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Wheeler Library Card Catalog

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You can now renew your items and check your account from home. You need to establish your account with us by coming in or sending an email with your name, library card number and a 4 character/digit password (PIN), of your choice, using our Email Contact Form. We will send you an email once your account has been established. Then just click on the card catalog image above and access your account – using the “My Account” link. You may renew books up to 2 times, unless there is a HOLD status on the book indicating that another patron is waiting for its return. If you want to see if an item is owned by or available at the Wheeler Library, just click on the Card Catalog image above and search by subject, title, author or keyword. (Statewide Card Catalog)

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iCONN On Your Desktop

Wheeler Library participates in the statewide reQuest card catalog and online interlibrary loan (ILL) service provided by the Connecticut Library Network. You may place your own interlibrary loan requests from home or work, and we will call you when your materials reach this library. To browse this statewide catalog and/or submit a request, just click on the Statewide Catalog/Interlibrary Loan icon above.

Connecticut Digital Library

A wide range of databases are now available as part of the Connecticut Digital Library. These include full-text magazines and newspapers, consumer health and wellness information, and global business and industry data.

To do this:

  1. Click on the iConn logo or use one of the helpful links above. Enter through the welcome page.
  2. Search for the materials you are looking for.
  3. When you have found the item you need, click on the ‘Request This Item’ Button.
  4. Fill in the form. Fields with red letters are required fields. [NOTE: Remember your Patron Name and Password. They are required whenever you wish to check the status of your request] Once the form is completed, scroll down and click on the ‘Submit’ button.

For more detailed help try: How do I request an item in reQuest, the Statewide Library Catalog?

If you have any questions, please call the Wheeler Library Staff at 860.535.0383.

Search Portals

These search engines feature additional services: news, stocks, weather, sports, yellow pages, white pages, maps, appointment calendars, TV listings, movie showtimes, online shopping, chat, free e-mail, and more are usually offered. This section looks at the basic search and directory services the portals provide.


Yahoo! is primarily a directory of web sites, categorized by topics and subtopics. When you search, the first results you see are matching Yahoo! categories and sites. You then have the option to go to web page matches (provided by Inktomi’s search engine) or continue your search on other major search engines.


Google features a simple interface: just enter some search terms. An “I’m feeling lucky” button retrieves Google’s #1 pick for your search.

Lycos: Your Personal Internet Guide Search results are sorted by Lycos Open Directory categories, web sites, news & media, and web pages found. Lycos also offers a Search Guard adult content filter option.

GO Network  This Infoseek/Disney portal offers Infoseek searches with an optional GOguardian filter to screen objectionable content. The Advanced Search feature allows you to refine your search by selecting options from pulldown boxes. Click Topics to access the Reviewed Sites directory.

MSN.COM Run a Microsoft MSN web search or choose from a list of other search engines. Explore the “best of the web” with MSN’s Web Directory. Ask a question in plain English and you will be given a choice of web sites that may answer your question.


Kid-Friendly Searching

Search engines especially for kids and search engines that offer adult content filters

Ask for Kids Children can ask questions in plain English and receive content-screened results run through SurfWatch’s Internet filtering tool.

Yahooligans! Yahoo! for kids.

GO Network Features an optional GOguardian adult content filter. Even with the filter off, searchers are still warned of possible adult language with an “adult content alert.”

Lycos: Your Personal Internet Guide Features an optional Search Guard adult content filter.


MetaCrawler In addition to sending your query to several major search engines at once, Metacrawler offers Go2Net portal services. Metasearch the major search engines or select from specialty and shopping categories. Over 200 search engines and databases are supported.

Dogpile Metasearch the web, newsgroups, FTP, news wires, stock quotes, yellow/white pages, and maps. Dogpile also provides the Open Directory to browse.

Search Engine Guides

Expand your searching skills and Internet awareness.

Search Engine Watch: News, Tips and More About Search Engines Danny Sullivan’s page for web surfers and webmasters alike. Stay on top of the rapidly changing world of search engines with the Search Engine Report Newsletter. From Web Search Chris Sherman’s gateway to web searching.

Internet Scout Project “Surf smarter, not longer” with Internet resources of interest to researchers, educators, and K-12 students. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation.


Subject Guides

These guides gather and evaluate Internet resources by subject; many are maintained by professional librarians or specialists in their field. Be sure to also consult search engine web directories for topics of interest.


The Internet Public Library IPL librarians evalute and categorize online information resources in the Reference section. Special Teen and Youth pages address K-12 study needs. From the University of Michigan’s School of Information.

