Research

We dig Wikipedia as much as the next group, however it is not an encyclopedia. Let us help you find vetted and approved research and data.

Research

We work hard to evaluate and maintain dozens of research tools for customers. Almost all research tools are accessible outside of the Library walls as long as you have a Library card.

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Biography and Genealogy

Genealogy, biographies, city directories, historical newspapers, government documents, census rolls, obituaries, genealogical databases, and military records

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Business and Careers

Trade and industry periodicals, financial investment, industry profiles, job postings, business news, in the United States, US and Canadian white pages

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Early Literacy

Parent and educator tested, kid approved: animated picture books, audiobooks, comics, eBooks, movies, and activities for early skill building for Pre-K through Kindergarten

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eMedia

Easy to use eMedia including audiobooks, comics, eBooks, eMagazines, music, movies and television for all ages

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General Interest

Retrieve information from magazines, newspapers including full-text articles from online reference sources.

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Government and Law

Access to attorney forms, Congressional and judiciary records, Ohio legal documents and forms plus Toledo related news and information

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Health and Medicine

Alternative health and holistic medicine, full-text from health reference books and encyclopedias, health reports, psychological health and wellness plus information on medical careers

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History

Antiques reference resources, biographies of historical figures and present day news-makers, genealogical resources and databases, historical editions of newspapers

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Homework Help

Sources great for kids ages K-12 to assist in homework assignments - covers literature, science, social science and many other topics

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Language and Learning

Online courses in business, design, and computer technology; online learning for more than 40 languages including Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish; preparation for ACT, GED, and SAT tests

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Literature and Reading

Interviews, biographies, book recommendations, reviews, discussion guides, cultural analysis and literary journals, plus tools to help children improve reading skills

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Magazines and Newspapers

Current news from around the world, eMagazines, full-text articles from searchable databases, transcripts of speeches and presidential conferences

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Pictures and Maps

Child-friendly photo and video databases, local historical photos, National Geographic magazine archives and searchable databases for flags, photos, and maps

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Science and Technology

Automotive diagnostic information, computer technology information, environmental research, science articles from research databases, plus experiments and science topics for students

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Social Science

Articles on theology and philosophy, educational journals and searchable databases, Ohio driver’s education practice tests and online practice for ACT, GED, and SAT tests

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Toledo and Ohio

Information on Ohio’s history, local historical photos, maps of Ohio cities and towns, newspaper articles, searchable database of Northwest Ohio clubs and organizations, searchable index of Ohio death certificates

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Local History & Genealogy

The Local History & Genealogy Department is located on the third floor of Historic Main Library in downtown Toledo. Its collections can be divided into two main areas: local history of Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio, and genealogy. 

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