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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).



  • about:books

    Search for author, title, subject... anything about books.

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    • 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

              Full text coverage from 02/27/1997 to present. 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.

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              • All Music Guide

                Explore the music world by genre, country, instruments or themes. New releases, reissues, compilations, and more complement the site. 

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                • Alt HealthWatch from EBSCO Host 

                  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 Magazines

                    With unmatched U.S. news content from local, regional, and national sources, this resource is the largest of its kind. Its diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos. Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints from across the country on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people.

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                    • America’s Newspapers  (The Plain Dealer)

                      Full text access to all content from The Plain Dealer from 1991 to the present

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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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