Selected Websites

Arts and Humanities

CreativeGround

Online directory of artists, arts and cultural organizations, and creative businesses, provided by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).

Automobiles

NADA Automotive News and Analysis

Includes monthly issues of "Guidelines" and "Perspectives" as well as other articles and information.

National Insurance Crime Bureau

VINCheck feature that allows shoppers to check the status of vehicles to see if they have been salvaged or stolen.

Boating

Business

Better Business Bureau

The BBB branch serving R.I., Eastern Mass., Maine and Vermont.

BusinessUSA

Managed by the U.S. Small Business Agency, this site provides access to services and resources for help in starting, managing and growing a business.

GovLoans.gov

Gateway to information on government loans, for categories such as: farming, business, education, disaster relief, housing and veterans.

National Women’s Business Council

A non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendation to the president, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.

SBA Office of International Trade

U.S. Small Business Administration site provides information and development assistance to help small businesses take advantage of export markets.

SBA Office of Women's Business Ownership

Part of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the office establishes and oversees a network of Women's Business Centers throughout the U.S. to provide business management and technical assistance.

SBA-Emergency Prepardness guide for small businesses

Resources provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration to help your business prepare for disaster.

Service Corps of Retired Professionals - Free Business Counseling

Free, confidential counseling to small businesses in Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts. This local SCORE chapter operates under the auspices of the SBA.

USA.gov--Businesses and Nonprofits

Find resources on starting and managing a business, selling to and buying from the government, exporting, importing, and much more.

Consumer Information

Better Business Bureau

BBB branch serving Rhode Island, Eastern Mass., Maine and Vermont.

Consumer Protection Basics

Basic information provided by the Federal Trade Commission

National Institute on Retirement Security

A non-profit research and education organization established to contribute to informed policymaking on retirement security.

TermSAFE

Site reviews websites' terms and conditions and lists areas in them needing attention.

Education

Adult Education GED Test Center & Skills Training Programs

The location in southern Rhode Island is at The Education Exchange in Peace Dale.

College Goal Rhode Island

Free on-site FAFSA assistance at various locations Jan. 12-Feb. 4, 2016.

Coursera

Provides free online courses covering a wide range of topics from universities around the world.

DigitalLearn

Brief, basic classes on how to use a computer, search the internet, search for a job, etc.

Education Exchange

Non-profit organization in Peace Dale offers adult education classes in: GED preparation, ESL and citizenship, teacher assistant training, and computer skills.

Financial aid for women

Links to scholarships, grants, etc. for women.

GCF LearnFree.org

Wide variety of tutorials, including iPhone and iPad tutorials, Microsoft Office, online banking, etc.

Information Works

Provides annual "reports cards" from 1998 to 2009 for Rhode Island's public schools, with individual school, school district, and statewide profiles.

InfoWorks!

Provides information about Rhode Island's public schools: individual schools, school districts, or statewide, from 2009 to the present.

Khan Academy

Free educational videos, each about 10 minutes. Subjects include math, science, computer science, finance and economics, and the humanities. Also includes SAT and other practice tests and tutorials.

Lifelong Learning Collaborative

An independent, not-for-profit, peer-run adult education organization based in Providence.

Northstar Digital Literacy Project

Provides assessments of the basic skills needed for computer and online use through self-guided modules.

Online College Database

Provides brief information and links to colleges, community colleges, universities and online colleges throughout the U.S.

Online College Database - list of R.I. schools

Provides brief information and links to colleges, universities and online colleges in Rhode Island.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at URI

Adult education for Rhode Islanders age 50 and older.

Princeton Review's 2015 Guide to 353 Green Colleges

Just click the link to download the free book as a PDF.

RI Resource Hub

Links to R.I. education and career resources for adults via AskRI.org.

Techboomers

Tutorials provide basic information about a variety of websites, along with basic internet use and safety.

Employment

Apply RI -- Job Opportunities Page

Apply for state jobs through this site.

AskRI.org - Job Seeker Center

Provides links to a wide variety of employment resources.

