Online Resources
These categories lead to specific resource pages within, to official Rhode Island sites, and to federal government sites – all great places to start looking for specific information or programs.

Rhode Island Government & Library Links | Federal Government Sites

For everything else, click on a category to see a list of useful sites handpicked by our reference librarians.

Automotive | Business | Consumer | Elderly | Entertainment/”Edu”-tainment | Environmental & Science | History | Home | Legal | Library | Military/Veteran | News & Media | Parenting/Family | Pets | Travel | Weather

 Rhode Island Government & Library Links

Official Rhode Island state sites are essential for finding RI specific information – history, forms, business information, and more.

Charities/Volunteer | Miscellaneous State Links | Rhode Island Business | Rhode Island Laws/Records | State Departments & Divisions | State History | Taxes | Voting/Politics

Learn about organizations and ways to contribute to the Rhode Island community.

  • Rhode Island Foundation: A major philanthropic organization dedicated to building community in Rhode Island through grants and other partners.
  • Serve Rhode Island: Find volunteer opportunities happening around the state.

 Miscellaneous State Links
Check here for bureaus and departments that might not fit in elsewhere.

 Rhode Island Business
Relevant information for Rhode Island businesses and consumers.

 Rhode Island Laws/Records
Search for details of state records and laws.

 State Departments & Divisions
Major departments within the Rhode Island government.

 State History
Resources and information pertaining to Rhode Island’s history including maps, records, and more.

Navigate through states’ revenue services to find and fill out tax forms and information.

News and information about state, local, and national elections.

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 Federal Government Sites

Sites for the US federal government’s departments and programs. Political news, census information, research and more.

General Sites | Government Agencies/Departments/Divisions | Miscellaneous Government Sites | Specific Government Programs

 General Sites

  • Fedstats: Official statistical information produced by the Federal Government.
  • Federal legislative information provided by the Library of Congress.
  • U.S. government’s official web portal.

 Government Agencies/Departments/Divisions

 Miscellaneous Government Sites

  • Census Online: Your guide to online census records.
  • On The Issues: Explore the stances and voting records of all leaders at state and federal levels.
  • Politico: Tough, fair and fun coverage of politics and government.
  • Pulitzer Prize winning, national and state-by-state fact checking of political statements.
  • Project Vote Smart: Non-partisan, nonprofit educational organization funded exclusively through individual contributions and philanthropic foundations.
  • U.S. Census Bureau: National census info also features interactive maps, sociological data and historical population charts.
  • U.S. Tax Code: Full text of the Tax Code and Regulations through the IRS.

 Specific Government Programs

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Sites for car owners – repair, purchasing, and driving tips.

Automotive General Links | Fuel/Traffic/Safety Regulations | Purchasing a Vehicle/Repairs

 Automotive General Links

  • AutoRepair Reference Center: EBSCOHost’s interactive reference site with in depth information for specific makes and models.
  • Driving Tests: Practice Rhode Island driving tests.
  • DMV: Rhode Island’s Department of Motor Vehicles Link.

 Fuel/Traffic/Safety Regulations
Be safe and smart on the road.

 Purchasing a Vehicle/Repairs
Make sure of the value of the car that you’re looking to buy.

  • Auto Trader: The ultimate automotive marketplace.
  • Automotive Repair Help Forum: An active searchable forum for asking and answering specific car questions.
  • Credible and easy-to-understand information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car.
  • Carfax: Detailed vehicle history reports for used cars.
  • Edmunds: For car shoppers and those in the automotive industry.
  • Expert Automotive Marketing
  • Kelly Blue Book: The industry standard for calculating a car’s value.
  • NADA Guide: New and used car prices.

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Links for business owners, investing, and news on business and economics.

Business News| Chamber of Commerce | Credit | Finding Businesses | General Business | Investments | Patents | Real Estate | Small Business

 Business News
Top reporting on news in the business world, including stocks.

