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Ohio Web Library Ohio Web Library     
The first stop for your information needs. This evolving collection of thousands of online publications and research resources provides access to information from magazines, journals, newspapers, encyclopedias, dictionaries, maps and more.


Ancestry Library Edition [In-library access only]Active Image
Delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, family histories, military records, photos, and more. Provides access to more than 8,000 databases for anyone interested in genealogy or history.


Search engine guide to great art online features entries for 9,000 artists and indexing of 2,900 art sites.


Active Image Auto Mate [Use library card number for home access] 
Provides access to a wealth of information to help users diagnose, repair and maintain today's complex vehicles. Diagrams and images can easily be magnified and printed.

  Basic ESL

Basic ESL
Improves an individual's listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, and instructionally proven curriculum. Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics.


Biography Reference BankWilson's Biography logo 
Contains biographical information on nearly half a million people from antiquity to the present, along with thousands of images.


Active ImageBiomes & Ecosystems  [Use library card number for home access]
Access the online version of the four-volume set illustrating the biology, geography, history and ecological importance of biomes and ecosystems around the world.


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


Active Image Critical Survey of Long Fiction  [Use library card number for home access]
Access the online version of the 10-volume print set offering profiles of 678 major writers, including analyses of their significant works. Provides full-search capabilities as well as the ability to browse by author or book title.


Active Image Critical Survey of Poetry  [Use library card number for home access]
Access the online version of the 14-volume print set covering 845 poets throughout history and the world.



Active Image Critical Survey of Short Fiction  [Use library card number for home access]
Access the online version of the 10-volume print set that profiles 625 major short-story writers.



Active ImageDefining Documents in American History: Civil Rights (1954-2015) [Use library card number for home access]
Offers in-depth analysis of a broad range of historical documents and historic events that shaped civil rights movements in the U.S., including African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American and gay rights.


Active ImageDefining Documents in American History: Civil War (1860-1865)  [Use library card number for home access]
Surveys key documents produced during the Civil War, with special attention to the war-time policies of President Abraham Lincoln and the 37th U.S. Congress. The set also includes letters and diaries by soldiers and civilians writing about their experiences during the war.


Active Image Defining Documents in American History: World War I (1914-1919)  [Use library card number for home access]
Surveys 60 key primary documents produced during this period organized under eight broad categories, including Opening Volleys, War Preparedness and Soldiers' Stories.


Active Image Defining Documents in American History: The 1930s  [Use library card number for home access]
In-depth critical analysis of 40 primary source documents, including those on the great depression, new deal programs, dust bowl conditions and the repeal of prohibition.
Free encyclopedia features articles, photos, facts and biographies from numerous reliable encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference sources.


Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Free online encyclopedia feature more than 13,000 entries on all things related to the genre, including authors, books, movies, themes and more. Also features the companion Encyclopedia of Fantasy.


Active ImageePodunk
Free site provides in-depth information about more than 46,000 communities across the United States. The listings also include geocoded information about thousands of parks, museums, historic sites, colleges, schools and other places across America.


Facts On File Science OnlineFacts On File Science Online logo
Database presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies, and experiments.


Active ImageThe 50 States
Access the online version of the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference work available on U.S. states. The online version also includes sortable comparative ranking tables to rank the states by hundreds of different criteria.


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The FunWorks 
Nationally acclaimed web site aimed at middle-school students provides interactive career exploration.


Active Image Great Events from History  [Use library card number for home access]
Access the entire multi-volume series detailing the most important events throughout history.

Great Lives from History: The 20th Century Great Lives from History: 20th Century  [Use library card number for home access]
Access the online version of the 10-volume print set, featuring biographical sketches of the most important figures of the century.


Active Image Great Web Sites for Kids  
Sites reviewed and recommended by the Association for Library Services to Children are arranged by topic. Also provides age range recommendations within the topic areas.


Active Image Literary Reference Center
Contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, plus the full text of thousands of poems and short stories from literary journals and literary reference works.


Active ImageMagill's Medical Guide  [Use library card number for home access]
Access the online version of the 6-volume print set, featuring diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format.



Active ImageMasterplots  [Use library card number for home access]
Features more than 2,200 essays analyzing the most important works in all genres – long fiction, short fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction.



Active Image Newspaper Source 
Provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 45 U.S. and international newspapers, plus more than 315 regional newspapers.


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NoveList Plus [Use library card number for home access] 
A complete reader's resource featuring information on more than 250,000 titles, plus lists of award-winning books, Book Discussion Guides, Recommended Reads and more.


Active ImageNoveList K-8 Plus [Use library card number for home access] 
A complete, easy-to-use reader's resource for kids to find that next great read, featuring lists of award-winning books, extensive series information, Recommended Reads and more.


Active ImageOhioMeansJobs Online Training
Access an interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help students and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.


Active Image Points of View
Contains many topics, each with an overview, point and counterpoint to provide a balance of materials from all viewpoints. Also offers guides for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating.


Active ImageSanborn Insurance Maps
Over 40,000 detailed maps of Ohio cities drawn between 1882 and 1962.



Active Image Science Reference Center
Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books and periodicals covering topics such as biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, life science, physics, technology and wildlife.


ShmoopActive Image 
Site features a growing collection of literary and writing guides and promises to make its users better lovers of literature, writing, poetry and history.

Active ImageTop 25 Web Sites for Teaching and Learning
List compiled by the American Association of School Librarians features free, Web-based sites that foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration.



World Book OnlineWorld Book Online
Search the World Book Encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary and more.


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World Book Early World of Learning
Offers a wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in early grades grasp critical early childhood themes while developing reading and oral language skills. blue was designed 2006 by Karsten Oltrogge:
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