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The following links are premier databases and resources purchased by the Library or available to you through the Ohio Public Library Information Network. Please note that some premier databases require a library card to access from home.
This Facts on File database provides in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history. Included are biographies, primary sources, timelines, images, videos, maps, and charts.American History Online
This database from Facts on File spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.American Indian History Online
This database offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American culture, history, and heritage. Included are biographies, events, primary sources, timelines, images, videos, maps and charts.American National Biography
This illustrated online edition of American National Biography offers portraits of more than 19,000 men and women -- from all eras and walks of life -- whose lives have shaped the nation. Also featured are more than 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references and links to select web sites. Click here for Home-Remote Access.Ancient and Medieval History Online
This database explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia. As with all Facts on File databases, there are biographies, events, primary sources, timelines, images, videos, maps and charts.Biography & Genealogy Master Index
One of the best places to begin a search for information about people. This online index covers current, readily available print reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective biographical works on individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.Biography Reference Bank This large biographical database provides profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, and obituaries.
Britannica ImageQuestChronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
This database provides access to more than two million images which have all been rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use. The images in this site cover every subject area imaginable and can be used for teacher lesson plans, assignments, activities, and whiteboards; student reports and projects; or school Web sites, newsletters, newspapers, flyers, and bulletins. Click here for Home-Remote Access
This website allows you to search and view pages from historic American newspapers 1880-1922 and to find information about American newspapers published between 1690 and the present. It includes coverage of an early Mahoning County newspaper published in Canfield, Ohio--the Mahoning Dispatch. Click here for help to get started.
CultureGrams (ProQuest)Daily Life Through History
CultureGrams provides reliable, up-to-date facts, figures, and information about daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and even recipes for each of the 182 countries included in the database.
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Explore everyday life throughout the past and present to discover what people ate, wore and used in this authoritative database organized by time period, region and topic. It combines information from numerous reference sources and primary documents geared for students from middle school through college. Teacher resources are also available. Click here for Home-Remote Access.Dictionary of Literary Biography
The digital version of the standard literary resource (comprised of three series) for biographical and critical material on the lives, works and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. This is an invaluable source for tracing the work and reputation of an author.
ExploreOhioFacts on File
The place to go to learn just about anything about the Buckeye State. State symbols? How to get a drivers license? Population information? Fun places to visit? ExploreOhio has all of that and more! Find links to information about Ohio arts, business, education, history, government, travel, attractions, jobs, science, sports, and much more at this site.
Find facts and background information in the individual databases: Ancient History & Culture, African-American History & Culture, American History Online, American Indian History & Culture, and World History Online or use the History Database Center link to search all 5 databases at once. The World Atlas is a separate database that provides a wealth of information in the form of maps, statistical data and more.Fold3 (formerly Footnote) Combining original historical documents with social networking to create a truly unique experience involving the stories of our past, this database features documents, historical newspapers, naturalization information and much more. More than just an online repository for original documents, Fold3 supports a community of people who are passionate about history and genealogy. The online help section is very robust and provides many suggestions for making the most of your online visit.Gale Virtual Reference Library
This is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Because each library system creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different library systems. Titles of especial note in YPL's eBook colection are Business Plans Handbook and Contemporary Authors.JSTOR Early Journal Content
This resource provides free full-text access to nearly 500,000 public domain journal articles. These are articles published in the United States before 1920 and published internationally prior to 1870. Click here to learn more and to find links to available content by discipline or by title. Click here to view a tutorial.
Lincoln Library of Sports ChampionsMetro Monthly Archive
This database provides over 700 fully illustrated biographical athlete entries—from baseball's Hank Aaron to distance runner Emil Zatopek—based on all 8 editions of The Lincoln Library of Sports Champions. Click here for Home-Remote Access
This database provides browsing-only access to past issues of the Metro Monthly and links to the publication's current website and blog.New York Times Archives (1851-Present)
Search the entire archives of the New York Times. Articles from 1851-1980 are available in pdf format (1851-1922 are free) and articles from 1981-present are available as full-text (1987-present are free). Main Library has the New York Times on microfilm from September 1851 to the present.Ohio History Central Encyclopedia
An evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia that includes information about Ohio's natural history, prehistory and history. Contains written information, maps, timelines, and images.Ohio History Online
The online archive of the scholarly Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly providing free and fully searchable access to the journal from 1887 through 2004. Includes peer-reviewed articles and book reviews on topics spanning the political, military, social, economic, and cultural history of our region.Ohio Memory
This online scrapbook brings together primary source materials from more than 330 archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums around the state. Included are letters, diaries, government records, government records, artwork, clothing, furniture, natural history specimens, and prehistoric artifacts.Ohio Trees Index
Providing the common name, scientific name, and family name of all Ohio tree species, this resource is also a portal to Ohio Big Trees, the National Register of Big Trees, Ohio State Plant Facts, and What Tree Is It? (a database for identifying trees by leaf, fruit, or name.)Oxford Reference Online
This database brings together 100 Oxford language and subject dictionaries and reference works - containing well over 60,000 pages - into a single cross-searchable resource.Pop Culture Universe
A fascinating digital library of information on American and world popular culture--both past and present. This useful database provides a safe way for students to investigate topics of great appeal without the bias, advertising, suggestive content or questionable authorship of commercial and fan sites.Salem History
Provides access to several Salem Press history resources, including Forties in America, Fifties in America, Sixties in America, Seventies in America and Eighties in America.
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World Book OnlineWorld Folklore and Folklife
World Book Online contains all the articles from the 22-volume encyclopedia plus an atlas, dictionary, World Book Kids, a special Ohio section, and a Spanish language encyclopedia.
Part of the Daily Life Online database, this multicultural resource includes thousands of classic folk tales and other information to support curriculum subjects in history, religion and language. Covers holidays, festivals, language, stories, fairy tales, proverbs, foodways, and folk remedies.World History In Context
A portal database to the most significant people, events and topics in World History that includes full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites. Click here for a guided tutorial.World History: The Modern Era
Aimed at high school and high-level middle school students and designed to support school coursework, this comprehensive resource provides easy-to-navigate information on all aspects of modern world history.World News Digest
A fully-searchable online archive to the Facts On File World News Digest, covering all major political, social, and economic events since November 1940--both domestic and international.