Research Tools A to Z

Access to some databases is restricted for use only within the Library. Those databases will be listed with a note (In-Library Use Only).



  • Academic Search Premier

    The world`s largest academic multidisciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for nearly 4,650 periodicals, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles. PDF back files to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCOhost.

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    • African American Genealogical Society of Cleveland

      This membership organization is open to anyone interested in genealogy and family history. Members share their expertise through regular meetings as well as seminars and workshops held throughout the area. The AAGS website lists meeting and seminar dates as well as many online resources for African-American genealogical research. AAGS partners with Shaker Library and holds their regular monthly membership meetings here, which are open to the public. They also present a popular genealogy series of workshops and programs at Shaker Library each spring.

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      • African American Heritage

        ProQuest® African American Heritage is a groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.

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        • African Americans in the Sciences

          Selected internet resources from the Library of Congress about African Americans in science and technology. Links to historical as well as current inventors, engineers, doctors and others. Also links to many professional organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers.

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          • Akron Beacon Journal from NewsBank

            NewsBank gathers the major domestic and international news headlines and articles of the day. Founded in 1839, the Akron Beacon Journal is a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper that serves readers in Summit, Medina, Portage, Stark, and Wayne counties. Read the Akron Beacon Journal from today or search past editions going back to 1984. Available with a Shaker Library Card.

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            • Alt HealthWatch from EBSCOhost 

              This alternative health database provides full text for more than 140 publications in the collection including full text for many peer-reviewed journals. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.

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              • America’s News – NewsBank

                Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

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                • American and English Full Text Literature Collections 

                  (Chadwyck-Healey Ltd.) -- A fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama, and prose, plus biographies, bibliographies, and key secondary sources.

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                  • Ancestry Library Edition (In-Library Use Only)

                    Ancestry Library Edition provides easy access to more than 4,000 genealogy databases with a single search. Coverage focuses primarily on the United States and the United Kingdom although other areas are covered. Databases include the complete U.S. Census & Index (1790-1930), vital, church, court, and immigration records. The Map Center contains more than 1,000 historical maps. Other notable collections include Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War collection. Databases are updated continuously as new information becomes available.

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