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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. 

Reference Spotlight

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.

References by Category

Fix your Car or Truck with Chilton Auto Repair Manuals

Check out our print and online versions of Chilton's famous repair manuals. Whether you're a professional or driveway mechanic, Chilton's detailed instructions, diagrams, videos and pictures will get you back on the road faster!


Clothing Assistance          
Name Address Phone Day Time Information
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?

Legal Forms

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

Local Ordinances

City of Canton Codified Ordinances
City of Massillon Codified Ordinances

Legal Forms

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
Legal Forms Access Gale Legal Forms with your Stark County Library Card

Other Resources

Stark County Law Library - Legal Research Links
Dictionary of Legal Terms - FindLaw.com

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.

Criminal Records

Federal Bureau of Prisons provides an Inmate Locator to search for inmates of federal prisons incarcerated from 1982-present.  There is also directory of federal facilities.

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.

Local History

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.

Special Files

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.

Canton, Ohio  
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.

LouisvilleOhio 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 CantonOhio: 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 MassillonOhio  
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. 

Government Websites

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. 

Federal Government

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.

State Government

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.)

Ohio Laws and Rules, Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code  Search or browse state codes and laws.

Ohio Consumers Council, Scams  How to avoid scams and nuisance calls.

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  Having Trouble Paying Your Mortgage? Find Help Here. 

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 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

Consumer Information

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.


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.


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.


Free Annual Credit Report -- Federal Trade Commission
Obtain your free credit report through the official website..

Dispute errors in your credit report by contacting each of the following reporting agencies whose report contains the error.

How to Repair Your Credit and Improve Your Score presented by Fair Isaac Corporation.


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.

Family Doctor 
The American Academy of Family Physicians has reliable health and medical articles. Find information on Diseases and ConditionsPrevention and Wellness, and Pregnancy and Childbirth.

NIH Senior Health
Basic health and wellness information for older adults from National Institute of Health.

Mayo Clinic 
Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers provide information to the public about Conditions and Diseases,Tests and Procedures, and Healthy Lifestyle.

MedlinePlus provides information on a variety of Health Topics, diagnostic procedures and diseases.

National Library of Medicine
The largest biomedical library in the world provides information about Clinical Trials.

WebMD is a comprehensive site covering the following health topics: diseases, healthy lifestyle drugs, diet, parenting, and pet health.

Crisis Resources

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.

Specific Conditions

Addiction Resource
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. 

Engine Repair

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

Family Handyman DIY and repair projects for the home, also provides guides for appliance 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.


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