How do I find trusted sources?
The prevalence of fake news and deliberate misinformation campaigns are making it harder to determine what’s true. Gone are the days of trusted journalists and media outlets being our reliable news source. The internet has completely changed the way we consume our news—we want it fast and want it first—but it comes with a cost. Quality.
Don’t turn your news into fast-food-for-thought. Stay informed with thoroughly vetted, credible resources like these below. Or, if you’d prefer to talk to a person, our Adult Services Librarians are always happy to help you with your research needs.
The Ohio Benefit Bank - The Ohio Benefit Bank is a program of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, Ohio’s largest charitable response to hunger. It has helped hundreds of thousands of Ohioans access life-changing programs and resources.
The United Way of Greater Stark County Community Resource Directory Referral Database has almost 600 assistance organizations that can be searched by name, zip code, city, keywords, or by the type of assistance needed.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Offers free education, support and advocacy for people and their loved ones affected by mental illness. They provide resources for mental health crisis, suicide prevention, the opiate, homeless, rape and domestic violence hotline.
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|Christ Presbyterian||530 Tuscarawas St W||330-456-8113|
|Community Drop-In||1492 Cherry Ave SE||330-456-7692||M-Th||10-2|
|Crossroads United Church||120 Cleveland Ave SW||330-455-0153||Appt Only|
|Deliverence Ministries||1358 Cleveland Ave NW||234-410-3733||2nd & 4th Sat||11-2|
|First Christian Church: Common Goods||6900 Market Ave N||330-456-2600||Mon, Tue & Thu||11-2|
|First Christian Church: Common Goods||6900 Market Ave N||330-456-2600||2nd & 3rd Wed||5-7|
|Hope Outreach||1530 Superior Ave NE||330-456-9790||Tue, Fri, Sat||8:30-3|
|Jerusalem Missionary Baptist||1909 3rd St NE||330-454-3298||2nd & 4th Tue|
|Kingdom Center||2631 Harvard NW||234-410-3733|
|Total Living Center||2221 9th St SW||330-455-3663||Tue & Thu||Laundromat|
Foundation Center Funding Information Network
The Stark Library is a Foundation Center Funding Information Network partner. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Stark Library provides visitors with free public access to quality research materials.
How Can the Foundation Center Book Collection Help Me?
- Provide resources for starting a nonprofit organization
- Learn the basics of grant seeking and grant making
- Gather information about grant proposals and proposal writing
- Find detailed profiles for foundations and corporate givers
- Explore additional topics related to philanthropy, volunteerism, and fundraising
Where will I find the Foundation Center Book Collection?
The Book Collection is located on the second floor of the Main Library. Adult Services staff are always available to assist users with the collection during regular library hours. No appointment is necessary to use the Book Collection.
Where will I find the Foundation Center Web Resources?
Visit our Foundation Center Funding Information Network partner page for free public access to Foundation Center databases (available only at Main Library), directories, fundraising and philanthropy publications, and training resources.
What Does the Library Recommend as Web Resources for Nonprofit Research?
The links provided are not intended to constitute legal advice. Librarians are not permitted to choose or suggest what forms you ought to use.
If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney by contacting either:
Stark County Bar Association
116 Cleveland Ave NW, Suite 400, Canton, OH 44702
Legal Aid Services
330.456.8361. or 1.800.998.9454.
Renkert Building, 306 Market Ave. N, Canton, OH 44702
Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code
Stark County Clerk of Courts All Divisions and Forms
Stark County Court of Common Pleas Local Rules
Stark County Family Court Forms and Local Rules
Stark County Probate Court Forms and Local Rules
Canton Municipal Court Forms and Local Rules
Massillon Municipal Court Local Rules
Ohio - Standarized Domestic Relations and Juvenile Forms from the Ohio Supreme Court includes divorce, dissolution, custody, child support, visitation and contempt forms.
Ohio State Legal Services Association Forms and rules for Stark County
LawDepot.com - Access LawDepot with your Stark County Library Card
Ohio Criminal Justice System
This tutorial was created to assist you in locating information related to the criminal justice system.
Stark County Community Links - Directory of Police departments, Courts, District Attorneys, Etc.
Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification (eSORN) is a resource for locating and tracking registered sex offenders.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's Offender Search offers information about inmates currently incarcerated in the ODRC prisons or offenders under Department supervision. Victims can also register to be notified about a specific inmate.
Ohio Department of Youth Services has statistics and descriptions of programs for youthful offenders.
