Online Research

Business

  • Business Essentials: Insights

    This business research tool offers dynamic, accurate, and up-to-date business information and company and industry intelligence on thousands of global companies.

  • Thomas Net

    Comprehensive online resource for finding companies and products manufactured in North America. Free registration.

  • The Blue Book

    Industry source of regional, categorized construction information. Available in print and online.

  • The Central Register

    The Central Register is the weekly source for information about state, county and municipal contracts being put out to bid for the design, construction and reconstruction of public facilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • Goods and Services Bulletin

    The Goods and Services Bulletin is a weekly publication containing solicitations for the procurement of commodities and services (which, generally, are unrelated to construction of public facilities).

Education

  • Homework Spot

    A collection of links to various tools and resources that would be helpful to students from elementary school to high school.

  • Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center

    The Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center (LAALC) is a community-based ABE (Adult Basic Education) program that offers 3 levels of English (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced) for speakers of other languages. Classes are held in the evenings, 2 times a week, from 5:30-9:00 pm. LAALC offers guided self instruction, a program for learners who can work independently. All learners receive career counseling, academic counseling, and referrals as needed.

  • Ludlow Public Schools

    The homepage of the Ludlow public school system; features links and contact information for each of the individual Ludlow public schools and the administrative offices.

  • National Application Center

    The National Application Center is a comprehensive online resource to help college-bound students prepare for and select a college, apply for admission, understand eligibility, and find out about financial aid.

Genealogy

Health and Medicine

  • Health and Wellness Resource Center

    A very reliable source of medical and health information. This resource is also very easy to use considering the amount of information and number of features it offers.

  • HealthFinder.gov

    A government-sponsored resource offering information on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

  • MedicineNet

    An extensive collection of information about various health issues, conditions, and medications, as well as articles, images, and quizzes about health topics.

  • Medline Plus

    Free health information from the National Library of Medicine, including advice on weight control, high blood pressure, back pain, pregnancy, and much more.

Job Seeking

  • America’s Job Bank

    A state-by-state directory of job banks; each individual bank collects and posts jobs from all over the state, which can be searched by location, job title, etc. Some job banks may require registration; Massachusetts does not.

  • Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

    The Commonwealth's one-stop career center, offering forms and information regarding unemployment, job seeking, worker’s comp, and other job-related subjects.

  • Job-Hunt

    A large collection of job-search resources, including tutorials and tips for people writing resumes, a directory of U.S. employers, and much more.

  • Monster.com

    This is a popular employment resource for both individuals seeking jobs and employers seeking workers. Users can search for jobs by title, location, or skills, and then narrow the results by salary and other categories.

Law and Lawyers

  • FindLaw

    A directory of lawyers & legal information. Legal forms may not be free.

  • Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

    Extensive Massachusetts law information, including an “Ask a Law Librarian” option.

  • Nolo

    Self-help legal information in plain English.

Local Interest

  • Town of Ludlow Home Page

    The Ludlow municipal government website, with links to the town clerk’s office, the board of selectmen, the building department, and others.

  • Lupa Zoo

    Lupa Zoo is a non-profit wildlife facility dedicated to promoting appreciation and respect for the conservation of animals.

  • Massachusetts Cultural Information Resource System (MACRIS) MACRIS data are compiled from a variety of records and files maintained by the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC), including but not limited to, the Inventory of Historic Assets of the Commonwealth, National Register of Historic Places nominations, State Register of Historic Places listings, and local historic district study reports.

  • The Pioneer Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Lists attractions in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Covers history, culture, music, theater, restaurants, recreational activities, sporting events and much more.

News

  • The Associated Press

    The Associated Press (AP) is a huge not-for-profit global network that delivers news from all over the world on all media platforms and formats. Their site features amazing video and image archives.

  • BBC World Service

    The BBC is the world's leading international broadcaster, providing programming and content for radio, television, online and mobile phones in English and 27 other languages.

  • The Boston Globe

    This resource offers online full-text issues of the Boston Globe dating back a far as 1980.

  • CNN

    CNN.com is among the world's leaders in online news and information delivery. The site is updated continuously throughout the day, and features searchable archives of news features and background information.

  • Mass Newspapers

  • National Public Radio

    The official website of National Public Radio (NPR), which distributes news, information, music, and more to nearly 1,000 radio stations nationwide. NPR keeps an excellent digital archive of everything they broadcast.

  • The New York Times

    The New York Times is one of the most popular daily newspapers in the United States, and is heralded for the quality of its journalism. For a full-text archive of back issues, click here.

  • Zinio for Libraries

Research, Quick Facts, and General Library Resources

  • A to Z Databases

    A database of 30 million businesses, 220 million residents,1.1million healthcare professionals, 2 million new businesses, 2.3 million live job listings, interview tips, resume templates, background/criminal searches and much more.

  • Make better purchasing decisions with product ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice.

  • Gale Databases

    This resource is a complex tool that offers access to an incredibly vast amount of information. You can link to individual subject-specific databases or search some or all of them at once for a great deal of reliable information.

  • The Internet Public Library

    An excellent, east-to-use directory of online resources covering a variety of subjects, as well as linking users to a vast collection of newspapers, special collections, and content for kids and teens. This is a great place to start research on many topics.

  • LibrarySpot

    A free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses, and others, which was designed to bring the best library and reference sites together with insightful editorial information.

  • NoveList

    This is a great resource for people who like to read. NoveList suggests books based on what you already like and what others who read the same books enjoyed. You are also invited to review the books you read so others can benefit from your experience.

  • Opposing Viewpoints

    This resource offers articles, background information, and primary sources on a wide spectrum of controversial subjects.

  • RefDesk.com

    This is a complex site that features links to many different resources. Make sure to scroll down the page to get an idea of all the different services and information they offer.

  • Springfield Library’s Directory of the Web

    The Springfield City Library offers a host of recommended resources on a wide variety of subjects. If you’re looking for information on almost any topic, for fun, school, or business, this is a great place to start.

  • Springfield Library’s Reference Desk Bookmarks

    A collection of commonly used helpful links. Most everyday information can be found here with a little searching, including links for online shopping, phone books, employment, genealogy, and much more.

Science

  • LiveScience

    A popular source of articles related to science and current events; more geared toward entertainment than research.

  • MagPortal Science and Technology

    A searchable, browsable directory of magazine articles on research, scientific thinking, and laboratories that are available online.

  • ScienceDaily

    Up to date research news from all corners of science, covering new discoveries and research projects.

Taxes

US Government

  • Federal Government Home Page

    The home page of the U.S. government, which links to many other official government pages and resources.

  • THOMAS

    A free source of federal legislative information offered by the Library of Congress in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson.

Value Guides

  • Nada Guides

    Consumer vehicle pricing for both new and used vehicles. Values include cars, motorcycles, trucks, vans, SUVs, and boats.

  • Value Line

    Provides investment research on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles.