Links to Selected Consumer Information and Topics

Contains consumer-oriented and general interest sites with links to government, quasigovernment, and other consumer-oriented/general interest sites, including many Ohio and Columbus/Franklin County resources.   Inclusion of a site below does not mean that OSUL or The Ohio State University endorse the sites, or the information they contain.




Area/Country Codes (Telephones)


Bed Bugs – See Pest Control


Birth Certificates, obtaining copies – See Vital Statistics 


  • Bullies:  What is Bullying?  (PBS Kids Go!) 
  • Communicating Social Networking Privacy to Children.  (Buckeye Secure - OSU)
  • Cyberbullying.  (National Crime Prevention Council)
  • Harassment Training Powerpoints.  (Compliance and Safety)  Powerpoint presentations on sexual harassment and bullying developed by colleges, and government departments.  Pros and cons for each powerpoint presentations included.
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).  Funded by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, and jointly coordinated by UCLA and Duke University.  Provides information, links, etc. intended for parents, professionals and teachers, and other interested parties.  Coverage includes trauma resulting from substance abuse, natural disasters, physical violence and abuse, sexual abuse, school violence including bullying, etc.  Available in Spanish. 
  •  (U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources) Mixture of video clips, games, contacts information, information on cyberbullying and related topics.  Has a section aimed at children. 
  • Workplace Bullying:  What Everyone Needs to Know.  (State of Washington, Department of Labor and Industries)


Child Safety
  • See – Bullying
  • See – Human Trafficking
  • See – Privacy
  • See – Safety


CHIPS (Children's Health Insurance Program) – See Insurance


  • Citizenship, obtaining Canada
  • Citizenship, obtaining European countries
  • Citzenship, obtaining Mexico
  • Citizenship, obtaining U.S. - See Immigration and Naturalization Service


Community Service


Computer Safety/Security
  • Consumer Information – Kids and Computer Security.  (Federal Trade Commission)  Geared towards parents covers various computer security issues involving children. 
  • DMA (Direct Marketing Association) Consumer Guides.   Information on various consumer topics such as internet safety, identity theft, links for opting out of unwanted emails and direct mailings from DMA members, links to credit  bureaus and federal agencies, etc.
  • Facts for Consumers:  Site seeing on the Internet.  (Federal Trade Commission)  Set up like a travel guide, site offers information on privacy issue, computer safety issues, definitions of terms, child safety issues, etc.
  • FTC Consumer Alert:  Spyware.  (Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Office of Consumer and Business Education)
  • Securing Your Web Browser.  (Department of Homeland Security, US-CERT) 
  • Securing Your Wireless Network.  (
  • Stop Think Connect Resource Guide.  (Department of Homeland Security/National Cyber Security Alliance)  Links to videos, websites, etc. on cybersecurity topic such as smart phone security, identity theft, file sharing, social networking, etc. 
  • Understanding Mobile Apps.  (
  • Wired Safety.  (  Information assorted computer and online safety issues including cyberbullying, cybercrime, cyberstalking, sexting, etc.  Some resources cited may have a cost involved for usage.
  • See also Bullying
  • See also Cyberstalking
  • See also Identity Theft
  • See also Phishing
  • See also Safety
  • See also Spam


Consumer Information
  • Consumer.Gov.  Government information for consumers
  • Consumer Information.  (Federal Reserve)  Credit cards, reports, etc.
  • Drug Dangers. (Seeger Weiss LLP)  Information on drug and medical related recalls and safety issues.
  •  Debt management, retirement, mortgages, scams, etc.
  • National Do Not Call Registry.  To stop telemarketing calls, managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  WWW.DONOTCALL.GOV  or call toll-free, 1-888-382-1222 (TTY 1-866-290-4236)
  • Publications.USA.Gov.  (Formerly Consumer Information Center Pueblo, CO) 


