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Use this search to find anything about books and authors. Use it to find reviews, recommendations, and read-a-likes.
Academic Search Premier (mobile)
This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more. Includes peer-reviewed full-text articles as well as indexed and abstracted articles, and searchable cited references.
African-American Experience in Ohio
This digital collection illuminates specific moments in the history of Ohio's African-Americans and provides an overview of their experiences during the time period 1850 to 1920 in the words of the people that lived them.
AHFS Consumer Medication Information (mobile)
The Lexi-PALS Drug Guide is a database of Patient Advisory Leaflets from Lexi-Comp that provides vital education on medications for patients. Each medication is presented in an easy to follow and understand question-and-answer format. The database consists of over 1,450 medication and natural product leaflets, with an additional 600 Spanish language leaflets representing the most subscribed and commonly used medications. The database is updated monthly.
Alt HealthWatch (mobile)
Provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990. Includes full-text for many peer-reviewed journals.
American and English Literature
These literature collections are electronic books of American and English literature--poetry, drama, fiction, and the Bible. Each collection contains the online full text of one or more books originally published in print. You can search or browse single or multiple collections.
America's Top-Rated Cities - [From Home] [In the Library]
America’s Top-Rated Cities Online is a fast, easy way to sort, rank and compare US cities nationwide. This resource gives you access to customized ranking tables for 300 cities. You can download city reports, sort and rank cities by many different statistics.
America's Top-Rated Small Cities - [From Home] [In the Library]
America’s Top-Rated Smaller Cities Online is a fast, easy way to sort, rank and compare US cities nationwide. This resource gives you access to customized ranking tables for 300 cities. You can download city reports, sort and rank cities by many different statistics.
Ancestry Library Edition [In Library Use Only]
This resource, powered by Ancestry.com, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. The U.S. collections include federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records. Other collections include Canadian collections, U.K. collections, other international collections, military collections, and multimedia collections. This resource can only be accessed from within the library from our public computers.
Use this resource to help determine the value of antiques, collectibles, and fine art. Digital images and pricing information for hundreds of thousands of antiques and collectibles are provided from fifty leading regional auction houses located throughout the United States, plus other selected specialist auctions.
Biography in Context (mobile)
Built on a foundation of more than 600,000 biographies drawn from numerous authoritative sources, this resource brings users face-to-face with their subjects via text, video, audio clips and images of yesterday and today’s most-studied figures.
Biography Reference Bank (mobile)
This database combines numerous biographical resources into one. Search results include abstracts, full-text articles, and images, plus the Biography Reference Bank draws from every article about any individual on any of the WilsonWeb databases – biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, or obituaries. There is a mobile-friendly version of Biography Reference Bank (http://oplin.org/go/mobilebio).
Business Source Premier (mobile)
Covers all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. Includes full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications. Find Company and Industry Profiles, as well as Country and Market Research Reports.
Chilton Library (mobile)
ChiltonLibrary provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use web site.
Computer Source (mobile)
Computer Source provides researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology, covering topics such as computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software.
Consumer Health Complete (mobile)
Full text journals, magazines, and reference books from EBSCOhost dealing with health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition – coverage includes a focus on the complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness. Browse medical, health-related and drug reference books. Read articles on health and fitness. Find sources for alternative health information.
This resource is the online version of popular Consumer Reports magazine. With it, you can find consumer product information, including reviews, ratings, and safety information based on impartial testing.
Dictionary of Literary Biography (mobile)
This resource provides more than 16,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. This series, which has a 30-year history, includes the DLB Main Series, the DLB Documentary Series, and the DLB Yearbook Series - all delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals. Citations are provided for all entries.
Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
La Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is a beginning-level Spanish encyclopedia site, with thousands of articles, illustrations, and maps, and an easy-to-use, bilingual interface.
The Educational Resource Information Center contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals.
European Views of the Americas (mobile)
This bibliographic database is a valuable index for those interested in European works that relate to the Americas. The database contains more than 32,000 entries and is a comprehensive guide to printed records about the Americas written in Europe before 1750. It covers the history of European exploration as well as portrayals of Native American peoples. A wide range of subject areas are covered; from natural disasters to disease outbreaks and slavery.
This site lists Ohio resources and is the perfect starting place to learn about anything in or about the Buckeye State, from recreation to jobs and business resources and a whole lot more.
Facts on File: Science Online
This database offers a comprehensive, authoritative overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, definitions, diagrams, videos, animations, illustrations, images, biographies, experiments, activities, and current news articles. The content is organized by subject area and type of resource, as well as by the National Science Education Standards.
