Research Databases

List of research database titles, descriptions and links

Information about books and authors. From OPLIN.

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Academic Search Premier

A full-text multi-disciplinary (arts, business, humanities, science, technology, etc.) database that provides sources spanning the range from popular magazines to newspapers to peer-reviewed academic journals and beyond. Also offers access to more than 67,000 videos from the Associated Press dating from 1930 to the present. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide.]

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African American Heritage

A database exclusively focused on African American family history research, with an emphasis on primary sources, including but not limited to: federal census records, draft and service records, free(d) and slave records, and church records. Provides exclusive access to Black Genesis, a state-by-state resource guide for African American genealogy, and AfriGeneas, a social networking website devoted to African American genealogy. From ProQuest. [User Guide & Hands-On Practice Exercises.] 

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Alt HealthWatch

A full-text alternative health research database that focuses on complementary, holistic, integrated, and cross-cultural approaches to health care and wellness. From EBSCOhost.

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American & English Literature

A collection of poetry, drama, and prose based on books and other sources originally published in print. Subcollections include the Bibliography of American Literature, Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare, The Bible in English, English Prose Drama 1280-1915, Early American Fiction 1774-1850, African-American Poetry 1700-1900, and more. From OhioLink.

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Ancestry: Library Edition

The library edition of, this collection of thousands of databases and billions of indexed names contains census, vital, church, court, and immigration records from all over the world, with a particular emphasis on the United States and United Kingdom. From ProQuest. [Search Tips, Sample Searches, & Useful Charts & Forms.]

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Biography Reference Bank

A biographical database that offers full-text articles, images, and abstracts on more than 750,000 individuals, living and deceased. Sources include periodicals and biographical reference books. From EBSCOhost.

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Business Source Premier

A database that contains over 1,100 active full-text journals and magazines covering a variety of business disciplines. From EBSCOhost. [User Guides & Tutorials.]

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Chilton Library

Use this database to find detailed, continuously updated information and helpful tools related to vehicle maintenance, repairs, and service, including but not limited to: step-by-step repair procedures, troubleshooting guides, maintenance and specification tables, diagnostic trouble codes, close-up photos and illustrations, diagrams, videos and animations, and ASE test prep quizzes. From OWL. [User Guide.]

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Computer Source

A database that provides researchers with up-to-date information about the latest trends in high technology. Contains nearly 300 publications and indexing and abstracts for nearly 450 publications, some of which are full text. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide.]

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Consumer Health Complete

Browse evidence-based reports, popular magazines, academic journals and reference books, medical images and diagrams, animations with audio narration, and much more in this full-text database built to support the information needs of medical patients. Subjects covered by the database largely fall under the umbrellas of physical and mental/emotional health, including but not limited to: aging, cancer, depression, pregnancy, prescription and non-prescription drugs, and alternative forms of medical treatment. From EBSCOhost. [Beginner's User Guide, Beginner's Video Tutorial, User Guide.]

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Access all of EBSCO's databases here and select which you want to use in a search. [Support Page and Beginner's Video Tutorial + PowerPoint.]

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An authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources dating from 1966 to the present that is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education. Contains multiple source types, including but not limited to: journal articles, curriculum guides, policy papers, books, and an education-specific thesaurus containing over 11,700 terms. Search results can be narrowed by education level as well as by the intended audience. From EBSCOhost. [Support Page and User Guide.]

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Explora Public Libraries

Search this multidisciplinary database by keyword or subject (or use the Advanced Search function) to find reliable sources pertaining to arts & literature, biography, business & careers, current events, geography & culture, health, history & social science, and science & math. Source types include but aren't limited to: professional journals, popular magazines, reference books, images, and primary sources. From EBSCOhost. [Beginner's User Guide.]

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Fold3: Library Edition

A collection of military records from, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of individuals who served. Why the name? It comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony, in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans. From OWL. [Beginner's User Guide.]

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Health Source: Consumer Edition

A collection of consumer health information containing full-text magazines, reference books, and current health pamphlets, as well as Merriam-Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary and Clinical Reference Systems reports in both English and Spanish. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide.]

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Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

Provides researchers, health professionals, and health educators with access to indexing, abstracts, and full-text scholarly journals in many different medical disciplines, including but not limited to:¬†pediatric nursing, nursing management, critical care, medical law, and mental health. Also includes the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with over 4,700 brand names. ‚ÄčFrom EBSCOhost. [User Help Guide.]

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Heritage Quest

A collection that provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s. From ProQuest. [Tips & Tricks.]

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

A database that offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas from magazines, books, and videos to meet the interests of hobbyists of every type. Main categories include: arts and crafts, collecting, home and garden, indoor recreation, kids' crafts, model building, needlecrafts and textiles, outdoor recreation, performing arts, science and technology, and scrapbooking and papercrafts. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide.]

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Home Improvement Reference Center

A full-text database that¬†provides users with detailed, user-friendly ‚Äúhow-to‚ÄĚ information covering a variety of home improvement and¬†repair projects. Sources offered include reference books, magazines and trade publications, images, and videos.¬†From EBSCOhost.¬†[User Guide.]

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Internet Archive

This non-profit digital library provides users access to millions of free books, movies, software, music, radio, archived websites, and more. Want to know if a public figure really said that? Check out the site's TV News Archive, particularly the fact-checked items. Want to track down a webpage that's been deleted or altered? Use the site's Wayback Machine. 

