Electronic Resources

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 About Books - Everything you want to know about books & authors.

¬†Academic Search Premier -¬†Full text for scholarly and academic magazines and periodicals,¬†covering nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, ¬†and many more ‚Äď from EBSCOhost.

 African American Newspapers - Online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection, which includes papers from more than 35 states, features many rare and historically significant 19th-century titles.

¬†African American Periodicals -¬†Features more than 170 wide-ranging periodicals by and about African Americans. Published in 26 states, the publications include academic and political journals, commercial magazines, institutional newsletters, organizations bulletins, annual reports ¬†and other genres. These diverse periodicals‚ÄĒwhich have shaped, and in turn been shaped by, African American culture‚ÄĒwill enable new discoveries on lives of African Americans as individuals, as an ethnic group and as Americans.

¬†African History & Culture -¬†Created from the Library Company‚Äôs acclaimed Afro-Americana Collection‚ÄĒan accumulation that began with Benjamin Franklin and steadily increased throughout its entire history‚ÄĒthis unique online resource will provide researchers with more than 12,000 ¬†printed works. These essential books, pamphlets and broadsides, including many lesser-known imprints, hold an unparalleled record of African American history, literature and culture.

 AHFS Consumer Medication Information - AHFS Consumer Medication Information is a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish. Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS includes more  than a thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers and has been a Top Ten Award Winner in the Department of Health and Human Services National Consumer Education Materials Contest. This content is updated monthly.

Research alternative healthcare: Alt Healthwatch Alt HealthWatch - This resource focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers libraries full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are  hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts.Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine. This database features indexing and abstracts going back  as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990.

 America's Genealogy Bank - Easily search and browse millions of genealogies, obituaries, marriage and birth announcements and more from 1652 to the present. Includes historical newspapers, books and documents, along with modern obituaries and the Social Security Death Index.

 America's News - America's News provides unique access to over 2,100 local, regional and national news sources, featuring over 40 titles from the state of Ohio. Compare perspectives from across the nation, track trends, and find information on a variety of topics and issues from the 1970's through current day.

 American & English Literature Electronic books of American and English literature - poetry, drama, and fiction.

 Auto Repair Reference Center - This database contains do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs, and updates are added to the product on a regular basis. All of the content has been created by ASE certified technicians.

Biography Reference Bank¬†Biography Reference Bank - Biographies, obituaries, and photographs of thousands of individuals ‚Äď both living and deceased. Biographies Plus Illustrated contains the full text of the articles from more than 100 volumes of biographical reference books published by H. W. Wilson, plus thousands of profiles licensed from other respected publishers; updated monthly.¬†

Business Source Premiere Business Source Premiere - Full text business articles, research, and news updated daily from EBSCOhost.

Computer Source: Latest tech trends Computer Source - Computer Source provides researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology. This database offers full text for nearly 300 publications and indexing and abstracts for nearly 450 publications.

Consumer Health Complete Consumer Health Complete - Full text journals, magazines, and reference books from EBSCOhost dealing with health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition. Coverage includes a focus on the complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness.

 Consumer Reports - Digital copies of the Consumer Reports Magazine back to 1991.


 EBSCO eBooks - Search and view the full text of eBooks.


 Educational Resource Information Center - ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. The database contains more than 1.3 million records and provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education Resources in Education Index.

 Explora - Explora is a colorful, mobile-friendly interface to selected EBSCO information databases that provides not only a simple search box, but easy-to-browse categories.

 FEV Tutor - FEV Tutor provides students in grades 3-12 with virtual one to one tutoring. Students can log on to a scheduled session or request an "on demand" session at any time. Tutors will help students with homework, studying for a test, practicing a specific standard, and anything in between. Once students are registered, they can access tutoring anywhere with a computer and internet connection.

 Fold3 - View original source documents from the National Archives and other contributors.

 Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia - This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

 Gale Legal Forms - Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms covering the most popular legal areas. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

 Global Road Warrior - An online passage to the world covering 175 countries. Find extensive, up-to-date coverage of travel, communications and cultural issues for students and travelers alike.

GreenFILE: researched facts about human impact on the environment

 GreenFILE - GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

 HealthSource: Nursing/Academic Edition - This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the AHFS Consumer Medication Information, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

 Health Source: Consumer Edition - This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.

 HeritageQuest - U.S. Census from 1790-1930, Revolutionary War Pension Records & Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, Freedman's Bank Records, and U.S. Serial Set.

Learning Express Learning Express Library - Use Learning Express Library to take practice tests for various types of formal exams (ex. GED, PSAT, GRE, MAT), use tutorials to improve skills including reading, writing, and math, and update your computer and software skills. Use Job & Career Accelerator to access current job listings from over 5 million job postings, create professional resumes and cover letters, as well as mastering interview skills and networking techniques.