Inside DYS for contacts for youthful offender facilities, as well as parole and community services regional offices.
Stark County Criminal Justice Information Systems has a searchable online court docket for courts within the county.
Supreme Court of Ohio is the official website of the state's highest court. The court's online docket may be searched by case number or party name, among other choices. Announcements and decisions are posted. Lower Ohio trial courts websites are linked from this site.
SearchSystems.net is a Free Criminal Records Search Guide. This online document is a guide to locating criminal records using the SearchSystems.net website. Some sources listed require registration and charge fees.
You may be writing a report, researching an old Canton business, or maybe you are just curious about an old building in the area, a crime that took place in Canton in the 40s, or a person who lived in Canton in the 50s. We have many resources to help you. Some are listed below to give you an idea of our extensive collection in Canton area history. The library's professional staff will be happy to assist you in finding information. Come to the library, call Adult Services at (330) 458-5671, or email the staff at Ask a Reference Librarian for further assistance.
The following documents are not listed in the card catalog, but are available in the Reference Department at the Main Library. These materials may not be checked out, but photocopies may be made.
Business File This is a collection of articles from local newspapers on existing Stark County area businesses.
Don R. Mellett: A Canton Legend This notebook consists of newspaper articles profiling a Canton Daily News journalist who was murdered in 1926 for crusading against corruption in Canton, Ohio.
Eddie Lee Sexton You may inquire at the Reference Desk for a file of articles and some court documents on the notorious Sexton murder case.
Historic Ridgewood This album contains pictures and articles pertaining to houses and events in the Ridgewood area of Canton. There are 164 pages of material covering the years 1980 to 2005.
Sharon A. Lane: A Canton Legend Articles, websites, and a research paper (written by Tanya M. Shurie) make up this album. The subject is Sharon A. Lane, the famous Cantonian who was the first Army nurse to lose her life as a result of hostile fire in the Vietnam War.
Local History File Brochures, pamphlets, postcards, pictures, newspaper articles, and more are in the historical file. The materials concern Canton area buildings, businesses, churches, schools, people, places, and events.
Yearbooks A collection of miscellaneous yearbooks from Canton area high schools is available in the Genealogy section on the second floor of the Main Library.
In addition to the special files, the library has an assortment of books on the history of Canton and Stark County. Here are just a few titles from our circulating collection to spark your interest: circulating books may be reserved through the library's online catalog. Most circulating books may be checked out for two weeks.
Akron-Canton Baseball Heritage
This is a history of local baseball.
Akron-Canton Football Heritage
The National Football League, other professional and local football leagues, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame are in this resource.
This is a collection of postcards with famous people, buildings, businesses and scenes that are a part of Canton's history.
Canton's Pioneers in Flight
The book relates the early days of aeronautics in the Canton area.
This is a pictorial history of Canton from the 1860s through the 1960s. There are photographs of the many cultural communities of Canton, important people, churches, activities, and more.
Introducing Lake Township
The culture and daily life of Lake Township, today and yesterday, are presented in a colorful, interesting volume.
Louisville, Ohio through the Years, 1834 - 1984
Louisville's churches, schools, and industries are pictured and described for the reader.
Meyers Lake Park: The Last Dance (1869 - 1979)
This is a comprehensive volume on Meyers Lake Park, the famous Canton amusement park. Pictures of families, rides, dances, bands, and postcards are included, plus 2 CDs of sounds of the Moonlight Ballroom.
The McKinley Monument: A Tribute to a Fallen President
The story behind the design and the making of the McKinley National Monument in Canton, Ohio is contained in these pages.
North Canton, Ohio: A Place in Time
North Canton's history comes to life in this pictorial work.
The Stark County Bicentennial Story, 1776 - 1976 (3 vols.)
In three volumes, the Bicentennial Committee presents information on the townships of Stark County. The chapters discuss the history, people, businesses, churches, schools, and culture of these areas.
The Stark County Story (6 vols.)
These volumes contain information on the culture, people, businesses, etc., of the Stark County area from its beginnings in 1805 to 1959.
Stark County: Then and Now
The creator of this book copied historical photographs of businesses, churches, schools, and other sites in Stark County. He then took pictures of the same places as they look today.
Towpath to Towpath: A History of Massillon, Ohio
Massillon's history is told here through descriptions of its people and places.
William McKinley and Our America: A Pictorial History
President William McKinley's life is illustrated in this biography.