Librarians’ Index to the Internet Library subject headings lead to lists of Internet resources, each described in brief. From the Berkeley Public Library/Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE. Every topic (or GuideSite) is run by a subject specialist Guide. GuideSites feature website reviews, feature articles, and discussion areas. Formerly the

WWW Virtual Library A “catalog of the web” run by volunteers who maintain guides for topics they are expert in.



Blue Web’n Learning Sites Library Pacific Bell’s catalog of K-12 educational sites is categorized by subject area, audience, and type (lessons, activities, projects, resources, references, & tools).

Education World Enter a search query or click “browse our database” to access Education World’s extensive collection of educational sites. Site reviews and feature articles are also offered. Sponsored by American Fidelity Assurance Company.

Community Learning Network K-12 educational resources by subject. From Canada’s Open Learning Agency.



InfoSurf: Information Resources by Subject A to Z Internet resources by subject (from Accounting to Women’s Studies). From the University of California, Santa Barbara Library.

INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections “Academically valuable resources” from the Library of the University of California at Riverside.

Webliography An Internet subject guide maintained by the librarians and staff of the Louisiana State University Libraries.

BUBL LINK Catalogue of Selected Internet Resources Selected Internet resources covering major academic subject areas. From the Andersonian Library, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland.

Using the Library of Congress: Collections & Services for Researchers, Libraries, and the Public An access point for the LC Online Catalog and other online databases and Internet resources.


Reference Desk Answers


University of Virginia Library: Internet Reference Sources Explore General Topics or get specific with Arts & Humanities, Engineering, Science & Medicine, and Social Sciences.

Navigator: A Selective Guide to The Internet “Navigator is the home page used by the newsroom of The New York Times for forays into the Web.” Part of the New York Times Learning Network, it also features separate navigators for students, teachers, and parents.


LibrarySpot Library and reference sites, all in one spot.

My Virtual Reference Desk Bob Drudge’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink collection of reference sources on the web.


SciCentral: Gateway to the Best Science and Engineering Online Resources SciLink’s metadirectory serves as an online science desk reference. Features a special K-12 Science section.

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Other Online Reference

BIOGRAPHY® Online Database Brief bios from A&E’s Biography and Cambridge University Press. All Media Guide’s searchable database over 220,000 movies. Search for information by name or by film title. – The ability utility Learn2 specializes in the training of Microsoft Office & Windows software, business skills, sales training, communication, writing techniques, Defensive Driving, Human Resource topics and more. Includes free ‘Life and Time Management’ tutorial.

How Stuff Works HowStuffWorks is the leading source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works. Founded by North Carolina State University Professor Marshall Brain in 1998, the site has since grown to be an award-winning online resource for millions of people of all ages. Everything cars: pricing, news, reviews, and buying information, plus advice from Tom & Ray Magliozzi of NPR’s Car Talk.

ZDNet Internet and computing technology resources are organized by channels in this metasite from publisher Ziff-Davis.’s information site for the internet and IT network/community offers tutorials and tech support for Windows, PC hardware, web building, and more.


Wolfram|Alpha is a completely new kind of research tool. This is not a search engine as we have come to know them. It does not serve up links to information the way Google does; it serves up information! The best way to get to know how it works is to play around with it.

Ouote from the site: “Wolfram|Alpha‘s long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. Our goal is to build on the achievements of science and other systematizations of knowledge to provide a single source that can be relied on by everyone for definitive answers to factual queries”.

Homework Help

Kidspace Sites by subject and special features for children ages 4-11 from the Internet Public Library.

KidsClick! web search for kids by librarians A searchable directory of web sites organized by subject. From the Ramapo Catskill Library System in New York State.

FEN’s Homework Help Homework resources by subject from the Family Education Network.

Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab The OWL at Purdue offers online handouts covering writing, research, grammar, and MLA and APA style. The award-winning Writing Lab at Purdue offers free writing consultations, workshops, ESL conversation groups, and other services in Purdue University’s Heavilon Hall to the Purdue campus community.

Research ToolBox In KCTools you’ll find help with four basic phases of the research process – asking questions that begin with “I wonder…” , “I find…”, “I evaluate…” and “I share…”. Provides help and referral to K-12 students looking for resources on reports and projects. From the ALA’s American Association of School Librarians.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence FREE is a clearinghouse of Internet-based education resources from agencies across the U.S. Federal government.

The New York Times Learning Network An educational companion to the NYT for students in grades 6-12, their teachers, and parents.The site is updated weekdays throughout the school year.

Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators Not necessarily for educators! Students can find curriculum-related sites organized by subject here. Sponsored by the Discovery Channel School.


Books Online

Finding Tools | Book Reviews | Digital Book Collections

Finding Tools

The On-Line Books Page John Mark Ockerbloom’s gateway to books online.

The Literary Web Literary fiction and poetry links from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Literary Resources on the Net Literary websites with a special focus on English and American literature. Maintained by Jack Lynch (Assistant English Professor, Rutgers University).

CLWG: Children’s Literature Web Guide Internet resources related to books for children and young adults. Maintained by David K. Brown (Director, Doucette Library of Teaching Resources, University of Calgary).

Book Reviews

The New York Times: Books The New York Times Book Review online. Features First Chapters of current fiction and non-fiction. Requires Subscription. Style Live: Books & Reading Includes the Sunday Book World supplement and Chapter One, a “first chapters” service.

Atlantic Unbound The Atlantic Monthly Features Books and Poetry Pages departments.

BookBrowse Excerpts of bestsellers and other current fiction and non-fiction.

BookWire The book industry’s online information service. Reviews, author interviews, and links to book-related sites can be found here. Bookwire also hosts online versions of Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, and School Library Journal. Booknotes An online companion to C-SPAN’s author interview series, Booknotes. Includes First Chapters of some of the books featured on the program.

Booknotes is the permanent online archive for C-SPAN’s award-winning author interview program, Booknotes.


Digital Book Collections

Project Gutenberg “Fine literature, digitally re-published.” Thousands of books, now in the public domain, are available here. Note: Gutenberg selections only come in plain text format — more easily navigable hyperlinked versions may be available from The On-Line Books Page or the IPL Online Texts Collection.

The Electronic Text Center’s Modern English Collection “Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present” in hypertext format from the University of Virginia’s Electronic Text Center.

HTI American Verse Project An electronic archive of 19th century poetry from the University of Michigan’s Humanities Text Initiative.

Literature @ SunSITE The Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE’s growing collection of digital texts includes Jack London’s writings.

The New Bartleby This etext publisher currently features BartlebyVerse: American & English Poetry, 1250-1920.

American Memory from the Library of Congress “America’s Story in Words, Sounds, and Pictures.” Multimedia Americana from the National Digital Library Program.

NYPL Digital Library Collections Books, manuscripts, photographs, engravings, and other media arranged as online exhibitions by The New York Public Library.


News Media Online

Finding Tools |Newspapers| Newsmagazines | Network News Services

Finding Tools

IPL Reading Room: Newspapers Newspapers, English and foreign language.

Government Documents in the News Link to resources on headline-making government issues. From the University of Michigan Documents Center.

RealGuide A guide to RealNetworks streaming (real time) audio and video on the Internet. Most major news networks use this technology. Requires RealPlayer.

RealPlayer Download RealPlayer for your home computer here.

Windows Media Player Download Windows Media Player for your home computer here.Comes installed on most newer versions of Windows

The MIT List of Radio Stations on the Internet A world-wide listing of stations which broadcast live on the Internet.

TV Guide Online Check your local listings. Also features The Motion Picture Guide movie database.

Cable in the Classroom Online Educational programming from the cable networks.

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The New London Day
The Norwich Bulletin
The Hartford Courant
New Haven Register
The Providence Journal
Boston Globe Online
Washington Post
The New York Times
New York Post
The Christian Science Monitor Electronic Edition

U.S. News Online
BusinessWeek Online
Education Week
The Sporting News
Entertainment Weekly Online
Entertainment News Daily

Network News Services

CBS News
Fox News
The PBS Online NewsHour
NPR Online (National Public Radio)
BBC News
Associated Press Digital Services

Business: : Markets

CNN/Sports Illustrated
CBS SportsLine

The Weather Channel

WVIT-TV NBC 30 Connecticut
WTNH-TV News Channel 8
WFSB-TV 3 Eyewitness News
Connecticut Public Broadcasting

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Family Interest Sites

Family Education Network “We provide parents with the information and resources they need to actively participate in their children’s learning process.” FEN Partners include the American Association of School Administrators and the National PTA.

National Parent Information Network NPIN offers an online magazine, Parenting News, and a gateway to “Internet Resources for and about Parents.” Sponsored by the Department of Education’s ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

Partnership for Family Involvement in Education A Department of Education site devoted to promoting children’s learning through the development of family-school-community partnerships.’s website for families.

