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Library Staff Web Guide

Our Web Guide offers links to websites to provide further information based on selections by information service librarians. Choose a subject guide below to expand the menu for recommended links.

Frequently Used Links
2-1-1 A Call For Help: Access to services in the 19 counties of West Central Texas in areas including housing, food, health, financial, jobs, and transportation.

Abilene Adult Education: Located at the Alta Vista Learning Center and providing access to GED Classes, Adult Basic Education, Citizenship, Literacy, and ESL courses.

Abilene Independent School District: Public school system including the magnet schools.

Abilene Regional Medical Center: Local healthcare provider offering a 231-bed facility with inpatient, outpatient, medical, surgical and emergency care.

Big Country Home Educators: The Big Country's home school coalition designed to provide information on the organization, home school laws, and links to home schooling materials.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): Access the online application to connect students to federal student aid to help when paying for higher education.

Hendrick Health System: The first healthcare facility in Abilene offering access to a 522-bed facility, a women's center, a rehab hospital, cancer center, and additional services.

HispanicAbilene.com: Offers information for the Hispanic population in Abilene including resources, calendars, newsletters, and a history of Hispanics in Abilene.

IRS Forms & Publications: Access tax forms needed for the filing process.

Medicare: Signup for Medicare, read about what Medicare covers, and find doctors, hospitals, and other services that work with Medicare.

Social Security: Apply for a Social Security card (or change the information on your card) and learn about Social Security retirement benefits.

Texas Legal Forms: Access current legal forms for Texas that can be downloaded, completed online, or printed out.

Texas Online: Provides links to offices and officials for the state of Texas, including links to just about everything you need to know dealing with the Lone Star State.

Texas Workforce Commission: State government agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas.

TRAIL List of Texas Agencies: List of each current Texas state agency with links to their websites.
Arts & Leisure

Film & Television Links

AFI (American Film Institute): Designed to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, honor artists, and education the next generation of storytellers.

FilmSite: Access the lists of the greatest films, oscar winners, history of film, directors and stars, and more from the award-winning website for film buffs, students, moviegoers, and fans of film.

Internet Movie Database: Access information on movies and actors, view trailers, search showtimes, find news information and box office results, and more in the definitive guide on movies and TV shows.

IPL Movie "Reference" Page: Locate listings on awards, databases, film festivals, film making, history, movies, and more with more than 100 resource listings.

Moviefone: Founded in 1989 serving as a great destination for everything movies and TV with news, reviews, exclusive interviews with A-list stars, galleries, trailers, original series, and more.

Movies.com: Ultimate source for everything movies including movie trailers, reviews, photos, times, tickets, and more. You'll also find movie news and cast interviews.

Texas Film Commission: Assisting filmmakers since 1971 with a complete range of film-related services and facilities from pre-production through post-production. This commission covers film, television, commercial, animation, visual effects, and video game industries in the state.

TV.com: Find information on television shows, access videos, see news, find listings, learn about actors, and more.

TV Guide: Access the online version of the guide that lets you know what's on TV, plus, signup to follow your favorite shows, create a watchlist, access news, view galleries, and more.

Fine Arts

Art History Resources: Provides access to great links on the history of art, and also includes links to museums around the world.

Artcyclopedia: Focusing on fine art painting and sculpture, this site compiles a comprehensive index of every artist represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources.

The Center for Contemporary Arts: Providing enriching and educational experiences for the region's communities through the promotion an support of artists and serving 26,000 individuals annually.

Dallas Museum of Art
: Official website to locate information on art exhibits, programs, visiting the museum, upcoming events for all ages, and more.

The Grace Museum: Local museum located in downtown Abilene offering experiences in art, science and history through exhibitions, programs, and collections; also featuring a programming, events, and a children's museum.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature: Located in Downtown Abilene and offering visual and verbal literacy celebrating the best original art published in children's literature.

World Wide Art Resources: Offers access to contemporary art news, resources, artworks, artists, original art, and more.

Music

All Music Guide: Offers a comprehensive music reference source in all genres and styles of music ranging from the most commercially popular to the most obscure.

ASCAP Index: Association of more than 300,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music.

Billboard: Access current information on the music that's blazing the music charts currently, as well as archived lists. Listen to clips of music, find information on festivals, get news on music and artists, and more.

Historic American Sheet Music: Provides access to digital images of over 16,000 pages of sheet music from over 3,000 pieces published in the U.S. between 1850 and 1920.

Kiss This Guy: Provides an online archive of misheard lyrics across a number of songs. Provides a little humor to all those songs we think we know, but might be surprised to learn what we think we're hearing.

MetroLyrics: Offers a great searchable database of song lyrics, across all genres of music, with additional content on current popular songs, a top 100 list, videos, features, artist information and more.

NetHymnal: Offers over 6,000 hymns and gospel songs from many denominations and providing access to lyrics, scores, MIDI files, pictures, history, and more.

Popular Music Index: Cites books in which sheet music can be found, serving as a good index for songs.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Your ultimate guide to learn about rock and roll and how it continues to shape our lives. Online site offers access to information on inductees, exhibits, upcoming events, a store, and more.

Theater & Dance

Broadway: Access comprehensive information about Broadway theatre and find information about shows, actors, directors, writers, lyricists, and more.

Cast Album Database: Covers information about cast albums of stage musicals and recordings of film and TV musicals which were released on long-playing records and compact discs. Content provided from 1884-2007.

Dance Magazine: Online version of the magazine, known for its Young Dancer section, reviews, dance news, and features on dancers and choreographers.

Dramatists Play Services, Inc.: Representing the American Theatre by publishing and licensing the work of new and established playwrights. Offers a searchable database, but requires fees to acquire works.

Internet Broadway Database: The official database for Broadway theatre information by providing records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today. This site is searchable by performers, characters, and more.
Business & Consumer Help

Business Assistance

allBusiness: Provides how-to articles, business forms, contracts and agreements, expert advice, news, directory listings, product comparisons, and more.  Subsidiary of Dun & Bradstreet.

BusinessUSA: A centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire, implementing a "no wrong door" approach.

Employment and Benefits Law: Provides links to many resources on topics including employment law, labor management relations, labor standards, employee rights and responsibilities, and more. Created by a Dallas CPA.

Export.gov: Information on the U.S. Government's export promotion and finance portal to deliver expert information and services from 11 government agencies.

FamBiz.com: A one-stop site for information about family business issues and challenges. Covers issues such as estate planning, hiring issues, and sibling rivalries.

Office of Women's Business Ownership
: Provides an excellent source of information for financial assistance and grant programs available to women in business.

Riley Guide: Steps in Starting Your Own Business: Offers resources for all things employment related information focusing on small businesses. Includes links on funding, legal concerns, getting started, and getting help.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives): Business counselors provide free advice to small business people via email as well as in person at their local chapters. This site has plenty of resources for American small businesses.

SIC Manual (Search): Allows users to search the 1987 version of the SIC manual and learn about regulations, enforcement, data & statistics, training, and more from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

SmartBiz: Covers a wide range of topics including marketing online, email marketing, e-Commerce, website creation, web-based software and more.

Texas Tech Small Business Development Center: An outreach program of Texas Tech University providing counseling, assistance, and training for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

U.S. Small Business Administration: National side offering valuable insights into starting, financing, and expanding a business as well as disaster assistance, compliance assistance, contracting opportunities, legislation, and regulations affecting businesses, as well as surviving in a slow economy.

Business News

Bloomberg Business: Delivers business and market news, data, analysis, and video to the world and also featuring stories from "Businessweek" and Bloomberg News.

Business Journals: Local business news from around the U.S., leading business stories of the day and industry specific news from more than 40 industries.

Entrepreneur: One of the most widely used websites by entrepreneurs and leaders in business worldwide. As the leading small business website, this site serves its visitors' needs by creating the most satisfying experience with relevant content, logical information management, and ease of access.

Money Online: Online version of the Time Warner publication.

Consumer Services

Better Business Bureau: Find any BBB in the U.S. or Canada to locate information on businesses.

Consumer Complaints & Protection: Powered by USA.gov, this site allows you to file a complaint, get a free copy of the Consumer Action Handbook, learn how to be a smart shopper, understand credit, and more.

Consumer Information Center: Access free government publications on all sorts of consumer topics. Also provides information on scams and fraud, as well as providing links to government-related consumer sites.

Consumer Review: A commercial oriented site offering user-generated buying advice for outdoor sporting goods and consumer electronics.

Consumer Search: Web-based company helping consumers find answers about what products are top-rated or best bets in their class. They try to provide consumers fast answers on products with ranked reviews and comparisons, uninfluenced by advertising or other commercial considerations.

Consumer World: Offers a collection of consumer-related links maintained by long-time consumer advocate Edgar Dworsky.

Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guide: The online arm of the long-time authoritative care information and valuation source.

FoolProof: The Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union's FoolProof Consumer Education Portal containing tutorials for teens, college students, and adults on money management and financial education.

Fuel Economy: Access and compare MPG ratings, crash test results, and more for cars dating back to 1985.

GetHuman: If you're tired of pushing buttons trying to get a real human, this site tells you which buttons to push to get around those telephone menus for hundreds of companies.

Kelley Blue Book: Online site of the company offering over 80 years of authoritative car values on both new and used cars, trucks, vans, and motorcycles.

National Consumer Law Center: A consumer advocacy group providing consumer advice, finding aids for legal consumer advocates, and other useful consumer links.

NADA Guides: The site of the National Automobile Dealers Association that values new and used autos, classic cars, power sports motorcycles, and more.

National Fraud Information Center: Operated by the National Consumers League, America's oldest nonprofit consumer organization, working to protect consumers from being victimized by fraud. User can learn about scams, determine how to spot a scam, file a complaint, and more.

Nursing Home Compare: Powered by Medicare, visitors can find detailed information about the performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the U.S.

SafeCar: A site where consumers can access information regarding vehicle recalls, filing complaints, searching for complaints and investigations, identify and reporting problems, and more as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Texas Department of Insurance ~ Consumer Protection: State department offering information important to consumers including a Bill of Rights, complaint information, filing complaints, credit scoring, consumer services and publications, information about companies, and more.

Texas Lemon Law: Access information available online if experiences problems getting your new vehicle to operate the way it should. With information on eligibility for using the law, the complaint process, and vehicle ownership tips, this site will help you determine what steps you can take.

Texas Tenants Information: Compiled by various sources, access links relating to information regarding tenants and their rights from a number of organizations online.

U.S. Consumer Gateway: A U.S. government site offering access to a broad range of federal information resources available online. It is also designed to be able to locate information by category.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Offers information on products, safety education, recalls, the reporting of unsafe projects, regulations and standards, and more.

Databases & Directories

Better Business Bureau: Find any BBB in the U.S. or Canada to locate information on businesses.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Unequaled for economic statistics including labor market, hours and earnings, Consumer Price Index, and Producer Price Index.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: Federal government assistance programs for individuals, organizations, and businesses.

Consumer Price Index: Hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards containing lists of historical CPI's as well as information on how to use the CPI and how the CPI is calculated.

CPA Directory: A database of Certified Public Accountants and PA firms in the U.S., which is searchable by name, location, and industry focus.

Texas Economic Development Business Research: Providing timely information on doing business in Texas including economic and demographic data, analyses and information on industries, and communities statewide.

Thomas Industrial Buying Guide: Locate manufacturers, distributors and service providers anywhere in the U.S. or Canada with over 67,000 product categories to choose from.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: The place to visit to find information on patents and trademarks.

Economics

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Unequaled for economic statistics including labor market, hours and earnings, Consumer Price Index, and Producer Price Index.

Consumer Price Index: Hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards containing lists of historical CPI's as well as information on how to use the CPI and how the CPI is calculated.

