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Academic Search Premier

When your search goes way beyond Google, to the realm of professional journal articles and scholarly research, Academic Search Premier is THE place to go. Find full-text, peer-reviewed articles across multiple disciplines - free. Professional teachers can find the latest on transitional kindergarten.  A political science major can read in-depth insights on Ohio swing voters. A new member of a nonprofit board can learn budget strategies. There is so much helpful information to uncover in an easily searchable database that is updated daily. You can search all the way back to 1865!

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African American Heritage

Uncover your African American roots, empowered by excellent resources and devoted researchers, who have been in your shoes. Experience the satisfaction of discovering your unique story to share with everyone in your family.

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Alt HealthWatch

If you have ever wondered about alternative approaches to traditional medicine, this is the place to explore! Find peer-reviewed, full-text articles on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. 1995-present.

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American Ancestors

If you are researching British roots, this database is well-worth exploring. American Ancestors, by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, has the largest collection of original materials about the British people of North America. Its ongoing Great Migration study is the most authoritative record of tens of thousands of British subjects who helped found New England! Available only in the Main Library.

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Ancestry.com Library Edition

Discover your family tree for free with the most popular online family history resource! Piece together your unique story searching hundreds of millions of newspapers. Discover census, immigration, and military service information. You can even find passenger lists! In-library use only.

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Biography Reference Center

When you want to find out more about notable people past and present, this is your go-to source. Explore videos, magazine articles, images, books, and more searching by person or even by the author of the biography. Full-text, peer-reviewed and updated daily to cover the who’s who of the world from the earliest known history until today. Updated daily.

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Business Source Premier

If you are interested in business – whether it is researching a corporation, exploring management policies, forming a market strategy – or just about any other trade issue, you can find it here. Explore full-text, peer-reviewed journal articles from 1901 until today. Updated daily.

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Children’s Core Collection

Looking for books to inspire readers from preschool through the sixth grade? Find guidance to sort through the maze of fiction and nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels, and magazines. Sort peer-reviewed articles by topic, author, age, title, and more. Continuously updated.

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Chilton’s Auto Repair

Experience the confidence of doing it yourself or knowing what a reasonable charge is for car maintenance and repairs. Access step-by-step directions and tools to estimate labor costs, geared to your specific vehicle. Priceless!  

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Computer Source

From computers that took up the size of a room to smartphones, and tablets, you can find all things tech, in this detailed database. Find full-text, peer-reviewed journal articles dating back to 1965.

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Consumer Health Complete

Avoid the minefield of internet health searches by researching a thorough health and wellness database. Look for your topic in journals, magazines, and reference books. Find not only traditional approaches to health and wellness, fitness and nutrition, but also complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

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Consumer Reports Library Card Required.

Get the biggest bang for your buck when you arm yourself with unbiased “Consumer Reports” reviews for free! Break down your decisions on a car, laptop, refrigerator, and more to fit your budget and your lifestyle needs. With more than 8,000 expert reviews, this is one of the smartest stops to make on your buying journey.

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Creativebug Library Card Required.

Martha Stewart, move over! You can develop your own crafty side with online classes through Creativebug. Recognized design experts and artists teach you everything from crocheting to jewelry making, cake decorating, hand lettering, and much more! No buying fancy craft magazines or paying subscription fees. Get started FREE on your own creative path.

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CultureGrams New!

CultureGrams® is a leading reference resource for reliable cultural information on the countries of the world. CultureGrams goes beyond basic facts and figures with local perspectives on more than 200 countries and territories, detailing daily life and culture, including history, customs, and lifestyles. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, each concise, reliable, and up-to-date report is written and reviewed by local experts, providing users with unique, intimate cultural details from a real insider’s perspective.

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ERIC (Education Resource Information Center)

Are you trying to find new ways to help students with behavioral disorders? How about an independent analysis of a new math app? Or ways to encourage reading at home? Find sources on all kinds of educational topics provided by the US Department of Education searching ERIC (Education Resource Information Center). The guide has both published and unpublished sources, dating back to 1910.