Freading eBooks (mobile)
Find thousands of eBooks from every genre ready for you to check out with no waiting and no late fees. Read on your computer or take the book with you on a compatible eReader, smartphone, or tablet!
Gran Enciclopedia Hispanica
Gran Enciclopedia Hispánica is a comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia that includes over 100,000 articles as well as images, maps, videos, animations, and sounds.
This research database focuses on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, which explore the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.
Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition (mobile)
Provides scholarly full text journals as well as indexing and abstracts focusing on many medical disciplines with coverage of nursing and allied health being particularly strong.
Includes Census records (1790-1930), book and article searches, Revolutionary War records, and Freedman's Bank.
Kids Search (mobile)
For younger students, Kids Search makes it easy for students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by source type - -magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.
Provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help students and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. Also included are workplace skills improvement, U.S. citizenship, and computer and Internet basics.
Library, Information Science, & Tech Abstracts (mobile)
This world-class bibliographic database provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science.
Literary Reference Center (mobile)
This resource consists of full-text literary journals and respected literary reference works. It also contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full-text of thousands of poems and short stories. Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest. Learn more about a literary movement for book discussions.
Literature Criticism Online (mobile)
This database provides digital access to multiple popular literary criticism series, including Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. Literature Criticism Online allows easy access to criticism drawn from thousands of sources. It covers authors who lived from 1800 through 2009. Citations are provided for all entries.
MasterFILE Premier (mobile)
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 1,700 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, 84,774 biographies, 100,554 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 202,164 photos, maps and flags.
Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE indexs over 4800 biomedical journals providing citations with some full text. Most materials indexed are at the research level.
MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
Morningstar Investment Research Center [In Library Use Only]
This resource is only available from library computers. With Morningstar IRC you can research more than 23,000 stocks and mutual funds; build and analyze an investment portfolio; and learn about stocks, mutual funds, and portfolios.
Improve your health online. This non-profit consumer health Web site provides high quality health information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty from several Ohio universities.
Newspaper Source (mobile)
Provides selected full text for nearly 30 national (U.S.) and international newspapers. The database also contains full text television & radio news transcripts, and selected full text for more than 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers.
A resource for readers of fiction that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles. It also includes Author Read-alikes, What We're Reading, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Annotated Book Lists. For school media specialists and teachers there are Picture Book Extenders and articles on Teaching with Fiction.
Novels and Short Stories for Students (mobile)
Novels for Students contains easily accessible and content-rich discussions of the literary and historical background of works from various cultures and time periods. Short Stories for Students contains concise synopses of the story's plot, characters and themes, along with a brief author biography, a discussion of the story's cultural and historical significance and excerpted criticism geared specifically towards the high school student. (From the Gale Virtual Reference Library)
Ohio Battle Flags: Fight for the Colors
Ohio soldiers carried the flags, known as colors, in the Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I and World War II. There are 552 battle flags in the Adjutant General's battleflag collection, including 434 from the Civil War. This resource provides information, as well as digital images, of the actual flags.
Ohio Death Certificate Index
Search this database for death certificates from 1913-1944 and discover other ways to locate death certificates.
Ohio Government Information and Services
The official State of Ohio government site is full of resources for citizens and businesses.
Ohio History Central Encyclopedia
An evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia that includes information about Ohio's natural history, prehistory and history. Each section contains written information, maps, timelines, and images.
Ohio History Online
The Web site of the Ohio Historical Society filled with numerous resources from prehistory to modern history in Ohio. Various collections are available online and information on more resources is available.
A digital collection of Ohio historical artifacts.
Ohio Military Roster - War of 1812
Search the full text of the roster from the Adjutant General records for officers and enlisted men from Ohio who served in the War of 1812.
Ohio Newspaper Index
This resource is an index of Ohio newspapers held by the Ohio Historical Society (over 4500 titles). These include historical newspapers reaching back as far as 1793. Ways of obtaining copies of the newspapers are also covered here.
Ohioline (OSU Extension Office)
Through factsheets, bulletins and other educational materials, the Ohio State University Extension Office provides a wealth of information covering a wide array of subjects, such as agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, 4-H and youth.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Covering today’s hottest social issues Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations, and more. This database includes pro/con essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies, court-case overviews, statistical tables, charts and graphs, images, and podcasts.
Points of View Reference Center (mobile)
Points of View Reference Center contains many topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Providing a balance of materials from all viewpoints, it also includes over 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. It also offers guides for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating. Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides the basis from which students can realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.
