Research Databases

List of research database titles, descriptions and links
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Information on books and authors.

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Academic Search Premier

The world’s largest academic database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for nearly 4,650 serials, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. Updated daily.

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African American Heritage

As a consequence of slavery and the changing legal status of African Americans, research in this area can be more challenging than other genealogical inquiries; connect with a community of research experts.

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Ancestry Library (Access in Main Library only)

Gain access to genealogical resources such as censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, and more when you visit the Main Lima Library location. Ask for assistance at the Ask Here Desk.

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Ancestry Library Edition

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AtoZ Databases

The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Databases. The databases include 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business & executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

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Author Check

Have a favorite author? Have 20? It's tough to keep track of which author has books coming out soon, so let us do it for you! Subscribe via email if you would like to get notified when a new book by your favorite authors arrives at Lima Public Library.

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Biography Reference Bank

More than 72,000 biographies and obituaries and more than 20,000 photographs of the subjects. Many of the biographies are enhanced with full text, abstracts, and citations. The biographies are searchable by name, profession, title, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, titles of works, date of birth, date of death, keyword, and presence of images.​ 

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Business Source Premier

This is the industry’s most used business research database, providing the full text for more than 8,800 serials. Business Source Premier provides full text back to 1965 and searchable cited references back as far as 1998. Coverage includes virtually all subject areas related to business. Updated daily.

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Chilton Library

Find online instructions for vehicle repair.

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Computer Source

Full text for nearly 300 publications covering the latest information and current trends in high technology including computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software.

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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. Browse medical, health-related and drug reference books. Read articles on health and fitness. Find sources for alternative health information.

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ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, it is an essential tool for education researchers of all kinds.

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Explora for Educators

Full-text articles from thousands of academic journals and professional magazines on a wide variety of educational topics to support educator professional development. Includes lesson plans, curriculum standards, and more. This interface lets you search the following EBSCO databases, all at the same time: Academic Search Premier, Computer Source, ERIC, Professional Development Collection, and Teacher Reference Center.

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Explora Primary School

Students in grades K-5 will find reliable information on a variety of topics with Explora, an easy-to-use interface that lets you search all of your library’s EBSCO resources at once. Conduct keyword searches or browse topics by categories such as animals, arts and music, geography, language arts, math, science and social studies.

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Explora Public Libraries

The Explora experience for public libraries ensures that students, educators and library patrons can quickly find the reliable information they need to complete homework and research projects, deliver robust school curriculum, achieve their professional goals and satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

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Explora Secondary School

Colorful, user-friendly search interface for grades 6-12. Students in grades 6-12 will find reliable information on a variety of topics with Explora, an easy-to-use interface that lets you search all of your library’s EBSCO resources at once.

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Financial Literacy Basics

This new series provides readers with easy-to-understand guidance on how to manage their finances. Designed for those who are just starting out and for those who may need help handling their finances, this series outlines, step-by-step, how to make the most of your money, which pitfalls to avoid, and what to watch out for, and give you the necessary tools to make sure you are fully equipped to manage your finances.

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Fold3 Library Edition

Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

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Gale In Context | Elementary

Each subject-specific resource in Gale In Context student databases uses eye-catching topic overview pages to bring together nonfiction materials in all digital formats. Users can read or watch to get the facts with articles, videos, charts, images and infographics, and more, supplementing school lesson plans with invaluable resources. The content within these collections is designed to support visual and auditory learning in addition to national and state curriculum standards. (Formerly Kids InfoBits.) 

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Health Source: Consumer Edition

This full-text database covers a wide variety of subjects, including information on specific diseases as well as overall health topics. Additionally, with Health Source: Consumer Edition, users have access to current health pamphlets and Merriam-Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary.

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Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition provides researchers, allied health professionals, nurses and medical educators with access to full-text scholarly journals focusing on many medical disciplines. It provides indexing, abstracts and full-text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals, many of which are peer-reviewed. 

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Heritage Quest

Discover genealogical records and resources for your family tree. 

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center includes leading full-text hobby and craft magazines, hobby profiles, recipes, and videos all in a unique, dedicated user interface with easy-to-browse categories. 

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Home Improvement Reference Center

Home Improvement Reference Center offers full-text content from leading home improvement magazines and reference books, plus a collection of images not found anywhere else online. You can quickly find the information they need by conducting keyword searches or browsing projects by category.