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Explora for Middle School Students New!

Specifically designed with the needs of middle school students in mind, Explora for Middle Schools includes full-text articles from popular, vocational, and trade magazines, full-text newspaper articles, along with images, videos, and primary sources.

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Explora: Secondary Students

Your students can easily find what they need for homework help or research projects right here.  Explora features reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art & music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures & languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.

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Exploring Race in Society New!

Designed for high school and undergraduate students, Exploring Race in Society contains scholarly journals and proprietary essays that provide researchers with a deeper understanding of how current issues stem from actions and policies of the past.
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Fiction Core Collection

Looking for something to read? You can find information on thousands of works of fiction for adults, either written in or translated into English. Even out-of-print titles are included!

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Could you have an ancestor who fought in the Civil War? Are you researching hometown heroes to honor for their service?  Your first stop for answers is the Fold3 database. Not only can you easily access military records. You can also find stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.  

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Foundation Directory Online

Nonprofits and individuals seeking funding, scholarships, or fellowships can access Foundation Directory to find and connect with funders.

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Gale In Context: Global Issues

In our interconnected world, it’s more important than ever to be globally aware. Find a wealth of authoritative content, empowering you to understand the most important issues. Find news, global viewpoints, country information, videos, statistics, and more in a single search!

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Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Whether you are preparing for a debate or just wanting to understand all sides of an issue, you can find what you need here.  Discover information and opinions on hundreds of social issues with topic overviews, full-text magazines, news articles, statistics, links to vetted websites and more!

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Gale Legal Forms – Ohio

Do you want to write a will, prepare a bill of sale for your old car, or change your name? Save the cost of hiring a lawyer for these and other common tasks by using Legal Forms. Find what you need easily online, and then customize the form to suit your needs. These are the same forms used by attorneys and law firms. So why rack up billable hours when you can do it yourself? You can even access sample letters, find answers to common legal questions, and find attorney listings if you need more help.

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Gale Literature Resource Center

Students and devoted readers can discover rich background about 130 thousand significant writers of varied disciplines, from all time periods around the world. Explore up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews.

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Researching renewable energy, sustainability, or anything related to the human impact on the environment? You have found the right place to look. Easily search this extensive collection of scholarly, government, and general-interest, peer-reviewed titles about the environment, dating back to 1941.

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The premier destination for nonprofits and nonprofit research. Update your organizations profile to attract donors. Perform valuable research on potential partners and efficiently find organizations that will meet your goals. GuideStar will help you stay up to date on the latest insights on local and national nonprofits.

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Health Source – Nursing/Academic Edition

If you work in nursing or any health profession, it’s important to keep up to date on the rapidly changing landscape in your field. Easily research what interests you and keep current with full-text articles from nearly 600 scholarly journals. It also contains abstracts and indexing for over 850 journals. Updated twice a week.

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Heritage Hub

Find your family roots with the premier collection of American obituaries and death notices, dating back to 1704. Easily identify relatives and discover unknown family members. Heritage Hub covers all 50 states and includes original obituary images. You can access it 24/7.

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HeritageQuest Online

Discover your family history with research from over 60 countries, dating back to the 1700s! Search American and Canadian Census records. Find information on people and places described in more than 28,000 family and local histories! You can even search a selection of American Revolution records.

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Historical News Archive

Journey back in time to discover your family roots or community’s past with over 100 years of local publications converted from microfilm. Search Stark County papers from 1810 to 1946, including the Canton Daily News, Stark County Democrat, Stark County Republican, Canton City Directory, and more.

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Hobbies & Crafts Source

Do you want to know a good way to build a model airplane, make a seasonal table topper, or create artisan cookies? Find how-to directions for your dream projects in the easily searchable Hobbies & Craft Reference Center, featuring magazines, books, videos, recipes, and more!

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Home Improvement Source

Spare your wallet by learning how to do more around the house. Find easy-to-follow directions for plumbing, electrical work, remodeling projects, and much more! Why hire when you can learn to do it yourself- and earn some bragging rights along the way?

