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Research Databases


Access the following research and informational data from your home or office. You will need your Plain City Public Library card to access these databases. Click on a category below to expand it.

Reference & Research

AtoZ the World – Find a myriad of information on different countries: city views, facts, neighborhoods, insider’s guides, activities, restaurants, climate and weather, embassies and consulates, health & medical, language, maps, travel essentials, transportation, money & banking, communications, and more.

Explora – Research tool for elementary through high school students from EBSCOhost. Search the encyclopedia. Find magazine and newspaper articles. Learn about other countries – through reports, maps, and photos. Look up words in the dictionary. Explore and search by topic.

Mango Languages – Mango’s unique teaching method quickly engages you in real conversations between two native speakers. Your instructor will take you through every step of the process! Each lesson revisits previously learned material, but you have complete control over your learning experience.

Oxford Reference Online – Wide variety of reference books online including English and bilingual dictionaries, maps and atlases, timelines, an encyclopedia, and subject references.

Points of View – Contains many topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Providing a balance of materials from all viewpoints, it also includes over 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. It also offers guides for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating.

World Book Advanced – Access encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas and other research tools.

Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition – Powered by Ancestry.com, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

HeritageQuest Online – Search local & family histories and view federal census images.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map – The Digital Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps provides a searchable interface or locating historical Maps of Ohio towns and cities.

Books & Literature

about:books – Uses a customized Google engine to search for authors, titles, subjects… anything about books. Use it to find books, to get background information about books and authors, to see reader reviews and suggestions for similar reading, to get series information, and to preview books.

Literary Reference Center – Full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works. Contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories. Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest and learn more about a literary movement for book discussions.

Oxford Reference Online – Wide variety of reference books online including English and bilingual dictionaries, maps and atlases, timelines, an encyclopedia, and subject references.

Magazines & Newspapers

EBSCOhost (All Databases) – Complete range of citation and full-text reference content available from the EBSCO publishing company. Individual database services are also listed separately.

Explora – Research tool for elementary through high school students from EBSCOhost. Search the encyclopedia. Find magazine and newspaper articles. Learn about other countries – through reports, maps, and photos. Look up words in the dictionary. Explore and search by topic.

Newspaper Source (EBSCOhost) – Cover-to-cover full text for 20 national (U.S.) & international newspapers and selected full text for more than 230 regional (U.S.) newspapers, plus TV and radio news transcripts – updated daily.

Health & Medicine

Alt HealthWatch – Focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Alt HealthWatchprovides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine. 

Consumer Health Complete – Full text journals, magazines, and reference books from EBSCOhost dealing with health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition – coverage includes a focus on the complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness.

NetWellness – NetWellness provides the highest quality health information created and evaluated by the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, the Ohio State University, and Case Western Reserve University.

Students & Homework

AtoZ the World – Find a myriad of information on different countries: city views, facts, neighborhoods, insider’s guides, activities, restaurants, climate and weather, embassies and consulates, health & medical, language, maps, travel essentials, transportation, money & banking, communications, and more.

Explora – Research tool for elementary through high school students from EBSCOhost. Search the encyclopedia. Find magazine and newspaper articles. Learn about other countries – through reports, maps, and photos. Look up words in the dictionary. Explore and search by topic.

Learning Express Library School Center – The resources here can help students in elementary, middle, and high school prepare for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects.

Mango Languages – Mango’s unique teaching method quickly engages you in real conversations between two native speakers. Your instructor will take you through every step of the process! Each lesson revisits previously learned material, but you have complete control over your learning experience.

Worldbook Kids – Kid-friendly, includes encyclopedia articles, pictures, dictionary, atlas, and more.

Business & Government

Ohio Means Jobs: Assessments and Training – Online test preparation to help you and your employees advance.

Ohio.gov: Government Information and Services – The official government website of the state of Ohio. Find government services and information for residents, businesses, visitors, and state employees. Reach the website of any Ohio government agency.

History & Biography

Biography Reference Bank – Features thorough periodicals coverage, full-text articles, page images, and abstracts (including biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, or obituaries). With links to every article focused on any individual in nearly every WilsonWeb database, Biography Reference Bank covers over 500,000 people and includes over 36,000 images!

HeritageQuest Online – Search local & family histories and view federal census images.

Oxford Reference Online – A comprehensive resource that contains over 100 dictionaries and reference titles covering the complete subject spectrum.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map – The Digital Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps provides a searchable interface or locating historical Maps of Ohio towns and cities.

Science

Facts on File Science Online – Provides the finest collection of science reference materials—online and fully searchable.

NetWellness – NetWellness provides the highest quality health information created and evaluated by the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, the Ohio State University, and Case Western Reserve University.

Ohioline – Online database of publications from Ohio State University Extension Office; the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center; and the Agricultural Technical Institute. Find hundreds of fact sheets, bulletins, and other educational materials covering a wide array of subjects – such as agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, 4-H, and youth.

Oxford Reference Online – A comprehensive resource that contains over 100 dictionaries and reference titles covering the complete subject spectrum.

Science Reference Center – Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.

World Book Advanced – Access encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas and other research tools.

Testing, Exams & Employment

Learning Express Library – LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It 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.

Ohio Means Jobs: Assessments and Training – Online test preparation to help you get ready for that next big test!

Ohio Means Jobs Search Engine –  Ohio’s official online employment, education, and career services center. Ohio Means Jobs is the one-stop shop for employment resources. It has job and scholarship searching, GED preparation assistance, required unemployment activities, and electronic job opportunities which include Ohio employers, national commercial job boards and niche industries.

Contact Us


If you need help in any way please don’t hesitate to contact us! We are here to help you with all your reference, local history, and genealogy needs. Email our trained staff, give us a call at (614) 873-4912, ext. 130, or stop by the library during our open hours: Monday-Thursday 10-9, Friday-Saturday 10-6.