Research Databases

Screenshot of Academic Search Premier database search page. Academic Search Premier

A full-text multi-disciplinary (arts, business, humanities, science, technology, etc.) database that provides sources spanning the range from popular magazines to newspapers to peer-reviewed academic journals and beyond. Also offers access to more than 67,000 videos from the Associated Press dating from 1930 to the present. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide.]

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Screenshot of EBSCO emblem. EBSCO

Access all of EBSCO's databases here and select which you want to use in a search. [Support Page and Beginner's Video Tutorial + PowerPoint.]

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Screenshot of Explora Public Libraries search page. Explora Public Libraries

Search this multidisciplinary database by keyword or subject (or use the Advanced Search function) to find reliable sources pertaining to arts & literature, biography, business & careers, current events, geography & culture, health, history & social science, and science & math. Source types include but aren't limited to: professional journals, popular magazines, reference books, images, and primary sources. From EBSCOhost. [Beginner's User Guide.]

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Screenshot of Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center homepage. Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

A database that offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas from magazines, books, and videos to meet the interests of hobbyists of every type. Main categories include: arts and crafts, collecting, home and garden, indoor recreation, kids' crafts, model building, needlecrafts and textiles, outdoor recreation, performing arts, science and technology, and scrapbooking and papercrafts. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide.]

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Screenshot of Home Improvement Reference Center homepage. Home Improvement Reference Center

A full-text database that provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects. Sources offered include reference books, magazines and trade publications, images, and videos. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide.]

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Screenshot of Internet Archive homepage. Internet Archive

This non-profit digital library provides users access to millions of free books, movies, software, music, radio, archived websites, and more. Want to know if a public figure really said that? Check out the site's TV News Archive, particularly the fact-checked items. Want to track down a webpage that's been deleted or altered? Use the site's Wayback Machine

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Screenshot of Kids InfoBits Homepage. Kids InfoBits

A database that helps kids find authoritative, age-appropriate information while gaining familiarity with database searching. Sources include books, magazines, videos, charts, and graphs, while subjects covered include the arts, geography, health, literature, science, social studies, sports, and technology. Content can be filtered based on level of learning, and can be translated into over 36 languages, both on screen and read aloud. From OWL. [Beginner's User GuideBasics Video TutorialSearch TipsSearch Video Tutorial, and Documents Video Tutorial.]

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Screenshot of Library of Congress website. Library of Congress

The website for the U.S. Library of Congress provides researchers with access to digitalized archives of primary historical sources (newspapers, letters, legal documents, books, photos, maps, blueprints, audio recordings, etc.), as well as finding aids and guides for topics ranging from legal research to genealogy and beyond. Take a look at their Research Tools webpage to get an idea of what they offer! [Beginner's Video Tutorial.]

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Screenshot of a button that reads "MAS Ultra School Edition". MAS Ultra: School Edition

Tailored to high school students, this database contains popular high school magazines, reference books, primary documents, biographies, and an image collection containing photos, maps, flags and color PDFs. Subjects covered include the arts & humanities, business, health, history, politics, science, careers, and more. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide & Beginner's Video Tutorial.]

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MasterFILE Premier Logo. MasterFILE Premier

This general reference database was designed for public library use, and provides users with access to full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents, as well as to an image collection that contains photos, maps and flags. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide & Beginner's Video Tutorial.]

 
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Middle Search Plus

Tailored to middle school students, this full-text database provides students with access to popular middle school magazines, reference books, primary documents, biographies, and an image collection containing photos, maps, flags and color PDFs. Subjects covered include the arts & humanities, business, health, history, politics, science, careers, and more. From EBSCOhost. [User GuideBeginner's Video Tutorial.]

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Screenshot of National Archives Access to Archival Databases homepage. National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the U.S. federal government's record keeper, and researchers can access important primary documents through its digital archival databases. The main National Archives website features special sections on America's Founding Documents, Veterans' Service Records, Research Resources, and Educator Resources--as well as an A-Z subject index--so be sure to take a look at it too. [Beginner's User Guide.]

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Screenshot of Newspaper Source homepage. Newspaper Source

Provides full text for hundreds of U.S., international, and regional newspapers, as well as transcripts for television and radio news from major networks. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide & Beginner's Video Tutorial.]

 
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Screenshot of Oxford Research Encyclopedias homepage. Oxford Research Encyclopedias

This resource provides substantive, peer-reviewed, regularly updated overview articles written by certified experts in their subjects. For ease of access, multi-media features are embedded in the articles, along with cross-referenced links to related content. From OWL. [Video Guided Tour.]

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Screenshot of Points of View Reference Center. Points of View Reference Center

Need information for an opinion paper or a class debate, or just curious about a controversial subject? This database, which provides factual overview articles alongside pro and con opinion pieces, is an excellent place to start. Also contains research guides on relevant subjects that include but aren't limited to: "Choosing a Topic", "Debate Etiquette", "Evaluating a Website", "From Notes to Outline", "Judging Fact vs. Opinion", and beyond.

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Screenshot of Professional Development Collection logo. Professional Development Collection

A full-text database geared towards educators, librarians, and education researchers that contains peer-reviewed journals, educational reports, and more. From EBSCOhost. [User Guide.]

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Screenshot of Sanborn homepage. Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Need a map of an Ohio city? This database provides access to over 40,000 detailed city maps drawn between 1882 and 1962. From OWL.

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A screenshot of the Very Short Introductions homepage. Very Short Introductions

Use this resource to access short introduction guides about subjects ranging from the Laws of Thermodynamics to Indian Cinema. The topics covered by this series fall under the following primary categories: Arts & Humanities, Law, Medicine & Health, Science & Mathematics, and Social Sciences. From OWL. [User Information

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