Useful Links

Building Codes

International Codes  The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention codes. (2015)

International Building Code  Used by the City of Ennis (2009)

Businesses

Start a Business in TX  Overview, Business Structure, Tax Responsibilities, Licenses and Permits, Employer Requirements, Governor's Small Business Handbook

Governor's Small Business Handbook   "This handbook has been compiled to provide business owners and entrepreneurs with the information and knowledge necessary to start or grow a small business in Texas. It contains information from various state agencies to give you a straightforward approach to your new or existing business. From registering your business to obtaining your HUB certification, this resource has been produced to demystify the process of doing business in Texas."

Thomas Register  The Thomas Register of American Manufacturers, now ThomasNet, is an online platform for supplier discovery and product sourcing in the USA and Canada.

Cars

ChiltonLibrary  Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs.

Fuel Economy  The official U.S. government source for fuel economy information.  Features updated fuel economy data for new and used passenger vehicles dating back to 1984, allows side-by-side vehicle comparisons, and offers fuel-saving tips.  This website also contains vehicle-specific air pollution emissions information and safety ratings and provides links to car buying websites.  2021 Fuel Economy Guide

Kelley Blue Book  Which cars can you afford?  How do trade-in values compare to private-sale values? Which car is right for you?  Is it the right time to buy or sell?  Kelley Blue Book’s tools can help. 

DefensiveDrivingDFW.com  State approved for ticket dismissal and insurance discounts

TexasEasyDefensiveDriving.com  Texas State Approved for all courts

E-Books

OverDrive 

Project Gutenberg 

Educational/Teaching Resources

Accredited Online Colleges  A comprehensive and informative resource that ranks each university in America by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission rates, graduation rates, and retention rates.

Affordable Colleges Online  Includes a unique list of accredited not-for-profit institutions offering online programs, sorted by affordability. Also has direct links to the specific online departments, or e-campus, of each institution.

Credo  “Complete Core” collection of over 1,000 full-text reference titles, as well as thousands of images and videos. Provides credible, authoritative information for homework, school projects, job search preparation, and other reference needs.
*Please call the library at 972-875-5360 for login information.

Excel -A fully illustrated Excel tutorial (including VBA programming) + 300 examples.

Learning Express  This online test-prep and career development resource is provided through TexShare.

Scholarship Help 

Test Prep Preview  Practice tests for ASVAB, CLEP, GED, Nursing, SAT and others

Texas Home School Coalition  THSC provides articles and information on many home schooling topics including success stories, curriculum reviews, local and state events, and more!

Government Resources

Congressional Record  is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. FDsys contains Congressional record volumes from 140 (1994) to the present. At the back of each daily issue is the "Daily Digest," which summarizes the day's floor and committee activities.

     Earlier Records  Starting in 1789

Federal Student Aid  Present a series of handouts, presentations, videos, and other resources on preparing for college, types of aid and other eligibility, the FAFSA, and loan repayment basics. FAFSA   PDF form

Identity Theft  A one-stop Identity Theft resource from the Federal Trade Commission, where individuals can learn how to minimize their risk of becoming a victim and identity theft victims can learn how to limit damage. 

USA Gov  Official information and services from the U.S. government.  This site has information about loans, financial aid, food stamps, credit reports, visas, immigration, health care, employment, legal forms, laws, voter registration, etc.

World Factbook  The Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Health

Go4Life  Go4Life is the exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH. Find exercises to do, safety tips, and ways to be motivated!

HealthCare.gov   Use the Health Insurance Marketplace to enroll in affordable, quality health coverage.

MedlinePlus  Find information on health conditions, wellness issues, and more in easy-to-read language on MedlinePlus, the up-to-date, trusted health information site from the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library,

PDR   Physicians' Desk Reference is the most recognized drug information reference available in the U.S.

WebMD  The leading source for trustworthy and timely health and medical news and information.

Health Insurance

Comparing Texas HMOs  

Guide to Texas HMO Quality? 

Job Resources

Career Builder 

Monster Jobs 

Neuvoo  A job search engine that indexes jobs directly for free from companies' career websites, placement agencies and job boards.

Occupational Outlook Handbook  A guide to career information about hundreds of occupations!

Texas Workforce Commission 

Work in Texas 

Legal Resources

Gale LegalForms Thousands of free legal forms available including Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas  The largest part of Legal Aid's work is providing legal services to individual low income people to solve individual problems such as public assistance denials, divorce and child support, evictions, foreclosures, domestic violence, and consumer fraud.

TXAccess  This web resource is intended to provide information to non-custodial parents about their rights to take part in the lives of their children. This site has legal forms.

Texas Law Help  Your one stop, online resource for free and low-cost civil legal assistance in Texas. 
This site has legal forms.

Mobile Devices

GCFLearnFree.org  Get to know the functions and features of mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones.

Tax Resources

Get Ready  Get ready today to file your 2019 federal income tax return.

Tax Withholding Estimator 

Tax-Aide Site Locator   AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers - especially those 50 and older - at more than 5,000 locations nationwide. Find a location near you by searching your zipcode.

Texas

Ellis County 

        County Clerk's Office 

         Election information 

Ennis Daily News  UNT's ongoing Digitization Project. Searchable collection ranging from 1970-2014.

Portal to Texas History  "From prehistory to the present day, you can explore unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections." Includes books, maps, photos, and newspapers.

State Symbols  Includes the state symbols & icons, cities & towns, parks, landmarks, and historical markers.

TechBoomers  "Here, you'll find tutorials on the most popular and useful websites on the Internet, from social networks and dating sites to everyday tools for getting directions and knowing what the weather's going to be like.  You can even learn how to listen to music, watch videos, and have phone calls right on your computer through the power of the Internet!  Plus, we have special resources dedicated to 50+ adults."-website

Texas Vital Records  Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Verification, and Divorce Verification

Voting

How to Vote in Texas

Voting in Texas -Vote 411: find what's on your ballot, find your polling place, and register to vote.

You Count -Log in to check your voter registration status, poll location, early voting locations, registration information, and key election dates.

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