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Introducing Apps for our Databases  

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  • and AccessMyLibrary

are provided for free to use with our database subscriptions. These apps together give you access to 70+ databases on your mobile device. For more information please see our Apps For Researchers page.

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Displaying records 1 - 146 of 146 entries in our database list.

Offers scholarly and peer-reviewed information in nearly every area of academic study, including computer science, engineering, physics, chemistry, language, linguistics, arts, literature, medical science, ethnic studies, and more.

Provides scientific coverage and reference information for many fields, including mathematics, psychology, physics, military science, botany, engineering, zoology, and more.

Provides access to many perspectives on complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to healthcare and wellness, including peer-reviewed articles.

The companion to the Dictionary of American History, this title explores the impact of the United States and its policies, both internationally and domestically.

Presents current, comprehensive statistical information and other essential data on the top cities with populations greater than 95,000 that have been cited as the best for business and living in the United States.

Presents concise statistical profiles of the top U.S. cities with populations between 25,000 and 125,000. They are ranked by several variables, including population growth, median income, unemployment rate, and crime rate.

Presents coverage of the American Civil War, including primary source documents and information on politics, significant people and battles, and much more.

Covers the social aspects of each decade in 20th century America, including reference information on arts, laws, social trends, sports and more.

Covers the social aspects of the first decade of the 21st century in America, including reference information on arts, laws, social trends, sports and more.

The companion to American Decades, this title provides primary source documentation and first-hand accounts for each decade in 20th century America. Includes oral histories, songs, speeches, advertisements, articles, legal decisions, and more.

The companion to American Decades 2000-2009, this title provides primary source documentation and first-hand accounts for the first decade of the 21st century in America. Includes cartoons, speeches, articles, legal decisions, and more.

Investigates the people, events, and stories of the evolution of the United States. Browse and discover each era of history, from the age of exploration to the present day.

Ancestry Library Edition
This database is accessible only from the library.

How do I use this resource?
Features comprehensive genealogical and local history information, with historical records, family trees, research guides, and helpful advice. In-Library use only

Contains primary source documentation to illuminate the history of the United States from 1493 to present, including speeches, memoirs, historical accounts, and more.

Covers archaeological discoveries across North America by region, including several articles on archaeology in Ohio, from the Moundbuilders to the Flint Ridge State Memorial.

Presents information on authors and literature, including biographies, book reviews, book overviews, literary criticism, primary sources, and literary works.
This resource has changed its name to Gale Literary Sources. Please begin accessing this resource under Gale Literary Sources.

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Provides directory information on businesses, households, and healthcare professionals in the United States. Includes a job search, detailed maps, business email addresses, and much more.

Contains repair and recall information, technical service bulletins, drawings, photographs, and diagrams of automobiles from most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. All content is created by ASE certified technicians.

Pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction titles from Scholastic to create a great resource for parents and early readers.

Provides critical business information, including company and industry profiles, country reports, market research reports, peer-reviewed articles, and much more.

Provides current information on the job market and career options in the United States and Canada.

How do I use this resource?
Contains repair and recall information, technical service bulletins, drawings, photographs, and diagrams of automobiles from most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles in a clear, easy to use format.

Examines the historical significance of fashion trends in the United States from precolonial times to the present.

Presents information on programs, degrees, scholarships, and more on two-year and four-year colleges in the United States and Canada.

Provides articles appearing in the Columbus Dispatch from 1985 to the present, including obituaries.

Provides profiles of individual hospitals, as well as rankings by state for recognized quality measures of specific conditions. Each hospital is also compared to state and national averages.

Presents and ranks the living and business environments of suburban communities in the largest metropolitan areas of the United States.

Provides an overview of the history of computer science, including major concepts and contributors, and the impact of computers on society.

Offers the latest information on technology, including computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software.

Provides health information to consumers, including topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, fitness, nutrition, drug information, and more.

Contains full access to the Consumer Reports website, with expert, unbiased ratings, reviews, product comparisons, and buying guides for many essential consumer products.

