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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).



  • ChiltonLibrary

    ChiltonLibrary is great for individuals interested in automotive repair as a career or the car enthusiast. It provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on seven decades of the broadest range of vehicles available, including cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.

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    • Classical Net

      This is a great starting point for repertoire lists, composer biographies, recordings and links to other classical music sites.

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      • Cleveland Memory Project

        A searchable and constantly growing online archives of books, photographic images, and exhibits showcasing the Special Collections of the Cleveland State University Library as well as materials housed in other institutions, including a collection of photographs from the Shaker Library's Local History Collection (go to our collection's homepage: and enter search terms or click on 'browse all photos').

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        • Cleveland Necrology File 

          The Cleveland Necrology File contains local cemetery records and newspaper death notices for the following years: 1833, 1847-1848, 1850-1975. A more complete description of the file`s contents can be found in the about section of the database. For necrology information after 1975, please use the Cleveland News Index.

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          • Cleveland News Index 

            (Cleveland Public Library) -- The online Cleveland News Index lists citation information for local news stories, feature articles and reviews from The Plain Dealer (1983-June 1999), Cleveland Magazine (1983-present), Northern Ohio Live (Sept. 1990-June 2009), and Ohio Magazine (Oct.1990-present). Obituaries from the Plain Dealer and the Cleveland Press are included from 1976 to the present. Please note that this index does not provide full text access to these sources.

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            • Computer Source 

              Computer Source provides researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology. This database offers full text for nearly 300 publications and indexing and abstracts for nearly 450 publications.

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              • Consumer Health Complete 

                Filled with full text from journals, magazines, and reference books from EBSCOhost dealing with health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition this reference includes a focus on the complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness. Browse medical, health-related and drug reference books. Read articles on health and fitness. Find sources for alternative health information.

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                • Consumer Reports from EBSCOhost

                  Presents articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial & regulatory actions that affect consumers.

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                    This Library subscription offers 1,000+ ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, consumer user reviews, and product video clips.

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                    • Contemporary Novelists 

                      Gale Virtual Reference Library - Contains biographical/critical essays on the most important living novelists writing in English worldwide.

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                      • Contemporary Poets 

                        Gale Virtual Reference Library - Provides biographical and bibliographical information on 789 of the world`s most important contemporary English-language poets, including 120 new to this edition. Entries include personal and career information, addresses, a detailed bibliography, a list of further reading sources, and more. Each entry also includes a signed critical essay covering each poet`s career and works, written by an expert in the field.

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                        • Conway Greene Municipal Codes

                          Online codified ordinances of various Ohio municipalities, including Shaker Heights. Municipal Codes hosted by Conway Greene are in the public domain and available free to the internet community. 

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                          • Creativebug

                            Creativebug has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Accessible using your Shaker Library card.

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