Research Tools

A to Z Maps Online

AtoZ Maps Online from World Trade Press is a collection of royalty-free downloadable maps for schools, academic institutions, and public libraries. Students, teachers, library patrons, and businesses can use the more than 100,000 maps in school reports, school lesson plans, personal research projects, and business reports.

A to Z the USA

AtoZ the USA from World Trade Press contains more than 115 nationally focused articles and 115 articles on the same subjects for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. Library patrons and students will find coverage of the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society. 

Everything you want to know about books & authors including:

  • read-alikes 
  • author biographies 
  • plot summaries 
  • specific settings
  • specific genres
  • book publishing and purchasing
  • series information
  • book reviews 
  • and more! 

Academic Search Premier

This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

AHFS Consumer Medication Information

AHFS Consumer Medication Information is a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish. Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS includes more than a thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers and has been a Top Ten Award Winner in the Department of Health and Human Services National Consumer Education Materials Contest. This content is updated monthly.

American & English Literature Collections

The American & English Literature Collections contain many works of poetry, drama, and prose from the 16th through 20th centuries. It includes the complete text of more than 200,000 poems, 2,000 plays, 100 works of prose, 11 major editions of Shakespeare’s works, and 21 editions of the Bible. Use this resource to Access full-text of more than 200,000 essential works of English and American literature. Look for a specific work by author or title. Search for a word or phrase within one book, within one collection, or across all the literature

Ancestry Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more from countries all over the world. It's resources cover the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world. ProQuest Ancestry Library Edition includes:

  • U.S. collections – hundreds of millions of names from sources such as the federal census; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records.

  • Military collections – more than 150 million records from the colonial to the Vietnam era, including World War I and II draft cards, POW records, and casualty records.

  • Multimedia collections – millions of files ranging from family and gravestone photos to postcards and newsreels.

Ancestry Library Edition can only be used inside the Library. 

Biography Reference Bank contains articles about more than a half-million people, living and dead, from around the world. Contents include a robust collection of biographies from such notable sources as Biography Today and Biography Magazine. Use Biography Reference Bank to:

  • Research and study notable individuals worldwide. 

  • Access both concise and/or detailed biographies. 

  • Search for biographies by gender, occupation, nationality, etc.

Business Source Premier offers information from business publications as well as tens of thousands of company profiles. It contains news and journal articles on marketing, management, accounting and more. Also included are company profiles, industry and marketing reports and company financial data.

Consumer Health Complete provides content covering all areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine. It contains full text for more than 250 health reference books and encyclopedias including the American Medical Association Complete Medical Encyclopedia, Complete Guide to Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs 2012, Cornell Illustrated Encyclopedia of Health, Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, Oxford Handbook of Child Nutrition, and many more.

EBSCOhost delivers articles from more than 6,000 magazines and newspapers, most in full text, ranging from children's magazines to professional research journals. Different interfaces designed for specific age groups and curricular areas make EBSCOhost easy to use for all researchers. Magazine and journal articles are contained in two databases: MasterFILE, which is primarily popular magazines, and Academic Search Premier, which is primarily academic or scholarly journals.

Explora Public Libraries provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world's leading magazines and reference books, grouped into easy-to-browse categories. Explora provides research collections on thousands of topics to help them find the information they need quickly and easily. You can search hundreds of professional journals, popular magazines, reference books, images, primary sources, and more by keyword or by topic.

This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Global Road Warrior from World Trade Press is a country-by-country resource for learning about culture, customs, history, and language worldwide. In of 175 Country Guides of 119 topics each. Useful tor research on information related to culture, business, travel, and local living. Information updated with world events. Access from home with your library card.

Literary Reference Center provides you with abroad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across time and literary discipline.
Literary Reference Center contains:


  • Plot summaries, synopses, and work overviews
  • Nearly 100,000 pieces of literary criticism
  • Author biographies and interviews
  • More than 693,000 book reviews
  • Full-text poems and short stories


A variety of resources to help you learn practical conversation skills for languages spoken around the world.

Provides access to a number of Ohio and National Paper including:

NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers' advisory guide for fiction and nonfiction. NoveList Plus answers the question: What should I read next?