Consumer Protection






Credit – See Money


Credit Reports


  • Directory of Crime Victim Services.  (U.S. Department of Justice)  Resource for finding nonemergency crime victim service agencies in the United States and abroad.  Searchable by location, type of victimization, service needed, and agency type. 
  • SpotCrime.  Columbus, Ohio crime information and alerts, searchable by address, information is somewhat dated.
  • UCrime.  Information on crime on the Ohio State Main Campus, etc.
  • See also Bullying
  • See also Cyberstalking
  • See also Human Trafficking
  • See also Identity Theft
  • See also Phishing
  • See also Safety
  • See also Sexual Harassment


Cyber Crimes
  • See – Bullying
  • See – Cyberstalking
  • See – Identity Theft
  • See – Phishing
  • See – Spam




Death Certificates, obtaining copies – See Vital Statistics




  • American Citizen Services  - Divorce Abroad.   (U.S. Department of State)
  •  Divorce related resources (arranged by state)
  • Certificates, obtaining copies – See Vital Statistics


Driver’s Licenses


Ebola – See Health


  • Economic Indicators.  April 1995- current.
  • Economic Report of the President.  1995-past year. 
  • FRASER:  Federal Reserve Archive System for Economic Research.   (St. Louis Federal Reserve.)  Started in 2004 as a data preservation and accessibility project of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, FRASER’s mission is to safeguard and provide easy access to the nation’s economic history—particularly the history of the Federal Reserve System—through digitization of documents related to the U.S. economy.  It contains data and policy documents from the Federal Reserve, government data publications and statistical releases, Congressional hearings, etc. 
  • See also Money


  • Accountability Resources.  (Ohio Department of Education)  School and District performance reports, issued annually, detailing students’ performance on standardized statewide tests, rates of improvement on those tests, student attendance and graduation rates. 
  • College Navigator.  (IES National Center for Educational Statistics)   Locate colleges and universities based on various criteria. 
  • iLRC (Interactive Local Report Card Home).  (Ohio Department of Education)  Provides current and historical information on a specific school or district such as proficiency test results, graduation rates, financial data, and demographics.  
  • Ohio Department of Education
  • OhioHigherEd.  Provides links to the Ohio Board of Regents, education programs for students and businesses, tools aimed at students for higher education planning, reports on the state of education in Ohio, etc.  
  • Public School Rankings.  Select state, etc.
  • Testing.  (Ohio Department of Education Testing)  Information about legally mandated testing of Ohio students including Diagnostic Assessments, Ohio Achievement Assessments, Ohio Graduation Tests and proficiency tests
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • See also Financial Aid (for students)


Elections – See Voting and Voter Registration


Embassies and Consulates


Emergency Management, Public Safety, and Terrorism




FAFSA – See Financial Aid (for students).


Finance, Personal
  • See – Credit Reports
  • See – Money


Financial Aid (for students)


Fire Prevention and Safety – See Safety


Food and Nutrition
  • Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.  (U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.
  • Food and Drug Administration.  (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
  • Ohioline: Food.  (The Ohio State University. College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences)  Information on nutrition, food safety, etc. 
  •  Gateway to Federal Food Safety Information, including food recalls, food poisoning and food safety. 
  • See also Health


  • See – Idenity Theft
  • See – Privacy Issues
  • See – Spam


  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.  The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) provides a full listing of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally-recognized Indian tribal governments; Territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. 
  • Foundation Center.  The Foundation Center is the world's leading source of information on philanthropy, fundraising, and grant programs.  [Note: The Foundation Center's Database on CD-ROM and other Foundation Center publications are available in the Business and Technology Division of the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library.]  
  • LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) Grant Information (Ohio) 
  • Student Grants – See Financial Aid (for students)


