This list of helpful web resources has been created for you by Carlow librarians.

Advertising     Law     
Citation Styles & Writing GuidesPhilosophy
Computing/TechnologyPhotos & Images     
Crime & FraudPublic Policy
Culture Studies     Reference
Current Events/IssuesReligion
Full-Text Books & Journals          Search Engines
Fun StuffSocial Sciences
GovernmentStatistical Info
History (mostly U.S.)Tax Forms
HumanitiesWomen's Studies


  • Business Plan Guide - how-to guides, business plan samples, demographic information and industry resources needed to write a successful business plan.
  • Business Plans - how-to information for writing a successful business plan as well as samples from
  • Deloitte Industries - provides insights and analyses across an array of diverse industries and also includes categories covering federal and state government.
  • Doing Business - contains a wealth of information for studying business regulations across countries; many reports are available for download.
  • Economy at a Glance - this website provides unemployment rates, earnings, consumer price index and producer price tables from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the national, state and some metropolitan areas.
  • EDGAR - from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR.
  • FRED: Federal Reserve Economic Data - more than 143,000 US, international, and regional data sets that include consumer price index (CPI), gross domestic product (GDP), population, etc. 
  • Free Management Library - provides a tremendous, diverse, selection of resources on business and management topics for managers.
  • GEM: Global Entrepreneurship Monitor - includes data sets, annual global and country-specific reports, and more more information on entrepreneurship around the world. 
  • Google Finance Pages - business news, information, charts, and historical and current stock prices.
  • International Accounting Standards Board - provides free access to the current year’s consolidated unaccompanied International Financial Reporting Standards (i.e. the core standards, without implementation guidance and the basis for conclusions). Individuals must register (for free) to view the standards.
  • HBS Working Knowledge - a forum for innovation in business practice, offering readers a first look at cutting-edge thinking from Harvard Business School faculty members. 
  • Morningstar - articles, analyses and descriptions of companies as well as market and investment information.
  • Nonprofit Explorer - find almost 616,000 tax-exempt organizations and see details like their executive compensation, revenue and expenses, as well as download tax filings. 
  • US Census Bureau: Economic Indicators - data sets related to key economic indicators such as housing, new residential sales, durable goods in manufacturing, retail and food service sales, and US international trade.
  • CareerLink PA - website for job seekers and employers sponsored by the Commonwealth Workforce Development System of Pennsylvania.
  • CareerOneStop - identifies career options, industry trends, labor market statistics, resume guide, job search, networking, etc.
  • CareerZone Pennsylvania - focuses on career exploration and planning.
  • - "gives job seekers free access to millions of employment opportunities from thousands of web sites. includes all the job listings from major job boards, newspapers, associations and company career pages."
  • LinkedIn - helps you connect your job search to your family, friends and alumni networks; they also have over 10,000 jobs in Pittsburgh. 
  • - search for employment opportunites across the US.
  • Occupational Information Network (O*Net) - "serves as the nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations."
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - describes education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, description of tasks and work conditions for hundreds of jobs.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) - crime statistics from the FBI that deal with "specific offenses and outlining trends that can help you better understand crime threats both nationally and locally."
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service - this site offers justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - includes statistics, programs, e-news, tools, events, state contacts, and even some publications related to youth justice and safety.
  • SEC EDGAR - from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, created to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. EDGAR contains company required disclosure in forms and documents.
  • Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics - contains statistical information on criminal justice issues and topics.
  • Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) - provides reliable, uniform crime statistics for the United States. This site is maintained by the FBI.
  • Background Notes - "publications from the U.S. State Department include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty."
  • BBC Languages - aims to introduce users to a variety of foreign languages through short lessons but also offers linguistic tidbits, cultural notes, teacher tips, language bloopers, and useful phrases for travelers.
  • CELT - over 1,200 historical and current documents covering Irish history, literature, and politics.
  • CIA World Factbook - includes information regarding the geography, people, government, economy, communication systems, transportation systems, military and transnational issues for countries around the world.
  • Country Profiles - this global guide to culture, customs, and etiquette includes information primarily for the business traveler, on language, useful phrases, the society, culture, business and social etiquette for a select number of countries.
  • GLBTQ Archives - world's largest encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer culture and history.
  • International Data Base - demographic data on countries and areas of the world with current populations of 5,000 or more.

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  • Academic Earth - free online video lectures from top scholars from universities such as Yale and Harvard.
  • Curriki - provides universal access to free curricula and instructional materials for grades K-12.
  • Literacy Information and Communication System - "A national dissemination, resource gathering, and professional development system providing information on a wide variety of literacy relevant topics, issues, and resources."
  • PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online - features a database with over 250 tutorials from 1996 to current and a site of the month page.
  • Teachers - includes lesson plans and teachers' guides. Sponsored by the Library of Congress.
  • TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing - lessons, geared towards high school and college, that can be changed to meet the needs of teachers and students. 


Recently published books are not available online for free. Online books that are available for free on the internet are those older works no longer covered under the copyright laws of the United States and other countries.



