Our Reference Librarians have compiled lists of helpful web sites. Click on a topic to go to that section:
- Arts & Music
- Business & Finance
- Computer | Consumer
- Education | Food
- Health | History
- Jobs & Careers
- Law | Literature
- Movies & TV
American Council For the Arts -
The national arts policy organization.
Artcyclopedia - A guide to art and artists in museums worldwide
ArtScene - Online guide to art galleries, museums, current exhibitions and events in Southern California.
AllMusic Online - Comprehensive source of music information from band biographies to album reviews to track listings.
Billboard Online - Daily music news, charts, reviews, artist of the day and more.
Historic America Sheet Music - Over 3000 pieces from 1850 to 1920 are presented, along with their full-color cover art and ads. Search for specific criteria such as subject or date, or browse by cover.
National Jukebox - The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge.
NPR Music - NPR offers insight to the worlds of Pop, Rock, Folk, Classical, Jazz, Blues, World and Urban music. They offer new articles, interviews and reviews. An A to Z listing of artists is also available.
Orange County Arts Source -
Arts resources for Orange County CA, includes links to Arts organizations, an arts calendar and what's new in Orange County.
Timeline of Art History - The Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and exploration of the history of art from around the world. The Timeline now extends from prehistory to 1600 A.D., through to present day.
Better Business Bureau -
Provides consumer and business guidance and information on dispute resolution.
California Business Portal - This site has information you need to start and file a business entity in the State of California. In addition, you can access information relating to business entity and other statutorily required filings, trademarks, service marks, UCC financing statements and Notary Public Commissions.
City of Huntington Beach Business License - The City's Business License page lists businesses in Huntington Beach and gives information on how to obtain a license.
Edgar - This official Securities and Exchanges Commission site offers annual reports and 10-K statements of all publicly held companies.
Entrepreneur Magazine's Small Business - Includes everything you need to start and run a business . Lists businesses for sale, and forms for all business activities.
Europages - European Business Directory serves mainly companies in European communities who wish to trade beyond their national borders. The directory lists 150,000 selected companies from 25 countries.
Fortune 500 - List of Fortune 500 companies.
GlobalEdge - A directory of international business resources categorized by specific orientation and content.
GreenBiz.com is the leading source for news, opinion, best practices, and other resources on the greening of mainstream business.
Hoovers Online - Database of information on more than 50,000 of the largest or fastest-growing public and private U.S. companies. Information provided includes company address, number of employees, key people, financial data, news items and selected Web links to company Web site, SEC filings, and current stock prices.
NAICS Lookup - The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is replacing the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. SIC codes are still being used but NAICS will be the standard in the near future.
Small Business Association -
The U.S. Small Business Administration,
established in 1953, provides financial, technical and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses.
US Patent and Trademark Office - Site to search US Patents and TrademarksBack to Top
CrashGrear– CrunchGear is a blog covering gadgets, computer software and hardware, cell phones, gaming and etc.
CNET is the place for tech product reviews, news and price comparisons, free software downloads, daily videos, and podcasts.
DigitalLearn.org - DigitalLearn.org is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share resources, tools and best practices.
An online review dedicated to gadgets, gizmos, and cutting-edge consumer electronics.
Information Week – Information for professionals and managers. The site delivers breaking news, blogs, trends and issues.
Lifehacker - Daily weblog on software and personal productivity recommends downloads, web sites and shortcuts that help you work smarter
OnGuard Online - Tips from the Federal Trade Commission to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
O'Reilly Media - O’Reilly publishes definitive books on computer technologies for developers, administrators, and users.
PC Magazine - PC Magazine offers authoritative reviews of computing and Internet products. Includes reviews, downloads, blogs, price comparisons, and etc.
PCWorld – Reviews of technology products, pricing information, updated tech news and downloads of freeware and shareware.
Techcrunch– A network of technology focused sites offering a wide range of content and new media.
TechRepublic.com – Professional source for business and technology news. Timely articles, forums, multimedia and other technology-related information products.
Wired.com – Trends in technology and its affect on business, entertainment, science and society. Games, culture, gadget, entertainment and other tech-related news.
California Contractors State License Board -
Find information about hiring contractors and the construction process. Check the status of a contractor's license or file a complaint.
Consumer Price Index -
Set up by the Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, this site contains current and historical figures for the CPI.. Figures are available for "All Urban Consumers" and "Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers," mostly with 1982-1984 as the Base Period.
