Research Databases


For a go-to listing of databases made available through the Ohio Web Library, click here.


For the month of February, we are highlighting the African American Heritage research database. African American Heritage is a digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. It provides users a dedicated, user-friendly resource that not only brings together records critical to African American family research, but also connects them to a community of research experts, whose mentoring and assistance can frequently be the difference between research success and futility.

Quick Start Guides & Tip Sheets

Tutorials and Presentations

  • Ongoing and Recorded Webinars. These approximately hour-long webinars are conducted by Proquest's training team. Trainings include African American Heritage as well as other Proquest products.

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About Books -search for titles, authors, or anything about books

American and English full text literature collections -Electronic books of American and English literature - poetry, drama, fiction, and the Bible - originally published in print - produced by ProQuest / Chadwyck-Healey. For more information, see the Basic Search and Advanced Search tutorial videos.


Ancestry Library Edition - IN LIBRARY ONLY -U. S. Census records; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more. You must be in the library to access this database.

Chilton Library - Specific information on vehicle maintenance and repairs.


Business Source Premier -Company and market reports


Consumer Health Complete - Everyday health care information


Consumer Reports -Consumer buying guide & product reviews


EBSCOhost Databases - Magazine and journal articles

E-books – The Ohio Digital Library collection of ebooks includes fiction, nonfiction, new and classic in ebook, digital audio and some videos.


ExploreOhio | OPLIN - OPLIN's ever-expanding directory of Ohio-specific websites and links.


Literary Reference Center - Information on thousands of authors and their works


Points of View Reference Center - Essays on controversial subjects


Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps - Historical maps of Ohio towns and cities


Science Online -Articles, videos, and experiments.


Science Reference Center - Science encyclopedias and reference books.


What Tree Is It? - Ohio tree identification guide.


What's That Snake - Ohio snake identification guide


What's The Point? - Identifying flint artifacts.


Our WorldBook eBooks Account- Please Pick up the login from the Circulation Desk to be able to login from home.
Contains Information resources for pre-school through college NEW In addition to the encyclopedia, The Highland County District Library also subscribes to extended information including a collection of online ebooks.  Stop by the circulation desk to pick up the password for use outside the library.