Research Central: Directory


Research Central
Start your research here! Select your topic and find free databases, books & web links!

Topic List

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  • Automotive
  • Biography & History
  • Business Research
  • College Prep/Testing
  • Computers and Cell Phones
  • Consumer Information
  • Cooking, Food and Wine
  • Diversity
  • Educator Resources
  • Fitness
  • Genealogy
  • Government
  • Health
  • Healthcare
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  • Homework Help Kids
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  • Investing
  • Jobs and Career Training
  • Language
  • Language
  • Legal
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  • Marketing
  • Military
  • Money Sense
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  • Ohio Information
  • Parent Resources
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  • Science
  • Senior Lifestyles
  • Small Business
  • Sports
  • STEM
  • Tax Forms & Resources
  • Travel
  • Voter

Databases

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Academic Search Premier

from EBSCOhost
Arts, humanities, science, social sciences, business, and technology journals, some with full text, and other electronic resources from 1887 to the present. *Online access to Consumer Reports from 1991 to the present.


African American Heritage

from ProQuest
Exclusively devoted to African American family history research. Access to Black Genesis and AfriGeneas is included.


Ancestry Library Edition

The most comprehensive, international genealogical information available online, with billions of indexed names in over 9,000 collections.
In-library access only.

ArtistWorks

from Libby
Learn a new instrument! Interactive access to some of the greatest music teachers in the world
Available through Libby by OverDrive. You will need to log into the Libby app, then access ArtistWorks through Libby Extras.

AtoZ Food America

from World Trade Press
AtoZ Food America contains recipes in all course categories for six US regions, all 50 states, and 33 ethnic cuisines.


AtoZ Maps Online

from World Trade Press
More than 100,000 downloadable maps for any project, school lesson plans, and business reports.


AtoZ the USA

from World Trade Press
Great for state reports for all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories, & D.C..


AtoZ World Culture

from World Trade Press
The world's most comprehensive collection of country culture articles for 175 countries. Includes lesson plans!


AtoZ World Food

from World Trade Press
Food culture & recipes for 175 countries.


AtoZ World Travel

from World Trade Press
202 city travel guides around the world!
Available on mobile devices.

AtoZdatabases

Research real estate, holding and investment companies, and business services. Includes national telephone directory for residential and yellow pages with reverse phone searching.


Barron's Weekly

from ProQuest Global Newsstream
Archive of full text Barron's articles from 1988 to present.


Biography Reference Bank

From EBSCOhost
Biographies, obituaries, and photographs of thousands of individuals - both living and deceased.


BrainHQ

Brain fitness exercises to improve memory, visual, and auditory processing.
Online account is required. Children under the age of 13 should have a parent or guardian open this account.

Chrome browser is recommended.


BrainPOP

K-12 lesson plans with activities.


Business Source Premier

from EBSCOhost
Provides business researchers with highly-refined tools they need in order to conduct sophisticated searches for business content.


ChiltonLibrary

Access to detailed auto repair information 24/7 on nearly all makes and models.


Consumer Reports

Features ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services.


Craftsy

from Libby
Over 1,400 in-depth instructional video classes covering 20 different creative passions from a community of enthusiastic makers.
Available through Libby by OverDrive. You will need to log into the Libby app, then access Craftsy through Libby Extras.

Creativebug

More than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes.


Dayton Daily News

from ProQuest Global Newsstream
Archive of full text Dayton Daily News articles from 1993 to present.


Driving-Tests.org

Ohio-specific study exams to prepare for driving exams including car, motorcycle and Commercial Driver's License practice tests.


EBSCOhost Databases

Complete range of citation and full-text reference content available from EBSCOhost. Select a single database for searching or search multiple resources at once.


Fiero Code Club (previously Prenda)

from EBSCOhost
For ages 8 to 18! Have fun and learn how to code through a self-guided, gamified learning experience!
Online account is required. Children under the age of 13 should have a parent or guardian open this account.

Fold3: History and Genealogy Archives

Digitized images in the fields of African American, Native American, and Revolutionary War histories, and more.


Gale Business: Entrepreneurship

A comprehensive database that covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. Great for entrepreneurs and students alike!
Access will end December 31, 2022.

Gale Business: DemographicsNow: Business and People

Connects users with a wealth of highly detailed demographic data, leveraging Census data, consumer expenditures, retail spending, and Mosaic Lifestyle market segmentation groupings to helps users "crunch" data in easy-to-use report formats.
Access will end December 31, 2022.

Gale Business: Plan Builder

Gale Business: Plan Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. The program's intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration in order to develop a business plan focused on long-term success.
Online account is required. Children under the age of 13 should have a parent or guardian open this account.

Access will end December 31, 2022.


Gale eBooks

Instantly access reference eBooks on many subjects. These trusted, authoritative reference works are available 24/7!


Gale in Context: Elementary

Homework research for young learners.


Gale Literature Resource Center

Full text articles & criticisms of 130,000 writers.


Global Newsstream

by ProQuest
One of the largest collections of news from the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.


HelpNow

from Brainfuse
On demand, anytime, anywhere live tutoring for students K-12. Included is a Writing Lab and Send Question Center.
Access sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Online account is required if you wish to save prior test results or view prior sessions. Children under the age of 13 should have a parent or guardian open this account.


HeritageQuest Online

Discover your family history using primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.


Hoopla

Streaming video (movies and TV shows), music, audiobooks, eBooks and comics.


iNDIEFLIX

from Libby
Unlimited streaming access to truly great, quirky, and relevant independent films and series.
Available through Libby by OverDrive. You will need to log into the Libby app, then access iNDIEFLIX through Libby Extras.

