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Books, Arts, & Literature | Business, Government, & Law | D.I.Y. & Hobbies | Employment Resources & Adult Learning | Genealogy | Grant Seeking | Health | History & Biography | Magazines & Newspapers | Reference & Research | Science | Students & Homework | Complete A-Z List of Research Tools

 

Books, Arts, & Literature

About Books
Find read-a-likes, author biographies, plot summaries, specific settings and genres, series information, book reviews, and more!

American & English Literature
Access complete text of many works of poetry, drama, religious texts, and prose based on books and other sources originally published in print.

EBSCOHost EBooks  
Accessmanyebooks online for research and pleasure.

Literary Reference Center              
Gives access to literary journals, reference works, poems, short stories, book discussion help, and more.

Ohio Digital Library
Borrow fiction and non-fiction eBooks, audiobooks, movies, and music for all ages.

Religion and Philosophy Collection 
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.

U.S. Government Printing Office
The Federal Government’s online resource for the official information products of the U.S. Government. Use to download free U.S. Government ebooks.

 

Business, Government, & Law

AtoZdatabases
Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and accessing addresses and phone numbers.

Business Source Premier  
Find full articles from popular and scholarly business periodicals, company and market research, and daily updated business news.

Gale Legal Forms 

Access downloadable and sample legal forms for a variety of categories, as well as an attorney directory, tax forms, and a law digest.

Morningstar
A reliable online research center for independent investment analysis for investors in stocks and funds.

Ohio.Gov: Government Information & Services
The official website for the state of Ohio. Find government services and information for residents, businesses, visitors, and state employees.

Regional Business News
Access articles from business journals, newspapers, and newswires, covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

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.

 

D.I.Y. & Hobbies

Chilton Library
Access to interactive repair, maintenance, and service information on seven decades of cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.

Computer Source
Find the latest information and current trends in high technology from over 450 publications.

EBSCOHost EBooks 
Access many eBooks online for research and pleasure.

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

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.

Mango Languages
Teaches real conversations in over 60 languages through interactive testing, mobile apps, and film resources.

Masterfile Premier
Find a wide variety of periodicals and reference books covering general information, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and more.

Price It! Antiques & Collectibles
A research, identification, and pricing tool for antique lovers, collectors, dealers, appraisers and anyone in between.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Find repair manuals for your lawn equipment, ATV, generator, motorcycle, boat, and many more small engines. 

Transparent Language Online
Learn to speak a new language. Over 100 foreign language courses are available that can help you learn languages including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. There’s also an ESL component that provides English language learning to speakers of over 25 different languages.

 

Employment Resources & Adult Learning

AtoZdatabases
Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and accessing addresses and phone numbers.

Lynda.com
A Linkedin company that provides thousands of free online video tutorials taught by expert instructors. This resource can help you reach your personal and professional goals.

Mango Languages 
Teaches real conversations in over 60 languages through interactive testing, mobile apps, and film resources.

Ohio Means Jobs
Allows users to prepare for careers through online training and tests, search for jobs, create and upload resumes, and find available workshops and career fairs. Provides individualized help for K-12 and college students, individuals with disabilities, unemployed users, and veterans.

Professional Development Collection
The most comprehensive collection of education journals in the world; includes peer-reviewed titles and educational reports.

Transparent Language Online 
Learn to speak a new language. Over 100 foreign language courses are available that can help you learn languages including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. There’s also an ESL component that provides English language learning to speakers of over 25 different languages.

Vocational and Career Collection    
Designed for vocational and technical libraries servicing high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public, this provides coverage for both trade and industry-related periodicals.

 

Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition (Can only be accessed IN LIBRARY)
The world’s most popular genealogy collection—with census reports, city directories, public records, military records, immigration and naturalization records, and more.

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

Fold3
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.

HeritageQuest 
Conduct genealogy and historical research by searching census records, family and local histories, the PERSI archive, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank applications, and the U.S. Serial Set.

Johnstown Independent
Search and browse online records of Johnstown, Ohio local newspapers from 1884-2007.

Newark Advocate
Access articles, obituaries, and more from 2002 to current issues from local newspaper, Newark Advocate.

NewsBank (Ohio Newspapers)
Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people. Includes coverage from the Columbus Dispatch.

Newspaper Archive (can only be accessed IN LIBRARY)
Explore the world’s largest historical newspaper archive, with newspaper pages from many newspapers, including the Newark Advocate, from 1607 to present.

Ohio Obituary Index
This resource provides an index to 3,000,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day. Actual obituaries may be ordered from over 60 partner libraries.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Use to locate buildings and neighborhoods from 1867 to 1970 and study the growth of towns and cities.

Select Ohio Public Records Index
Browse Ohio Death Certificates and school records dating from 1858; photocopies of death certificates can be purchased online.

 

Grant Seeking

Foundation Directory Online—Professional Edition(Can only be accessed IN MAIN LIBRARY) 
An exhaustive resource for finding funding information from foundations, corporate donors, grants, and decision makers.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (Can only be accessed IN MAIN LIBRARY) 
Grants to Individuals Online (GTIO) is a searchable online database of more than 6,200 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.  

Foundation Maps (Can only be accessed IN MAIN LIBRARY) 
Foundation Center’s new interactive mapping tool brings philanthropic data to life so you can see who is funding what and where.

