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Reference Resources


OPLIN OneSearch


Genealogy and Local History Resource Page

School Level Databases:

Student Research Center

Student research tool for grades 6 through 12 from EBSCOhost. Search the encyclopedia. Find magazine and newspaper articles. Learn about other countries-through reports, maps, and photos.

Kids Search

Research tool for middle school and elementary age students from EBSCOhost.


Research tool for elementary age students from EBSCOhost

Alphabetical Database List for both OPLIN and EBSCO Resources

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  • Academic Search PremierAvailable with library card number

    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for nearly 4,600 scholarly publications, including full text for more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating as far back as 1975.

  • African American Experience in Ohio 1850-1920Free web resource

    The African-American Experience in Ohio 1850-1920 is a digital collection, which illuminates specific moments in the history of Ohio's African-Americans and provides an overview of their experiences during the time period 1850 to 1920 in the words of the people that lived them.  The story of the African-American Experience in Ohio is more diverse and complex than this collection can adequately portray.  All we can hope is, to provide the researcher with a place to begin.

  • American & English Literature Available with library card number

    The American & English Literature Collection contains many works of poetry, drama, and prose based on books and other sources originally published in print. It also contains 21 historic editions of the Bible in English.

  • Ancestry Library EditionAvailable in library locations

    With over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases, Ancestry is the most comprehensive online source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research available. Included in Ancestry are the digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, and much more.

  • Arts: Films, Musicians, and TelevisionAvailable with library card number

    This collection provides biographical information on musicians, musical groups, movies and television from around the world. Contemporary Musicians and Videohound's Golden Movie Retriever are two of the titles included.

  • Biography Reference Bank Available with library card number

    H. W. Wilson's collection of 120,000+ biographies from over 60 reference titles, thousands of biographical magazine articles, and over 32,000 printable . by name, profession, ethnic background, place of birth, and more.

  • Business, Finance & Management ResourcesAvailable with library card number

    This database is a collection of standard print reference titles that have been converted into an online format. The reference works cover a wide range of topics dealing with business, such as accounting; finance and banking; marketing; management; and information systems. One specific title is a collection of sample business plans and advice on how to create them. Another work provides entrepreneurs with how-to information that they can apply to their business.

  • Business Source PremierAvailable with library card number

    As the world's largest full text business database, Business Source Premier provides full text for more than 8,500 scholarly business journals and other sources, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications. Coverage includes virtually all subject areas related to business. This database provides full text (PDF) for more than 350 of the top scholarly journals dating as far back as 1922.

  • Career CruisingAvailable with library card number

    Career Cruising is a database that allows users to take a career matchmaking test, search for jobs, and create a resume. Preble County District Library has access to the database through a collaboration with Preble County JFS.

  • Career TransitionsAvailable with library card number

    Career Transitions is a database that allows users to search for jobs and internships, write a resume, explore careers, and develop interview skills. Preble County District Library has access to the database through a collaboration with Preble County JFS.

  • ChiltonLibrary.comAvailable with library card number is an online "mechanic" resource that provides quick access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road to today.  Numerous makes and models are represented in the database, such as Ford, Chrysler, GM, Honda, and Toyota.  This resource contains more than 50 years of information on actual auto tear-downs provided in step-by-step procedures, work on the engine, chassis, electrical, drive train, suspension, and more is made easier for mechanics of any experience.  Photos, illustrations and repair procedures help to simply even the most arduous tasks.

  • Cincinnati Enquirer (1841-1922) (Ohio)Available with library card number

    This resource provides a complete electronic edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer from 1841 to 1922. You can click through cover to cover, or search by topic, date or article type (article, photo, comic, birth/death/marriage notice, display ad, film review, etc.)

  • College & Scholarship CollectionAvailable with library card number

    This resource provides narrative descriptions on thousands of 2-year and 4-year colleges in the United States and Canada and information on what degrees and programs they offer.  Distance learning programs are also included in this online tool.  Over 7,500 sources of scholarships, fellowships, grants and other financial aid information can also be found within this database.

