Databases: By Subject: Laws and Government

Databases:

Explora

Explora - Designed with public library patrons in mind, Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

Explora for Kids

Explora for Kids is a research database designed with students and educators in mind. Elementary school students can learn about their favorite subject. Look up words. Read magazines, newspapers, biographies, primary sources, country information. Find pictures. Translate articles into more than 30 languages. 

Explora for Teens

Explora for Teens is a research database designed for middle and high school students and educators. Learn more about your favorite subject. Read magazines, newspapers, biographies, primary sources, country information. Find images for class projects and learn vocabulary.  Translate articles  into more than 30 languages.

Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits is content-rich, authoritative, engaging and easy-to-use.  It's features are age-appropriate, reliable, and perfect for today's young learners. Its curriculum-related content covers a broad range of educational topics with a modern, graphical interface. The design helps kids explore and gain comfort with database searching. Kids InfoBits addresses the way kids learn and conduct research – and makes it fun!

Legal Forms

LegalForms is a database of downloadable "business, personal, real estate and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues".

Ohio BMV Practice Tests

Mansfield/Richland County Public Library announces a partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) practice tests to library patrons. The service includes free tests specifically based on the state’s BMV materials. It is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that let users hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for greater visibility on the practice tests. The program will work as an outreach to several valued groups of patrons, including teens, those with disabilities, and seniors who need to take a renewal exam, as well as patrons at every other stage of life. 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Today's increasingly complex issues are presented in a pro-and-con format in Opposing Viewpoints in Context. With content drawn from the social issues series from Greenhaven Press and content other Gale sources, this database provides an ideal reference source for everything from social studies projects to debate preparation.

Oxford Reference

The Oxford Reference Collection combines quick reference coverage of many subjects with the rich resources of the Oxford Companions. From ready-reference to comprehensive scholarly articles, Oxford Reference provides users with reliable and authoritative answers to their research questions. 

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

The Oxford Research Encyclopedias offer long-form overview articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. Each of the twenty-five distinct encyclopedias cover both foundational and cutting-edge topics in order to develop, over time, an anchoring knowledge base for major areas of research across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. 

Small Business Reference Center

This database 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 on how to create business plans.

Very Short Introductions

Very Short Introductions provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects. In this digital resource, hundreds of titles can be searched at once, opening up new pathways across subjects. Students can use Very Short Introductions to consider study options, embark on a new module, topic, or essay, or revise a particular subject.  Teachers and other educators can assign chapters, or whole books to students. Adult learners can also gain new insights through an introduction to a topic.

Virtual Reference Library

A “world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses,” the Virtual Reference Library features over one million articles about a wide array of subjects.

Websites:

Legal Resources

Collection of sites that cover government on the Federal, State, and Local levels. Also includes law and consumer sites.

Richland County Law Library

"By statute, the Law Library provides a professional legal collection for judges, prosecutors, attorneys and county officials. The Law Library is open to the public to assist with finding materials but cannot give legal advice or interpretations."

State of Ohio

The official government site for the State of Ohio

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