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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 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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African-American Heritage

A great resource for African-American genealogical and biographical research. Search essential historical records including federal census, slave and freed person registers, marriage and military records and more. Connect with others using AfriGeneas, a social networking website.

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African-American Newspapers, 1827 - 1998

Search history, culture and daily life written in African-American newspapers from around the U.S. Covers life in the Antebellum South through the Civil Rights movement and more.

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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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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 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

Provides biographies, obituaries and photographs of thousands of individuals – both living and deceased. Updated monthly.

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Features: Watch, read and listen to animated picture books in nine categories, including Animals and Nature, People and Places, and Family and Communities. Includes fiction, nonfiction and some Spanish language titles. No waiting.

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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 covering key areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many aspects of complimentary, holistic and integrated medicine.

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Consumer Reports

Provides product reviews on cars, appliances, electronics and more. Access full-text articles (1985 to present) from Consumer Reports through EBSCO/MasterFile Premier. Requires a valid library card and PIN to access.

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Consumer Search

Helps shoppers avoid “buyer’s remorse” by evaluating product reviews and recommending authentic and trustworthy products in a range of categories for a variety of budgets and lifestyles, thus saving time, money and disappointment for millions of consumers.

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Features 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 the United States, Canadian provinces, the international world and kids.

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D&B Business Browser

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

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Digital Learn

New to computers or haven't used them for a while? For those who are a little unsure or uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, Digital Learn helps users tackle technology and gain the confidence needed to succeed.

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Downtown Toledo Master Plan

The Downtown Toledo Master Plan focuses on developing market-based, catalytic solutions to build on current momentum downtown and identify future opportunities.

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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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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 for students and educators in grades K-5, Explora Primary Schools provides safe, trustworthy research materials for class projects or homework on a variety of topics including animals, arts and music, biographies, geography, language arts, math, science and health, and social studies.

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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 6-12 in mind, Explora Secondary Schools provides safe, trustworthy research materials for class projects or homework on a variety of topics including animals, arts and music, biographies, geography, language arts, math, science and health, and social studies.

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A product of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, FamilySearch is the largest genealogy library in the world. FamilySearch maintains a collection of records, resources and services designed to help people learn more about their family history, including millions of genealogy records, many with digital images.

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Features: eMagazines are available instantly, no waiting
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Offers convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos and personal documents of the men and women who served.

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Formats: Music, music videos and audiobooks
Features: Unlimited streaming music and 5 downloads per week
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Fund Analyzer by FINRA

Features information and analysis on over 18,000 mutual funds, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs). Estimates the value of the funds and allows users to compare up to three funds. Note: users must accept the terms of use to use the tool.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Access hundreds of books and publications within 21 different topics including the arts, biography, business, education, the environment, history, LGBTQ, medicine, multicultural studies and race and civil rights. Email, download, print or save pages. App available.

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Provides high quality, innovative learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve their technology, literacy and math skills. Offers information on more than 180 topics through 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos and over 50 interactive activities and games.

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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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Offers resources on a wide range of health topics selected from approximately 1,400 government and non-profit organizations to bring the public the best, most reliable health information on the Internet.

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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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Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Browse thousands of reference books, projects and magazines on a variety of hobbies including arts and crafts, collecting, indoor recreation, model building, kids crafts, scrapbooking and more.

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Home Improvement Reference Center

Browse thousands of reference books, projects and magazines on a variety of home improvement areas including decorating and remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, woodworking and everyday maintenance.

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Images in Time

A searchable collection of more than 151,000 local historical photos, most from Toledo and/or Ohio, from 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 needed for financial success created by the FINRA Foundation, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

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Kids InfoBits

Offers easy-to-use, age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics. The modern design and simple navigation makes it easy for users to explore content and gain comfort with database searching.

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LearningExpress Library

Features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests and eBooks to help users of all ages. Offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep and more.

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Literary Reference Center

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

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Local History Digital Collections

Through our Local History Department, we are pleased to partner with Ohio Memory to present our growing digital archive which includes collections featuring historical documents, maps and atlases, photographs and more!

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Offers more than 3,000 courses that include more than 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics including design, business, office software and personal and professional goals. Certificates of completion can be printed our and/or uploaded to a LinkedIn profile. iOS | Android

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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

Features a vast, indexed collection of corporate and industry related documents. Contains hundreds of thousands of reports covering over 100 countries and industries and offers a reliable and easy to navigate system designed to meet users' historical research needs. 

