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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
African American Heritage is a digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research, with primary sources devoted specifically to African American family history, including census records, vital records, freedman and slave records, church records, legal records, and more. Access to Black Genesis and AfriGeneas is included.

Alt Health Watch

from EBSCOhost
Full text articles on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

American and English Full Text Literature Collection

Select a text that inspires you, compare its language to similar works, learn about its author, or find out how it influenced other writers and read what they've said about it.

Ancestry Library Edition

Contains thousands of genealogical databases including census and military records, birth and marriage records, immigration information, and more, with dozens of databases added annually.
In-library access only.


from Libby
Learn to play a new instrument! ArtistWorks'' patented Video Exchange® Learning Platform connects master teachers with enthusiastic players in an industry unique social online learning environment where each interaction becomes a learning experience for all.
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 Food America also covers food culture for the above regions, states, and ethnic cuisines.

AtoZ Maps Online

from World Trade Press
More than 100,000 downloadable maps! Perfect for school reports, school lesson plans, personal research projects, and business reports. AtoZ Maps Online will also adapt to the screen size of any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

AtoZ the USA

from World Trade Press
Great for state reports, projects, and presentations! AtoZ the USA contains more than 115 country-based articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. Library patrons and students will find unmatched coverage of the country's people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society.

AtoZ World Culture

from World Trade Press
The world's most comprehensive collection of country culture articles for 175 countries. Topics include greetings and courtesies, gift giving, holidays, superstitions and folklore, history, media, women in culture and business, national cuisine, recipes, sports, stereotypes, maps, flags, religion, and more. Includes lesson plans!

AtoZ World Food

from World Trade Press
AtoZ World Food contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world in all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages. Additionally, AtoZ World Food covers food culture in six categories: National Cuisine, Regional Cuisine, Daily Meals, Dining Etiquette, Special Occasion Foods, and Food Trivia.

AtoZ World Travel

from World Trade Press
Contains 202 world city travel guides. These beautifully illustrated and up-to-date guides cover travel essentials, attractions, insiders' information, excursions, nightlife, shopping, culture, cuisine, health, security, language, maps, and lots more. Available on mobile devices!


Comprehensive coverage of business listings. Research real estate, holding and investment companies, business services, etc. 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, as well as the full text of the articles from more than 100 volumes of biographical reference books.


Exercise your memory, attention, and more! As with physical exercise, brain exercise can help you test your brain and improve your performance in order to feel your best. BrainHQ has more than two dozen brain-training exercises organized into six categories: Attention, Brain Speed, Memory, People Skills, Intelligence, and Navigation. Access brain training on most internet-connected devices and at the right level for you and your busy life. Start today!
Chrome browser is recommended.

Online account is required. Children under the age of 13 should have a parent or guardian open this account.


Trusted learning resources, BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr., and BrainPOP ELL offer cross-curricular animated movies, learning games, interactive quizzes, primary source activities, and a breadth of additional resources for students in grades K-12. Its topics span Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Engineering & Tech, Health, and Arts & Music. Perfect for teachers, lesson plans, students, and parents alike!

Business Source Premier

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


Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. One stop for automotive upkeep from simple maintenance to basic and advanced repairs for most automobile makes and models since the 1960s (a few back to the 1940s).

Computer Source

from EBSCOhost
Provides researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology.

Consumer Health Complete

from EBSCOhost
Consumer Health Complete has full text journals, magazines, and reference books dealing with health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition - coverage includes a focus on the complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness. Browse medical, health-related and drug reference books, read articles on health and fitness, and find sources for alternative health information.

Consumer Reports

Features ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services.


from Libby
Craftsy is an online resource for all creative makers, where you can find everything you need – from basic instruction to advanced techniques. It’s a community of enthusiastic makers, from quilters and sewers, to cake decorators and painters, wanting to create beautiful things and express their creativity.
Available through Libby by OverDrive. You will need to log into the Libby app, then access Craftsy through Libby Extras.

Creativebug has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more!

Dayton Daily News

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

Ohio-specific study exams to prepare for your driving exams. Includes 11 car practice tests, 8 motorcycle practice tests, 3 CDL (Commercial Driver's License) practice tests, 3 online driver's manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), an FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions, and an online VIN lookup:

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.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is organized so that students can find information quickly and easily. It includes more than 2,200 articles, 250 maps, 1,500 illustrations, and bilingual navigation.

Explora Primary Schools

From EBSCOhost
Designed with students and educators in grades K through 5 in mind, Explora Primary Schools provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up facts for class projects or homework.

Explora Public Libraries

From EBSCOhost
Designed with public library patrons in mind, 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 Secondary Schools

From EBSCOhost
Designed with students and educators in grades 6 through 12 in mind, Explora Secondary Schools provides a far better alternative to websites and search engines for students to look up articles and facts for research papers or homework.