  • Digital Commons Network - access to full-text articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, and related materials. 
  • Directory of Open Access Journals - free, full text, quality controlled, scientific and scholarly journals.
  • Google Scholar - search engine to find scholarly journal articles on the web - some are available as full text articles.
  • PQDT Open - free full-text of open access dissertations and theses.

Government Documents

Institutional Repositories

  • D-Scholarhip @ Pitt - An institutional full text repository for the research output of the University of Pittsburgh. May include research articles, thesis, dissertations and conference papers.

  • Internet Movie Database - IMBD contains movie and TV cast lists, reviews and trivia
  • Open Culture - explores cultural and educational media (podcasts, videos, online courses, etc.) that are freely available on the web.
  • Pop History Dig - articles on various topics in American popular culture.
  • Snopes Urban Legends Index - verifies stories as truth or myth.
  • Symbols - contains more than 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics. Histories, uses, and meanings are thoroughly discussed.


Pittsburgh Information

Pennsylvania/State Information

U.S. Federal Government Information 

Other Related U.S. Government Websites

  • ANES: American national election studies
  • Center on Congress - Aims "to help Americans of all ages understand how our representative democracy works and their role inour government."
  • Fed Stats - Easy access to government statistics
  • - Official site of the U.S. government to disseminate information and services.
  • Sunlight Foundation - devoted to encouraging transparent and accountable government.
  • US Postal Service - find zip codes, etc.


  • Europa - official web site of the European Union
  • United Nations - official web site of the United Nations

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  • Archives of American Art - "A huge collection of over 16 million primary source materials consisting of diaries, letters, manuscripts, photographs, films, audio recordings, video recordings, and many more artifacts documenting American culture for the past 200-plus years."
  • Artlex - "definitions for more than 3,600 terms used in discussing art/visual culture, along with thousands of supporting images, pronunciation notes, quotations and cross-references"
  • Codes of Ethics online - From the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at the Illinois Institute of Technology this site offers a collection of ethics codes from over 850 businesses and organizations.
  • National Jukebox - More than 10,000 free, online versions of early-20th-century recordings from Victor Talking Machine Co available from the Library of Congress. 

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  • American Medical Association - Containing information for medical professionals such as health care advocacy, professional standards and medical school information.
  • Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania (ONCOLINK) - This web site contains "comprehensive information about specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatments and news about research advances. "
  • Cell : an Image Library - Created by the American Society for Cell Biology, the site features images, videos, animations, and some text to help with the understanding of cell structure and function.
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - One of the main organization for the US government for public health efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats.
  • Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 - From the USDA, "the guidelines serve as the basis for federal nutrition education/promotion programs and food assistance programs.
  • Drug Information from PDRHealth - Explanations for the safe and effective use of prescription and nonprescription drugs that are written for consumers.
  • - dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical journals over the Internet.
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Food and Nutrition Information - Sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture. "Provides credible, accurate, and practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel and consumers. "
  • Health Finder - Offers reliable, consumer-oriented health information from the US government.
  • Medical Biochemistry Page - online biochemistry textbook with an emphasis on clinical medicine
  • Medline Plus (includes PubMed database) - "brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations."
  • Medscape -This site has selected full text medical journal articles however you will need to create a free account to access these.
  • Merck Manual - online medical library for healthcare professionals
  • National Museum of Health and Medicine Collections - Focusing particularly on the history and practice of American medicine, military medicine, and current medical research issues.
  • New York Online Access to Health - Access to high quality consumer health information in both English and Spanish
  • RxList - The Internet Drug Index. Provides descriptions, side effects and contraindications for drugs.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) - The United Nations agency for health.

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  • Philosophy Bites - Contains over 140 conversations with leading professional philosophers (mainly US and Britain). These conversations cover both traditional philosophical topics as well as contemporary issues.
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - An "authoritative reference work suitable for use by professionals and students in the field of philosophy, as well as by all others interested in authoritative discussions on philosophical topics. "

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Note: Most photos or images that you find on the web are NOT in the public domain, that is they are NOT free for you to use without either asking permission or paying a fee. Please see the policies on each site regarding the use of images.

  • - Discover 17,000+ artworks by 3,000+ artists from numerous time periods and from around the world.
  • The Commons on Flickr - View photos in the collections of several major museums and libraries and add comments or tags.
  • Library of Congress Photo Gallery - includes digital versions of many of the13.7 million images owned by the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. "These include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people."
  • Microsoft Office Online Clipart - free sound, image and animations from the Microsoft company
  • NGA Images - a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art.
  • New York Public Library Digital Gallery - provides free and open online access to thousands of digital images of " drawings, illuminated manuscripts, maps, photographs, posters, prints, rare illustrated books, and more."

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"Centrist" Think Tanks

"Conservative" Think Tanks

"Liberal/Progressive" Think Tanks

"Libertarian" Think Tank

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  • Acronym Finder - " the world's largest and most comprehensive database of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms"
  • Biographies - includes over 25,000 biographies of the greatest lives, past and present."
  • Free Dictionary - contains, computing, medical, legal, financial and general dictionaries
  • How Stuff Works - explanations of how everything actually works - contains thousands of articles, content features and illustrations.
  • Information Please Almanac - a "reference source that combines the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas, and several almanacs loaded with statistics, facts, and historical records."
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  • Online Quotations Page - The oldest quotation site on the web. Includes "over 24,000 quotations online from over 2,700 authors."
  • Thomas Register of American Manufacturers -you will need to create a free account to use this web site.
  • Virtual Library - "Oldest catalog of the web " started by the creator of the web, Tim Berners-Lee.



