Research Tools

Northstar Digital Literacy


Learn basic skills needed to use a computer and the internet in daily life, employment, and higher education covering social media, information literacy, Telehealth, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Docs.

Federal Depository


The Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents – Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Public access is guaranteed by law. (Title 44 United States Code).



Picture books with added animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read or have read to you.



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

World Book Encyclopedia


Includes non-fiction eBooks for students, middle and high school projects, and WorldBook in Spanish and French covering art, music, geography, history, government, science, social studies and technology.



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

Available only inside Library Locations.

Weiss Financial Ratings


Independent reviews for banks, credit unions, insurance, medigap, mutual funds, exchanged traded funds, stocks, consumer guides, finances (financial literacy), and future planning.

Very Short Introductions


Offers concise high school level introductions including climate consciousness, ancient warfare, privacy, economics, literary theory, art, music, business, English, language arts, health, history, government, science, social studies, and technology.

United Way 211


United Way 2-1-1 is a free, 24-hour, 365-day health and human service resource for those in Lucas, Wood and Ottawa counties. Dial 2-1-1 (1-800-650-HELP) – translations available if English is not your primary language, text 898-211, instant message, or search for local resources that can help you in finding food, clothing, utility assistance, and housing/shelter.


Online tutoring for K-12, college, and GED students. No appointment is needed and tutors are available noon to midnight, 7 days a week! Writing support is available either in a live session or through the Drop-off Paper review. Receive feedback on reports, essays, resumes, and cover letters within 12 hours. Offers practice quizzes including ASVAB, ACT, and SAT.

Transparent Language


Focused on high school level students to learn foreign languages including English as a second language using online lessons, vocabulary exercises, and practice activities.



Research current events, popular topics, health, history, government, science, social studies, and technology for middle and high school that are discussed in today’s classrooms.

Small Business Builder


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



Educational videos, articles, lesson plans, projects, experiments, and quizzes on Earth, geography, technology, space science, life science, health, the human body, physical science, tech, math, and engineering for elementary, middle, and high school.

Science Reference Center


A middle and high school research database that provides access to full-text, science-oriented content, lesson plans, science experiments, citation help, worksheets, and curriculum standards.

Scholastic Teachables


Scholastic Teachables™ is an online database of searchable and printable educational materials for Prek-6th grade! Teachables™ has classroom resources to supplement any subject including leveled mini-books, fun clip art, plus skill and activity sheets.

Sanborn Maps


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

Oxford Research Encyclopedias


Peer-reviewed summaries on American history, business, English, language arts, health, government, history, social studies, criminal justice, environmental science, literature, politics and religion.

Ohio Legal Help


Containers forms, resources, and attorney information on where to go for assistance while maintaining privacy. The project is guided by the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and the Ohio Library Council.

O’Reilly for Public Libraries


Prepare for technical certifications using books, videos, case studies, learning paths, and expert playlists covering business, data, design, hardware, IT operations, math, science, engineering, security, software development, user experience, travel, hobbies, web, and mobile.

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.

Newspaper Source


Provides articles from national and international newspapers, television & radio transcripts including the Akron Beacon Journal, Boston Globe, Columbus Dispatch, and Washington Post.

National Geographic Kids


Includes magazines for elementary and middle school covering geography, history, government, science and social studies using videos, pictures and books available in French, Spanish, Chinese and world languages.

Morningstar Investment Service


Find a stock or a fund to meet your needs, research current or prospective holdings, or see how your investments fit together. Limit of 5 simultaneous users. Please log out after your session is done.

Mergent Intellect


Access private and public U.S. and international business data, industry news, executive contact information, residential data, demographics, and consumer data.



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

Mango Languages


Mango for Libraries uses native speakers, repetition and voice comparison to learn a new language or English as a second language. To use the app you will first need to create a Mango profile online through the library, then use that profile to activate the App.

App Store | Google Play

Literary Reference Center


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

LinkedIn Learning


LinkedIn Learning offers unlimited access to courses in business, technology, creative, engineering, time management, computer skills, data analysis, and programming / development.

Using the LinkedIn Learning app: iOS or Android
First time app: OH0215

LearningExpress Library


Tutorials, practice tests and ebooks for job searching, workplace skills, reading, writing, math, science, career certification, licensure, exams, college, grad school, GED, ACT, SAT, English, language arts, high school, history, government, math, science, and social studies.

Internet Archive


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.

Hathi Trust


Hathi Trust is a partnership of academic and research institutions offering a collection of millions of open access titles digitized from libraries around the world.



Philanthropic research report database designed to fill in the knowledge gaps you need to find the best charities to which to donate.

Available only inside Library Locations.


Provides learning opportunities to improve technology (Microsoft, internet, Google), literacy (reading, grammar, language) and math skills through interactive games.

Gale Legal Forms


Provides legal forms including real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant, attorney state directory, and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen’s language.

Fund Analyzer by FINRA


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.



Offers convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos and personal documents of the men and women who served.



FamilySearch is the largest genealogy library maintaining a collection of records, resources, services, family history, and digital images.

Explora Secondary Schools (6-12)


Provides safe, trustworthy research materials for class projects or homework on a variety of topics: art, music, business, English, language arts, health, history, government, math, science, social studies and technology.

Explora Public Libraries


Provides user-friendly features and easy-to-browse categories of reliable content from the world’s leading magazines in art, music, business, English, language arts, health, history, government, math, science, social studies and technology.

Explora Primary Schools (K-5)


Provides safe, trustworthy research materials for class projects or homework on a variety of topics: art, music, business, English, language arts, health, history, government, math, science, social studies and technology.



Education related articles and journals, dissertations, regulatory materials, quantitative data, reference materials, opinion pieces, tests, questionnaires, and materials published in foreign languages.

Digital Learn


Digital Learn helps with email, internet, computer basics, microsoft word, travel, resume, and mobile devices in both English and Spanish.

D&B Hoovers


Companies gain a deeper understanding of their market opportunities so they can make more informed decisions by combining and analyzing data from a wide variety of sources.



Contains primary source on countries and territories including language, appearance, greetings, maps, flags, symbols, history, economy, geography, population, indigenous peoples, and recipes.

Computer Source


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

Chilton Library


Includes step-by-step for car repair, automobile, engine, diagnostic, transmission, battery, radiator, alternator, shocks, struts, brakes, catalytic converter, muffler, and tailpipes.



Watch, read and listen to animated picture books including fiction, nonfiction and Spanish language titles. No waiting.

Ancestry Library Edition


Search the United States, United Kingdom and Canadian census records, military records, wills, and government documents on This tool is only available in the Library, at all locations.

African-American Heritage


African-American (Black) genealogical and biographical researching essential historical records including federal census, slave and freed person registers, marriage and military records and AfriGeneas.



Educational website that provides learning activities for children ages 2 and up, with interactive books, games and puzzles in reading, math, science, social studies, art and music.

Available only inside Library Locations.