Research Databases

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

Contains full-text versions of thousands of publications, including scholarly journals, popular magazines, newspapers, and video. Covers nearly all fields of study, including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and more. 

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American and English Literature Collection

Full text collection of English and American poetry, prose, drama, novels and short stories from the 16th through the 20th centuries. Resources include 20th century African-American Poetry, 20th century American Poetry, 20th century English Poetry, African-American Poetry 1700-1900, American Poetry 1600-1900, English Poetry 600-1900, American Drama, English Prose Drama 1280-1915, English Verse Drama 13th-19th centuries, Early American Fiction 1774-1850, 18th century Fiction, William Butler Yeats collection, and editions and adaptations of Shakespeare. Also inlcudes biographies, bibliographies, key secondary sources and 21 historic editions of the Bible in English.

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AtoZ the USA

A comprehensive encyclopedia for information on each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. Categories include history, timelines, geography, demographics, maps, economy, education, food & recipes, government & politics, sports, flags, images, state symbols, animals & plants, culture & society, and more. All images and maps in AtoZ the USA can be downloaded and used in presentations and projects.

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Biography Reference Bank

Offers substantive biographical articles on individuals collected from dozens of reference sources. Includes speeches, images, obituaries, timelines, interviews, essays, magazine and journal articles, and more. Search not only by birth and death dates but also by profession, gender, and place of origin.

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ERIC (Education Resource Information Center)

Access to literature and resources about teaching and education. Full-text for more than 300,000 journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, dissertations and theses, standards and guidelines, and books. Additional citations for more than 1.3 million records on all aspects of education. 

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Explora for Educators

Offers full-text articles from thousands of academic journals and professional magazines on a wide variety of educational topics to support educator professional development. It includes lesson plans, support materials and a Curriculum Standards Module to help educators correlate content to Common Core, state-specific curriculum standards.

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Explora for Kids

Provides students in grades K-5 access to magazine and newspaper articles, essays, biographies, primary sources, country information, pictures, videos, and more in the areas of animals, art and music, biography, geography, language arts, health, math, science, and social studies. Includes Lexile reading levels, text-to-speech, and the ability to translate articles from English to a number of other languages.

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Explora for Teens

Provides students in grades 6-12 access to magazine and newspaper articles, essays, biographies, primary sources, country information, pictures, videos, and more in the areas of the arts, literature, biography, business, government, current issues, geography, health, history, science, and math. Includes Lexile reading levels, text-to-speech, and the ability to translate articles from English to a number of other languages.

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Explora Public Libraries

Access to hundreds of professional journals, popular magazines, reference books, images, primary sources, and more. Includes text-to-speech, the ability to translate articles from English to a number of other languages, and a citation tool that supports AMA, APA, MLA, and Turabian.

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Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries for students and adults covering an array of topics. Offers images and brief biographies. Updated annually.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online collection of reference books in the following subject areas: the Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studeis, the Nation and World, Religion, Science, the Social Sciences, and Technology. You can browse one book or search across the entire collection. These eBooks are part of Gale's trusted, authoritative reference works.

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Global Road Warrior

Offers reliable, up-to-date information on countries around the world. Topics include country facts, demographics, history, travel essentials, climate, education, language, holidays & festivals, music, religion, money & banking, maps, embassies, national symbols, society & culture, country flags, photos & images, and more.

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Offers well-researched information focusing on all aspects regarding the human impact on the environment. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, covering topics that include global climate change, recycling, alternate fuel sources, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and more.

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Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

Access to full-text articles from scholarly journals. Topics include pediatric nursing, critical care, mental health, nursing management, medical law, and more. Includes a dictionary of medical terminology. 

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Issues & Controversies

Explores and analyzes hundreds of hot topics in politics, business, government, crime, law, energy, education, health, family, science, foreign policy, race, rights, society, and culture. Offers objective analysis with clear explanations of opposing points of view. Features chronologies, illustrations, maps, tables, sidebars, bibliographies, pro/con arguments, primary documents, contact information, and more. Updated weekly.

