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The best free cultural & educational media on the web

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Big Heavy World Music Library

You’ve reached a unique cosmic destination, the spinning vortex at the center of almost 20 years of working to preserve and promote Vermont-made music: The VT Music Archive Audio Player. Browse 10,000+ Vermont-made songs, archived at Big Heavy World in a special collection that’s open to the public and listenable online. Each song can be ‘checked-out’ of the library while you listen to it; you’re having a singular experience, and anyone else will have to wait their turn to hear it. This is a good, old-fashioned listening library.

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A free digital media service available 24/7. Download audio and ebooks right to your Kindle, eReader, Nook, iPod or iPad, tablet, computer, smart phone, mp3 player, and other mobile devices.

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Also known as Vermont Online Library or VOL, and brought to you in part by the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Gale Group suite of databases is a one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, current events, economics, education, health care, literature, art, and science.  Millions of full-text articles, many with images.

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Heritage Quest

Heritage Quest: Search U.S. Census data 1790-1940, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank, and the full text of millions of local history books and articles.

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Universal Class

Learn something new today! Click here for access to over 500 online continuing education courses. Subjects include: computer training, photography, resume writing, GED training, business courses, and many more. Classes are Internet based and feature real instructors.

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Internet Archive

Download or listen to free music and audio
This library contains recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these audios and MP3s are available for free download. The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

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VT Dept of Libraries Recommended Websites for Research

These websites are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure we provide you with quality, freely available research options online.  The Vermont State Library also offers assistance with any research topic.  You may contact the State Library via phone, email, or visit us in person.

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InfoTrac Newstand

InfoTrac Newsstand is an innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields. Finally, a one-stop source for the day’s news and searchable archives. You can customize your online newspaper database features including search options. With InfoTrac Newsstand, you can search a collection of more than 1,000 newspapers, then select your own screen appearance, search options and results format.

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Small Business Resource Center

Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include; sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites

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General OneFile

Gale’s largest collection of full-txt periodicals and popular magazines.

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Career Transitions

Career Transitions is an online career guidance center that walks users through the job-search process from beginning to end. It brings together all the tools needed to explore and take the leap to a new career. Career Transitions employs a step-by-step approach to help people: 1) explore new career possibilities; 2) assess their interests and experience; 3) identify ways to improve their prospects, including networking and education; 4) prepare for a job search; and 5) search and apply for jobs.

Click here to visit Career Transitions. represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models.

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Health & Wellness Resource Center

Health & Wellness Resource Center delivers up-to-date reference material as well as full-text magazines, journals, and pamphlets from a wide variety of authoritative medical sources.

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Vermont Digital Newspaper Project

The VTDNP will digitize another 100,000+ pages of historical Vermont newspapers from 1836-1922 over the course of its second NDNP grant. For its first grant cycle, VTDNP successfully added 130,000 Vermont newspaper pages as fully searchable content on the Library of Congress Chronicling America website ( ).

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World Book Online

The World Book web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides. The Rochester Public Library provides free access to various editions of the World Book Encyclopedia  Online inlcuding: Word Book Kids, Student Edition, and Spanish Students.

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Being a global citizen means knowing how to communicate beyond ordering a drink or asking where the train station is. The Powerspeak Languages online learning program provides a rich cultural and language experience that uses audio, video, and interactive lessons to take users beyond rote memorization to a deep understanding of how to communicate in a new language.

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