  • Bloomberg: International business news – stock reports, economic news, and politics.
  • Business Week: Additional business news from Bloomberg media.
  • Economics made clear.
  • Financial Times: Global business news organizations.
  • Forbes: A top publication for business news.
  • Fortune Magazine: Business news and home to the Fortune 500 list of top grossing corporations.
  • Providence Business News: Business and economic news related to Providence and Rhode Island.

 Chamber of Commerce
Local and national chambers of commerce.

Build or maintain good credit.

  • Annual Credit Report: Request and retrieve your free annual credit report.
  • Credit Cards: How to responsibly and safely use a credit card.
  • Credit Karma: Access to all of your financial information, including bank accounts, credit cards, bills, mortgages, loans, and, credit scores.

 Finding Businesses
Directories and reviews of businesses near you.

  • AtoZdatabases: Search for detailed profiles of millions of businesses, including a map-based search.
  • Anywho: Finding people, places, and businesses.
  • Hoovers: Company, Industry, Market Intelligence that drives business growth.
  • Mojo Pages: Find the best local businesses in half the time.
  • NexPort: Search more than 6,000,000 companies in the US.
  • Profile Canada: Local search site in Canada.
  • Thomas Register: Find companies and products in North America.
  • White Pages: The standby for looking up addresses and phone numbers.
  • Yelp: User reviews for restaurants, stores, parks, and all sorts of businesses.

 General Business

  • Biz Stats: Free, accurate business statistics, BizStats.
  • Kiplinger: Timely, trusted personal finance advice and business forecasts.

Different ways to make your money grow.

  • Bank Rate: Aggregator of financial rate information.
  • Big Charts: Professional–level investment research tools.
  • Financial Chats: Free, but parts of site are fee-based.
  • Fool: Multimedia financial-services company dedicated to building the world’s greatest investment community.
  • Investor Guide: Market analysis and investment advice.
  • NASDAQ: Stock trading reports and trends.
  • New York Stock Exchange: The world’s largest stock exchange.
  • Saving Bonds: Buy and redeem securities from the US Treasury.
  • U.S. Equities: Take part in the online trading market.
  • Yahoo Finance: Stock values and predictions.

Explore inventions and register your own.

Real Estate
Information for those looking to own and manage properties.

 Small Business
Check here for ways to build your small business.

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Smart ways to spend and control your money.

Charities | Finding Reputable People | Products/Purchases | Security/Scams

Become a charitable giver by finding the right causes to support.

  • Charity Navigator: Find reputable charities to support.
  • Guide Star: Information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.

 Finding Reputable People
Directories of businesses and buying advice.

  • Fabric Link: The educational resource for fabrics, apparel, home furnishings and care.
  • Infospace: Yellow Pages, White pages, government directories and fax numbers.
  • PCWorld: Reviews and buying advice.
  • Switchboard: Search for people and businesses.
  • Engineers’ and buyers’ choice for finding trusted suppliers.

Make smart purchases by learning about products and services beforehand.

Ways to avoid misinformation and theft.

  • Consumer Protection Basics: The simplest source of information on consumer protection.
  • Hoaxbusters: The Big List of Internet hoaxes.
  • Scambusters: Internet scams, identity theft, and urban legends: Are you at risk?
  • Snopes: The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.

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Resources to help the elderly live happy, independent, and healthy lives.

Departments/Institutes | Education/Quality of Life | Health

These organizations focus on improving the well-being of the elderly.

  • Administration on Aging: For those who need additional support, the ACL helps them stay involved in their communities.
  • AARP: A large organization of persons over 50 that aids in the most important aspects of its members’ lives.
  • Department of Elderly Affairs: Preserving the independence, dignity, and capacity for choice for seniors, adults with disabilities, families, and caregivers in Rhode Island.
  • National Council on Aging: Support for older adults for staying healthy and financially secure.

 Education/Quality of Life
Continue to find fun and engaging things to do.

Sites dedicated to the unique health issues of the elderly.

