Research, reference, and learning resources

African American Heritage

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

American and English full text literature collections

Electronic books of American and English literature: poetry, drama, fiction, and the Bible. For more information, see the Basic Search and Advanced Search tutorial videos.
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Ancestry Library Edition

IN LIBRARY ONLY Trace your genealogy using historical records. U. S. Census records; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more. You must be in a library building to access this database after 12/31, 2021.

Biography Reference Bank

Access biographical information on more than 335,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines.
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Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

Find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.
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Business Source Premier

Boost your business knowledge by researching company and industry profiles, country and market research reports, and magazine articles.
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Chilton Library

Fix your car, truck, van, or SUV with these diagnostics, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, and step-by-step repair procedures.
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Chronicling America

Search America’s historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
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Cochrane Library

High-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. Sources include the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCA).
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Consumer Health Complete

Browse medical, health-related and drug reference books. Read articles on health and fitness. Find sources for alternative health information
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Consumer Reports

Read current and past issues of Consumer Reports. Includes product ratings and reviews, recall and safety information.
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Experience the joy of making with thousands of award-winning video classes taught by top designers and artists. You’re more creative than you think
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Digital Public Library of America

Historic digital collections from libraries, museums, and archives across Ohio and more. The DPLA portal to photographs, maps, documents, and AV materials from across the country is a great starting place for your local history and genealogy reference.
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Early World of Learning

Three interactive learning environments for preschoolers and children in early grades.
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Search thousands of magazines, academic journals, newspapers, reference books, photos and maps on millions of topics.
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Explora Primary Schools

A trustworthy environment for students and educators in grades K through 5 to look up facts for class projects or homework.
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Explora Secondary Schools

Grades 6-12: A far better alternative to websites and search engines for students to look up articles and facts for research papers or homework.
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Fold3 History & Genealogy Archives

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.
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The Glouster Press

The Glouster Press was a weekly newspaper published in Glouster, OH from 1896 to 1971. The paper was founded by William A. Craft and Calvin C. Myers. This resource is made possible through cooperation between the Athens County Public Libraries, Ohio University Libraries and the digitization hub in the Local History and Genealogy department at Columbus Metropolitan Library.
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The Great Courses

The Great Courses Library Collection is the leading global media brand for lifelong learning and personal enrichment, with hundreds of courses spanning thousands of in-depth video lectures on subjects like Science, Health & Wellness, and much more. Requires a free Hoopla account.
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Search census records, books, serials, and other historical records to trace your genealogy.
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Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Find “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.
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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.
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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.

Learning Express from Ohio Means Jobs

The LearningExpress suite of highly-acclaimed eLearning solutions provides interactive tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards and articles for academic skill-building, standardized test preparation, career development and more.
Career Education Technology

LinkedIn Learning

Self-directed online learning for technology, business, and creative skills. Access more than 12,000 video courses taught by industry experts to help you stay ahead in your current job or change careers. Note: If you use the mobile app, use the library id oh0156
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Literary Reference Center

Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest. Learn more about a literary movement for book discussions.
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Mango Languages

Powered by intelligent technology and an adaptive algorithm, Mango empowers you to communicate with confidence, preparing you for uncharted experiences with language and culture.
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Newspaper Archive

Explore your family history and discover key historical events using one of the world’s largest online newspaper archives.
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New York Times Online

Free access to is available at all library locations or by using your Library account.
Newspapers & Magazines

Niche Academy

Providing tutorials and instruction on digital resources offered by the library: Freegal, Kanopy, LinkedIn Learning, and more.

Northstar Digital Literacy

Northstar focuses on basic digital literacy skills—such as using a mouse, searching on the internet, and using email—as well as advanced skills, like using Google Docs and searching for jobs online.

NuWave Legal Documents

NuWave Legal Documents lets you create professional-quality documents in three simple steps: Search for the document specific to your situation, answer the questions in the web input form, and print your document.
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Ohio Memory

Ohio Memory is a collaborative statewide digital library program of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio. Explore digital content from over 390 cultural heritage institutions representing all 88 of Ohio’s counties covering a wide range of topics from prehistory to present day.
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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Reference content in humanities, social sciences, and science.
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Points of View Reference Center

Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this resource provides the basis from which students can realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.
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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Find large scale street plans produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1867 to 1970. Locate and identify buildings and neighborhoods. Study the growth of towns and cities, and the impact of new development
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Scholastic BookFlix

Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic animated stories from Weston Woods with thematically aligned nonfiction ebooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning
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Scholastic TrueFlix

Scholastic TrueFlix focuses on engaging subject-area content in science and social studies for students from grades 3 to 6. Each of the TrueFlix subject areas leverages the award-winning True Books content to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate 21st Century skills through the inquiry process.
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Science Reference Center

Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.
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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.

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.
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Very Short Introductions

An excellent way to get a quick authoritative and accessible overview of a subject.
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Weiss Financial Ratings

Powerful tools to protect your finances, invest wisely, grow your wealth, and learn more about your finances.
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What Tree Is It?

Ohio tree identification guide.
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What’s That Snake

Ohio snake identification guide
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What’s The Point?

Identifying flint artifacts.
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World Book Kids

Thousands of colorful illustrations, diagrams, and maps enrich thousands of articles, with teacher guides.
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World Book Online

Information resources for pre-school through college
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World Book Students

Contains an extensive multimedia collection, including editor-selected websites, and correlations to state standards.
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World Book Timelines

Build and share timelines. Use your own events and images or add content and images from World Book.
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