Consumer Search - Site reviews products, analyzes reviews & provides top-rated products listings (Fast Answers). - Product categories include electronics, office, kitchen, health, automotive, lawn & garden, & more.
Home Buyers - A Fannie Mae site to help you with buying a new home.
Home Owners -
A Fannie Mae site to help you with refinancing a home or avoiding foreclosure.
Kelley Blue Book - Used car values, new car pricing, motorcycle prices, as well as reviews of cars and information about purchasing.
Braintrack University Index -
A very complete education index which features over 5000 links to higher educational institutions in 148 countries. The entire site is keyword searchable; for the US, schools are also listed by state, and then as universities, colleges, community colleges, and "polytechnics”.
California Department of Education - Includes Star Test Results, Academic Performance Index and information on the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)
California Public Schools Profiles - Demographic data reported by school districts to the state Department of Education.
ERIC-Educational Resources Information Center -
ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.
FirstGenerationStudent.com is devoted to helping first-generation college students navigate the college application process, from beginning to end and beyond.
National Public School Locator - Find basic information and statistics on public schools and school districts in the United States.
Orange County Department of Education - List of school districts in Orange County, including Huntington Beach City School District and Huntington Beach Union High School District.
Practice California Driving Tests - This site offers a variety of different options for taking practice California driving tests.
Private School Locator - This interactive site, set up by the NCES (National Center for Education Statistics), gives information on 29,000 private schools in the United States. Can be searched by location, type of program, religious affiliation or association membership.
All Recipes -
This site has recipes, menu ideas, meal preparation tips, cooking terms, and more. Divided into cookbook chapters: appetizer, barbeque, beef, bread, cake, chicken, Christmas, cookie, ethnic, holiday recipes, etc., with special diet recipes including diabetic; dairy-, egg-, gluten-, and sugar-free; vegan; and vegetarian.
Betty Crocker Recipes - This handy, searchable collection of favorite and new recipes, meal planning calendars you can customize, cooking charts, plus tips and advice comes from the staff in the Betty Crocker kitchens.
Cooking Light Online - Recipes, menus, and other resources oriented around meal preparation for healthier lifestyles.
Cook's Thesaurus - Suggests substitutions for over 1,500 cooking ingredients, including low-calorie and low-fat alternatives for dieters, inexpensive substitutes for gourmets on a budget, and innovative replacements for hard-to-find ethnic ingredients. Searchable.
Food Network Recipes - This is a link to the widely popular Food Network. From here you can get recipes, cooking guides from the popular Food Network chefs, tips on holiday cooking and so much more!
Let’s Eat Orange County - Includes over 5000 Orange County eating and drinking establishments, categorized by city and by cuisine. Also includes over 600 extended "info pages" which list restaurant: hours, dress code, prices, and more. Plus links to restaurant websites with complete menus.
Zagat’s Survey - This site lists Zagat recommended restaurants in Orange County. Arranged alphabetically, by neighborhood and by cuisine.
Central Intelligence Agency -
Published and updated by the CIA, this site lists current heads of state, their cabinet members and their ambassador to the United States.
City of Huntington Beach - Official information on the city, the people, businesses, and recreational activities.
City of Huntington Beach Environmental Reports - View online Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs) for projects in Huntington Beach.
Franchise Tax Board (State of California) - The FTB is responsible for administering two of California's major tax programs: Personal Income Tax and the Corporation Tax. Check this website for forms and information regarding these programs.
IRS-Internal Revenue Service - The IRS is the US government agency responsible for tax collection, featuring online forms, information and instructions to E-file taxes.
Orange County Official Website - This site is the official web page for Orange County. Includes county history, information on county courts, county services, living in Orange County and more.
Project Vote Smart -
Extensive nonpartisan information on elected officials' voting records and candidates' positions and etc. Offers ability to search for your elected candidates by zipcode.
Rulers and Heads of State - Includes historical lists of heads of state and heads of government (and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories. Also included are international organizations and foreign ministers.
State of California - Official state government site provides information and links for virtually every aspect of the state.
Thomas Legislative Info - THOMAS includes the Congressional Record and full text of legislation available from 1989 (101st Congress) to the present. Also includes, Congressional biographical information, voting records, full text for bills passed (101st - 108th Congress) and more.
USAGov - Whatever you want or need from the U.S. government, it's here on USAGov.gov. You'll find a rich treasure of online information, services and resources.