Features information on countries, states, and provinces, including recipes, customs, country data, and government information.

Explores the everyday details of past eras, from what people ate and drank, to what they did in their leisure time. Includes reference works and primary documents.

Access a demographic report on a location, or locations, for information on demographics, retail spending, consumer expenditures, and more. The perfect tool for finding untapped markets and household buying patterns, direct mail targeting, and much more.

Provides background information on the facts, events, trends, and policies of American History, with definitions for both familiar and obscure topics.

Explores American tragedies, both natural and man-made, from the Salem Witch Trials to the present. Includes primary source documents

Offers information on important scientific discoveries from the astronomical, life, and physical sciences, including important technologies and inventions.

Searches the contents of several databases at once, for scholarly and general coverage of business, consumer, education, health, and science information.

Examines different industries in the United States with information on current leaders and conditions. Includes manufacturing, agriculture, service, mining, and construction industries, among others.

Examines the financial cycles in American economic history from colonial times to the present. Includes primary source documents.

Introduces concepts of business and finance, including economics, banking, accounting, marketing, management, investment, and more.

Explores the diverse history, religion, cultural practices, and political economies of Muslims from the seventh century to the present.

Presents critical information on the people, politics, economy, art, and literature of China from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day.

Includes case studies that explore violence between ethnic or national communities inside individual countries, including the United States.

Examines theories of race and racism in the modern era, with entries on the historic origins of ideas of race, and their social and scientific consequences.

Contains information on important ideas, beliefs, rituals, myths, symbols, and persons that have played a role in the history of religions from Paleolithic times to the present day.

Presents information for aspiring and current small business owners, including financing, financial planning, business plan creation, market analysis, sales strategy, tax planning, human resource issues, and more.

Features comprehensive coverage of all aspects of constitutional law, including judicial decisions, congressional laws, executive orders and other public acts that have impacted the legal structure of the United States.

Offers multiple perspectives on a variety of topics related to the mind, including attention, emotion, learning, memory, perception, and more.

Offers information on the formative years of the United States, from just prior to the American Revolution to the inauguration of Andrew Jackson, including information on politics, daily life, and the arts.

Provides access to scholarly literature and resources about teaching and education.

Covers European history from the beginning of the print revolution to the French revolution, including topics such as art, government, and warfare.

Covers European history from the French Revolution to the outbreak of World War I, including topics such as art, politics, and warfare.

Covers European history from World War I to the present day, including scientific, cultural, and social history, as well as political, military, and economic developments.

Searches the contents of several databases at once, for scholarly and general coverage of business, consumer, education, health, and science information.

Searches the contents of several databases at once, so elementary school students can find information on topics including animals, history, people, places, math, stories, and more.

Searches the contents of several databases at once, so high school students can find information and primary source documents on topics including language arts, business, careers, technology, science, math, and more.

Searches the contents of several databases at once, so middle school students can find information on topics including animals, geography, current events, math, and language arts.

Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines, including forensic science, chemistry, and astronomy using essays, videos, diagrams, definitions, biographies, and experiments.

 Explores the history of American foods and beverages from 1539 to the present. Includes primary source documents.

Provides biographical information on current and historical figures around the world from multiple perspectives. Updated daily.

Contains listings from the Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media for radio stations, television stations, and cable companies, including those from the United States and Canada, and listings from the Encyclopedia of Associations for national organizations in the United States.

Covers current cases, major statutes, legal terms and concepts, and important documents in the United States.

Provides in-depth coverage of pediatric diseases and disorders with emphasis on health issues affecting children under the age of four. Includes issues related to physical, cognitive, and behavioral development, and every major body system.

Provides information on topics such as dieting, popular diets, dietary concerns, nutritional basics, and the effects of dietary choices on health, including any public or regulatory concerns associated with a dietary practice.

Includes information on common legal issues, from civil rights to real estate, providing historical background, important statutes and cases, profiles of U.S. laws and regulations, and details of how these laws and regulations vary from state to state.

Explores physiology and fitness, as well as topics on diseases and conditions related to fitness. Includes questions to ask a doctor before beginning a new program.

