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Abdo Digital

E-books for Kids. Subjects include Animals, Geography, Cooking, Art, Early Readers, and Science. Log in with username: smfpl and password: smfplpass

Academic Search Premier

A popular resource found in many scholarly settings worldwide. This leading multidisciplinary research database provides full-text journals, magazines and other valuable resources.

African American Heritage

Search essential historical records for African-Americans, including Federal Census, Marriage and Cohabitation Records, Military Draft and Service Records, Registers of Slaves and Free(d) Persons of Color, Freedman's Bank and more.

AHFS Consumer Med Info

A trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information.

Akron Beacon Journal Collection

Explore Akron history through local news, events and people with the Akron-Beacon Journal Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online.

Alt. Health Watch

A full-text alternative health research database focused on complimentary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

American and English Literature

The American and English Literature Collection contains many works of poetry, drama and prose based on books and other sources originally published in print. 

America’s News from NewsBank

Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people, and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S., including the Akron Beacon Journal Collection.


Ancestry is the #1 online source for family history information, including the web's largest collection of historical records. Available only in the library.

AtoZdatabases: Search Jobs

Includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals; ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, etc.

Biography Reference Bank

Wilson Biographies Plus Illustrated contains more than 95,000 biographies and obituaries and more than 26,000 photographs of the subjects.

Business Source Premier

The industry's most widely used business research database. Features full-text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines.


Exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Service Bulletins.

Cleveland Necrology File

The Cleveland Necrology File contains local cemetery records and newspaper death notices for the following years: 1833, 1847-1848, 1850-1975. A more complete description of the file’s contents can be found in the about section of the database. For necrology information after 1975, please use the Cleveland News Index

Cleveland News index

(Cleveland Public Library) — The online Cleveland News Index lists citation information for local news stories, feature articles and reviews from The Plain Dealer (1983-June 1999), Cleveland Magazine (1983-present), Northern Ohio Live (Sept. 1990-June 2009), and Ohio Magazine (Oct.1990 -present). Obituaries from the Plain Dealer and the Cleveland Press are included from 1976 to the present. Please note that this index does not provide full text access to these sources

Community Legal Aid

Community Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm serving the legal needs of low-income individuals and families in central northeast Ohio. Services offered include screening for those seeking legal advice, legal information, advice, and representation for qualifying client, community education on legal issues, public advocacy and awareness of the needs of low-income individuals and families, and continuing legal education workshops and trainings for attorneys, social workers and other collaborative partners.

Computer Source

Provides researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology.

Consumer Health Complete

Designed for the everyday consumer of health care information,  convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information.

Consumer Reports

Search Consumer Reports magazine for full text articles from 1991 to the present. Find product evaluations, articles on public safety, health, marketplaces, and legal decisions that affect consumers.


Over 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.


Users can search within a wide range of relevant eBooks using the powerful EBSCOhost experience. With every search, relevant eBook titles will appear directly alongside databases and other digital content.

EbscoHost ALL

A powerful online reference system that offers a variety of full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers.

Explora Primary Schools

Database for teachers and students (k-5), with information covering animals, the arts, biographies, math, science, geography and social studies.

Explora Public Libraries

Articles, essays, and primary source documents to help students feel successful in their research, with topic overviews, reading level indicators, text-to-speech capability and curricular and Common Core standards included.

Explora Secondary Schools

Database for teachers and students (grades 6-12), with information covering arts and literature, biographies, business and goverment, current issues, geography, health, history and science and math.


FamilySearch offers access to 400 million genealogical sources and digital records through affiliate libraries. You will need a free FamilySearch account to search and view records.

Available only in the library. 


Featuring premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military.

Gale Legal Forms

Provides a wide selection of Ohio legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in easy to understand language

Gale Virtual Reference

A database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Includes Business Plan Handbook and Gale Everyday Law.


This comprehensive resource draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

Richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries. Information on many health topics including medical sciences, nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.

Health Source: Nursing

This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. 

HeritageQuest (ProQuest)

Geneology and ancestor database.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference

This database 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.

Home Improvement Reference

Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, user-friendly "how-to" information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

Info Line

2-1-1 helps people across Summit County find local resources when they don't know where to turn for help. 

Kids InfoBits

Features age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics.

Learn essential skills for the 21st century. From Microsoft classes and smartphones, to grammar, math, and more— Goodwill Community Foundation offers more than 200 topics, 2,000 lessons, 1,000 videos, and 50 interactives and games, completely free.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning (formerly has more than 12,000 courses, ranging from computer programming to project management including instruction on various computer software, programming languages, and business topics. Log in with your library card number and 4-digit PIN.

Literary Reference Center

Information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It gives students, professors and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.

MAS Ultra - School Edition

Designed specifically for high school libraries, this database contrains full text for popular high school magazines covering a wide-range of subject areas including history, science, careers and more.

MasterFILE Premier

Designed specifically for public libraries, this database provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. 


MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine,nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. 

Middle Search Plus

Designed for middle school libraries, this database contains full text for popular middle school magazines, full-text biographies and historical essays. 

Morningstar Investments

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Morningstar Investment Research Center provides independent, in-depth research and recommendations on 11,000 stocks, 24,000 mutual funds, and 950 exchange traded funds. The format is user-friendly and includes an investment education section

Newspaper Source

Provides cover-to-cover full text for hundreds of national (U.S.), international and regional newspapers.  In addition, it offers television and radio news transcripts from major networks.

