Research Tools (A-Z)

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About Books
Search for author, title, subject… anything about books.

Academic Search Premier
Full-text articles from hundreds of academic journals on a wide
variety of subjects. For college-level research.

ALLDATA (In-library use only) (replaces Chilton’s Guide)
This database is a source of automotive OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) information. ALLDATA provides diagnostic and repairs information from vehicle manufacturers.

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

America’s News featuring The Plain Dealer
America’s News provides unique access to over 2,100 local, regional and national news sources, featuring the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and over 40 titles from the state of Ohio.

American and English Literature
The full text of poems, stories, novels, plays – including Shakespeare’s works – and many versions of the Bible. Excellent for literary research.

American History: The Decades

Ancestry Library Edition
Comprehensive genealogical research tool including U.S. Census images; the Social Security Death Index; the New York Passenger Lists and other immigration records; WWI Draft Registration Cards and more military records; directories & membership lists; court, land & probate records; maps. Also the U.K. & Ireland Collection of genealogy records. – For use in the library only.  – Key Differences between Ancestry.com and Ancestry Library Edition

Exclusively devoted to African American family history research, this database is a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.


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Biography Reference Bank
Biographical information on thousands of notable people from history and today. Includes the reference classic Current Biography. Pictures.

Business Source Premier
Popular business magazines, academic and trade journals, the Harvard Business Review. Company, industry, and country information.


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Chilton Library
Provides access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today, as well as many new vehicles.

Christian Science Monitor
The Christian Science Monitor from Sept. 30, 1988, to present.

Communication & Mass Media Complete
This database provides quality research solution in areas related to communication and mass media.

Computer Source
This database provides researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology.

Consumer Health Complete | EBSCOhost

Consumer Reports
Find Product reviews and Ratings on cars, appliances, electronics and more from Consumer Reports. *Consumer Reports is best viewed on Mozilla Firefox, Chrome and Opera browsers. 

CultureGrams
Daily life and culture of the world’s peoples. Editions on countries and states for children and country information for older students and adults. Photos, flags, maps, biographies and international recipes.

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EBSCOhost
All EBSCOhost magazines, newspapers and reference book databases on one list. Pick and choose databases to search separately or
together. Databases cover general interest, academic, business, education, health, and more topics.

EBSCO Business Source
Full-text business articles, research, and news.

ERIC
The Education Resource Information Center contains more than 1,300,000 records and links to more than 317,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.

Explora
An easy-to-use resource for students which searches EBSCO research databases for relevant and reliable content.

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Facts on File – Science Online

Funk & Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia
This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Fold3
The premier collection of historical military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served from the Revolutionary War through recent conflicts.

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Gale Literary Sources

Gale Virtual Reference Library| Gale Virtual Library Interface

GreenFile
This database offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment.


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Health Source – Consumer Edition

Health Source: Nursing / Academic Edition
This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.

HeritageQuest
For genealogy research, U.S. Census images, family and local histories, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank Records, and PERSI for genealogical periodical research.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
Offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

Home Improvement Reference Center
Features full-text content from leading home improvement magazines, images not found anywhere else online and videos of popular home repair projects.

Humanities International Index
This is a comprehensive database covering journals, books and other important reference sources in the humanities.


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Kids InfoBits
Introduces elementary students to database searching with authoritative, age-appropriate, and reliable content that is perfect for today’s young learners.

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LearningExpress Library
Click on “Access Learning Express Anonymously” and press “Continue” to find full-text books and practice tests for academic and career tests and tutorials for students of all ages. Includes ACT, SAT, AP, GRE, ASVAB, TOEFL with audio, real estate, police and firefighter, reading comprehension, spelling, math and more. 

Legal Forms
Real estate, contracts, wills, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord-tenant
and other legal forms, many specific to Ohio. Print or download
forms and fill out online.

Lexi-Pals Drug Guide
This is a database of Patient Advisory Leaflets from Lexi-Comp that provides vital education on medications for patients.

Literary Reference Center | EBSCOhost

Literature Resource
Center

Based on respected reference works, a key source for author
biographies, bibliographies, literary criticism, and explanations
of poems, plays, stories and novels. Literary journals.

