South Plainfield Outreach and Referral Resources - Phone numbers for local, county & state resources such as emergency shelters, crisis hotlines, counseling, employment, unemployment, and more. (Borough of South Plainfield)
Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24/7. NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call. You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey)
***MORE SPECIAL N11 PHONE NUMBERS***
[Not all calls are toll-free - check with your phone company]:
311: New York City Government Information & Services (Outside NYC: 212-NEW-YORK)
[NOTE: Other cities may also have 311 services.]
411: Directory Assistance (check with your provider)
511: Road & Traffic conditions
611: Cell phone customer service (most major providers)
711: Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) for hearing- or speech-impaired
811: Call before you dig
911: Fire / Police / Medical emergencies
Acronym Finder - Need to know what acronyms like GPS or VDT stand for? Acronym Finder searchable database of more than abbreviations and acronyms about computers, technology, telecommunications, and the military.
Ask a Librarian - Before you use the Library of Congress's 'Ask a Librarian' service to get answers to your research and reference questions, first consult a librarian at the South Plainfield Public Library - we will often be able to respond more quickly, and are better able to identify and respond to your specific and ongoing needs. Once you have exhausted local resources, however, try the 'Ask A Librarian' service; you will generally receive a response within 5 business days. You can also chat online with subject specialists at certain hours. When using the 'Ask A Librarian' service, your message should explain what resources you have already consulted. See also N.J. State Library Information Center: Ask a Librarian.
Calculators & Converters: Online Conversion - 'Convert just about anything to anything else. Over 5,000 units, and 50,000 conversions. Over 5,000 units, and 50,000 conversions.' (By Robert Fogt, a website/software developer). Martindale's Calculators Online offers links to many additional online calculators and converters (currency, weights & measures, time zones, etc.) (by Jim Martindale).
Data Universe (N.J.) - A portal to public government data, with links to property records & taxes, government payrolls, school performance report cards, crime reports, and more (updated in 2015, Home News Tribune / Courier News). Google Public Data Explorer provides access to state, national, and international data on a wide range of topics, including economy, health, environment, technology, and more.
DICTIONARIES: Farlex Free Dictionary AUDIO - 'English, Medical, Legal, Financial, and Computer Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Idioms Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and a Search Engine all in one.' Use the OneLook® Dictionary Search to search dozens of web-based dictionaries from one site. See also Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary & Thesaurus AUDIO & Visual Dictionary AUDIO, and Oxford English Dictionary & Language Reference. Roget's Thesaurus is a searchable thesaurus with links to synonyms and other related words for each entry. Your Dictionary AUDIO offers a quick English dictionary & thesaurus lookup with audio pronunciation for each word, plus a directory of links to online dictionaries, including foreign language dictionaries, and specialty / technical dictionaries covering over 100 subjects. (All the above sites include advertisements)
ENCYCLOPEDIAS: Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia [Login with your library card barcode.] - Over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas. Encyclopædia Britannica Online VIDEO offers free access to articles on featured topics. A keyword search for other topics will usually display only the first parts of articles from Encyclopædia Britannica, sometimes with related links. Full access to the entire site, including complete articles and all related resources, is available only to paid subscribers. EB also offers a free trial period for full access.
Internet Archive - 'A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more.' You can also search the site for obsolete web pages; many otherwise vanished web pages and similar 'born-digital' materials (or older versions of them) are still available at the Internet Archive.
Quotation Finder - 'Attempts to collect the largest sources of quotations and related items (proverbs, sayings, maxims, amorphisms, slogans, clichés, etc.).' From this page you can search many quotation databases, but you still have to search them one at a time (personal site; by Michael Fagan). NOTE: Be aware that online quotation sources may be inaccurate.
Telephone Area Code / Country Code finder - A list of telephone area codes, mostly for the US and Canada; first part of the list gives codes in numerical order, the second part is arranged by state (personal site; by Bennet Yee). You can search the Dex Pages for U.S. residential and business phone numbers (white pages and yellow pages), or view entire phone directories in electronic format; now covers most states; replaces Verizon Telephone Directories (Dex Media). SuperPages Global provides links to directories of business and residential listings worldwide (Idearc Media). See also International Long Distance Calling Made Simple NEW!! (FCC), International Calling Codes UPDATED LINK! [Link opens a PDF] (International Telecommunication Union) and Country Codes (AT&T).
