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).



  • Western Reserve Historical Society

    The Western Reserve Historical Society website provides information about exhibits and programming at its University Circle location as well as at Hale Farm and Village and other auxiliary sites. The website also offers online searching of its library and museum holdings.

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    • What Tree Is It?

      You see an unknown tree. Or perhaps have found part of a tree, and you want to know from what kind of tree it came. Often, you can identify an unknown tree by just one part, such as a leaf or a fruit. This web site will lead you through qualities of leaves and fruits from common trees. You will work your way through these choices by selecting images that more closely resemble your sample. To be certain of your identification of an unknown tree, however, you must use as much of the tree as possible.

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      • What’s That Snake?

        This program includes 30 species and subspecies of snakes that are found in Ohio. Of these 30 kinds of snakes only three are poisonous and dangerous to people and domestic animals. We also have included one species of poisonous snake that does NOT live in Ohio, the Water Moccasin. We added the Water Moccasin to our list for this program because a great many people think that it does live in Ohio.

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        • What’s the Point

          Identifying flint artifacts

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          • World Book Advanced 

            Designed for high school and college students, World Book Advanced is a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopedic, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search. It also contains individual accounts that allow users to create and save their work and timeline and citation builders.

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            • World Book Early World of Learning

              The premier online resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. Developed with experts on early childhood education, Early World of Learning offers rich resources designed for easy integration into the classroom curriculum.

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              • World Book Kids 

                Intended for grades K-8, World Book Kids is a fun and interactive way to introduce younger students to the world of online learning. Searching is simple and can be done by keyword or by choosing a general subject that breaks down into specific topics. The encyclopedia also provides images, diagrams, maps and activities tied to national curriculum standards.

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                • World Book Students

                  World Book Encyclopedia articles form the foundation of this expansive reference database that includes the World Book Dictionary, the World Book Atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected websites, correlations to state and provincial curriculum standards, and much more.

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                  • WorldCat 

                    (OCLC) -- The world`s most comprehensive bibliography with 40 million bibliographic records representing 400 languages. Covers information back to the 11th century. Includes holdings information from the world`s libraries.

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