Research Databases

List of research database titles, descriptions and links
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Academic Search Premier

Full-text access to a multidisciplinary database of journal and magazine articles, including back issues, and searchable cited references to a number of other resources.

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African American Heritage

This groundbreaking digital resource focuses on African American family history research.  It brings together records critical to African American family research, but also connects to a community of research experts, whose mentoring and assistance can frequently be the difference between research success and futility.

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American & English Literature Collection

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

[In Library Use Only] One of the largest collections of genealogical records online. Contains vital records including U.S. Census, birth, death, marriage, and more. You must be in the library to access this database.

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ASLdeafined is a comprehensive online platform that teaches American Sign Language. Explore basic to advanced ASL signs and grammar, learn essential vocabulary, and practice communication skills.

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Biography Reference Bank

Full-text access to up-to-date biographical profiles of notable people with accompanying images, magazine and journal abstracts, and citations.

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Business Source Premier

Full-text access to journal articles within the business disciplines, and access to country economic data, company profiles, industry information, and market research.

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This website, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, is a resource focused on providing the information, tools, and support that workers and employers need to succeed in today's economy.

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Chilton Library

The Chilton Library is an online equivalent to the traditional Chilton books. This database covers maintenance and repair, and includes diagrams, photographs, and instructions to fulfill automotive information needs. 

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Chronicling America

Chronicling America is a newspaper resource from the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities. It contains digitized American newspapers spanning from 1789-1963. Search by state, newspaper, keyword, and more. 

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Computer and Skills Training - Goodwill Community Foundation

This is a self directed learning resource created by The Goodwill Community Foundation to teach users how to use computers, 21st century job skills, and core skills like math and reading. Courses include everything from using a computer mouse, Microsoft Office programs, reading, and math, and over 180 topics in total, including interactives, videos, and games.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a federal government agency focused on helping consumers with financial matters. This resource provides links to online resources that the Bureau has chosen for library users, covering credit, housing, investment, and many more topics.

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Consumer Health Complete

This is a patient centric database, and provides access to the kind of information that consumers of health care and health services need to know to understand health-related topics.

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Culture Grams


CultureGrams® is your source for 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. 

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Data Axle (formerly ReferenceUSA)

Directory information for millions of U.S. and Canada businesses and households. Search for business opportunities, market trends, and jobs by skill, location, or industry.

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EBSCOhost Databases

This link displays the various EBSCOhost databases that you can access, but that we don't have listed on our website. This includes other academic, professional, medical, and research journals, plus more general reference databases.

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Explora for Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Specifically designed with the needs of middle school students in mind, Explora for Middle Schools includes full-text articles from popular, vocational, and trade magazines, full-text newspaper articles, along with images, videos, and primary sources. Lexile reading levels included.

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Explora for Primary School (Grades PreK-5)

This database searching tool is designed with the younger student in mind. It provides access to a wide range of resources that are helpful to students in their school work, from math and science, to language and history.

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Explora for Public Libraries

Reliable content from the world's leading magazines and reference books grouped into easy-to-browse categories.

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Explora for Secondary School (Grades 9-12)

This database offers full-text articles from thousands of magazines, journals, and newspapers on a wide variety of subjects, along with images, videos, and primary sources. Great resource for homework and research papers. Lexile reading levels included.

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Fold3 is a genealogy tool that provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

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HeritageQuest Online is designed for genealogy and family history research. It includes over 25,000 books, the entire US Census, and other expanding collections, making it one of the largest collections of genealogy material in the country.

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Hobbies & Crafts Source

This database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.

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Home Improvement Source

Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

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You can find online training, education, and practice tests that are helpful for job seekers at this resource from Ohio Means Jobs. There is civil service preparation, GED study materials and practice tests, computer skills training, and more.

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Literary Reference Source

This database provides full-text access to a wide range of reference resources related to literature. It includes criticism, analysis, author biographies, and summaries, along with other useful information about authors and their works.

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Marion City Code

This Marion City resource provides access to the full text of the Marion City code in PDF format. The city code contains the current effective laws governing the city. A PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader is required to view.

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MasterFILE Premier

This database is a full-text collection of popular magazines and articles. Use the search interface to locate articles in magazines such as Consumer Reports, National Geographic, Popular Science, and many more. Another magazine service available through the library is RB Digital Magazines. With your library card, you also have access to popular magazines on your mobile device or desktop computer.