Presents information on medical disorders, including discussion of causes, symptoms, diagnoses, treatments, procedures, and more.

Provides detailed information on mental disorders and conditions, including entries for prescription, alternative, and over-the-counter drugs, as well as therapies used to treat mental disorders.

 Contains entries on different ethnic and minority groups in the United States, including information on culture, historical background, settlement, and settlement patterns.

Covers all major areas of science, engineering, technology, mathematics, and the medical and health sciences with a comprehensive overview of current scientific knowledge and technology.

Presents health information for seniors on diseases, treatment options, medications, and more. Includes information for caretakers.

Provides coverage of numerous surgical procedures, medical tests and related topics, such as anesthetics, common lab tests and procedures, medications, and postoperative care.

Provides an economic context to familiar events in the history of the United States, including business and industry profiles, era overviews, and more.

Presents information on authors and literature, including biographies, book reviews, book overviews, literary criticism, primary sources, and literary works.

Provides multiple perspectives on current, controversial social issues, including overviews, essays, primary source documents, and more.

Provides authoritative reference information on scientific fields such as biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, physics, and astronomy. Includes topic overviews, detailed experiments, and more.

Searches our entire collection of eReference titles to find concise, clear articles and information on a variety of topics, including history, medicine, science, and social sciences.

Explores countries around the world from a traveler's perspective. Includes cultural information and practical notes on everything from the type of outlet to the currency.

Provides primary source documents that illustrate the diverse experiences of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.

Explores the migration of African-Americans from the southern United States to the urban north and west during the 20th century. Includes primary source documents.

Features information on animals, including metazoans, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Covers evolution in detail from a scientific viewpoint, including coverage of recent ideas and discoveries in the field of evolution.

Explores major extinctions and extinct life from the perspective of multiple fields, including zoology, paleontology, and environmental science.

Covers nursing and allied health, with medication information written for consumers.

Contains genealogical information, including the U.S. Federal Census, searchable books and periodicals on family history and genealogy, the Freedman’s Bank Records Collection, and Revolutionary War era pension records.

Provides access to significant newspapers browsable by historical topic. Includes the full run of the New York Times.

Offers contextual and historical information on relations between Jews and Muslims from the Middle Ages to the present.

Features information on popular hobbies and recreation activities, including arts, crafts, collections, games, models, needlework, and outdoor activities, such as birding and hiking.

Provides instructions, tips, and suggestions for a variety of home improvement projects and repairs, including electrical, plumbing, remodeling, and maintenance projects.

James Dulley's $ensible Home
This database is accessible only from the library.

Features money and energy saving product reviews, home remodeling tips, and guides for home improvement projects. Update Bulletins are only available in a UAPL library location. In-Library use only

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Provides access to online practice tests and tutorials for academic and occupational exams, including the ACT, SAT, LSAT, MCAT, TOEFL, and exams in the civil services, cosmetology, plumbing, real estate, and more.

Provides access to thousands of Ohio legal forms including business, personal, real estate and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Contains information on authors and literature, including biographies, interviews, book reviews, literary criticism, poetry, and short stories.

Features the American and English Literature Collection, including works of poetry, drama, and prose.

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Offers interactive language learning courses, including materials on English as a second language, and languages such as Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Arabic, and more.

Offers back issues of magazines and periodicals, including primary source documents.

Provides authoritative information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. MEDLINE is a creation of the National Library of Medicine.

Presents a comprehensive view of mental health, including mental well-being, mental illness, the brain, emotions, and more.

Presents comprehensive financial information and independent analysis on investments, including mutual funds, stocks, ETFs, and CEFs.

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Explores science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space through the publications of National Geographic Kids.

Features every issue of National Geographic Magazine from 1888 to present, including additional content from National Geographic such as maps, videos, images and books.

Provides access to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, and more, from the 1980s to the present.

Offers full text access to the Columbus Dispatch as well as 24 national news magazines from print and online sources, including Newsweek, The New Yorker, Slate, Smithsonian and more.

