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Introducing Apps for our Databases  

We're pleased to be able to offer 3 distinct apps to you for download on your iOS or Android devices: 

  • Mango Languages for Libraries,  
  • EBSCOhost,
  • 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.

Currently Selected Databases

Displaying records 1 - 144 of 144 entries in our database list.

Academic Search Premier

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.

Access Science

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

Alt Health Watch

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

America in the World, 1776 to the Present

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

America's Top-Rated Cities

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.

America's Top-Rated Smaller Cities

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.

American Civil War

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

American Decades

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

American Decades 2000-2009

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.

American Decades Primary Sources

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.

American Decades Primary Sources, Vol. 11

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.

American History

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

Annals of American History

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

Archaeology in America: An Encyclopedia

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

Artemis Literary Sources

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.


How do I use this resource?
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.

Auto Repair Reference Center

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.

Business Source Premier

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

Career Information Center

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

Chilton Auto Repair Manuals

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.

Clothing and Fashion: American Fashion from Head to Toe

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

College Blue Book

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

Columbus Dispatch Archives

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

Comparative Guide to American Hospitals

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.

Comparative Guide to American Suburbs

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

Computer Sciences

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

Computer Source

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

Consumer Health Complete

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.

Daily Life Through History

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.

Dictionary of American History

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

Disasters and Tragic Events

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

Discoveries in Modern Science

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

EBSCOhost Databases

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

Encyclopedia of American Industries

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

Encyclopedia of American Recessions and Depressions

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

Encyclopedia of Business and Finance

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

Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World

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

Encyclopedia of Modern China

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

Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts

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

Encyclopedia of Race and Racism

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.

Encyclopedia of Religion

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.

Encyclopedia of Small Business

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.

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution

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.

Encyclopedia of the Mind

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

Encyclopedia of the New American Nation

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.

Europe 1450-1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World

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

Europe 1789-1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire

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

Europe Since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction

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.

Explora Elementary School

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.

Explora High School

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.

Explora Middle School

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.

Facts on File Science Online

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

Food and Drink in American History

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

Gale Biography in Context

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

Gale Directory Library

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.

Gale Encyclopedia of American Law

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

Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health

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.

Gale Encyclopedia of Diets: A Guide to Health and Nutrition

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.

Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law

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.

Gale Encyclopedia of Fitness

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.

Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine

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

Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health

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.

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America

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

Gale Encyclopedia of Science

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.

Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health

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

Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests

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

Gale Encyclopedia of US Economic History

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

Gale Literary Sources

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

Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context

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

Gale Science in Context

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.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

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.

Global Road Warrior

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.

Great American Mosaic

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

Great Black Migration

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.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia

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

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Evolution

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

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Extinction

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

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

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

Heritage Quest Online

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.

Historical Newspapers

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

History of Jewish-Muslim Relations

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

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

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

Home Improvement Reference Center

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

LearningExpress Library

How do I use this resource?
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.

Legal Forms — UPDATED

How do I use this resource?
Provides access to thousands of Ohio legal forms including business, personal, real estate and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Literary Reference Center

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

Literature Databases

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

Mango Languages

How do I use this resource?
Offers interactive language learning courses, including materials on English as a second language, and languages such as Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Arabic, and more.

MasterFILE Premier

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.

Mental Health and Mental Health Disorders

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

Morningstar Investment Research Center

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

National Geographic Kids

How do I use this resource?
Explores science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space through the publications of National Geographic Kids.

National Geographic Virtual Library

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

National Newspapers

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.

Newspaper Source

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.

NoveList K-8 Plus

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.

NoveList Plus

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

OCLC WorldCat

Contains records of library holdings worldwide.

Oxford Art Online

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

Oxford English Dictionary

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

Oxford Music Online

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

People's Chronology

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.

Points of View Reference Center

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

Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas

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

Price It! Antiques & Collectibles

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

Professional Development Collection

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

ProQuest Research Library

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

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

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

Regional Business News

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

Religion and Philosophy Collection

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

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

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

Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans

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

Science Reference Center

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

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

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.

Sociological Collection

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

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

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

Statistical Abstract of the United States

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

TumbleBook Library

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

UA Archives

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.

UA Recipe Collection

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

Upper Arlington News Index

Provides an index to most articles published by Suburban News Publications in the Upper Arlington News from 1984 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

VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

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

Vocational and Career Collection

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

Weiss Financial Ratings Series

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

Wilson Biography Reference Bank

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

Women's Rights in the United States

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

World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society

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

World Book Encyclopedia

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

World Book Kids

Offers a kids' version of the popular encyclopedia.

World Book Spanish

Presents a Spanish language version of the World Book Encyclopedia.

World History: Ancient & Medieval Eras

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

World History: The Modern Era

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

World War I

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

Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations

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