Research Databases

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List of research database titles, descriptions and links
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Information about books and authors.

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Access World News

Explore diverse perspectives, topics and trends that align with curricular areas such as English, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Arts, History and more to foster critical thinking skills. Features reliable, credible information from a wide variety of international, national and local sources. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

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African American Heritage

Search records, books, serials, and other historical records specific to African Americans to trace your genealogy or to do research.

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American & English Full Text Literature Collections

A fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama, and prose, plus biographies, bibliographies and key secondary sources.

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American Ancestors: New England Ancestors (In House Use Only)

Resources and databases of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Offers full text access to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register from 1847 to 1994, genealogies, vital records of many New England towns, military records, and church records. Updated weekly.

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Ancestry Library Edition

(In-library use only) U. S. Census records; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more. You must be in the library to access this database.

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Biography Reference Bank

Biography Reference Bank provides biographical information on approximately half a million people, from antiquity to the present, along with thousands of images.

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Business Source Premier

Company and market reports.

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Chilton Library

Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Step by step repair procedures, wiring diagrams, and more.

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Cleveland Necrology File and Cleveland News Index

The Cleveland Necrology File contains local cemetery records and newspaper death notices for the following years: 1833, 1847-1848, 1850-1975. A more complete description of the file's contents can be found in the about section of the database.

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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. Browse medical, health-related and drug reference books. Read articles on health and fitness. Find sources for alternative health information.

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Consumer Reports

Research your next big purchase through unbiased product testing and ratings. The website provides updates on product availability and adds new products to previously published test results. Read product reviews and ratings on cars, appliances, electronics and more.

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Daily Record Collection (remote access with library card)

Access to full images of The Wooster Daily Record from 2018. Additionally, text-based articles date back to 1999.

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EBSCOhot Databases

Academic Search Premier, Alt Health Watch, Business Source Premier, Computer Source: Consume Edition, ERIC, Health Source: Consumer Edition, Health Source: Nursing & Academic, MAS FullTEXT Ultra, MasterFILE Premier, MEDLINE, Middle Search Plus, Newspaper Source, Primary Search, Professional Development Collection, Psychology & Behavioral Science Collection, Religion & Philosophy Collection, Sociological Collection and Vocational Search & Career Collection.

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ERIC

Education resource. Cross-search ERIC (Education Resource Information Center) with other electronic resources through EBSCOhost Research Databases. Access this resource through EBSCOhost.  EBSCOhost offers a point of access to many specialized research databases with the opportunity to search multiple EBSCO databases at once and retrieve a single set of results. 

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Explora Primary Schools

Explora is EBSCO's new research interface for schools and public libraries. Primary Schools edition is a student interface designed for use in Kindergarten through grade 5 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more.

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Explora Secondary Schools

Designed for high school students, students can look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects, or homework from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

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Fold3 Library Edition

A premier collection of historical U.S. military records that brings to life the details of America's military veterans with stories, photos, and personal documents.

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Gale in Context: Elementary

Text, images, charts and graphs, and educational videos from books, magazines, and news periodicals on interesting and important facts with connections to current and past events.

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Gale Legal Forms

View 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 law, and many others. Includes a comprehensive attorney by state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

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HeritageQuest Online

Locate the U.S. Census, 1790-1930 (1850-60 Slave Census Schedules not included), a digitized collection of more than 25,000 family and local history books, records from the Revolutionary War era, Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files and Freedman's Bank Records (1865-1874).

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Discovered detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines. Includes full text for nearly 2,000 magazines and books, more than 720 videos and more 10,000 recipes.

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Home Improvement Reference Center

Discover detailed, user-friendly “how-to” textbooks, magazines and videos covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects. Topics covered include maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, decorating home and garden, outdoor improvements, plumbing, and wood projects

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LinkedIn Learning with Lynda.com Content

Learn business, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals using these free video courses on the latest software, taught by industry experts. Online videos are available for Developer, IT, Business, Marketing, Photography, 3D + Animation, Video, Web, and more. Users must enter their library card number and PIN to access this resource.

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Literary Reference Center

This database is the definitive source for brief plot summaries, character profiles, and critical analyses of the most studied works of literature. It covers works by more than 8,500 long and short fiction writers, poets, dramatists, and essayists, and provides more than 15,000 biographical records. Included are the full texts of thousands of poems and short stories, literary journals, and respected literary reference works including MasterplotsMasterplots II, and the Salem Press Critical Surveys series.

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Lynda.com

WCPL cardholders now have unlimited access to Lynda.com. This on-demand learning solution helps you gain new skills and advance your career. Choose from more than 5,000 video tutorials covering business, creative and technology topics. Just enter your library card number and PIN.