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Issues & Controversies in American History

Offers clear, concise, and balanced explanations of the most contentious issues in American History, including Civil Rights and liberties, Constitutional issues and court cases, slavery and race issues, and others. Includes pro/con arguments, primary source documents, biographies, timelines, background articles, images, maps, statistical charts, encyclopedia survey articles, and more.

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Literary Reference Center

Information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines & timeframes. Includes plot summaries, biographies, interviews, book reviews, literary criticism, articles/essays, poetry, short stories, and more.

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MAS Ultra

Designed for high school students, this database contains full-text articles from popular high school magazines. Includes access to pamphlets, biographies, primary source documents, and an image collection of photographs, maps, and flags. Also provides more than 350 full-text reference books including the Columbia Encyclopedia, the CIA World Fact Book, and the World Almanac and Book of Facts.  Updated daily.

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MasterFILE Premier

Contains the full text for a wide variety of popular magazines and professional journals, some dating as far back as 1975. Subjects covered include general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues, popular culture, and much more. This database also contains the full text for a variety of reference books, biographies, and primary source documents as well as an image collection of photos, maps, and flags.

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Middle Search Plus

Provides full-text articles from popular magazines for middle school students. Also offers access to biographies, historical essays, primary source documents, fact sheets for countries and states, Magill Book Reviews, and an image collection of photographs, maps, and flags. Includes Lexile reading levels. Updated daily.

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Newspaper Source

Provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 20 U.S. and international newspapers and selective full text for more than 230 regional (U.S.) newspapers. Full text television & radio news transcripts from major networks are also provided. Updated daily.

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Northstar Digital Literacy

Improve your digital skills with computers, software, and technology. Online, self-guided modules assess the ability of individuals to perform tasks based on skills in three main areas:

  • Essential Computer Skills -- Basic Computer Skills, Internet Basics, Using Email, Windows OS, Mac OS
  • Essential Sofware Skills -- Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs
  • Using Technology in Daily Life -- Social Media, Information Literacy, Career Search Skills, Supporting K-12 Distance Learning, Your Digital Footprint


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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Peer-reviewed overview and summary articles written and edited by leading scholars. Each of the twenty-five distinct and subject-based encyclopedias cover a range of topics in the humanities, social sciences, and science. New topics are added regularly and each summary is designed to be read within 30 minutes and includes an annotated bibliography to help further research. 

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Points of View Reference Center

Offers resources that present multiple sides of current and/or controversial topics. Includes more than 1,300 essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents, and reference books. Each topic includes an overview (background/decscription), point (argument), and counterpoint (opposing argument), plus guides to critical analysis. It also offers guides for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating.  

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Salem Press Online Collection

A collection of mostly full-text eBook versions of popular Salem Press print books in the fields of Literature, History, Science, and Health. Literature titles include Critical Survey of Long Fiction and Masterplots. History titles include Great Events from History, Great Lives from History, Working Americans, and This is Who We Were.

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Science Reference Center

Contains full-text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, and reference books. Topics 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. Also provides access to a vast collection of images, helpful research guides, and science experiments.

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Sociological Collection

Presents scholarly and peer-reviewed information for sociology and social work researchers, professionals and students. Topics include social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture, social structure, and more. Updated daily.

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Transparent Language Online

With courses in 110+ languages, Transparent Language Online provides an effective and engaging experience for language learners looking to build their vocabulary, practice their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and maintain what they learn.

Includes KidSpeak, a fun, age-appropriate online language course designed for children ages 6 and up with more than 40 activities, puzzles, and songs to guide young learners through the basics.

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Very Short Introductions

Concise introductions by Oxford University Press to a wide variety of topics, written by experts in the field. Subject areas covered include arts, science, humanities, history, politics, law, medicine and health, mathematics, social sciences, and more. 

