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Five Star Websites

This is a collection of websites chosen by the staff at the Falmouth Public Library Reference Desk. It is an eclectic collection of what we call our five star websites. Websites that we really couldn't live without on a daily basis and sites that have answered an unanswerable question for us. We hope you will let us know what your favorite sites are! Send us an e-mail at , and we just might decide to add your FiveStar Website to our list!


Over 700 leading arts sites indexed to create a searchable, thorough database of online images of visual art and the locations of the original works worldwide.

Consumer Price Index Inflation Calculator

Find out how much your dollar was worth any year between 1913 and 2009

Digital Librarian

A librarian's choice of the best of the web.


The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a national information system designed to provide users with ready access to an extensive body of education-related literature. 


Stated purpose: “Holding politicians accountable.”  Delves behind the headlines & sound bites.  From the Annenberg Public Policy Center at University of Pennsylvania. 

Internet Movie Database

Hundreds of thousands of entries provide detailed information for movies (in theaters, on video or DVD, and forthcoming), as well as television movies and series. "Awards and Reviews" provides reviews from authoritative sources such as the New York Times, Roger Ebert, and Slate, as well as reader-supplied evaluations. Movie information includes directors, producers, actors, plot summaries, character names, running times, trivia, soundtracks, release dates, box office grosses, alternate versions, Academy Awards and other awards information, and much more.


When we're closed, libraryspot is opened.

Maritime Heritage Program
Dedicated to advancing awareness of the role of maritime affairs in the history of the United States.


MEDLINEplus, a gold mine of up-to-date, quality health care information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. MEDLINEplus is for anyone with a medical question. Good information is the best medicine.National

Plant Facts

Ohio State Univ. offers an international knowledge bank, video learning center, plant image dictionary, illustrated glossary, horticulture FAQ's, and more.  The ultimate online resource for all levels of gardening.

Project Vote Smart

Project Vote Smart is "a national library of factual information on candidates for public office from President of the United States down to state legislature. We cover them in five basic areas: backgrounds, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances, performance evaluations made by over 100 to liberal to conservative special interest groups... Our web site provides instant access to our database on candidates and issues along with presidential candidate speeches (searchable by keyword and phrase), our publications (full text), youth inclusion program (where you can match your issue responses with those of the candidates) and links to all the best sites on the Internet with government and political information." Now featuring over 40,000 politicians.


Not as good as the real thing, but a good place to start. To quote from their web page: "The Internet is the world's largest library containing millions of books, artifacts, images, documents, maps, etc. There is but one small problem in this library: everything is scattered about on the floor, with growing hordes of confused and bewildered users frantically shifting through the maze, occasionally crying out, 'Great Scott, look at what I just found!'"

Weather Service: Boston Office

Three month weather outlook for Hyannis. You'll also find weather highlights and news for Southern New England.