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MasterFILE Premier

Access thousands of magazines through EBSCO. Type the magazine name in the Publication search field and click "Full Text" to search for full-color PDF results of the current issue and all back issues. Full-text files go back to January 1990, while indexing and abstract files date to January 1984.

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MasterFILE Premier (Search Magazine Articles)

Access thousands of magazines through EBSCO. Type the magazine name in the Publication search field and click "Full Text" to search for full-color PDF results of the current issue and all back issues. Full-text files go back to January 1990, while indexing and abstract files date to January 1984.

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Morningstar Investment Research Center

Investment data on 330,000 offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 5 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets.

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Newsbank

More than 665 million current and archived articles can be searched, browsed, printed, emailed and even cited from over 10,000 news sources around the world. Available in the library and remotely with your library card on an easy-to-use mobile responsive interface.

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NoveList

This comprehensive readers' advisory resource for fiction and nonfiction is designed to help you find what to read next. 

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NoveList K-8 Plus

Kids will enjoy this comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction.

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Ohio Means Jobs

 The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides online career exploration and skills training through Ohio Means Jobs.  The online training module includes much of the content that was previously available through LearningExpress Library.

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Ohio Newspapers

Includes the Akron Beacon Journal 1984 - present; the Ashland Times-Gazette 2006 - present; several newspapers from the Columbus area; Medina Sun 2007 - present; Plain Dealer (Cleveland) 1991 - present; Repository (Canton) 1999- present; and many more titles.

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Ohio Web Library

A complete listing of the Ohio Web Library resources provided by Ohio libraries to all Ohio residents.

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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Working with international communities of scholars across all fields of study, Oxford University Press is developing new comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on an ever-growing range of topics.

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Points of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center contains many topics, each with an overview, point and counterpoint . 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. Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides the basis from which students can realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

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Professional (Educational) Development Collection

Designed for professional educators, this database provides a specialized collection of nearly 550 high-quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. Contains more than 200 educational reports, a professional development collection and the most comprehensive collection of full-text education journals in the world.

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R. B. Hayes Ohio Obituary Index

This index covers obituaries, death notices, and probate notices from more than 60 partners across Ohio.

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Reference Solutions | formerly Reference USA

Provides information for 60 million U.S. businesses and 157 million U.S. households. Search for businesses by SIC code, sales volume, number of employees and more. Search for residence directory information by name, location or phone number.

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Regional Business News

Access comprehensive, full-text coverage of regional business publications. Includes coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. Updated daily.

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps 1867-1970

Features detailed maps at building level for more than 400 Ohio communities from 1868 to the 1960s. An excellent resource for local historians to locate and identify buildings and neighborhoods, urban historians to study the growth of towns and cities, and environmentalists concerned about impact of new developments.

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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. Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.

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Small Business Reference Center

Offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. Includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.

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Transparent Languages

Learn to speak a new language. Over 100 foreign language courses are available that can help you learn languages including French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. There's also an ESL component that provides English language learning to speakers of over 25 different languages.

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Very Short Introductions

The full text of the entire catalog of Oxford University Press's Very Short Introductions series. The books in this platform offer concise overviews to a range of academic  subjects in the arts & humanities, law, medicine & health, science & mathematics, and social sciences. **Patrons should read Very Short Introduction's Privacy Policy before searching.**

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Vocational and 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.

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Wayne County, Ohio Online Resource Center

Access to research databases, genealogy and local history information, guides, events and more.

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What Snake is it?

This program includes 30 species and subspecies of snakes that are found in Ohio. Of these 30 kinds of snakes only three are poisonous and dangerous to people and domestic animals. We also have included one species of poisonous snake that does NOT live in Ohio, the Water Moccasin. We added the Water Moccasin to our list for this program because a great many people think that it does live in Ohio.

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What Tree is it?

This resource will help to identify Ohio trees by leaf, fruit, or by name.

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What's the Point? Ohio Arrowhead Identification

Identify flint artifacts, found in Ohio, using this resource.

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World Book Online Portal

A portal of various WorldBook databases available to search.

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WorldBook Kids

Intended for grades K-8, World Book Kids is a fun and interactive way to introduce younger students to the world of online learning. Searching is simple and can be done by keyword or by choosing a general subject that breaks down into specific topics. The encyclopedia also provides images, diagrams, maps and activities tied to national curriculum standards.

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WorldBook Online: Early World of Learning

A wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood themes. 

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WorldBook Spanish - Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Spanish speakers and students of Spanish can benefit from the clear, concise information in Estudiantil Hallazgos, World Book’s intermediate Spanish-language encyclopedia.

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