Many search engines offer free email accounts that can be accessed from any Internet-connected computer. Drawbacks? You have to view ads, and your site may be so busy sometimes that you can’t reach it. Here are a few popular sites that offer free web-based email. We make no recommendation.
People & Places
Use these if you are looking for general information about a subject rather than a specific piece of information. In directories, web sites are reviewed by human beings and put into subject categories. You move from general to narrower categories until you find the level you want. Directories have much smaller databases than search engines but produce more relevant results. Here are some popular directories:
Education & Cultural Organizations
Local News and Resources
News and Weather
Newspapers & Magazines
Use MARVEL! Maine's Virtual Library to search for information in thousands of magazines and newspapers. If your search results include the words "full text," you can read and print the whole article immediately! This access is made possible for Maine residents through a cooperative project of the University of Maine system, the Maine State Library and the Maine Technical College system.
If you are searching from home or work or any other computer outside the Library, please follow the instructions under "remote access."
Books & Libraries
- Maine Libraries
Comprehensive listing of websites of Maine libraries
The online catalog of the University of Maine system, Bangor Public Library, the Maine State Library, and the Maine Law and Legislative Reference Library
- MINERVA Catalog
The new shared catalog of a number of Maine libraries. So far, 35 libraries have joined or have committed to participate. RPL is part of MINERVA.
- Library of Congress
The catalog of our nation’s library plus exhibitions plus links to the Copyright Office and the Center for the Book
- "Libraries on the Web"
Includes pages for libraries in over 100 countries.
- Amazon book sales
One of the big online bookstores. You can search for new releases, books in print and books recently out of print. Read reviews and reader reactions, too.
A search engine for new, used, rare and out of print books that covers more than 15,000 booksellers and book search services.
- AddALL Book Search and Price Comparison
A search engine that compares prices at many online bookstores and lets you choose.