  • Consumer Information – Health & Fitness.  (Federal Trade Commission)  Links to agencies and organizations on various health related topics, including elder care, alternative medicine, medical ID theft, etc.  PDF version available.  Spanish version available. 
  • Consumer Reports –  Learn about medical treatments and conditions, prescription drugs, natural health, and tips for healthy living at Consumer Reports Health.
  • Consumers & Patients.  (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality) 
  • Ebola (Ebola Virus Disease).  (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  Includes information on symptoms, transmission, treatment, guidelines for healthcare workers, etc. 
  • Ebola Herorrhagic Fever.  (Saint Louis University)  Fact Sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology.
  • Ebola Virus Disease.  (Ohio Department of Health)  Includes information on symptoms, transmission, treat, guidelines for healthcare workers, etc. 
  • Ebola Virus Disease.  (World Health Organization)  Information on transmission, symptoms, diagnosis, and historical background. 
  • Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, and Clinical Manifestations of Ebola and Marburg Virus Disease.  (UpTo Date®) Reprint. Mike Bray.  Technical paper covering Ebola species and related genera Marburg. 
  • FactSheet.  (The Ohio State University Extension)  Index to fact sheets covering a wide variety of topics including general health issues for seniors (Senior Series) or family (Family and Consumer Science Series) or specific issues such as Eating Disorders
  • Health Topics.  (World Health Organization)  Alphabetical list of links to health related topics including Hepatitis, Measles, Mumps, etc.
  • HEALTH-EU.  (European Commission)  Gateway to information on public health topics. 
  •  US government directory of online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and non-profit organizations, etc.
  •  Portal for health related resources and news from the US government. Find prevention topics, dietary and physical activity guidelines, etc.
  • Healthline®  Medical information to encourage healthy living. Enjoy free health tools and view detailed doctor-reviewed information about diseases, medical symptoms, etc.
  • Infections – Measles.  (KidsHealth) Contains information about measles.  Has accommodations for people visually challenged.  Available in Spanish.  
  • Infections – Mumps.  (KidsHealth)  Contains information about Mumps.  Has accommodations for people visually challenged.  Available in Spanish. 
  • Infections – Rubella (German Measles).  (KidsHealth)  Contains information about measles.  Has accommodations for people visually challenged.  Available in Spanish. 
  • Measles:  Questions and Answers:  Information about the disease and vaccines.  Immunization Action Coalition.  Saint Paul, Minnesota:  4p.
  • MedlinePlus.  (National Institute of Health. National Library of Medicine)  Contains information on medical conditions, diseases, drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, anatomy and surgical videos, interactive tutorials, news on current health issues, etc.  Spanish language version available.
  • Molecular Virology and Microbiology: Ebola Virus.  (Baylor College of Medicine)  Background information on the virus, outbreaks, research, etc. 
  • Mumps.  (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  Links to various Mumps related topics including vaccination, overview of systems, outbreaks, etc.  Has a section geared towards children.  Available in Spanish. 
  • Mumps:  Questions and Answers:  Information about the disease and vaccines.  Immunization Action Coalition.  Saint Paul, Minnesota:  4p.
  • National Cancer Institute.  (Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health) Principal agency for cancer research and training.  Website contains information on common cancer types, treatments, cancer screening and testing, smoking and smoking cessation assistance, etc.  Available also in Spanish. 
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).  Funded by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, and jointly coordinated by UCLA and Duke University.  Provides information, links, etc. intended for parents, professionals and teachers, and other interested parties.  Coverage includes trauma resulting from substance abuse, natural disasters, physical violence and abuse, sexual abuse, human trafficking, school violence including bullying, etc.  Available in Spanish. 
  • National Institutes of Health.  National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).  National Institutes of Health website, exploring complementary and alternative healing practices
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse.  Information on drug abuse and addiction issues.  Separate sections geared towards researchers, parents, teachers, teens and young adults.  Includes blogs, videos, downloadable posters, treatment center locator, funding opportunities, research reports, etc.  Has a Spanish option.
  • National Network for Immunization Information.  Provides factual and up-to-date information relating to immunization.  Includes sections on state’s regulations, articles on immunization issues, synopsis of scientific studies on immunization related topics, etc.   Searchable by disease/vaccine including Mumps, Flu, Lyme Disease, Measles, and Hepatitis.  Intended audience:   the general public, health professionals, policy makers and media.  Available also in Spanish. 
  • National Women's Health Information Center.  Provides a gateway to the vast array of Federal and other women's health information resources, including information on breast cancer, fitness and nutrition, pregnancy, human trafficking, and other topics of interest to women.
  • Ohio Department of Health.  Information on various health and infectious disease issues such as Ebola, Hepatitis, Measles, Mumps, West Nile, etc. 
  • TeenHealth.  (Nemours Center for Children’s Health Media)  Provides up-to-date health information for parents and teens, including information on Hepatitis.  Spanish version available.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
  • WebMD.  Source for trustworthy and timely health and medical news and information including measles and mumps.
  • West Africa Ebola Outbreak.  (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  Information on symptoms, transmission, etc.
  • West Nile Virus.  (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  Fact Sheet, etc.  Available in Spanish, French, and other languages. 
  • Who Cares:  Sources of Information about Health Care Products and Services.  Washington, D.C:   Federal Trade Commission, 2008.  Information and links to agencies and organizations on various health related topics, including elder care, alternative medicine, medical ID theft, etc. [English]  [Spanish]
  • Zoonotic Disease Program – West Nile Virus.  (Ohio Department of Health) 
  • See also Food and Nutrition


