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Find all of your college research needs here. Find books and links to how much different colleges cost, how to prepare academically, or just what college might be like.

The first step in the financial aid process is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. This video lesson will take you through everything you need to know, step-by-step.

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Academic Search Premier Help

from EBSCOhost
Arts, humanities, science, social sciences, business, and technology journals, some with full text, and other electronic resources from 1887 to the present. *Online access to Consumer Reports from 1991 to the present.

AtoZ Maps Online

More than 100,000 downloadable maps! Perfect for school reports, school lesson plans, personal research projects, and business reports. AtoZ Maps Online will also adapt to the screen size of any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

AtoZ the USA

Great for state reports, projects, and presentations! AtoZ the USA contains more than 115 country-based articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. Library patrons and students will find unmatched coverage of the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society.


Exercise your memory, attention, and more! As with physical exercise, brain exercise can help you test your brain and improve your performance in order to feel your best. BrainHQ has more than two dozen brain-training exercises organized into six categories: Attention, Brain Speed, Memory, People Skills, Intelligence, and Navigation. Access brain training on most internet-connected devices and at the right level for you and your busy life. Start today!
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Explora Public Libraries

From EBSCOhost
Designed with public library patrons in mind, Explora Public Libraries provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world's leading magazines and reference books, grouped into easy-to-browse categories.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Reference eBooks
Instantly access reference eBooks on many subjects. These trusted, authoritative reference works are available 24/7!


A one-of-a-kind job coaching service designed to help you land the job of your dreams! With support for every stage of the job search, you will feel ready for the interview. Starting at the beginning, try resources that will help match your interests and experiences to a career with eParachute. Get assistance with resume building with resume templates and OptimalResume, complete with video mock interviews. Best of all, LIVE Career Tutors are available every day from 2p.m. to 11p.m.

JobsOhio ZoomProspector

Provides free tools for site selection, demographics, and consumer segment information.

Literary Reference Center

from EBSCOhost
With full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works, LRC 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.

A LinkedIn Company
A leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. With over 4,500 courses to choose from, create a profile to keep track of your successes and tailor the course listings to your skill set. Apps are available! Once downloaded, select the 'Already a member?' option. Next, tap the 'Organization' tab, and enter "" in the web portal (second option down). Follow the login prompts.
*** This summer, will merge into its parent company LinkedIn to become LinkedIn Learning. For more info, click here or call the Reference Desk at 433-8091 ext. 2. ***

Mergent Intellect

Powered by Hoover''s, a D&B Solution, Mergent Intellect is a flexible web-based application featuring a deep collection of worldwide business information on over 100 million global private businesses. Mergent Intellect offers a unique opportunity to access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts & figures, executive contact information, census data, a job search solution, enhanced people and business search, access industry profiles and more.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias

Provides collections of in-depth, up-to-date trustworthy research on an ever-growing range of topics. Within the OREs, you’ll find world-class experts who give you an overview of a subject that you can understand in half an hour of reading or less.

TERC - Testing and Education Reference Center

from Gale
Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals. Looking for a college or graduate school or help finding scholarships? Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs.
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Transparent Language Online (TLO)

A powerful online language learning system that builds all four core skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. With 100+ languages to choose from and English lessons for speakers of over 25 different languages, there is something for every language learner. Mobile apps are available for language learning on the go!
Online account is required. Children under the age of 13 should have a parent or guardian open this account.

Very Short Introductions

The perfect introduction to subjects you previously knew nothing about: from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Globalization to Literary Theory. Very Short Introductions Online brings together titles from this well-known and established print series, via a highly discoverable and fully cross-searchable platform.

Web Links

College Bound Network
Access to real people that assist in college choices.

College Scholarship & Financial Aid
Test prep tips, searching for scholarships and links to colleges by state.

College Scorecard
U.S. Department of Education provides reliable data concerning annual costs, graduation rates, and salaries after graduation for every institution of higher education in the United States. Compare schools based on the measurements that are most important to you.

Money Geek
This guide can help you sort through the maze of options, exploring loan costs, requirements and repayment plans so that you can choose your loan wisely.

Federal Student Aid
The US Department of Education has check lists for students in all grades to help them prepare for college, tips for choosing colleges and careers, information about types of financial aid, the FAFSA form and more.

Financial Aid Info Page
Loans, scholarships, military aid and more.

Next Step Magazine
Information on college, careers, and scholarships in an online magazine format.

Princeton Review
Info on law schools, med schools, internships and more.

College Tuition Compare
Compare cost to schools across the country.

National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.