Texas Economic Development Business Research: Providing timely information on doing business in Texas including economic and demographic data, analyses and information on industries, and communities statewide.

Universal Currency Converter: Provides up-to-the-minute currency exchange rates for over 180 currencies, while also providing rates and analyses.

Investing

BigCharts: This historical quotes tool allows you to look up a security's exact closing price by typing in the symbol and a historical date to view a quote and mini-chart for that security. Also provides up-to-the-minute stock quotes and Dow and NASDAQ trading levels.

Investing for the Long Run: Free pdf document with strategies and solutions to help you shape up your personal finances.

Investor Education: Investor resources for all ages and types of investors including background checks on investment professionals and ability to file complaints against. Also find the latest investor news and bulletins, financial calculators, games, and free books and brochures that may be downloaded.

InvestorWords: Comprehensive glossary of investment terminology with over 8,000 terms and links between related terms.

Kitco: Providing excellent resources for getting closing prizes on gold, silver, and other precious metals.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Investor Education and Assistance: Provides much valuable information including tips on online investing, a questions and answer film, investor alerts, and more.

Yahoo! Finance Mutual Funds Center: Searching with the fund's symbol, get current net asset value, year-to-date and 5-year average returns, yields, Morningstar overall and risk ratings, detailed descriptions of the fund's investment strategy profile of the fund's managers, and more.

Real Estate

City Comparisons: If you're thinking of moving, compare your present city to other cities across North America for cost-of-living, real estate, and other defining factors.

Moving: A wealth of information to help you choose your next home, including city comparisons, real estate, education information, moving and storage guides, mortgage calculators, and more.

Realtor.com: The official site of the National Association of Realtors that sets the benchmark for all things real estate related where you can also configure mortgages, home refinancing, compare fixed vs. adjustable rates, renting vs. buying, home valuation projections, and more.

Trulia: Provides lots of interior and exterior photos of properties for sale, while also providing information on neighborhood demographics, school information, and criminal activity, as well as a very user-friendly mortgage search function.

Zillow: In addition to giving value estimates of homes, this site offers features including value changes of each home in a given time frame, aerial views of homes, and prices of comparable homes in the area.

Community & Local Resources

Education

Abilene Adult Education: Located at the Alta Vista Learning Center and providing access to GED Classes, Adult Basic Education, Citizenship, Literacy, and ESL courses. Daytime and Evening classes offered.

Abilene Christian Schools: Accredited Pre-K through 12th grade college prepatory school with a mission of integrating Christian faith into everything they do, teach, and sponsor.

Abilene Christian University: Private university affiliated with the Church of Christ offering educational services to about 4,600 students annually from nearly every state and 43 nations and offering 71 baccalaureate majors in more than 125 areas of undergraduate study and graduate programs.

Abilene Independent School District: Public school system serving Abilene residents through 12th grade. Additional links includes the magnet schools for Academy for Technology Engineering Math & Science (A.T.E.M.S.), Holland Medical High School.

Cisco Junior College: Local junior college accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer educational resources in Abilene & Cisco as a public institution.

Hardin-Simmons University
: Private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas offering educational resources to more than 2,300 students a year in various graduate and undergraduate programs.

Jim Ned Independent School District: Public school system serving residents of Tuscola, Buffalo Gap, and Lawn as a consolidated school district.

Kenley School: Local school established for the teaching of students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities designed for boys and girls in 1st through 8th grade.

McMurry University: Private university affiliated with the United Methodist Church offering educational resources to more than 1,000 students each year and offering a curriculum of 45 majors.

Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing: A consortium of Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University offering education towards baccalaureate and advanced practice nursing degrees.

Premier High School of Abilene: Charter school offering individual attention and an academic program allowing students to work at a reasonable pace to maximize their strengths and strengthen their weaknesses.

Region 14 Education Service Center: Serving 42 school districts located in the 13 counties that make up the region to deliver services to over 3,900 educators and 200 administrators across 160 campus sites.

Texas State Technical College - West Texas
: Local technical college to prepare students for a career in a high-tech, high-demand job and offering a wide range of programs and career tracks.

Texas Tech Health Science Center School of Pharmacy: Offering educational opportunities for the health care industry by offering access to a School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy.

Wylie Independent School District: Public school system serving Wylie residents from early childhood through 12th grade.

Health & Medicine

Abilene Behavioral Health: Behavioral health care facility licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services offering care for addiction, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and additional behavioral issues.

Abilene Regional Medical Center: Community healthcare provider offering a 231-bed facility with inpatient, outpatient, medical, surgical and emergency care, as well as an Accredited Chest Pain Center and the area's only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Abilene State Supported Living Center: 176-acre state supported living center that's home to 333 people and serving 18 counties in the Big Country as well as fostering vocational services and supported employment.

Dr. J's Express Care: Open 7-days a week providing medical services for urgent care and occupational services. Offers online services, check-in, bill pay, and accepts most major insurance.

Hendrick Health System: The first healthcare facility in Abilene, TX offering access to a 522-bed facility, a women's center, a rehabilitation hospital, cancer center, and additional innovative services.

Shades of Hope: All-addiction treatment center specializing in the intensive treatment of eating disorders and located in Buffalo Gap.

Walk-In Care Clinic: Specializes in minor emergency care medical services including sprains, strains, fractures, cuts, allergies, earaches and more. Open 7-days a week and no appointments necessary.

West Texas Rehabilitation Center: Private, non-profit corporation begun as a treatment center for children with cerebral palsy, but now responds to the needs of the community offer a wide array of outpatient physical, communication, and hearing services to people across West Texas.

Miscellaneous

Abilene City Council Meetings (Video): Watch videos of the City Council Meetings recorded by the City of Abilene.

Abilene Convention & Visitor's Bureau: Providing information to residents and visitors of Abilene on places to visit, stay, and eat in the area. Also covers local events and information about local businesses, organizations, and venues.

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council: As an affiliate of the Chamber of Commerce, this organization promotes, encourages, and supports the arts for Abilene.

Abilene Reporter-News: Local newspaper for the Abilene community; full access online requires a subscription.

Abilene Philharmonic: Orchestra performing world class pieces that draw audiences from more than 50 Texas cities and providing a classroom curriculum following with live performances for school children, master classes, and more.

The Center for Contemporary Arts: Providing enriching and educational experiences for the region's communities through the promotion an support of artists and serving 26,000 individuals annually.

Dyess Air Force Base: Official website of the Dyess Air Force Base, home of the 7th Bomb Wing and located just outside Abilene.

Fort Phantom Hill: Open to visitors, Fort Phantom Hill is one of the most pristine historic sites in Texas and one of the second line of forts laid out in the early 1850's to protect the westward-moving frontier of Texas settlement.

Frontier Texas: Western heritage history museum, gift shop, and visitor center allowing guests to relive the Old West through state-of-the-art technology.

The Grace Museum
: Local museum located in downtown Abilene offering experiences in art, science and history through exhibitions, programs, and collections; also featuring a programming, events, and a children's museum.

HispanicAbilene.com: Offering the community with a look at Hispanic life in the area, events, services, newsletters, and a printed circular available at the library.

KRBC: Local NBC affiliate.

KTAB: Local CBS affiliate.

KTXS: Local ABC affiliate.

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature: Located in Downtown Abilene and offering visual and verbal literacy celebrating the best original art published in children's literature.

Paramount Theatre: Fully restored theater that stands as an icon for the revitalization of the downtown district and offering a glimpse in our cinematic and theatrical past.

Services

2-1-1 A Call For Help: Connects users with information about services in the 19 counties that make up West Central Texas.

Abilene 411: Offering access to community resources serving West Central Texas.

Abilene Better Business Bureau: Offering consumers and businesses resources including business and charity reviews, complaints, statistics, ratings, and more.

Abilene Chamber of Commerce: Organization that exists to develop and promote the economy and quality of life in the Abilene area.

Abilene Convention & Visitor's Bureau: Providing information to residents and visitors of Abilene on places to visit, stay, and eat in the area. Also covers local events and information about local businesses, organizations, and venues.

Abilene Industrial Foundation: Agency of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce responsible for site selection assistance, marketing, and existing business retention/expansion, and more.

Abilene Library Consortium: Regional nonprofit organization for all types of libraries that locally serves the Abilene Public Library, the Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, and McMurry University libraries, as well as Howard Payne University library.

Low-Income Housing for Abilene: Find affordable housing in the Abilene area.

Rescue the Animals: Rescue organization covering 20 West Texas counties helping homeless animals, promoting spay/neuter, and fighting animal abuse and neglect.

Taylor County: Connecting the community with county information and resources including election information, job openings, navigating the court system, and more.

Taylor County Central Appraisal District: Provides access to property tax information for the county.

Texas Tech Small Business Development Center: An outreach program of Texas Tech University providing counseling, assistance, and training for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Computers & Technology

Computer Resources

4Tests: Offering free online practice tests with exams including MCSE, MCSD, Sun Java, Windows 2000, Visual Studio, Office, and more.

Bleeping Computer: Online community providing free original content consisting of computer help and tutorials in a way that the beginning computer user will understand. Browse topics, ask questions, access a glossary of terms, and more.

Computer Help A to Z: Free website offering tips, articles, and resources to help you learn how to use a computer. Areas covered includes computer basics, hardware, software, tips, computer terms, and more.

Deskbright: A site in development to teach people computer literacy skills. Currently featuring Excel tutorials.

Dr. Dobb's World of Software Development: Provides articles, news, blogs, source code, etc. on all the subjects of web design and development.

Finding Information on the Internet: Tutorial page offering beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses on using the Internet's resources to find information.

The Geek Squad: Although most help comes for a fee, there is a great Do-It-Yourself section offering tips for assisting you with your computers, gadgets, software programs, and more.

Glossary of Internet Terms: This site will offer short, clear definitions for most Internet-related terms you want to know.

HTML Goodies: Free HTML tutorials and help, images, color codes and more for the web developer. Also features tutorials on HTML tags, programming, basics, JavaScript, frames, and more.

Javascript Kit: Offers free tutorials including Javascript and DHTML. Also available are references, applets, coding forums, and some freeware.

Learn the Net: Covers everything from Internet history to basic and advanced tutorials.

Microsoft Office Training: Provides free tutorials on how to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other program in Microsoft Office and provided by Microsoft itself. Offers help for versions dating back to 2007.

Netdictionary: An alphabetical reference guide to technical, cultural, and humorous terms related to the Internet.

NetLingo: An online dictionary containing hundreds of words that are emerging as it relates to technology and the community of the Internet.

Open WiFi Spots ~ Abilene: Locate all the businesses offering free WiFi in the Abilene community. You may also expand your search to find access points nationwide, covering over 66,000 WiFi hotspots in the community.

PC Support: Offering free PC and tech support for a number of areas and includes a searchable database, news stories, and more.

PERL Programming Language: Offers assistance in understanding this feature-rich programming language by providing documentation, help tools, learning tools with video, and more.

Scambusters: Offers information on how to avoid falling victim to Internet scams, identity theft, and spam, having been in operation since 1994.

Wired: Access news stories, articles, and coverage of all things technology-related by the experts. Covers a wide variety of associated topics.

ZDNet: Starting point for those who want to read about the world of computers and technology in general.

Technology Resources

CNN Technology: Provides up-to-date news coverage in all forms of technology.

How Stuff Works: If you've ever wondered how refrigerators, DVD players, or diesel engines work then you can find those answers, and much more, at this site.

National Inventors Hall of Fame: Search for brief biographies of famous inventors by their names, their inventions, or their dates of induction into the Hall of Fame.