The history of Stark County is told in pictures.
These sites will help with Canton and Stark County history.
Canton Preservation Society Four historic Canton buildings and information on their architecture are featured by the society.
Ohio Historical Society (OHS) Find Ohio Pix on the homepage or enter the words in the search box. Then, search for Canton or Stark County to find some amazing illustrations. If you type severe weather in the main search box, you will retrieve stories and pictures of weather disasters in Ohio.
Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook is an image collection of pictures, artifacts, postcards, books, papers, and other memorabilia that are a part of the history of Ohio. Searching this website for Canton or Stark County will give you countless items on old companies, people, buildings, and more.
William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum specializes in information on President McKinley and historical information on businesses in the Stark County area.
Frequently Requested Services
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Apply for college federal student aid.
Unemployment Benefits Online (Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services) Find employers' and unemployed workers' services, and Ohio Here to Help programs.
Safelink Wireless Apply for a free cell phone (must meet eligibility requirements.)
Stark County Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Search for criminal offenders in Stark County and review court dockets.
Stark County Family Court Learn about mediation and download court forms. Includes the Ohio Child Support Calculator.
Stark County Probate Court Learn how to locate records, download probate forms.
USA.gov - Small Business Access business services and information to grow, hire, or export your business.
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Find crime statistics and conduct criminal background checks.
Federal Bureau of Prisons Locate inmates or correctional facilities and learn about ex-offender employment.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Find and print federal income tax forms, instructions and publications. Check on tax refund status and find an e-file provider.
Library of Congress Track federal legislation, search the Congressional Record and committee reports, and find teacher resources.
Congressional Directory Contact members of Congress.
Medicare Find and print Medicare forms.
Social Security Administration Apply for benefits and request a replacement card.
U.S. Department of State, Travel Apply for and renew passports, find foreign travel requirements and travel warnings.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Locate facilities and apply for services and benefits.
Ebenefits for Veterans (US Depts. of Veterans Affairs and Defense) Update personal information and monitor claims.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio Contact judges and access court forms.
U.S. Federal Courts, 6th Circuit Contact the courts and find court decisions.
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Renew permanent resident card, file online, request forms by mail and download forms for green card and citizenship.
U.S. House of Representatives Contact your congressmen and research bills.
U.S. Senate Contact your senators and research bills.
USA.gov The government's official web portal, with links by topic, by audience, and by agency.
USAJOBS See job openings and apply for jobs. Create and store a resume.
Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation File a claim, check the status of a claim, find and print forms.
Ohio Consumers Council Find authorized payment centers, compare energy choices, apply for assistance and submit questions or complaints for electric, natural gas, telephone, and water services.
Ohio.gov Ohio's gateway to state agencies and forms.
Ohio Secretary of State, Elections and Ballot Issues Find your polling place, register to vote, and contact your local Board of Elections.
Ohio Secretary of State, Voter Services Find out about absentee voting.
Ohio Secretary of State, Voter Services, Registering to Vote Download the voter registration form.
Supreme Court of Ohio, Ohio Rules of Court Find rules of evidence, criminal procedure, juvenile procedure, and probate forms.
Ohio General Assembly Search for Legislative Information Find bills by number or sponsor and find legislators by name, district, or zip code.
Ohio Attorney General, ESORN (Ohio Attorney General Search for Registered Sex Offenders) Look at the Most Wanted or Recently Released lists of sexual offenders and search for an offender by name or by zip code.
Ohio Dept. of Development, Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) Find information on home weatherization and decreasing utility costs (must meet eligibility requirements.)
LawWriter Ohio Laws and Rules, Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code Search or browse state codes and laws.
Ohio Consumers Council, Consumer Alerts and Scams Become aware of scams and browse consumer alerts.
Ohio Dept. of Commerce, Division of Unclaimed Funds Review unclaimed funds listing.
Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction Search for offenders currently incarcerated in Ohio prisons. Register as a victim.
Ohio Public Utilities Commission, Apples to Apples Comparison Charts Compare current providers' cost and contract terms.
Ohio Dept. of Development, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services Unemployment Benefits Online Register for benefits; check eligibility for food, child care, or cash assistance
Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services Request for Cash, Food, and Medical Assistance Apply online for benefits.
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Online System OPLATES Renew vehicle registration, order specialty license plates, and schedule a driving test. Use the state map to find closures and posted speeds.
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Apply for a copy of your driving record.
Ohio Means Jobs Search for jobs in and around Ohio.
