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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.
AtoZ World Culture
Find information on world history, cultures, languages, foods, religions, and much more.
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..
BookFlix
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.
Chilton Library
Find digital auto repair manuals for thousands of vehicle makes and models.
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.
CultureGrams
Get information on U.S. States and countries of the world - history, customs, recipes, maps and more.
Digital Public Library of America
Millions of primary source images, text and videos from across the United States.
eBook Collection
Access over 35,000 non-fiction eBooks.
EBSCOHost - Articles
Full-text articles or abstracts from thousands of magazines, newspapers and journals.
Explora for Primary Students
Student research tool for grades K through 5.
Explora for Public Libraries
Find articles, essays and primary source documents on a variety of popular topics with easy-to-browse categories.
Explora for Secondary Students
Student research tool for grades 6 through 12.
Financial Information Inc. (FII) Online
Information on active and inactive stocks, including obsolete securities. IN LIBRARY USE ONLY.
Fold3
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.
Health and Medical Databases
Full-text articles or abstracts from a variety of medical journals and health publications.
HeritageQuest
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.
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
Offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas for virtually every hobby enthusiast.
Home Improvement Reference Center
Provides detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.
Hoopla
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.
Kids InfoBits
Provides age-appropriate content on topics including animals, arts, geography, social studies, technology and more.
LearningExpress Library
Online courses to study for job, citizenship, GED tests and more. Plus resume tips.
Literary Reference Center
Information on thousands of authors and their works including plot summaries, criticisms, author biographies and much more.
Literature Criticism Online
Tens of thousands of literary criticism essays at your fingertips.
LitFinder
More than 135,000 full-text poems, stories, plays, speeches and essays.
Lynda.com
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.
NewsBank
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.
Oxford Research Encyclopedias
Comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on a range of topics.
Points of View Reference Center
Essays from newspapers and magazines, transcripts and other resources that present multiple sides of an issue.
Price It! Antiques & Collectibles
The most comprehensive art and antiques pricing tool in the world.
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.
Science Reference Center
Full-text articles from science magazines, journals and reference books, with a vast collection of images.
Small Business Builder
Gale Small Business Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit.
Small Business Reference Center
Offers tools to address many small business topics, including books, videos and help with business plans.
Starting a NonProfit
Learn how to become a tax-exempt nonprofit organization.
Testing & Education Reference Center
Information on colleges, technical schools, entrance exams, career certifications and more for students and job seekers.
Transparent Languages
Language-learning platform offering instruction on over 100 different languages.
TrueFlix
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.
Very Short Introductions
Discover a new topic or subject with these introductions written by authors who are experts in their field.
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 Report.com
The official source for FREE credit reports.
Artcyclopedia
Information and links for thousands of artists and their works.
ARTS CLASSifieds
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 SCORE
Free business advice and workshops from experienced local mentors.
Columbus Small Business Development Center
Provides free one-on-on advising and no or low cost business training for all industries.
Congress.gov
Information on current federal legislation, status of bills, votes and more.
ConsumerSearch.com
Free product reviews.
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites
A comprehensive, categorized list of links to genealogical research websites.
Digital Learn
Self-directed tutorials on basic computer and internet skills such as using email, navigating websites, internet privacy, job searching and more.
Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification
Photographs and addresses of Ohio sex offenders for every county.
FamilySearch
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
GCFLearnFree.org 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.
Health Information Translations
Health education resources in multiple languages.
HealthCare.gov
Find health coverage and learn about the Affordable Care Act.
Living Wills - Ohio
Download Ohio's Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney forms with instructions.
MedlinePlus
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
A nationally recognized source for career information, giving you what you need to know about the job you want.
Ohio Death Record Index Search
Index to Ohio death certificates, 1913-1944, 1954-1963.
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 Columbus-Franklin County
One-stop job center where multiple agencies serving Franklin and surrounding counties deliver related services for job seekers and employers.
OhioMeansJobs K-12
A free career- and job-finding tool especially for Ohioans.
OhioMeansJobs.com
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.
PubMed
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.
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.
ThomasNet.com
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.