Helpful Resources

More than a Database

The Library is here to offer you access to information from every viable informational outlet. This page is dedicated to these helpful resources owned and updated by a variety of organizations.

Looking for local resources? See our Local Information page. There are also more resources on our Parenting Resources page.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

Better Business Bureau

As a leader in advancing marketplace trust, BBB sets high ethical standards for business conduct. We also apply these standards to ourselves and our Business Partners. The BBB Business Partner Code of Conduct helps ensure that BBB Business Partners share our commitment to an ethical marketplace.


CancerCare® is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

CDC: Public Health Genomics

The mission of the Public Health Genomics is to integrate advances in human genetics into public health research, policy, and programs.

Certification Matters

The 24 Member Boards of ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) certify more than 900,000 physicians. Our Member Boards evaluate candidates and certify those who meet the established educational requirements and peer evaluation standards.

Citation Style Guides

Compiled by experts at LIU Post, these helpful guides include management tools and helpful color coded examples.

Clinical eCompanion

Geared mainly toward primary care clinicians, Clinical eCompanion is available for anyone to use and searches over a dozen free reliable health information resources at once and delivers high-quality relevant results. Clinical eCompanion was developed by librarians at the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Sciences Library System.

Clinical Trials is a Web-based resource that provides patients, their family members, health care professionals, researchers, and the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions. The Web site is maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Information on is provided and updated by the sponsor or principal investigator of the clinical study. Studies are generally submitted to the Web site (that is, registered) when they begin, and the information on the site is updated throughout the study. In some cases, results of the study are submitted after the study ends. This Web site and database of clinical studies is commonly referred to as a “registry and results database.”

College Navigator

A consumer information tool from the Department of Education that uses information submitted by universities designed to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others get information on education, majors, schools and tuition costs.

Consumer Product Information Database

Disclosing chemical ingredients in products provides essential information throughout the supply chain from raw material supplier to consumers. Infor­mation about the ingredients of products and their health effects allow con­sumers to make better informed choices.The development of this database was initiated in 1994 by DeLima Associates of McLean, Virginia, USA in response to a need for a database (identified by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), that related household product types, brand names, chemical constituents, health-related information (acute and chronic effects and target organs), and exposure minimization techniques. This database used to be hosted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Public Health Service, Department of Health & Human Services.

Consumer Product Safety Commission

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.


Find the help you need to represent yourself in court. Maintained by the New York State Unified Court System.

Copyright Genie

This tool is of information for educators & others to better understand the duration of copyright for unpublished works, and for works first published in the U.S. or simultaneously in the U.S. and abroad. It was created by The American Library Association, the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, and Michael Brewer.

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States

The Copyright Information Center is maintained and updated by Cornell University Library. This easy to use guide details all aspects of copyright law in the U.S.


DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs. DailyMed is the official provider of FDA label information (package inserts). This Web site provides a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling found in medication package inserts.

Destination Accessible

The goal of Destination:Accessible is to provide the information anyone with a mobility challenge needs to make an informed decision as to whether or not a destination is appropriate for him/her, and what to expect when you get there.  They don’t want to tell you where to go. They want you to “know before you go” to ensure the best experience possible

Dietary Supplement Label Database

The Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) includes full label derived information from dietary supplement products marketed in the U.S. with a Web-based user interface that provides ready access to label information. It was developed to serve the research community and as a resource for health care providers and the public. It can be an educational and research tool for students, academics, and other professionals.

Drug Information Portal

Search for patient education, drug safety information and research on over 60,000 medications.

Entrepreneurial Assistance Center-SCCC

Suffolk County Community College has been awarded a grant from the Empire State Development Corporation to establish an Entrepreneurial Assistance Program. The grant provides for the development and implementation of a business-training program.The Entrepreneurial Assistance program offers entrepreneurial training courses as well as technical and management seminars to those who are interested in starting or expanding their own businesses. Special efforts are made to recruit and select minorities, women, dislocated workers and persons with disabilities. The ten(10) week program is designed for client entrepreneurs to interact in sixty (60) hours business courses and seminars. Each class is three (3) hours in duration.Client entrepreneurs receive one-on-one counseling, assistance with packaging business loans, mentor support, peer group support and a Small Business Resource Guide. A major requirement of the grant is the successful completion of a business plan by the participants.

Those who are interested in starting a new business or interested in expanding an existing business should contact the program administrator at (631) 851-6214 or fax (631) 851-6222.


EthnoMed contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and related topics pertinent to the health care of immigrants to Seattle or the US, many of whom are refugees fleeing war-torn parts of the world.

Evaluating Information- Applying the CRAAP Test

When you search for information, you’re going to find lots of it . . . but is it good information? You will have to determine that for yourself, and the CRAAP Test can help. The CRAAP Test is a list of questions to help you evaluate the information you find. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need. Created by the staff of the Meriam Library in California State University, Chico.

Fuel Economy is federal government website that helps consumers make informed fuel economy choices when purchasing a vehicle and helps them achieve the best fuel economy possible from the cars they own. is maintained by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy with data provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The site helps fulfill DOE and EPA’s responsibility under the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to provide accurate fuel economy information to consumers.