U.S. Government Printing Office Access - GPO Access offers free public access to full-text, official Government information and publications, featuring information search tools as well as many publications for sale.
WeConnect - Maria Shriver’s WE Connect campaign is a pioneering public/private partnership designed to help California’s working families become more financially secure by connecting them to important programs and resources. Includes career, money, food, public assistance resources.
American Dental Association - Find an ADA accredited dentist and information about dental care.
Californians for Patient Care -
Californians for Patient Care, a patient-centered organization, is dedicated to promoting access to safe, quality and appropriate health care for all Californians.
Covered California: Covered California is a new, easy-to-use 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.
DentiCal - State of California Department of Health Services website offering information on finding dentists who accept Medical and Dentical patients.
Family Doctor.org - This site is supported by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Includes a keyword searchable index to health topics, information on healthy living, drugs, kids health and more.
HealthCare.gov: Maintained by the U..S. Department of Human and Health Services, answers many questions regarding the new health plan and insurance options.
Healthfinder.gov: Maintained by the U..S. Department of Human and Health Services, healthfinder.gov has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations.
HealthySmilesOC - Healthy Smiles for kids of Orange County. A nonprofit organization providing low cost dental service for children in Orange County, California.
Mayo Clinic Online - Offers information on diseases and conditions, healthy living, drugs, and self-care.
Medline Plus - The National Library of Medicine's database featuring public health information for consumers and health professionals, including health topics, medical dictionaries, directories and publications.
Nutrition.gov - This website provides information about nutrition and physical activity produced by the federal government. This site includes government information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety.
PDRnet.com - This is an online version of the Physicians' Desk Reference; a source that doctors have relied upon for 50 years for the latest drug information. Use this site to learn more about detecting, preventing, and treating a variety of medical conditions.
American Memory Project -
American Memory is hosted by the Library of Congress and is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.
Anyday: Today in History - Historic events & birthdays on a selected day of the year.
Calisphere - Calisphere is the University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history.
Historical Text Archive - Comprehensive and eclectic directory of historical resources. Includes primary documents, related links, and electronic versions of print books, organized by geography, nations and topics.
Hyper-History Online - Timelines covering 3,000 years of world history.
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook - Comprehensive site that covers history from the origins of man through the Greek and Roman empires and follows history until approximately 500A.D.
Internet Medieval Source Book - Comprehensive site that follows history from the Fall of Rome (late 400’s A.D.) through the Reformation (1500’s).
Internet Modern History Sourcebook - Comprehensive site that follows history from the Reformation (1500’s) through to the 21st century.
This Day in History -Historical events, searchable by date.
Charts, reports, indicators and quotes on over 24,000 US stocks, mutual funds and major market indexes. Historical stock quotes.
Bloomberg's - Many Bloomberg publications, including feature articles from Bloomberg Personal, a News section that includes top daily headline stories from papers around the world; mutual fund; stocks; etc., can be accessed without charge.
CNN/MONEY Financial Network - Latest news and articles on US and international companies, stock markets, currencies and interest rates.
Kiplinger's - Investing, personal finance, calculators and financial advice.
MotleyFool - A comprehensive investment resource for small investors. Includes areas such as the Daily Double, which profiles a stock that has doubled value in the last six months; helpful personal finance information contained in the Fool's School;and a good section on How to Value Stocks.
Market Watch - This site for investors has daily business and economic news, information, and advice. The coverage includes stocks,bonds, mutual funds, and tools for personal financial planning.
Write a winning resume
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Ace the Interview
Browse help wanted ads
|California Career Resource Network - The California Career Resource Network provides all persons in California with career development info and resources.||
CalJOBS - This site, set up by the California Employment Development Department (EDD), is a county by county jobs database for job seekers and employers.
|California Career Zone - A proven, successful career exploration and planning career assessment designed especially for students. Jobseekers, educators, and counselors will also benefit.||Careerbuilder.com - Job website claiming to be the largest job search, employment, and career site. This site also powers the Los Angeles Times online employment section.|
|California One Stop Centers - California One Stop Center locations, searchable by zipcode, etc., where you can get in person live job assistance.||Craigslist Orange County - Search job listings posted on Craigslist Orange County.|
|Cost of Living Calculator - Thinking of taking a job in another part of California or another state? How far will your money go? Money Magazine offers a site that will help you compare your current and potential salaries in over 500 US cities.||Indeed.com - In one simple, google-like search, Indeed gives job seekers free access to millions of employment opportunities from thousands of websites. Search by job title or browse by employment categories or cities.|
CTI Career Search - The CityTownInfo.com career directory presents information on hundreds of employment categories and thousands of schools, to help people find and pursue careers of interest to them.