Hepatitis – See Health


Homeland Security – See Emergency Management, Public Safety, and Terrorism


Human Trafficking
  • Domestic Trafficking Hotlines.  (U.S. Department of State)  Contact numbers and links to report, get help, and learn more about human trafficking.
  • Fact Sheet for Child Victims of Human Trafficking.  (Ohio Department of Education. Ohio Human Trafficking Commission) 
  • Fact Sheets from the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.  (U.S. Department of State)  List of documents on human trafficking/slavery from 2009-current. 
  • Human Trafficking.  (Federal Bureau of Investigation)  Links to various aspects of human trafficking.
  • Human Trafficking.  (National Institute of Justice)  Overview of the topic and how it differs from Human smuggling.  Includes citations and links to other resources. 
  • Human Trafficking.  (UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime).  
  • Human Trafficking. (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships).  Fact sheet with links to federal websites on the topic, etc. 
  • Look Beneath the Surface – Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking in the U.S.  (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Office of Refugee Resettlement)  Information on human traffic in general and specific warning signs to help identify and assist victims.  Webvideo.  Available in both English and Spanish. 
  • Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force.  (Governor of the State of Ohio)   Information on human trafficking, including training courses, links to other resources including some aimed at students, parents and teachers. 
  • What is Human Trafficking.  (Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force)  Overview on the topic.  Links to a web videos and additional resources. 
  • What is Human Trafficking?  (State of California, Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General)  Defines human trafficking and its various forms with links to further information on each. 
  • See also Safety


Identification Card (Ohio) – See Driver’s Licenses


Identity Theft 


Immigration and Naturalization Services
  • Consumer Information:  Scams Against Immigrants.  (Federal Trade Commission)  [English]  [Spanish]
  • Consumer Information:  Immigration Help.  (Federal Trade Commission)   [English]   [Spanish]
  • U.S. Citizenship.  (Immigration Direct)  Check list of steps to becoming an U.S. citizen.  Includes links to U.S. government forms, articles on the topics related to immigration and citizenship, etc.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)  For study guides and sample questions, select "Citizenship," then either "Naturalization Test.” or “Citizenship Resource Center” under the heading of The Naturalization Test.
  • See also Citizenship
  • See also Embassies and Consulates


  •  (U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)  Gate way to signing up for health care coverage for individuals and small businesses.  Also available in Spanish. 
  • Insurance.  (U.S. Small Business Administration)  Information on insurance needs of a small business.
  • Medicaid/CHIP.  (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)  The Official U.S. Government Site for the latest information on Medicaid and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) enrollment, benefits, and other helpful tools.
  • Medicare
  • Medicare.  (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)  The Official U.S. Government Site for the latest information on Medicare enrollment, benefits, and other helpful tools.
  • The National Flood Insurance Program.  (U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA)
  • Ohio Department of Insurance.
  • Personal Insurance.  (  General information on various types of personal insurance, insurance fraud, etc.