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MedlinePlus is a resource from the National Institute of Health and the National Library of Medicine, focused on providing easy to understand information for patients about health-related topics, all written in plain every day language.

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Merck Manuals

This resource is a comprehensive reference tool covering medical information. The Merck Manuals are an online version of the in-print reference books. There are two versions, one for medical professionals and one for consumers. 

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Newspaper Source

This a database of full-text international, national, and regional newspaper articles. It also contains transcripts from television news stations like CBS News, CNN, and FOX News.

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Ohio BMV Practice Tests is a free study resource to help you prepare for different Bureau of Motor Vehicles exams. You can access driver's license, motorcycle license, and CDL practice questions, and get hints to answers as you work through the practice questions.

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Ohio Business Gateway

The Ohio Business Gateway is a service for business provided by the state to help streamline the relationship between businesses and the local and state governments, specifically making the processing of payments to the government simpler and via electronic methods.

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Ohio Legal Help

Ohio Legal Help

Find forms, information, and community resources related to common civil legal issues specifically for Ohio.

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Ohio Revised Code & Administrative Code

This State of Ohio resource provides access to the full text of the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code. These publications are the current effective laws and administrative rules governing the state of Ohio.

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Ohio Web Library

The Ohio Web Library is the main access point for many online resources and publication that are provided to Ohioans by their libraries. Visit this page for more resources than you see linked here on our library’s website.

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OhioMeansJobs is a State of Ohio initiative to help connect workers with jobs and employers with workers. You can use this site to find jobs and apply for jobs, get skills training, and find guidance for your career journey.

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Old Maps Online

Old Maps Online is a search engine for historical maps in online collections that have been made available to everyone by their owners. The maps cover hundreds of years of history and number over 400,000 across the different collections. Just choose a location and the search engine will show you all associated maps from that area.

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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

A comprehensive collection of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on an ever-growing range of topics.  All assembled by international communities of scholars across all fields of study.

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Points of View Reference Source

This database contains articles that present arguments in favor and arguments against commonly debated topics. Each article also contains critical thinking guides, neutral sources, and material from across the political spectrum.

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Regional Business News

Full-text access to business publications from the United States and Canada, including newspapers, radio and television news transcripts, trade publications, magazines, and newswires dating back to 1990.

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Sanborn Insurance Maps

This database contains over 40,000 detailed maps of cities, towns, and their buildings in Ohio. The maps cover the years 1882 to 1962, and are useful for discovering the layout of a community and the details of the buildings in the community.

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Science Reference Source

Science Reference Source

This science focused database contains full-text articles, encyclopedia entries, and other reference sources, along with access to a number of different image sources.

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SCORE (Small Business Mentoring)

SCORE is a nonprofit organization that offers small business mentoring, support, and education, and its resources are provided a little to no cost through funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration assists small businesses with loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions, and other services.

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Small Business Reference Center

Small Business Source

Offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. Includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.

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Very Short Introductions

Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions offer easy-to-read introductions to a diverse range of subject areas. Since the series was launched it has continued to offer new books each year for students and scholars, and the avidly curious, offering a bridge between reference content and higher academic work.

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What Tree Is It?

What Tree Is It?

Whether wandering through the woods or the neighborhood, users can use What Tree Is It? to identify their surrounding trees by leaf or fruit. Learn more by exploring trees by name.

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What's That Snake?

What's That Snake?

For both budding naturalists and inadvertent encounters, What's That Snake? will help anyone identify an Ohio snake in a few simple steps. Learn more by exploring Snakes by Name, a Snake FAQ, the Glossary, or Further Reading suggestions.

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What's the Point?

By answering just a few questions, flint artifacts of Ohio can be identified as a blade, drill, point, or scraper and attributed to a likely era and people. Learn more by exploring the Glossary, Artifacts Index, or articles about Ohio's Prehistoric People.

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World Book Kids

World Book Kids is an online encyclopedia designed for younger users. It is a searchable and up-to-date version of the popular encyclopedias also found in print.

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World Book Online

The World Book Online is a searchable version of the World Book Encyclopedia published on the internet.

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