NoveList K-8 Plus is a comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction targeted at Juvenile and Teen readers & their parents.

Full access to the content of Article coverage is for articles published between 1851 through 1922, and between 1981 through current day. Use all the resources of the New York Times website including international coverage including the books section, market data tools, and more. All devices accessing through the library network have full access automatically.

Points of View Reference Center is a comprehensive full-text database that provides a series of essays that present multiple sides of today’s most controversial scientific, social, economic, and political issues. Each of the more than 340 topics features the following four main essays:

  • Overview–an objective background description.

  • Point –the arguments supporting one side of the issue.

  • Counterpoint –the arguments supporting the opposing side.

  • Guide to Critical Analysis–questions and tips to help you analyze the issue in-depth.

  • In addition, Points of View Reference Center lets you easily search leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, primary source documents, and reference books for more information. POV is updated twice a day.

ReferenceUSA is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses and U.S. residents. ReferenceUSA makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

The Sanborn Maps were originally created for assessing fire insurance liability in urbanized areas in the United States. Our collection includes over 40,000 detailed maps of Ohio cities drawn between 1882 and 1962. Each map includes detailed information regarding town and building information. Although these maps were originally published in color, our collection is digitized from microfilm and is in black and white.

Science Online provides reliable information in a variety of useful formats. The content is organized by subject area and type of resource, as well as by national and state science education standards. Science Online offers a comprehensive, curriculum-oriented overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines.
You can use this collection for:

  • Science Experiments–More than 1,000 science experiments and activities covering key principles in science including interactive experiments.

  • Images, Videos, and Animations–More than 6,300 printable diagrams, illustrations, and images plus hundreds of videos with closed captions and flash animations.

  • Biographies–Thousands of biographies of key scientists throughout history.

  • Articles–More than 1,500 articles from encyclopedic references on chemistry, computer science, earthquakes and volcanoes, evolution, marine science, and space and astronomy.

  • Science in the News–Comprehensive essays on scientific topics with images, keywords and discussion questions.

EBSCO’s Science Reference Center provides easy access to full-text, science- oriented content appropriate for middle and high school students. Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and other reliable sources. In addition, the database includes a vast collection of images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library.

Ohio tree identification guide. Created by OPLIN.

Ohio snake identification guide. Created by OPLIN.

Identifying flint artifacts. Created by OPLIN.

World Book Early World of Learning

World Book Early World of Learning, part of the resources available through World Book, is an online resource for preschoolers and early elementary grade students.
World Book Early World of Learning includes three interactive learning environments:

  • Trek’s Travels – narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach critical early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more.
  • Welcome to Reading –  practice to develop and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills.
  • Know It – a visual interactive encyclopedia that will captivate early learners with non-fiction topics of interest and importance to them

World Book Kids

World Book Kids is a general reference website developed especially for kids. The site offers simple search and browse navigation, easy to read articles with embedded multimedia, thousands of illustrations, and a wealth of engaging activities.
Use World Book Kids for

  • Just about any subject – Find thousands of easy-­‐to-­‐read articles, images and illustrations,  as well as interactive  games and  activities.
  • Games – Keeps kids engaged in research. Search by subject or game type. These educational games cover a variety of topics.
  • Hands-­‐on Activities – Keeps kids actively working using their hands and logic skills.
  • Definitions – Double click on any word in an article and the World Book Dictionary will define it.
  • State and Country information – The Atlas provides up-­to-­date, full-‐color maps of the world, continents, countries, states, provinces, and many cities.

World Book Online

World Book Encyclopedia content for pre-school through college.

World Book Timelines

World Book Timelines allows you to discover and map important events with accurate information powered by World Book’s wealth of knowledgeable resources. There are over 400 interactive timelines to learn from.

Use World Book Timelines to:
  • Browse existing timelines in subjects such as art, literature, notable people, parts of the world, science and technology, sports, and world history to visualize the cause and effect relationship between events.
  • Organize information visually for genealogy, local history, or school projects.
  • Work individually or in small groups to save existing timelines, edit and customize existing timelines or create your own timelines on any subject.