One of the services the library has long provided is Databases, a fancy name for electronic resources that are better than just finding something on Google. We have databases with information on businesses, articles to use for that paper you’re writing and other homework help, plus a database to help fix your car and another with legal forms. Thanks to the State Library of Ohio, we now have access to some new databases that are pretty great. Here’s a quick list of what’s new.

  • African American Heritage—This database provides resources such as census records, the Freedman’s Bank, and military service records specifically for those interested in African American genealogy.
  • Fold3—US military records, perfect for genealogists.
  • Heritage Quest—Another genealogy database, Heritage Quest has access to census records, over 28,000 family and local history books, city directories, and more.
  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center—This database is supplied by Ebsco, so it will likely look familiar to folks who use a lot of our other databases. It has full text books and journal articles, along with videos to help just about any crafter.
  • Home Improvement Reference Center—With a lot of the same features and layout as Hobbies & Craft Reference Center, this is Ebsco’s database for the do-it-yourselfer.
  • Oxford Research Encyclopedias—This database provides access the full text of thousands of articles from one of the world’s best publishers, Oxford University Press.
  • Small Business Reference Center—Another new option from Ebsco, this database covers everything a small business owner needs, from start up to legal issues to information about different industries and more.
  • Transparent Language—This foreign language learning database covers not only speaking and listening skills, but reading and writing in over a hundred languages and dozens of English as a Second Language offerings.
  • Very Short Introductions—From Oxford University Press, this database is the perfect introduction to a host of topics, ranging from Modern Drama to Black Holes to Globalization.

Find these and all of the Library’s available databases here.


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