Ohio Supreme Court Ohio laws and rules; search for attorney or judge information; Supreme Court Case Docket; search for cases filed since 01/01/1985
Ohio Supreme Court, Foreclosure Mediation by County PDF document has name and phone number for mediators
Safelink Wireless Learn about the government-supported program; if eligible, apply for a free cell phone
Ohio Voter Registration Form Complete the PDF form
Save the Dream Ohio Foreclosure Prevention Effort 2016. Additional funding may be available.
Ohio Department of Taxation File electronically; get an Ohio state tax form; check refund status
States other than Ohio, Tax Forms Click on a state and link to its state tax forms and revenue departments
Local Government - Stark County and Canton, Ohio
Stark County Community Links Directory of Police departments, Courts, District Attorneys, Etc.
Stark County Auditor's Office Homestead Exemption, vendor's license, dog license, property values
Stark County Health Department Discover their assistance programs; get reports and statistics
Stark County Job and Family Services Report child abuse/neglect; apply for child care, food, or cash assistance; Medicare expenses assistance; Healthy Start
Stark County Recorder's Office Scroll to the bottom of the Recorder's page and click on Veteran's page; veteran's discharge papers for safekeeping
Stark County Sheriff's Office Stark County Most Wanted list; link to Sex Offender data; search for registered sex offenders in a specific area; foreclosure and delinquent tax sales
City of Canton Tax Forms Find out about online filing; print Canton city tax forms
Other Ohio Cities Tax Forms Select an Ohio city and access the website for the municipal tax forms
Canton City, Development, Housing Dept.Programs Down payment help; homeowner rehab program; emergency repair program; Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
Canton City Fair Housing See the obligations of landlord and tenant; learn about housing discrimination
Canton City Office of Public Safety From this site, link to police, fire, building/code, and traffic/engineering divisions
Canton City Council Contact information for members
Canton City, Boards and Commissions Links to courts, boards, commissions; city council; law department
Canton City, Residents Social Services Job training; food and housing assistance; legal and utility assistance; health/medical services; drug addiction support services
Canton City Health Department Nursing services; birth certificates Phone Contact 330.489.3231
Canton City Mayor Thomas M. Bernabei Mayor's duties and biography; executive orders; city policies/procedures
Canton Curbside Recycling Program How to participate; request a container; list of accepted materials
Canton Engineering Department Divisions: civil engineering, traffic engineering, signal and lighting, sign/pavement, parking --on/off street, parking violations, pay fines
Canton Water Department Payment options; water leaks/problems; FAQs
City of Canton Police Department Anonymous tips; Canton's Most Wanted list; fine and impound information; anonymous tip line
Women, Infants, Children (WIC) WIC helps income eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children under five years of age, who are at medical or nutritional risk. Phone Contact 330.489.3326
Now more than ever it is important to be an informed consumer, learn about your rights as a consumer, find out about the best products before you buy, and know your advocates for complaint resolution.
ConsumerAffairs.com includes consumer news, recall information and tens of thousands of pages of consumer complaints, comments, and compliments
ConsumerReports.org provides product ratings, reviews, recall and safety information for a variety of goods including appliances, automobiles, electronics, health products, banks, and more. Use your library card to sign into this database.
ConsumerSearch.com provides reviews on products and important trends and developments. Products are reviewed by experts like Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping, as well as users themselves.
CAR REVIEWS AND PRICING
ConsumerGuide Automotive gives prices, reviews, and road-test evaluations.
Edmunds.com provides both new and used car reviews, advice, and maintenance information.
Kelley Blue Book rates cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and personal watercraft.
NADA provides pricing information on new cars, used cars, classic cars, motorcycles, boats, RV's, and manufactured homes.
PRODUCT SAFETY AND RECALLS
Recalls.gov is the one-stop gateway to US Government recalls for unsafe, defective products. This site links to government agencies such as FDA, USDA, EPA, Consumer Product Safety Council, the National Highway Safety Administration, and the United States Coast Guard.
You may also use this site to report a dangerous product.
USA.gov This US Government website provides consumers with helpful information, including the Consumer Action Handbook, which gives consumer advice and lists useful contacts for consumer complaint resolution.
Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel is your residential utility consumer advocate. The OCC provides the Ohio utility consumer with links to utility service providers and payment centers, as well as educational publications.
Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection is the nation's consumer protection agency collecting complaints about business and business practices. Find educational material about identity theft, buying a car, or shopping for a loan. You can also register your telephone number with the Do Not Call Registry.