  • - Religion statistics, arranged by country
  • Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs - created by Georgetown University's Berkley Center, this site explores issues relating to how religion effects global issues and politics as well as the daily lives of people.
  • Bible Gateway - This site is, in effect, an online concordance which allows you to check eight different English translations of the Bible, plus a number of foreign language translations.
  • Buddhanet - Buddhist information and education network
  • Buddhism - Buddhist cosmology, organization, religious life, worship, sacred literature, with a glossary, timeline & maps
  • Buddhism (Tibetan) - Web site of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church - This page provides the text of the most recent Catholic catechism, including the 1997 corrections
  • Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh - Official web site for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library - Christian writings from all periods of church history by writers of different schools of Christian thought.
  • Christian Resources - comprehensive list of Christian churches and resources compiled by the University of Calgary Library and the Library of Congress.
  • Christianity - Christian cosmology, organization, religious life, worship, sacred literature, with a glossary, timeline & maps
  • Hinduism - covers Hindu cosmology, organization, religious life, worship, sacred literature, with a glossary, timeline & maps
  • Islam - Islamic cosmology, organization, religious life, worship, sacred literature, with a glossary, timeline & maps
  • Jewish Encyclopedia - contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations.
  • Judaism - Jewish cosmology, organization, religious life, worship, sacred literature, with a glossary, timeline & maps
  • Mormon Church - official web site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church)
  • Papal Encyclicals Online - Papal and other official documents of the Catholic Church.
  • Patron Saint Index
  • Vatican (The Holy See) - The official Vatican web site. The place to go for, among other things, the full text of official proclamations by the last nine popes, plus the documents of Vatican II.

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  • ACS Green Chemistry Institute - Provides basic information on green chemistry and green engineering principles.
  • BioMed Central - Offers access to over 200 scholarly and peer reviewed open-access journals.
  • - Virtual library of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology.
  • Cell: an Image Library - Created by the American Society for Cell Biology, the site features images, videos, animations, and some text to help with the understanding of cell structure and function.
  • ChemCollective - Online resources for teaching and learning chemistry including practice problems, periodic table, simulators, and scenarios.
  • ChemSpider - Database of chemical structures and their associated information
  • Forensic Science Resources - From the National Criminal Justice Reference Service
  • Medical Biochemistry Page - Online biochemistry textbook with an emphasis on clinical medicine
  • Molecules of the Month - From the University of Oxford Department of Chemistry. "See the structures of small molecules, medical drugs, biological super-structures - enzymes, proteins, DNA, & virus - and the material world nano structures, all with colorful illustrations and interactive 3D."
  • NASA - Hurricane/Tropical Cyclone information
  • National Academies - "Advisors to the Nation on Science, Engineering and Medicine"
  • Neurons - Animated textbook of cellular and molecular concepts.
  • Plants Database - Sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture
  • PubChem - Free database of chemical structures of small organic molecules and information on their biological activities
  • Scirus - A science-specific search engine designed to pinpoint scientific, scholarly, technical and medical internet data

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Recommended for Academic Research
These searching tools are recommended by the librarians at Grace Library for doing scholarly research. These tools search only selected web sites that have been determined to be reliable and trustworthy.

General Internet Search Engines
Blogs / Twitter Searching
Other Information

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  • World Database of Happiness - available studies on happiness, or "subjective well-being", including a bibliography of more than 7,000 publications, 759 measures of happiness in more than 1,500 studies, and data covering 165 nations.
  • Explore - documents leaders around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. 
  • Clinical Social Work - lists popular Web resources for researchers in Clinical Social Work.
  • e-Source - a web-based interactive anthology that provides social and behavioral scientists with the latest research methods and tools to address emerging challenges in public health. This free resource was launched by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR).
  • Encyclopedia of Psychology - facilitates browsing in any area of psychology. Includes links to original research and a hierarchical database of web sites providing information about scientific psychology.
  • Help Connections -United Way of Pittsburgh's Directory of Social Services Agencies
  • Project to End Human Trafficking - Organization concerned with anti-trafficking coalition building, educational outreach, direct service to victims, and collaboration with other national and international organizations in the global fight against human trafficking.
  • Social Science Research - lists popular web resources for researchers in the Social Sciences.
  • United Nations - Trafficking in Human Beings - information on modern day slavery( includes statistics).
  • United States Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons - includes the Trafficking in Persons Report, a 150-country report on the efforts of governments to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons.

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General Statistics

These sites include statistics in a variety of subject areas including population, education, economics and other fields.

Crime Statistics
Economic Statistics
  • Consumer Expenditure Survey "Collects information from the Nation's households and families on their buying habits (expenditures), income, and household characteristics."
Healthcare Statistics

Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania Statistics
These sites include all types of statistical information specifically for the city of Pittsburgh and/or Pennsylvania.




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