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Kids InfoBits

A database that helps kids find authoritative, age-appropriate information while gaining familiarity with database searching. Sources include books, magazines, videos, charts, and graphs, while subjects covered include the arts, geography, health, literature, science, social studies, sports, and technology. Content can be filtered based on level of learning, and can be translated into over 36 languages, both on screen and read aloud. From OWL. [Beginner's User Guide, Basics Video Tutorial, Search Tips, Search Video Tutorial, and Documents Video Tutorial.]

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Library of Congress

The website for the U.S. Library of Congress provides researchers with access to digitalized archives of primary historical sources (newspapers, letters, legal documents, books, photos, maps, blueprints, audio recordings, etc.), as well as finding aids and guides for topics ranging from legal research to genealogy and beyond. Take a look at their Research Tools webpage to get an idea of what they offer! [Beginner's Video Tutorial.]

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Literary Reference Center

Packed with author biographies, plot summaries, critical essays from leading publishers, multimedia content, and much more, this full-text database is the perfect place to start research for a school English project. Also includes a literary glossary; a research guide to literary research, writing and critical reading; and lesson plans to support classroom instruction. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide.]

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Mango Languages

An online learning resource that helps user learn new languages and/or strengthen their skills in ones that they already know. Covers 71 languages. From OWL. [User Video Tutorial.]

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MAS Ultra: School Edition

Tailored to high school students, this database contains popular high school magazines, reference books, primary documents, biographies, and an image collection containing photos, maps, flags and color PDFs. Subjects covered include the arts & humanities, business, health, history, politics, science, careers, and more. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide & Beginner's Video Tutorial.]

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MasterFILE Premier

This general reference database was designed for public library use, and provides users with access to full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents, as well as to an image collection that contains photos, maps and flags. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide & Beginner's Video Tutorial.]

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An authoritative bibliographic database created by the United States National Library of Medicine that provides health professionals with access to top biomedical and health research. Content coverage dates back to 1809 with citations from over 5,600 worldwide journals in 60 languages. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide & Beginner's Video Tutorial.]

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Middle Search Plus

Tailored to middle school students, this full-text database provides students with access to popular middle school magazines, reference books, primary documents, biographies, and an image collection containing photos, maps, flags and color PDFs. Subjects covered include the arts & humanities, business, health, history, politics, science, careers, and more. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide & Beginner's Video Tutorial.]

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National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the U.S. federal government's record keeper, and researchers can access important primary documents through its digital archival databases. The main National Archives website features special sections on America's Founding Documents, Veterans' Service Records, Research Resources, and Educator Resources--as well as an A-Z subject index--so be sure to take a look at it too. [Beginner's User Guide.]

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Newspaper Source

Provides full text for hundreds of U.S., international, and regional newspapers, as well as transcripts for television and radio news from major networks. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide & Beginner's Video Tutorial.]

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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

This resource provides substantive, peer-reviewed, regularly updated overview articles written by certified experts in their subjects. For ease of access, multi-media features are embedded in the articles, along with cross-referenced links to related content. From OWL. [Video Guided Tour.]

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Points of View Reference Center

Need information for an opinion paper or a class debate, or just curious about a controversial subject? This database, which provides factual overview articles alongside pro and con opinion pieces, is an excellent place to start. Also contains research guides on relevant subjects that include but aren't limited to: "Choosing a Topic", "Debate Etiquette", "Evaluating a Website", "From Notes to Outline", "Judging Fact vs. Opinion", and beyond.

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Professional Development Collection

A full-text database geared towards educators, librarians, and education researchers that contains peer-reviewed journals, educational reports, and more. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide.]

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Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

A full-text database that provides psychologists, researchers, counselors, and students with journal articles in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines, with an emphasis on child and adolescent psychology and various areas of counseling. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide]

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Regional Business News

A database of full-text, reputable regional business publications from the United States and Canada ranging from 1990 to the present. Resources provided but aren't limited to: newspapers, radio and television news transcripts, trade publications, magazines, and newswires. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide]

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Religion and Philosophy Collection

With coverage that ranges from 1911 to the present, this database of full-text, scholarly journals and magazines about religion and philosophy is a useful resource for researchers and students. Topics include world religions, theology, epistemology, political philosophy, religious history, history of philosophy, philosophy of language, and beyond. From EBSCOhost.

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Need a map of an Ohio city? This database provides access to over 40,000 detailed city maps drawn between 1882 and 1962. From OWL.

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Science Reference Center

Designed for student researchers and teachers, this database offers access to full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, and reference books, as well as to lesson plans, 580 videos, and more than 275,000 high-quality images. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide]

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Small Business Reference Center

Provides small business owners and those considering starting a small business with full-text access to useful reference books and tools, including business videos, details on how to create business plans, and a help and advice section. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide]

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Transparent Languages

An online learning resource that helps user learn new languages and/or strengthen their skills in ones that they already know. Covers 100+ languages. Requires sign-up, but is free. [User Guide]

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Very Short Introductions

Use this resource to access short introduction guides about subjects ranging from the Laws of Thermodynamics to Indian Cinema. The topics covered by this series fall under the following primary categories: Arts & Humanities, Law, Medicine & Health, Science & Mathematics, and Social Sciences. From OWL. [User Information] 

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Vocational and Career Collection

This full-text archive offers trade and industry-related periodicals to meet researchers' vocational and technical information needs. 

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