Fiero Code Club (previously Prenda)

from EBSCOhost
For ages 8 to 18! A self-guided online software program that teaches you how to code through hundreds of coding tutorials and dozens of real-world projects. Fiero offers a gamified learning experience ― as you progress through the activities, you’ll earn clothes and accessories for your personal avatar.
Online account is required. Children under the age of 13 should have a parent or guardian open this account.

Fold3: History and Genealogy Archives

Find and share historic documents, with 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!

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.

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.

Gale eBooks

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

Gale in Context: Elementary

(formerly Kids Infobits)
Great for homework research for young learners. Easy-to-use and features searchable content including books, magazines, news, and more than 13,000 images.

Gale Literature Resource Center

Full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews on over 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods from around the world.

Global Newsstream

by ProQuest
Exclusive access to 85 full-text newspapers from the world-leading news, including Dayton Daily News from 1993 to current, and Wall Street Journal from 1984 to present. Research all over the country!

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

from EBSCOhost
This rich collection of consumer health information provides access to more than 80 full-text consumer health magazines, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Harvard Health Letter, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times and many others. While covering a wide variety of subjects, including information on specific diseases, users have access to Clinical Reference Systems reports, in both English and Spanish, and Merriam-Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary.


from Brainfuse
On demand, anytime, anywhere live tutoring for students K-12. Included is a Writing Lab and Send Question Center, which allows users to receive assistance at any time of the day without connecting with a live tutor. Prep exams and FAFSA assistance also available.
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

HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources - rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

from EBSCOhost
Offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.

Home Improvement Reference Center

from EBSCOhost
Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, user-friendly "how-to " information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.


Hoopla provides streaming video (movies and TV shows), music, audiobooks, eBooks and comics. Instantly stream and download to your device. Popular titles and classics, fiction and non-fiction are available. Stream 24/7!


from Brainfuse
A one-of-a-kind job coaching service designed to help you land the job of your dreams! With support for every stage of the job search, you will feel ready for the interview. Starting at the beginning, try resources that will help match your interests and experiences to a career with eParachute. Get assistance with resume building with resume templates and OptimalResume, complete with video mock interviews. Best of all, 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.

L Éncyclopédie Découvertes

World Book's content translated into French. Written at a reading level appropriate for young native speakers and readers of French, as well as adults for whom French is a second language.


from EBSCO and OhioMeansJobs
Via the OhioMeansJobs Assessment and Training Center, Learning Express provides access to the official ACT® and SAT® tests and practice educational exams such as PSAT, GED, and career specific training.
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
Access thousands of business, personal, real estate, state specific, federal, and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Lingo LITE

from World Trade Press
Learn basic vocabulary in 30 languages from native speakers. Each vocabulary entry includes a color photo, a native speaker video, and the word in the local language and your native language. Users can change the interface language at the click of a button.

LinkedIn Learning for Library

LinkedIn Learning has more than 6,600 courses! Learning paths are step-by-step courses, supported with quizzes, practice, and reminders. Examples of learning paths include how to become a web developer, manager, bookkeeper, project manager, small business owner, digital marketer, or digital illustrator.
Get assistance logging in via the LinkedIn Learning App.

Literary Reference Center

from EBSCOhost
With full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works, LRC contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories. Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest.

Marketscope Advisor

from CFRA
Access independent and forward-focused investment analysis, market commentary, news, and data with CFRA's essential analytical tools for industry reports, and stock and fund reports. Stay on top of changes in the markets so you can make informed investment decisions, track strategies to maximize returns, and deliver clear investment insights.

Masterfile Premier

from EBSCOhost
Read full text articles from popular magazines. Find out about another country or culture. Search for solutions to that question you can't quite answer.


Morningstar provides data on investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data.

MyHeritage Library Edition

A massive library with birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, the complete U.S. and U.K. censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 2 billion family tree profiles. Access key collections: U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940, military records, millions of newspaper articles, and unique, exclusive local and world collections.

New York Times

from ProQuest Global Newsstream
Search comprehensive coverage of this renowned newspaper from June 1, 1980 to the present. The Book Review (January 19, 1997 - present) and Sunday New York Times Magazine (January 5, 1997 - present) are also available. Articles pre-1980 are available with an in-library login. Ask at the reference desk.

New York Times Online -

Delve into the stories and topics that interest you most, from world news to the arts, Book Review to Sunday Review and everything in between. Get access to The New York Times at and its Chinese edition at Available on both Android and Apple apps.

Newspaper Source

from EBSCOhost
Presents full text for 28 national and international newspapers. Also has selected full text for more than 260 regional newspapers, with some full text national television & radio transcripts.

The largest historical newspaper database online, with tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1607 to present. Great for genealogy research! Library Edition by Ancestry

from ProQuest
Online access to 3,000+ historical newspapers. Dating from the early 1700s into the early 2000s, Library Edition contains full runs and portions of runs of well-known, regional and state titles to small local newspapers in the United States and other countries.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Elementary and Middle School students can find fiction and nonfiction titles for school projects and for fun! Enter the title of your favorite book and click on "Find Similar Books". You can also search by your favorite author, title or series.