Provides access to regional, national, and international newspapers, as well as television and radio news transcripts. Includes Al Jazeera, the Daily Mail, the Times of India, and more.

Recommends fiction and nonfiction books to young readers based on books they’ve liked in the past, their interests, and their reading levels. Includes guides and recommendations based on Common Core.

Recommends fiction and nonfiction books to teens and adults based on books they’ve liked in the past, favorite authors, and genres.

Contains records of library holdings worldwide.

Presents information on art and artists, including images, and guides to different periods and movements.

Provides a guide to the meaning and history of words from across the English speaking world, including quotations tracing changes in meaning over time.

Contains information on instruments, music and musicians, including guides to different periods and styles.

Presents a global record of human events from prehistory until 2004, including events in the arts and humanities, education, transportation, science and medicine, politics, and war, among others.

Provides multiple perspectives on current, controversial social issues, including overviews, articles, and primary source documents.

Features information on popular culture in the United States from 1900 to the present.

Offers pricing information on collectibles and antiques, including data from eBay, GoAntiques, and TIAS, and articles on the repair, restoration, and conservation of antiques.

Provides continuing education information for professional educators, including peer-reviewed articles.

Offers extensive coverage of multidisciplinary periodicals, including scholarly and peer-reviewed journals, professional and trade publications, and general interest magazines.

Contains information on psychology, including emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry and psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

After careful evaluation, including patron input, we have decided to switch from Reference USA to AtoZdatabases because it offers 1000 downloads per search and it’s easier to use. As of January 1, 2016, only AtoZdatabases will be available. Please contact our Reference Department if you have any questions.

Contains regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. Includes some international coverage.

Covers religion and philosophy, including world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, epistemology, moral philosophy, the history of philosophy, and more.

Collects historical maps of Ohio towns and cities with building information from 1876-1970.

Provides information on sources of financial aid for education from private organizations and companies in all educational fields.

Contains information on science, including biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, and more.

Offers step by step maintenance and repair instructions for small engines and their supporting components, including engines from motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, lawn mowers, snow blowers, generators, and more.

Presents scholarly and peer-reviewed information on sociology, including culture, social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, and more.

Features information on popular culture, including films, music, print materials, sports, television, radio, art, performance, and more.

Provides a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

How do I use this resource?
Features animated picture books with sound, music, and narration, so children can read or be read to.

Presents historical resources about Upper Arlington provided by partnerships between UAPL and local organizations and individuals. Includes historical maps, Norwester Yearbooks, Norwester Magazines, images, and more.

Collects recipes from UAPL’s popular Holiday Happiness Cookbooks, including recipes from library staff members, local restaurants, and UA residents.

Provides an index to most articles published by Suburban News Publications in the Upper Arlington News from 1985 to the final publication on April 18, 2012. The content of articles can be obtained by contacting the Reference Department.

Value Line Research Center
This database is accessible only from the library.

How do I use this resource?
Provides financial information, including current and historical market and financial data, analyst commentaries, price projections, analytical tools, and more. In-Library use only

Features movie reviews on films that are available on DVD, including genre, cast, format, length, country of origin, awards, and more.

Contains trade and industry related magazines and periodicals for many careers and vocations.

Offers financial strength ratings on banks, credit unions, insurance companies, mutual funds and stocks, including Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings.

Provides biographical information on current and historical figures around the world.

Provides the history of the women’s rights movement in the United States from the American Revolution to the present. Includes primary source documents.

Presents information on military conflicts around the world, from 2000 BCE to present.

Presents the online version of the award-winning encyclopedia with thousand of images, articles and primary source documents.

Offers a kids' version of the popular encyclopedia.

Presents a Spanish language version of the World Book Encyclopedia.

Covers early global history from prehistoric times to the beginning of the Renaissance, including primary source documents.

Covers global history from the Renaissance to the present, including primary source documents.

Examines World War I, including important people and battles, weapons, technologies, and much more. Includes primary source documents

Features detailed information on the countries and dependencies of the world, including articles on the United Nations.