Northstar Digital Literacy

Northstar Digital Literacy defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. Online, self-guided modules assess the ability of individuals to perform tasks based on these skills. Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in three main areas: essential computer skills, essential software skills, and using technology in daily life.  Test your skills on Microsoft products, Google Docs, Social Media, Career Search Skills and more.

Novelist K-8 Plus

Novelist K-8 helps librarians, teachers, parents, and other adults who care about children in grades K-8 find fiction and non-fiction books to read tailored to their reading level and interests. Or, kids can try it themselves to help them select books they will enjoy. Using simple search techniques, find helpful resources such as expert reading recommendations, read-alikes, book discussion guides, thematic book lists and more

NoveList Plus

Looking for your next book? Want to find more authors like your favorites? NoveList Plus has all your reading answers. Find books that match your interests, read-alikes for your favorite titles and authors, or ready-made book lists on your favorite genres. With NoveList Plus you'll fill up your to-read list in no time!

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years.

Ohio Historical Society

The Ohio Historical Society offers full text historical documents online, as well as a searchable newspaper index and death certificate index.

Ohio History Central

An evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia that includes information about Ohio's natural history, prehistory and history. Perfect fo anyone wanting to learn more about Ohio!

Ohio Legal Help

Leveraging online innovation, Ohio Legal Help seeks to improve justice and fairness for all Ohioans by removing barriers to the law so that they can understand their legal options, make informed decisions and connect to local legal and community resources.

Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook

Ohio Memory is a statewide collaborative digital library.This freely available collection includes materials from more than 360 cultural heritage institutions representing all of Ohio's 88 counties.

Ohio News Sources

Search Ohio news sources including full-color image editions of the Akron Beacon Journal, Cleveland Plain Dealer and Columbus Dispatch.

Ohio Obituary Index

An index to over 3,500,000 obituaries, death and marriage notices, and other notices from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day.

Ohio Public Records Index

A searchable index which includes Ohio Department of Health Certificates.

Ohio Revised Code

Online access to the Ohio Revised Code. 


Gain access to hundreds of OSU Extension fact sheets covering a wide array of subjects such as agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community develepment, and 4-H youth development.


This website allows job seekers to search for local opportunities, complete assessments to gauge level of interest/experience, and many other resources.

Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works - containing well over 60,000 pages - into a single cross-searchable resource.

Points of View Reference Center

Contains resources presenting multiple sides of issues. Provides rich content that helps assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

Primary Search

Designed for elementary school libraries. Contains full text for popular children's magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Learn about endangered species, famous musicians, fitness, space exploration and more.

Professional Development

A highly specialized database of full-text electronic information especially for educators, professional librarians and education researchers.

Psychology and Behavior

This full-text database is an essential tool for psychologists, counselors, researchers and students, providing extensive coverage for a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines.

Reference Solutions

Directory information for 11 million U.S. businesses and 120 million U.S. households. Search for businesses by SIC code, sales volume number of employees and more. Search for residence directory information by name, location or phone number

Regional Business News

Full-text regional business publications for the United States and Canadian provinces. Users can search newspapers, magazines and other resources from trusted news sources.

Religion & Philosophy

An essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies, providing a full-text source of content pertaining to the topics related to and discussed in disciplines of religion and philosophy.

Sanborn Maps

The Digital Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps provide a searchable interface for locating historical maps of Ohio towns and cities in the years 1867-1970.

Science Reference Center

Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, this database contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images.

Small Business Reference

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 how to create business plans.


This full-text database offers a trusted source of sociology literature, making it an essential tool for sociology and social work researchers, professionals and students.

The New York Times

All users must Register with an email, Google or Facebook.

To access The New York Times within the library

How to access from home:

  • Use this link to redeem 72 hours of use.
  • Thereafter visit and login.
  • After the 72 hours of use just revisit the link to redeem another 72 hours.

Transparent Languages

This resource 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.

U.S. Goverment Printing Office

The official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government.

Very Short Introductions

Discover a new topic or subject with these intelligent and serious introductions written by authors who are experts in their field.  This resource provides highly readable introductions to a vast selection of topics.

Vocational & Career

This database provides full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals for high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public.

What Tree Is It?

Identify common trees of Ohio using this database, which walks users through qualities of leaves and fruits and other aspects of trees.

What's That Snake?

This program includes 30 species and subspecies of snakes that are found in Ohio.

What's The Point

A program designed to help users identify flint artifacts.

World Book

World Book presents a universe of information. From A to Z, the world of knowledge unfolds. World Book articles are written clearly. They're concise and interesting;packed with facts instead of adjectives. And because each article is tightly written, there are more of them in each volume.

* Authored and edited by 3,700 experts
* Checked and rechecked
* Updated more than any other reference source
* Straightforward and understandable to students of all ages and levels.

World Book Early Learning

Books, educational activities and games, designed for young children.

World Book for Kids

With content from the award winning World Book Student Discovery Encyclopedia, the site offers simpler navigation, thousands of colorful illustrations, diagrams, and maps, and dozens of activities tied to national curriculum standards.

World Book Hispanica

La Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos está organizada de modo que los estudiantes puedan encontrar información rápida y fácilmente.

World Book Spanish

A comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia. Designed for native speakers, bilingual students and ESL/ELL program participants.

World Book Student

Contains an extensive multimedia collection, including editor-selected websites, and correlations to state standards.

World Book Timelines

Build and share timelines. Use your own events and images or add content and images from World Book.