Resources: Reference & Research


Reference & Research

  • Academic Search Premier
    What is it? Full text for scholarly and academic magazines and periodicals – covering nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more – from EBSCOhost.
    Why use it? Conduct research for your next term paper. Discover in-depth articles on hundreds of subjects.
  • Explore Ohio | OPLIN
    What is it? OPLIN’s ever-expanding directory of Ohio-specific websites and links.
    Why use it? Find Ohio-focused websites by category or by county.
  • Ohio History Central || Online Encyclopedia
    What is it? An evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia from the Ohio Historical Society.
    Why use it? Find information, images, timelines, maps, and documents about Ohio’s history, geography, geology, animals, and American Indian populations.
  • Student Research Center
    What is it? Student research tool for grades 6 through 12 from EBSCOhost. See this 5-min. Flash video by the Reference and Information Services Division (RISD) of the Ohio Library Council or this EBSCO YouTube video for a basic introduction. Another RISD video provides more detail on working with search results.
    Why use it? Search the encyclopedia. Find magazine and newspaper articles. Learn about other countries – through reports, maps, and photos.
  • World Book Academic
    What is it? Academic World Book is a comprehensive reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, ebook, and primary source databases integrated in a single search.
    Why use it? Tailored to the needs of college- and university-level students, Academic World Book includes research tools, including citation builder, dictionary, atlas, and timelines to help users compile the data and information they need to complete their assignments and research projects.
  • World Book Early World of Learning
    What is it? Three interactive learning environments for preschoolers and children in early grades.
    Why use it? “Trek’s Travels” offers narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more. “Welcome to Reading” develops and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills. “Know It” offers a richly visual first encyclopedia.
  • World Book Hispanica
    What is it? This comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia includes more than 100,000 articles, more than 8,500 images and maps, and nearly 1,000 videos, animations, sounds, and interactive media.
    Why use it? It is designed for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and ESL/ELL program participants.
  • World Book Online
    What is it? Resources include encyclopedic content, e-books, multimedia, a vast collection of primary source documents, and a wealth of research tools that allow students to customize and save their work. For more information, view this Ten Minute Tutor from the State Library of Ohio.
    Why use it? Tailored for the needs and skills of older students, World Book Advanced integrates primary and secondary source databases in a single search.
  • World Book Spanish
    What is it? This is part of World Book Online Reference Center that is a Spanish-Language encyclopedia called Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos. It contains 2,200 articles and more than 600 illustrations.
    Why use it? The Spanish Student Discovery Encyclopedia is organized so that the student can find information quickly and easily.