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Research Tools A-Z

African American Heritage
Comprehensive mix of resources, records and tools geared to African American genealogy.
ALLDATA Online - Car Repair
A comprehensive database of car repair information. IN LIBRARY USE ONLY.
America's Obituaries and Death Notices
A large collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices from around the country.
Ancestry Library Edition
One of the largest collections of genealogical databases online. IN LIBRARY USE ONLY.
Biography in Context
Biography in Context contains more than 600,000 biographies covering newsmakers and historical figures.
Biography Reference Bank
Tens of thousands of biographies and obituaries. Includes photographs..
Scholastic BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks.
Business Decision
Research consumer market data, demographic data and market segmentation data.
Business Source Premier
Company and industry profiles, market research and full text articles.
Central Ohio Buildings
An index to articles, books and visuals about historic Columbus buildings.
Columbus Dispatch: Electronic Edition
Get full-text coverage of the Columbus Dispatch from July 1985 to the present.
Columbus News Index
An index of news articles of local interest from 1960-1997 and obituaries from 1931-1997.
Columbus News Index - Obituary Search
An index to obituaries from central Ohio news publications, 1932-1997.
Consumer Health Complete
Fact sheets, images and full text articles on all areas of health and wellness.
Consumer Reports
Ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.
Get information on U.S. States and countries of the world - history, customs, recipes, maps and more.
eBook Collection
Access over 35,000 non-fiction eBooks.
EBSCOHost - Articles
Full-text articles or abstracts from thousands of magazines, newspapers and journals.
Student research tool for grades 6 through 12.
Facts on File Science Online
Comprehensive, multimedia resource covering a wide range of science topics.
Financial Information Inc. (FII) Online
Information on active and inactive stocks, including obsolete securities. IN LIBRARY USE ONLY.
Discover your family’s past through millions of military and genealogical records.
Foundation Directory Online Professional
Information on over 92,000 foundations and 1.3 million grants. IN MAIN LIBRARY USE ONLY.
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
Find profiles of nearly 10,000 grantmakers that fund individuals. IN MAIN LIBRARY USE ONLY.
Foundation Maps
Visualize funder, recipient, and grant data around the world through a variety of charts and maps. IN MAIN LIBRARY USE ONLY.
Full Text eJournal List
Locate which online resource contains the full-text publication you need.
Gale Literary Resources
Research thousands of literary works, movements and authors.
Access more than 7.5 million pages of genealogical resources.
History in Context - U.S.
Reference and multimedia content, plus primary sources, about key events and people in U.S. history.
History in Context - World
Reference and multimedia content, plus primary sources, about world history.
Borrow free digital video, music, and audiobooks with your library card.
James Dulley's $ensible Home
Learn useful tips from columnist and do-it-yourselfer, James Dulley. IN LIBRARY USE ONLY.
Provides free tools for site selection, demographics and consumer segment information.
LearningExpress Library
Online courses to study for job, citizenship, GED tests and more. Plus resume tips.
Printable forms for bankruptcy, landlord tenant, living wills, real estate, divorce and more.
Literature Collections
Full-text digital versions of works in American and English literature.
Literature Criticism Online
Tens of thousands of literary criticism essays at your fingertips.
More than 135,000 full-text poems, stories, plays, speeches and essays.
Access thousands of online courses from experts on such topics as business, web, job searching, photography and more.
Mango Languages
Self-directed language instruction for 71 languages.
Mergent Archives
Historical business documents from Moody’s and Mergent manuals as far back as 1909.
Mergent Intellect
Complete company and industry profiles for thousands of U.S. and international businesses.
Mergent Key Business Ratios
Dun & Bradstreet industry norms and business ratios for financial projections and analysis.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
A tool for financial information, portfolio analysis, and financial news.
Newspapers and other news sources from Ohio, the U.S. and around the world.
NewsBank ThisWeek - Community Newspapers
Find articles, 2002 to present, from suburban Columbus newspapers.
NoveList Plus Guide to Fiction and Nonfiction
A comprehensive online readers' advisory tool.
Nuwav Legal Documents
Solve common legal problems with this comprehensive library of legal documents, forms and letters.
OCLC World Cat - Library Holdings Worldwide
Database containing over 40 million records of library holdings worldwide.
Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry
View the works of nearly 1,000 artists from Ohio and around the country.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Information “for” and “against” a wide variety of social issues.
Oxford English Dictionary
Meaning and history of hundreds of thousands of words from the English language.
Price It! Antiques & Collectibles
The most comprehensive art and antiques pricing tool in the world.
ProQuest Direct - Articles
Full-text articles or abstracts from magazines, newspapers and journals.
Reference USA
Access millions of U.S. residential and business phone numbers and addresses.
Researching House History in Columbus
Get the tools you need to learn your home's history.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
A searchable interface for locating historical maps of Ohio towns and cities.
Small Business Builder
Gale Small Business Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit.
Starting a NonProfit
Learn how to become a tax-exempt nonprofit organization.
Improve reading and build knowledge with this multimedia resource.
TumbleBook Library
Animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.
Virtual Reference Library
Find eBook versions of popular career, business and other miscellaneous handbooks.
World Book Advanced
Includes encyclopedia, multimedia, eBook and primary source databases via a single search.
World Book Early World of Learning
Contains three learning environments for young learners in early elementary grades.
World Book Hispánica Saber
Articles, images and maps, videos and more for native Spanish speakers.
World Book Kids' Encyclopedia
Thousands of articles, images and illustrations, teacher resources and more.
World Book Spanish Edition
Thousands of articles, illustrations and maps for younger students.
World Book Student
Articles of the World Book Encyclopedia, a Biography Center, dictionary, atlas and much more.

