Research Databases

  • is designed to help young children (ages 2-8+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. With 8,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and learning activities across all major subject areas - reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music.  Best of all, kids love it!  Available at the Troy Main and Pleasant Hill libraries, is accessible on the library's public computers and on your personal laptop, tablet, and/or cell phone while visiting the Troy Main or Pleasant Hill library. 


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    Everything you want to know about books & authors. It is THE place to find read-alikes, author biographies, plot summaries, specific settings, specific genres, book publishing and purchasing, series information, book reviews, and more!


  • Academic Search Premier

    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. Conduct research for your next term paper. Discover in-depth articles on hundreds of subjects.


  • African American Heritage

    African American Heritage (ProQuest) 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.

    Proquest's Guide to African American Heritage - This extensive online guide from ProQuest includes helpful tips, training, and downloadable resources.

  • All EBSCOhost Databases

    All EBSCOhost Databases. Complete range of citation and full-text reference content available from the EBSCO publishing company. Individual database services are also listed separately. Select a single database for searching. Search multiple EBSCOhost resources at once. See what’s available from EBSCO.


  • AllData Pro Auto Repair (In library use only)

    ALLDATA Repair (Online) has been replaced with Chilton Library.

    Chilton Library provides access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today, as well as, many new vehicles. This continuously updated resource provides step-by-step repair procedures, troubleshooting guides, diagnostic trouble codes, photos, illustrations, diagrams, and multimedia (videos and animations) to simplify even the most complicated tasks.

  • Alt HealthWatch is a full-text alternative health research database focused on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers the latest information about the evolving practice of holistic medicine and therapies. 


  • American and English full text literature

    Electronic books of American and English literature - poetry, drama, fiction, and the Bible - originally published in print – produced by ProQuest / Chadwyck-Healey. Explore American poetry from 1600 to the present. Compare different editions of Shakespeare’s work. Read early American fiction. Explore English drama.



  • American Civil War Pathfinder

    About: This pathfinder is an annotated bibliography designed to assist in research for the topic of the American Civil War. The list contains non-fiction items that are held by the Troy-Miami County Public Library. The pathfinder guide does not contain all books the library has on the subject, but is designed as an introduction to the larger collection of library holdings.


  • Ancestry Library (In library use only)

    Search by name, by where a person lived or browse by region or states. The Map Center contains maps from across the United States. Data is compiled from the Social Security Death Index, U.S. Federal Census, UK Census Collection, immigration and military records, court, land and probate records and more. More than 4,000 databases include census data, passenger lists, birth, marriage, and death records.


  • AtoZdatabases: Search Jobs, businesses or mailing lists

    Search Jobs, businesses or mailing lists. The Premier Job Search, Reference and Mailing List Database which includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business and executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professional, and much more. This database is ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives and much more. View the help videos on this site for additional information and ideas about ways to use this exciting database.

  • Biography Reference Bank

     Biographies, obituaries, and photographs of thousands of individuals – both living and deceased. Biographies Plus Illustrated contains the full text of the articles from more than 100 volumes of biographical reference books published by H. W. Wilson, plus thousands of profiles licensed from other respected publishers; updated monthly. Find multiple sketches of the subject's life and accomplishments. Search by time period, profession, place of origin, and birth and death dates. View digital images for many of the subjects.

  • Business Planning Templates from SCORE

    SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.



  • Business Source Premier

    Full text business articles, research, and news updated daily from EBSCOhost. Read articles from popular and scholarly business periodicals. Research industries. Evaluate companies and their markets.


  • CareerOneStop

    CareerOneStop is your source for employment information and inspiration. The place to manage your career. Your pathway to career success. Tools to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.


  • Chilton Library

    Chilton Library provides access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today, as well as, many new vehicles. This continuously updated resource provides step-by-step repair procedures, troubleshooting guides, diagnostic trouble codes, photos, illustrations, diagrams, and multimedia (videos and animations) to simplify even the most complicated tasks.

    Guides to using Chilton Library from Gale (Youtube): Navigating Repair ManualsAccessing Bulletins, Recalls, and Maintenance Schedules, Selecting a Vehicle

  • Computer Source covers information and current trends in technology, with topics such as computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software. It also provides indexing and abstracts. Use the “Choose Databases” feature to search multiple EBSCOhost databases simultaneously.

  • 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.

  • Consumer

    Consumer buying guides & product reviews from one of the most reputable sources in the U.S. Consumer Reports is one of the most reputable sources for consumer buying information.


  • Creativebug

    Creativebug has more than 1000 award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. You can watch classes on Creativebug anytime, anywhere. Creativebug releases new classes every day which includes patterns, templates, and recipes.

    Get full and free access to CreativeBug using your library card.

  • The Crime Victims Rights Toolkit serves as a self-help resource for crime victims. The Toolkit is designed to help victims of Ohio and federal crimes understand and exercise their rights. If a crime victim is having difficulty exercising his or her rights, he or she may contact the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center immediately to request assistance.