Live Science - Technology: Access current articles and videos from a renowned site designed to educate, inspire, and trigger buying decisions across an array of tech-related product and service categories.

MIT Technology Review: The leading school on technology provides a site to lead the global conversation on technologies that matter to equip people with the intelligence to understand how the world is shaped by technology.

Popular Science - Technology: Learn about the innovations that help shape our world, for better or for worse, with wide coverage of stories relating to all forms of technology

TED Talks
: Offer over 1,900 videos designed to provide you with short and powerful talks and lectures across a number of topics and subjects including technology.
Education & Home Schooling

Financial Aid

American Student Assistance: College Planning: Designed to help young people and adults plan for college and find sources of financial aid .

American Indian College Fund: Scholarship information aimed specifically at Native Americans, while also including contact information, career center help, tribal colleges, donor information, and more.

Compendium of Texas Colleges & Financial Aid Calendar: Online version of the booklet published by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation containing a list of colleges and universities in Texas.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): Access the online application to connect students to federal student aid to help when paying for higher education.

FastWeb: Offers a large scholarship search. Students can create a free account and be connected with scholarships to apply for, deadlines for submissions, tracking of scholarships, and more.

FinAid: Find different types of financial aid and learn how each of them work. Also learn about savings, military aid, find answers to general questions, and more.

Financial Aid Toolkit: Provides federal student aid information and outreach tools for counselors, college access professionals, nonprofit mentors, and others.

GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine
Access a wealth of availble scholarships for free with no account, or signup for a free account to track scholarships, deadline, and submissions.

U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post Secondary Education: Discover information on financial aid including student loans, grants, laws, data, and how to find the information you need across a number of topics.

Home Schooling

ADPRIMA: Offers home schoolers with links and information to resources for home schooling including information for new teachers, lesson planning, teaching methods, curriculums, and more.

Big Country Home Educators: The Big Country's home school coalition designed to provide information on the organization itself, home school laws, and some links to home schooling materials publishers.

The Home School Mom: A guide to the best home school resources available online containing over 1,500 pages of resources for new and veteran home schoolers alike with many downloads. Find information on Home School 101, high school and beyond, help by subject areas, free stuff, and more.

Home School World: From the editors of "Practical Homeschooling" magazine, this site offers links to articles, organizations, and events.

Homeschool.com: A great resource for the home schooling community offering information on resources, curriculums, accredited online curriculums, news, freebies, and more.

Texas Home School Coalition: A nonprofit offering support to home schoolers in Texas. This organization has a Christian foundation. It will not provide for information for the curriculum seeker, but will offer a directory of other home school organizations in Texas.

Institutions & Agencies

American Universities: Established by the University of Florida, this page provides links to American Universities granting bachelor or advanced degrees and offering a page for each university.

Apply Texas: Learn how to apply for admission to Texas colleges online in a site offering a centralized means to apply for many institutions in Texas.

Campus Tours: Offering virtual tours and campus maps utilized by more than 7 million students and prospective students. For represented campuses, you will find maps, virtual tours, and walking tours.

College for Texans
: A complete guide to everything a Texan needs to know about preparing for, applying for, and paying for college or technical school.

College and University Rankings: Hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this site offers links to ranking services and a discussion of rankings and their validity.

CollegeNET: Offers you a chance to search for 2-year and 4-year colleges by name or state, graduate programs, vocational and technical schools, and more.

National Public School and School District Locator: Search for schools and school districts across the country. If your search does not list the school or district you're hoping for, read the Search Tips for more help.

Online College Database: Provides accurate information to ease the decision making process for post-secondary education for high school students, college students, and adult learners.

Texas Education Agency: Provides access to education law, school data, curriculum and assessment, educational programs, accountability and accreditation, and school finance and grant information.

Texas State Teachers Association: Offers information about the association, tips for parents, and advocacy information.

Online Learning

American Distance Education Consortium: A nonprofit distance education consortium composed of approximately 65 state universities and land-grand colleges.

Coursera: Offers free courses through well-respected universities such as Duke, Princeton, and Stanford. Areas includes education, humanities, sciences, and more.

Freenet: Connects users with online free courses on lots of topics including a top ten list of programs, GED & College Prep, math help, and more.

Khan Academy: A nonprofit organization with the goal of providing a free world class education to anyone.

Other/Miscellaneous

Digital Classroom: Presented from the National Archives and Records Administration to provide teachers with national documents, research, and more.

Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2013-NCES: Presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population. This is a joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics.

Literacy Information and Communication System: A national leadership initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, to expand evidence-based practice in the field of adult education.

Peterson's Education and Career Center: Connects prospective students with the leading information on resources for those interested in applying for college, graduate school, online schools, and information for international students.

School Choices: Presents the viewpoint that free educational markets produce a better quality of educational experiences.

Resources for Parents & Educators

Exworthy Educational Links: Provides basic educational links for teachers, parents, and students.

Federal Resources for Education: FREE makes it easier to find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public/private organizations.

LiteracyLink: Create a free account and access information for underserved and hard-to-reach adults and their teachers all the way to quality adult basic education and GED preparation tools.

OSERS: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services: An agency that supports programs that assist in educating children with special needs while also providing for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities.

Region 14 Service Center: Offers access to Abilene's Educational Service Center comprised of 43 school districts serving approximately 50,000 students in 13 counties.

School Psychology Resources Online: Offers information to research learning disabilities, ADHD, functional behavioral assessment, autism, adolescence, parenting, psychological assessment, special education, mental retardation, mental health, and more.

SERI: Special Education Resources on the Internet: Offers a collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields of Special Education.

Standardized Tests

4Tests: Provides practice tests for all of the major standardized tests including the SAT, ACT, GED, LSAT, and more. It also includes practice tests and information for some professional licensing exams.

ETS: Educational Testing Service Network: Connects you with standardized tests, practice questions, college searches, and more

General Education Development (GED) Testing Service: Provides information and links for those interested in taking the GED.

Kaplan Educational Centers: Includes information about tests like the GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and GRE. Information is included on college entrance exams, but you'll find even more for graduate school entrance exams.

THEA: Find information on the Texas Higher Education Assessment entrance exam for colleges including registration, preparing for the exam, frequently asked questions, getting your results, and more.

TExES/ExCET: Locate information on the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards and the Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas. You'll find information about the program and services, registration bulletin, and more, as well as study guides and preparation manuals.

Varsity Tutors: Offers free practice tests for the GED, SAT, and other popular standardized test and featured on Forbes, NBC, the Huffington Post, Fox, USA Today, and CBS.
Health, Food & Fitness

Fitness

BMI Calculator: Powered by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, calculate your body mass index to measure your body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.

Everyday Health - Fitness: Offers a wealth of information on a variety of fitness topics including workout information, fitness motivation, and more.

Fitness: Online version of the magazine for accessing information on diets & weight loss, workouts, workout videos, healthy recipes, and great free stuff.

Fitness.com: Offers a wealth of information and links to a variety of resources including exercises, recipes, fitness tools, forums, and more.

Exercise and Physical Fitness - MedlinePlus: From the U.S. National Library of Medicine, access a variety of health and fitness topics and the importance of regular physical activity for your overall health.

MedicineNet - Health & Living: Offering knowledge from medical doctors, access information on the importance of physical activity, fitness terms, getting started with a plan, incorporating physical activity into your everyday life, and more.

Men's Health: Online version of the popular men's magazine offering great information on training, weight loss, workouts, newsletters, news, articles, and more aimed at men.

President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition: Official site designed to engage, educate, and empower all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Self: Access the online version of the popular magazine providing information on fitness, food, and wellness, while also offering information on fashion and beauty.

Shape: Online version of the popular magazine offering a section on fitness, healthy eating, and weight loss to connect you with workouts, training plans, workout finders, playlists, news, and more.

WebMD - Fitness & Exercise: Access information on fitness and exercise from an authoritative online medical reference site. Also offers links to many articles on related topics for up-to-date information.

Women's Health: Online version of the magazine, aimed especially at women, providing information on food, weight loss, workouts, fitness, and ways to get you up and moving for the best benefits.

General Health

Facts About Environment-Related Diseases and Health Risks: The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences created this site to provide links to information on diseases in which the environment plays a role.

Go Ask Alice!: Columbia University's Health Education Program designed to connect you with health questions and answers.

Hardin Meta Directory of Internet Health Sources: From the University of Iowa to provide links to information online on a host of medical issues and illnesses.

Health Information and Statistics
: Compilation of links compiled by the Texas Department of State Health Services and searchable by subjects.

Health World Online
: Connecting people with alternative health options for those seeking natural solutions for your health.

Human Anatomy Online: The information Graphics Corporation produced this site to offer you a look at the human anatomy and all our systems providing 2D and 3D interactive guides.

Internet Mental Health
: A commercial-free site with descriptions of common mental disorder, information on diagnosis criteria and common drug treatments, and lots of links to other mental health information on the Internet.

KidsHealth: The Nemours Children's Clinics sponsor dedicated to all aspects of children's and teens' health.

Mayo Clinic Health Oasis: Offers daily news on diseases, treatments, drugs, diet, and more from one of the leading medical clinics in the world.

Merck Manual: Offers a consumers version for accessing information on medical topics, symptoms, emergencies, drug information, and news.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Check out the "Health Information and Education Programs" section for information on digestive, endocrine, metabolic, kidney, urologic, and hematologic diseases, as well as on diabetes, nutrition, and obesity.

National Library of Medicine: Online site of the U.S. National Library of Medicine to connect you with information on all medical-related issues and news.

National Organization for Rare Diseases: Designed to connect people with information on rare diseases, as well as resources for parents/caregivers seeking to help those fighting the battle.

National Women's Health Resource Center: A source for links to Internet sites concerning all sorts of women's health conditions and issues.

Needy Meds: Offers information on assistance programs offered by various pharmaceutical companies; however, they do not supply medicine or financial assistance themselves.

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man Database: Part of the National Center for Biotechnology Information that includes, among many other things, research histories of many genetic conditions.

Texas Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology: Created to provide information about Epidemiology, selected diseases, injuries, environmental exposures, and epidemiologic investigations in Texas.

Texas Hospital Association Online: Access information on Texas hospitals and the 369,000 health care professionals they employ. Access news, advocacy, issues, education, data, providers, and more.

Health Conditions

(AIDS) AIDS Knowledge Base: A textbook on HIV disease from the University of California, San Francisco, and the San Francisco General Hospital to acquire information on treatment, prevention, and more.

(Alcoholism) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Provides access to the full-text of many of their publications on alcohol related research and information on the web.

(Allergies) All Allergy: Everything intolerance, allergy, and hypersensitivity sufferers and health-care professionals need to know about allergies.

(Cancer) Texas Cancer Data Center: Designed to assist the public in locating resources about the different phases of cancer care as funded by the Texas Cancer Council.

(Cancer) Herbs: From the Memorial SLoan-Kettering Cancer Center, this site provides objective information for oncologists and healthcare professions including a clinical summary for each agent.

(Colds & Flu) Better Homes and Gardens Cold and Flu Guide: Check off the symptoms and an interactive program diagnoses cold, flue, or allergy to recommend remedies.

(Colds & Flu) Common Cold Centre: Information provided on the all-too-common cold from Cardiff University in the U.K.

(Colds & Flu) FluNet: World Heath Organization's information on the flu.

Health Indexes & Directories

American Medical Association Doctor Finder: Connects users with an online locater tool to help you find the doctor to meet your medical names. Features multiple methods to search for a physician.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Offering 24/7 coverage of diseases and conditions, healthy living, traveler's information, outbreaks, publications and more to the public.

Healthcare.gov: Find information on getting healthcare coverage, information on plans, and getting the answers you need for individuals and families.