FinAid! The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid A gateway to information about student financial aid on the web. Maintained by Mark Kantrowitz (author of The Prentice Hall Guide to Scholarships and Fellowships for Math and Science Students).

IPL TeenSpace in the IPL. We’ve put together information to help you with life, school, friends, and work. You’ll find articles written especially to help you solve problems, links to web sites you can use for homework, and a place to ask questions.

IPL Teachers & Parents Corner Resources for parents & teachers to use in helping their kids to learn, including the subsections of resources for parents and teachers found in each of the main sections of Kidspace.

Surfing the Net with Kids Top sites from Barbara J. Feldman’s syndicated newspaper column.

Local Interest Sites

Town of North Stonington Homepage
North Stonington Public Schools
North Stonington Elementary School
First Baptist Church, North Stonington Connecticut
The Weather Channel – North Stonington, Connecticut Community Data / Real Estate
State of Connecticut Website
State of Connecticut Municipality Home Page
Connecticut State Department of Education
L E A R N (Regional Education Service Center) (Connecticut Voices for Children)
Connecticut Tourism Home Page
Visit Connecticut
Connecticut Magazine
The Connecticut Historical Society
Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce
Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea
Mystic Aquarium/Institute for Exploration
Historic Ship Nautilus
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
Florence Griswold Museum
Avery Point Campus – University of Connecticut
National Undersea Research Center (University of Connecticut at Avery Point)
Three Rivers Community – Technical College
United States Coast Guard Academy
Connecticut State University System
Connecticut College
Mitchell College
The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
The University of New Haven

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Directories Find people, places and things with this directory. Services include white pages, classifieds, shopping, city guides, finance, business services, community, news, fun stuff, and government.

Switchboard: The Internet Directory An Internet phonebook offering white pages, yellow pages, and maps & directions.

AnyWho Directory services from AT&T Labs include residential, business, toll-free, and reverse lookup.

Yellow Pages Find businesses serving local and other metropolitan areas.

Postal Services and Products, Mail and Addresses Information to help you get it mailed from the U.S. Postal Service.

UPS Online service guide and package tracking.

FedEx Online service guide and package tracking.

DHL Worldwide Express Online service guide and package tracking.

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Dictionaries & Thesauri

WWWebster Dictionary The online edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary, Tenth Edition.

WordCentral.Com Merriam-Webster’s Student’s Electronic Dictionary and more.

Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus A thesaurus with an innovative interface.

A Web of On-line Dictionaries A metalist of dictionaries, thesauri, and grammars from linguistics professor Robert Beard (Bucknell University).

OneLook Dictionaries Search hundreds of online dictionaries at once to find the definition you’re looking for.


Style Guides

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) The Resources for Writers section contains handouts on a wide range of writing topics as well as links to other writing websites. From Purdue University.

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant A writer’s guide and handbook from Chuck Guilford (Associate Professor of English, Boise State University).

William Strunk’s The Elements of Style The first (1918) edition of a classic style manual.

MLA Style The latest guidelines for documenting Internet sources. From the Modern Language Association.


Encyclopedias & Almanacs from Electric Library Over 17,000 articles from The Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Third Edition (1994).

Encarta Online The concise version of Microsoft’s Encarta Encyclopedia. Information Please: On-Line Dictionary, Internet Encyclopedia, & Almanac Reference The

Information Please Almanac online. Also includes The Columbia Encyclopedia, Fifth Edition (1993). On-Line Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Homework Help Information Please geared for kids.


Atlases, Maps, & Travel

PCL Map Collection Historical and political maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas (Austin). Includes links to maps at other web sites.

MapQuest Road maps, driving directions, and travel itinerary (Mobil Travel Guide).

Microsoft Expedia Maps Road maps, driving directions, and a link to Expedia Travel. Use this site to select the latest free travel brochures, vacation guides, maps and travel planning kits and have them mailed to you free.

US State Department – Bureau of Consular Affairs Essential information for American citizens abroad: travel warnings, consular information sheets for every country, passports/visas, tips for travelers, and more.

CDC Travel Information Traveler’s health precautions from the Centers for Disease Control.

Project visa Visa and embassy information for all countries.

OANDA Currency Converter Get today’s and historical exchange rates.

Intellicast Weather Weather services include USA/world current conditions and forecasts.

National Weather Service The NWS homepage links to a wide variety of government weather services.

Government & Law

THOMAS — Legislative Information on the Internet A Library of Congress metasite for tracking Federal legislation. Current bills (and public laws from several previous Congresses) receiving media attention are listed in Congress in the News. Thomas also provides links to legislative, executive, judicial, and state/local resources.