CollegeGrad.com

Listings for entry level jobs or internships.

Employ RI

Site managed by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

Employ RI--How to Post Your Resume

Helpful links to posting your resume or creating a new one, as well as matching your job skills to potential employers.

Glassdoor

Provides job postings, company reviews, salary information, and interview tips.

Guide to Government Careers

By LearnHowtoBecome.org, which also provides links to a variety of career resources.

Guide to Public Service Careers

Information and resources on public service career and volunteer opportunities provided by Firescience.org.

Job Search Letter Help

From from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab. Provides help with writing cover letters and other types of employment search letters.

NetworkRI

Site managed by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

R.I. Resource Hub

Links via AskRI.org to R.I. education and career resources for adults.

Rhode Island Labor Market Information

Employment statistics provided by the R.I. Department of Labor and Training.

Volunteering and Nonprofit Careers guide

Guide for students and young professionals seeking careers with nonprofits.

Environment

BugGuide

Identification, images, & information for insects, spiders & their kin for the United States & Canada

Narragansett Bay Aquatic Invasive Species

Links to articles provided by the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve.

Narragansett Bay Research

NarrBay.org is the one stop portal for researchers interested in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. NarrBay is home to specialized coastal and marine datasets which can be downloaded in a variety of formats.

Narragansett Bay Research Reserve

The Narragansett Bay Research Reserve is located in the heart of Narragansett Bay on four islands: Prudence, Patience, Hope and Dyer. It protects approximately 4400 acres of land and water.

North Kingstown: Coastal Resilience

Pilot program developed by RI Sea Grant and the Town of North Kingstown to show vulnerability to rising sea levels and identify recommendations for adapting.

Public Access to the Rhode Island Coast

Published by Rhode Island Sea Grant in 2004.

Rhode Island's Climate Challenge

Site produced by the University of Rhode Island Climate Change Collaborative Team, provides basic to in-depth information on changes, impact, and actions.

RI Native Plant Guide

Site developed by the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences in collaboration with the R.I. Natural History Survey.

Sea Level Rise -- North Kingstown

Rhode Island Sea Grant maps of North Kingstown showing the impact of sea level rise.

Winter Moths--A Homeowner's Guide

A guide from the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve to help protect your trees and shrubs.

Finance

America's Credit Unions

Website of the Credit Union National Association.

AnnualCreditReport.com

Request a free credit report every 12 months from each of the 3 consumer credit reporting companies.

Bankrate.com

Compare rates for checking, savings, CDs, and mortgages. Also includes bank ratings and calculators to compare borrowing costs.

Bloomberg

Business, financial and economic news

Consumer information about credit and credit cards

Links to various publications by the Federal Reserve.

Credit Card Insider

Provides information and reviews on credit cards along with articles about personal finance.

IdentityTheft.gov

A Federal Trade Commission site to report identity theft and build a step-by-step personalized recovery plan.

My Credit Union

National Credit Union Administration's website with consumer information about credit unions.

Genealogy

American Ancestors

Genealogical information and resources provided by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Castle Garden, NY --- America's First Immigration Center

This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.

God's Little Acre cemetery, Newport

Information and history of God's Little Acre cemetery on Farewell St. and of the slaves and free Africans buried there.

R. I. Births Index -- 1800-1855

From the state digital archives collection. Click: "Download original file" to open PDF document.

R.I. Historic Cemetery Database

Search for graves and cemeteries on the R.I. Historical Cemetery Commission website.

R.I. USGenWeb Genealogy and History Project

Links to historical documents and articles, also links specific to Bristol, Kent, Newport and Washington Counties (Providence county is not available at present).

Geography

Country Background Notes

Provided by the U.S. Department of State

Latitude-Longitude

A free latitude and longitude finder to locate known coordinates or to find the coordinates of a specific location on a map.

Government

Rhode Island Energy

Provides energy information for residents, businesses and municipalities.