Health Care Report Cards
: This site provides ratings by state, geographic area, and hospital for performance in various specialties and procedures.

HealthFinder: Government health site with links to resource-rich health links covering all sorts of health conditions from Acne to Zidovudine.

Learning Disabilities

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Offers online fact sheets about ADD and links to other sites for more information.

Learning Disabilities Online: Described as the interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and children including in-depth articles on a wide variety of issues.

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association: Offers information on ADD, its treatments, support groups, legal issues, and more.

Nutrition & Food Safety

Blonz Guide to Nutrition and Food Science: Offers nutrition, food, and health resources on a variety of topics promoting wellness from Dr. Edward Blonz.

Eat Right: Provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improve the public's health and nutrition.

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition: Access information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on topics including recalls, outbreaks, illnesses, ingredients, news, and more.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Online portal for the organization working towards achieving food security to eradicate hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition.

Food and Nutrition Information Center: Designed for the public and educators with the goal of helping you to find information on food and nutrition topics most frequently asked about by consumers.

Gluten-Free Information: Find recipes for gluten-free foods as well as news and articles related to gluten-free living.

International Union of Nutritional Sciences: Designed to promote the advancement of nutrition science and encourage communication and collaboration among nutrition scientists.

National Food Safety Database: Project utilized by the Cooperative Extension Service, consumers, industries, and other public health organization as an informative management program providing one-stop shopping for food safety information.

Your Nutrition Profile:
A project of the Dietitians of Canada to allow you to calculate the nutrition content of an average day's food intake.

Parenting & Pregnancy

Baby Center: Offers information on getting pregnant, pregnancy, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, bigger kids, health, and more for parents.

Black and Married with Kids: The web's most popular destination for guidance for African American marriage and parenting offering information on topics including being single, dating, parenting, money, blended families, and more.

KidsHealth: Offers knowledge, advice, homework help, straight talk, and more with sections designed for parents, for kids, for teens, and for educators.

National Parent Education Network: Provided by the Educational Resources Information Center offering various full-text resources such as ERIC digest materials, articles from Parents magazine, and articles written for the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Parenthood: Established to help families grow and connecting you with resources in your area. Search their extensive database of regional parenting magazines, digital editions, and local web sites across the country.

Parents: Online version of the popular magazine offering you a wide range of information on all topics related to pregnancy and parenting. Also includes a baby names section, food, health, fun, summer, videos, and more.

ParentsPlace: With over 30 years of experience, this site believes the most important job you can do is parenting and this site connects you with resources to help you be the best parent you can.
History & Genealogy

Genealogy | Associations

Federation of Genealogical Societies: Provides links for anyone interested in genealogy. The above link will provide access societies in Texas; however, you can search all states and find more information and contacts.

National Genealogical Society: Established to serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training and promoting access to genealogical records.

Texas State Genealogical Society: Organized and operated as a non-profit whose mission is to research, record, accumulate, reproduce, distribute, and circulate genealogical and historical material.

West Texas Children's Aid and Welfare Association: Established in 2002 so adoptees or their families may be able to locate and contact one another.

West Texas Genealogical Society: Covering 13 counties in West Texas, the purpose of the society is to promote interest, research, and preservation of family histories. Group meets regularly in Abilene.

Genealogy | Miscellaneous

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet: Provides a comprehensive, categorized and cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

HeritageQuest Online (Database): Library Card Required: Click on "Research Aids" when you log in and access guides to help you get started when it comes to genealogy researching.

Mary's Genealogy Treasures: Canadian site providing genealogy links to several countries and ethnic groups as well as research aides. Sections provided on the U.S. as well.

Researching Your Family Tree: A free web course in basic genealogy research. This self-paced tutorial is designed for beginning genealogists with basic computer and Internet skills.

Texas Cemeteries: Provides cemetery histories, inscription records, directions, and photographs of Texas cemeteries and burial grounds. Stories, inscription records, directions, and photographs.

The USGenWeb Project: Created by a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and state of the U.S.

The USGenWeb Project ~ Taylor County: Provides access to the Taylor County Archives portion of USGenWeb.

Genealogy | Records

National Archives and Records Administration: The nation's record keeper of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted in the U.S. federal government.

Public Information Online
: Searchable database of state, national, and international online public records including property, criminal, court, birth, death, marriage, and more. May require fees for full access.

Texas Department of Health's Bureau of Vital Statistics: Access vital records for Texas including birth and death certificates, marriage applications, and divorce records.

Vital Records Information for the United States: Connects users with information on where to obtain vital records information from each state, territory, and county of the United States.

Genealogy | Searches

Abilene Reporter-News ~ Search Page: Powered by Legacy.com, this site allows you to perform searches for obituaries and guest books through the Abilene Reporter-News.

Family Reunion: Search for family reunion locations and dates online. Please note that the reunion has to be announced on this page by a family member for it to be listed.

Family Search: Provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, this nonprofit site allows you to search through a large collection of genealogical and historical records.

Find a Grave: A volunteer run site for locating over 121 million grave sites including famous grave sites, searching by location and date, looking at most popular searches and more.

MyHeritage: Founded by a team of people with a passion for genealogy with a vision for making it easier for people to use the Internet to discover their heritage. Register on this site to search billions of records.

Rootsweb: Powered by Ancestry.com to search births, deaths, marriages, and divorces all over the world with search tools available through the site.

Rootsweb - Taylor County: Powered by Ancestry.com to Search births, deaths, marriages, and divorces in the Taylor County area.

History | Country Studies

CIA World Factbook: The CIA World Factbook contains plenty of detailed information on the geography, demographics, government and economics of countries, territories, and regions of interest to the U.S.

LC Country Studies: Offers information on countries including history, economics, culture, etc., in an effort first sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army.

Nationmaster: Access information for comparing statistics from several nations from a compilation of data from hundreds of sources.

History | Miscellaneous

Anne Frank Center USA: This center uses the diary and spirit of Anne Frank as unique tools to advance her legacy and educate young people about the dangers of intolerance.

Costume Gallery: Provides a look at costumes from the past and what people were wearing as far back as the 1800s.

World Flag Database: Offers brief country information with images of flags. Contains over 260 pages with country name, capital, currency, and other facts.

History | Texas History

12th Armored Division: Serving as a display and teaching museum for the study of World War II and its impact on the American people. Located across the street from the Main Library.

HispanicAbilene.com: Offers information for the Hispanic population in Abilene including resources, calendars, newsletters, and a history of Hispanics in Abilene.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas: Founded in 1891 to perpetuate the memory and spirit of those who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas.

Fort Phantom Hill Lake: Learn about the rich history of Lake Fort Phantom Hill. Acquire information if visiting and view a calendar of upcoming events.

Journal of Texas Music History: The first academic journal to focus on all aspects of southwestern music history and part of the History Department at Texas State University.

New Handbook of Texas: One of the best and most authoritative sources of information on Texas history as a project of the Texas State Historical Association.

Portal to Texas History: Serving as a gateway to Texas history materials to discover anything from an ancestor's picture in a college yearbook to a rare historical map.

Taylor County Historical Commission: Government office organized to remind the residents of the area of their heritage, and to keep alive the names and places which are important to the rich history of this region.

Texas History and Culture: Offers links and information to sites concerning Texas history thanks to El Centro College.

History | U.S. History

African American Registry: Access to a calendar-based series of Black American accomplishments from before the Mayflower to the present. This site also contains a poetry and lyrics link which holds collected works of both genres of Black culture.

The American Presidency: The Miller Center is a nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation's governance challenges.

American Rhetoric: Contains over 5,000 speeches and sermons, plus a declaration or two, and indexed on this site that contains some of the most stirring words in history.

Battlefield Vietnam: Includes a brief history, timeline, information on guerrilla tactics and air war from the PBS site.

Founding Fathers Page: Hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration, this site offers brief biographical information on the 55 delegates to the Constitutional convention.

Poetry and Music of the War Between the States: Offers both Union and Confederate music and poetry written during and after the War.

POTUS: Presidents of the United States: Locate background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Also provides links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites.

History | World History

Gifts of Speech: Provides access to speeches made by influential contemporary women.

The History Place: Offers a guide to interesting people, important events, birthdays, and more.

HistoryNet - This Day in History: Discover what happened on this day in history as well as exploring different points in history for researching purposes.

World War I Trenches on the Web: An Internet History of the Great War: Provides statistics, biographies, song lyrics, timelines, and much more recommended by the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission, The Library of Congress, the U.S. National Archives, and more.
Jobs & Careers
Career Advice: Offers hundreds of career profiles matching interests and abilities with the latest employment and salary information from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Career Builder: Offers one of the best job search sites to allow you to search employment ads in many major newspapers around the country. You can also post your resume and search for information on some employers.

Career Key: Provides a series of multiple-choice questions followed by a personality profile. At the end, you can access detailed information in the Occupational Outlook Handbook about the careers that match your personality and interests.

Career OneStop: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor that includes America's Career InfoNet, America's Job Bank, and America's Service Locator.

Career Resource Center: Offering thousands of links to a wide variety of career resources on the Internet.

Federal Jobs Digest: Online version of the magazine which reports worldwide Federal vacancy announcements and news of Federal hiring.

Glassdoor: Search millions of job listings, see anonymous salary details for any job or company, and see what real employees have to say about any company.

Green Careers Guide: A resource guide for jobs in the renewable energy industry including solar, wind, and geothermal. The site also offers step by step articles to help the unemployed ease into the Green Economy.

Hloom's Templates: Access information on selecting the right resume for the employment you seek, while accessing a host of resume templates that are free to download and use.

Indeed: Search engine for finding jobs, allowing job seekers to find jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards, including Career Builder and Monster.

JobHunt: Screened job-search resources and services based on their merit, not money they might pay for being included.

Monster: Site for job seekers and employers with global opportunities to search through national job positions.

MyJobApps: Allows users to research salaries, benefits, download job applications as well as find targeted jobs in a specific geographic area with over 1,500 major companies.

Net-Temps: Job posting board with contract, temporary, and permanent positions. Job seekers can post their resumes so hundreds of companies can view their qualifications.

Neuvoo - Texas: Job aggregator that lists available jobs in your area.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Online version of the Department of Labor publication providing information on job fields, training, education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, and more.

Raw Resume: Offers in-depth information about resume organization and how to create your own, while avoiding pitfalls in our modern age of technology and social media.

Riley Guide: Librarian created guide to introduce you to the online job search, listing many online sites and services that are useful for your job search. It does not post jobs nor resumes but points you to the places to go.

Texas Workforce Commission: State government agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas.
Law & Government

Law & Legal | Citizenship (U.S.)

Citizenship Quiz: Access citizenship quizzes to take online to test your knowledge, while also being able to access guides to the quiz and 100 citizenship questions in English and Spanish provided by the History Channel.

Citizenship Requirements (FindLaw): Addresses the requirements for applying for U.S. citizenship from a legal service online. Provides basic information.

International Rescue Committee: Organization responding to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helping people to rebuild their lives in new countries, while supporting refugees with immigration assistance and local resources.

Travel.State.Gov: From the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, access information on citizenship laws and policies and, how to acquire citizenship, and what constitutes a loss of it.

United States Citizenship - U.S. Immigration Services: Access immigration services that's affordable, easy, and secure including applying for citizenship, renewing or replacing a green card, sponsoring a relative for a green card, and more.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Obtain information on U.S. citizenship, acquiring a green card, official forms, citizenship, and more.

U.S. Citizenship & Service Help Center: Access free online practice tests and receive information about the citizenship interview process.

U.S. Immigration: Obtain information on preparing for your U.S. Citizenship with a step-by-step guide to completing the Form N-400, or the U.S. Citizenship application, online.

