Category Archives: General

Home Improvement

Home Improvement
Check out these home improvement websites


Bob Vila

Check articles under “More Home Improvement” for a wide range of information.

DIY Network

Articles and information written with the homeowner in mind. 

Family Handyman

How-tos, product reviews and forum make this an excellent site geared for the do it yourselfer.

Fine Homebuilding

For the professional or serious DIYer. 

Hammer Zone

How-tos for the real world. 

International Association of Certified Home Inspectors

These articles are geared for home inspectors, but contain plenty of information for homeowners.

New York State Building Codes 

Plumbing Zone Forums

Technical information for serious plumbing issues. Use the search box and answer the spam test question. 

This Old House

Not just for old house lovers! Good how-tos and inspirational remodels covering all aspects of the home.

Furnace Compare

Reviews furnaces, boilers and other HVAC equipment. Contains information
and articles on servicing and improving your home’s heating system.

Lists of websites on your favorite topic

Web Links by Subject

Yes, you can find almost anything you need by typing it into Google, but our librarians have gone a step better and have sifted through to the best sites on a variety of subjects to bring them to you all in one place, with a description of the site.  Just click on the link and go right to the site. 

If there is a subject for which you would like us to create a list, just e-mail us at

Travel and Language


Language Websites:

The BBC ( Users will find instruction for 40 languages, including French, Spanish, Greek, Chinese, German, Italian and Portuguese.

Learn expressions in 26 languages

Travel phrases for many languages

learn French fast in a fun interactive learning experience

The Digital Dialects website features free to use online games for learning languages. Language resources include games for learning phrases, numbers, useful words, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabets

A video instructional series in French; 52 half-hour video programs. Scroll down and click on “Individual Program Descriptions”.

Users choose a language (Japanese), then a category (“Japanese Words”), followed by a topic (“Travel”). Next, they decide whether to play an educational game or click through talking flash cards. There’s one word on each card, which can be flipped over with a click. For example, a card with “suutsukesu” on one side says “suitcase” on the other.

Choose from 20 languages.
Travel websites

DishTip organizes the world of eating out in the United States a whole new way: By clam chowder. Or turkey sandwich. Or blueberry pie. In other words, by single dish, not by restaurant. The site sorts through reviews across the Web, figures out what has been raved about, aggregates its findings and spits out rankings of the best dishes in Denver or the pizzas in Portland or the fried food in Phoenix.

A neat site that matches hosts from around the world with travelers looking for unique local experiences. That can mean volunteering to teach English or doing farm work in exchange for lodging and meals, or simply paying a small fee to move in with a local resident. The site is not overly populated with opportunities yet, but shows a lot of potential.

No idea where you want to go? With Triptuner, just use a panel of six sliders (like the kind on graphic equalizers) to “tune” your trip. Do you want “relaxing” or “active” or somewhere in the middle?

Education/Computer Websites


DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION—The U.S. Department of Education website has the latest information about education news, funding, and curriculum. They also have information about policies, higher education, financial aid, different federal grants and scholarships, and other websites with information that are available.

NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION—this website has information about issues and actions, tools and ideas, and grants and events. They also provide other helpful websites with educational information.

LIVE-BRARY.COM— by searching through East Islip’s databases through, you can search Education and find resources about children’s literature, teacher resources, and ERIC.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL LIBRARIANS – this website is a compilation of the Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013. It provides helpful links for different topics such as Media Sharing, Digital Storytelling, Manage & Organize, Social Networking & Communication, Content Resources, and Curriculum Collaboration.

DISCOVERYEDUCATION.COM – provides free resources for parents, students, teachers, and administrators. The site provides a variety of activities, homework help, and motivation tactics.

EDUCATION.COM–is a helpful website that provides workbooks, activities, and craft ideas for each grade; broken down by grade level. They also post different articles about changes in education, specifically with the Common Core. It’s a great website to get different ideas and to get the latest information about changes in the realm of education.


PCMAG.COM—offers the latest information about PCs, laptops and other computer technology; such as scanners, tablets, networks, security, etc. They also provide reviews for different brands, discuss daily deals, and offer helpful tips.

CONSUMER REPORTS—Computers & Electronics- provides (you can also find the physical copy located in the library) offers information about the latest computer technology, tablets, and other technology. They provide reviews and have forums that allow users to share information and opinions about resources.

LIVE-BRARY.COM—this site is offered through the library. It provides information and resources, in both print and electronic, about computers, electronics, and technology.

GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE—through the gale virtual reference center, provided through the library, you can do searches of periodicals and other electronic sources, about the latest computers, electronics, and technological advances.