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Other Helpful Links: (These are authoritative links to good information)

 

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STATE LIBRARY OF LOUISIANA
 Louisiana Statewide Databases
(requires an OPPL library card if not in a library branch)


Click here for Jobs in Louisiana (some links require an OPPL library card)

Click here for information about Louisiana

Parish and City Government:

Ouachita Parish
The official parish web site.

City of Monroe
The official city web site.
Read the city's Comprehensive Plan.

City of West Monroe
The official city web site.

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Afforadable Healthcare Act:

Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition
LHED was founded to help Louisianaians better understand the new Affordable Healthcare Act. It provides unbiased healthcare and wellness information.

Arts:

Askart
Brief biographies, pictures of paintings and a guide to magazine articles and reference book entries on 30,000 American Artists. Auction records are available by subscription only.

LOUISiana Digital Library
Louisiana's doorway to the unique cultural and historical resources of Louisiana's libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions.

Agriculture:

U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
Provides statistical data for the Louisiana Field Office of the USDA.

LSU AgCenter
A valuable resource for agricultural, lawn & garden, home & family, food & health in Louisiana.

Back-To-School:

USA.gov
A resource for students, parents, and educators, including financial assistance information.

Books:

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books.

New York Times Best Seller List

Business:

Louisiana Department of Economic Development
This site describes the process for starting a new business in Louisiana including permits, licensing, etc.

Louisiana Secretary of State - Commercial Division
One place to find information for business needs including a Louisiana corporation directory, licensing information, etc.

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Consumer Information:

Better Business Bureau - National

Better Business Bureau of Northeast Louisiana

Federal Citizen Information Center
A one-stop shop for answers to questions about consumer problems and government services

Product Recall
Information about dangerous products and recalls that affect consumers worldwide.

Copyright:

Copyright Office of the United States
Has key publications, including application forms for copyright registration, links to the copyright law and free informational circulars.

Dictionaries:

AskOxford
Words, quotes, foreign language dictionaries, and more

Dictionary.com
Dictionary, reference, thesaurus, foreign language dictionaries, and more

Rhyming Dictionary
Rhymes, synonyms, definitions, and more

Digital Collections:

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System
Cross-Searching Center provides access to 1.7 million description records with links to images, video and sound files, and electronic journals. The Cross-Searching Center includes holdings from the catalogs listed and allows you to search all catalogs at once. If you prefer searching the catalogs independently then follow one of those links.

Polaris Fusion - Photos, newspaper articles, and historical documents from the Ouachita Parish Public Library,  Special Collections Department. Just search by any method and if you are just interested in digital content limit by Digital Collection.

Drug Information:

DrugWatch
"DrugWatch.com is a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. DrugWatch.com includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers."

Product Recall
Information about dangerous products and recalls that affect consumers worldwide.

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Education:

Student Financial Assistance
TOPS and START information plus grants and scholarships for Louisiana students

GED
Did you know that starting January 2014 the GED tests will change? Get all of the information and deadlines here.

FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grants and loans for students in college, career or trade school.

Student Homework Page
Basic historical and cultural information about Louisiana. Provides links to governors, state history timelines, state symbols, Civil War information, etc.

Louisiana Department of Education Annual Financial and Statistical Report
Detailed Louisiana education statistics at the state, district, and school levels

Higher Education
Colleges and universities, communigy and technical colleges distance learning, student financial aid. Follow the link Louisiana Education.

Learning Express Library
LearningExpress Library provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. Click on a category to the right so that you can start on your path to success right now.

USA.gov
A resource for students, parents, and educators, including financial assistance information.

Education Index
The Education Index at PhDs.org is the Internet's prmier source of updated, clear educational data about undergraduate and graduat programs in the United States. Start here to find a graduate school online that fits your needs.

Employment:

Louisiana Jobs
Louisiana Works/Department of Labor home page

Louisiana Department of State Civil Service
Offers state employment information including job search, testing information, sample test questions and employment applications

State Agency Job Pages
Jobs available with State Police, Wildlife and Fisheries, Natural Resources, Corrections Services, Transportation & Development, Civil Service, Environmental Quality, and more

English Language:

Common Errors in English
Don't know the difference between affect and effect, imply and infer? Do you use the word "irregardless"? Then this is the website for you. This web site clearly explains the meanings of words and their correct useage.

See Also: Grammar

Entertainment:

City Of Monroe Civic Center

Monroe Symphony

Strauss Theatre Center

The Ike Hamilton Expo Center

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Financial Aid (Education)

FAFSA
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grants and loans for students in college, career or trade school.

Student Financial Assistance
TOPS and START information plus grants and scholarships for Louisiana students

Fraud Alerts:

FBI Fraud and Scam warnings
Get the latest information about Internet fraud, scams, and schemes to steal your identity or your money!

Internet Fraud from USA.gov
The best way to fight internet fraud is to learn how to avoid becoming a victim. However, if you become a victim, there is help available. Click for a list of official government web resources to help you report and learn about internet fraud.

US Department of State - International Scam Help
If you are the victim of an International scam can report it here and help others from becoming victims. Unfortunately money cannot usually be recovered.

 

Genealogy:

LaGenWeb
The Louisiana specific section of a nationwide genealogy database with genealogical information arragned by parish

Louisiana State Archives
Contact information and materials available at the State Archives Research Library, including online Confederate Pension Applications.

Cemetary Junction
Alphabetical listing cemeteries across the U.S, Canada, Australia, including family cemetaries. May include directions to the cemetary and cemetary transcriptions.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
A National Parks Service database that offers military information for Confederate and Union soldiers and sailors.