  • Assisted Living Directory: Research into assisted living facilities and senior care options throughout the State of Rhode Island.
  • Benefits Check Up: Adults over 55 are eligible for support in paying for healthcare, utilities, and other costs of living – get help in applying.
  • NIH Senior Health: To help seniors find answers to their medical questions from the comfort of their own homes.

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Sites for learning more about the art, music, and movies that you love.

Art/Museums | Movies | Music | Other | Theater

Places to go to, both nearby and online, to find great art.

Reviews and searchable lists of films.

  • Based on the Book: Mid-Continent Public Library’s compilation of over 1,450 books, novels, short stories, and plays that have been made into motion pictures.
  • Internet Movie Database (IMDB): News, forums, and production information about just about every movie and TV show ever made.
  • Oscars: Search the Academy Awards database by year, topic, or actor. It also includes statistics and many film lists.
  • National Film Registry: Library of Congress’ collection of culturally significant films. You can nominate films for their yearly additions, as well!
  • Rotten Tomatoes: Reviews, movies, actors, critics.
  • Screen It: New movie rating reviews for parents.

Learn what’s behind the music of the area, and find resources for musicians.


Calendars and tickets to performances in Rhode Island.

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 Environmental & Science

General Sites| Land/Gardening | Space | Water

 General Sites
Information about the world around you from science publications and agencies.

Ways to use and enjoy the land around you.

Learn all about the stars and celestial objects.

Protection of the Ocean State’s most valuable resource.

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Archives | Deaths/Graves/Cemeteries | Ethnicity/Culture/Other Groups | Genealogy | Historical Societies | History Lessons/Homework | Myths/Folklore | Other

Collections of important images and texts from around the world.

Find information that can be attained through cemeteries and death records.

 Ethnicity/Culture/Other Groups
Find your ancestors from specific ethnicities and immigration records.

The tools you need for uncovering ancestries.

 History Lessons/Homework
Great sites to help with your history homework.

 Historical Societies
Local and national historical societies to join.

Summaries and stories of classic mythologies from around the world.


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Finding a Home | Home Safety | Homemaking | Interior/Exterior Design and Gardening | Utility

 Finding a Home

 Home Safety


  • All Recipes: Includes recipes, menu ideas, meal preperation tips, culinary ware and news.
  • Better Homes and Garden: Find recipes, read articles and more.
  • Betty Crocker
  • Budget Worksheets
  • The Cook’s Thesaurus: Cooking encyclopedia that covers thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools. Entries include pictures, descriptions, synonyms, pronunciations, and suggested substitutions.
  • Cooking Light: Recipe searches, tips and annual recipe indexes.
  • CopyKat: Try making your favorite restaurant recipes at home.
  • Craft Yarn Council
  • DIY Network
  • Do-it-yourself
  • Epicurious: Recipes from Bon Appetit and Gourmet.
  • Food Network: Fans of Emeril, Rachel Ray, Bobby Flay, Barefoot Contessa or any of the other Food Network Stars can find all of the recipes involved in the show on Food
  • Hershey’s Kitchens: If you love chocolate, then you’ll love this site.
  • Recipe Resource: Browse or search an archive of over 70,000 recipes collected from a wide variety of Usenet newsgroups and mailing lists.
  • Veggie Kitchen: Dozens of vegetarian and vegan recipes, cooking and nutrition tips, info for vegetarian and vegan kids and teens, reviews, news, and much more.

 Interior/Exterior Design and Gardening


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Finding a Lawyer | Legal Information/Resources | Personal

 Finding a Lawyer

 Legal Information/Resources


Literature | Poetry | Reader’s Advisory | Social Studies/International Affairs | Support | Systems



 Reader’s Advisory

 Social Studies/International Affairs

  • Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources: Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in a wide range of international affairs, international relations, international studies, global studies, and global education topics.



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 News & Media

Print | Regional | Television




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General Sites | Health/Hazards/Support | Online Safety

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 Rhode Island


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