  • World Book Early World of Learning

    Three interactive learning environments for preschoolers and children in early grades. "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 Spanish

    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. The Spanish Student Discovery Encyclopedia is organized so that the student can find information quickly and easily.


  • ERIC

    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 essential too for education researchers of all kinds. ERIC contains records and links to hundreds of thousands of full-text documents. It includes records for a variety of source types, including journal articles, books, conference papers, curriculum guides, dissertations and policy papers.

  • Explora

    Makes research easy with a simple search that quickly delivers relevant results including articles, essays, and primary source documents. Uses easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic to inspire research ideas. Includes 60,000 top videos from the Associated Press, the world’s leading news agency.

  • Explora: Primary Schools

    Designed with students and educators in grades K through 5 in mind, Explora Primary Schools provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up facts for class projects or homework. Includes topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research. Uses reading level indicators (Lexile® Measures) to simplify discovery of grade-appropriate content and Text-to-speech for HTML articles to assist struggling readers or those learning English.

  • Explora: Secondary Schools

    Designed with students and educators in grades 6 through 12 in mind, Explora Secondary Schools provides a far better alternative to websites and search engines for students to look up articles and facts for research papers or homework.


  • Flipster

    Flipster is a digital magazine service featuring a variety of titles available to Library patrons. With Flipster, you can access current and back issues of popular magazines on your computer, tablet, or IPad. There is no waiting or holds and every issue is always available for checkout. Offline viewing is available using the Flipster app for AppleAndroid, and Kindle Fire Tablets.

  • Fold3 Library Edition

    Fold3® Library Edition (ProQuest) is the premier collection of historical military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served from the Revolutionary War through recent conflicts. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3 Library Edition.

    Proquest's Guide to Fold3 Library Edition - This extensive online guide from ProQuest includes helpful tips, training, and downloadable resources.


     Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone's bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future.


  • Gran Hispanica | World Book

    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. It is designed for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and ESL/ELL program participants.


  • Heritage Quest Online

    HeritageQuest (ProQuest) is an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s. The collection can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past, while also providing a comprehensive treasury of genealogical sources rich in unique records, local and family histories, and finding-aids.

    Proquest's Guide to HeritageQuest - This extensive online guide from ProQuest includes helpful tips, training, and downloadable resources.

  • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

    Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center (EBSCO) offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.

    User Guide - The links on this page are designed to cover the basics of searching and browsing the Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center interface.


  • Home Improvement Retirement Center

    Home Improvement Reference Center (EBSCO) features full-text content from leading home improvement magazines, images not found anywhere else online and videos of popular home repair projects. All of the content is organized in a robust, easy-to-use interface so that users can quickly find the information they need.

    EBSCO Tutorials - On this page, you can find a powerpoint and a video recording of a tutorial on Home Improvement Reference Center.

  • Kids InfoBits

    Kids InfoBits is a reference database for kids in kindergarten through grade 5. It includes popular subject categories covering Animals, Arts, Geography, Health, Literature, People, Social Studies, Technology and more. The design helps kids explore the product and gain comfort with database searching. Kids InfoBits addresses the way kids learn and conduct research – and makes it fun! 

    Quick start guides to using Kids InfoBits from Gale (Youtube): BasicsSearchingDocuments

  • Literary Reference Center

    Full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works. Contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories. Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest. Learn more about a literary movement for book discussions.



    Troy-Miami County Public Library is pleased to offer its cardholders free access to’s library of instructional videos. Whether you are a professional wanting to sharpen your skills or an amateur starting from square one, can provide the instruction you need. offers courses on business topics and personal advancements, such as Job hunting and résumé or cover letter writing, Business skills, communication, marketing and leadership, data analysis, cloud computing, and server management, creative arts including 3D animation, video editing, photography and more.

    Video "How to use"

  • Mango Languages

     Mango is an online language learning system that teaches practical conversation skills for a variety of popular languages. Mango is a fast, easy and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language.



  • MasterFILE Premier

    Full text for a wide variety of periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Also contains full text for reference books, biographies, and primary source documents, and an image collection photos, map, and flags – updated daily from EBSCOhost. Read articles from popular magazines. Find out about another country or culture. Search for solutions to that question you can’t quite answer.



    MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends with information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues. Use MedlinePlus to 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. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.


  • Merck Manuals

    Find information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written in everyday language.



  • Newspaper Source

    Read articles from newspapers around the country, access industry-specific newspapers, and search TV and radio news transcripts. Including full text articles from national (U.S.) and international newspapers and selected full text from almost more than 400 regional (U.S.) newspapers. An EBSCOhost resource.

  • Novelist

    Resource that provides reviews, annotations, subject heading access, and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles – updated monthly. Read about your favorite author. Find book recommendations and reading lists. Discover book discussion guides and awards lists.


  • Novelist K-8

    Resource that provides reviews, annotations, subject heading access, and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles – updated monthly. For grades K-8. Read about your favorite author. Find book recommendations and reading lists. Discover book discussion guides and awards lists.