Law & Legal | Criminology

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics: Data from more than 100 sources concerning aspects of criminal justice in the U.S. displayed in over 1,000 tables.

Uniform Crime Reports: Provided by the FBI, access crime statistics produced from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the U.S.

Law & Legal | Reference

AVVO: Offers ratings, reviews, and disciplinary records for lawyers in every state so you may find the right lawyer for you.

FindLaw: This national site will help you find a lawyer and research various legal topics. Also has resources for legal professionals as well.

GetLegal: Information and advice on most any legal topic for the layman. Also includes information on attorneys, how to market law firms online, how to hire an attorney, "crazy" laws still in force, and more.

LawGuru: Provides reliable free legal information and advice from attorneys nationwide.

Nolo Press Self-Help Law Center: Offers a legal dictionary and encyclopedia, directory of lawyers and consumer legal information, and tips on a multitude of topics.

TexasLawHelp: An online site offering a simple, one-stop resource for free and low cost civil legal help in Texas.

Law & Legal | Miscellaneous

Divorce Source Network: A guide to help you understand basic divorce related information and laws that pertain to specific issues and locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

'Lectric Law Library: Includes a law lexicon and explanations about a myriad of legal issues, and with a sense of humor.

Mexican Law: Provides an overview of Mexico's government and legal system, primary federal legislation, legislative sources, NAFTA, state governments, and many useful web links.

U.S. Marriage Laws: Provides information on minimum ages, waiting periods, cost to obtain marriage licenses, and what you will need to bring with you for every state.

Law & Legal | Texas Laws

Texas Administrative Code: Offers an online compilation of all state agency rules in Texas.

TexasLawHelp: An online site offering a simple, one-stop resource for free and low cost civil legal help in Texas.

Texas Legal Forms: Access current legal forms for Texas that can be downloaded, completed online, or printed out.

Texas Legislature Online ~ Texas Statutes: Search laws on the books or pending legislation by either bill number or keyword. This site will also explain how to follow the status of a bill.

Texas Lemon Law: Access information available online if experiencing problems getting your new vehicle to operate the way it should.

Texas Young Lawyers Association: Offers helpful resources on legal issues confronting Texas consumers and other general legal issues.

Law & Legal | U.S. Law

The Charters of Freedom: The National Archives and Records Administration has scanned some of the key documents in American history allowing you to view them online.

Code of Federal Regulations: From the U.S. Government Publishing Office, access the electronic code of federal regulations by performing simple and advanced searches, browsing, and more.

Supreme Court Opinions: Compiled by Cornell Law School allowing you to search by topic, parties involved, or by justice who wrote the majority opinion.

U.S. Code: From the Office of the Law Revision Counsel, access the general and permanent laws of the U.S. that's searchable by codes, tiles, and sections.

Government | Federal

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: Gain access to the assistance programs offered by the federal government to individuals, organizations, and businesses.

FedStats: Offers access to searchable U.S. Government statistics with up-to-date information on the statistical programs of the government.

GPO Access: A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office providing free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government.

Thomas Legislative Information: The Library of Congress site that makes federal legislative information freely available to the public including bill, resolutions, activity in congress, schedules, calendars, and more.

U.S. Government Information: Your one-stop site as the government's official web portal to provide access on benefits, grants, loans, immigration, passports, health insurance, and much more.

White House: The official site of the White House for the public to access information on the current administration, issues, the briefing room, weekly updates, video/photo galleries, and more.

Government | Congress

Congressional Record: Access the the proceedings and debates of the U.S. Congress online that's searchable by date.

General Accounting Office: Government office working to improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people.

House of Representatives: Locate your state's representatives and receive information on all committees, activity, an explanation of the duties of the House, news, and more.

Library of Congress: An agency of the legislative branch of the U.S. government that serves as the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world.

Senate: Access information on your senators as well as obtain information on committees, legislation and records, statistics, session schedules, watch floor webcasts of sessions, and more.

Government | Government Agencies

Agency for International Development: Working to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity.

Central Intelligence Agency: Portal to the agency designated to preempt threats and further U.S. national security objectives to help safeguard the secrets that keep the U.S. safe.

Consumer Product Safety Commission: Agency charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products.

Environmental Protection Agency: Designed to protect human health and the environment in the nation.

Federal Communications Commission: Responsible for regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Established to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation's financial system.

Federal Election Commission: Administers and enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act that governs the financing of federal elections.

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Designated to support our citizens and first responders to ensure and improve our capability to be prepared to respond to all hazards.

Federal Reserve System: The central bank of the U.S. founded to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system.

Federal Trade Commission: Designed to prevent business practices that are anticompetitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers.

Food and Drug Administration: Responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

General Services Administration: Tasked with the duties to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people.

Government Printing Office: The government's official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. government.

Immigration and Naturalization Service: Tasked with securing America's promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.

Internal Revenue Service: Provides America's taxpayers with service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.

Library of Congress
: Agency of the legislative branch of the U.S. government and one of the oldest federal cultural institutions that serves as the research arm of Congress.

National Aeronautics and Space Commission: NASA's vision is to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind.

National Archives and Records Administration
: The nation's record keeper of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the U.S. federal government.

National Park Service: Works to preserve the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

National Transportation Safety Board: Charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the U.S. and significant accidents in other modes of transportation - railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission: An independent agency created by Congress to ensure the safe use of radioactive materials for beneficial civilian purposes while protecting people and the environment.

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Works to protect the retirement incomes of more than 44 million American workers.

Postal Service: An independent establishment of the Executive Branch of the government that operates to provide postal services for the nation.

Securities and Exchange Commission: Designed to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.

Small Business Administration: An independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns.

Smithsonian Institute: The world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities.

Social Security Administration: Delivers a broad range of services to deliver social security services that meet the changing needs of the public.

Veteran's Affairs: Designed to fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's veterans.

Government | Government Departments

Dept. of Agriculture: Access information on topics, programs and services, news, , glossaries and more on the department responsible for agricultural efforts in the nation.

Dept. of Commerce: Perform a search or browse by topics, access data, find news, take a tour, view photos and videos, and more on the department responsible for economic growth and opportunity.

Dept. of Defense: The starting point for finding U.S. military information online connecting you with top issues, news, contact information, photos and videos, resources, history, and more.

Dept. of Education: Access information on student loans, grants, laws, data, and more.

Dept. of Energy: Learn about energy saving methods, public services offered, news, and more.

Dept. of Health and Human Services: Responsible for enhancing and protecting the health and well-being of America, access information on medicine, public health, social services, and more.

Dept. of Homeland Security: Access news stories, frequently requested pages, associated forms, careers, and more from the department whose mission is to secure the nation.

Dept. of Housing and Urban Development: Your one-stop site when it comes to learning about home ownership, renting, and more.

Dept. of Interior: Connects users with information relating to working towards protecting and managing the nation's natural resources and cultural heritage.

Dept. of Justice: Access information from the department that enforces the law of the nation. Search up-to-date news and videos, resources, the Action Center features, and more.

Dept. of Labor: Connecting people with current information on disability resources, employment laws, health plans, benefits, unemployment, retirement, and more.

Dept. of State: Responsible for shaping and sustaining a peaceful, prosperous, just, and democratic world and foster conditions for stability everywhere.

Dept. of Transportation: Access information from the department charged with the well-being of the transportation system in the nation.

Dept. of Treasury: Responsible for maintaining a strong economy and financial system by managing the U.S. Government's finances and resources.

Government | Miscellaneous

American Civil Liberties Union: The official website for this national organization including alerts, news, and membership information.

County Information: From the National Association of Counties to offer information on the government, policies, demographics, and more for counties in the U.S.

GovEngine.com: Over 180 pages of federal, state, and local government and court resources with the goal to provide citizens with educational awareness and understanding of the government.

Government | Politics

Clerk of the House Election Statistics: Since 1920, the Clerk of the House has collected and published the official vote counts for federal elections from the official sources among the various states and territories.

C-SPAN: The online resource for public affairs to access a schedule of programming, series, news, briefings and much more.

League of Women Voters: Offers up-to-date voter information and provides tools to get involved in the democratic process at the federal, state, and local levels.

Mayors at a Glance: Search for information on mayors from around the country, while also accessing legislation and programs, news, videos, practices, and more.

Political Information: A non-partisan web guide to over 5,000 political websites ranging from grassroots issues and activist resources to official websites of representatives and campaign sites.

Project Vote Smart: Non-partisan, non-special interest funded site tracking the performance of over 13,000 political leaders including the president, congress, governors, state legislators, and more.

Vote411: A one-stop-shop for election related information providing nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information.

Government | Taxes

1040.com: Tax Information for Everyone: A well-organized site with links to forms (state and federal), tax news, and general tax information.

Essential Links to Taxes: Offers links to a broad range of tax information including major tax sites, tax forms, state taxes, international taxes, and tax laws.

IRS-Charities & Non-Profits: IRS site that allows you to search the IRS' database of exempt organizations by city, state, and name.

IRS Forms & Publications: Access all tax forms needed for the filing process through a searchable database.

State and Local Taxes Website: Click on your state and you'll find links to downloading tax forms online, state tax laws, and even legislative information.

U.S. Tax Code Online: Allows you to access the complete text of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, Title 26 of the U.S. Code in a variety of ways.

Government | Texas Government

Abilene Code of Ordinances: Search through an electronic version of the Abilene Code of Ordinances.

Congressman Randy Neugebauer: The official website of the representative for the 19th District of Texas providing information on our district, issues, legislative work, and more.

Texas League of Women Voters: A nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences policy through education and advocacy.

Texas Legislature Online: Access the online portal for information on bills, amendments, statutes, information on the House of Representatives, and more.

Texas Online: Provides links to offices and officials for the state of Texas, including links to just about everything you need to know dealing with the Lone Star State.

Texas State Directories: Online version of the directory of Texas government including information on state officials and employees, complete listings of elected officials in federal offices, county and city elected officials and boards and commissions that regulate state policy.
Librarian & General Reference

Almanacs & Encyclopedias

InfoPlease: Great reference site that searches encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, and atlases, to provide you with a wealth of information across a number of topics and subject areas.

My Virtual Reference Desk: Offers a virtual fact checker for the Internet to access search resources, news, facts, and a host of other means for accessing materials online.

Texas Almanac:
Provides selections from the Texas Almanac about all things related to the Lone Star State since 1857 and searchable by topics, towns, perform your own search, and more.

Citation & Writing Guides

Citation Machine: Generate citations using all the leading styles including APA and MLA by inputting the information requested and the cite will generate the current format for you.

Guide to Grammar and Writing: This site offers well-organized help on all sorts of grammar and writing problems from capitalization and italics to sentence structure and essay composition.

Karla's Guide to Citation Guides: Contains online information on citation style guides with links for more information on each and how to use them properly.

Purdue Online Writing Lab: Online writing lab offering over 200 free resources on writing and teaching writing, research, grammar, style guides, ESL, job search, professional writing, and more.

Dictionary

Acronym Finder: A searchable database containing common acronyms and abbreviations about all subjects, with a focus on computers, technology, telecommunications, and the military.

Dictionary.com: Find definitions, synonyms, and antonyms from a number of sources as well as a translating feature.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary: America's foremost publisher of language-related reference works to provide an online dictionary for English-language users.

Your Dictionary: Provides the most comprehensive and authoritative portal for language and language-related products online with more than 1,800 dictionaries with more than 250 languages.

Frequently Requested Information

Department of Education: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): The office of Federal Student Aid provides grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career school.

Internal Revenue Service: Discover how to file your tax return, locate and print out the tax forms you need, check the status of your refund, and more.

