Research Databases

List of research database titles, descriptions and links
Historic photo of four African-Americans standing around an early model car.

African American Heritage

Search records, books, serials, and other historical records specific to African Americans to trace your genealogy or to do research.

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Discover your family's history Ancestry library edition

Ancestry Library Edition

Trace your genealogy using historical records. U. S. Census records; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more. You must be in the library to access this database.

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Biography Reference Bank

Access biographical information on more than 335,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines.

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Business Source Premier

Boost your business knowledge by researching company and industry profiles, country and market research reports, and magazine articles.

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Chilton Vehicle Repair Manuals

Fix your car, truck, van, or SUV with these diagnostics, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, and step-by-step repair procedures.

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Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. These databases include the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCA).

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Consumer Health Complete

Browse medical, health-related and drug reference books. Read articles on health and fitness. Find sources for alternative health information.

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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 World of Learning

Three interactive learning environments for preschoolers and children in early grades.

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Search thousands of magazines, academic journals, newspapers, reference books, photos and maps on millions of topics.

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Explora Primary Schools

A trustworthy environment for students and educators in grades K through 5 to look up facts for class projects or homework.

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Explora Secondary Schools

Grades 6-12: A far better alternative to websites and search engines for students to look up articles and facts for research papers or homework.

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A premier collection of historical U.S. military records that brings to life the details of America�s military veterans with stories, photos, and personal documents.

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Search census records, books, serials, and other historical records to trace your genealogy.

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Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Find "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

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Home Improvement Reference Center

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.

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Literary Reference Center

Reference content in humanities, social sciences, and science.

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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Reference content in humanities, social sciences, and science.

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Point of View Reference Center

Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this resource provides the basis from which students can realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Find large scale street plans produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1867 to 1970. Locate and identify buildings and neighborhoods. Study the growth of towns and cities, and the impact of new development.

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Science Reference Center

Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.

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Small Business Reference Center

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

An excellent way to get a quick authoritative and accessible overview of a subject.

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What Tree Is It?

Ohio tree identification guide.

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What's That Snake?

Ohio snake identification guide.

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What's the Point?

Identifying flint artifacts.

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World Book Kids

Thousands of colorful illustrations, diagrams, and maps enrich thousands of articles, with teacher guides.

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World Book Online

All the World Book products available in one place.  Information resources for pre-school through college.

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World Book Students

Contains an extensive multimedia collection, including editor-selected websites, and correlations to state standards.

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World Book Timelines

Build and share timelines. Use your own events and images or add content and images from World Book.

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