Primary Search (mobile)
Primary Search provides full text for nearly 70, popular magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
Professional Development Collection (mobile)
Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 550 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports.
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (mobile)
This database covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.
Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (mobile)
Sometimes older magazine articles are difficult to track down. This database indexes the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States from the year 1890 through 1982. It is a tremendous historical record. This is not a full-text database; however, the Reference Staff can use an article citation to obtain a copy of the article from other resources.
This directory is not only good for simple phone or address look up, but for marketing research. It contains detailed information on more than 13 million U.S. businesses and 120 million U.S. households. The information includes addresses, phone numbers, toll free numbers, Web site URLs, financial information, median household income, median home value, and more.
Religion and Philosophy Collection (mobile)
This database provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.
Salem Health - [From Home] [In the Library]
This is the online version of Magill's Medical Guide. The Guide covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders. Every entry has been evaluated by a panel of medical consultants and then updated by experts or re-edited to ensure currency and accuracy.
Salem History - [From Home] [In the Library]
This is the online version of Salem Press' "Great Lives from History: Inventors and Inventions," which features 409 essays covering 413 individual inventors (including 27 women) from all time, worldwide. Included are those inventors recognized for shaping modern technology and the way we live today. The inventions included are not only mechanical and other physical devices but also processes, software, and systems such as those applied to business management.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
The Sanborn Maps are large scale street plans produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1867 to 1970. Sanborn Maps show the outline of each building including the location of windows and doors together with street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. Use these maps to locate and identify buildings and neighborhoods, to study the growth of towns and cities, and to study the impact of new developments.
Science Reference Center (mobile)
Topics covered in Science Reference Center include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. By providing a wide range of topics, Science Reference Center satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards. Designed to meet every student researchers needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources. A video tutorial is available here.
Designed for younger children, this research tool allows for keyword and topic searches. Young researchers can find great information on topics like animals, history, health, science, and what's in the news.
Sociological Collection (mobile)
Offers information in all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture and social structure.
Student Research Center (mobile)
This resource is designed for students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by source type (magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.).
Teacher Reference Center (mobile)
This index covers over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books. It provides coverage on key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more for K-12 Teachers & Librarians.
►Password for Home Access: WL7171 (Username can be left blank.) TeachingBooks.net is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. The online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books. Get access to author interviews, book readings, activity and discussion guides, Reader's Theater scripts, author name pronunciations, author Websites, and more!
TrueFlix - [From Home] [In the Library]
TrueFlix help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century Skills through the inquiry process. All titles are supported with a deep and diverse reservoir of related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images, and text.
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books, which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks consist of animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.
What Tree Is It?
Use this resource to identify and learn about common Ohio trees. By only knowing one part of a tree (leaf, fruit, etc.), you can follow the samples given until you can identify your tree.
What's That Snake?
This program includes 30 species and subspecies of snakes that are found in Ohio. Learn about Ohio snakes or use the program to identify one you have seen.
What's the Point?
This resource is designed to help users identify flint artifacts, which are some of the most enduring legacies of prehistoric peoples. Learn more about Ohio's prehistoric people.
Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success
This resource is designed to boost basic workplace and job search skills, and prepare job seekers for advanced occupational training. Improve key workplace skills such as business writing and presentation proficiencies, use step-by-step job search and resume building tools to land better jobs; improve or learn computer and internet skills, prepare for specific careers with professional licensing and aptitude tests, master the art of interviewing for career change or workforce entry; improve or refresh basic skills in reading, writing and math, prepare for the GED exam. A video User Guide is available.
World Book (mobile)
The articles of the venerable World Book Encyclopedia form the foundation of this expansive reference database that includes the World Book Dictionary, the World Book Atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected Web sites, correlations to state and provincial curriculum standards, and much more.
World Book Early World of Learning
Three interactive learning environments for preschoolers and children in early grades are included in this resource. "Trek's Travels" offers narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more. "Welcome to Reading" develops and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills. "Know It" offers a richly visual first encyclopedia.
World Book Kids
Based on World Book's award-winning Student Discovery Encyclopedia, World Book Kids is designed to give younger students a rewarding online learning experience. It includes thousands of easy-to-read articles, engaging images and illustrations, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.
Zinio provides full digital copies of many popular magazines, which can be read on a computer or mobile device. New users begin by clicking Create Account and entering their library card number. Next provide an email address and password. The email address will also be used to create a Zinio reading account. User's Guide