Cyndi's List
Thousands of genealogy related links to assist both the beginner and the advanced researcher.

Family Search
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints searchable genealogy database.

Social Security Death Index
Online index to the Social Security records of deceased persons whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration. Searchable by name or Social Security Number. You may purchase the record or join Ancestry.com to view the record.

Government:

Federal Forms
Provides "one-stop shopping" for the federal forms most used by the public.

Louisiana.gov
The official web site of the State of Louisiana.

Governors of Louisiana
List of all Louisiana governors with short biographical sketches, photographs, and sound bites.

Louisiana Boards and Commissions
Search for Louisiana state boards or commissions by full or partial name.

Federal Communications Commission - HDTV Information
On February 17, 2009 all TV transmission will be switched from analog to digital. For information on what that will mean for you follow this link to HDTV information from the Federal Communications Commission.

Grammar:

OWL: Online Writing Lab
Purdue University offers explanations, handouts, and exercises on grammar, spelling, and punctuation. They also have PowerPoint presentations related to grammar and a section on resources and handouts for English as a second language.

See also: English Language

Health:

Louisiana Vital Statistics
Louisiana Office of Public Health information on the health status of Louisiana's population. You can also access statistics on births, marriages, and deaths at the state and parish level.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Web site of the federal agency responsible for insuring public health and safety. Primary source for the latest information on current public health issues.

MEDLINEplus
The National Library of Medicine's information service for consumers. Provides authoritative information on diseases and drugs, and up to date medical encyclopedia and dictionary, and links to clinical trials.

Kids:

KidsPTSMail - Filtered Webmail for Children
Now you can control the webmail your child sends and receives. This webmail service from Phoenix Technologies & Solutions is contolled by the parent for maximum protection.

Language:

Common Errors in English
Don't know the difference between affect and effect, imply and infer? Do you use the word "irregardless"? Then this is the website for you. This web site clearly explains the meanings of words and their correct useage.

Language Learning Library
Great web site to help you learn a language. Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Chinese, and Russian are the available languages on this web site.

Law:

Louisiana Law Search
Search Louisiana Revised Statues, Constitution, and Codes by citation or keyword

Louisiana Legislation
Search for Louisiana legislative bills (from 1997) by session date, bill number, author, or subject.

Lawhelp.org
Basic information about civil and legal rights, courts systems, health, education, and family matters. A joint project of a coalition of Louisiana legal services programs.

Leisure:

Ouachita Valley Dog Training Club
The Ouachita Valley Dog Training Club, Inc. is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1988.  Today the club is AKC licensed and remains an organization to serve and educate the public. Training in obedience, agility, tracking, and therapy work is available.

Libraries:

Librarians' Index to the Internet
Provides a well organized point of access for reliable, librarian selected Internet resources.

Louisiana Library Directory
Includes listings for the State Library, public, academic, institution, special, and medical libraries. Includes links to library websites and online catalogs.

LOUISiana Digital Library Collections Online
This digital library is Louisiana's doorway to the uniques cultureal and historical resources of Louisiana's libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions. It includes the Louisiana Historical Photographs Collection fo the State Library. Be sure to click here for Ouachita Parish Public Library's digital collection.

Library of Congress Online Catalog
Search the catalog of the world's largest library.

 

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Maps:

Parish Outline Map
Basic outline map of the parishes, including parish names, but no city names. Gateway to other typesof basic maps.

LOUISiana Digital Library
Louisiana's doorway to the unique cultural and historical resources of Louisiana's libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions

Museums:

Biedenharn Museum & Gardens
Local museum and garden complex.

Northeast Children' s Museum
Local children's museum. Both permanent and traveling exhibits.

Aviation Military Museum
The Aviation & Military Museum of Louisiana, Inc. is dedicated to preserving that heritage and the first-person accounts of the men and women who contributed to it.

LOUISiana Digital Library
Louisiana's doorway to the unique cultural and historical resources of Louisiana's libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions

Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History
The National Museum of Natural Hisoty is dedicated to understanding the natural world and our place in it. If you are planning a visit to Washington D.C. you won't want to miss one of the most famous museums on the National Mall.

Music:

Historic American Sheet Music
Provides access to digital images of 3042 pieces from the Special Collections Library at Duke University, published in the U.S. between 1850 and 1920.

Levy Sheet Music Collection
Contains over 29,000 pieces of music and focuses on popular American music spanning the period 1780 to 1960.

Louisiana Music Artist Directory
Louisiana Music Artist Directory tuns the gamut from the 12 Stones to the Zydeco Warriors and everything in between.

Louisiana Music Commission
Supporting, developing, promoting Louisiana music. A great links page.

OffBeat Magazine
The premier Louisiana music magazine, includes great links to the state's musical venue.

Popular Song Database
Indexes by keyword to all the song titles in the collections held by the University of Washington Music Library and not included in Where's that tune?: an index to songs in fakebooks. by William D. Goodfellow

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Newspapers:

Monroe News Star
Local, regional, and national news of interest to Ouachita Parish citizens.

The Monroe Free Press
Local and regional news of particular interest to the African-American community.

The Ouachita Citizen
Weekly local news covering Ouachita Parish.

Recalls:

Product Recall
Information about dangerous products and recalls that affect consumers worldwide.

Testing:

Learning Express Library
LearningExpress Library provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. Click on a category to the right so that you can start on your path to success right now.

Web Directories:

YourWebIndex.com
Get your web site noticed by as many people as you can by listing on this web site. There are free and cost options. Submit to this web directory for better site exposure.

 

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