Rhode Island Government Officials directory

Online version of the 2015-16 RI Government Owner's Manual

Rhode Island Open Government Guide

Provided by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

U.S. Congress - Legislative Information

The official website for U.S. federal legislative information provided by the Library of Congress.

Health

Affordable Care Act--Health Insurance Marketplace

Information about obtaining insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, to begin soon as part of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Assisted Living Directory

Provides information on assisted living facilities and senior care options in Rhode Island.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Includes the latest information on the Zika Virus and other diseases.

Find Healthcare Providers in R.I.

Search by name, provider type, location, or specialty. Provided by the R.I. Department of Health.

Healthfinder

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website.

HealthSourceRI

Site for Rhode Island's health benefits exchange, as part of the federal Affordable Care Act.

Healthy Habits: Student Guide to Nutrition and Fitness Resources

Provided by Accredited Schools Online for students from Kindergarten through college.

Kids Health

Physician-reviewed articles and advice for children, teens and parents.

Lyme Disease information

Links to articles and documents about Lyme Disease from Rhode Island state agencies such as the DEM and the R.I. Department of Health.

Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST)

A link to obtain MOLST instruction forms, provided by the RI Department of Health, for terminally ill patients.

Medicare Hospital Compare

Find and compare quality of care information for over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the U.S.

Medline Plus

Health information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 900 diseases and conditions.

PDR Health

Drug and health information from the publishers of Physicians’ Desk Reference.

PubMed Central

Free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine.

RIREACH - Rhode Island Insurance Resource, Education, and Assistance Consumer Helpline

Provides direct assistance to consumers who need help understanding and accessing their health coverage.

TickEncounter Resource Center

Information provided by the University of Rhode Island about ticks, Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases.

Zika Virus Health Information Resources

Provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Disaster Information Management Research Center.

History

Civil War Facts

Site provided by the Civil War Trust.

Civil War Washington

A good source for primary documents relating to the Civil War in Washington D.C.: maps, emancipation compensation petitions, newspapers, & photographs. Also includes medical and surgical cases.

Dorr Rebellion project

An online educational resource on the Dorr Rebellion by Providence College.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project / Fordham University

A collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.

Library of Congress: American History

Browse topics in American History via the Library of Congress selected collection content available online.

Library of Congress: World History and Culture

Browse topics in World History via the Library of Congress selected collection content available online.

POW-MIA information

Site provided by the U.S. Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office.

Rhode Island history

Brief descriptions and lists provided by the R.I. Office of the Secretary of State.

Rhode Island--Heritage Trail Guides

Links to 4 Maps: Revolutionary War forts in public parks, hospitals, industries, and transportation and communications.

Rhode Islanders, Food and the World Wars

An interactive online exhibit showing how food rationing affected Rhode Islanders during WWI & WWII.

Rhode Tour

Read, see, and listen to a variety of historical subjects in Rhode Island's past.

Rhody Ramble

Events, tours and programs for families at historic places around R.I.

The Online Review of Rhode Island History ("Small State Big History")

Site created to promote Rhode Island's history. "We intend to offer a variety of articles intended for a popular audience, but with an eye for accuracy over legend."

Hobbies

Home and Garden

HomeLocatorRI

Find homes and apartments in R.I.--Site provided by R.I. Housing, Housing Network of R.I., Public Housing Association of R.I., and Rhodes to Independence.

RI Living

Rhode Island Association of REALTORS' State-Wide Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

RI Native Plant Guide

Site developed by the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences in collaboration with the R.I. Natural History Survey.

Winter Moths--A Homeowner's Guide

A guide from the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve to help protect your trees and shrubs.

Law

Advanced Directives from the R.I. Dept. of Health

Living wills & power of attorney information

HelpRILaw

Site operated by Rhode Island Legal Services provides information on legal topics and RI laws, RI courts, and providers of legal assistance.

LawHelp.org

Find free legal aid programs, information and forms for your state or territory. See also: HelpRILaw.