  • Computer SourceAvailable with library card number

    Computer Source provides researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology. This database offers full text for more than 300 publications and indexing and abstracts for nearly 450 publications.

  • Consumer Health CompleteAvailable with library card number

    Consumer Health Complete is a comprehensive consumer oriented health resource that is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete OnlineAvailable with library card number

    The Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online provides comprehensive literary biographies of more than 143,000 past and present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, and playwrights, written by literary scholars and critics. The biographies discuss the lives and careers of the literary figures profiled, along with the critical response to their works.

  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos Available with library card number

    This Spanish language encyclopedia is ideal for early learners though middle school and contains more than 3,000 colorful illustrations, diagrams, and map enrich over 2,100 articles selected for appeal and curricular relevance.

  • Encyclopedia of World Biography Available with library card number

    This resource contains nearly 7000 biographies of notable figures from many cultures and time periods to the present day. Each entry contains a brief summary paragraph, longer essays about the individuals' life and work and a picture.

  • ERICAvailable with library card number

    ERIC, the Educational Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources.  The databases provide access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index Eric provides full text of more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals.

  • Facts on File Science OnlineAvailable with library card number

    Science Online contains thousands of diagrams, definitions, biographies, essays, and experiments covering animal anatomy, anthropology and archaeology, astronomy and space technology, atomic physics, biology, botany, chemistry, computer science, earth science, environmental science, general science, genetics, health and medicine, human anatomy and physiology, marine science, physics, and weather and climate.

  • Fold3Available with library card number

    Fold3 is a genealogy database with collections of African American archives, Native American archives, Revolutionary War archives, United States Bureau of Investigation Case Files, and World War II archives.

  • Gale Encyclopedia of ScienceAvailable with library card number

    The Gale Encyclopedia of Science and other eBooks cover all major areas of science, engineering and technology, including biology, chemistry, life sciences and mathematics to name a few.  Entries typically describe scientific concepts, provide overviews of scientific areas and, in some cases define terms.  This resource provides a good comprehensive overview of current scientific knowledge and technology.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)Available with library card number

    Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries.

  • Genealogical & Historical Records of Preble County, OhioAvailable to everyone

    An on-going index of Preble County marriage records, obituaries and more.

  • Government and Politics Encyclopedia Available with library card number

    The Government & Politics Encyclopedia provides information on how government works, its branches and agencies, and politics. Coverage is current and historical.

  • Health & Medical EncyclopediasAvailable with library card number

    This resource provides health and medical information on a variety of topics, such as cancer, genetics and children's health. The topics discussed are presented in language accessible to the adult layperson and vary from one to two paragraphs for minor topics, to several pages or more for major references. Disease/disorder articles typically cover definition; description; causes and symptoms; diagnosis; treatments; prevention; and more. Test/treatment articles typically cover definition; purposes; precautions; preparation; risks; normal and abnormal results; and much more.

  • HeritageQuest

    HeritageQuest is an online resource for those doing family & genealogical research. The resource contains over 25,000 family and history books, the U.S. Federal Census, PERSI (a subject guide to genealogical and local history magazines), Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files and the U.S. Serial Set.

  • History: American ResourcesAvailable with library card number

    The history of the United States of America is covered from the colonial period to the present day in this collection of online reference books.  Articles range from brief entries to survey length articles and are on a variety of subjects, such as the Barbary Wars, the Civil War, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, elections and the Greenville Treaty.  Entries on noted Americans, organizations, political parties, government agencies, and holidays are also included.

  • History: World ResourcesAvailable with library card number

    The history of the world is documented in this online database, from the ancient times to the present day.  Examples of broad topics discussed include the Middle Ages and the history of the modern Middle East and North Africa.  Biographies and articles of important people and events are included as well.  The People's Chronology provides a timeline history to the world covering the most important dates and events in human history.

  • Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of Food and RecipesAvailable with library card number

    This tool provides a comprehensive coverage of the foods and recipes from 70 representative countries and culture groups worldwide -- from Algeria to Zimbabwe. Entries provide 10-15 recipes for each group and include data on the agriculture and dietary habits of each group as well as an overview of each group's nutrition and health. Each entry also describe both traditional and modern methods of preparation and cooking foods.

