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.

Students, pre-K – 12, you have access to the databases purchased by INFOhio.

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.

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

 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.

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.

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.

Home ImprovementThrough 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.

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.

My HeritageThe easy & exciting way to explore your family history.

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 Means JobsSkill assesment and Practice tests.

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.

 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.

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.

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

African AmericanA groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research.


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.

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.

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

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.

Health Source Consumer Ed.If you`re looking for health or medical-related information or articles, check out this collection of databases from EBSCOhost.

Kids InfobitsKids InfoBits provides authoritative, curriculum-aligned, age-appropriate digital content that covers a broad range of educational topics.

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

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

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!

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

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.

Transparent LanguageTransparent Language helps millions learn over 100 foreign languages. Download free language-learning software and start learning a language now.

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

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 Ancestry.com.

Chilton LibraryGet the detailed information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs.

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.

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

Fold3Discover your family's military past.

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

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.

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.


Oxford ResearchWorking with international communities of scholars across all fields of study, we are developing new comprehensive collections of in-depth, peer-reviewed summaries on an ever-growing range of topics.

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

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

Small Business ReferenceSmall Business Reference Center offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics.

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 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.

 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.

 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.

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.

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

Hobbies and CraftInstructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

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 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.govOfiicial State of Ohio web site.


Plain Dealer (In Library Only)An online, In-Library Only editon of the Plain Dealer.

R. B. Hayes Obituary IndexAn index to over 3,500,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day.

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.

Very Short IntrosDiscover a new topic or subject with these intelligent and serious introductions written by authors who are experts in their field.

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