  • Ohio Death Certificate Index (1913-1944)

    Database containing death certificates of persons that died in Ohio from 1913-1937. Use the index information to help in obtaining a copy of particular death certificates.



  • Ohio History Central

    An evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia from the Ohio Historical Society. Find information, images, timelines, maps, and documents about Ohio’s history, geography, geology, animals, and American Indian populations.



  • Ohio Means Jobs

    Search thousands of jobs and plan your career. Build & post your resume and have it rated. Find workforce skills programs. Search through hundreds of thousands of jobs.



  • Ohio Means Jobs K-12

    The place to plan your future. Take the guided tour and complete recommended activities. Take a career interest survey to learn about yourself. Explore career information by a keyword or industry. Build a budget to learn about the cost of living on your own.


  • Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook

    Project to bring together digital versions of historical collections from more than 330 archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums. Search or browse more than 26,000 primary sources dating from prehistory to the present. Take the Ohio Memory Challenge. Read essays about Ohio topics. Create your own scrapbook.



    The official government website of the State of Ohio. Find government services and information for residents, businesses, visitors, and state employees. Reach the website of any Ohio government agency.



  • Ohioline

    Online database of publications from Ohio State University Extension Office; the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center; and the Agricultural Technical Institute. Find hundreds of fact sheets, bulletins, and other educational materials covering a wide array of subjects - such as agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, 4-H, and youth. 

  • The Oxford Research Encyclopedias offer long-form overview 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. Oxford Classical Dictionary and  Encyclopedia of Social Work are two of those encyclopedias.

  • Points of View Reference Center

    Points of View Reference Center is a comprehensive full-text database that provides a series of essays that present multiple sides of today’s most controversial scientific, social, economic, and political issues. Points of View Reference Center lets you easily search leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, primary source documents, and reference books for more information. POV is updated twice a day.

  • RBdigital

    Many titles are available for listening without holds or delays, with hundreds of new unlimited titles across all genres added every month. You’ll always have something new and interesting to listen to!  Available 24/7.  Download the RBdigital app to any device to get instant access using your library card.

  • Regional Business News | EBSCOhost

    Full text for articles from over 75 business journals, newspapers, and newswires, covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States, from EBSCOhost. Research regional business conditions around the country.


  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

     Large scale street plans – including building outlines, property boundaries, and building use - produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company from 1867 to 1970.  Locate buildings and neighborhoods. See a neighborhood "as it was". Study the growth of towns and cities. Identify the impact of new developments.


  • Science Reference Center

    Topics covered in Science Reference Center include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology, and wildlife. By providing a wide range of topics, Science Reference Center satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards. Designed to meet every student researchers needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.

  • Small Business Reference Center

    Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO) offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.

  • Testing & Education Reference Center

    The Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) helps users begin new education and career paths with in-depth information on colleges/universities, graduate/professional programs, distance learning, corporate training, available scholarships/awards, and more. Practice tests include entrance exams, certifications, and licensing tests. With the Career Assessment tool, students can map a career path using a multiple-choice exam that determines their Holland Type and matches their answers to the most suitable job categories, industries, and occupations. The Resume Builder and Virtual Careers Library tools helps students build essential career skills like how to build a resume, cover letter, and interviewing tips.

  • Transparent Language Online

    Transparent Language Online (Recorded Books) provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language. With over 100 languages to choose from, including English for speakers of over 26 languages, there is something for every learner. Best of all, with enhanced support for mobile platforms, learners can enjoy the freedom to learn at home, in the library, or on the go.

    Guide to ​​​Downloading the Transparent Language mobile app

  • Trulia

    Trulia provides comprehensive local real estate guides. Up-to-date information about housing prices, real estate trends, market activity, and neighborhood information (schools, crime, community info).



  • Very Short Introductions

    Very Short Introductions (Oxford Unversity Press) provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects. In this digital resource, hundreds of titles can be searched at once, opening up new pathways across subjects. Students can use Very Short Introductions to consider study options, embark on a new module, topic, or essay, or revise a particular subject.  Teachers and other educators can assign chapters or whole books to students. Adult learners can also gain new insights through an introduction to a topic.

  • World Book Kids

    Thousands of colorful illustrations, diagrams, and maps enrich thousands of articles selected for appeal and curricular standards, with teacher guides, provide instructions and stimulating ways to use content in the classroom setting or for homework. World Book Kids is designed especially for younger users, English-language learners, and reluctant readers. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read content, bright colors, and a graphical design.

  • World Book Online

    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. Tailored for the needs and skills of older students, World Book Advanced integrates primary and secondary source databases in a single search.

  • World War One Pathfinder

    About: This pathfinder is an annotated bibliography designed to assist in research for the topic of World War One. The list contains non-fiction items that are held by the Troy-Miami County Public Library. The pathfinder guide does not contain all books the library has on the subject but is designed as an introduction to the larger collection of library holdings.