government services, information and resources.
U.S. House of Representatives web site.  You can search for members by state.
U.S. Senate web site.  You can search for members by state.
U.S. Department of Justice web site.
Official White House web site.
The Internet's most comprehensive source for American political biography, living and dead.
Federal tax forms and publications.
Acting under the directive of the leadership of the 104th Congress to make Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public, a Library of Congress team brought the THOMAS World Wide Web system online in January 1995.  The three major areas covered by Thomas are legislative, congressional record and committee information.
United States Code – (tax code is title 26).
Center for Defense Information (CDI) is an independent monitor of the military.
CDI operates as one of the foremost research organizations in the country analyzing military spending, policies, and weapons systems. Retired military officers and experienced civilians work together to analyze military and security issues and inform the public with unbiased facts and valid alternatives.
Federal Register.  Database for the 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 Federal Register (Volumes 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68 and 69) The Federal Register is the official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents. is a web site managed by the U.S. Department of Labor and is designed to help citizens find out what government benefits they may be eligible to receive.
Annenberg Political Factcheck monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major US political players in the form of ads, speeches, debates, interviews and news releases.
The American Presidency Project dedicated to the study of the Presidency.
Real Clear Politics provides balanced, non-partisan analysis of important news and policy issues.

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Investment and Business

Includes historical stock quotes.
Free annual reports, either online or hard copy.  Provided by Public Register's Annual Report Service.
Stock research site with links to stock quotes, profiles, charts, news, market commentary and more.
What is a recession?
Investing dictionary as well as articles and tutorials on many aspects of the market.
Great source for data, news and commentary about bonds.
Published by the Mutual Fund Education Alliance, this site provides information and investment tools.
Independently created research information for investors. We also have this in paper format.
Financial gateway for the individual investor.
The Public Register provides free company financials, annual reports, and more on over 3,500 public companies.
Business news, personal finance calculators and other tools and global financial market information.
Created by the Securities and Exchange Commission Office of Investor Education and Assistance, links to SEC tips and publication for people to invest wisely and avoid costly mistakes and fraud.

US Small Business Association- useful resource for small business owners.
Provided by, this site targets small business owners by offering over 3,000 'How to" guides on business and management topics.
This site helps small businesses understand their legal requirements and locate services from federal, state and local government agencies.
Thomas Register of Manufacturers online. Search for manufacturers, trace brand names. Good for business to business needs.
Database with information about and for non-profit organizations.
Better Business Bureau helps consumers find businesses and charities they can trust
Your source for real estate values and sales.
Dun and Bradstreet is a leading global provider of business decisioning data and analytics.
Yellow and white page directory, including a criss-cross directory.
Verizon super pages telephone directory.
The Warren Group, parent company of Banker and Tradesmen is a leading source for real estate and financial data, analytics and market insights.
Thomas Register is the go-to resources for product sourcing and supplier selection.

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Job Search
Regional specific job postins.
Cape Cod Technology Council.  Career opportunities in Technology from Plymouth to Provincetown.
Cape Cod Times job postings
Cape and Islands career center
Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Search for jobs and post your resumes.  Monster connects companies with qualified career minded individuals. will combine with Yahoo hotjobs in early 2011.
A giant web site that searches more than 50 other web sites for jobs.
Like Career Builder, this sites allows you to search different job banks for jobs nationwide.
Along with job skill coaching and training, this site offers links to professional networking organizations.
Search engine for job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages.
The guide to learning, living and working overseas.
Search salary information by job and location.  Evaluates wage in context of local cost of living factor.
Occupational Outlook Handbook. Employment statistics and projections by industry and profession.
Glassdoor is the worlds most transparent career community that is changing the way people find jobs. They offer a growing database of 6 million reviews, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, company benefits and more that is entirely shared by employees. They also list job opportunities.
ZipRecruiter is a leading online job search engine.



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Massachusetts Law
Massachusetts Trial Court Libraries.  The law library consists of seventeen public law libraries located across Massachusetts.  This web site has two primary goals: to assist the public in taking advantage of the services of the Law Libraries and to guide users to other resources on the web that may be valuable in conducting legal research.  This site includes Code of Regulations, court rules, Mass General Laws, Mass cases, Federal laws and laws from other states.
Massachusetts State website contains Mass General Laws.
Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.  Find information on Massachusetts lawyers, including disciplinary action.

Barnstable County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

United States Law
FindLaw includes cases and opinions from U.S. Supreme, Federal and District courts.  (also see:
Law Library of Congress web site.
Supreme Court Opinions is made available through Cornell University.
Cornell University has a very easy to use website for the US Code.
Official government site for the US Code and Code of Federal Regulations
United States Court of Massachusetts decisions since Nov. 2001.

General Law Information
Laworld is a network of commercial law firms from around the world.
Legal information for common legal disputes, arranged by topic.  Also offers legal information in Russian and Spanish.
American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging.  Their mission is to strengthen and secure the legal rights of elders.

Lawyer Locators
Click on lawyer locator on left side of screen.
Legal information from LexisNexis.
Lawyer Directory web site.
Look at Commonly Asked Questions on the left side of screen.

