Research Central: Directory

Research Central
Start your research here! Select your topic and find free databases, books & web links!

Topic List

  • Automotive
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  • Biography & History
  • Business Research
  • College Prep/Testing
  • Computers and Technology
  • Consumer Information
  • Cooking, Food and Wine
  • Diversity
  • Educator Resources
  • Fitness
  • Genealogy
  • Global Issues
  • goodREADS@WCPL
  • Government
  • Health
  • Home and Garden
  • Homework Help Kids
  • Homework Help Teens
  • Inventor's Toolkit
  • Investing
  • Jobs and Career Training
  • Language
  • Language
  • Legal
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Literature & the Arts
  • Local Arts & Events
  • Magazines & News
  • Marketing
  • Military
  • Money Sense
  • Money Smarts Educators
  • Money Smarts Parents
  • Now Playing@WCPL
  • Ohio Information
  • Olympics
  • Parent Resources
  • Personal Finance
  • Phone Listings
  • Real Estate
  • Science
  • Senior Lifestyles
  • Small Business
  • Sports
  • Tax Forms & Resources
  • The 1960s
  • Travel
  • Voter

Databases A-Z


Academic Search Premier Help

from EBSCOhost
Arts, humanities, science, social sciences, business, and technology journals, some with full text, and other electronic resources from 1887 to the present. *Online access to Consumer Reports from 1991 to the present.

Alt Health Watch

from EBSCOhost
Full text articles on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

American and English Full Text Literature Collection

Select a text that inspires you, compare its language to similar works, learn about its author, or find out how it influenced other writers and read what they've said about it.

Ancestry Library Edition Help

We're sorry, but there is no home access for this database. Please stop in the Library for free access to this database.

Contains thousands of genealogical databases including census and military records, birth and marriage records, immigration information, and more, with dozens of databases added annually.


Comprehensive coverage of residential and business listings. Research real estate, holding and investment companies, business services, etc.

Biography Reference Bank Help

Biographies, obituaries, and photographs of thousands of individuals - both living and deceased, as well as the full text of the articles from more than 100 volumes of biographical reference books.

Business Source Premier Help

from EBSCOhost
Provides business researchers with highly-refined tools they need in order to conduct sophisticated searches for business content.


Get the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. One stop for automotive upkeep from simple maintenance to basic and advanced repairs for most automobile makes and models since the 1960s (a few back to the 1940s).

Computer Source

from EBSCOhost
Provides researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology.

Consumer Health Complete

from EBSCOhost
Consumer Health Complete has full text journals, magazines, and reference books 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, and find sources for alternative health information.

Consumer Reports

Features ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services.

Dayton Daily News Archives Help

from ProQuest Super Newsstand
Archive of full text Dayton Daily News articles from 1993 to present.

Ohio-specific study exams to prepare for your driving exams. Includes 11 car practice tests, 8 motorcycle practice tests, 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and an FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.

EBSCOhost Databases

Complete range of citation and full-text reference content available from EBSCOhost. Select a single database for searching or search multiple resources at once.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is organized so that students can find information quickly and easily. It includes more than 2,200 articles, 250 maps, 1,500 illustrations, and bilingual navigation.


Explora includes topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research; articles, essays, and primary source documents to help students feel successful in their research; and reading level indicators to simplify discovery of grade-appropriate content.

Facts On File Science Online Help

A comprehensive, curriculum-oriented overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines in a variety of useful formats.

Fold3: History and Genealogy Archives

Find and share historic documents, with digitized images in the fields of African American, Native American, and Revolutionary War histories, and more.
You may get a security certificate message while logging into to Fold3. It is safe to proceed. For additional questions, contact the Library at 433-8091 ext. 2 or

Folio Med

A comprehensive database of physicians and healthcare facilities across the state of Ohio.

Gale Directory Library

GDL provides valuable directory information, such as Ward's Business Directory or Encyclopedia of Associations, accessible digitally anytime, anywhere. Get immediate access to vetted sources, find relevant results quickly, and make informed decisions - all of which can add up to a competitive advantage. Find revenue, compare companies by industry or location, sort by any field, export data for further analysis...the options are endless!

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Reference eBooks
Instantly access reference eBooks on many subjects. These trusted, authoritative reference works are available 24/7!

Genealogy Connect

Searchable genealogical eBooks
Fully searchable genealogy eBooks! With a wealth of genealogical information at your fingertips, Genealogy Connect allows you to search multiple resources at once, and print, save, or email all the information found!

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

from EBSCOhost
Provides full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. In addition, this database includes Lexi-PAL Drug Guide.

Kids InfoBits

from Gale
Great for homework research for young learners. Easy-to-use and features searchable content including books, magazines, news, and more than 13,000 images.

L 'Encyclopédie Découvertes

World Book's content translated into French. Written at a reading level appropriate for young native speakers and readers of French, as well as adults for whom French is a second language.

LearningExpress Library

A comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass.

Legal Forms

Access thousands of business, personal, real estate, state specific, federal, and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Literary Reference Center

from EBSCOhost
With full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works, LRC contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories. Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest.

Literature Resource Center Help

Full-text journal articles, literary criticism, reviews, biographical information, and overviews on over 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods from around the world.