|Job-Hunt.org - Included in the more than 12,000 unique links on Job-Hunt.org are links to over 8,000 employers by state. Job-Hunt.org is a "Top" or "Best" site for job hunting and careers according to US News & World Report, Forbes and PC Magazine.|
|Glassdoor - Glassdoor gives an inside look at jobs, salaries, company reviews, & interview questions.||JobStar Central: Job Search Guide - This comprehensive site focuses on California job fairs, job hotlines, and career centers in several major California cities. Also has information on how to write resumes and cover letters.|
|Job Hunters Bible - This site set up by Dick Bolles, is the online companion to his popular book "What Color is my Parachute?". It features hundreds of annotated links about finding jobs, creating and posting resumes and researching companies, fields and salaries.||Monster.com - More than 400,000 job opportunities, worldwide (more than 1,500 international employers) makes this the largest online jobs database on the Web. Monster.com also powers the Orange County Register's Job Finder site.Monster.com -|
|My Skills My Future - US Department of Labor site created to assist job seekers with matching skills with careers.||Snagajob - A source for hourly and part-time jobs. Available jobs are searchable by zip code|
Occupational Outlook Handbook - This is the online version of the popular career source. The profile of each career covers the nature of the work, working conditions, employment, training and job outlook.
|Riley Guide - The most comprehensive job and career information site on the Internet. Contains introductions to, and annotated links for, jobs resources. Sections for career fields, salary surveys, research, and help with resumes, cover letters, and more.||
City of Huntington Beach - Browse and apply for jobs with the City of Huntington Beach.
County of Orange, California - Job Listings - This site offers job listings and online applications for positions with the County of Orange.
Brainfuse Resume Assistance - Get resume help online through the Brainfuse Adult Learning Center. Live writing experts are available from 1pm-10pm to assist you with creating a winning resume.
|State Personnel Board - State of California's personnel board website listing state jobs, contractors, and training information.|
|eResumes - Electronic resume samples and cover letters.||USAJobs - The Web's ultimate federal job list; every vacancy in the United States government, both in the U.S. and abroad. The current job openings database is updated daily and offers many search options. Also includes general federal employment information|
Career Onestop - Resume and interview tips by the US Department of Labor.
Specialty Job Sites
|Resume Help - Assistance with how to write resumes and cover letters.||Ability - Job search for people with disabilities.|
|CareerWomen - Job search site for women.|
|Susan Ireland's Resume Site - Author of the Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume, Susan's site give pointers on how to upload and email a resume.||Chronicle of Philanthropy - Search for nonprofit jobs of all levels|
|WorkSC - Job resource site created by the South Carolina State Library. Useful information with online tutorials on how to set up email accounts and resume tips||Computer Jobs - Technology and information specialists job site.|
Cool Works - Cool Works ® is about you finding a seasonal job or career in some of the greatest places on Earth.
|Best Job Interview - Phone interviews, negotiating salaries, what-to-wear guidelines. It's not the prettiest website, and there are some ads that get in the way, but useful for quick interview tips||Dice - Job site for technology and computer skills.|
|DC Library's Interview Page - Useful information on job interviewing and more.||eFinancialCareers - Job site for finance jobs and banking careers.|
|Don Georgevich's Youtube - Videos of interviews and useful answers to questions||HCareers - Job site for hospitality industry, restaurant, hotels, and cruises.|
|Monster.com Interview Tips - Tips for how to ace the interview and what to wear.||Health eCareers - Healthcare recruitment and career resources.|
Philadelphia Library - Interview Tips on what to wear, do's and don'ts, sample questions.
Idealist.org - Job listings from nonprofit organizations.
|resumes.||NetTemps - Search for part time temporary and contract work.|
|WorkSC - Interview Tips gathered by the South Carolina State Library. Also has useful information on what to do after you've gotten a job.||Opportunity Knocks - Browse job listings from nonprofit organizations.|
|Saludos - Job site for latino and bilingual spanish speakers employment.|
|Teens4Hire - Jobs for young adults and teens.|
Avvo Legal: Avvo's
mission is to help people make the best decisions for their important legal needs.