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 Transportation Security Administration.  This travelers section of the website is for security related requirements for trips on public transportation.  It includes security screening information and what you can bring on an airplane.
Google Maps not only gives written directions and a map to your destination, you can request locations of restaurants, hotels, news and entertainment.
Bureau of Consular Affairs offers information for those planning to travel outside the U.S.
Travel guides and more.
Travel guides and more.
Looking for interesting vacation ideas?
Discount flight, hotel, car rental and vacation packages.
Trip information
Discount flight, hotel, car rental and vacation packages.
Discount flight, hotel, car rental and vacation packages.
International travel and vacation packages.
Discount flight, hotel, car rental and vacation packages.
Compare rental deals.
Resource for the Independent Traveler, including hostels, eurail passes, etc.
 Connects renters with property owners worldwide.
 Book vacation rental properties.
 Travel deals to the Caribbean
 Source for travel deals

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Citing Internet Sources
 Chicago-style citation quick guide.
 MLA formatting and style guide.
 Based on MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
 Automatically generates citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian and more.

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MGH Treadwell Library
Treadwell Library at Massachusetts General Hospital is the largest hospital library in Massachusetts and also one of the largest in the United States. 

Medicine Net
Since 1996, a network of U.S. board-certified physician writers and scientists have provided relevant, easy-to-read, in-depth medical information for consumers via their robust, user-friendly, interactive web site.

American Heart Association


National Library of Medicine
This web site has access to Medline, MedlinePlus, PubMed, clinical trials and more.

Healthfinder is a free gateway to reliable consumer health and human services information developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Healthfinder can lead you to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public.

Herbmed is an interactive, electronic herbal database, which provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health.

Mayo Clinic Oasis
The Mayo Clinic Health Oasis is a source of reliable health information from the Mayo Clinic.

Web MD

Physicians Desk Reference Health
Drawing  information from the PDR, the PDR Health site provides information for prescription drugs, OTC medications and herbal supplements.

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy o9f Pediatrics has a wonderful parent-friendly website with KidsDoc Sympton Checker to answer some of your questions based on body part and symptom.

March of Dimes
Pregnancy and Newborn Health Education site.

Center for Disease Control
The Center for Disease Control offers health information for all ages and stages, traveler's health, workplace safety, diseases, emergency preparedness, Covid-19 and much more.

National Vaccine Information Center
NVIC publishes information about vaccination and health to encourage educated decision-making.

Dr. Greene
Dr. Greene offers info in pediatric medicine and health with a focus on green living.

Looking for Doctor Information?

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Find a plastic surgeon in your area, or check on your doctor's certification.

American Board of Medical Specialties
Check on the certification of a medical specialist.

American Medical Association
The official site of the American Medical Association.  This site has a “doctor finder” which lists doctors who are members of the Association, their specialty, where they studied, etc. 

AIM Doc Finder
This site is from the Association of State Medical Board Executive Directors to find licensed doctors in participating states (Massachusetts is not included, but there is a link to the Massachusetts Medical Board)

Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure
At this site you can check on the license of Massachusetts professionals, including dentists.

A non-profit company whose purpose is to combat health related frauds, myths, fads and fallacies.

Nursing Homes

Nursing Home Evaluations
A division of the Department of Public Health has made these nursing home survey's available to the public to evaluate the quality of care provided by the State's medicare and medicaid certified nursing homes. Local nursing homes are included.

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Book Reviews - Book reviews and author interviews - Book reviews and author information
Look for a book, read the first chapter – Under "Book News" choose PrePub Alert to see what's coming. – Look up the book, and scroll down.  Most books have reviews included. – New York Times book reviews. - Digital edition to BookList. - A good place to find what to read next.

Reading Guides

(check the publisher's website; a few are listed below)

Harper Collins - 

W. W. Norton and Company -

Penguin Putnam –

Random House –

Knopf Doubleday -

Macmillan Press -

Simon & Schuster – 


Reading Group Guides -

Reading Group Choices -

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Town of Chatham.  Includes town department information, reports, zoning map, housing assessments, pay bills online, etc.
Chatham Chamber of Commerce and Merchants Association
Eldredge Public Library
Atwood House Museum and Chatham Historical Society
Outermost Harbor Marine.  Includes tide and weather information.
 Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is raising awareness about white sharks as a keystone species of the ocean ecosystem.
Stage Harbor Marine.
Tide and wind information for boaters.
Current and historical weather log for Chatham.,MA/map_v
Chatham real estate listings
Official First Night Chatham website.
Historic Chatham is a cooperative effort among Chatham's many museums and organizations focused on history.
Chatham Food Pantry
Chatham Community Center
Chatham Housing Authority

Cape Cod
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
 Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce web site geared toward people looking to make the Cape their permanent place to work or live.
Cape Cod information.
Cape Cod Commission is a land-use planning and regulatory agency for Barnstable County.
Cape Cod Commission transportation information center.
Cape Cod National Seashore
Joint Base Cape Cod
Public Transportation on Cape Cod
Click Cape Cod is a guide to the Cape & Islands for residents and visitors.
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Walking trails on Cape Cod
Nationwide directory of farmer's markets, small family farms and organic food sources.
 Source for fresh, local and in-season food on Cape Cod, including farmers markets
 Explore dog friendly Cape Cod
Cape Cod Tide Chart

Magazines And Newspapers
Cape Week features weekly happenings on Cape Cod and the Islands, part of the Cape Cod Times.
Cape Cod Chronicle Newspaper - local news
Cape Cod Times Newspaper
 Cape Codder Newspaper - local news