- DuoLingo – Free online language learning and translation.
- Google Translate – Free online service converts text you enter into many other languages. This free service from Google is a great aid to learning a new language.
Research & Learning
- FactCheck.org – This non-partisan non-profit site exists to increase public understanding of and lessen the deception in U.S. politics, holding politicians accountable by monitoring the accuracy of their speeches, interviews, debates, and press releases.
- WorldWideScience.org – This site allows you to search 28 scientific databases across 18 countries. An international collaboration, the site provides access to published research findings in energy, environment, and the basic sciences.
- Finances – An e-learning tool offering courses on topics such as budgeting, spending/saving and retirement planning. Beneficial for patrons looking to grow their financial knowledge or those just needing a refresher, courses are highly interactive and include videos, worksheets, calculators and quizzes. Brought to you by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)
- Green Fire Times – In the Green Fire Times we spotlight initiatives that create positive impacts on climate change, energy independence, and green job development. These initiatives reflect a fundamental change in how people are thinking, living, and doing business. Stewardship, community, and the necessities of our immediate and long-term future are now more routinely taken into consideration. (Northern New Mexico Publication) Read it online via the link.
- Landmark cases of the Supreme Court – This site was developed to assist educators in teaching the landmark decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. You will learn about the cases you’ve heard mentioned in movies or on the news (e.g. Dred Scott, Plessy, Gideon, Roe).
- USAspending.gov – Did you ever need to know how much money the government provides to grant recipients? Or the names of government contractors in your state? This is the place on the Internet for such information.
- FuelEconomy.gov – This rich resource provides information on gas consumption (MPG), greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution ratings, and safety for new and used cars and trucks. It is most frequently searches for its “side by side” or “class” comparisons of new cars.
Real or Fake
The following sites are known sources of reliable information:
- Washington Post’s Fact Checker
- Craig Silverman’s BuzzFeed blog
- Whois Lookup
- CRAAP Test
- 5W’s of Website Evaluation
- Does This Website Smell Funny to You?
- Evaluating Sources Using the RADAR Framework
- Ripoff Report – By consumers, for consumers. Ever felt ripped off by corporate America, your government, or an unscrupulous contractor? If so, you’re not alone. This site serves as a warehouse of consumer complaints. With over 301,374 reports filed in thousands of categories, it is one of the best unedited places to track down the latest scams.
- TripAdvisor.com – This site provides recent advice from real travelers on hotels, restaurants, and attractions worldwide. TripAdvisor rates hotels with consumer-supplied pictures and gives tips on cheap eats.
- WordNet – Wordnet is available in 40 languages. Simply stated, nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs are grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms that are linked by conceptual-semantic relations.
- Practice Driving Tests – Free practice tests from Driving-Tests.org. It doesn’t collect any personal information and includes unlimited online access to the MVD manuals, state-specific MVD practice tests for car, motorcycle and commercial driver’s license (CDL), exam simulator, and MVD-related FAQ.
Additional Patron Resources
Additional electronic resources are available to library patrons via Biblionix, our online catalog provider. You will need to know your library card number and associated login PIN code to access those resources.