California Courts Self-Help Center - Offers legal infomation, guidance and forms.
FindLaw - The best single starting point on the Web for doing legal research. Full-text, searchable database of all law reviews and journals on the Internet. Updated nightly.
Hieros Gamos - One of the most comprehensive legal sites on the Web, Hieros Gamos has something for everyone: law students, lawyers, and consumers. "The purpose of this site is to give the visitor a general understanding of the law."
Nolo Press - Online legal encyclopedia, research guide, and dictionary, from the publisher of a broad line of self-help legal guides.
Orange County Superior Court - The Superior Court of California covering Orange County. Legal information and forms.
Thomas - Library of Congress' website about federal legislative bills, resolutions, activity in congress, congressional record schedules, calendars, committee information, presidential nominations, treaties.
On-line literary study guides (now includes No Fear Shakespeare)
Classic Reader - Over 600 books and 900 short stories presented in unabridged versions that one can read, search, and annotate." The collection is mostly fiction, short stories, and poetry and includes children's literature. Browsable by author, title, or type of work.
NovelGuide - Novel Resource Guide and Literary Analysis
Analyses include chapter summaries, character profiles, metaphor analysis, theme analyses & more. Profiles over 70 works listed by author or title.
Online Literary Criticism - Online Literary Criticism Collection contains 4745 critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.
Pink Monkey - Has over 300 literature summaries, which include 100+ Barron's Booknotes and 200+ MonkeyNotes.
Over 200,000 feature movies and documentaries are rated and described.
AllWatchers.com - Trying to find a film that interests you?? On this site you can search by plot, theme, character and setting to find that perfect film.
Epiguides - This site contains episode lists for over 2000 British and American television shows. Each list contains titles and airdates and for many, the guest stars and plot summaries are included.
Internet Movie Database -
Excellent resource for movie information.
Searchable by Titles, Actors, Characters, Plots
and Quotes. Also includes movie reviews.
Movie Review Query Engine - Currently includes over 280,000 reviews of over 29,000 movie titles and is searchable by keyword. Also includes specialty lists from the AFI, international film festivals and the Academy Awards.
MTV Movies - MTV's movie page offers reviews, trailers, blogs and movie buzz for upcoming films.
The Paley Center for Media - with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public
Orange County Guide to Movies -
Guide to movies playing in Orange County made available by the OC Register.
T.V. Acres - An easy-to-use, on-line subject guide that quickly finds information about the Characters, Places & Things that appeared on television programs broadcast in the USA from the 1940s to the present - during Prime Time & Saturday mornings.
Bartleby's Quotations -
A contemporary and classic quotations collection with a searchable database of over 86,000 entries.
CIA World Fact Book - Offers extensive country profiles and reference maps.
Farmer's Almanac - Includes weather forecasts, gardening and fishing calendars, household tips, best days, and recipes.
Information Please - Offering millions of useful and interesting facts on a wide range of topics online. Also includes a dictionary and encyclopedia.
Online citation generator service provided by the Hekman Library of Calvin College.
Merriam-Websters Dictionary and Thesaurus - Online version of the popular English dictionary and thesaurus.
Roget's International Thesaurus - Containing 35,000 synonyms and over 85,000 cross-references in an easy-to-use format.
California Travel and Tourism -
This site provides tourist information and links for California. Information is available by region, cities, activities, and interest.
Foreign Entry Requirements - Published by the Department of State, this site
lists visa requirements for U.S. travelers visiting other countries
Hostelling International - Information on using and reserving hostels; a low cost way of seeing the world. There is a network of 110 hostels in the United States and more than 4,000 hostels in over 60 countries.
Passport Services and Information - Published by the Department of State, this site tells all you need to know about getting a passport; how to apply and where to do it; how much it costs and how long it takes.
Rough Guides - Comprehensive coverage of destinations from all over the world. Country and regional guides include in-depth local information and listings for a range of budgets. Also included are city guides that give information on the history of the city, accommodations, restaurants and entertainment.
Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory - Directory of official tourism offices and
convention and visitors bureaus for the United States and abroad.
U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings - A list of Travel Warnings which are issued when the State Department decides, based on all relevant information, to recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country.
World Travel Guide - Guides to countries and cities. Select locations from a map or list of destinations.