Websites A-Z

1st Stop Business Connection
Free business start-up information, including information kit and forms.
Annual Credit
The official source for FREE credit reports.
Information and links for thousands of artists and their works.
Find local providers of art classes, workshops and arts-related information.
Big Charts
Current and historical prices for more than 50,000 stocks.
Business First Columbus
Access Columbus business news or any of the other 40 American city business journals.
Career One Stop
Resume, cover letter and interviewing tips.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Lists of grants offered by the federal government.
Chronicling America
Access to information about historic American newspapers.
Citation Examples from OSU Libraries
Citation Examples from OSU Libraries
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Create new business connections and access a variety of resources to help your business.
Columbus Foundation
Grants for nonprofits, students and others in our community.
Columbus Historical Society
Artifacts and documents relating to Columbus and Central Ohio history.
Columbus Literacy Council
ESOL and Adult Basic Education classes.
Columbus Small Business Development Center
Provides free one-on-on advising and no or low cost business training for all industries.
Free product reviews.
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites
A comprehensive, categorized list of links to genealogical research websites.
Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification
Photographs and addresses of Ohio sex offenders for every county.
Millions of records and free how-to resources from the Latter Day Saints.
Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Inmate Database
Information on federal inmates from 1982 to the present.
Find A Grave
One of the best sites for locating cemeteries and finding where our ancestors are buried.
Franklin County Employment Opportunities
Lists job openings by county agency.
Franklin County Gravestone Photos and Indexes
Central Ohio cemetery histories, burial indexes and gravestone photographs.
Franklin County Law Library
Access resources and legal forms for residents of Franklin County.
Goodwill Foundation offers more than 180 topics, from Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more.
GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys)
Free online access to official documents produced by the Federal Government.
Great Buildings Collection
Images, 3D models and architectural drawings for 1,000 buildings.
HandsOn Central Ohio
Connecting Franklin county residents with information about social, health and government services.
Find health coverage and learn about the Affordable Care Act.
Library of Congress - Thomas
Information on current federal legislation, status of bills, votes and more.
Living Wills - Ohio
Download Ohio's Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney forms with instructions.
Health care information from the world’s largest medical library.
Morningstar Fund Analysis
Mutual fund information and ratings.
National Archives & Records Administration's Genealogy Page
One of the largest collections of genealogy information in the U.S.
North American Industry Classification System
NAICS is used by federal agencies to collect, analyze and publish statistics about the U.S. business economy.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Ohio Death Certificate Index
Index to Ohio death certificates, 1913-1944.
Ohio Genealogical Society
Ohio Genealogical Society maintains a collection of Ohio resources for research.
Ohio General Assembly
Contains the laws, acts and legislation of the current Ohio General Assembly.
Ohio Hiring Management System
Listings for state of Ohio jobs from the Ohio Department of Development.
Ohio History Central
Dynamic online encyclopedia about Ohio history.
Ohio History Connection
The Ohio History Connection, formerly Ohio Historical Society, serves as our State Archives.
Ohio Legal Help
Find free or low-cost legal services and resources.
Ohio Offender Database
Ohio inmate information, including offense, institution, sentencing and parole status.
Ohio Secretary of State - Business Services Division
Research business name availability or search company filings.
OhioMeansJobs K-12
A free career- and job-finding tool especially for Ohioans.
A free website that connects employers and Ohio job-seekers.
Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records
A directory of U.S. online death indexes listed by state and county.
Proposal Writing Short Course
A free online course covering the basic components of writing a grant proposal.
Biomedical literature citations from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books.
Records Search – Franklin County Municipal Court
Search Franklin County Municipal Court records, such as traffic violations.
Business planning templates from the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).
Small Business Administration
Learn about loans from the Small Business Administration and get the forms you need to apply.
State Library of Ohio
Special census records, military rosters, and other documents related to the state of Ohio.
The Columbus Region
Managed by Columbus2020, this resource provides industry and demographic information specific to the Columbus area and includes information on top employers and industries.
Directory of American manufacturing companies and their products.
USGenWeb Project
Links to genealogical websites for every state, including Ohio, and most U.S. counties.
Video ETA
Find out when a movie or TV show will be released in the theaters or on DVD or Blu-Ray.
WorldGenWeb Project
Genealogical and historical records and resources from around the world.