Masterfile Premier

from EBSCOhost
Read full text articles from popular magazines. Find out about another country or culture. Search for solutions to that question you can't quite answer.


Morningstar provides data on investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data.

MyHeritage - World Vital Records

A massive library with billions of Family History and Genealogy records, and 28 million family trees. Access key collections: U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; millions of newspaper articles; unique, exclusive local and world collections.


A non-profit consumer health website that has been in operation for more than 10 years. Over 100 health topics with in-depth information on hundreds of diseases and wellness issues.

New York Times

Search comprehensive coverage of this renowned newspaper here. Also included are the Book Review and Sunday Magazine. Articles from 1923-1980 are available with an in-library login. Ask at the reference desk.

Newspaper Source

from EBSCOhost
Presents full text for 28 national and international newspapers. Also has selected full text for more than 260 regional newspapers, with some full text national television & radio transcripts.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Elementary and Middle School students can find fiction and nonfiction titles for school projects and for fun! Enter the title of your favorite book and click on "Find Similar Books". You can also search by your favorite author, title or series.

NoveList Plus Help

A great stop to finding that next great read, with both fiction and nonfiction titles!

Ohio Death Certificate Index (1913-1944)

Index of death certificates in Ohio from 1913-1944. Use the index information to help obtain a copy of particular death certificates. Easily save, e-mail, purchase or print an order form online.

Ohio Historical Society Database

Search within the Ohio Historical Society Archives Collection. Full text resources include African American Experience in Ohio 1850-1920, Civil War, Military Rosters, and more.

Ohio Historical Society Journal

Ohio History was established in June 1887 as the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly. Search scanned text spanning from 1887 to 2004.

Ohio History Central Online Encyclopedia

From the Ohio Historical Society, find information, images, timelines, maps, and documents about Ohio's history, geography, geology, animals, and American Indian populations.

Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook

This project brings together digital versions of historical collections from more than 330 archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums. Search or browse primary sources dating from prehistory to the present.

Points of View Reference Center

from EBSCOhost
Points of View Reference Center contains many topics, each with an overview, point and counterpoint 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.

PriceIt! Antiques & Collectibles

Do you need your own personal, instant "Antiques Road Show"? With more than 60 million images, 127 searchable categories and intuitive search functionality, Price It! Antiques & Collectibles is the ultimate identification, research and pricing tool for collectors, dealers, appraisers and anyone in between.

ProQuest Super Newsstand with Gannett

Exclusive access to 85 full-text newspapers from the world-leading news! Including Dayton Daily News from 1993 to current, research all over the country!

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

from EBSCOhost
A comprehensive database providing full text publications, including peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all journals in the collection.

Regional Business News

from EBSCOhost
Provides full text for more than 50 regional business publications, 75 business journals, newspapers, and newswires, covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Salem Literature

Search WCPL's collection of Salem Press titles.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Large scale street plans produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1867 to 1970.

Science Reference Center

from EBSCOhost
Topics 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. Designed to meet every student researchers needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources

Social Explorer

Social Explorer provides quick and easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information. The easy-to-use web interface lets users create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze, and understand demography and social change. Great for demography experts and novices alike!

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Offers ready access to Standard & Poor's premium content such as industry surveys, stock reports and fund reports. is one of the first statistic portals in the world to integrate data on over 80,000 topics from over 18,000 sources onto a single professional platform. Categorized into 21 market sectors, provides direct access to quantitative data on media, business, finance, politics, and a wide variety of other areas of interest or markets. Great for business owners, students, and curious people alike!


from EBSCOhost
Current events resource lets researchers explore social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms.

Transparent Language Online (TLO)

A powerful language learning system using flashcards to teach you a set of words or phrases.
*Users are required to create an online account. If you are under the age of 13, a parent or guardian should open this account.

Value Line

A comprehensive source of information and advice that offers reports, stock lookup, timeliness ranking, portfolios and more.

Workforce Skills for the 21st Century

Provides resources to boost basic workplace and job search skills, and prepare job seekers for advanced occupational training. This interactive, self-paced learning approach allows job seekers to learn at their convenience. The intuitive platform provides the backbone students and all job seekers need to succeed in the modern workplace.

World Book Advanced

Tailored for the needs and skills of students in grades 8 and up, World Book Advanced integrated primary and secondary source databases in a single search.

World Book Kids

A perfect companion for a curious kid! A great place to browse, play and make discoveries! Easy to use navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of pictures and fun activities.

World Book Online Reference Center

The World Book Online Reference Center includes all the articles from the 22-volume print set, plus thousands more.


Lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.

Reference Chat

Featured Research Guide

Cooking, Food & Wine

Homework Help

It's officially fall time to get outside before the snow fall!  The season is ideal for smoking, canning all your summer veggies, and working on your new favorite stews and soups. The Library carries a wide variety of cookbooks and magazines that cover cooking techniques, ethnic and regional recipes, baking etc. Stop in and browse the Library's extensive collection and discover some delicious recipes. (Learn more.)

Featured Database

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete

Full text journals, magazines, and reference books 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, and find sources for alternative health information.