Library of Congress; American Memory American Memory is a gateway to the Library of Congress’s vast resources of digitized American historical materials. Comprising more than 9 million items that document U.S. history and culture, American Memory is organized into more than 100 thematic collections based on their original format, their subject matter, or who first created, assembled, or donated them to the Library. Browse over 20 collections in Government and Law.

FedWorld Information Network The U.S. Department of Commerce’s online search service for information from government databases.

University of Michigan Documents Center Find government information at all levels — local, state, federal, foreign, and international. Of interest is Government Documents in the News.

FindLaw: Internet Legal Resources A metasite for Internet legal resources. your source for news on state policy innovations Current news, background information, and statistical data on public policy issues at the state level. Administered by the University of Richmond and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Public Agenda Online A nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion and policy analysis organization founded by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. A non-partisan public policy news and information service. From A2S2 Digital Projects, Inc.

The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School : Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy A collection of primary source materials from the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government.



General Health Information

Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers health news and information in English and Spanish. It is one of the best places to go for statistics, travel health, and immunization information.

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Complete Home Medical Guide The Third Revised Edition of the comprehensive home reference.

Dr. Koop’s Community This site helps consumers understand their medical conditions and treatment options. The company is led by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop.

Hardin MD – Hardin Meta Directory of Internet Health Sources “We list the best sites that list the sites.” From the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa.

Health A to Z – The Search Engine for Health and Medicine This site from the Medical Network Inc. features both a search engine and sites organized by topic, rated, and briefly described.

Healthfinder – a gateway consumer health and human services information web site Use this Department of Health and Human Services site to find health information from U.S. government agencies and not-for-profit organizations.

Informedhealthonline The Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, a German nonprofit, publishes this site. It explains evidence-based medicine and helps users understand published research studies.

InteliHealth Health information resources from the Harvard Medical School’s consumer health information and Aetna, Inc.

Mayo Clinic This site provides information about diseases and conditions, treatment options, and drugs. Its coverage of nutrition is very good. It also has a Symptom Checker feature.

National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINEplus The National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health’s site, which includes information about diseases and conditions, current health news, drug information, directories of health-care providers and organizations, a medical encyclopedia, and a medical dictionary. It also has videos of surgical procedures and tutorials for medical and surgical procedures. The site is available in Spanish, and it includes material that is easy to read.

NOAH New York Online Access to Health is a joint project of the City University of New York, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the New York Public Library. The bilingual (English-Spanish) site covers a wide range of health topics. In addition to the usual diseases and conditions, it includes alternative therapies and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender concerns.

PubMed. PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.It also has citations from consumer-health magazines. Some full-text articles are available free.


Alternative Medicine

The Alternative Medicine Home Page A medical librarian at the University of Pittsburgh maintains this page covering a wide range of complementary and alternative therapies.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Part of the National Institutes of Health, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine does research on alternative therapies. Its Web site provides objective, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative treatments.

Children’s Health

The American Academy of Pediatrics The American Academy of Pediatrics has a comprehensive site covering child development, diseases and conditions, child safety, and parenting, from birth toe age 21. It has information for both health professionals and lay users.

Go Ask Alice. The health question and answer Internet site produced by Alice!, Columbia University’s Health Education Program. It is an excellent resource for teens seeking information about sexuality, relationships, and drugs as well as general health topics. The National Women’s Health Information Center offers a site for girls covering topics such as body image, fitness, and living with a disability.

KidsHealth The Nemours Foundation publishes this site with pages for parents, kids, and teens. It offers information in English and Spanish on health and safety and other relevant topics, such as bullying. The kids and teens sites have interactive quizzes.

Senior Health

American Association of Retired Persons. The AARP provides information for seniors on a variety of topics, including health. It is especially useful for learning about Medicare, Social Security, health insurance, and drug coverage. The site has variable type size for the visually impaired and a Spanish-language version.

NIH Senior Health. The National Institute on Aging publishes an outstanding site for seniors. It covers health problems that seniors face, fitness, how to take medicines correctly and Medicare. Users may adjust the type size and the contrast. It also has audio so that they may listen to the information.

Women’s Health The National Women’s Health Information Center provides coverage of women’s health issues, health organizations, and statistics as well as information in Spanish.

Our Bodies Ourselves. The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective has launched a Web site as a companion to its classic book. It offers information that supplements the book with current news, links to relevant Web sites, psychosocial support, political concerns, and personal comments.