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Mergent Intellect

Search available jobs with more than 20 million employers throughout North America, research industry reports, look up census and consumer data, and find useful help and how-to guides.

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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 (2009-present), videos, pictures and books in a kid-friendly environment. Some books available in French, Spanish, Chinese and other world languages.

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National Geographic Virtual Library Series

Access 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, alternative and integrative therapies like acupuncture, chiropractic, therapeutic touch and dietary supplements.

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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 from national and international newspapers, television & radio transcripts, and 200 regional newspapers including the 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. Also includes suggestions for audiobooks.

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NuWAV Legal Forms

Browse, access and/or create legal documents for power of attorney, wills, immigration, divorce, healthcare planning, adoption, bankruptcy, public information, leases, and more.

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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 the Ohio Permit Test? Take six 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 evolution through time.

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Ohio Victims Rights

Understandable explanation of rights laws and best practices, and form letters empowering victims to exercise their rights.

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Ohio Web Library

Covering books, art, literature, business, employment, genealogy, government, health, history, magazines, newspapers and more purchased for Ohioans by Ohio libraries.

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Open Culture

Open Culture boasts that is has the "best free cultural & educational media on the web". It's course catalog has a variety of offerings ranging from audiobooks, online courses, certificate courses, movies, languages, textbooks and even eBooks.

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Overdrive (Libby App)

Features: Largest selection of digital content. Limit of 20 checkouts per month.
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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Provides new comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on an ever-growing range of topics and disciplines including but not limited to American history, business, criminal justice, environmental science, literature, politics and religion.

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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

Committed to helping seniors access information and resources. Includes a collection of pamphlets, legal forms and directories to either print out or complete online. Covers topics such as power of attorney, wills, medical directives, expungement eligibility and more!

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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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RBdigital Audiobooks and Magazines

Features: Exclusive recorded audiobooks and eMagazines
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Reference USA

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

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Regional Business News

Contains full-text articles from 75 journals, newspapers and newswires about businesses from across the U.S.

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Research in Context

Provides engaging reference, periodical and multimedia content supporting national and state curriculum standards for grades 6-12 on topics within cultures, geography, government, literature, people, science, social issues and U.S. and world history.

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SAMS Technical Publishing

Contains service guidelines for more than 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 Reference Center

A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text, science-oriented content, lesson plans, science experiments, citation help, worksheets and curriculum standards.

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Features: View educational videos, read articles, find experiments to try, take quizzes and explore trustworthy related websites on a variety of science topics including Earth, space science, life science, health and the human body, physical science, and tech, math and engineering. Also offers lesson plans, quizzes and projects for teacher use.

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Small Business Builder

Get a step-by-step guide to creating and completing a business plan. Explore entrepreneurial interests and opportunities, learn about the nonprofit sector and how to grow and position your business for long-term success and more.

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Small Business Reference Center

Watch videos and browse sources on a variety of business areas from accounting to marketing to operations. Get industry information by small business type and learn business basics.

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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. Users 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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Students and educators may find this site useful in researching the current events and popular topics being discussed in today's classrooms.

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Transparent Language

Learn more than 100 languages at your own pace with easy-to-use online lessons, vocabulary exercises, practice activities and more.

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Features: View educational videos, read books and articles, take quizzes and explore trustworthy related websites on a comprehensive range of topics – from American history to geography to science. Each category also offers lesson plans for teachers. No waiting, ideal for elementary and middle school.

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Offers live, on demand one-to-one expert assistance for help with homework, tutoring, peer coaching, professional development, training and career help. experts are available nightly from 3 - 10 p.m.

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United States Government Printing Office (GPO)

Provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Provides full content of Presidential Executive Orders, Congressional Bills, Statues, Supreme Court decisions and many more Federal government documents.

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Value Line

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.

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Very Short Introductions

Offers concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from climate to consciousness, game theory to ancient warfare, privacy to Islamic history, economics to literary theory and beyond.

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VIN Decoder

A VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is a unique identifier that every motor vehicle is assigned when it's manufactured. The VIN Decoder provides an instant report on a vehicle's manufacturer, brand, make and model, body style, engine size, assembly plant and model year.

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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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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 eBooks

The World Book eBooks platform includes a rich library of beautifully illustrated titles for K-12 students. 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.

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World Book Encyclopedia

Online version of the popular encyclopedia. Great for general information or for school projects. Includes non-fiction eBooks for students and WorldBook in Spanish and French.

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

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