 

Health

Alt HealthWatch  

Access peer-review journals, reports, and more on the many perspectives of complementary, alternative, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

Consumer Health Complete
Browse medical, health-related and drug reference books, articles on health and fitness, and sources for alternative health information.

Health Source - Consumer Edition  
Provides information on the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.

Health Source - Nursing/Academic Edition
Find in-depth medical information from nearly 550 scholarly full text journals on many medical disciplines.

Medline 
Learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out definitions, or view medical videos, with information from the latest research and clinical trials on a disease or condition.

 

History & Biography

Biography Reference Bank
Find biographies, obituaries, and photographs of thousands of individuals from more than 100 volumes of biographical reference books.

Newspaper Archive (can only be accessed IN LIBRARY)

Explore the world’s largest historical newspaper archive, with newspaper pages from many newspapers, including the Newark Advocate, from 1607 to present.

Select Ohio Public Records Index
Browse Ohio Death Certificates and school records dating from 1858; photocopies of death certificates can be purchased online.

Ohio History Central
This evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia includes information about Ohio's natural history, prehistory, and history.

Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook
Ohio Memory is the collaborative digital library of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio, which includes collections from more than 360 cultural heritage institutions from all of Ohio’s counties.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Use to locate buildings and neighborhoods from 1867 to 1970 and study the growth of towns and cities.

 

Magazines & Newspapers

EBSCOHost Databases
Search all EBSCOHost databases simultaneously for in-depth research, or limit to only a few resources to search at a time.

Johnstown Independent
Search and browse online records of Johnstown, Ohio local newspapers from 1884-2007.

Masterfile Premier
Find a wide variety of periodicals and reference books covering general information, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and more.

Newark Advocate
Access articles, obituaries, and more from 2002 to current issues from local newspaper, Newark Advocate.

NewsBank (Ohio Newspapers)
Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people. Includes coverage from the Columbus Dispatch.

Newspaper Archive (can only be accessed IN LIBRARY)
Explore the world’s largest historical newspaper archive, with newspaper pages from many newspapers, including the Newark Advocate, from 1607 to present.

Newspaper Source
Read articles from newspapers around the U.S., including industry-specific newspapers and TV and radio news transcripts.

Points of View Reference Center
Shares resources that present multiple sides of an issue. Students can use these resources realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

 

Reference & Research

Academic Search Premier
Offers articles from scholarly and academic magazines and periodicals - covering nearly every area of study.

AtoZdatabases
Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and accessing addresses and phone numbers.

EBSCOHost Databases
Search all EBSCOHost databases simultaneously for in-depth research, or limit to only a few resources to search at a time.

Explora
Access books, journals, videos, magazines, and more for student research and classroom instruction. This resource covers topics in all subject areas and for all school-age groups.

Kids InfoBits
Kids InfoBits is an easy-to-use digital resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics. The modern design and simple navigation make it easy for users to explore content and gain comfort with database searching.

MAS Ultra - School Edition
Access biographies, primary source documents, and an image collection from popular high school magazines and reference books for school research.

Ohio History Central
This evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia includes information about Ohio's natural history, prehistory, and history.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias 
Reference content in humanities, social sciences, and science.

Oxford Reference Online  
Provides millions of entries from encyclopedias, companions, and dictionaries to aid with research in many subject areas.

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

WorldBook
This resource for students provides an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides in both English and Spanish.

 

Science

Computer Source
Find the latest information and current trends in high technology from over 450 publications.

Ohioline – Your Ohio Link to Information, News, and Education
Access hundreds of factsheets, bulletins and other educational materials covering a wide array of subjects, such as agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, and 4-H and youth.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
Includes journals covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

Science Reference Center
Contains hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources for student research in a variety of scientific topics.

Sociological Collection
Access journals in all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture and social structure.

 

Students & Homework

Explora
Access books, journals, videos, magazines, and more for student research and classroom instruction. This resource covers topics in all subject areas and for all school-age groups.

Kids InfoBits 
Kids InfoBits is an easy-to-use digital resource featuring age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics. The modern design and simple navigation make it easy for users to explore content and gain comfort with database searching.

Literary Reference Center
Gives access to literary journals, reference works, poems, short stories, book discussion help, and more.

Mango Languages
Teaches real conversations in over 60 languages through interactive testing, mobile apps, and film resources.

MAS Ultra - School Edition
Access biographies, primary source documents, and an image collection from popular high school magazines and reference books for school research.

Middle Search Plus
Access biographies, primary source documents, and images from popular middle school magazines, reference books for school research.

Ohio Means Jobs
Allows users to prepare for careers through online training and tests, search for jobs, create and upload resumes, and find available workshops and career fairs. Provides individualized help for K-12 and college students, individuals with disabilities, unemployed users, and veterans.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias
Reference content in humanities, social sciences, and science.

Points of View Reference Center
Points of View Reference Center shares resources that present multiple sides of an issue. Students can use these resources realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

Primary Search
Use for elementary school research through popular magazines dating as far back as 1990.

Transparent Language Online 
Learn to speak a new language. Over 100 foreign language courses are available that can help you learn languages including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. There’s also an ESL component that provides English language learning to speakers of over 25 different languages.

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

WorldBook
This resource for students provides an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides in both English and Spanish.