  • Learning Express LibraryAvailable with library card number

    The Learning Express Library provides a completely interactive online learning resource of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass.  You’ll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.  Some of the categories of exams include civil service, college entrance exams, GED, math skills improvement, nursing, and resume & interview skills.

  • Literature: Biographical and Critical Resources Available with library card number

    This literature collection includes numerous electronic reference materials, containing biographical and critical information on authors and their literature from the United States and the world. Literature and its Times, Novels for Students, and UXL Graphic Novelists are some of the titles included.

  • Literary Reference Center Available with library card number

    Literary Reference Center features an expansive collection of author biographies, plot summaries & work overviews, full-text essays from leading publishers, literary reference books & monographs, cover-to-cover full text for literary magazines & journals, book reviews from the most prestigious publications, poems from hundreds of sources, short stories, classic texts, author interviews, and much more.uded.

  • Mango Languages Available with library card number

    Mango is a database that allows our patrons to learn a language from the library or from home.

  • MasterFILE PremierAvailable with library card number

    Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 2,050 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also includes more than 350 full text reference books, 84,606 biographies, 88,463 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

  • MEDLINEAvailable with library card number

    MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE allows users to search abstracts from over 4,600 current biomedical journals.

  • Morningstar Investment CenterAvailable with library card number

    The Morningstar Investment Research Center provides information on the New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange, NASDAQ stocks, mutual funds, and much more.

  • Nation, Cultures & the World CollectionAvailable with library card number

    This resource presents profiles of countries of the world and the U.S. states. The profiles provide information on the capitals, cultures, government, education, people and other information about each place or group.

  • Net Wellness: Consumer Health InformationAvailable to everyone

    A non-profit consumer health Web site that provides high-quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University, and The Ohio State University.

  • Newspaper SourceAvailable with library card number

    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.

  • Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers Available with library card number
  • This compelling and comprehensive resource provides access to approximately 1.7 million pages of newspaper content from the 19th-century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history,Western migration and the Antebellum-era among other subjects

  • Ohio.govFree web resource

    The State of Ohio created this web site to provide online access to their services and provide resource information to the citizens of Ohio.  This site provides addresses to government agencies, where to write to obtain vital records, health information, renewal license plates and even pay taxes, to name just a few services.

  • Ohio History OnlineAvailable to everyone

    Ohio History is a scholarly journal on the history of Ohio, that has peer-reviewed articles and book reviews on topics spanning political, military, social, economic and cultural history of our region.  This journal is an essential tool for researchers of Ohio and the Middle West.  This site is a comprehensive online archive of the journal, including footnotes, and images published from 1887 to 2004.  Ohio History was established in June 1887 as the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly.

  • Ohio Legal FormsAvailable with library card number

    This resource provides a wide selection of Ohio specific legal forms across the most popular legal areas. It includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many other forms. A comprehensive attorney directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language are also included.

  • Ohio MemoryAvailable to everyone

    Ohio Memory is an online scrapbook of Ohio History that contains over 26,000 primary sources from 330 archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums that document Ohio's past from prehistory through the present.

  • Plants and Animals & Their Environment Available with library card number

    The focus of this resource is on the plants and animals that make up our living world and the forces/processes of nature that affect them.  Weather, water, hurricanes and tornadoes are some of the forces of nature discussed here, as well as the different environmental habitats/biomes that wildlife live in.  This tool also provides specific information on the wild animals that make up our world, such as lions, primates, monkeys, elephants, and bears.  Also included are the names of and information about those wildlife species that have been listed as endangered or threatened.

  • Price It Available with library card number
  • Price It! is an electronic antique/collectibles pricing tool, containing data from a variety of sources, including online auctions (eBay), online antique dealers (GoAntiques & TIAS) and land-based auction houses. The resource currently has over 23 million prices realized for art, antiques and collectibles in more than 100 categories and subcategories.