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Investment Research Center (Formerly known as Morningstar)

Knowledge is power AND money when it comes to investments. Tap into a FREE wealth of information with Investment Research Center online. Saving for college? Managing a portfolio of stocks and mutual funds? Planning for retirement? Whatever your need, you'll find excellent, up-to-date information. You can even access an investing classroom and retirement cost calculator.

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If you are a student or teacher conducting research, you can dig deep with JSTOR. This FREE online database covers more than 75 disciplines with millions of academic journal articles, books, and other sources.

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LinkedIn Learning Library Card Required.

Reach personal and professional goals by learning skills online for FREE. Take advantage of thousands of courses taught by experts on topics like increasing your focus, web development, leadership, business, design, and more.

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Literary Reference Source

Teachers and students can quickly find all kinds of information about works of literature in this handy database, covering all genres and time periods. Discover more than 36,000 plot summaries, more than one million book reviews, and over 11 thousand author interviews – just to name a few! It also features an expansive collection of full-text poems, short stories and novels!

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Mango Languages Library Card Required.

Overcome stumbling blocks to learning a foreign language, with online lessons that intuitively adapt to your needs. Mango Languages offers over 70 world language courses covering everything from Mandarin Chinese to Latin American Spanish. You can even learn St. Patrick’s Day Irish and Pirate. What fun!

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MAS Ultra – School Edition

High school students, find help for research projects and your future searching nearly 500 popular magazines, more than 360 reference books, an image collection of photos, maps and flags, and much more. Magazines include Careers & Colleges, American’s Civil War, Astronomy, Smithsonian, and much more. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator.  You can even find videos. Updated daily. 1865-present.

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Whether you are researching ways to reduce the risk of heart attack in humans, clinical trials of anti-cancer drugs, or any life science topic, you’ve got a solid starting point here. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine’s premier bibliographic database, containing more than 29 million references to journal articles, with a concentration on biomedicine.

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Middle Search Plus

Middle school teachers and students – jumpstart projects searching a database of popular magazines and reference books, covering subjects like history, current events, science, and sports. Full text. Peer reviewed.

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Go waaaaaaaaaay back researching your family tree with databases spanning the past five centuries. Access billions of international historical documents, photos, and resources.

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Newspaper Archive

Discover fascinating history and empower your search for your family roots with free access to Ohio newspaper archives. You can read nearly 700 newspapers, dating all the way back to the 1700s. Search for family obituaries, marriages, historic events, and more! There are even newspapers in foreign languages, giving insight into the ethnic groups that form our state.

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Newspaper Source

It’s a researcher’s dream. Find news from USA Today, the The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, CBS News, and more, quickly and efficiently. The database, updated daily, includes major broadcast transcripts, as well as cover-to-cover, full-text stories from local, national, and international newspapers spanning nearly 40 years.

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Northstar Digital Literacy

If you’re having trouble figuring out digital technology, Northstar Digital is the place for you. This online training service has easy-to-follow courses to help you learn the skills you need to navigate the digital world. Learn basic computer and software skills, plus practical lessons in using technology in everyday life.

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Ohio Means Jobs

If you’re looking for a job or looking to hire, Ohio Means Jobs is an excellent tool. Job seekers can post resumes, search for opportunities, and learn career skills. Employers, meanwhile, can search for top talent. Even students can find part-time jobs, apprenticeships, and internships.

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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Ever hear someone mention a topic and have little to no idea what they mean? Don’t feel out of the loop, instead get your answers fast with Oxford Research Encyclopedias. You’ll understand the basics quickly with trust-worthy summaries written by experts!  There is also access to full-text articles for a deeper dive.

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Points of View Reference Source

Students – find what you need to understand and debate controversial issues. Whether it is election reform, working remotely, cloning, etc, you will develop analytical thinking skills as you learn all sides of an issue. This is an excellent source for developing persuasive arguments and essays.

