History, Law and Culture

Learn about different cultures and traditions, access free legal forms and do legal research on local, state and national levels.

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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Grade Levels: middle school and high school
Subjects: history/government, social studies

Third-Party Provider: ProQuest

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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.

Third-Party Provider: Newsbank

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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.

Remote access extended until December 31, 2021

Third-Party Provider: ProQuest

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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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Grade Levels: middle school and high school
Subjects: art/music, history/government and social studies

Third-Party Provider: EBSCO

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Black Life in America (Newsbank)

Comprehensive coverage of the African American experience from earliest times to today. Sourced from nearly 19,000 American and global newspapers from 1704 to the present, including over 400 African American newspapers. Provides full-text searching as well as access to content by Topic, Event, and Eras in African American History. Updated daily.

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Cheetah/Capital Changes Reporter

A comprehensive database of primary documents and journals related to financial and tax research. Cheetah has popular titles for lawyers, accountants, and financial professionals to interpret complex tax law and facilitate research into transportation, health, labor, and intellectual property.

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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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Grade Levels: elementary school, middle school and high school
Subjects: history/government, geography and social studies

Third-Party Provider: ProQuest

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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.

Third-Party Provider: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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

Third-Party Provider: Ancestry / Fold3

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Gale eBooks (formerly 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. iOS app Google Play app

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Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: art/music, business, college prep, English/language arts, health, science, history/government, social studies and technology

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Gale Legal Forms

Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also includes a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

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Heritage Quest

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

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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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Legal GPS

Legal GPS is a gamified platform that helps new & existing businesses "do legal" without having to hire a lawyer.

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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!

Third-Party Provider: Toledo Lucas County Public Library

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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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Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: history/government, science and social studies

Third-Party Provider: Gale

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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.

Third-Party Provider: Ohio History Connection

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Ohio Legal Help

Ohio Legal Help is the only legal resource that addresses Ohio’s complicated legal landscape. Forms and resources are location specific, so patrons can be confident that what they submit to the court will be accepted, and they’ll know where to go if they need further assistance. Ohio Legal Help provides authoritative legal information to low-income Ohioans, which is vetted by attorneys. The project is guided by trusted organizations like the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and the Ohio Library Council. Patron information is not retained or shared by Ohio Legal Help, as attorneys, like librarians, are concerned about privacy.

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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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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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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).

Third-Party Provider: ProQuest

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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.

Third-Party Provider: Toledo Lucas County Public Library

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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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Grade Levels: high school
Subjects: foreign language

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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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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

Supports classroom instruction and library reading initiatives with over 2,500 titles, including World Book exclusive content and classic literature. 24/7 unlimited, simultaneous access. World Book eBooks also feature a free downloadable app compatible with Apple, Windows, and Android devices.

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Grade Levels: elementary school, middle school and high school
Subjects: art/music, English/language arts, health, history/government, science, social studies and technology

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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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Subjects: art/music, geography, history/government, science, social studies and technology

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