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INFOhio PreK-12 Digital Library

This resource is for parents and educators of children age three through 12th grade. INFOhio encourages adults to use the digital resources included for ages 3-5 to prepare Ohio’s early learners for school and their future. Its portals for elementary, middle, and high school students are designed to provide resources to help them understand the curriculum and find articles for research assignments.

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LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning has more than 16,000 expert-led courses, ranging from computer programming to project management including instruction on various computer software, programming languages, and business topics. The video courses are taught by industry experts and are designed for any skill level.

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Literary Reference Center

Combining information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals and original content from EBSCO, Literary Reference Center features an expansive collection of classic and contemporary full-text poems, short stories, and novels.

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MAS Ultra - School Edition

MAS Ultra – School Edition provides full text for top high-school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). It also includes full-text biographies, primary source documents, reference books, and an image collection of more than 2 million photos, maps, flags and color PDFs.

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Full text articles from nearly 1,800 business, health, news, and hobby magazines, including Consumer Reports, Health, Time, and many more. It also offers indexing and abstracts for over 2,700 periodicals. Full text files go as far back as January of 1990, while indexing and abstracts go as far back as January of 1984. Updated daily. 

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MEDLINE brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in a way that is easy to understand. Learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations.

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Middle Search Plus

Middle Search Plus offers ongoing full text for the most popular magazines for middle schools, including: Cobblestone, Discover, FacesNewsweek, Ranger Rick, Scholastic Science WorldScience News, Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated Kids, TIME, TIME for Kids, U.S. News & World Report. 

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New Book Alert

Have a favorite type of book? Get notified once per month with the new titles that Lima Public Library Added to that category. Whether it's teen fiction, mystery thrillers, or crafts you'll get the first look at our newest additions.

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Newspaper Source

Newspaper Source provides selected full text for 25 national (U.S.) and international newspapers. The database also contains full text television & radio news transcripts, and selected full text for more than 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.

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Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. Each of the twenty-five distinct encyclopedias cover both foundational and cutting-edge topics in order to develop, over time, an anchoring knowledge base for major areas of research across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. 

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Points of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center covers hundreds of topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Each topic features a Guide to Critical Analysis which helps the reader evaluate the controversy and enhances students’ ability to read critically, develop their own perspective on the issues, and write or debate an effective argument on the topic.

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Professional Development Collection

Professional Development Collection includes full text for high-quality education journals and reports.

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Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection provides access to hundreds of full-text journals and offers particularly strong coverage in child and adolescent psychology and various areas of counseling.

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PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

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Religion and Philosophy Collection

Religion & Philosophy Collection is an essential full-text database for theology and philosophy research. It includes hundreds of full-text journals and magazines covering many religious and philosophical topics, including world religions, religious history, political philosophy and philosophy of language.

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Rutherford B. Hayes Obituary Index

Search for Ohio obituaries, death and marriage notices, and other sources from the 1810s to present day. Actual obituaries may be ordered from partner libraries.

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Over 40,000 detailed maps of Ohio cities drawn between 1882 and 1962.

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Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center allows users to conduct keyword searches or browse topics by branch of science. In addition to full-text periodicals, books, biographies and essays, it includes more than 1,000 science experiments, more than 2,000 science videos from top educational publishers including Boclips, Media4Math, Nature Picture Library and Twig Education, and thousands of high-quality science images from UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and Nature Picture Library.

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Receive a monthly e-mail of books in whatever category you select. It's like you're own personal librarian suggesting books for you to read! The best part is that the titles e-mailed to you are definitely available to check out at the Lima Public Library.

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Small Business Reference Center

Everything you need to start and maintain your small business.

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Transparent Languages

Learn a new language for school, work, or your next vacation.

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Very Short Introductions

Provides intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects. Students can use Very Short Introductions to consider study options, embark on a new module, topic, or essay, or revise a particular subject. Adult learners can also gain new insights through an introduction to a topic.

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Vocational and Career Collection

Vocational & Career Collection offers vocational and technical libraries top-quality resources covering a variety of relevant subjects which include: Automotive, Construction, Computers, Engineering, Finance, Food service, Health, Nursing, Marketing, Real estate, Retail, and Technology.

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What Tree Is It?

Ohio tree identification guide.

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What's That Snake?

Ohio snake identification guide. 

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What's the Point?

Get help identifying flint artifacts in Ohio.

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World Book

From this Super Home Page, access World Book Advanced, Early World of Learning, World Book French, Kids, Student, Timelines, Student- Spanish (Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallzazgos), and Spanish (Banco de Contenidos aulaPlaneta). 

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