  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences CollectionAvailable with library card number

    This database provides coverage of nearly 550 full text journals, including more than 500 peer-reviewed titles. Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection covers topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods. Nearly every full text title included in this database is indexed in PsycINFO.

  • Reference USAAvailable with library card number
  • The Reference USA resource contains two parts a Residential Database with address and phone numbers for 120 million households and 65 million homeowners. The second part is a Business Database containing information 14 million businesses, which can be search by 27 different data elements. A detailed business listing is provided containing everything on a business, from a list of executives, financial information to public filings and news articles.

  • Regional Business NewsAvailable with library card number

    This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. This database is updated on a daily basis.

  • Religion and Philosophy Collection Available with library card number

    This database provides extensive coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. Religion & Philosophy Collection offers more than 300 full text journals, including more than 250 peer-reviewed titles, making it an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.

    Religion, Philosophy and Ethics ResourceAvailable with library card number

    An overview of the world's religious and philosophical beliefs from antiquity to the present day is introduced in this database in a clear, concise and easy to understand format.  Christianity, Islam, Native American Religions, Buddhism, Logic, Existentialism and ancient Greek beliefs are but a few examples of the beliefs and philosophies covered.  Biographies of important people, such as Thomas Hobbes, Iamblichus, Martin Luther, Plutarch, Pope Gregory I, and the Wesley brothers are also included in this resource.

  • Salem HealthAvailable with library card number

    Through the database, patrons have access to the digital version of the Complementary & Alternative Medicine series. The Complementary & Alternative Medicine set contains essays on acupuncture, aromatherapy, crystal healing, detoxification, herbal medicine, magnet therapy, probiotics, Qigong, traditional Chinese herbal medicine, vegan diets, and much more.

  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
  • Available with library card number

    The Digital Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps provides a searchable interface for locating historical Maps of Ohio towns and cities.

  • Science Reference Center Available with library card number

    The Science Reference Center provides easy access to full-text, science-oriented materials online, including encyclopedias, books & magazines; and it is designed for the needs of the student researcher. Topics covered include: biology, earth and space science, environment, medicine, life science, physics, and technology.

  • Social Sciences Resource Collection Available with library card number

    This resource seeks to explain how human society as a whole functions and how its individual members interact with each other through their relationships. Some of the topics explained include: bioethics, occult and parapsychology.

  • Sociological CollectionAvailable with library card number

    This database provides coverage of more than 500 full text journals, including nearly 500 peer-reviewed titles. Sociological Collection offers information in all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture and social structure.

  • Song IndexFree web resource

    A guide to locating songs that appear in our collection of song books.

  • Universal ClassAvailable with library card number

    Universal Class offers over 500 online continuing education and personal enrichment courses.

  • Vocational and Career CollectionAvailable with library card number

    Vocational & Career Collection is designed for vocational and technical libraries servicing high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public. This collection provides full text coverage for nearly 400 trade and industry-related periodicals.

  • West's Encyclopedia of American LawAvailable with library card number

    Provides current information on more than 5,000 legal topics. Includes completely revised articles covering important issues, biographies, definitions of legal terms and more. Covers such high-profile topics as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, and physician-assisted suicide. This encyclopedia is enhanced/updated by the American Law Yearbook, which provides court cases, legal news and other events that happened in the preceding year.

  • Workforce Skills Available with library card number

    Provides resources to build valuable job search and workplace skills. Use the resume tools to help create a resume and cover letter. The LE Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success database has multiple practice tests to help you prepare for the GED.

  • World Book Encyclopedia Available with library card number

    Designed for high school and college students, World Book Advanced is a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopedic, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully intergrated in a single search. It contains individual accounts that allow users to create and save their work and timeline and citation builders.

  • World Book Kids Available with library card number

    World Book Kids is designed to give younger students a rewarding online learning experience. It includes thousands of easy to read articles, engaging images, and illustrations.

  • WorldVitalRecords Available with library card number

    A massive library of over 5 billion Family History and Genealogy records, and 28 million family trees. Access key collections: U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; millions of newspaper articles; unique, exclusive local and world collections. .