Literary Reference Center

 Literary Reference Center - Full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works. Contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories.

 Mango Languages - An online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Mango Languages also has apps for Android and iOS devices.

 MAS Ultra School Edition - Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contains full text for nearly 500 popular, high school magazines. MAS Ultra School Edition also provides more than 360 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.

¬†MasterFILE Premier - Full text for a wide variety of periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Also contains full text for reference books, biographies, and primary source documents, and an image collection photos, map, and flags ‚Äď updated daily from EBSCOhost.¬†

 Medline Plus - MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends with information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.

 Middle Search Plus - Middle Search Plus provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,774 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.

 Morningstar - A one-stop tool for collecting timely financial data, learning about investment options, and reading up-to-date financial news and commentary. ONLY ONE USER ALLOWED AT A TIME. Please end your session when finished using.

 NetWellness - Non-profit consumer health web site providing high quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty from several Ohio universities.

Newspaper Source from EBSCO Newspaper Source from EBSCO - Cover-to-cover full text for 20 national (U.S.) & international newspapers and selected full text for more than 230 regional (U.S.) newspapers, plus TV and radio news transcripts, updated daily.

 NoveList Plus - Author read-a-likes, book discussion guides, and featured articles. A Washington County Public Library card number is required to log in.

 NoveList K-8 Plus - Recommended books, award winning books, and books-to-movies for young readers. A Washington County Public Library card number is required to log in.

 Ohio.gov - Find government services and information for residents, businesses, visitors, and state employees. Reach the website of any Ohio government agency.

 Ohio Death Certificate Index - Database containing death certificates of persons that died in Ohio from 1913-1937.

 Ohio History Central - An evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia from the Ohio Historical Society. Find information, images, timelines, maps, and documents about Ohio's history, geography, geology, animals, and American Indian populations.

 Ohioline - Online database of publications from Ohio State University Extension Office; the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center; and the Agricultural Technical Institute. Find hundreds of factsheets, bulletins, and other educational materials covering a wide array of subjects - such as agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, 4-H, and youth.

 Ohio Memory Project - Project to bring together digital versions of historical collections from more than 330 archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums. Search or browse more than 26,000 primary sources dating from prehistory to the present. Take the Ohio Memory Challenge. Read essays about Ohio topics. Create your own scrapbook.

 Oxford English Dictionary - The most widely acknowledged to be the most authoritative and comprehensive record of the English language in the world, tracing the evolution and use of more than 600,000 words through 3 million quotations.

Points of View Reference Center

 Points of View Reference Center - Points of View Reference Center contains many topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing 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. 

 Prices4Antiques - Find prices for antique & collectible furniture, pottery, silver, glass, clocks, lighting, paintings & prints, plus much more.

 Primary Search - Provides full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.

 Professional Development Collection - Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports. Professional Development Collection is the most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world.

 Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection - A comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. This is the world's largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals.

Regional Business News Regional Business News - Full text for articles from over 75 business journals, newspapers, and covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States, from EBSCOhost.

Religion & Philosophy Collection: an essential tool for researchers and students of philosophy & religious studies

 Religion & Philosophy Collection - Provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. With more than 300 full text journals, the Religion & Philosophy Collection is an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies.

Sanborn Fire Maps Sanborn Fire Maps - Large scale street plans; including building outlines, property boundaries, and building use - produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company from 1867 to 1970. Locate buildings and neighborhoods. See a neighborhood "as it was". Study the growth of towns and cities. Identify the impact of new developments


Science Online Science Online - Science Online presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, diagrams, biographies, experiments, definitions, images, and videos and animations. Use the database to do everything from complete homework assignments and prepare for tests to conduct science experiments and write reports.

Science Reference Center Science Reference Center - Topics covered in Science Reference Center 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. By providing a wide range of topics, Science Reference Center satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards. 

 Sociological Collection - Provides coverage of more than 500 full text journals, including nearly 500 peer-reviewed titles. Sociological Collection offers information in all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture and social structure. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.

 Vocational Career Collection - Designed for vocational and technical libraries servicing high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public. This collection provides full text coverage for nearly 340 trade and industry-related periodicals.

What Snake is It?

 What Snake is It? - Use this online tool to figure out the identity of a snake.


What Tree is It?

 What Tree is It? - Use this online tool to figure out the identity of a tree using its leaves and fruit.


What's the Point? What's the Point? - Use this online tool to identify flint artifacts from Ohio.



World Book Online  World Book Online - Resources include encyclopedic content, e-books, multimedia, a vast collection of primary source documents, and a wealth of research tools that allow students to customize and save their work.

 World Vital Records - World Vital Records is designed for guests who are either just beginning their family research or who after years of work want to discover more of their past. Search over 5 billion Family History and Genealogy records, and 28 million family trees.