Ohio Attorney General can assist Ohioans in resolving individual consumer complaints.
Ohio Department of Insurance is available to help Ohioans who have questions or concerns about their insurance coverage, whether medical, auto, home, life, or Medicare. The ODI has a consumer hotline and a place for filing a complaint.
Credit and You
In today's economy, it's vital that a person establish and maintain a good credit history. Banks, insurance companies, employers, and landlords use your credit score to judge how you handle your financial responsibilities. An individual's credit score can affect future credit, interest rates, housing, and job opportunities.
This tutorial will show you how to access, monitor, and improve your credit rating. You will also find debt management and foreclosure resources.
Credit and Your Consumer Rights presented by the Federal Trade Commission
Find out about your rights in applying for credit, obtaining your credit report, and your rights involving debt collections.
What's in Your FICO score presented by Fair Isaac Corporation. Learn about the 5 categories that affect your credit score.
BUILD BETTER CREDIT/IMPROVE YOUR CREDIT SCORE
Free Annual Credit Report -- Federal Trade Commission
Obtain your free credit report through the official website..
How to Repair Your Credit and Improve Your Score presented by Fair Isaac Corporation.
DEBT AND FORECLOSURE RESOURCES
Fiscal Fitness: Choosing a Credit Counselor presented by the Federal Trade Commission
This is important information if you are turning to a Credit Counselor to deal with your debt.
Debt Collection FAQs presented by the Federal Trade Commission
Learn about your rights concerning debt collection.
Save the Dream Ohio managed by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency
This is a federally funded initiative offered through the State of Ohio. The program provides assistance to homeowners seeking to avoid foreclosure. Find out what your options are if you are facing financial hardship and have missed a mortgage payment or if a foreclosure complaint has been filed against you.
Researching a Medical Condition
If you or a loved one is diagnosed with a medical condition, it is natural to want to know about the causes, symptoms, treatment methods, and possible outcomes. Though no substitute for professional medical advice, this tutorial was created to guide you to sources with reliable health information.
The library subscribes to databases, some of which may be searched from home using the barcode on the back of your library card to log in. See the descriptions and links below for some databases that may help when researching medical conditions.
Alt HealthWatch focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. Full-text articles are availale from more than 140 international peer-reviewed and professional journals, magazines, reports, proceedings, association and consumer newsletters.
Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition provides nearly 600 scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Also featured are abstracts and indexing for over 850 journals.
MEDLINE Plus furnishes authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and more through article abstracts.
American Medical Association
The American Medical Association's DoctorFinder has basic professional information on over 690,000 licensed US physicians, including osteopathic physicians. It lists both members and nonmembers of the American Medical Association. (Members have expanded listings.)
USDA site that has information on dietary guidelines, food groups and nutrition.
NIH Senior Health
Basic health and wellness information for older adults from National Institute of Health.
WebMD is a comprehensive site covering the following health topics: diseases, healthy lifestyle drugs, diet, parenting, and pet health.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Offers free education, support and advocacy for people and their loved ones affected by mental illness. They provide resources for mental health crisis, suicide prevention, the opiate, homeless, rape and domestic violence hotline.
Learn how to recognize the various forms of addiction and get resources to help win the struggle.
Repair It Yourself
Whether its a problem with your car, house, or home appliance with the right tools and instructions, you can fix it yourself. This tutorial can help you get started.
ChiltonLibrary.com Chilton's online database covers domestic and import car, truck, and van with repair, technical bulletins, and maintenance schedules.
Family Handyman has online articles about Automotive Repair and Small Engine Repair.
HowStuffWorks.com provides instructions for Small Engine Repair.
Call the Smart Spot desk at 330-452-0665 x 5753.
Home: Building, Systems, and Appliance Repair
Home Improvement Reference Center provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects. This is a great resource for learning remodeling, electrical work, home decorating, plumbing, and more.
The Old-House Journal Focusing on older and historic home renovation and repair
This Old House Repair and how-to instructions for home owners
Don Vandervort's Home Tips How-to, repair, and buying guides for major home purchases
ApplianceRepair.net Guide to how appliances work including parts, diagrams, and diagnostic advice
HowStuffWorks.com Appliance repair
Index to How to Do It Information is an alphabetical subject index to periodical articles of a how-to nature. Each citation gives the name and date of the periodical and the page on which the article starts and brief summary of the article's content.