Intellectual Property


Investing – See Money

  • MapQuest.  Driving directions.
  • The National Map.  (U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey)  Collaborative effort among the USGS and other Federal, State, and local partners with many uses ranging from recreation to scientific analysis to emergency response with aerial photographs, elevation information, geographic names, hydrography, boundaries, transportation networks, locations of structures, and land cover data. The site includes links to the National Atlas, an online atlas formerly published by the United States of the Department of the Interior, historical maps, USGS programs, news, and events, etc.
  • Topographic Map Symbols. (U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey) 
  • USGS Store. (U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey)  Links to maps, research reports, educational materials, etc. from the USGS.  
  • Worldatlas.  (Graphic Maps)  Links to maps of Africa, Antarctica, Arctic, Asia, Europe, Australia and Oceania, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean, Middle East, South America, etc.
  • See – Maps.  Information OSUL map collections,  Thompson Library Gardner Family Map Room and the Orton Memorial Library of Geology


Marriage Certificates, obtaining copies – See Vital Statistics


Measles – See Health


Medicaid – See Insurance


Medicare – See Insurance


  • Basic Estate Planning Fact Sheet Index.  (The Ohio State University Extension)  Index to fact sheets covering a wide variety of basic estate planning topics including wills, life insurance, etc.
  • Consumer Protection.  (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC))  FDIC resources to educate and protect consumers, revitalize communities, and promote compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act and fair lending laws.  Topics covered include banking and your money, consumer financial privacy, financial education and literacy, identity theft and fraud.
  • Credit Card Resources.  (Credit  Card Insider)  Aimed at college students and young adults just starting out, gives information on such topics as building credit, credit card basics, debt management, credit reports and scores, identity theft and fraud, and more.
  • Exchange Rates.  (OANDA Corporation)  Contains information on current exchange rates, currency converters, etc.
  •  (Federal Reserve)  Fiscal information with emphasis on personal finance, banking, money, economics, etc. for use by teachers, parents and the general public.   Has lesson plans, activities, games, etc. geared for children K-12. 
  • Financial Education Clearinghouse – For Educators.  (Washington State. Department of Financial Institutions. Financial Education Clearinghouse)  Personal finance curriculum and resources for Elementary school  through College.  Includes DVDs, games, etc.  Many of the resources listed are free.   
  • Financial Literacy.  (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. University Libraries)  Guide detailing financial literacy resources covering such topics as Credit and Loans, Investing, College Debt, etc.  Includes links to government web sites, etc.  Some of the information is University of Illinois specific, but the titles listed in the books section should be available at other libraries, so check your local library for holding information.  Target audience:  College students. 
  • Financial Literacy.   (U.S.  Department of the Treasury. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency)  Provides information on financial literacy resources, issues and events that are important to bankers, organizations, and consumers of all ages.  The directory includes descriptions and contact information for a sampling of organizations that have undertaken financial literacy initiatives as a primary mission, government programs, fact sheets, newsletters, conference materials, publications, and links to Web sites.  The Youth Programs section offers resources for use in teaching kids various money management issues. 
  • Financial Literacy:  A Primer for Librarians, Educators, and Researchers.  Stephanie P. Livengood and Kathryn L. Venditti.  College & Research Libraries News”.  February 2012, v.73 n.2 pages 88-91.  Links to financial literacy websites
  • Going into Business.  (Federal Trade Commission)  FTC consumer publications on the topic of Investments and Business Opportunities.
  • Grades K-12 Financial Literacy Resources.  (California Department of Education)  Links to programs that are appropriate for use in the classroom or at home as a resource for students, teachers, and parents …. 
  • Investor Education and Assistance.  (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy)  Web site provided by the SEC to help address problems and questions of investors.  Available in Spanish also. 