Little Pim – Online language learning for ages 0-6

Los Angeles Times
L.A. Times from Dec. 4, 1996  – present.

Lynda.com
Access more than 6,600 courses, ranging from computer programming to project management including instruction on various computer software, programming languages, and business topics.

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Mango Languages – Foreign language learning service.

Mas Ultra – School Edition
This database contains full text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines.

MasterFILE Premier
The place to go for articles from hundreds of magazines on virtually every subject. Includes Consumer Reports, Crain’s Cleveland Business.

MEDLINEPlus
The EBSCOhost version of this comprehensive source for authoritative information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and other health topics.

Middle Search Plus
This database provides full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines.

Morningstar Investment Research Center
Highly regarded research and analysis of stocks and mutual funds. Portfolio builder tool. The premium edition.


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National Geographic Virtual Library | Gale
National Geographic Magazine Archive from 1888 to 1994

NetWellness
Click on any of over 100 health topics to find in-depth information
on hundreds of diseases and wellness issues. You will also find
health professionals ready to respond to your specific
questions.

Newsbank: now America’s News

Newspaper Source
200-plus U.S. and international newspapers. Some papers include selected content only. Newswires. TV and radio news transcripts.

NewsStand | ProQuest

New York Times
The New York Times from 1995 to the present plus the Book Review and Magazine from 1997 to the present.

NoveList Plus
A guide to present-day fiction. Author information, reviews, summaries. Lists of books in series.

Novelist K-8
Information about fiction for children and teens in grades K-8.

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Ohio Links

Ohio’s Newspapers with the Plain Dealer (NewsBank)
The electronic editions of local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers including the Plain Dealer; Cincinnati, Dayton and Mansfield papers; Detroit News, Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and more.

Ohio Web Library
Search public access to the premium resources provided by the Libraries Connect Ohio partners and the OPLIN-hosted information databases in one search.

Opposing Viewpoints | Gale
A rich resource for debaters and includes viewpoints, reference articles, infographics, news, images, video, audio, and more.

Optimal Resume
A web-based resume building program containing a step-by-stop resume and cover letter builder, skill assessment tests, interview practice sessions, and social profiles like Linkedin and Twitter.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias
Provides collections of in-depth, up-to-date, and trustworthy research on a range of topics by world-class experts who give you an overview of a subject.


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Plain Dealer – Newsbank (in-library access only )
The library’s subscription to The Plain Dealer includes daily e-editions for in-library-use only (print copies of the paper are available daily at the library).

Points of View Reference Center | EBSCOhost

Primary Search
This database provides full text for more than 70 popular magazines for elementary school research.

Professional Development Collection
Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high-quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles.

ProQuest NewsStand

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
This is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes,


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ReferenceUSA
Business and residential directories. Search by county, ZIP Code, Yellow Pages heading and more. Research business prospects. Find addresses and phone numbers for friends and family.

Regional Business News
This database provides comprehensive full-text coverage for regional business publications.

Religion and Philosophy Collection
This database provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy,


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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Fire insurance maps of Ohio from 1867 to 1970 for history and genealogy research.

Science Online: Facts on File

Science Reference Center | EBSCOhost

Small Business Reference Center
Offers exclusive full text for top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address small business topics.


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Topic Search
This database contains full text for over 60,000 articles from 399 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, EBSCO’s collection of periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information.

Transparent Languages
Provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language.

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Universal Class – Over 500 online classes for life-long learning.

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Value Line Investment Survey Reports ( For use in the library only.)

Very Short Introductions
A digital version of the Very Short Introductions book series offering concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas.

Virtual Reference Library | Gale

Vocational and Career Collection
This collection provides full-text coverage for nearly 340 trade and industry-related periodicals.


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Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal from 1984 to the present. All news and
feature articles.

Washington Post
The Washington Post Newspaper from December 1996 – present.

World Book Online
The easy-to-use encyclopedia for all ages. Selected articles from past encyclopedias, magazine articles, photos, graphs and charts, atlas, dictionary. Fun, imaginary “web site” from historical eras. More features. (Note: Select the World Book Online Reference Center in the “For Public Libraries Section)

World Book Kids
The easy-to-use encyclopedia for kids.

Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success