Time Magazine Best & Worst Lists - Dozens of lists from the sublime to the ridiculous, including the Time Person of the Year, Top 10 Oprah Moments, Top 10 Donald Trump Failures, Top 10 Deadliest Earthquakes, 20 Best- and Worst-Paid College Majors, Top 10 Twitter Controversies, 25 Best Financial Blogs, Top 10 Forgettable Presidents, 6 UFO Hot Spots, Top 10 Surprising Final Four Teams, Top iPhone Applications, 25 Essential Apps for Travelers, 20 Best and Worst Cities for Public Transit, Top 10 Superhero Movies, and more. Arranged by category. U.S. News & World Report Rankings include rankings for topics in education, health, money, travel, and autos.
Time of Day - The official time in all U.S. time zones. See Daylight time for a chart showing the start and end dates for Daylight Saving Time through 2025 (U.S. Naval Observatory); see also Daylight Saving Time Rules NEW! (National Institute of Standards and Technology). For a link to synchronize your computer clock via the Internet, go to NIST Internet Time Servers (National Institute of Standards and Technology). Time and Date provides times for cities around the world, plus dialing codes and related information.
TRANSLATORS: Bing Translator and Google Translate - Type words or a website URL in the space provided, use the dropdown menu to choose from among dozens of 'from and to' languages, and these translators will translate for you - but not with perfect accuracy.
U.S. Census Bureau - Official source of statistics on population and demographics, as well as economic data; see also American FactFinder. For statistics related to noteworthy events such as holidays, see the Facts for Features homepage. Fast Facts: U.S. History provides a historical portrait of the United States, highlighting census-related statistics, innovations, events, and icons for each decade from 1790 - 2010. (U.S. Census Bureau)
USA.gov - Online guide to government information and services on all topics, including benefits, grants & loans, disasters, environment, health, housing, jobs, money, travel, immigration, laws, military & veteran services, and voting & elections, as well as Government Agencies and Elected Officials, which provides contact information for federal, state, and local government agencies & elected officials (USA.gov, official U.S. government website). Core Documents of U.S. Democracy UPDATED LINK! provides links to online text of key documents such as the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Emancipation Proclamation, plus Supreme Court decisions, Congressional bills, and more (U.S. Government Publishing Office).
U.S. Naval Observatory Data - Gives sun and moon data, moon phases, eclipses, and related astronomical data. (U.S. Navy)
U.S. Postal Service - The Customer's Guide to Mailing explains postal rates and fees, different shipping options, and other services. You can also buy stamps, track packages, and arrange for shipping with carrier pickup. Includes a chart of current prices and a postage price calculator for domestic and international shipping. The U.S. Postal Service FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) answers common questions about postal services, including a list of 2018 Postal Holidays UPDATED!. Enter an address or zip code in the Post Office Locator to search for addresses, phone numbers, hours, and maps for individual post offices. [NOTE: Click on the post office name to bring up more details about that post office, including the ***LOCAL PHONE NUMBER***.] Use Zip code+4 look-up to look up 9-digit zips (Official site, U.S. Postal Service). Enter a zip code in the search box on the Payphone-Project Mailbox Locator to get a list and map showing locations of all USPS mailboxes and post offices in that zip code (not affiliated with the USPS).
Virtual Reference Shelf - Almanacs, associations, clocks, calculators, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, quotations, statistics, and other online reference books. (Library of Congress)
Vital Records: Replace Your Vital Documents - Information on how to replace lost or stolen documents, including birth, marriage, or death certificates, immigration papers, driver's licenses, passports, tax returns, social security/Medicare cards, and even damaged money (2015; USA.gov). See also Where to Write for Foreign Vital Records (2015; CDC/National Center for Health Statistics).
