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Biography, Business, Careers, Genealogy, Government, Law, Health & Medicine, History, Language, Literature, Science, Technology, Toledo & Ohio.

Academic Search™ Premier

Full text articles for more than 4,700 publications, including more than 12,200 peer-reviewed journals. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available.

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African American Newspapers, 1827 - 1998

Search history, culture, and daily life written in African-American newspapers from around the US.

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African American Periodicals, 1825 - 1995

Explore crucial facets of the African American experience through more than 170 wide-ranging periodicals. Rare titles—many short-lived and not collected by most libraries—brim with surprises and untold stories.

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African American Studies Center

The online authority on the African American Experience. Includes more than 10,000 articles from 7 encyclopedias plus maps, charts, and photographs, and over 450 primary sources with specially written commentaries.

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African History and Culture, 1540 - 1921

Covers the history of Africa and its diverse people through more than 1,300 books, pamphlets, almanacs and more.

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Alt Health Watch

Offers information about Alternative Health issues, including complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness as well as evolving practices of holistic medicine and therapies.

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America's GenealogyBank

Quickly find your ancestors in over 300 years of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and government reports including The Social Security Death Index. Search over 1,000 different newspapers.

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America's News - Local and Regional Newspapers

Full-Text access to Ohio newspapers including the Toledo Blade, Cincinnati Post, Dayton Daily News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and many newspapers through the U.S. and approximately 30 news magazines.

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American Ancestors

Discover your family by searching more than 300 databases with over 400 million searchable names primarily covering New England and the surrounding region.

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Ancestry Library Edition

From the well known research website Ancestry.com comes the Library edition with a database of more than 2 billion names. Search United States, United Kingdom, and Canadian census records, military records, wills, and more.

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Antiques Research

Reference source including photos, descriptions, and prices provided from sales records from United States auction houses.

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Biography Reference Bank

Biographies, obituaries, and photographs of thousands of individuals – both living and deceased – updated monthly.

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BookFLIX

Watch and listen to an animated picture book and read a related non-fiction book in nine categories. Some books are available in Spanish. Puzzles extend the fun.

       

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Broker Check by FINRA

Broker Check can tell you if a broker or brokerage firm is registered, what has been disclosed to regulators, the broker's experience, and what a broker or brokerage firm is able to do.

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Business Source Premier

A complete resource for all aspects of business, including management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, and more with full-text from over 2,200 journals.

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Chilton Library

Includes step-by-step instructions, videos, animations, close-up photos, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting, and diagnostic information.

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Community Information

A searchable database of Northwest Ohio organizations, clubs and groups. Provides location, contact person, phone number and basic information.

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Computer Source

Provides information in technology, which covers computer science, artificial intelligence, information systems, robotics, electronics, internet, telecommunications, programming, and software.

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Consumer Health Complete

Provides full text for hundreds of health reference books and encyclopedias, thousands of evidence-based, health reports, and health pamphlets covers all key areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many aspects of complimentary, holistic, and integrated medicine.

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CultureGrams

CultureGrams provides reports with facts and one-of-a-kind perspectives on daily life and culture, customs, and lifestyles of people across the world including special editions dedicated to US States, Canadian provinces, the world, and kids.

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D&B Business Browser

Consolidated company profiles to provide you with a deeper understanding of a company’s business focus, history, competition, strengths, weaknesses, executives and news coverage. 

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Digital Collections

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library is pleased to be partnering with Ohio Memory to present our growing digital archive.  There are currently several collections that we invite you to explore including Time After TimeBirmingham Neighborhood, and the Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankowski.

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Digital Learn

If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

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Downtown Toledo Master Plan

The Library is taking an active role in helping shape the future of Downtown Toledo. You may view or download this file through the link below.

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EBSCOhost Master File

Searchable, multi-database of popular newspaper and magazine articles as well as primary sources. Site also includes a searchable images database of photos, maps, and flags, and an English dictionary.

