I’m not sure if I do this because I’m a librarian, or if I became a librarian because I do this, but I’ve always bookmarked handy websites. For as long as I can remember, my bookmarks bar has been filled to the brim with everything from photo-editing software to web comics that made me laugh. Today I wanted to share some of the websites I’ve bookmarked over the years that have made my job, and my life, easier. Special thanks to Reddit, where I first discovered many of these websites.
I’ve organized them into categories (this is definitely because I’m a librarian) including library-specific, government, coding, web design, general internet, and just fun/handy sites.
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https://archive.org/ – More commonly known as the Wayback Machine. The Internet archive is also a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites and more.
https://openlibrary.org/- Open library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.
https://www.gutenberg.org/ – Project Gutenberg offers over 57,000 free ebooks that are available in the public domain in both epub and kindle format.
https://www.archives.gov/ – The National Archives official site. It has lots of really great information and resources. I especially like digital photo collections.
https://www.etymonline.com/ – This website lets you learn the history of virtually any word.
https://www.thingiverse.com/ – Looking for items to 3D print? Find them here!
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https://libguides.fdlp.gov/?b=g&d=a FDLP LibGuides. I used to think you could only access FDLP items if your library was a part of the program. This isn’t true, and they have a lot of really handy research guides with relevant documents linked.
https://www.census.gov/ – The Census Bureau has SO much information. I really like the off census year surveys and the library section.
https://ephtracking.cdc.gov/showHome.action – Center for Disease Control Tracking network. The Tracking Network has data and information on environments and hazards, health effects, and population health. I think the data explorer is especially cool.
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html- CIA World Factbook provides information about the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, and transnational issues for 257 world entities.
https://www.bls.gov/cpi/ – The Consumer Price Index measures the average change in prices over time.
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https://coronalabs.com/ – Corona is a cross-platform framework ideal for creating apps and games for mobile devices and desktop systems. That means you can create your project once and publish it to multiple types of devices, including Apple iPhone and iPad, Android phones and tablets, Amazon Fire, Mac Desktop, Windows Desktop, and even connected TVs such as Apple TV, Fire TV, and Android TV.
https://www.codecademy.com/ – Learn to code for free.
https://www.freecodecamp.org/ – Another place to learn to code for free
https://www.10bestdesign.com/dirtymarkup/ – Dirty Markup helps fix all of those codes you just learned how to do.
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https://codemyui.com/ – Want your website to look trendy? This website specializes in web design and UI inspiration with code snippets.
https://www.fontsquirrel.com/- Free fonts. Now stop using arial for everything!
https://creativemarket.com/ – Creative Market has ready to use assets from independent creators including typefaces, backgrounds, and templates. This site is great for making flashy, on-trend, library flyers.
https://www.canva.com/ – I find Canva especially useful for finding website icons. You can also create your own icon, edit photos, and find free photos to use.
https://unsplash.com/ – Unsplash has BEAUTIFUL, free photos, gifted by a community of photographers.
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https://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ – This website lets you know if a particular website is down for just you or if it’d down for everyone on the internet. This was really handy during the Prime Day Amazon meltdown.
https://haveibeenpwned.com/ – Find out if your e-mail address has been compromised by a data breach. Now you know when to change your password!
https://reviewmeta.com/ – Review Meta allows you to find out if a amazon review is genuine or if it was just left by the seller to con you in to buying their product.
https://gethuman.com/ – Gives you the phone number to an actual human rather than going through countless automated options when calling customer service.
https://qz.com/ – Quartz is a news service with a global-centric approach so you see stories you’re unlikely to see elsewhere. The website itself has a cool, fresh, design.
https://mypermissions.com/- My Permissions is a website that collects permissions settings and lets you manage them from a central location. For example why would your health insurance company need to access your fitness tracker data? They shouldn’t, so make sure they don’t!
https://backgroundchecks.org/justdeleteme/ – Trying to leave a website completely? This is a directory of direct links to delete your many accounts.
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https://cloudconvert.com/ – Convert virtually any file type to a different type. Not sure how to make that pdf a word document? Do that here, for free.
https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page – Find out what is on your local ballot with the sample ballot lookup tool.
https://westegg.com/inflation/ – An Inflation calculator. Now you know exactly how much your Grandparents paid for a house in the 50’s and how that compares to what you’re paying now.
https://www.charitynavigator.org/ – Gives objective ratings to find charities you can trust and feel confident supporting.
https://www.grammarly.com/ – A web plugin that makes sure everything you type, whether it be in a document or blog comment is clear, effective, and mistake-free.
https://www.rescuetime.com/ – A browser plugin that tracks how much time you’re spending on certain sites. There is both a free and paid version. The idea is that if you know how much time you’re spending somewhere, and if you’re not being productive, this can increase your productivity.
Please share in the comments what some of YOUR favorite bookmarked websites are. I’m always looking to add to my ever growing bookmarks bar.