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Premium Research Databases

This site offers a collection of databases provided by the Ohio Web Library to all Ohio residents.  Click here for a list of databases available through the Ohio Web Library

Chilton Library


ChiltonLibrary provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use web site. Since this library subscribes to ChiltonLibrary, you are now equipped with decades of data to maintain your vehicle. Click on this link to log into the site.  


NoveList Plus

Novelist Plus     This electronic database makes finding reading recommendations easier than ever. (There is also an icon at the bottom right-hand side of the screen. You'll need your library card number to access this information.)

In NoveList Plus, you’ll find:

  • Fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages
  • Expert reading recommendations from professional librarians
  • Read-alikes for every title, author, and series
  • Easy-to-use interface designed with readers and librarians in mind
  • Simple but effective searching
  • Quick and easy-to-use resources including: book discussion guides, thematic book lists, reading and book-oriented articles

LearningExpress Library

Learning Express Library     Each Learning Center in the LearningExpress Library offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information needed to achieve great results at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? An entire Learning Center is dedicated to helping patrons get the ones that are right for them. 


Powerspeak Languages


More language not more languages. That's the essence of Powerspeak*, an online, language learning resource brought to you by a partnership between Gale and Middlebury Interactive Languages. Learning a language requires far more than listen-and-repeat exercises that teach the listener how to order a drink or ask the location of the nearest restroom. It requires a deep dive into the language using unique combination of fun, engaging, and immersive activities that integrate numerous teaching and learning methods and that keep the learner coming back.

With Powerspeak Languages users "live the language" courtesy of a friendly, functional structure that begins by introducing vocabulary in the context of everyday usage. For instance, modules set up familiar scenarios where practical language skills are needed, such as making a phone call, dining out and asking for directions. Progressing through the courses, Powerspeak incorporates cultural activities, exposing users to a wide-range of depth and culture surrounding the target language.

Your library has subscribed to Powerspeak, providing a resource that promotes cultural awareness, a greater understanding of people and culture in your community, improves career advancement, improves global travel experiences, improves communication and business skills, and so much more.

Available languages:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • ESL (for Spanish speakers)

*Designed to meet the National Standards outlined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)/Northwest Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities and Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) 

Mango Languages

     This site offers an online language-learning system that can help patrons learn languages, such as Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian, and many more.


HeritageQuest Online

HeritageQuest     This is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.

It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

The collection consists of six core data sets:

U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1930, with name indexes for many decades. In total the collection covers more than 140 million names.

Genealogy and Local History Books deliver more than 7 million digitized page images from over 28,000 family histories, local histories, and other books. Titles have been digitized from our own renowned microform collections, as well from the American Antiquarian Society via an exclusive partnership. 

Periodical Source Index (PERSI), published by the Allen County Public Library, is recognized as the most comprehensive index genealogy and local history periodicals. It contains more than 2 million records covering titles published around the world since 1800.

Revolutionary War Records contain original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.

Freedman’s Bank Records, with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offer valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the Civil War.

LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.