  • - Money.   (U.S. General Services Administration. Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. Federal Citizen Information Center)  Web site about money related topics, games and videos geared to children (grades 5-8).  Also has links to money related topics for teens (grades 6-8), teachers, and parents.
  • Money & Credit.   (Federal Trade Commission)  FTC consumer publications about money and credit. 
  • Money as You Grow:  20 Things Kids Need to Know to Live Financially Smart Lives.  (President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability)  Offers age specific sections with information and activities on money matters.
  • Mortgages for Home Buyers and Homeowners.  (  Contains information on loan programs, a mortgage calculator, and links to consumer resources about mortgage fraud, foreclosure, etc.  Available in Spanish.
  • My Credit  (NCUA – National Credit Union Administration)  Information on a diverse array of financial matters includes a mortgage calculator, personal budgeting worksheets, tips on identity theft prevention, financial literacy for children-seniors including lesson plans for teachers.
  •  (The Financial Literacy and Education Commission)  U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics of handling their finances.
  • Practical Money Skills for Life.  (VISA/Educators Advisory Council)  Educational games that teach personal finance and money management skills to students of every age … Some are available in both Spanish and English.  Some have aps for Android phones and tablets.   There is a link for Educators giving lesson plans for pre-K through College, and special needs, plus other informative and useful resources.
  • Ready, Set… Credit.  (Indiana Department of Financial Institutions)  First timer’s guide to credit cards, etc.  Aimed at teens.
  • Resources by topic:  Games for Kids.  (Washington State. Department of Financial Institutions. Financial Education Clearinghouse)  Online games and simulations that teach kids about credit management, buying a car, paying for college, budgeting, saving and investing.
  • Smart About Money.  (National Endowment for Financial Education)  Web site has budgeting tools, and information on debt management, savings, credit cards, etc.   40 Money Management Tips Every College Student Should Know is aimed specifically at College students, while Your Spending, Your Savings, Your Future is geared for the general public.
  • Starting & Managing a Business.  (U.S. Small Business Administration)  Information on starting a business including creating business plans, licensing and permits, business laws and regulations, taxes, health care /health insurance, business  management, etc.  
  • Tools and Calculators for Investors.  (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)  SEC provided tools and calculators to help with investment decisions.
  • Tools to Teach Kids about Personal Finance.  (  For parents to teach kids about spending, saving, earning and other money management topics.
  • TreasuryDirectKids.  (U.S. Department of Treasury)  Information on public debt, savings and investing, securities, bonds, etc.  Geared for children, but useful for all ages with links to treasury productions such as savings bonds, etc.  
  • See also Credit Reports
  • See also Economics
  • See also Savings Bonds
  • See also Stock Exchanges


Motor Vehicle Titling and Registration


Mumps – See Health




Occupations – See Employment


Ohioline.  (OSU Extension Office Bulletins and Fact Sheets)




Passports (U.S.)   (U.S. Department of State. Bureau of Consular Affairs)


Personal Safety
  • See – Crime
  • See – Human Trafficking
  • See – Safety


Pest Control


  • Fraud:  Phishing. (Cybertelecom)
  • How to Protect Myself. (The Ohio State University.  Office of the Chief Information Officer)
  • How to Recognize Phishing Email Messages or Links. (Microsoft Safety & Security Center)
  • Phishing. (The Ohio State University.  Office of the Chief Information Officer)
  • Phishing. (   Federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online managed by the Federal Trade Commission in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  Includes links to report Phishing.  (Many companies have sites for reporting phishing attempts that purport to be from them, so besides reporting attempts to the above also contact the company about the incident.
  • "Phishing" Fraud:  How to Avoid Getting Fried by Phony Phishermen.  (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)
  • Phishing Quick Facts. (State of Ohio - Privacy & Security Information Center) 
  • Phishing Scams. (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)
  • Protect Yourself From Phishing Scams. (  Tips on protecting against phishing, plus links to other phishing and internet safety related topics including identity theft. 


  • Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Videos.  (The Ohio State University. Knowledge Bank)  a series of videos developed to explain plagiarism to students.  There are three versions varying from just over five minutes to just under nine.  Need either RealPlayer video link, or Windows video link, or Flash video link.
  • Plagiarism  (The Ohio State University. Copyright Resources Center)  Information and links to resources on the topic.
  • Plagiarism. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Writing Center)
  • Plagiarism:  What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It. (Indiana University.  Writing Tutorial Services) 
  • See also Copyrights
Postal Services
  • Look up a ZIP Code. (United States Postal Service)  Look up ZIP Codes™ by street address, city, and state. Or, find all ZIP Codes™ within a city and state, etc.
  • Official USPS Abbreviations. (United States Postal Service)  Abbreviation lists organized by states, street suffixes, and secondary units.
  • Ohio 3-digit zip code areas.  (State of Ohio.  Department of Development.  Office of Strategic Research)  A map of Ohio showing 3-digit zip code areas, based on U.S. Census 2000 TIGER/Line® files using the Zip Code regions developed U.S. Census Bureau for statistical purposes.  The map includes county names and boundaries.
  • Zip Codes & Postal Codes of the World. (Embassy  Listing of zip codes and postal codes arranged alphabetically by country. 


Privacy Issues


Procurement, Government


Public Safety – See Emergency Management, Public Safety, and Terrorism


Radio Stations – See News


Safe Rooms/Shelters
  • See – Safety
  • See – Weather


  • Bulletins for Teens.  (National Center for Victims of Crime)  Geared to teens.  Contains information on various topics such as assault, bullying and harassment, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, etc.
  • Consumer Information: Privacy & Identity - Kids’ Online Safety.  (Federal Trade Commission)  Listing of resources on the topic of children's assorted safety and privacy issues.
  • Design and Construction Guidance for Coummunity Safe Rooms.  U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA.  2nd edition.  Washington, D.C.:  FEMA, August 2008.   
  • Fire Safety.  (U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Safety & Health Administration)  Standards and regulations for worker safety.
  • Home and Recreational Safety.  (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC)  Cover such topics as dog bite prevention, water-related injuries, poisoning, Fire, etc.
  • How to Protect Myself.  (The Ohio State University. Office of the Chief Information Officer)  Provides an overview of the common threats information technology presents to you, the individual, including tips on how to protect your personal information and computer, etc.
  • Internet Safety:  What You Don’t Know can Hurt Your Child.  Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Child and Elder Protection Section.  Columbus, Ohio:  Child & Elder Protection Section, 2006.  Based on the North Carolina Department of Justice pamphlet of the same name, geared for parents, addresses child internet safety issues including cyberbullying and cyberstalking.  
  • Kids and Socializing Online.  (  Geared towards parents, covers safety issues for social networking sites, etc. used by teens and tweens.
  • KidsHealth - Fire Safety.  (Nemours Foundation)  Information on fire safety for kids, teens, and adults.
  • Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness.  (Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness)  Includes safety tips on weather related issues plus carbon monoxide, power outages, etc.
  • Personal Safety Tips.  (The Ohio State University. Department of Public Safety)  Links to fire safety tips, bike safety, etc.
  • Personal Safety Tips for Women.  (Good Morning America – ABC)
  • Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus.  (Best  Provides links to reports and resources on the topic of sexual assault and abusive partner relationships, tips on assault prevention, steps to take if assaulted, etc.
  • Report Tips and Scams.  (Ohio Attorney General)  Links to report Elder Abuse and fraud, consumer complaints and scams, Medicaid fraud, bid rigging, law enforcement tips, etc. 
  • Safe Rooms.  (Department of Homeland Security. FEMA)
  • A Safe Trip Abroad.  (U.S. Department of State. Bureau of Consular Affairs)
  • Safety Tips.  (Baton Rouge Police Department)
  • Taking Shelter from the Storm:  Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business.   U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA.  4th edition.  Washington, D.C.:  FEMA,  December 2014.  [Construction Plans]
  • Violent Crime and Personal Safety.  (National Crime Prevention Council)
  • Violence Against Woman.  (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Office on Women’s Health)  Information on various topics including human trafficking, stalking, sexual assault, domestic abuse, etc. Links to other health related topics such as Cancer, Men’s health, Smoking, etc. and other safety related topics such as emergency preparedness, violence prevention, etc.
  • Working for a Fire-safe America.  (U.S. Fire Administration)  Links to various fire related topics such as cooking fire, holiday fire safety, smoking and home fire safety, fire extinguishers, etc.  Has a section for Kids on fire topics.  Also has some statistical information on fire related topics.
  • Youth Topics.  (Find Youth INFO)  Government web site  sponsored by the Department of Education, Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Justice and 15 other federal agencies aimed at educators and teens with information on various topics including Dating Violence, Disaster Preparedness, Bullying, Cyberbullying, Suicide Prevention, Human Trafficking, etc.  Each section has an explanation of the overall topics, then specific information on various aspects of the topic. 
  • See also Bullying
  • See also Cyberstalking
  • See also Emergency Management, Public Safety, and Terrorism
  • See also Human Trafficking
  • See also Identity Theft
  • See also Phishing
  • See also Spam


