Research Central: Directory


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

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  • Genealogy
  • Global Issues
  • goodREADS@WCPL
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  • Homework Help Kids
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  • Inventor's Toolkit
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  • Language
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  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Literature & the Arts
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  • Magazines & News
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  • Now Playing@WCPL
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  • Personal Finance
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  • Senior Lifestyles
  • Small Business
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  • Tax Forms & Resources
  • The 1960s
  • Travel
  • Voter

Databases A-Z

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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.

AccessScience

Authoritative and comprehensive, AccessScience provides students with an up-to-date, easy-to-use gateway to scientific knowledge, from basic introductory material to extended article entries and live journal citations in key scientific areas including biology, Earth and environmental sciences, chemistry, physics, and beyond.
Access will end on August 15, 2015. Please use Facts on File Science Online for your science research needs.

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.

AtoZdatabases

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.

ChiltonLibrary

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.

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.

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 cvref@wcpl.lib.oh.us.

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
Kids InfoBits is perfect for today's young learners. It's authoritative, easy-to-use and features age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics with indexed, searchable content including books, magazines, news, and more than 13,000 images. Engage students with interesting facts about the subject, along with connections to current events!

Kids Search Help

Great for elementary and middle school kids looking for information. Important features and functionality include the ability to search by topic, subtopic, or keywords.

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

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.

NetWellness

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

Especially for elementary & middle school students, this online source has fiction and nonfiction titles chosen to support school curriculum as well as the pleasure reading needs of students.

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.

Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words. As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from those of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. Find the history of individual words — traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to films scripts and cookery books.

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.

Public Library Core Collection

Developed by collection development specialists, this database provides titles—at 3 recommendation levels—of the most highly-recommended reference and non-fiction books for adults.

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

Searchasaurus Help

from EBSCOhost
Searchasaurus is EBSCOhost's search experience for users in elementary or middle schools. It's an exciting and easy way for young researchers to experience online searching.


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.


Statista.com

Statista.com 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, Statista.com 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!

Student Research Center Help

A search interface designed specifically for secondary school students, according to needs and search abilities. Easily pre-determine which content sources are right for the project.


TOPICsearch

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.
*User may be 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.
Home access has been restored. If issues persist, restart your computer, then try again. Please contact the library if you are still having login issues.

Email: cvref@wcpl.lib.oh.us or Call: 937-433-8091 ext. 2 (5/19/15)


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.
Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success will no longer be available through the Ohio Web Library after August 9, 2015. Please use the above link to go to Ohio Means Jobs and access there.

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

Based on the award-winning World Book Student Discovery Encyclopedia, this site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations and engaging 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.

WorldCat

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

Reference Chat

Featured Research Guide

Magazines & News

GoodREADS

With over 300 magazine and newspaper subscriptions, we'll be able to offer you a variety of interests. Check out our newspaper and magazines databases for informative journal articles. Popular magazines are also available through the eCollection online from home!(Learn more.)

Featured Database

MasterFILE Premier

MasterFile Premier

Great for general interest reading or in-depth scholarly research, MasterFILE Premier has general reference magazines and publications and covers a wide range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.