Useful Link: Reference

    Searching can be done by the name of the person or business, by phone number, or by address. Information comes from publicly available local telephone directories
  • Acronym Finder
    Defines over 750,000 acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms from a variety of subjects.
  • American Community Survey
    Ongoing survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census to provide estimates of the demographic, housing, social and economic conditions of the American population.
  • American Factfinder
    Uses census data from the national level down to the census block level to create detailed reports and tables. Information on the decennial population census as well as economic surveys and estimates is available. Searchable by keyword or place name. From the U.S. Bureau of the Census.
  • American Rhetoric Online Speech Index
    Has the texts of some of the more famous speeches in American history and culture, many of which are accompanied with an audio version. Individuals are indexed by their first name instead of by their last name.
  • Area Code Listing, by Number
    Numerical listing of telephone area codes and what areas they cover.
    Originally known as Ask Jeeves. Search results give websites and also a list of related searches, which you can select from to narrow down your search. Also has advanced search capability, such as searching for exact phrases and types of domains, such as .com or .edu.
  • Bank Holidays of the World
    Find out the national, religious and cultural holidays for almost every country in the world.
  • Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
    From the 10th edition, which was published in 1919, and contains over 11,000 quotations.
  • Calendar Home
    This site has calendar converters, date calculators, an encyclopedia of dates, and also links to other calendar sites. You can make your own calendar and print it.
  • Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
    An index to more than 500,000 U.S. government publications published since July 1976, along with bibliographical descriptions and links to the publications themselves, if available.
  • Convert Me
    An interactive site where one can convert from one measuring unit to another, not only for units of mass, length, distance, temperature, but also for cooking, fractions and computer storage.
  • Dewey Decimal Classification Summaries
    Have you ever wanted to know what the Dewey Decimal Classification is and how it works? This guide provides a detailed overview of the most current version of the DDC.
  • FDsys : Government Printing Office's Federal Digital System
    Provides free electronic access to U.S. government publications from all three branches of the federal government. Also has a link to the U.S. government online bookstore.
  • Free Dictionary
    The main source of this dictionary is fourth edition of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. There are links to medical, legal and financial dictionaries.
  • Free Translation
    You can translate a web page by typing the web address into the search box, or paste text onto the text box. Translates by using phrases instead of a word-by-word literal translation.
  • Google
    The results in Google are based on the number of pages linking to a particular page. The advanced search feature allows searching for phrases, types of domains, such as .com or .edu, and also by file type, such as pdf or doc. Google offers many other auxiliary services on its site, such as image files, maps and searches within books.
  • Google Translator
    Translates text that is typed into the text box, a web address, or you can upload a document for translation.
  • InfoPlease
    This is the online version of the Information Please Almanac and is updated with topics in the news and with links for additional information.
  • International Country Calling Codes
    Gives the country calling codes for calls made from one country to another country.
  • International Data Base
    A computerized database maintained by the U.S. Bureau of the Census of demographic and socio-economic statistics from every country in the world. One can search the data back to 1950 and for projections to 2050. Searching for data from multiple countries at the same time is possible.
  • International Telephone Directories
    Directory of Internet sites listing online phone directories from around the world
  • Librarians' Internet Index
    A searchable and browsable directory of Internet sites, all of which have been evaluated by librarians for their usefulness. Their motto is "Websites you can trust."
  • Library of Congress
    The Library of Congress, established by the U.S. Congress in 1800, houses the largest collection of books, maps, recordings, photographs and manuscripts in the world. There are links to online exhibits about American history and culture. There is a link to their catalog.
  • Library Technology Guides
    An independent site with news in the library automation and technology field.
  • Logos Translations Multilingual Dictionary
    This is a multilingual dictionary with millions of words from over 200 languages.
  • Long Island Census Data
    Census data from the 2000 federal census for the United States, New York state, Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the individual townships.
  • Long Island Index Maps
    An interactive map that displays land use patterns, population and housing statistics from the federal census, district-by-district educational data, special districts and more. Also includes satellite photography of land parcels. Information comes from federal, state and local governments.
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary
    Based on the 11th edition of the Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, published in 2003. Each entry includes a pronunciation, definition, usage and etymology. A thesaurus is also included.
  • Metacrawler
    Searches several Internet search engines at once. Also offers advanced search options.
  • National Geographic Information System
    Find information on population, housing, agricultural and economic data for the United States from 1790 to the present.
  • New York City Government Publications
    New York City intends to make municipal information more readily accessible to the public. To fulfill the intention, a new Local Law obligates the City agencies to submit official publication in electronic format to the Department of Records. The Department will then make these records available to the public through its website within ten business days after publication.
  • New York Public Library
    The website of a near-by world class library. There are links to the research collection (Catnyp) and to the public collections (Leo). Those who live in New York state are eligible to receive a New York Public Library card.
  • New York State Data Center
    A compilation of 2010 federal census statistics pertaining to New York state. Also includes some 1990 and 2000 federal census data.
  • New York State Documents
    This site will tell you how to access documents produced by New York state agencies.
  • New York State Library
    The New York State Library, which is located in Albany, is a part of the New York State Education Department. You can access their collection of reference databases by using the client number on your New York state driver's license or identification card. Please contact a reference librarian if you wish to obtain a book from the state library.
  • OnlineConversion
    Converts 5,00 units and does 50,000 conversions.
  • Publications of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Two publications of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning population and demographics are the National Vital Statistics Report, a monthly publication that lists the numbers of births, marriages, divorces and deaths in the United States, and Life Tables, which lists life expectancy statistics broken down by age, race and sex.
  • Quotations Page
    Contains over 26,000 quotations from 3100 authors. Searchable by keyword, or browsable by author or subject.
  • Reference Collection at
    A compilation of freely available online reference books, including the Columbia Encyclopedia, American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language and books on grammar and usage, a thesaurus, and on related topics. Keyword search can be used to search all the books in the collection.
  • Roget's Thesaurus
    The online edition of the 1995 edition, which contains 35,000 synonyms and 250,000 cross-references.
  • Search for Public Libraries
    A directory of public libraries in the U.S. and its territories maintained by the U.S. Department of Education. Gives addresses, telephone numbers and other information.
  • Suffolk County Foreign Language Catalog
    The union catalog searches the foreign language materials held at public libraries in Suffolk County. See the Reference Desk for placing interlibrary-loan requests for certain material
  • Suffolk County Library Catalog
    The library catalog of the 56 public libraries in Suffolk County. Please contact a reference librarian if you wish to obtain a book from another library.
  • Time and
    Find out what time it is for the major cities in the world.
  • Today in History
    Lists the names of famous people who were born or died not only on today's date, but also on any day of the year, along with historical events.
  • United States Bureau of the Census
    This is the home page of the federal agency responsible for the census. Has information about the demographic and economic censuses and news about the 2010 census. Also has the population clock for the United States and for the world.
  • Virtual Reference Shelf
    A collection of Internet links selected by the Library of Congress and organized into subject areas.
  • Vital Statistics of New York State
    An annual compilation of statistics on population, live births, fetal deaths, abortions, pregnancies, deaths, marriages and divorces throughout New York state.
  • WorldCat (Free version)
    Allows you to find books in libraries outside Suffolk County. Please contact a reference librarian if you wish to obtain a book from another library. Charges may be applied if the book is not available in a public library in Suffolk County.
  • Yahoo
    Yahoo is one of the original Internet search engines. Its front page features not only their search engine, but also many of the services they offer as an Internet portal.
  • Zip Codes
    Look up the five and nine digit zip codes for addresses. Clicking on the United States Postal Service icon on the top of the page takes you to the their main page.