Research Databases – Alphabetical or By Category

Please note that databases may be available with a library card from your home – or from within a GCPL Branch.  
For a description of each database, simply move your cursor over the title.

Academic Search PremierA popular resource found in many scholarly settings worldwide, Academic Search Premier is a leading multidisciplinary research database. It provides acclaimed full-text journals, magazines and other valuable resources.

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

 Books and AuthorsBooks & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics.

 Cleveland News IndexThe Cleveland News Index lists citation information for local news stories, feature articles and reviews.

Culture Grams In LibraryHomeCultureGrams™ is a leading reference for concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world.

ERICERIC is an online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Gale Legal FormsGale LegalForms helps patrons understand common legal procedures through access to authentic, professional legal documents for businesses—and it’s the only electronic reference to offer legal forms that are truly state-specific.

Literary Reference CenterLiterary Reference Center provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines.

Middle Search PlusMiddle Search Plus is an essential tool for hundreds of middle school magazines and primary source documents.

Novelist K-8 PlusNoveList K-8 Plus is especially for younger readers. It has reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, for kids in grades K-8.

Ohio MemoryEstablished in 2000, Ohio Memory is the collaborative statewide digital library program of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio. On this free website, you can explore digital content from over 360 cultural heritage institutions representing all 88 of Ohio’s counties!

Points of View Ref. CenterPoints of View Reference Center is designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.

Regional Business NewsContent for Regional Business News is provided by leading publishers in business news including The Washington Post, PR Newswire US and more.

Science Reference CenterDesigned to meet every student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other reliable sources.

TOPICsearchTeachers, librarians and student researchers can use this database to explore current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics frequently discussed in the classroom.

World Vital RecordsLearn more about your family history and genealogy by searching through more than 5 billion records.

Akron Beacon LogoAkron Beacon JournalThe Akron Beacon Journal is a morning newspaper in Akron, Ohio, United States, and published by Black Press.

Ancestry Library (in library)In addition to a vast resource of collections, we offer a comprehensive research experience combining our advanced search technology and image viewing of original documents on

 Business Leader ProfilesProfiles of significant contributors to business and industry, past and present, written especially for high school students.

Computer SourceComputer Source provides researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology.

Demographics NowDemographicsNow is an online subscription resource that provides users with access to robust and highly detailed U.S. demographic data, magnified by reporting capabilities that allow users to easily and rapidly compile information to make informed and accurate decisions.

Estudiantil Hallazhgos en LineaSpanish speakers and students of Spanish can benefit from the clear, concise information in Estudiantil Hallazgos, World Book’s intermediate Spanish-language encyclopedia.

Health and Medical DatabasesIf you`re looking for health or medical-related information or articles, check out this collection of databases from EBSCOhost.

Lynda.comLearn a new skill online, on your time. 5,975 courses in Business, Technology and Creative Skills taught by industry experts.

Morningstar InvestmentsInvestment resource specialized in fund investing. Offers news, commentary, fund information, tutorial, tools and forums.

Novelist PlusNoveList Plus is a comprehensive database of fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages and includes recommendations, articles, and lists for your fiction and nonfiction needs.

Ohio Connection DatabasesUse these Ohio History Connection databases to search for information about people, places and events in Ohio.

Professional Development Coll.Professional Development Collection is the most beneficial and most significant collection of full-text education journals in the world.

Religion & Philosophy Coll.The Religion & Philosophy Collection offers indexing, abstracts, and full text for nearly 300 journals on such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, and many more

SearchasaurusPrimary Search, designed specifically for the young researcher, contains full text for more than 60 popular, elementary school magazines.

First Call for HelpUnited Way 2-1-1 is a free and confidential community helpline available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

World Book KidsWorld Book Kids is the premier general reference web site developed especially for younger users.

 AllData Online (In library only)ALLDATA Repair is the leading single source of manufacturers' diagnostic, maintenance and repair information. OE data is available for more than 22,000 engine-specific vehicles from 1982 to present.

 Biography Reference BankArticles, most in full text, about more than a half-million people from around the world.

Business Source PremierThe industry's most widely used business research database, this collection features full text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines.

Consumer Health CompleteArticles, videos, images, current events, fact sheets. Includes up-to-date medical and health information on many topics, from alternative medicine to daily health care.

ExploraEnsure student and educator success with EBSCO’s interface for schools and public libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

Heritage QuestHeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories.

MAS Ultra School Edition MAS Ultra -- School Edition for high school students, provides articles for almost 500 magazine titles, updated daily. It provides reference eBooks, biographies, primary source documents and an image collection of photos, maps and flags.

NEO CANDONEO CANDO, Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, is a free and publicly accessible social and economic data system of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, a research institute housed at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Ohio.govOfiicial State of Ohio web site.

Psych. and Behavioral SciencesThe leading online research database providing full text for psychology journals and behavioral sciences.

Rosetta StoneLearn a language online with Rosetta Stone®, the world's best language-learning software. Learn to speak a new language.

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

Vocational and Career Coll.Vocational & Career Collection offers vocational and technical libraries top-quality resources covering a variety of relevant subjects.

World Book StudentOptimized for iPads, this comprehensive sites includes engaging content, built-in features, and fun tools specifically designed to make knowledge accessible and easy-to-find for all kids in elementary through middle school.

Alt Health WatchAlt Healthwatch is a full-text alternative health research database focused on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

Birds of N. A. In Library – HomeBirds of North America (BNA) is the most comprehensive reference for the life histories of over 760 bird species that breed in the United States and Canada.

 Cleveland Necrology FilesThe Cleveland Necrology File was produced from a microfilmed copy of an alphabetical card file containing local cemetery records and newspaper death notices gathered by the staff of the Cleveland Public Library.

 Consumer ReportsA nonprofit organization providing unbiased product ratings and reviews since 1936. We put over 4,000 products through rigorous testing each year.

EBSCO Masterfile PremierDesigned specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE Premier provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents.

Funk & WagnallsProvides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries. Searchable by subject or keywords within the entry.

LearningExpress LibraryLearningExpress Library helps students and adult learners improve the skills required for academic and career success.

MEDLINEMEDLINE provides searchable citations and abstracts for the top health care journals.

Newspaper SourceNewspaper Source is an online resource that offers cover-to-cover full text for national, regional and international newspapers, as well as television and radio news.

Ohio Death CertificatesPlease note: Only Ohio death certificates from December 20 1908 through 1953 are available through this page.

Plain Dealer E-EditionAn online, In-Library Only editon of the Plain Dealer.

 Reference U.S.A.Through our easy-to-use online software as a service platform, we provide library patrons access to extremely accurate and complete business and consumer data..

Sanborn Fire Insurance MapsOver 40,000 detailed maps of Ohio cities drawn between 1882 and 1962.

Student Research CenterThrough the Student Research Center, users can pre-determine which content sources (e.g., Magazines, Newspapers, Biographies, Country Reports, Film & Video) will be included with their search.

WorldCatFind what you want in a library near you with WorldCat, a global catalog of library collections.