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Research

Research Databases

This collection of databases & websites is provided by funding through the Grandview Library, OPLIN, and our consortium. Enjoy this special collection of premium services!

NOTE: You will need a Grandview Library card to access most Research Databases.

Research Help at the Library

Our Reference department is your destination for authoritative information & assistance from professional librarians. Services & materials include:

  • Ask a Grandview Librarian: Call 614-481-3776.
  • Fourteen Internet/Microsoft Word 2007 computers: Two one-hour sessions per day.
  • Three Express Internet computers: One 15-minute session per day.
  • Two computers with Microsoft Office 2003 & 2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Winway Resume, Access, Publisher): two-hour sessions per day.
  • Computer printouts & copy machine: 10 cents for black and white, 25 cents for color.
  • Free digital scanning and $1/page domestic fax station.
  • Three Study Rooms, with WiFi and dry erase boards. (First come, first served)
  • More than 200 magazines and 10 newspapers.
  • Older newspapers on microfilm. Copies are 10 cents per page.
  • Discover local history, travel, and more in our vertical file.
  • Monthly art display.
  • Relax, read, or study in the Quiet Reading Room.

Call 614-481-3776 or visit Reference, located on the second floor of the Library.


Research Databases: Complete List

General

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (free mobile app)
    Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
  • Live Homework Help
    Students K-12 & adult learners can get help in any subject from a free online tutor. Sessions available 3-11 pm every day. Spanish language homework help is also available in math and science Sunday-Thursday, 3-10 pm.
  • HandsOn Central Ohio Online Directory of Human Services
    Current, comprehensive information about social, health, and government services for Franklin county residents, including: low income/subsidized private rental housing, roof maintenance repair, and recreation centers. Search by keyword or alphabetical listing.
  • World Book for kids
    Encyclopedia articles for grades K-5.
  • World Book (mobile version)
    A suite of online research tools...including encyclopedia articles, primary source collections.
  • World Book Spanish
    A suite of online research tools...including encyclopedia articles, primary source collections in Spanish.
  • Ask a Librarian
    Live online help from a Reference Librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Free Apple mobile apps.
  • Digital Downloads
    Free downloadable books, movies & music. Created by the Grandview Library & its consortium libraries.
  • Photohio
    Search newspaper photo archives, yearbooks, local historical publications. This site was born out of a grant project managed by the Grandview Heights Public Library. The project was funded in part by LSTA grant funds and local library funds.
  • Explore Ohio
    ExploreOhio is the place to go to learn just about anything about the Buckeye State.
  • Freading
    Download Freading e-books onto a variety of compatible devices, including e-readers, smartphones, tablets, and computers. Get access to all titles — no holds or waiting lists. Not currently available for Kindle. Free mobile apps: Android, Apple, Kindle Fire app instructions.
  • Librarians' Internet Index
    Websites you can trust.
  • OPLIN OneSearch
    Resources selected especially for Ohio public libraries.
  • Ohio Web Library
    The Ohio Web Library is an evolving collection of thousands of online publications and research resources.

Art & Architecture

  • Gale Courses (formerly Learn4Life)
    Free online courses in graphic design, drawing, Illustrator, and Photoshop. (Browse under “Design and Composition” or “Personal Development”.)
  • The Louvre
    The French art musuem's website, featuring a “looking closer” section for many famous works from their collection.
  • National Gallery of Art
    Detailed information on thousands of works of art and their artists.
  • Smarthistory at Khan Academy
    Art and art history website exploring time periods, art styles, and artists.
  • Arch Daily
    Architecture articles, news, and interviews.
  • The Architect's Newspaper
    Insider's guide to the architectural and design community, including reporting & information about commissions, construction, real estate deals, transportation developments, politics, cutting-edge products, professional trends, gossip, culture, and more.
  • Designboom Magazine
    Interviews, submission opportunities, icompetition information, online design courses, projects, videos, and products.
  • SkycraperCity
    Online forum for architects interested in sharing ideas, photos, and information..
  • HandsOn Central Ohio Online Directory of Human Services
    Current, comprehensive information about social, health, and government services for Franklin county residents, including: art therapy, art galleries & exhibits, and arts & crafts donation programs. Search by keyword or alphabetical listing.

Automotive

  • Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC)
    Information on more than 33,000 vehicles (1945-present): drawings & step-by-step photos; service bulletins & recalls; enhanced wiring diagrams; and much more. Based on Chilton's Auto Repair Information. Created by ASE-certified technicians.
  • Kelley Blue Book
    Find used car values & new car pricing.

Biography

  • Biography Reference Bank (mobile version)
    Biographical information for over 550,000 people worldwide from ancient history through present day.
  • Biography for Beginners
    Based on the print series, Biography for Beginners features narrative histories, glossaries, timelines, and illustrations for kids in grades K-3.

Business


Career & Jobs

  • LearningExpressLibrary.com Online Test Resource 3.0
    Standardized practice tests for elementary school through college levels (including GED), computer skills tutorials, job search and resume help with Job & Career Accelerator, and professional licensing and certification tests.
  • Cypress Resume
    Effortlessly create professional-quality resumes in three quick and simple steps.
  • OhioMeansJobs.com
    Search thousands of job listings in Ohio and post your resume.
  • Civil Service Commission: City of Columbus
    Find and apply for current civil service job openings available through the City of Columbus.
  • HandsOn Central Ohio Online Directory of Human Services
    Current, comprehensive information about social, health, and government services for Franklin county residents, including: job search assistance & resource centers and career counseling. Search by keyword or alphabetical listing.
  • CareerBuilder
    Search over 1 million Jobs on CareerBuilder.com. Find new employment or work. Fresh job listings posted daily.
  • Monster
    Biggest job site online featuring over a million job listings. Search for jobs by category, location or keyword.
  • Beauty Schools Directory
    Location, program, and scholarship information on training programs for cosmetology, esthetics, massage, and more.
  • Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success
    Get help with: Business writing and presentations; job searches and resume-building; computers and the Internet; professional licensing and aptitude tests; interviewing; basic reading, writing, and math skills for GED exams. email & password required.(Provided by OPLIN)

Consumer

  • CNET
    Reviews, news, downloads, blogs, podcasts, and more for technology and consumer electronics.
  • Consumer Search
    Health & safety information from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
  • Household Products Database
    Personal and third party reviews for electronics, home & garden, automotive, and more.

