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Ancestry Library Edition

Looking to jump start your research? The experts at Ancestry have assembled a variety of tips and tricks to get your research moving again. Select from several topics to help you with your road blocks.

Biography in Context

“The Biography in Context is a comprehensive database of biographical information on over 380,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.” Learn more about how to use this database by watching these quick videos provided by Gale.

Chilton Online Auto Repair Manuals

ChiltonLibrary supplies a solution for the automotive do-it-yourselfer with repair, maintenance and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks. This tutorial covers how to select a year, make, and model, and navigate repair, maintenance, recall information, and more!

Demographics Now

With Demographics Now you can create demographic reports, view U.S. Census data, find people and businesses and much more. 

Directory Library

Gale Directory Library allows you to easily search your Gale directories to find relevant data like contact information for organizations and companies based on things like industry and size. This webinar covers Gale Directory Library's user-friendly tools, and also covers best practices for searching for relevant listings.

EBSCOhost Databases

EBSCOhost is a powerful online reference tool that offers a variety of full text full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers. Mansfield/Richland County Public Library provides access to several of these including Academic Search Premier, Biography Reference Bank, Business Source Premier and more.


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. Educators can learn more about how to use this database as a tool in the classroom by watching this short video

Gale in Context: Elementary

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. Use this short guide to get started. Educators can learn more about how to use this database as a tool in the classroom by watching  this short video. 

Health and Wellness Resource

Health & Wellness Resource Center from Gale is a comprehensive resource for libraries, schools, and hospitals that provides integrated access to medical, statistical, health, and related information. The Health & Wellness Resource Center features a fully updated, intuitive interface -- providing multiple pathways to key information. Its browser style format lets you browse the latest news, review a set of subject areas, review and select a particular resource, or search across the entire database. Learn about how to find trustworthy medical information  by watching this quick video provided by Gale.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

This site offers detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Watch this short tutorial to get started.

Home Improvement Reference Center

This home improvement database features full-text content from leading home improvement magazines, images not found anywhere else online and videos of popular home repair projects. Watch this short tutorial to get started.

Legal Forms

LegalForms is a database of downloadable "business, personal, real estate and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues". Learn more about how to use this database by watching this quick video provided by Gale.

Literary Reference Center

Full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works. Contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories. Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest. Learn more about a literary movement for book discussions.

Literature Resource Center

Currently searching Literature Resource Center with 1,219,903 documents. Learn more about how to use this database by watching these quick videos provided by Gale.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Get comprehensive financial information on stocks and funds, find return information on various investment indexes, and tailor your portfolio using online calculators and more.

Newspaper Archive (Main Library only) is the largest historical newspaper online database with more than 70 million newspaper pages and more than 80,000 pages being added per day.


Let NoveList help you find a good book to read, with expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more. Check out this list of videos on Novelist 101.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Today's increasingly complex issues are presented in a pro-and-con format in Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Learn more about how to use this database by watching these quick videos provided by Gale.

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

Learn how to get the most out of the Oxford Research Encyclopedias including tips for search, navigation, filters, citations, and more.

Science in Context

Science in Context is an in-depth, curriculum-oriented science database that provides a one-stop resource for all science-related research needs. Learn more about how to use this database by watching  these quick videos provided by Gale.

Testing & Education Research Center

Testing & Education Reference Center is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life. Learn more about how to use this database by watching these quick videos provided by Gale.

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. Learn more about how to use this database by watching  these quick videos provided by Gale.

World Book

"The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites."  Learn more about how to use this database by watching these quick videos provided by World Book.

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