This section is aligned with AaLDE’s Reference Analytics headings.  Criteria follows the same web evaluation guidelines compiled by the ALA’s RUSA group (current, accurate, clear authorship, free and no registration is best, easily accessed and navigate).

Commonly-asked questions

Dewey Subject Headings (click for OCLC Dewey Summary PDF)


  • For Delaware residents, the Delaware Judiciary maintains the Delaware State Courts Citizen Help Center. Use this for legal information regarding landlord/tenant issues, divorce and custody information, how to pay a traffic ticket (with online options), and more.
  • Ask a Librarian Delaware partners with the three county law libraries and the State of Delaware Legislative Library as subject specialists; you can refer questions to their respective queues in LibAnswers.
  •  The Law Library of Congress has a “Research Help” page that provides a fairly comprehensive annotated list of resources to find online information on law and the government.  It includes international, federal US, and state and territory laws.  The emphasis of this guide is on actual codes of law, rather than resources to help citizens (see the Delaware State Courts Citizen Help Center listed site above); still, it is a valuable collection of information in one place.
  • Nolo focuses on publishing plain-English legal information that anyone can use.  Their website includes articles on a wide variety of topics, a legal dictionary, and a guide to performing legal research.  Use the links at the bottom of the website under “Free Legal Information” for easiest navigation.


  • Best Trade Schools – For recent high school graduates, an adult changing career paths, or a military.
    veteran, this website helps when deciding on additional schooling with information necessary to make the right choice for continuing education.
  • Intelligent – Helping students succeed.
  • Library – Information on library science degrees.
  • Princeton Review – Full-length FREE practice tests for SAT.
  • Smithsonian Learning Lab – Valuable resources for students, parents, and educators. Smithsonian Learning Lab puts the treasures of the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex within reach. The Lab is a free, interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources, creating content with online tools, and in the Smithsonian’s expansive community of knowledge and learning.
  • Social Justice LibGuide – comprehensive information to build awareness and inspire change.
  • UDLib Search – for any Delaware student grades K-12 (please contact the Statewide Coordinator for login information).

  • Delaware Library Business & Entrepreneurship LibGuide – a one-stop resource for the many facets of starting a new business, from pro/con considerations, research, resources, financial assistance, and more.
  • Data Axle Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) – A comprehensive database of 60 million US businesses. The database is searchable by SIC or NAICS code and can be filtered by geography and other markers. Log in through Delaware Libraries eMedia page or through this page after creating a login.
  • Export Delaware:  An initiative that provides Delaware libraries with a direct way to help patrons who are starting a new business.  This site walks the entrepreneur through steps to getting their business license and on their way!
  • Business Community/Market Research – The Business Reference and Services Section Education Committee of RUSA has put together an excellent LibGuide for Small Business.  It includes recommendations for books, databases and articles, as well as websites on topics ranging from how to start a small business to locating loans and financing.
  • Foundations & Grants Information:  University of Delaware (UDEL) LibGuide provides comprehensive information to assist community members seeking access to resources, such as the Foundation Directory Online, provided in collaboration with the Foundation’s Funding Information Center.
  • Personal Finance – Delaware Division of Libraries has a guide listing books and websites on a variety of topics, including debt and credit and teaching kids and teens about money.


Additional Resources
Delaware Libraries Staff Academy – Niche Academy platform for Training/Professional Development Tutorials


If you have any additional recommendation, feel free to share with the Reference listserv.