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Vocational and Career Collection

Full-text articles from hundreds of trade and industry-related publications, plus indexing and abstracts for hundreds of journals. Publications include Modern Machine Shop, Pediatric Nursing, Wireless Week, Drug Store News, Reeves Journal, Restaurant Business, Advertising Age, and many more.

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What Tree Is It?

Guide to identifying common trees in Ohio.

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What's That Snake?

Identification guide to snakes found in Ohio.

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What's the Point?

Guide to identifying flint artifacts (arrowheads, spearheads, etc.)

Includes a timeline and brief introduction to Ohio's prehistoric people.

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World Book Advanced
World Book Advanced

Online encyclopedia tailored for high school students and adults. Features include articles, a dictionary, an atlas, primary sources, website links, back in time articles, interactive maps, special reports, and more. Contains up-to-the-minute access to worldwide news publications, government links from numerous countries, and multimedia materials. Includes a citation builder featuring MLA, APA, and Harvard formats. Also includes materials for educators. Optimized for tablets.

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World Book Early World of Learning

Onine resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades develop language and literacy skills. Features modules that focus on early learning themes (colors, shapes, number, etc.), reading instruction for phonics, and vocabulary and comprehension skills. Includes narrated stories, "print & do" activities, videos, interactive games, and the Know It encyclopedia designed especially for early readers. Also includes materials for educators. Optimized for tablets.

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World Book for Kids

Designed for the young learner in grades 1 through 4, English-language learners, and reluctant readers. Features easy-to-read articles, videos, games, images, interactive maps, science projects, activities, and more. Also includes materials for educators. Optimized for tablets.

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World Book for Students

Online encyclopedia tailored for upper-elementary and middle-grade users. Features articles, videos, images, activities, primary sources, editor-selected web sites, current events, a citation builder, a Biography center, a dictionary and atlas, and more. Also includes materials for educators. Optimized for tablets.

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World Book in French

A French-language (Canadian) version of World Book Encyclopedia written for younger readers who are native French speakers and older students and adults for whom French is a second language. Provides access to articles, a dictionary, images, maps, activities, sounds, videos, and more. Integrated with World Book Kids and bilingual features allow users to switch between French and English content. 

Rédigée à l’intention de lecteurs plus jeunes dont le français est la langue maternelle, ainsi que d’élèves plus âgés et d’adultes pour qui le français est une langue seconde. Offre un accès à des milliers d’articles d’encyclopédie, d’unités lexicales, de photos, d’illustrations et de cartes.

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World Book in Spanish for Adults (Banco De Contenidos AulaPlaneta)

A Spanish-language database designed for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and ESL program participants. Contains articles, images, videos, animations, sounds and interactive media. 

Acceda esta enciclopedia completamente en Español llena de artículos, imágenes, mapas, videos y más hecha exclusivamente para los hablantes nativos de Español, estudiantes bilingües y participantes de ESL/ELL.

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World Book in Spanish for Kids (Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos)

Spanish-language encyclopedia for Spanish speakers and Spanish language learners. Contains articles, videos, compare-and-contrast features, images, a dictionary, and more. Integrated with World Book Kids and bilingual features allow users to switch between Spanish and English content. Some features require Flashplayer.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos ofrece artículos en Español, medios de comunicación y sitios web para estudiantes de Español.

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World Book Online

Online site for young students through adults that offers access to the World Book Encyclopedia, complete with images, videos, maps, sounds, current news, primary source documents, learning activities, related web links, and more. Chose from Early World of Learning, Kids, Student, Advanced, Timelines, in Spanish for Kids, in Spanish for Adults, in French.

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World Book Timelines

Search hundreds of pre-generated timelines and events spanning the arts, literature, notable people, science and technology, society and culture, sports, and world history and geography. Access the built-in events, images and videos, or add your own images and event descriptions to create, customize, collaborate, and share timelines. 

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