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Online Research

internet_research_2A large array of online databases is available on the Westchester Library System website. These databases can be accessed in the Library or remotely from any computer with Internet access.

Use the barcode on your library card to login. Included are encyclopedias; magazine indexes on health, finance, education and general topics; literary criticism; biographical information; and resources focused on elementary, middle school and academic levels.

The subscription databases and other resouces on the Online Resources section of the Westchester Library System web site offer information on a variety of topics. Click here to access this page and these links.



Handy websites for obtaining information about colleges and universities PDF Print E-mail
  • For information about the schools you are interested in:

http://collegecost.ed.gov/catc/Default.aspx#

The College Affordability and Transparency Center includes information for students, parents, and policymakers about college costs at America's colleges and universities. The Center includes several lists of institutions based on the tuition and fees and net prices (the price of attendance after considering all grant and scholarship aid) charged to students.

  • To view the College Scorecard for the schools you are interested in:

http://collegecost.ed.gov/scorecard/index.aspx

  • To review the specifics and compare the results:

http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.

  • Ask about the schools' Financial Aid Shopping Sheet:

The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet is a consumer tool that participating institutions will use to notify students about their financial aid package. It is a standardized form that is designed to simplify the information that prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so that they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school.

  • Find the Net Price Calculator for the school(s) you are interested in:

The Higher Education Opportunity Act includes a law requiring all postsecondary institutions participating in Title IV federal aid programs to post a Net Price Calculator on their websites to provide estimated net price information to current and prospective students and families based on a student's individual circumstances.

  • FAFSA Website:

https://fafsa.ed.gov

  • Federal Student Aid Website:

https://studentaid.ed.gov

 
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General Links

Internet Public Library: This Internet directory is maintained by the Michigan School of Information.

Virtual Reference Shelf: The Library of Congress compiled these selected web sites.


Books and Literature

Literary Reference Center

Academic OneFile: The premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources, including the New York Times from 1985 to the present. Extensive coverage of the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.

General OneFile: A source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.

Downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks

See our Audiobooks and eBooks page.


Business and Careers

Job & Career Accelerator

Career Library

LearningExpress Library

Business Insights: Essentials (from GaleGroup)

Academic OneFile: Includes the Financial Times, The London Times, and the New York Times

LexisNexis: in-library use only

Jobs & Careers links from the WLS

Morningstar (Library access) (Home access): Morningstar.com Library Edition offers proprietary stock and mutual fund analysis, screening tools and portfolio-building features to library patrons.


Consumer Information

Academic OneFile - The premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources, including the New York Times from 1985 to the present. Extensive coverage of the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.

General OneFile - A source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.

Federal Reserve Information - Information and useful sites provided by the Federal Reserve


Education

CollegeBoard

ACT

Common App: For those applying to college

First Find-Education

Rocket Languages: Rocket Languages is an award winning interactive online language learning system. Library cardholders can learn conversational language skills at their own pace. Languages offered include Spanish, Arabic, French, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Inglés (English for Spanish speakers), and American Sign Language.

Learning Express: A comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series.

Driving Tests: Practice for your NYS Driver's Permit, courtesy of the WLS.


Encyclopedias

EBSCOhost

Grolier Online: Includes the Encyclopedia Americana, the Multimedia Encyclopedia, and the New Book of Knowledge.


Government and History

Academic OneFile - The premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources, including the New York Times from 1985 to the present. Extensive coverage of the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.

Ancestry Plus Library Edition: In-library use only

First Find

General OneFile - A source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.

LexisNexis - Library Express (In library use only)


Geneaology

Ancestry Plus - Library Edition - In library use only.


Grants and Student Finacial Aid

FastWeb: Largest online scholarship database

Federal Student Aid

New York State Higher Education Corporation


Magazines and Newspapers

Academic OneFile

EBSCOhost

General OneFile

Infotrac National Newspaper Index - Through GaleGroup

Infotrac New York State Newspapers - Through GaleGroup


Health Information Online

There is much health and medical information available on the Interent. When doing research on health issues, it is important to check the origin of the information and the credentials of the web site and those supplying it. You should look for:

Bias/Objectivity:

  • Is the information showing just one point of view?
  • What kind of institution sponsors the webpage?
  • Is advertising clearly marked?
  • Can you tell if what you are reading is an advertisement?
  • Are there sources given for additional information?

Currency/Timleliness

  • Is there a date on the page?
  • When was the page last undated?
  • Do the links work?

Accuracy/Authority

  • Is the information based on sound medical research? Can the information given be verified by another source?
  • Who published the page? Is it a known organization? What are the credentials of the author? Can you easily find contact information on the page?

Alternative Medicine Foundation: Formerly nonprofit, the AMF offers information on a variety of conventional and nontraditional medicines. (No longer updated as of September 2010.)

American Academy of Family Practioners: An excellent source to search for doctors.

American Hospital Directory: Likewise, an excellent database of thousands of hospitals around the country.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: A governmental source for a variety of health information.

Caring for the Mind: Providing mental health information at your library

Familydoctor.org: American Academy of Family Physicians, health information for the whole family

Go Ask Alice: A friendly site aimed at students and powered by Columbia University.

Health Reference Center Academic: Through GaleGroup

Healthfinder: This governmental site has information on a diverse array of health topics

Health Insurance Information: Published by Georegetown University; has the A-Z for health insurance. (No longer updated.)

HIV InSight: The University of California San Francisco's collection of information, governmental policy decisions, and news articles on HIV/AIDS.

KidsHealth: From the Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children

Mayo Clinic: More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic   share their expertise to empower you to manage your health.

Medicare Rights: A nonprofit organization devoted to helping people on Medicare.

MedlinePlus: "Trusted health information for you" published by the NIH

National Cancer Institute: The best collection of information on cancer available, published by the NIH

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: from the NIH

National Senior Health: from the NIH

New York State Physician Profile: A list of all licensed doctors in NYS, along with individual profiles.

New York State Hospital Profile: Use this to find information about hospitals in NY.


More Information from the Westchester Library System

Health Tutorials

WLS now provides residents access to more than 300 interactive educational videos with basic health information. Some videos explain specific illnesses or conditions,while others describe medical tests and procedures. These videos are published by the Patient Education Institute, and are designed for all patients and consumers regardless of their educational level, ability, or familiarity with computers. These videos are also available in Spanish.