Resource Menu

CONSUMER INFORMATION

Shopping and Consumer Issues
Helpful tips on specific consumer issues, like buying a car or home, filing a complaint, or preventing identity theft. The Consumer Action Website is maintained and updated by the Federal Citizen Information Center of the U.S. General Services Administration.

Edmunds.com
Great information for those of us who are buying or selling cars. Prices, reviews and much more…

Kelley’s Blue Book
New and used car pricing information

NADA guides — cars
boats

RVs
 and more

Safercar.gov
Vehicle crash test results and much more.

www.fueleconomy.gov
From the U.S. Department of Energy. Let this site to help you choose a car wisely!

Better Business Bureau
This is BBB headquarters — the one serving our area is the New England Regional one.

The FTC’s ID Theft Home
Find out what to do if you experience identity theft.

Insurance Companies Ratings
Check out an insurance company before you decide…

Give.org
Check here before giving to charity. The Better Business Bureau helps us give wisely.

AbbysGuide.com
Buying guides for big ticket items like appliances and electronics.

EMPLOYMENT & SMALL BUSINESS

Sample Business Plans: This site provides lists of small business types and a corresponding sample business plan, profile or book about the business with sources provided after each entry.

Online Job Search Database: A list of online resources to help you find employment.

FINANCE

State of Maine Financial Education Resources: The Office of Securities protects Maine investors by investigating and prosecuting violations of the securities laws; licensing broker-dealers, agents, investment advisers, and investment adviser representatives; and reviewing registration statements and exemption filings for securities issuers that are seeking to sell in Maine.

Hoovers.com: Hoover’s Inc., a subsidiary of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, offers proprietary business information through their online platform and integrated workflow solutions. In 2003, Hoover’s became part of Dun & Bradstreet.

BigCharts: BigCharts is the world’s most comprehensive and easy-to-use investment research Web site, providing access to professional-level research tools such as interactive charts, quotes, industry analysis and intraday stock screeners, as well as market news and commentary. These tools combine with a graphical interface and our intuitive navigation to make your research experience productive, entertaining and fun.

Foundation Center – Knowledge to build on. The Foundation Center: Raising money for a worthy cause? This should be your first stop! Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.

Yahoo Finance: This site for investing and personal finance provides U.S. and international stock quotes with minimal delay when markets are open, as well as historical stock quotes and other market information.

LANGUAGE RESOURCES

Babelfish Translation service
Translate phrases and entire websites from 11 languages into English, and vice versa!

Phrase Finder
Meanings and Origins of Phrases, sayings, cliches and quotes. Phrases are arranged alphabetically. There is a search feature that will search both the list and the discussion board that drives it.

YourDictionary.com
1500+ dictionaries representing more than 230 languages

WORLD FACTS

Country Studies: (from the Library of Congress) Information about the countries of the world.


World Fact Book
: Current information on countries, including maps, history, economy etc.

FIND PEOPLE

ZIPcode Look-up Directory: Use this handy tool to find ZIPcodes.

Any Who: Internet Directory AssistanceFrom AT&T, a telephone yellow pages, white pages and reverse look-up site.