Education


E-Reference Books


Genealogy

  • Ancestry Library Edition (Available in-Library only, including through our Wi-Fi)
    Access billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more for individuals from around the world. Start with a two-minute video overview, user and search guides, and sample searches. (Provided by OPLIN)
  • Cyndi's List
  • A trusted genealogy research site with comprehensive cross-referenced links to genealogical sites around the globe.
  • Ellis Island Foundation
  • Ohio Death Certificate Index
    Search Ohio death certificate indexes (1909-1953) and order copies from the Ohio Historical Society.
  • Explore Ohio
    Search cemeteries, collections in Ohio genealogy libraries, genealogy resources indexed by county, historic maps & geographical information, military genealogy, and statewide genealogical resources.
  • Ohio Genealogy
    Find indexes to Ohio Vital Records by county, Ohio death certificates, and other resources.
  • National Archives
    Get help finding Census Records resources to begin your genealogy search.

Government & Voting


Health & Wellness


History and Geography

  • A to Z the USA
    Get state, county, and city information for all 50 states and five territories of the US. Great information for school projects, moving/relocation research, and supplementing travel guides. Includes maps, gazetteer of places, images, symbols, art and culture, climate, crime, demographics, economy, education, and much more.
  • CIA World Factbook
    National-level information on countries, territories, and dependencies. Updated every two weeks.
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
    More than 40,000 maps of Ohio cities & towns, from 1876-1970.
  • The Ohio Historical Society
    Historical sites, genealogy, educational services, exhibitions, research tools, and more.
  • A Pronunciation Guide to Places in Ohio
  • What's The Point?
    That pointy rock you found could be flint, carved by Ohio's prehistoric people and used for tools, weapons, and making fire. (Provided by OPLIN)

Kids


Languages


Law


Literature

  • NoveList Plus
    Find fiction and nonfiction authors & titles with this readers' advisory resource for all ages. Includes an easy-to-use author read-alikes section to find authors similar to your favorites. Search 200,000 titles, including picture books, children's "chapter" books, young adult titles, and books for adults.
  • Library Reads
    The top 10 books published this month that librarians across the country love.
  • American and English Literature
    Find full-text works of American and English poetry & drama, 18th-century English fiction, 11 editions of Shakespeare, and dozens of versions of the Bible in English. (Provided by OPLIN)
  • Project Gutenberg
    40,000+ e-books in various formats and languages available for download.
  • Literary Reference Center
    Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest. Learn more about a literary movement for book discussions. (Provided by OPLIN)

Magazines, Periodicals, & Newspapers

  • Zinio (Grandview Library card required)
    Download or view more than 150 popular full magazines online for free. Get instructions and free mobile apps (view only; you must check out magazine through a browser before viewing on an app): Android, iPhone/iPad, Blackberry Playbook. Kindle Fire special instructions.
  • Columbus Dispatch Newspaper Archives
    July 1985 to the present. Updated daily at 12:30 pm.
  • EbscoHost Research Databases (mobile version)
    Subscription-only, Internet-based collection of periodical & pamphlet databases. Provides abstracts & indexing for more than 3,600 periodicals and includes searchable, full text for more than 1,700 periodicals and pamphlets. (Provided by OPLIN)
  • Photohio
    Search newspaper photo archives, yearbooks, local historical publications. This site was born out of a grant project managed by the Grandview Heights Public Library. The project was funded in part by LSTA grant funds and local library funds.
  • Points of View Reference
    Resources representing multiple sides of an issue. Good for students developing persuasive arguments and essays. (Provided by OPLIN)

Science & Technology

  • Science Reference Center
    Full text of hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. (Provided by OPLIN)
  • Science Online
    A comprehensive, curriculum-oriented overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines in a variety of useful formats
  • What Tree Is It?
    Search Ohio trees by leaf, fruit, or name. (Provided by OPLIN)
  • What's That Snake?
    See more than 30 kinds of snakes that live in Ohio. (Provided by OPLIN)
  • What's The Point?
    That pointy rock you found could be flint, carved by Ohio's prehistoric people and used for tools, weapons, and making fire. (Provided by OPLIN)

Social Issues

  • Opposing Viewpoints (free mobile app)
    Social topics with newspaper, magazine, and viewpoint articles, plus overviews, statistics, images, podcasts, and more.
  • Points of View Reference
    Resources representing multiple sides of an issue. Good for students developing persuasive arguments and essays. (Provided by OPLIN)

Taxes


Travel

  • A to Z The World
    175 country travel guides with concise overviews, country maps and facts, attractions, hotels, restaurants, parks, gardens, weather, culture food, and much more. Additional features include world travel resources on health and safety and emergencies.
  • A to Z World Travel
    202 world city travel guides with concise overviews, city maps and facts, attractions, hotels, restaurants, parks, gardens; world travel resources on health and safety, emergencies, women travelers and more.
  • A to Z the USA
    Get state, county, and city information for all 50 states and five territories of the US. Great information for school projects, moving/relocation research, and supplementing travel guides. Includes maps, gazetteer of places, images, symbols, art and culture, climate, crime, demographics, economy, education, and much more.

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