Research Databases

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List of research database titles, descriptions and links
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Academic Search Premier

Contains full-text versions of thousands of publications, including scholarly journals, popular magazines, newspapers, and video. Covers nearly all fields of study, including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and more. 

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Explora for Kids

Provides students in grades K-5 access to magazine and newspaper articles, essays, biographies, primary sources, country information, pictures, videos, and more in the areas of animals, art and music, biography, geography, language arts, health, math, science, and social studies. Includes Lexile reading levels, text-to-speech, and the ability to translate articles from English to a number of other languages.

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Explora for Teens

Provides students in grades 6-12 access to magazine and newspaper articles, essays, biographies, primary sources, country information, pictures, videos, and more in the areas of the arts, literature, biography, business, government, current issues, geography, health, history, science, and math. Includes Lexile reading levels, text-to-speech, and the ability to translate articles from English to a number of other languages.

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Explora Public Libraries

Access to hundreds of professional journals, popular magazines, reference books, images, primary sources, and more. Includes text-to-speech, the ability to translate articles from English to a number of other languages, and a citation tool that supports AMA, APA, MLA, and Turabian.

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Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries for students and adults covering an array of topics. Offers images and brief biographies. Updated annually.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online collection of reference books in the following subject areas: the Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studeis, the Nation and World, Religion, Science, the Social Sciences, and Technology. You can browse one book or search across the entire collection. These eBooks are part of Gale's trusted, authoritative reference works.

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Crafting instructions, how-to information, and creative ideas for artists, crafters and hobbyists. Includes full-text articles from hobby and craft magazines and books, as well as access to hundreds of crafting videos. Topics include painting, woodworking, jewelry making, collecting, wine making, genealogy, gardening, cooking (with recipes), card & board games, kids' crafts, models, needlecrafts, dancing, puppetry, robotics, ham radio, scrapbooking, paper crafts, birding, fishing, hunting, and much more.

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Home Improvement Reference Center

Designed to assist homeowners in do-it-yourself home repair, maintenance and remodeling projects. Offers step-by-step illustrated instructions, tips, and suggestions from books and magazines, as well as over 35,000 helpful images and nearly 100 videos. Topics covered include: decorating, electrical work, maintenance, outdoor improvements, plumbing, remodeling, woodworking, and more.

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Kids Infobits

A kid-friendly graphic interface provides an introduction to database searching for students in grades K-5. Provides full-text, age-appropriate magazines and news articles, videos, images, graphs, and more. Includes text-to-speech and Lexile reading levels.

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MAS Ultra

Designed for high school students, this database contains full-text articles from popular high school magazines. Includes access to pamphlets, biographies, primary source documents, and an image collection of photographs, maps, and flags. Also provides more than 350 full-text reference books including the Columbia Encyclopedia, the CIA World Fact Book, and the World Almanac and Book of Facts.  Updated daily.

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MasterFILE Premier

Contains the full text for a wide variety of popular magazines and professional journals, some dating as far back as 1975. Subjects covered include general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues, popular culture, and much more. This database also contains the full text for a variety of reference books, biographies, and primary source documents as well as an image collection of photos, maps, and flags.

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Middle Search Plus

Provides full-text articles from popular magazines for middle school students. Also offers access to biographies, historical essays, primary source documents, fact sheets for countries and states, Magill Book Reviews, and an image collection of photographs, maps, and flags. Includes Lexile reading levels. Updated daily.

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Newspaper Source

Provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 20 U.S. and international newspapers and selective full text for more than 230 regional (U.S.) newspapers. Full text television & radio news transcripts from major networks are also provided. Updated daily.

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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Peer-reviewed overview and summary articles written and edited by leading scholars. Each of the twenty-five distinct and subject-based encyclopedias cover a range of topics in the humanities, social sciences, and science. New topics are added regularly and each summary is designed to be read within 30 minutes and includes an annotated bibliography to help further research. 

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Very Short Introductions

Concise introductions by Oxford University Press to a wide variety of topics, written by experts in the field. Subject areas covered include arts, science, humanities, history, politics, law, medicine and health, mathematics, social sciences, and more. 

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What Tree Is It?

Guide to identifying common trees in Ohio.

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What's That Snake?

Identification guide to snakes found in Ohio.

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What's the Point?

Guide to identifying flint artifacts (arrowheads, spearheads, etc.)

Includes a timeline and brief introduction to Ohio's prehistoric people.

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World Book Advanced

Online encyclopedia tailored for high school students and adults. Features include articles, a dictionary, an atlas, primary sources, website links, back in time articles, interactive maps, special reports, and more. Contains up-to-the-minute access to worldwide news publications, government links from numerous countries, and multimedia materials. Includes a citation builder featuring MLA, APA, and Harvard formats. Also includes materials for educators. Optimized for tablets.

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World Book Early World of Learning

Onine resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades develop language and literacy skills. Features modules that focus on early learning themes (colors, shapes, number, etc.), reading instruction for phonics, and vocabulary and comprehension skills. Includes narrated stories, "print & do" activities, videos, interactive games, and the Know It encyclopedia designed especially for early readers. Also includes materials for educators. Optimized for tablets.

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World Book for Kids

Designed for the young learner in grades 1 through 4, English-language learners, and reluctant readers. Features easy-to-read articles, videos, games, images, interactive maps, science projects, activities, and more. Also includes materials for educators. Optimized for tablets.

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World Book for Students

Online encyclopedia tailored for upper-elementary and middle-grade users. Features articles, videos, images, activities, primary sources, editor-selected web sites, current events, a citation builder, a Biography center, a dictionary and atlas, and more. Also includes materials for educators. Optimized for tablets.

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World Book Online

Online site for young students through adults that offers access to the World Book Encyclopedia, complete with images, videos, maps, sounds, current news, primary source documents, learning activities, related web links, and more. Chose from Early World of Learning, Kids, Student, Advanced, Timelines, in Spanish for Kids, in Spanish for Adults, in French.

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