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Consumer-oriented and general interest web sites.

This page contains topics beginning with M-Z.  For topics starting with A-L, see Hot Topics A-L.   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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  • 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) 
  • US Map Collection:  The Fifty States of United States of America.  (  Links to selected maps of the fifty states.
  • 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





  • 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.   
  • 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.
  • 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 …. 
  • Information for the Individual Investor.  (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.
  • 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.  
  • Understand Your Credit. (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.
  • See also Credit Reports
  • See also Economics
  • See also Savings Bonds
  • See also Stock Exchanges


Motor Vehicle Titling and Registration


Mumps – See Health




  • Google News Newspaper Archive.  Links to archived selected newspapers U.S. and foreign.  
  • Historical American Newspapers (Library of Congress).  Access to pages from newspapers (1860-1922), and information about newspapers published 1690-present.
  • Newslink.  Links to nearly 20,000 free media links worldwide.
  • Ohio's Digitized Newspapers. (The Ohio History Connection)  Searchable database of microfilmed Ohio newspaper held by the Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society.)
  • Ohio Newspapers. (Newslink)
  • Selected Western European Newspapers and News Services. (Association of College and Research Libraries)  Links arranged by country, then by type of news provider. 
  • Statehouse News Bureau.  Provides educational, comprehensive coverage of legislation, elections, issues and other activities surrounding the Statehouse to Ohio's public radio and television stations.
  • USNPL.  Links to newspapers, TV and radio stations in Ohio, and the U.S.




Occupations – See Employment


Opioid Epidemic

  • Opioid Epidemic in Ohio – Resources and Related Articles.  (OSU Extension)  Listing of resource and articles on the opioid crisis compiled by the Ohio State University Extension.  
  • Resources for the Opioid Epidemic.  (Association of Ohio Health Commissioners, Inc.) Lists articles, papers, local health department programs addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Ohio, etc. 
  • Start Talking! Building a Drug-Free Future.  (State of Ohio) Gives tips and tools for parents, educators and community leaders aimed at preventing drug use among children. 
  • What is the U.S. Opioid Epidemic?  (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)  Information about the opioid crisis including statistics, videos, laws, overdose prevention, etc.
  • See also Health








Personal Safety


Pest Control

  • Bed Bugs. (California Department of Public Health)
  • Bed Bugs: Information, Resources & Management.  (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)  [Note information available in Spanish, etc.]
  • Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. (United States Department of Agriculture. National Agricultural Library. National Invasive Species Information Center)
  • Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force.  Collaborative effort between local governments, health departments, social service agencies, pest control professionals, landlord and tenant rights groups, fire departments, the Ohio Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Health, and the Ohio State University Extension to provide Franklin County with the latest information on bed bugs. Some of the links provided are available in Spanish.
  • Controlling Rodents and Regulating Rodenticides. (United States Environmental Protection Agency)  Information on the control and eradication of mice and rats.  Also available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean
  • Final Report and Recommendations to the Governor and Ohio General Assembly.  Ohio Bed Bug Workgroup.   Columbus, Ohio:  Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Bed Bug Workgroup, 2011, 34p.
  • Good night, sleep tight, and don't let the bed bugs bite -- your wallet.  (Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Consumer & Business Education)
  • Healthy Housing Reference Manual.  Chapter 4:  Disease Vectors and Pests.  (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)  Covers general control methods for rodents such as mice and rats, cockroaches, fleas, etc.
  • Household Pest Control. (Oklahoma State University. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service)  Covers pest control basics for ants, cockroaches, bed bugs, fleas, etc. 
  • Pesticides:  Controlling Pests.  (EPA)
  • Preventing Rats on Your Property:  A Guide for Property Owners and Tenants. (New York City)  English version    Spanish version    Chinese version



  • 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. 






Postal Services

  • FindTheData - Find Postal Codes. (Graphiq, Inc.)  Covers most of the countries in the world.  Includes details when available on place name, community, state, county/province, country and maps.
  • 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.
  • Postal Code Search. (  Links to 39 countries’ “Postal Code Lookup” applications. 


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.
  • 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 for Tornadoes and Hurricanes:  Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms.  U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA.  3rd edition.  Washington, D.C.:  FEMA, March 2015.
  • Safe Travel Abroad.  (CSA Global Consortium)  Safety tips for foreign travel.
  • 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.  4thedition.  Washington, D.C.:  FEMA,  December 2014.  [Construction Plans]
  • U.S. Passports & International Travel - Alerts and Warnings. (U.S. Department of State. Bureau of Consular Affairs)  Travel warnings and alerts issued by the State Department arranged chronologically.  Also searchable by country.  Has links to information on countries or areas that you might be traveling to.
  • 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  (  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 Active Shooter 
  • 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 Sexual Harassment
  • 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

  • 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. 
  • Sexual Harassment.  (The Ohio State University. Office of Human Resources)
  • What is Sexual Harassment.  (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - EEOC)


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 elections 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.
  • State Voter Information Directory. (U.S. Vote Foundation) Links to state voter information, most include deadlines, voter registration, and absentee ballot requests
  • 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



Zika Virus

  • Media Centre –Zika Virus:  Fact Sheet. (World Health Organization)  Information on the symptoms, transmission, prevention, etc. 
  • Short Answers to Hard Questions About Zika Virus. (New York Times. Donald G. McNeil, Jr.; Catherine Saint Louis and Nicholas St. Fleur)   Last updated January 29, 2016.  Good over all coverage of the topic, including maps of infected areas, and short answers to questions about the impact of the virus, etc.
  • Zika Virus. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)  Includes maps of impacted areas, sections for doctors, pregnant women, and general facts on the transmission and symptoms, etc.
  • Zika Virus - Know Before You Go :  Zika Virus Information.  on Campus.  Columbus, Ohio:  The Ohio State University, Monday February 29, 2016.


Zip Codes – See Postal Service