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).
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- 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.
- Library Science.org – 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 sharing 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.
- Delaware Division of Libraries has an excellent Reader’s Advisory LibGuide that is updated regularly.
- NoveList, an EBSCO subscription product, is also a great resource accessible through the Delaware Libraries eMedia portal page.
- Through the Delaware Library Catalog, you will find New York Times Bestseller and Suggested By Us book lists. Use the drop down arrow to select the list of your choice.
- Libraries often use Pinterest to communicate and share with patrons. Sacramento Public Library’s Pinterest site has one of the better boards for book recommendations.
- Mid-Continent Public Library has a very good Reader’s Advisory Page, but the best part is probably their lists of juvenile series and sequels. You can browse by Series Title, Series Subject, Book Title, and Book Author.
- Bookhive is hosted by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and focuses on books for babies up to 6th grade. Reviews are written by librarians.
- GoodReads is populated by many librarians and avid readers, giving personal and professional recommendations and summaries.
- Library Journal Reviews
- School Library Journal Reviews
- For movies, the Internet Movie Database
- Don’t forget social media (Twitter, Facebook/Meta, Instagram, BookTok, etc.) as potential resources!
- Delaware Digital Newspaper Project
- Library of Congress Historical Company Research
- The Delaware Public Archives has a page, “Public Finding Aids“, for databases and resources to assist in genealogical studies
- Delaware Libraries LibGuide on Genealogy
- Two active groups in Delaware, the Delaware Historical Society and the Delaware Genealogical Society, have online tips, links, a calendar of programs/events, and contact information
- Another compendium of useful websites from the “Internet Sources on Local History and Genealogy Studies” page from the Library of Congress that should help patrons get started on genealogical research.
- A comprehensive list of resources for genealogy is from the National Archives (Archives Library Information Center on Genealogy). It includes information about using the Archives for research, as well as links to websites, databases, and blogs.
- The University of Delaware has a good resource on genealogy.
- Ancestry is offered in-library use only through Delaware public libraries. See the list of libraries with availability on the Delaware Libraries Genealogy LibGuide.
- National Genealogy Society
- MyHeritage vs 23andMe vs AncestryDNA
Delaware Libraries Staff Academy – Niche Academy platform for Training/Professional Development Tutorials
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