Genetic Testing Registry

The Genetic Testing Registry (GTR®) provides a central location for voluntary submission of genetic test information by providers. The scope includes the test’s purpose, methodology, validity, evidence of the test’s usefulness, and laboratory contacts and credentials. The overarching goal of the GTR is to advance the public health and research into the genetic basis of health and disease


Phone numbers for companies and tools for avoiding waiting on hold, other contact information like live chat, tips, secrets, and ways to solve customer service problems faster and easier than ever.

HealthCare Plan Finder

This Plan Finder website is provided by the federal government to help you find private health plans available outside the Health Insurance Marketplace. We want you to find health insurance that best fits your budget and meets your needs.

Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)

HESC is New York States higher education student financial aid agency. HESCs mission: We help people pay for college.


The Health Information Tool for Empowerment (HITE) is an online directory offering information on more than 5,000 health and social services available to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals in the Greater New York area. Free and open to the public, HITE helps connect users to vital community services quickly and easily. HITE has been operated since 2005 by the Greater New York Hospital Association.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

HEAP is a federally funded program that assists low-income New Yorkers with the cost of heating their homes. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Questions regarding the HEAP program should be directed to your local department of social services office.

Judicial Candidates

In New York State certain judgeships are filled by election, while others are filled by appointment. The Voter Guide provides information about judges who are candidates in the upcoming General Election. The Voter Guide covers all judgeships except Town and Village Courts. This page also provides basic information about the different courts in the NY State Court System.

KidsHealth: Prenatal Genetic Counseling

If you’re looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that’s free of “doctor speak,” you’ve come to the right place. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years. If you and your partner are newly pregnant, you may be amazed at the number and variety of prenatal tests available to you. Blood tests, urine tests, monthly medical exams, screening tests, and family history tracking — each helps to assess the health of you and your baby, and to predict any potential health risks.

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)

Provides schedules for the LIRR and all pertinent information.

Long Island Volunteer Center

The Long Island Volunteer Center is an all-volunteer agency working to provide support to volunteer service on Long Island. LIVC was designated a New York State Regional Volunteer Center in September 2011 to raise the profile of volunteerism on Long Island and increase volunteer engagement.

Medical Encyclopedia

The A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations. For more information about A.D.A.M., see its content review board.


Find information on health conditions, wellness issues, and more on MedlinePlus, the up-to-date, trusted health information site from the NIH and the National Library of Medicine. There is also a section dedicated to easy-to-read materials.

Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)

Provides access to all transportation owned by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).

Multiple Systems Navigator

Built for youth, parents, family members and caregivers that rely on supports from multiple child and family serving systems. The primary goal of the Navigating Multiple Systems initiative is to provide easily accessible resources, service information and tools to assist youth, parents, family members/caregivers, and front-line staff currently struggling to effectively and efficiently navigate multiple human service systems – creating a web-based, ‘one-stop-shop’ for user-friendly, accurate and up-to-date disability information and tools.

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

NORD, a 501(c)(3) organization, is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.  NORD, along with its more than 260 patient organization members,  is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and patient services.

National Society of Genetic Counselors

The National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) promotes the professional interests of genetic counselors and provides a network for professional communications. Access to continuing education opportunities, professional resources, advocacy and the discussion of all issues relevant to human genetics and the genetic counseling profession are an integral part of belonging to the NSGC.

Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council

The Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council helps enhance health care for all Long Islanders by representing the interests of its member hospitals before lawmakers, regulatory agencies, the media, and the public.

National Human Genome Research Institute

The National Human Genome Research Institute began as the National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR), which was established in 1989 to carry out the role of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the International Human Genome Project (HGP). The HGP was developed in collaboration with the United States Department of Energy and begun in 1990 to map the human genome. In 1993, NCHGR expanded its role on the NIH campus by establishing the Division of Intramural Research to apply genome technologies to the study of specific diseases. In 1996, the Center for Inherited Disease Research (CIDR) was also established (co-funded by eight NIH institutes and centers) to study the genetic components of complex disorders.In 1997 the United States Department of Health and Human Services renamed NCHGR the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), officially elevating it to the status of research institute – one of 27 institutes and centers that make up the NIH. With the human genome sequence complete since April 2003, scientists around the world have access to a database that greatly facilitates and accelerates the pace of biomedical research. The history of the HGP, the history of genomics, and the history of NHGRI, are inextricably intertwined.

NY Doctor Profile

This Web site was created after former Governor George Pataki signed the New York Patient Health Information and Quality Improvement Act of 2000 to make it possible for all citizens of New York to get information about physicians (doctors).

NY Free Legal Answers

The NYS Bar Association hosts this free website where volunteer attorneys respond to questions about civil (non-criminal) legal matters. Users of the website are asked to provide information that they meet low income requirements. If you do NOT meet the low income requirements, visit to find legal forms, videos, referrals, and more.

NY Marine Rescue Center 

The New York Marine Rescue Center (NYMRC) responds to sea turtles, seals, small cetaceans (dolphins and porpoises) in New York State. Many reports of sighted or stranded marine life come through the NY State 24-hour hotline number at (631) 369-9829. The public is encouraged to contact us with information including location, photos, and as many details as possible. It is important to remember that all of these animals are federally protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA)  and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and you must maintain a distance of at least 50 meters (150 feet) away at all times. Interfering falls under harassment, and may cause undue stress to these animals, as well as jeopardize your safety.