Medicare: Signup for Medicare, read about what Medicare covers, and find doctors, hospitals, and other services that work with Medicare.

Microsoft Office Tutorials: Get free tutorials on how to use Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and other programs in Microsoft Office provided by Microsoft itself.

Social Security: Apply for a Social Security card (or change the information on your card) and learn about Social Security retirement benefits.

Social Security Disability Benefits: Find out how to apply for Social Security disability benefits, check your application status, and learn more about Social Security Disability coverage.

Texas Department of Public Safety: Read about Concealed Handgun licensing, renew your Driver's License, learn how to become a Texas State trooper, and more.

Texas Unemployment Benefits: Apply for unemployment benefits and view the status of your claim; provided from the Texas Workforce Commission.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service: Find out how to apply for citizenship, get a green card, and check your case status from start to finish.

Your Texas Benefits: Learn what to do to receive Medicaid, food stamps, TANF, Children's Medicaid and CHIP, along with checking your current benefits.

General

Calculators Online Center: Offers access to calculators for everything you could want to count including loans, fractions, graphing, percentage, temperature, area, and more.

Calendar Zone: Provides links to all sorts of calendars including celestial, cultural, historic, geographic, religious, reform, and women-oriented calendars.

Online Conversion: Convert just about anything with thousands of units offering millions of conversions.

The Phrase Finder: A phrases thesaurus and searchable database of English phrases and sayings offering information on the origin and meanings of phrases.

Language & Grammar

American Sign Language University: A sign language resource site for ASL students and teachers. You will find information and resources to help you learn ASL and improve your signing.

BBC-Languages: As the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, this page has online language courses, phrase guides, and more language learning resources in many languages.

Busuu: Offers interactive courses and lessons to help you learn different languages and opportunities to converse with other people worldwide.

Common Errors in English: Is it "effect" or "affect," "flaunt" or "flout?" This site lists many common mistakes and explains them clearly.

duolingo: A free site to help you learn a second language that is effective, user-friendly, and fun. Free apps are also available for Androids, Apple devices, Windows, and Kindle Fires.

English Grammar Guide: Provides everything you could ever want to know about writing.

Google Translate: Offers a free online language translation service that instantly translates text and web pages and supporting a number of major languages.

LingQ: Learn a number of different languages online including English, French, Spanish, and German. You can also join in on conversations with people from around the world.

LiveMocha: A web-based learning platform for instructional content with a global community of language learners with a full range of practical reading, listening, writing, and speaking exercises.

Translating Dictionaries: What does a German word mean in Spanish? A French word in English? An English word in Spanish? You can find those answers here.

Your Dictionary: Provides the most comprehensive portal for language and language-related products and services on the web with more than 1,800 dictionaries with more than 250 languages.

Library Associations

American Association of Law Libraries: Promotes the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field.

American Library Association: The oldest and largest library association in the world that provides information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.

American Society for Information Science and Technology: The only professional association that bridges the gap between information science practice and research, and leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information.

Library of Congress: Access the nation's oldest and largest library housing millions of items and serving as the research arm of Congress.

Library and Information Technology Association: The leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership, while providing programs for everyone from absolute beginners to hi-tech professionals.

Public Library Association: A division of the American Library Association that exists to provide a diverse program of communication, publication, advocacy, continuing education, and programming for its members and others interested in the advancement of public library service.

Reference and User Services Association: Responsible for stimulating and supporting excellence in the delivery of general library services and materials, and the provision of reference and information services, collection development, readers' advisory, and resource sharing for all ages.

Texas Library Association: The largest state library association in the U.S. established to promote, support, and improve library services in Texas.

Young Adult Library Services Association: National association of librarians, library workers, and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens ages 12-18.

Library Links

LibDex: Access the directory of libraries across the world to be provided with an index of library homepages, Friends of the Library pages, and more.

Abilene Library Consortium: Local consortium consisting of the Abilene Public Library and the university libraries at Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons, and McMurry to deliver higher-quality library services to the community and member libraries.

Library of Congress: Access the nation's oldest and largest library housing millions of items and serving as the research arm of Congress.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Official library of the state designed to safeguard resources, provide information services that inspire and support research, education and reading, and enhance the capacity for achievement of current and future generations.

Phonebooks

AnyWho: Online resource allowing you to search by telephone number or street address to locate directory information.

AreaDecoder: Provides you with current information on area codes. Simply type in the 3-digit code and you'll be provided with a list of associated cities associated with that code.

Four11: Offers online white pages services to lookup phone numbers of people, businesses, addresses, driving directions, and more.

SuperPages: Great directory for phone numbers and addresses, but also for fax numbers too if available.

Switchboard: Search for information on people, businesses, by phone numbers, and addresses to located listed directory information online.

Telephone Directory: Online resource offering international telephone directories, searchable by continents and countries.

Tollfree Directory: Access a directory of free and toll free numbers for businesses and companies including the prefixes of 800, 888, 877, and 866.

WhoWhere?: People search and yellow pages search engine helping users to find the people or businesses they are looking for.

Statistics

50 U.S. States and Capitals: Find text of state songs, pictures of many state flowers and birds, maps, parks, office holders, and more.

AIER Cost-of-Living Calculator: American Institute for Economic Research provides an inflation/cost of living calculator to convert any number of U.S. dollars in any year between 1913 and 1999.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Unequaled for economic statistics including labor market, hours, and earnings, Consumer Price Index, and Producer Price Index.

CIA World Factbook: Contains plenty of detailed information on the geography, demographics, government, and economies of countries, territories, and regions of interest to the U.S.

City Comparisons: Excellent site to compare U.S. cities by various categories .

Consumer Price Index: Hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards containing lots of lists of historical CPI's as well as information on how to use the CPI and how it's calculated.

Economy at a Glance: The Bureau of Labor Standards produces this table of key economic indicators. It includes such commonly referenced values as the CPI and the unemployment rate for each month of the last year.

Fedstats: More than 70 agencies in the U.S. federal government produce statistics of interest to the public and the Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.

GIS Online Data for Texas: Provides links to Geographic Information System maps for various cities and countries in Texas.

Texas Bureau and Industry Data Center: An ongoing initiative of the U.S. Census Bureau to make economic data and statistics more widely available at the state and local levels.

Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics
: Health statistics, including births, deaths, and marriages/divorces. Includes links to information on obtaining birth/death certificates, epidemiology, and more.

U.S. Census Bureau: Department providing information on the makeup of the nation concerning population, demographics, geographic information, and more.

U.S. State Fact Sheets: Provides information on population, per-capita income, earnings per job, poverty rate, total number of jobs, unemployment rate, and more.
Literature

Book Reviews & Clubs

Barnes & Noble Review: Access a great collection of reviews and essays covering literature. Titles are divided into categories or you may search for specific titles.

Bookpage: Online edition of a monthly book review publication distributed to more than 450,000 readers who subscribe through bookstores and public libraries; includes author interviews too.

Bookwire: Access a wide range of online book reviews using an internal search feature, or browse the categories to find out more information on titles of interest.

Goodreads: Online site designed for avid readers for recommending books, posting reviews, following author pages, discovering new reads, forming book clubs, and more.

LitLovers: A resource for all things literary where you can find a review, access a discussion guide, find new books to read, and so much more. Also contains popular book club selections too.

Modern Library's Best 100: Provides a list of the top 100 books, the 100 best novels, the 100 best nonfiction titles, and more. Discover great ideas on books to read.

Oprah's Book Club: Keep up with the selected picks from Oprah Winfrey, and join the discussion even more with the Book Club 2.0 features, as well as the complete list of 74 titles.

Publisher's Weekly: Access reviews in all areas of reading, and for all reading levels, from one of the leading news magazines targeting publishers, librarians, booksellers, literary agents, and readers.

The Romance Reviews: Online site that aims to be a one-stop site to get all you need to know on the romance genre including reviews, news about books and authors, and more.

Stop, You're Killing Me!: A resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books with a list of over 4,600 authors and lists of thousands of books.

Whichbook: Enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggest books which most closely matches your needs.

Electronic Text

ALEX: Catalog of Electronic Texts: Offers a collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library: Offers a selection of classic Christian books to help guild up a church's collection. This site selects, collects, distributes, and promotes literature online.

Online Books Page: Connects users with a listing of over 2 million free books on the web.

Online Library of Literature: Connects users with eBooks available online for classic works of English literature, searchable by author.

Project Gutenberg: Offers over 49,000 free eBooks from works that are in the public domain. Read them online or download them to keep forever.

Representative Poetry Online: An online anthology of 4,800 poems in English and French by over 700 poets and spanning 1,400 years.

Miscellaneous

Bibliomania: Offers free online literature with more than 2,000 classic texts, study guides, reference books, dictionaries, quotations, biographies, religious texts, and more.

Mattman's Arthurian Resource: Although not comprehensive, this site provides Arthurian enthusiasts with access to resources, never available before, on the Arthurian legends.

Modern Library's Best 100: Provides a list of the top 100 books, the 100 best novels, the 100 best nonfiction titles, and more. Discover great ideas on books to read.

Victorian Women Writers Project: Started in 1995 at Indiana University, this site is concerned with the exposure of lesser-known British women writers of the 19th-century.

Reference Tools

Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: Covers authors, themes, media, culture, and news about science fiction and includes a section on fantasy.

Fairrosa Cyber Library of Children's Literature: Offers reviews and thoughts on children's and young adult literature from a librarian.

Fantastic Fiction: Provides bibliographies for over 30,000 authors and information on more than 150,000 books. Great for finding new books, viewing the order of series, finding popular reads, and more.

Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem Without Knowing its Title or Author: From the Library of Congress, use this site to locate a novel, short story, or poem without having all the information.

Writing & Publishing

ACQWEB Directory of Publishers and Vendors: Contains an international director of publishers and vendors that's used highly by libraries. Searchable by letters, geographic location, subjects, etc.
Math & Science

Math

Algebra Help: Collection of lessons, calculators, worksheets, and more to strengthen algebra skills.

Ask Dr. Math: A question and answer service for students needing help in math in all levels, including an extensive collection for high school courses.

The Calculus Page: Available sites online offering solutions, tips, and exam hints.

Coolmath: Interactive site allowing users to hone basic math skills while playing games and exploring new math concepts.

Frank Potter's Science Gems: Designed for K-16 students and although focused on providing links to science information, there is a mathematics section too.

Interactive Algebra: Offers a number of changing algebra problems to solve, while showing how to complete the problem, as well as providing the answer. This will help to build skills in various areas.

Math: Customized by grade levels covering 25 math topics including practice problems and games that are both fun and challenging.

Math Cats: Designed for kids who will love exploring math concepts through games, crafts, and interactive projects with a "magic chalkboard" and an art gallery.

MathVids: A website providing high-quality, instructional, and free math videos for students in middle school through college.

Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus: Offers access to online videos, from math instructors, on understanding all concepts of trigonometry and pre-calculus. Contains over 150 video tutorials.

Science | Archaeology & Paleontology

Dinosaurs: Fact and Fiction: The U.S. Geological Survey puts out this pamphlet containing answers to frequently asked questions about dinosaurs with current ideas and evidence to correct some long-lived popular misconceptions.

UC Museum of Paleontology: Presented by the University of California (Berkeley) Museum of Paleontology that make it very clear that paleontology is more than just fossils.

ZoomDinosaurs: A comprehensive online book about dinosaurs designed for students of all ages and levels of comprehension. Starts at a basic level while advancing to more complex information.

Science | Astronomy

Astronomy: Online portal to the magazine offering information on news, videos, photos, blogs, and more concerning astronomy.

A Guide to Outer Space Surveillance: A guide for the amateur star gazer covering types of stars, our solar system, galaxies, and the universe.

Hubble Space Telescope: Science center on the campus of Johns Hopkins Universities that let's you access current missions, news, education, archives, information on future missions, and more.

NASA Observatory: Online site of the organization with a mission to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about the environment, Earth systems, and climate.

NASA: Official site of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration connecting users with information on space-related topics, missions, galleries of photos, downloads, and more.

Sky Online: Online site for Sky & Telescope and offering news and information on astronomy and the sky above.

Solar System
: Provided from National Geographic to provide a look at the solar system using an interactive and animated graphics.

StarDate Online: Listen to StarDate Radio (the longest running science feature in the country), while also accessing facts and photos of all things celestial.

Science | Botany

Gardening Guides: Learn how to identify houseplants and outdoor plants. Plant Encyclopedia described each plant, how to cultivate, soil and temperature requirements, pruning, etc.

PlantFacts: Established by the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at Ohio State University that has merged several digital collections to provide over 260,000 pages of related information.

Texas Threatened and Endangered Species: A Texas Parks and Wildlife site that includes links to federal and state regulations, as well as pictures and fact sheets on many endangered species of Texas.

Wildflowers in Bloom: A cooperative project between Wildseed Farms and the Texas Horticulture Program that features photos and growing information for dozens of Texas wildflowers.

Science | Chemistry

WebElements: Offers an online periodic table on the internet where you can click on any element to receive additional information on it.

Science | Geology

Global Volcanism Program: A project of the National Museum of Natural History featuring volcanic activity notices and reports, lists and data on the world's volcanoes, and more.

This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics: The U.S. Geological Survey has put the entire contents of its 1996 book on the web that's accessible to everyone.

What's It Like Where You Live?: Describes the six biomes (rainforest, tundra, taiga, desert, temperate forests, and grasslands) to provide information their location, plants, animals, and more.

Wind and Sea:
From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that was built to provide information and links on a number of geological concepts accessible by subjects.

Science | Livestock

Independent Cattlemen's Association of Texas: The premier representative of the cattle industry providing an effective legislative voice for all cow/calf producers and ranchers.

Science | Miscellaneous

Endangered Species Homepage: Site of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service providing information on the endangered animals of U.S. species only.

Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences
: Features brief biographies of African-American scientists from biochemists to zoologists.

SciCentral: Access scientific topics whose main focus is to link to other sites rather than provide the information. There are also lots of links to science news, the ability to set up alerts, and more.

Science News: Includes some full-text articles from the magazine across a wide variety of science-related topics.

Scientific American: Includes articles form the past few years of Scientific American, as well as those written for online. Other features includes an Ask the Experts section, exhibits, interviews, and more.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Access information on issues, photos, news, laws and regulations, and more about the agency established to protect human health and the environment.

The Why? Files - Science Behind the News: Use this site to find out more about the science behind the news featuring easy-to-understand articles about science topics discussed in the news.

World Conservation Monitoring Centre: Information services on conservation, sustainable use of the world's living resources.

Science | Pets

Healthy Pets: Search the site of the American Animal Hospital Association to determine if your vet hospital is accredited, access a pet health library, find information on pet care, and more.

Science | Physics

The Particle Adventure: The Fundamentals of Matter and Force: Award-winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, Higgs bosons, extra dimensions, dark matter, and more.

Science | Weather & Climate

AccuWeather: Access local weather forecasts, radars, maps, news, videos, and more by choosing your location.

National Centers for Environmental Information: Works to preserve, monitor, assess, and provide public access to the Nationals climate and historical weather data and information.

NOAA National Weather: Provides a continually updated U.S. map showing warnings and advisories for tornadoes, hurricanes, and other severe weather, winter storms, high winds, etc.

The Weather Channel: The companion page to the TV channel offering radar and satellite maps, local forecasts for the entire U.S., and much more.

World Climate: Access information on the normal climate for tens of thousands of places worldwide. Search by city or town name, or browse suggested cities.
Military
Abilene 12th Armored Memorial Museum: Profiles the activities and units of the U.S. Army's 12th Armored Division, which served in the European theater of World War II. Located in Downtown Abilene.

Air Force Fact Sheets: Produced by the Air Force News Service with information provided by Air Force major commands. Fact Sheets contain information on various Air Force aircraft, weapons, organizations, and selected high-interest subjects.

DefenseLINK: Official website of the U.S. Department of Defense and the starting point for finding U.S. military information online including coverage of the different military branches, biographies of leaders in the Defense Department, news, and links to other military-related sites.

DOD Dictionary of Military Terms: A dictionary including terms from A-10 to Zulu Time to provide definitions, abbreviations, and acronyms of military terminology.

Dyess Air Force Base: Official website of the Dyess Air Force Base, home of the 7th Bomb Wing and located just outside Abilene.

Patriot Files Military History: Covers every U.S. military involvement from the Revolutionary War to the present day.

Texas Military Forces Museum: Learn about the history of Texas military units from the National Guard to World War II and beyond.

U.S. Air Force: Official site of the Air Force with the mission to fly, fight, and win...in air, space and cyberspace. Access news, information, resources, videos, recruitment information, forms and publications, and more.

U.S. Army: Official site of the Army to locate the latest news, information on leaders, media coverage, what it takes to join the army, life in the army and more.

U.S. Army Center of Military History: Access a wealth of resources, reading lists, publications, histories, photos, museums, and more on military history through the years.

U.S. Army Symbols & Insignia: Provides a look at a wide assortment of insignias, ribbons, medals, badges, tabs, and badges worn by soldiers. This site explains what they are and what they mean.

U.S. Army War College: Designed to educate and develop leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of Landpower.

U.S. Coast Guard: Official site of the Coast Guard, the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security, charged with safeguarding our nation's maritime interests. Access information about the organization, how to join, news, articles, and more.

U.S. Marine Corps: Official site of the Marine Corps providing information and resources on this military branch, news, photos, leaders, resources for families, community relations, and providing a great frequently asked questions section.

U.S. National Guard: Official site of the National Guard to access information on eligibility requirements, careers, benefits, basic training, enlistment timeline, videos, and more.

U.S. Navy: Official site of the Navy, whose mission is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. Access information on careers, how to join, leadership, news, and more.
Philosophy, Psychology & Religion

Philosophy

Episteme Links: Provides selected links to some outstanding resources for philosophy.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Includes a timeline, a collection of online texts, and general articles. This site is peer-reviewed and maintained by James Fieser of the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Philosophy Pages: Offers helpful information for students of the Western philosophical tradition including a dictionary of terms and names, timeline for intellectual figures, and more.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Although not comprehensive, you will find an encyclopedia where each entry is maintained and kept up-to-date by an expert or group of experts in the field.

Psychology

American Psychological Association: Official site of the association providing access to information on psychology topics, publications and databases, a psychology help center, news, and more.

Encyclopedia of Psychology: Offers information intended to facilitate browsing in the area of psychology through offering links to websites that provide information on all areas of the field.

A Guide to Psychology: Offers free information about the practice of Clinical Psychology including sections on practice, clinical and social issues, personality and identity, and more.

Social Psychology Network: Endeavors to be the largest social psychology database on the Internet with more than 4,000 links to psychology-related resources.

Religion

(Christianity) All-In-One Biblical Resources Search: Find Bible translations and versions, information on ancient Biblical world, discussion lists, and Biblical resources; developed by Dr. Mark Goodacre of the University of Birmingham.

(Christianity) Bible Gateway: Search for passages and words from various versions and translations (language) of the Bible; provided by The Gospel Communications Network.

(Christianity) New Advent Catholic Website: Contains over 8,000 articles from The Catholic Encyclopedia, ancient Christian writings, and questions and answers about the religion.

(Christianity) Patron Saints Index: Provides information and profiles on over 2,500 patron saints; from the Catholic Community Forum.

(Classical) Bulfinch's Mythology: Classic work offered online that tells the stories of Greco-Roman gods, goddesses, and heroes.

(Classical) Greek Mythology: The classic work offered online provides stories of Greek myths, Olympian gods, the Titans, mortals, heroes, creatures, monsters, and more. Touted as the #1 Greek Mythology website since 1997.

(Classical) Greek Mythology Link: Provides information about divinities, myths, and events, while also offering a web pages for the site in Spanish.

(Eastern) Basics of Taoism: Starting place for Taoism on the Web offering annotated links to different pages that range from Taoism specific sites to more general Chinese philosophy pages.

(General) Encyclopedia Mythica: Reference site on mythology, folklore, and legend offering short descriptions of mythical characters from a wide range of traditions.

(General) Religion: Offers various links form the Librarian's Index to the Internet.

(Islam) Islam 101: An educational site on Islam, it's civilization, and culture. It includes an introductory course on Islam and presents Islamic views on contemporary issues.

(Judaism) Judaism and Jewish Resources: An online resource offering resources on the Jewish faith accessible on the Internet. This site was first started in 1993 and contains a searchable table of contents.

(Judaism) Ohr Somayach Interactive: Offers a lot of information about Judaism, including an "Ask the Rabbi" tool.

(Other) Sikhism Home Page: Great place to go for background information on Sikhism including biographies, history and origins, philosophy and scriptures, and much more.
Social Services

Caregivers

ElderWeb: Providing information for all eldercare and long-term care issues with thousands of reviewed links to legal, financial, medical, and housing issues, plus policy, research and statistics.

Children

Adoption Network Law Center: Offers help and assistance for couples wishing to adopt as well as for those seeking assistance with unplanned pregnancies.

Child Welfare Information Gateway: Provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families from the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

International Adoption
: Access resources to the process of intercountry foreign overseas adoptions from orphanages in China, Ethiopia, Haiti, Vietnam, India, and a number of additional areas.

International Parent Child Abduction: U.S. State Department site to access information on abductions from the U.S., to the U.S., and also providing information on countries and preventing abduction as a means of protecting children.

Disabilities

DRM Guide to Disability Resources on the Internet: Established to promote and improve awareness, availability, and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities become more independent.

U.S. Access Board: Federal agency which develops minimum guidelines and requirements for standards issued under the American Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act, accessibility guidelines for telecommunications equipment, and more.

General

AllAboutCounseling: Find information on many aspects of counseling from definitions of terminology and approaches, links to organizations, and more.

Social Psychology Network: Endeavors to be the largest social psychology database on the Internet where you'll find more than 20,000 links to psychology-related resources.

Miscellaneous

2-1-1 A Call For Help: Access to information about services in the 19 counties of West Central Texas in areas including housing, food, health, financial, jobs, and transportation.

2-1-1 Texas: Access to information about services available statewide in Texas in areas including housing, food, health, financial jobs, childcare, education, mental health services, and more.

Foundation Center: Your Gateway to Philanthropy on the World Wide Web: Search for grants, foundation, and more through this site with a wealth of information throughout the entire process of discovering a foundation.

Idealist: Provides a listing of over 92,000 non-profit and government organizations. You can also access jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and more.

Low-Income Housing for Abilene: Locate affordable housing in the Abilene area. Also provides access to online applications, programs, housing changes, income guidelines, and more.

National Endowment for the Humanities: An independent grant-making agency of the U.S. government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs.

Seniors

Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home: A pdf guide published by the Health Care Financing Administration to offer step-by-step instructions and criteria to help you make a very important choice.

Medicare: Official site of the U.S. Government agency for learning how to sign up or change your plan, what your costs will be, what Medicare covers, claims and appeals, forms, and much more.

National Center on Elder Abuse: Maintained by the U.S. Administration on Aging, this site provides guidelines on how to detect and take action to prevent further abuse.

Nursing Home Compare: Offered by the Health Care Financing Administration, this site allows you to choose nursing homes in a state and compare them to each others.

Substance Abuse

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Offers information on the the science of drug abuse and addiction including drugs of abuse, topics, publications, funding, news, events, statistics, and more.