JobNow

from Brainfuse
Job coaching service and resume builder. LIVE Career Tutors are available every day from 2p.m. to 11p.m.
Access sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Online account is required only if you want to save your past test results or sessions.


JobsOhio ZoomProspector

Provides free tools for site selection, demographics, and consumer segment information.


Kovels Antiques & Collectibles

from Libby
The go-to source for expert information, pricing, and trends on antiques and collectibles.


LearningExpress

from EBSCO and OhioMeansJobs
Access to practice educational exams such as PSAT, GED, and career specific training, as well as the official ACT and SAT practice tests.
Online account is required to save test scores. Children under the age of 13 should have a parent or guardian open this account.

Legal Forms

from GALE
Get access to thousands of customizable legal documents.


Lingo LITE

from World Trade Press
Learn basic vocabulary in 30 languages from native speakers.


LinkedIn Learning for Library

More than 6,600 courses! Learning paths are step-by-step courses, supported with quizzes, practice, and reminders.
Get assistance logging in via the LinkedIn Learning App.

Marketscope Advisor

from CFRA
Access independent investment analysis, market commentary, news, and data with CFRA's essential analytical tools.


Masterfile Premier

from EBSCOhost
Read full text articles from popular magazines.



Morningstar

Provides data on investment offerings, including stocks and mutual funds, along with real-time global market data.


MyHeritage Library Edition

Birth, death, marriage, census, immigration, military and tombstone records, with more than 2 billion family tree profiles.


New York Times

from ProQuest Global Newsstream
Search comprehensive coverage of this renowned newspaper from June 1, 1980 to the present.


New York Times Online - NYTimes.com

Beat the paywall! Get stories and topics that interest you most, from the arts to world news.
Available on both Android and Apple apps.

NewspaperArchive.com

The largest historical newspaper database online, with tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1607 to present.


Newspapers.com Library Edition by Ancestry

from ProQuest
Online access to 3,000+ historical newspapers including regional, state, local and well-known from the U.S. and other countries. [1700 - 2000]


NoveList K-8 Plus

Age-appropriate fiction & nonfiction. Find what to read next!


NoveList Plus

A great stop to finding that next great read, with both fiction and nonfiction titles!


Ohio Death Records Index

Index of death certificates in Ohio from 1913-1944. Easily save, e-mail, purchase or print an order form online.


OhioMeansJobs Assessment & Training Center

from EBSCO LearningExpress
A highly-acclaimed, comprehensive selection of interactive online tutorials, practice tests, articles, and eBooks all modeled after official tests.


Oxford Research Encyclopedias

World-class experts give you an overview of a subject that you can understand in half an hour of reading or less.


Points of View Reference Center

from EBSCOhost
Hot button topics, each with an overview, point and counterpoint argument.


Qello Concerts by Stingray

from Libby
The world’s largest collection of streaming full-length concerts and music documentaries.
Available through Libby by OverDrive. You will need to log into the Libby app, then access Qello Concerts through Libby Extras.

Reference Solutions

Build a marketing plan, analyze competitor data, or search for opportunities or research potential business areas.


Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Large scale street plans produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1882 to 1967.


Scholastic Teachables

Printable/downloadable activities for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8.


ScienceFlix

from Scholastic
Use ScienceFlix by Scholastic to get a better understanding of science concepts and ideas. With hands-on projects, fun videos, and interactive activities your science knowledge is sure to grow!


Small Business Reference Center

from EBSCOhost
Access top consumer small business reference books and tools to address many small business topics.


Statista.com

Direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets.


Transparent Language Online (TLO)

Over 100+ languages, TLO's learning system builds all four core skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Online account is required. Children under the age of 13 should have a parent or guardian open this account.

Udemy

from Gale Presents
Gain skills and earn certificates! Top-rated courses in the areas of business, tech, and personal development across 75+ different categories.
Required: Create a Gale user account, or use your Google or Microsoft account to access. Children under the age of 13 should have a parent or guardian open this account.



Value Line

A comprehensive source of information and advice that offers reports, stock lookup, timeliness ranking, portfolios and more.


Very Short Introductions

The perfect introduction to subjects you previously knew nothing about.


Wall Street Journal

from ProQuest Global Newsstream
Search the most circulated newspaper in the United States from January 2, 1984 to the present.


Wall Street Journal Online - WSJ.com

Access The Wall Street Journal from anywhere! Simply create your account and start using WSJ.com immediately.

(WSJ.com will then be available for the next three days. For repeated access, come back, click the link again, and login with the same username and password.)

Library patrons are not permitted to share sign-on credentials with any other person.

Washington Post

from ProQuest Global Newsstream
Breaking news, politics, business, world news, entertainment and more.


WashingtonPost.com

Enjoy direct, unlimited access to WashingtonPost.com.


World Book Advanced

Tailored for the needs and skills of students in grades 8 and up.


World Book Early Learning

Created for younger children, this graphic-intense resource helps them learn while having fun.


World Book Student

Tailored for students in elementary and middle schools, with thousands of articles, learning resources, and research tools.


Featured Database

iNDIEFLIX by Libby

Featured Resource

Unlimited streaming access to truly great, quirky, and relevant independent films and series.

Featured Research Guide

Cooking, Food & Wine

The Library has a wide variety of cookbooks and magazines that cover cooking techniques, ethnic and regional recipes, baking etc. Stop in, browse the Library's extensive collection and discover some delicious recipes!