Links to Selected Consumer Information and Topics A-L

This page contains topics beginning with  A- L.  For topics starting with M - Z, see Hot Topics M-Z.  Inclusion of a site below does not mean that OSU Libraries or The Ohio State University endorse the sites or the information they contain.

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 Active Shooter
  • Active Shooter Preparedness. (U.S. Department of Homeland Security) Active Shooter training resources including webinars, videos, etc.  Aimed primarily at Law Enforcement. 
  • Active Shooter Video. (AFIMAC Global)
  • Surviving an Active Shooter.  (The Ohio State University. Department of Public Safety)  Video developed by OSU Police with strategies for surviving an active shooter incident.  Includes links to other video on the topic. 
  • Surviving an Active Shooter Event – Civilian Response to Active Shooter. (Walmart) Video developed to train Walmart employees and civilians how to respond during an active shooter event.
  • Video: Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event. (Federal Bureau of Investigation)  Includes video and a transcription.  Webpage available in a variety of foreign languages including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.

Adoption

 

Area/Country Codes (Telephones)

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 Bed Bugs – See Pest Control

 

Birth Certificates, obtaining copies – See Vital Statistics 

 

Bullying
  • 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. 
  • Stopbullying.gov.  (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)

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

 

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

 

Citizenship
  • 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.  (OnGuardOnline.gov)
  • 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.  (OnGuardOnline.gov)
  • Wired Safety.  (WiredSafety.org)  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.
  • MyMoney.gov.  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

 

Copyright

 

Cost-of-Living

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 Credit – See Money

 

Credit Reports

 

Crime
  • BBB Scam Stopper.  (Council of Better Business Bureaus)  Information on scams occurring in the Central Ohio area.  Allows you to report scams to the BBB.   Spanish version available.
  • 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

 

Cyberstalking

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 Death Certificates, obtaining copies – See Vital Statistics

 

Disabilities

 

Divorce

 

Driver’s Licenses

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 Ebola – See Health


Economics
  • 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

 

Education
  • 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

 

Employment

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 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)
  • www.FoodSafety.gov.  Gateway to Federal Food Safety Information, including food recalls, food poisoning and food safety. 
  • See also Health

 

Fraud

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 Grants
  • 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)

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 Health
  • 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. 
  • 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)  Search engine for fact sheets covering a wide variety of topics including general health issues for seniors (Senior Series) or specific issues such as Eating Disorders. Type subject of interest such as nutrition in the "Tags" field and hit "Search" to see what Fact Sheets are available on the topic.
  • Hands on Central Ohio:  Online Directory of Human Services.   (HandsOn Central Ohio 2-1-1)   Comprehensive and up-to-date information about social, health and government services including mental health resources, substance abuse and addition resources, lists of community clinics, etc. for Franklin County. 
  • 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. 
  • Healthfinder.gov.  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.
  • Health.gov.  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.
  • Treatment Options.  (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality) List of health related  topics including diabetes, heart conditions, mental health, men's and women's health issues.  Most of the PDFs are available in Spanish also.
  • 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.  (Ohio Department of Health)   Links to various zoonotic diseases including Dengue, Lyme Disease, Rabies, West Nile Virus.
  • See also Food and Nutrition
  • See also Zika Virus

 

Hepatitis – See Health

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 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

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 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

 

Insurance
  • HealthCare.gov.  (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.  (About.com)  General information on various types of personal insurance, insurance fraud, etc.

 

Intellectual Property

 

Investing – See Money

 

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