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Professional Development Collection

Educators, find what you need to thoroughly understand issues in the field. Search a specialized collection of full-text journal articles. Peer reviewed. 1930-present.

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Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

Searching for answers to questions about psychiatry, psychology, and behavior? This is a great place to look. Access full-text psychology journals with strong coverage in child and adolescent psychology and counseling. Peer reviewed. Updated daily. 1930-present.

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Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction

If you are searching for information on anything from the American industrial revolution to a biography of a British prime minister, this is your place to start. Find recommendations for adult nonfiction books and reference works. Updated continuously.

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Regional Business News

Wondering about business investment in your community? Why are grocery stores popping up in a certain region? What types of businesses are trending? Find your answers searching regional business publications. Full text. Updated daily. 1985-present.

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Religion and Philosophy Collection

What is the meaning of existence? What do Buddhists, Catholics, Muslims, and other believers hold in common? What are the most common end-of-life reflections? Find answers to these questions and more in hundreds of full-text journals and magazines covering many religious and philosophical topics. Peer reviewed. Updated daily. 1975-present.

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Go back in time to explore what roads, buildings, and houses made up Ohio’s cities and towns, with detailed maps dating all the way back to 1882. The Sanborn Map Company created more than 40,000 maps in the Buckeye State for fire insurance purposes until 1962, providing fascinating historical information.

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Small Business Source

Whether you have an established business or are just starting up, ease your stress with free help for just about every scenario you can imagine. Learn business basics, find out how to incorporate and write a business plan, navigate tax filing, work with independent contractors, and much more. There is even help for nonprofits. Access tools, reference books, videos, and much more, no matter your industry or type of small business.

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Sociological Collection

Researching social behavior, human interactions, community development or anything else related to sociology or social work? Find full-text, peer reviewed articles updated daily, dating back to 1930.

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Stark Memory

Uncover family history - home and abroad, going back in time with real photos, documents, and recordings. Access our fascinating local digital collection, AND research other collections around the world.

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Students, are you trying to find a subject for a research paper or information for an assignment? Comb 90,000 full-text articles on current events, issues, scientific discoveries and much more. Search by topic from a wide array of sources.

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Vocational and Career Collection

Interested in exploring a trade or switching jobs? Search full-text articles from trade and industry related journals and magazines. Learn the latest news about the field. Full text. Peer reviewed. 1985-present.

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World Book Advanced

Whether you are a preschooler, high school student, or anything in between, you can find information suited to your learning level using this powerful tool. Learn how to count. Research lizards. Find out about the middle ages. Whatever your topic, you can find encyclopedias, multimedia, e-books and primary source databases in a single search. You can also access help from a dictionary, atlas, and local and country research guides. Talk about one-stop shopping!

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World Book Early Learning

Preschoolers to third graders will delight in a fun, interactive environment that encourages reading comprehension and phonetic skills. Kids enjoy stories, activities, videos, and games developed by early childhood education experts. The online tool easily integrates into classroom curriculum.  

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World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Spanish speakers and beginning Spanish students can have fun finding information for assignments and research in this optimal World Book Spanish language reference tool, geared to their level. Discover topics like animals, places, plants, arts, sports, and much more. It includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.

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World Book Kids

Kids can easily find and understand answers to research questions using World Book Kids online. Geared to a younger audience, there are many engaging images. Enjoy activities, games, maps and more! Read aloud and Spanish translation options are also available. Learn and grow while finding answers in articles that are easy to understand. 

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World Book Student

Kids in elementary through middle school can learn, research, and grow with this award-winning content. Features include “Behind the Headlines,” to put the news in context for kids, “Biography Center,” which houses more than 10,000 biographies of historical and contemporary figures, as well as a built-in dictionary and easy-to-navigate atlas. 

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When you are having a hard time finding what you need, how about searching records from 72,000+ libraries all over the world? That is exactly how deep you can go using WorldCat. It includes books, magazines, archives, manuscripts, maps, films, online resources, and more! Interlibrary loan anyone? Updated daily. 

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