Research Resources

Through OPLIN and the Ohio Web Library, the Athens County Public Libraries offer access to the following research resources. All of these resources are available from within the library. Many are open to patrons accessing from home, but may require users to login with their library card number (Hint: choose Athens County Public Libraries as your library).
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Articles from Magazines and Journals

Boost your business knowledge by researching company and industry profiles, country and market research reports, and magazine articles.
Browse medical, health-related and drug reference books. Read articles on health and fitness. Find sources for alternative health information
Search thousands of magazines, academic journals, newspapers, reference books, photos and maps on millions of topics.
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.

Business Support

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

DIY Resources and How-to Guides

Fix your car, truck, van, or SUV with these diagnostics, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, and step-by-step repair procedures.
Find “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.
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.
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.
Ohio tree identification guide.
Ohio snake identification guide
Identifying flint artifacts.

Genealogy

Search records, books, serials, and other historical records specific to African Americans to trace your genealogy or to do research.
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 the library to access this database.

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.
Search census records, books, serials, and other historical records to trace your genealogy.
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

Homework Help

Access biographical information on more than 335,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines.
Three interactive learning environments for preschoolers and children in early grades.
A trustworthy environment for students and educators in grades K through 5 to look up facts for class projects or homework.
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.
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.
Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest. Learn more about a literary movement for book discussions.
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.
Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.
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.
Thousands of colorful illustrations, diagrams, and maps enrich thousands of articles, with teacher guides.
Contains an extensive multimedia collection, including editor-selected websites, and correlations to state standards.
Build and share timelines. Use your own events and images or add content and images from World Book.

Reference and Encyclopedias

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.
A trustworthy environment for students and educators in grades K through 5 to look up facts for class projects or homework.
Reference content in humanities, social sciences, and science.
An excellent way to get a quick authoritative and accessible overview of a subject.
Information resources for pre-school through college