Research Databases

List of research database titles, descriptions and links
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Information on books and authors.

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Academic Search Premier

Academic articles. Availability to limit search results to peer-reviewed and/or full text articles. 

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African American Heritage

Search genealogical information, resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. Access AfriGeneas, a resource for conducting African American or African Ancestored genealogical research. 

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Alt HealthWatch

This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

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American & English Literature

The American & English Literature Collection contains many works of poetry, drama, and prose based on books and other sources originally published in print. It also contains 21 historic editions of the Bible in English. 

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Ancestry Library Edition

This database delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more for your genealogical research. (In-library use only)

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Biography Reference Bank

Biography database including speeches, images, obituaries, timelines, interviews, essays, and more.

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Business Source Premier

Coverage in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.

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Chilton Library

This auto repair database provides diagrams, step-by-step service procedures for specific vehicles. Printable guides are available.

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Computer Source

Provides researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology.

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Consumer Health Complete

Designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.

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Concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on countries of the world. Beyond the facts and figures, find an insider's perspective on the history, daily life, and customs. Also covers US states and Canadian provinces.

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Digital Public Library of America

Historic digital collections from libraries, museums, and archives across Ohio and more. The DPLA portal to photographs, maps, documents, and AV materials from across the country is a great starting place for your local history and genealogy reference.

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Early Learning

A wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood skills. (Optimized for tablets)

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EBSCOhost Databases

A variety of resources hosted by EBSCO. Search many databases at once by selecting from a list.

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Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. 

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Explora Primary School

Look up articles and facts from magazines and books, also browse categories with this resource. Designed for elementary aged children.

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Explora Public Libraries

Research magazine and journal articles from reliable sources. Book chapters, biographies, primary source documents, images, videos and more are available for students.
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Explora Secondary Schools

Articles and books for high school age students. Features include categories to browse, topic overview, citation tools, and Text-to-Speech.

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Access military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

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Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.
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Index, records, and full-text articles and books covering topics about human impact on the environment.
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Health Source: Consumer Edition

Full text articles from consumer health magazines.

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Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

Scholarly articles from medical journals for nurses and others in medical community. 

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HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Browse by categories such as: music, needlework crafts, gardening, model building, and science & technology for patterns, articles, and more on a wide variety of hobbies.

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Home Improvement Reference Center

Search for magazine articles or browse by subjects such as woodworking, electrical, decorating, plumbing, and more for home improvement how-to guides, patterns, and other do-it yourself information.

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Learning Express Library

Practice tests for ACT, SAT, and more. High school and college student resources as well as workforce skills and career prep for job seekers.

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LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform that allows users to personalize learning paths in various disciplines such as business, technology and other creative skills for personal and professional applications. Formerly

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Literary Reference Center

Full text classic books, literary reviews, author biographies, images, and more.

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MAS Ultra - School Edition

Reference books, biographies, full text articles, images and more from popular high school magazines.

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General interest articles from a large collection of magazines and journals. 

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MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and more.

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Middle Search Plus

Articles from magazines for the Middle Grade audience.

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Newspaper Source

Full text articles from regional, national, and international newspapers.

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Northstar Digital Literacy

Learn computer basics, how to use software and social media with this self-guided program. Test yourself on your skills in a variety of topics and then receive training for 

  • essential computer skills
  • essential software skills (like Microsoft Word)
  • using technology in daily life (how to use social media)
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NoveList Plus

Read about your favorite authors.  Find book recommendations and reading lists.  Discover book discussion guides and award lists.
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Ohio Means Jobs

Access ACT, SAT, and other college test preparation practice exercises. Additionally, find job resources for adults such as a resume builder, interview prep, and links to available positions. Create an account to access these resources.

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Ohio Web Library

These online research resources are provided by Ohio libraries to all Ohio residents.

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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Substantive, peer-reviewed, and regularly updated, the Oxford Research Encyclopedias combine the speed & flexibility of digital with the rigorous standards of academic publishing.

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Points of View Reference Center

Multiple sides of issues for students to assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays.

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Professional Development Collection

Designed for teachers to access education journals and articles.

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Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

Magazine and journal articles concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry and psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

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RB Hayes Obituary Index

An index to over 3,500,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day. Actual obits may be ordered from over 60 partner libraries; only Hayes Library has online ordering.

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Regional Business News

Full text articles on business news from publications across the nation.

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Religion and Philosophy Collection

World religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy are topics covered in this collection. A tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies.

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Over 40,000 detailed maps of Ohio cities drawn between 1882 and 1962.

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Science Reference Center

Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Full text articles from science encyclopedias.

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Small Business Reference Center

Articles, books, and other resources for various areas of business including start-up kits, financing, legal information, and more.

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Sociological Collection

Articles containing information in all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture and social structure.
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Very Short Introductions

Oxford University Press provides a wide variety of academic topics presented in a "highly readable" way by experts in the field of each subject matter covered.

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Very Short Introductions

Oxford University Press provides a wide variety of academic topics presented in a "highly readable" way by experts in the field of each subject matter covered.

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Vocational and Career Collection

Designed for vocational and technical libraries servicing high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public.

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What Tree Is It?

Identify trees by their leaf, fruit, or by name.

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What's That Snake?

Get help identifying Ohio snakes.

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What's the Point?

Get help identifying flint artifacts in Ohio.

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World Book

World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites.

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World Book Advanced

Encyclopedia, dictionary and media resources. Includes a citation builder. Headlines, "Today in History", and other current topics are featured.
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World Book French

Encylopedia articles and media in French, including a visual dictionary.

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World Book Kids

Image-based articles, lesson plans, maps, games, and more learning tools for elementary aged users.

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World Book Spanish for Adults

World Book content in Spanish for adults. 

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World Book Spanish for Students

Encyclopedia articles, media, and more in Spanish. For Spanish speakers of elementary age and beyond.

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World Book Student



Content for upper-elementary and middle grade students. Users can save, cite, and organize article pages and more with research tools. 

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World Book Timelines

Research timelines of historical figures, events, and topics. Users can also create and save their own timelines with tools provided.

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