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. Use the index information to help obtain a copy of particular death certificates. Easily save, e-mail, purchase or print an order form online.

Ohio History Central

From the Ohio Historical Connection, find information, images, timelines, maps, and documents about Ohio's history, geography, geology, animals, and American Indian populations.

Ohio History Connection

Search within the State Archives of Ohio Collection. Full text resources include African American Experience in Ohio 1850-1920, Civil War, Military Rosters, and more.

Ohio History Journal

Ohio History was established in June 1887 as the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly. For more than one hundred years, the journal has published peer-reviewed articles and book reviews on topics spanning the political, military, social, economic, and cultural history of our region.

Ohio Memory

Established in 2000, Ohio Memory is the collaborative statewide digital library project of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio, with digital collections from over 360 cultural heritage institutions representing all of Ohio's 88 counties. Historical treasures of Ohio such as manuscripts, maps, newspapers, photographs, and video are all available for the global community.

OhioMeansJobs Assessment & Training Center

from EBSCO LearningExpress
A highly-acclaimed, comprehensive selection of interactive online tutorials, practice tests, articles, eBooks, and high-stakes test preparation all modeled after official tests. The assessment & training center is designed to help students and professionals at all levels of learning achieve their educational and career-related goals.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Provides collections of in-depth, up-to-date trustworthy research on an ever-growing range of topics. Within the OREs, you'll find world-class experts who 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
Points of View Reference Center contains many topics, each with an overview, point, and counterpoint argument. Providing a balance of materials from all viewpoints, it also includes over 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents, and reference books. It also offers guides for writing position papers, developing arguments, and debating.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

from EBSCOhost
A comprehensive database providing full text publications, including peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all journals in the collection.

Reference Solutions

Search for people, businesses and more! Find jobs by job skills, location, and industry. Find business opportunities. Locate companies nationwide. Research business executives. View historical market trends. Track down addresses and phone numbers. Discover news articles for research.

Regional Business News

from EBSCOhost
Provides full text for more than 50 regional business publications, 75 business journals, newspapers, and newswires, covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Salem Press

Search WCPL's collection of Salem Press titles on literature and history.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

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

Scholastic Teachables

Worksheets, lesson plans, learning games, and more! Formerly known as Scholastic Printables, it offers printable activities for any subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, and skills sheets for kids in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8.

Science Reference Center

from EBSCOhost
Topics include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Designed to meet every student researchers needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources


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
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. is one of the first statistic portals in the world to integrate data on over 80,000 topics from over 18,000 sources onto a single professional platform. Categorized into 21 market sectors, provides direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets. Great for business owners, students, and curious people alike!


from EBSCOhost
Current events resource lets researchers explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms.

Transparent Language Online (TLO)

A powerful online language learning system that builds all four core skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. With 100+ languages to choose from and English lessons for speakers of over 25 different languages, there is something for every language learner. Mobile apps are available for language learning on the go!
Online account is required. Children under the age of 13 should have a parent or guardian open this account.


from Gale Presents
Gain skills and earn certificates! Udemy is an on-demand eLearning platform that offers more than 4,000 high-quality, on-demand video courses taught by instructors across 75 categories in the areas of business, technology, and design.
Google or Microsoft account is required. 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: from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Globalization to Literary Theory. Very Short Introductions Online brings together titles from this well-known and established print series, via a highly discoverable and fully cross-searchable platform.

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 -

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

( 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
Get breaking news and analysis on politics, business, world national news, entertainment and more from the oldest newspaper in the United States from December 4, 1996 to the present.

Enjoy direct, unlimited access to with expert reporting and analysis from Washington and around the world, including award-winning investigative coverage and editorial commentary. Includes historical archives.
The mobile app is available for Android and iOS devices. When outside of a library you can activate a 7-day pass. Offsite access requires the creation of a WaPo account using a valid email. After 7 days, you will need to reauthenticate your access.

World Book Advanced

Tailored for the needs and skills of students in grades 8 and up, World Book Advanced integrated primary and secondary source databases in a single search.

World Book Early Learning

Explore Trek's World, practice reading with cool stories and discover fun facts all in one place! Created for younger children, this graphic-intense database helps you learn while having fun.

World Book Student

Tailored for students in elementary and middle schools, World Book Student includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools. World Book Student is also optimized for tablets for the ultimate mobile research experience.


Lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.

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Like LinkedIn Learning, but better! Connect to more than 12,000 video-based courses in business, technology, software, and personal development—and more than 6,000 courses are taught by instructors in their native language (French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish plus six additional languages).

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STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Calling all Inventors! The Library has books, magzines, databases and websites to:

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