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Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos en línea

Version en linea de esta popular fuente estandar de informacion para deberes en espanol.

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ERIC

Searchable database of articles (some full text) from education-related journals, aimed at college students and educators.

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Explora Primary Schools (K-5)

Designed with students and educators in grades K through 5 in mind, Explora Primary Schools provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to research facts for class projects or homework.

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Explora Public Libraries

Designed with public library customers in mind, Explora Public Libraries provides user friendly features and easy-to-browse categories of reliable content from the world's leading magazines.

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Explora Secondary Schools (6-12)

Designed with students and educators in grades 6 through 12 in mind, Explora Secondary Schools provides a far better alternative to traditional websites and search engines for students to review articles and facts for research papers or homework.

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Flipster

Instant access to magazines in your desktop or laptop browser. Want to read offline on your tablet or smartphone? No problem. iOS | Android

   

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Fund Analyzer by FINRA

The Fund Analyzer offers information and analysis on over 18,000 mutual funds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), and Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs). It estimates the value of the funds and allows you to compare up to three funds. Note: you must accept the terms of use to use the tool.

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Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia

For students and adults alike, indexes more than 25,000 entries covering an array of topics, including biographies and images.

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Gale Legal Forms

Provides convenient, authoritative means for understanding common legal procedures through access to attorney forms on a variety of topics.

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Gale Literary Sources

Search for authors, genres, literary movements, and cultural analysis all in a single search environment.

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Gale Virtual Reference

24/7 access to hundreds of books and topics including art, biography, business, history, literature, medicine, and religion. Email, download, print, or save pages. App available.

   

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GCF LearnFree.org

GCFLearnFree.org provides high quality, innovative learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy, and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life. This resource provides information on more than 180 topics and does so for free through 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and over 50 interactives and games.

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GPO/First Search

Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional records; judiciary records; and records by the executive departments.

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GreenFILE

Offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment from scholarly, government and general-interest.

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Hathi Trust

Hathi Trust is a partnership of academic and research institutions offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. All users are able to read open access or Creative Commons-licensed works and U.S. works published prior to 1923.

   

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Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

Provides scholarly full text journals focusing on medical disciplines, which covers 1,300 generic drug sheets.

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Heritage Quest

Trace family history including over 25,000 family and local histories as well as census’ from 1790-1940, city directories, slave schedules, Indian Census rolls, and more.

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hoopla

Thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and movies are instantly available on mobile devices, laptops, or pc. Parents can sign in and turn on Kids Mode in preferences. iOS | Android

               

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Images in Time

A searchable collection of more than 151,000 local historical photos from the collection of the library's Local History & Genealogy Department.

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Internet Archive

Over 16 million files – text, video, audio, software, and images. Use the live music archive to listen to favorite artists. Watch news coverage or entertainment programs. Search various books published before 1923 in American and Canadian libraries.

       

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Investment Education

Provides the knowledge, skills, and tools for financial success created by the FINRA Foundation, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

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ISSUU

Over 25 million free-to-read magazines and product catalogs from around the world. Some magazines are available in other languages including Spanish, French, German, and Chinese. iOS | Android

   

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Job & Career Accelerator

Whether it's searching for a job, designing a resume, or finding the ideal college, this powerful platform gives individuals the tools they need to turn their searches into success.

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Learning Express Library

Online practice for ACT, SAT, and GED tests as well as additional educational tools for learning technical software like the Adobe Suite.

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Literary Reference Center

Contains articles/essays of literary criticism, biographies, literary journals, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, book reviews, actor interviews, and classic novels.

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Lynda.com

Lynda.com is an online learning site of over 3,000 courses that include more than 130,000 videos. The courses cover a variety of topics covering design, business, office software, and personal and professional goals. Certificates of completion can be printed and uploaded to a LinkedIn profile. iOS | Android

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Mango Languages

Learn a language through self-paced lessons that cover vocabulary, phrases, and grammar. Learn English as a second language for Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese, and more!

