Research Tools



Stay connected with the world with unlimited access to more than 7,000 publications from over 120 countries, in 60 different languages, all on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Please note issues for The Economist are limited to a 7-day checkout period and can be checked out again once the 7 days are over. Apple Store | Google Play

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).



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



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.

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.



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.

Toledo Legal News


News regarding law and attorney-related information in the Toledo area with up-to-date articles on current events. Information requiring a paid subscription is not available through this link.



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. Self-guided video

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.

Proquest Historical Newspapers


Search for newspaper articles in The Chicago Tribune (1849-1999), The Los Angeles Times (1881-2000), The New York Times (1851-2020), Wall Street Journal (1889-2012), and The Washington Post (1889-2007).

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.

Mergent Intellect


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

LearningExpress Library


Tutorials, practice tests and ebooks for job searching, workplace skills, reading help, 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. Self-guided video

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.



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 help, 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. Self-guided video

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.

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. Self-guided video

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. Self-guided video

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.



Educational website that provides learning activities for children ages 2 and up, with interactive books, games and puzzles in reading help, math, science, social studies, art and music. *Available only inside Library Locations.