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 Premier Databases
The following links are premier databases and resources purchased by the Library or available to you through the Ohio Public Library Information Network. Please note that some premier databases require a library card to access from home.


ADAM Medical EncyclopediaA.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia
In-depth information, color illustrations and animations on over 1,500 media topics; provided by MedlinePlus. The acronym in the name of this medical encyclopedia comes from "Animated Dissection of Anatomy for Medicine".
AtoZ the WorldAtoZ the World
AtoZ the World is the world standard for country profiles, with detailed coverage of more than 100 topics each. No other single source covers so many cultural and educational topics, so well, for so many countries.
Auto Repair, Home Improvement, Hobbies & Entertainment GatewayAuto Repair, Home Improvement, Hobbies & Entertainment Gateway
Find here the many resources - databases, ebooks & websites - which will help you with your home improvement projects, recreational hobbies, and entertainment pursuits.

Britannica ImageQuestBritannica ImageQuest
This database provides access to more than two million images which have all been rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use. The images in this site cover every subject area imaginable and can be used for teacher lesson plans, assignments, activities, and whiteboards; student reports and projects; or school Web sites, newsletters, newspapers, flyers, and bulletins. Home-Remote Access  Click here for Home-Remote Access

Provides access to demographic data for all states that can generate maps and reports including information on consumer expenditures, population, income, race, housing, employment, and Mosaic cluster groups by various geographic breakdowns.  The Business & People module provides a comprehensive business and residential reference and research tool for information on over 23 million businesses and over 206 million people and 35 million households.
EBSCOhost DatabasesEBSCOhost Databases
EBSCOhost is the portal to a number of databases that provide full text articles from magazines, newspapers, reference books, and more in various disciplines.  Database focus varies from general/popular to academic and from grade school level to college/professional level.  An all-in-one resource.
EBSCOhost eBooksEBSCOhost eBooks
Full digital text of selected books from EBSCOhost. For a User Guide to EBSCO's eBooks, including a printable Quick Reference Guide, click here. There are two video tutorials avaialable: Downloading EBSCO eBooks and Searching EBSCO eBooks.
Facts on FileFacts on File
Find facts and background information in the individual databases: Ancient History & Culture, African-American History & Culture, American History Online, American Indian History & Culture, Biomes of the Earth, and Science Online. You can also use the History Database Center link to search all 4 historical databases at once.
Funk & Wagnalls New World EncyclopediaFunk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.
Gale Directory LibraryGale Directory Library
A database of specialized directories on companies, publishers, associations, media and more. Because each library system creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different library systems.
Gale Virtual Reference LibraryGale Virtual Reference Library
This is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Because each library system creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different library systems.  Titles of especial note in YPL's eBook colection are Business Plans Handbook and Contemporary Authors.
General One FileGeneral OneFile
A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics across all subject disciplines. Millions of full-text articles. Updated daily.
HelpNowlogoHelpNow (Brainfuse)
Free live, online homework help for students from kindergarten to Adult Learners. Certified tutors are available from 3 pm to Midnight to help you with math, science, social studies, writing, Spanish, and English. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available. Any time of day, you can take practice tests, study flashcards, hold a study group online, and create and share movie-like notes and ideas.
Homework Help GatewayHomework Help Gateway
Find here the many educational resources - databases, ebooks, & websites - which will help for any and all homework assignments.
This is a search engine for U.S. Government Web pages for children and links to other sites. is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to U.S. government information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.
Kids InfoBitsKids InfoBits
Kids InfoBits is a database for students in kindergarten through grade 5. It features a kid-friendly graphic interface with full-text content from elementary reference sources and magazines. Kids InfoBits covers geography, current events, the arts and sciences, people, government, history, health, sports, and more.

Know It Now Know It Now
For those burning questions requiring an immediate response, log on to, the statewide virtual reference service, and chat your question to a librarian.

Gale Legal Forms provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney directory by state and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.
MaloneysMaloney's Antiques & Collectibles Resource Directory
This database provides a "who's who guide to the world of antiques & collectibles." It is "an easily searchable online clearinghouse not only about antiques and collectibles, but also art, gems & jewelry, dinnerware/flatware/crystal matching services, contemporary collectibles and, basically, resources for any type of personal property including antique cars, machinery & equipment, and even vintage airplanes!" There are "thousands of specialist dealers, experts, collectors, appraisers, clubs, periodicals, repair and restoration services, museums and libraries, internet resources, matching services, grading services, authenticators, pricing and auction services." Home-Remote AccessClick here for Home-Remote Access.
MangoMango Languages
This database has a unique teaching method which engages you in real conversations between two native speakers. Your instructor will take you through every step of the process. Each lesson revisits previously learned material, but you have complete control over your learning experience.
MasterFile PremierMasterFile Premier (EBSCO)
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 2,000 general reference publications. It also includes full text reference books, biographies, primary source documents and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.
National Geographic KidsNational Geographic Kids
Reputable, authoritative, and appropriate content that brings children aged 6-14 the world in a way they've never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.