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MAS Ultra - School Edition

This site includes full text articles from 1975 to present featuring more then 550 general interest and current events publications.

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MEDLINE

Offers medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and pre-clinical sciences among many subjects.

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Mergent Archives

Mergent Archives is an online database featuring a vast, indexed collection of corporate and industry related documents. The database contains hundreds of thousands of reports covering over 100 countries and industries. Mergent Archives uses a reliable and easy to navigate system designed to meet your historical research needs. 

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Morningstar

Find a stock or a fund to meet your needs, research current or prospective holdings, or see how your investments fit together.

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National Geographic Kids

Includes National Geographic Kids magazines from 2009-present with videos, pictures, books, and downloadable images in a kid friendly environment. Includes some books in French, Spanish, Chinese, and other world languages.

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National Geographic Virtual Library Series

Provides access to the complete archive of National Geographic Magazine (1888-Current) - along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images, and videos including National Geographic: People, Animals, and The World.

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Natural Medicine

Information on complementary and alternative and integrative therapies like acupuncture, chiropractic, therapeutic touch, and dietary supplements.

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NetWellness

A non-profit consumer health web site that provides information created and evaluated by medical and health professionals at the University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, and Case Western Reserve University.

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New York Times - current issue only

Read today's national, international, and business news plus the latest in science, technology, health, fashion, and the arts in the nation's newspaper.

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Newspaper Source

Provides articles for National and international newspapers, television & radio transcripts, and selected 200 regional newspapers including Akron Beacon Journal, Boston Globe, Columbus Dispatch, Washington Post, and more.

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NoveList Plus

Find that next great read! Sort by age level, popularity, curriculum-driven material, Recommended Reads, Book Discussion Guides, and searchable Award Lists. It also includes suggestions for audiobooks.

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Ohio Death Certificate Index

Discover in an easily-searchable interface from the Ohio history Connection's Ohio Death Certificates from 1913 to 1944.

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Ohio Driver Practice Test

Getting ready for your OH Permit Test? We've got you covered! You can take 6 Practice tests with 40 unique Questions each in English and en Espanol!

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Ohio History Central Encyclopedia

An online encyclopedia that provides information about Ohio's natural history, prehistory, history, and it's evolution through time.

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Ohio Legal Services

Contains various legal documents, forms, and other resources that can help you learn more about the law and resolve your legal problems.

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Ohio Web Library

Covering Books, Art, Literature, Business, Government, Employment, Genealogy, Health, history, Magazines, Newspapers, and more purchased for Ohioans by Ohio libraries.

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Open Culture

Open Culture boasts they have the "best free cultural & educational media on the web". We think they are definitely worth an extra look and you don't even need to use your Library Card. Their course catalog has a variety of offerings ranging from audio books, online courses, certificate courses, movies, languages, textbooks, and even ebooks.

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Overdrive

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks and video and start reading, listening or watching on all major computers and devices. Many titles can be enjoyed immediately on any device with an internet browser or downloaded into the free OverDrive app. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees! iOS | Android

           

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Overdrive: Kids

eBooks and eAudio for babies through middle school readers. Find read-along titles, beginning readers, award winning fiction, and nonfiction for researching school projects.

           

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Overdrive: Teens

Looking for a classic to read for a school assignment? Are you a fan of science fiction and fantasy? Do you like manga or graphic novels?  Want the latest titles from popular authors Victoria Aveyard, Nicola Yoon or James Dashner? Get them all here!

           

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Plunkett Research Online

Offers business intelligence, industry trends, market research, stats, leads, plus company contacts for over 30 different major industries and tips for job seekers.

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Points of View Reference Center

Covers multiple sides of an issue with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), and counterpoint.

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Pro Seniors

Pro Seniors is committed to helping seniors access information and the resources they need. They have a collection of pamphlets, legal forms, and directories to either print out or fill out online. They cover topics like power of attorney, wills, medical directives, expungement eligibility, and more!

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Professional Development Collection

This highly specialized collection features more than 500 full text education journals as well as indexes and abstracts for 750 journals.