Alcohol and Drug Information: The information service of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention offering current information and materials concerning substance abuse.

Veterans' Affairs

AMVETS: Provides free assistance to veterans to make sure they're getting all the compensation claims to which they're entitled.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs: Comprehensive federal resources for veterans with information on all veterans' benefits and services including healthcare benefits, crisis line, vocational rehab and employment, and home loan guaranty services.
Sports

Auto Racing

Auto Racing Daily: Site focusing on Formula 1, NASCAR and NHRA racing with access to team pages and driving schools. Provides up-to-date information, news coverage, photo galleries, and more.

Indianapolis 500: Official site for "the greatest spectacle in racing" with weekly and archived news, photos, trivia, ticket information, and schedules.

NASCAR: Offers news on racing, standings, schedules, drivers, tracks, and more as the official site of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing that sanctions and governs multiple auto racing sports events.

Official Formula 1 Site: Provides racing schedules, track facts, articles with photos of drivers and races in action, and so much more.

Baseball

Black Baseball's Negro Leagues: Learn about the origins of the Negro Baseball League, what they were, why they were founded and why they no longer exist.

Houston Astros: View the official site of the Houston Astros baseball team to access information on news, tickets, schedules, stats, rosters, scores, and much more.

Major League Baseball: Access the official site of Major League Baseball for your complete coverage of scores, news, stats, videos, schedules, teams, and more.

National Baseball Hall of Fame: Offers biographies of all Baseball hall of Fame members, information about the Cooperstown Museum, and more for all baseball fans and historians.

National Pastime: Learn more about the nation's favorite pastime offering game summaries and general news regarding major league baseball; on any particular date, plus other interesting features.

Texas Rangers: View the official site of the Texas Rangers baseball team to access information on news, tickets, schedules, stats, rosters, scores, and much more.

Basketball

Basketball: Discover all you need to know when it comes to basketball including news, team and player profiles, schedules, results, and more covering professional and college basketball.

National Basketball Association: Access the official site of the National Basketball Association for coverage on scores, news, stats, videos, teams, schedules, and more.

Women's National Basketball Association: Access the official site of the Women's National Basketball League for coverage on scores, news, stats, videos, teams, schedules, players, and more.

Football

College Football Data Warehouse: Provides college football game results for Division I-A, I-AA, II and III schools including coaching records and all time team versus team results.

Dallas Cowboys: View the official site of the Dallas Cowboys football team to access information on news, tickets, schedules, stats, rosters, scores, and much more.

Houston Texans: View the official site of the Houston Texans football team to access information on news, tickets, schedules, stats, rosters, scores, and much more.

National Football League: Access the official site of the National Football League for coverage on scores, news, stats, videos, teams, schedules, players, and more.

Golf

Golf Magazine: Provides the latest news from the PGA and LPGA, golf instruction, information and ratings on equipment and courses, and a course finder for anywhere in the U.S.

Ladies Professional Golf Association: Official site of of ladies' professional golf with the latest news, tournament schedules and coverage, player biographies, a women's pro shop and more.

Professional Golf Association: The official site of the men's professional golf tour with the latest news, tournament schedules and coverage, historical data, player biographies, and more.

United States Golf Association: Official site of the governing body of golf for the U.S. and Mexico to find information on championships, rules, handicapping, membership, and more.

Hockey

Internet Hockey Database: Includes a statistics archive, information on professional NCAA, and some amateur leagues, and claims to be the Internet's largest repository of hockey data.

National Hockey League: The official site of the National Hockey League containing information, latest news, schedules, stats, team and player information, and more.

Miscellaneous

Ancient Olympic Games: Compare ancient with modern Olympic sports, tour the site of Olympia as it is today, learn about the context of the games, famous athletes in ancient times, and more.

Bowl: Offering coverage on everything related to bowling including sections on bowlers, youth, tournaments, associations, news and more.

ESPN Boxing: All you need to know when it comes to boxing from ESPN with schedule listings, champions, rankings, news articles, fighting credentials, videos, and more.

Gymnastics: Get coverage on gymnastics including the latest news, tips, the basics, getting started, famous gymnasts, competitions, coaching and more.

Horse Racing: Provides information on races, tracks, jockeys, clubs and organizations, famous horses, horse farms, and much more.

Judo Information Site: An informational site that clarifies what judo is, its history, principles and techniques, clubs, training, resources, and more.

NCAA Online: The official site o the National Collegiate Athletic Association providing information on the organization, student athletes, Divisions I-III, news, and more.

Olympics: The official homepage of the International Olympics Committee to obtain information on the games, athletes, countries, photos, videos, news, and more.

Play Sports TV: Offers instructional videos in a variety of sports including skateboarding, lacrosse, volleyball, gymnastics, field hockey, and wrestling, and more.

Recruit a Wrestler: Designed by amateur wrestlers to connect coaches to wrestlers while allowing users to create online wrestler profiles to connect with others.

Skiing: Dedicated to serious skiers and providing the latest gear and best ski sites along with tips on improving skills and safety.

United States Fencing Association: Everything you need to know about this relatively unknown sport with news, events, rankings, athletes, videos, information on beginners to the sport, and more.

USA Softball
: The official site for the USA Softball National Teams including the U.S. Olympic softball team. Acquire news, teams, events, tournaments, equipment, and information for adult and youth.

USA Swimming: Covers events, tips on techniques, training, strength conditioning and nutrition, news, tips & training, events, the national team, olympic trials, and more.

USA Track & Field: Covers more than America's Olympic participation such as connecting people with news, schedules, history, statistics, athlete's biographies, and more.

USA Weightlifting: Connects you with the world of weightlifting in the U.S. including information on athletes, competitions, coaches, clubs, videos, news, and more.

World Wrestling Entertainment: The official site of the WWE providing information on shows, superstars, videos, photos, news, a store, tickets, schedules, and more.

Outdoor & Recreation

American Trails: Offers a comprehensive look at trails in each state. You'll find access to over a thousand American trails, a list of National Historic Trails, a look at National Scenic Trails, and more.

Bicycling: Offers tips and information on riding, equipment, training, and bike culture for cycling enthusiasts including road biking and mountain biking.

Camping: Locate information on everything related to camping including where to go and how to do it while maximizing the fun and safety.

Canoeing: A complete guide to canoeing, paddle sports, gear, and destinations. Offers beginner's guides to canoeing, advanced paddlers information, news, a store for shopping, and more.

Fishing World: Offers the latest for fresh or saltwater fishermen including tournaments and other events, product and service information, lists of marine dealers, equipment manufacturers and retailers.

HuntingNet: Whether you're a big or small game hunter, this site has it all. Tips on how and where to bag your game and a full directory of outfitters, hunting facts and ethics, videos, and much more.

Skeet Shooting Tips: Get tips for improving your skills by learning how to choose a shotgun and equipment, clothing and accessories, and more.

Texas Fishing: Created by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation to provide everything you need to know about the best fishing and boating locations in Texas.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
: Offers a guide to some of the finest outdoor recreation in the world, including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, and bird watching in Texas.

Soccer

Federal International Football Association: The official site of soccer's international governing body with news, match results, player profiles, information on national associations, and more.

Major League Soccer: The official site of Major League Soccer in the U.S. with stats, information on players and teams, schedules, results, news, videos, and more.

Tennis

International Tennis Federation: Access player biographies, results, rankings, the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and other team competition results.

United States Professional Tennis Association: The world's oldest and largest association of tennis teaching professionals to offer instructional information, tournaments, certification, careers, and more.
Travel

Booking Flights/Hotels

Cheap Tickets: Search for air tickets up to 70% off, as well as hotels, cars, cruises, and more.

Expedia: Offers you to search for bundle deals, hotels, cars, flights, cruises, things to do, rewards options, and more.

Hotwire: Access deals on hotels, cars, flights, and bundles as the site states it is a leading travel site with low rates with the goal of getting customers ridiculously low prices.

Kayak: Compare hundreds of sites at once to look for the best savings on hotels, flights, cars, and more.

Orbitz: Find car rentals, flights, hotels, packages, bundles and more; also includes travel information on popular destinations, top hotels, and travel options.

Priceline: Save on hotels, flights, cars, vacation packages, cruises, and more with express deals. Also find information on vacation ideas, featured destinations, last-minute flights, and more.

Travelocity: Search for flights, over 500,000 hotels, bundle packages, car rentals, things to do, and more. Also features deals on vacation packages and suggestions on popular destinations.

TripAdvisor: Plan and book your perfect trip from start to finish while also offering a listing of reviews from travelers.

Maps & Travel Routes

Google Maps: A mapping service offering step-by-step driving directions, local business information, street views, links to favorite places, and more. One of the most used web mapping sites online.

How Far Is It?: Uses data from the U.S. Census, and a supplementary list of cities around the world, to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them.

MapMaker Interactive: From National Geographic, print friendly maps including world and U.S. themes, historical maps, and atlas maps.

MapQuest: Create custom maps online illustrating the location of a specific address anywhere in the U.S., Canada, and the world (with limitations) and plan your travel route.

National Atlas of the United States: Provides access to create maps targeted to your information needs based on federally collected data.

Perry-Castaneda Map Collection: Hosted by the University of Texas at Austin, this map collection offers a wide range of free maps for countries all around the world. Map types may include political, historical, relief, and/or topographical.

Road Conditions: Maintained by the Federal Highway Administration, if you're traveling by road, this site will provide weather and road conditions in the U.S. and Canada.

General Resources

Bureau of Consular Affairs: Find information on travel warnings, passport/visa information, etc.

CDC Travel Information: Find current health warnings and recommendations for safe travel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fodor's Travel Online: An online version of a leading travel publisher providing information on all the destinations you'd want to visit.

Frommer's: An online version of a leading travel site providing information on destinations, family trips, ideas, and more.

Lonely Planet Online: A leading travel publishers providing information online such as guides, adventure tours, family travel, travel news, budget travel, and more.

ParkNet: The website of the National Park Service that features history, service, park information, finding parks, events, news, and more.

Texas Resources

Go-Texas - Texas Travel Guide: A comprehensive vacation guide that helps you plan your trips in the state. Offers thousands of sightseeing attractions, tourist destinations, resorts, and more.

Texas.com: Browse Texas attractions by name or using a map to locate family-friendly attractions, scenic sites, historic places, and more.

Texas Highways - Travel: The travel section of the travel magazine of Texas offering information on events, vacations for day trippers, scenic routes, sites off the beaten path, and more.

Texas Monthly - Texas Traveler: Travel section of the popular periodical offering travel advice and ideas across a variety of areas including spas, beaches, festivals, events, sports activities, and more.

TourTexas: Offers a great selection of places to see in Texas including destination spotlights, attractions, accommodations, events, dining, and more; includes free brochures.

TravelTex: Hosted by the Texas Department of Economic Development to offer tourism information for places in Texas.

Travel Tips & Things to Know

1000 Tips for Trips: Offers a selection of travel tips submitted from everyday people on a number of subjects including security, safety, bus travel, traveling with pets/disabilities/children, and more.

Independent Traveler - Travel Tips: Offers an interactive traveler's exchange and online travel guide for those planning their own trips.

National Geographic - Travel Tips
: Provides a listing of travel tips from their host of experts as well as columns offering advice and created by Travel Consumer Advocate Chris Elliott.

Time's 50 Essential Travel Tips: Access the site to fine travel tips across a number of sections including planning, booking, lodging, flying, and more.

TravelSense: Designed for people who love to travel, not only will you be able to find information on getting a trip quote and an agent, you can search through a wealth of travel tips.

USA Today - Travel: Offers some basic information when it comes to business travel, destinations, news and tips.