9: An Annotated List of Reference Websites
Libraries, Archives, and Consortia
Online catalog for a consortium of Washington D.C. area university
American Library Association
Home page for the U.S. association of librarians and information
professionals, with information about events
and conferences, issues
of current interest, and other features, some of which are restricted
to members only
This web site for the British Library provides information on
exhibitions, services, reader admission, and access to the online catalog.
Center for Research Libraries
Information about the Chicago-based consortium, including access
to its online catalog.
Combined online catalog for numerous British academic libraries
including the British Library, Cambridge University, Edinburgh
Glasgow University, Imperial College of Science, Technology and
Medicine, London School of Economics (LSE) Library, Oxford University,
Trinity College, Dublin, University College, London, University
of London Library.
District of Columbia Public
Home page for the Washington, D.C. public library system, with
information on local history from the library's Washingtoniana
Division and access to the library's online
Collection of web pages, online catalogs, addresses, and hours
from the national libraries of Europe, browsable by country. Frames-based;
website formerly known as "Gabriel."
LibDex: The Library Index
International library directory, searchable by keyword or browseable
by country. The keyword search is most effective for finding libraries
in the U.S.; the browse feature works best for finding libraries
outside the U.S.
One-stop shopping for information about public and academic
libraries in Maryland, including hours, policies, and telnet links
to their catalogs.
National Archives and Records
Information about NARA facilities and holdings across the country.
Research Catalog (ARC) is a search engine covering some of NARA's
collections. There is also an online version of the Guide to Federal
Records in the National Archives of the United States.
National Library of Medicine
General information, telephone numbers, hours, and other information.
Access to NLM databases, many fee-based. Access to NLM
Locator Plus (online library catalog) is free.
Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC)
Free online analog of the print resource, with information from
1987 to the present. Catalog records for manuscript collections
can be searched via the Library's Z39.50 gateway.
New York Public Library
Offers web interfaces for the online catalog of the NYPL Research Libraries and LEO
(online catalog of the Branch Libraries). The catalog includes
materials added to the collections after 1971, with some retrospective
Includes a FirstSearch
database list and a database of OCLC participating
institutions searchable by name or OCLC symbol.
From the National Center for Education
Statistics, a searchable directory (based on a 1996 survey)
enabling users to find public libraries by location, size of collection,
and other criteria.
Research Libraries Group
Information about the consortium and its online utilities.
Smithsonian Institution Research
Includes catalogs for the Smithsonian Libraries system, archival
collections, and art inventories (which include many other collections
besides the Smithsonian).
Society of American Archivists
Website for the principal professional association of archivists
in the U.S., with a history
of the organization, a glossary
of archival and records terminology, various free
online publications, and other features, some of which are available
to members only.
Special Libraries Association
Website for the international association for professionals working
in specialized libraries, with information about events
the complete run of the SLA journal Special
Libraries from 1910 to 1996 (in PDF),
and other features. Some features, such as full access to
the online version of the SLA
WWW Accessible National
Libraries of the World
Listing of national library web pages, maintained by IFLA.