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Proquest Historical Newspapers

Search for newspaper articles in The New York Times (1851-2013), Chicago Tribune (1849-1993), Washington Post (1889-2000), Wall Street Journal (1889-1993).

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Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection

Covers topics on emotional, behavioral, psychiatry, psychology, anthropology, and experimental methods.

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RBdigital/audiobooks

Exclusive audiobooks from Recorded Books including biography, fantasy, history, mystery, politics and current events, romance, self-help, suspense, and western. iOS | Android

   

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RBdigital/eMagazines

Free, full-issue popular magazines you can check out and read on a variety of devices, including iPad, Android, iPhone, Kindle Fire, and your PC or Mac. Best of all, there are no checkout periods, no holds, and no limit to the number of magazines that can be downloaded. Back issues are also available. iOS | Android

   

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Reference USA

Contains detailed information on millions of companies located in the US and Canada as well as international companies in OneSource. It also includes job postings, US and Canadian White Pages, healthcare providers, and information on homeowners and lifestyles.

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Regional Business News

Full-text articles from 75 journals, newspapers, and newswires about businesses from across the United States.

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Religion and Philosophy Collection

Provides articles on theology and philosophical studies, covering topics in world religions, denominations, biblical studies, history, and political.

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SAMS Photofact Online

Service guidelines for 200,000+ consumer electronic products, including tvs, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, CBs, and tape recorders.

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Sanborn Maps

Large-scale detailed maps, dating from 1882 through 1962 and depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of Ohio cities.

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Science OnLine

Includes experiments, articles, definitions, and biographies in the field of science ranging from biology to physics to space to weather.

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Science Reference Center

A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text, science-oriented content to meet every student researcher's needs.

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ScienceFLIX

Covers more than 30 different scientific topics in Earth, Space, Life, Health, and Technology. Drill deeper into each topic to watch a video or read a book. Find experiments to try and explore careers in science.

       

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Sociological Collection

Provides information from hundreds of full-text scholarly journals on sociology including behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community, and social structure.

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Techboomers

Free videos and article tutorials on how to use popular websites like Netflix, Amazon, and Gmail as well as various social networks. Tutorials are geared towards baby boomer, senior learners, and inexperienced internet users.

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Toledo Blade

Full text of local, award winning newspaper, featuring articles from 1997 through the present archived in a historical format.

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Toledo Blade Obituary Index

An index of the obituaries that appeared in the Toledo Blade from 1837 to Present where you can request a copy of an obituary.

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Toledo Legal News

News regarding law and attorney related information in the Toledo area with up to date articles on current events.

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TOPICSearch

Teachers may find this site useful to research current events and popular topics being discussed in today's classrooms.

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TrueFlix

Created for students in grades 3-5, TrueFLIX focuses on 19 science and social studies topics such as the solar system, earth science, the human body, US government, continents, and biographies. Watch a video and read a book then show what you know by doing an activity.

       

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Value Line

Value Line is the uncontested authority in reliable, unbiased information on companies, industries, markets and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives users the power to evaluate investments with confidence. Make smarter, more profitable decisions with Value Line.

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Vocational & Career Collection(tm)

Designed for vocational and technical libraries, this database provides full text articles from more than 400 trade and industry related periodicals.

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WestlawNext

Search Ohio and Michigan court cases and statutes as well as Federal 6th Circuit materials and the United States Supreme Court cases.

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World Book Encyclopedia

Online version of the popular encyclopedia is great for general information and school projects for children and adults including non-fiction ebooks for students and WorldBook in Spanish and French.

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World Catalog/First Search

The world's most comprehensive bibliography with 40 million bibliographic records representing 400 languages.

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World eBook

The World Book eBooks platform includes a rich library of beautifully illustrated titles for kindergarten through grade 12. Limit by subject and/or grade level. Titles can be checked out for three weeks. Create an account and download the app so you can access anywhere. iOS | Android

   

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