National Geographic Virtual LibraryNational Geographic Virtual Library
This resource brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue from 1888 to the present — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.  National Geographic supports research needs from high school homework to background for recreational travelers and now there’s an easier way to offer these remarkable images and articles in a cross-searchable platform that fits the way today’s students and patrons conduct their research.

Ohio Laws and RulesOhio Laws & Rules
What is it? Access to Ohio's revised code of laws and Ohio's administrative regulations.
Why use it? Find specific points of law and regulations in Ohio.
Ohio Web LibraryOhio Web Library Federated Search
This looks at groups of databases in categories you select and returns results in a few seconds. For a list of shortcut URLs to the specific databases click here.
Opposing ViewOpposing Viewpoints In Context
Continuously updated and providing contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues and controversies, this database is a portal to articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites. Click here for a tutorial.
Oxford Reference Online PremiumOxford Reference Online Premium
The Premium collection brings together more than 300 language and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. These books can be searched simultaneously or by individual book title.
Points of View Reference CenterPoints of View Reference Center (EBSCOhost)
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. 
Pop Culture UniversePop Culture Universe
A fascinating digital library of information on American and world popular culture--both past and present. This useful database provides a safe way for students to investigate topics of great appeal without the bias, advertising, suggestive content or questionable authorship of commercial and fan sites.
Price ItPrice It! Antiques & Collectibles
Price It! Antiques and Collectibles is the most comprehensive antiques and collectible pricing tool in the world, delivering more than 10 million images & 125 searchable categories.
Reference USAReferenceUSA
The #1 source of information on businesses and people for researchers, students, job seekers and government agencies. Search by specific name, geographic area, business type, sales volume or employee size. Click here for a ReferenceUSA tutorial.

SearchasaurusSearchasaurus (EBSCO)
Making it easy for younger patrons to find information on popular topics like animals, history, health, science, and current events, this children's interface searches several of the most popular EBSCO databases for reference content. Click here for a tutorial.

Statistical Abstract of the United StatesStatistical Abstract of the United States
This database provides online access to the Statistical Abstract of the United States, the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States. Home-Remote Access Click here for Home-Remote Access.
Student Research CenterStudent Research Center (EBSCO)
Provides access to full-text magazine and newspaper articles, biographies, essays, primary source documents, as well as photographs, maps, and other graphics from EBSCO databases geared to students in grades 6-12. Click
for a tutorial on Student Research Center.
Student Resources In ContextStudent Resources In Context
Student Resources In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of topics, people, places, and events.  The new solution merges Gale’s authoritative reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
Topic SearchTOPICsearch
In using this database, teachers, librarians and student researchers can explore current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics frequently discussed in the classroom.  TOPICsearch contains full text for over 150,961 articles from 475 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, EBSCO's unparalleled collection of periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information.
This is a search engine for millions of U.S. Government Web pages. As the U.S. government's official web portal, makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web.

World BookWorld Book
The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.

World Book AcademicWorld Book Academic
Premier resource for researchers at the university level, this is a comprehensive reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.
World Book AdvancedWorld Book Advanced
A powerful reference tool designed for high school student that includes an encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.
World Book Early World of LearningWorld Book Early World of Learning
Three interactive learning environments for preschoolers and children in early grades. "Trek's Travels" offers narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more. "Welcome to Reading" develops and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills. "Know It" offers a richly visual first encyclopedia.

World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil HallazgosWorld Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
This is World Book's basic Spanish-language encyclopedia for elementary and middle school students.

World Book Hispanica SaberWorld Book Hispanica Saber
This is a comprehensive Spanish-language general encyclopedia designed for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students and ESL/ELL program participants. Includes images, maps, videos, animations, sounds and interactive media files.
World Book KidsWorld Book Kids
Intended for younger readers with an appealing graphical design and incorporating many illustrations, diagrams, and maps, this version of the encyclopedia also includes activities to engage children’s different learning styles.

World Book L'Encyclopedie DecouverteWorld Book L'Encyclopedie Decouverte
This is World Book's basic French-language encyclopedia for elementary and middle school students.

World Book Online for KidsWorld Book Online for Kids
Developed especially for young public library patrons, includes a dictionary, maps, science projects, biographies, games and much more.
World Book Online Info FinderWorld Book Online Info Finder
Designed for school-aged patrons’ homework and research needs.
World Book Online Reference CenterWorld Book Online Reference Center
For advanced researchers and information seekers, it includes an interactive globe, timeline, and many more resources. It also provides help on how to do research.
World Book StudentWorld Book Student
Tailored for students in elementary and middle schools. Includes all articles from the print versions of the World Book, plus additional articles, learning resources, and research tools.
World Book TimelinesWorld Book Timelines
Hundreds of customizable, interactive timelines of important events throughout history. You can browse World Book's Timelines by category. Plus, you can create a free World Book/My Research Page Account where you can create and save your own timelines. (Optimized for iPad)