UNIVERSAL CLASS - Free online non-credit courses for your personal enrichment. Courses are accessible 24/7 via the Internet, and are offered in a wide variety of subjects, including business, computers, cooking, crafts & hobbies, do-it-yourself, health, history, home & garden, office skills, parenting & family, personal care, psychology, real estate, self-help, religious & spiritual studies, web development, writing, and more. You will have up to 6 months to finish each course, and each course has a real instructor you can communicate with by email! (From Recorded Books) NOTE: Once you have registered on the site, you can go directly to the Login page.
Learning Express Library™ Computer Skills Center: The Computer Skills Center offers tutorials on the most popular computer software, including Microsoft Office programs, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, and Windows (XP through 10) operating systems, as well as video courses to help beginners learn to use a computer and the internet. Also includes Job & Career Accelerator, where you can explore occupational information, search up-to-the-minute local & national job postings, create professional resumes & cover letters, practice interviewing skills, get invaluable tips & advice every step of the way, and conveniently organize & track your job-search progress all in one place! (From LearningExpress, LLC.)
Transparent Language Online: 'Web-based Language Learning that's easy, fast, and effective! Transparent Language Online is packed full of pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing, and vocabulary building lessons for over 80 languages, including ESL... the most complete language-learning system available to library patrons.' Also includes access to the mobile apps for iPhone and Android devices for language learning on the go! NOTE: New users will have to set up a personal username and password by clicking on the 'Sign Up Now' button. If you're logging on at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started. From Recorded Books.
Rosetta Stone Language Learning offers the proven immersion method of language learning that more than 20,000 schools have trusted for over 20 years. The award-winning interactive approach has been used by millions of learners around the world and now is accessible in the library - or anywhere, anytime. Includes courses in American English as well as British English!
GCF Learn Free VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Free tutorials, articles, and other learning materials aimed at helping you improve the technology, literacy, and math skills needed for success in both work and life. Over 750 free lessons and 250 videos, covering a wide range of subjects from operating ATMs and reading subway maps to using office software and running a home-based business. Free registration required. (Non-profit organization: Goodwill Community Foundation)
About.com - See DotDash.com, below.
DotDash.com - A collection of websites offering expert content on a wide range of subjects, including health, money, style, technology, travel, and more. Health information labelled ''Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician'' is reviewed by a Medical Review Board. Formerly About.com. (Part of IAC/InterActiveCorp)
Dummies.com VIDEO - The home page from the publisher of the popular 'For Dummies®' books offers a selection of how-to articles, videos, and step-by-step features on technology, money, lifestyle, careers, health, travel, hobbies, and more. 'For Dummies' videos are hosted on YouTube.
Etiquette Advice - Advice on correct behavior for work & business, friends & family, and special occasions (Emily Post Institute). The Perfect Apology offers suggestions on 'the most effective and creative ways to apologize' in a variety of personal and business situations (authors unknown). See also Friends with Disabilities & related links, and Technology Etiquette & related links.
Evaluating Web Pages - See Evaluating Websites & related links.
iFixit - 'A wiki-based site that teaches people how to fix almost anything. Anyone can create a repair manual for a device, and anyone can also edit the existing set of manuals to improve them.'
Instructables - Illustrated, step-by-step, user-contributed instructions for a wide range of projects in crafts, technology, food, home & garden, outdoor recreation, and more. 'Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your DIY creations.' [NOTE: PDF Downloads and other features are only available to paid members.]
Monkey See How-To Videos VIDEO - Free access to a growing collection of professionally-produced and user-generated how-to videos on a wide variety of topics, including Careers & Education, Health & Fitness, Hobbies & Crafts, Home & Garden, Love & Relationships, Personal Finance, Sports & Leisure, Beauty & Fashion, and more. When you select a video, the presenter's credentials are provided below the videos, under the 'Expert' tab.
Research Beyond Google - A guide to searching the 'invisible web' to find authoritative information sources on a variety of subjects. See also 250+ Killer Digital Libraries and Archives (2013, Online Education Database).