Savings Bonds (U.S.)


  • See – Crime
  • See – Privacy Issues


Scholarships – See Financial Aid (for Students)


Severe Weather Safety Tips – See Safety


Sexual Harassment


Social Security Administration (SSA).


Smoking – See Health




Stock Exchanges
  • NASDAQ  
  • NYSE Euronext.   American Stock Exchange – AMEX merged with the Dutch  Euronext N.V. in 2007
  • World Stock  A list of world stock exchanges, securities commissions and other regulatory agencies, as well as stock market resources  




Television – See News


Terrorism – See Emergency Management, Public Safety, and Terrorism


Travel and Tourism
  • Discover Ohio.  (Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism)  Has a monthly calendar of events, etc. within Ohio, plus a listing of tourist attractions, etc.  Webpage also available in German, French, Spanish, etc.
  • Europe.  Links to local tourism sites
  • Find a National Park.  (National Park Service)  Links to National Parks in U.S.
  • Find Historic Places.  (National Park Service)  Links to Historic Places throughout the U.S.
  • Museums & Historic Sites.  (Ohio History Connection)  Searchable links to museums and historic sites throughout the state of Ohio. 
  • Ohio.  (   Information on state parks in Ohio.
  • State Parks.  (State and Local Government on the Net)  Alphabetical list of state parks by state.
  • State Tourism Sites.  (State and Local Government on the Net)  Alphabetical list of state departments or offices of tourism.
  • Travel.State.Gov.   (U.S. Department of State. Bureau of Consular Affairs)  Official U.S. government travel portal include news and information about international travel, passport and visas, etc. 
  • World Tourism Directory.  (Tourism Net Trading Limited)  Contact information by country, etc. 


Vital Statistics (Birth, Death, Marriage, and Divorce Certificates)


Voting and Voter Registration
  • Contact Your State.   (United States Election Assistance Commission)  Links to state boards of electronic arranged in alphabetical listing.  Plus other voter related topics.  Available in six languages including Spanish. 
  • County Boards of Election Directory.  (Ohio Secretary of State)  Contact Information for the various Ohio County Boards of Election.  
  • Franklin County Board of Elections  
  • Elections & Voting. (Ohio Secretary of State)  Information on voter registration, absentee voting, signing up to be a Poll worker, etc.  (Note:  Links work in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, but not in Google Chrome)
  • League of Women Voters of Ohio.  Source of information on issues and candidates appearing on the ballot.
  • Voter Registration.  (Franklin County Board of Elections)  Links to forms to register to vote, etc.




West Nile Virus – See Health


Work Visas
  • See – Citizenship
  • See – Immigration and Naturalization Service


Zip Codes – See Postal Service