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          Social Sciences
Fun StuffStatistical Info
GovernmentTax Forms
History (mostly U.S.)Women's Studies


  • Business Plans - how-to information for writing a successful business plan as well as samples from
  • 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 - site 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; includes assessments, videos, and career information.
  • Indeed - gives job seekers free access to millions of employment opportunities from thousands of websites;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. 
  • Monster - search for employment opportunities 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.
  • 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.
  • U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets - includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.

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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 professional learning community for educators that provides access to resources and professional development.
  • PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online - created by librarians and focuses on information literacy, this site is a database with over 250 tutorials from 1996 to current.
  • 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 - 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 - provides data from its own surveys on voting, public opinion, and political participation.
  • Center on Congress - offers multiple resources, programs, and projects that help you understand how our representative democracy works.
  • Fed Stats - easy access to government statistics.
  • National Security Agency - an authoritative site describing the agency's inner workings. 
  • Sunlight Foundation - devoted to encouraging transparent and accountable government.
  • United States Courts - provides information about the federal judiciary including materials on rules and policies, federal judges, statistics, forms and fees, and access to federal court records. 
  • U.S Government Accountability Office - reports and testimonies on topics such as justice, the environment, trade, technology, housing, education, defense, and international affairs.
  • - official site of the U.S. government to disseminate information and services.


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

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  • American History Collection - historical collections, arranged by broad categories provided by the Library of Congress.
  • American Memory Project - written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience from the Library of Congress.
  • American Presidency Project - contains a collection of resources pertaining to the study of the President of the United States.
  • American President - provides information on all presidents including the history of the presidency and the nature of policy making.
  • Chronicling America - digitized historic American newspapers from 1836-1922.
  • Cold War International History Project - supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War.
  • Marxist Internet Archive - Contains the works of more than 100 Marxist writers and an encyclopedia of Marxism.
  • National Archives of the United States - Explore the nation's history through documents, photos and records.
  • National Constitution Center - information on topics and events including electronic coverage, polling, voting, town hall programs, current news about the government, daily museum programs, and issues relating to the U.S. Constitution and U.S. history.
  • Nuclear Vault - declassified documents related to nuclear crisis, proliferation and the role of nuclear weapons in US policy.
  • Office of the Historian - from the U.S. Department of State, this site contains historical documents, guides to countries, and many more resources.
  • September 11th Web Archive - from the Library of Congress.
  • The Vietnam Project - nearly 1 million pages of Vietnam War related research materials
  • University of Virginia: Hypertext - a collection of historical documents and classical literature. 
  • World Digital Library - historical documents and artifacts from around the world in multiple languages. 
  • American Folklife Center - search the archive of folk culture collection by sate.
  • Archives of American Art - 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.
  • Celebrity Lecture Series - lectures from celebrity's, such as well-known authors, with candid photos and short interviews. 
  • Modernist Journals Project - features journals, books, biographies, and essays about and from the modernist period (1890-1922).
  • MusRef - wide range of music and dance reference tools. 
  • 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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  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) - free electronic version of the Code of Federal Regulations and includes tabs that provide current updates for the section and rules from the Federal Register.
  • - full text coverage of legislative information from 2001 to present.
  • CourtListener - comprised of over 204,000 documents, including most of the U.S. Supreme Court records dating back to 1754, and it also provides access to the non-precedential opinions of the U.S. circuit courts.
  • Federal Judicial Center - contains research on federal court operations and procedures and court history.
  • FindLaw - articles about common legal topics
  • Legal Information Institute - contains Supreme Court decisions and materials to help people understand law.
  • Neighborhood Legal Services - Pittsburgh Non profit organization created to assist low income residents with legal counsel
  • Oyez: US Supreme Court Media -"... aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955."
  • PA State Code - official publication of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 
  • Pittsburgh Legislative Information Center - a way to track and retrieve legislation.
  • Public Library of Law - world’s largest online database of United States law; includes case law, statutes, regulations, court rules, constitutions, and legal forms. 
  • United States Code - a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States.
  • United States Supreme Court - official website of the Supreme Court of the United States.


  • 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) - 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.
  • - 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 - 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.
  • PDRHealth - explanations for the safe and effective use of prescription and nonprescription drugs that are written for consumers.
  • 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.
  • PhilPapers: Philosophical Research Online - a comprehensive index and an open-access repository of philosophical research. 
  • 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.

  • Flickr - View photos in the collections of several major museums and libraries and add comments or tags.
  • Google Art Project - a vast amount of artwork and information regarding artists from all over the world. 
  • 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."
  • 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
"Nonpartisan" Think Tank

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  • Acronym Finder - the world's largest and most comprehensive database of acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms.
  • 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 - includes the dictionary along with games, videos, and other features. 

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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.
  • 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.
  • Darwin Manuscripts - access to over 30,000 Chalres Darwin manuscripts from 1835-1882.
  • Forensic Science Resources - from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service
  • Medical Biochemistry Page - online biochemistry textbook with an emphasis on clinical medicine
  • NASA - official website of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 
  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - provides expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world.
  • PubChem - free database of chemical structures of small organic molecules and information on their biological activities.

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  • 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. 
  • Encyclopedia of Psychology - facilitates browsing in any area of psychology; includes links to original research and a hierarchical database of websites providing information about scientific psychology. 
  • 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.
  • United Nations - Trafficking in Human Beings - information on modern day slavery( includes statistics).
  • U.S. 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.

  • American Fact Finder - a tool from the U.S. Census Bureau for getting data on various kinds of areas from our major data sets.
  • Census Information - The main web site for the United States Census Bureau.
  • Easy Stats - interactive online tool that provides quick and easy access to selected statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. 
  • FedStats - The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies
  • ICPSR - the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Science Research containing about 700 academic institutions and research organizations, that maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research.
  • Mapping the Measure of America - Uses a 10 point scale to measure the "well-being of America" defined by health, education and income.
  • National Center for Charitable Statistics - provides research into individual charities and the sector as a whole.
  • NORC: National Opinion Research Center - conducts data collection to support social science research endeavors.
  • Population Reference Bureau - offers data regarding U.S. and international population trends and their implications.
  • States Perform - provides access to interactive and up to date comparative performance measurements for the 50 states and is sponsored by the Council of State Governments.
  • Statistical Abstracts of the United States - a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included.
  • US Census Bureau State and County Quick Facts - statistical profiles are available for the nation, states, counties, and large cities.
Crime Statistics
Economic Statistics
  • Consumer Expenditure Survey collects information from the Nation's households and families on their buying habits, 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.

  • PghSNAP - maps and demographic data for all of Pittsburgh's 90 neighborhoods.
  • Pittsburgh Economic Quarterly - coverage of local economic conditions and changes in the Pittsburgh regional economy complied by the University of Pittsburgh.

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