The New York Marine Rescue Center is a rescue and rehabilitation organization that promotes marine conservation. Our mission is to preserve and protect the marine environment through conservation efforts including rescue, rehabilitation, education and research. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we are the primary responders for sick or injured seals, sea turtles, dolphins, porpoises and small toothed whales, and maintain the only marine mammal and sea turtle rehabilitation center in New York State.

NYS of Health

You and your family have many new low cost, quality health insurance options available through the Individual Marketplace. You can quickly compare health plan options and apply for assistance that could lower the cost of your health coverage. You may also qualify for health care coverage from Medicaid or Child Health Plus through the Marketplace. Anyone can apply here.

Online Genetics Education Resources (NHGRI)

Through the National Human Genome Research Institute, this list offers a wide variety of online resources for genetics education.

Parent to Parent of NYS Long Island Office

Parent to Parent of New York State, which began in 1994, is a statewide not for profit organization established to support and connect families of individuals with special needs.  We have several offices located throughout New York State staffed by Regional Coordinators who are parents or close relatives of individuals with special needs.

Parent to Parent of NYS is where families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who serve them can meet and share information.


Featuring a new interface. The world’s premiere biomedical bibliographic database with online access to the MEDLINE database that contains more than 25 million citations to journal articles in these major content areas: biomedical sciences, nursing, density, pharmacy and allied health, and veterinary medicine.


NASA is partnering with the PubMed Central (PMC) repository, hosted by The National Institutes of Health, to provide public access to peer-reviewed papers resulting from NASA-funded research. Beginning with research funded in 2016, all NASA-funded authors and co-authors (both civil servant and non-civil servant) have an Agency requirement to deposit copies of their peer-reviewed scientific publications and associated data into NIH’s NASA publication repository, PubSpace. Note: this EXCLUDES patents, publications that contain material governed by personal privacy, export control, proprietary restrictions, or national security law or regulations.

Quality Parks

Search our professionally vetted “Environmental Directory” by specialty and our “FindParksNearMe” by location and issue. We also offer park advocacy and professional CTLE training. Quality Parks is a federally registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, since 2000, based in Port Jefferson, New York.

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts (USFDA)

The list on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s website provides information gathered from press releases and other public notices about certain recalls of FDA-regulated products. Not all recalls have press releases or are posted on this page. See Additional information about recalls for a more complete listing.

Safety Issues & Recalls (NHTSA)

Check your vehicle safety. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues vehicle safety standards and requires manufacturers to recall vehicles and equipment that have safety-related defects. Know if there is a safety problem with your vehicles, tires or car seat, and how to get it fixed.

School Theatre Ticket Program

This discount theatre ticket program is open to everyone and includes Broadway & off-Broadway shows, events, museums and restaurants.

Social Security

Check out your Social Security Statement, change your address & manage your benefits. Whether you are applying for or receiving benefits, learn what you can do online. Calculate your benefits based on your actual Social Security earnings record. Get answers to frequently asked questions.

Suffolk County Bus Schedules

See schedules, bus routes, accessible formats, and information on accessible transit.

Summer Meals

Summer meals are free, healthy meals for kids and teens served at favorite summertime places when the school year is over. Anyone ages 18 and under can come when breakfast, lunch, and/or snacks are served. There is no sign-up or paperwork, and adults are welcome to bring their own meals and eat with their kids. Many places that offer summer meals also have fun, enriching activities, too! This page redirects to a webpage dedicated to the summer season on Hunger Solutions NY.

Theatre Development Fund

Theatre Development Fund, a not-for-profit organization, was created with the conviction that the live theatrical arts afford a unique expression of the human condition that must be sustained and nurtured. TDF’s twofold mission is to identify and provide support, including financial assistance, to theatrical works of artistic merit and to encourage and enable diverse audiences to attend live theatre and dance in all their venues.

Times Beacon Record

Serving the North Shore of Long Island stretching from Huntington to Wading River, it is fully searchable and the listings are the same ones that appear in the printed paper.


As part of a broader NLM reorganization, most of NLM’s toxicology information services have been integrated into other NLM products and services. This link shows how to access TOXNET information.

Trust It or Trash It?

This is a tool to help you think critically about the quality of health information (including websites, handouts, booklets, etc.). The Access To Credible Genetics (ATCG) Resource Network is a cooperative agreement with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focused on information quality and completeness for genetic conditions. Three groups provide guidance for this resource network: a National Advisory Council, DBMD Advisory Council and FXS Advisory Council.

US Currency Reader Program

BEP provides currency readers, free of charge, to all eligible blind and visually impaired U.S. citizens and national residents. The device is small, compact, and runs on a triple-A battery, which is included. To use the currency reader, simply insert a U.S. bill into the reader and press the button. The device will tell the note’s denomination.


We have a vision to provide economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation’s natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

Zip Codes

Search by an address to find a zip code through the United States Postal Service.