Libraries

InRhode

Providing access to approximately 6 million volumes, the InRhode Library Catalog combines the resources of the Brown University Library Catalog, JOSIAH, with those of the HELIN Library Catalog.

Rhode Island Library Report

"Journalism linking libraries and their communities."

Magazine Articles

Maps

Index Map of the City of Providence, 1881

Posted on "One Rhode Island Family" site by Diane Boumenot; map was originally included in many editions of "Picturesque Rhode Island" by Wilfred H. Munro

Latitude-Longitude

A free latitude and longitude finder to locate known coordinates or to find the coordinates of a specific location on a map.

Rhode Island maps and aerial photographs

Provided by the R.I. Dept. of Environmental Management. Includes environmental data maps, historical aerial, and topographic maps.

War Memorials in Rhode Island

An interactive map, with descriptions and locations; not yet complete.

Math and Science

AAA Math

Interactive lessons on many math subjects, from kindergarten through the eighth-grade level.

Latitude-Longitude

A free latitude and longitude finder to locate known coordinates or to find the coordinates of a specific location on a map.

Official NIST U.S. Time

Provided by the National Institute of Science and Technology.

Movies Theater Radio TV

Music

Freegal Music Service

Download up to 3 songs per week with your library card from the North Kingstown Free Library.

NetHymnal - Hymn lyrics

Contains over 10,000 Christian hymns, Author Bios, Composer Biographies, Hymn Histories and Gospel songs from many denominations.

Sheet Music Catalog

Find music published in Sheet Music Magazine via Santa Cruz Public Libraries' Sheet Music Catalog.

Newspapers

The Independent

Combined into one newspaper on Oct. 1, 2015. Also includes archived articles from the former North East Independent and the South County Independent.

North Kingstown

"Old Town House Picks Up and Moves"

North Kingstown Patch article, October 7, 2013, with video showing the building being moved the day before.

North Kingstown -- Flooding and Flood Insurance information

Includes links to Flood Insurance Rate Maps, revised 2013.

North Kingstown Recreation Facilities

Interactive map--click on each location for details.

North Kingstown Recreation Guide

Provides brief descriptions of parks and recreation facilities. Published June 2012.

North Kingstown: Coastal Resilience

Collaboration between North Kingstown and Rhode Island Sea Grant provides maps and data tools to help plan for sea level rise.

Phone Numbers

Reading and Literature

Reference

Rhode Island

Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

At Roger Williams Park in Providence.

Quahog.org

A guide to the Ocean State’s history, culture, and quirks.

Rhode Island Energy

Provides energy information for residents, businesses and municipalities.

Rhode Island-Heritage Trail Guides (American Revolution)

Links to 4 Maps: Revolutionary War forts in public parks, hospitals, industries, and transportation and communications.

The Online Review of Rhode Island History ("Small State Big History")

Site created to promote Rhode Island's history. "We intend to offer a variety of articles intended for a popular audience, but with an eye for accuracy over legend."

Social Services and Seniors

Assisted Living Directory

Provides information on assisted living facilities and senior care options in Rhode Island.

Choice Magazine Listening

Free audio magazine, with articles selected from over 100 publications, for visually impaired and physically disabled adults.

National Institute on Retirement Security

A non-profit research and education organization established to contribute to informed policymaking on retirement security.

Rhode Island Guide to Services for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities

2014 Pocket Manual published by the R.I. Dept. of Human Services Division of Elderly Affairs.

Seniors Helping Others

See: Southern Rhode Island Volunteers

Serve Rhode Island

Provides lists volunteer and community service opportunities throughout Rhode Island.

Southern Rhode Island Volunteers

Connects volunteers with opportunities in Washington County as well as in Jamestown, East Greenwich and West Greenwich.

Sports

Talking Books

Choice Magazine Listening

Free audio magazine, with articles selected from over 100 publications, for visually impaired and physically disabled adults.

Tax

Travel

Weather and Tides

Zip Codes

U.S. Postal Service ZIP Code Lookup

Zip Code search is in the left column.