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Free Online Career Training and High School/College Test Prep
Learning Express Library is now powered through Ohio Means Jobs and can be done with or without a login.
If you create an account through OhioMeansJobs.com’s backpack feature, you will be able to remember data and keep track of all training assessments and test scores.
Record your history and find others on the same path. Ancestry Library Edition features helpful tools such as charts, summaries, calendars and message boards. Beginners can use the tools and resources in the Learning Center to: begin their family trees; get the most out of historical records; connect with other researchers; and find answers to tough research questions.
This database is available for use to any registered patron of the Alexandria Public Library.
You will have to bring your wireless access laptop to the library,
or use our computers to utilize this amazing resource.
Additional Research Database Access
FREE access to databases including Kelly Blue Book, auto repair, small business help, homework help, genealogy, historical and government research links.
- The Art Collection: online image collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, textiles, costumes, jewelry and more, from earliest times to the present.
- Auto Repair Reference Center – repair information contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1954.
- Driving-Tests.org: Study for your upcoming driver’s license exam in Ohio with Driving-Tests.org. View practice questions for the written portion of these exams: driver’s license, learner’s permit, CDL or motorcycle license; get hints to help you remember the correct answer; easily keep track of your correct answers and score. Trouble reading? Try the read-aloud, zoom and translate features.
- Household Products Database – Material Safety Data Sheets links over 7,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.
- Kelly Blue Book: automotive pricing, reviews, ratings, advice and finance information.
- SaferCar: proper tire pressure is the most important part of maintaining your tires. Use this site to learn more about tire safety.
- Biography Reference Bank: from HH Wilson-contains more than 111,000 biographies and obituaries and more than 32,000 photographs of the subjects.
- Masterfile Premier – General Reference with Biographies: includes 86,017 biographies and 105,786 primary source documents.
- 1st Stop Business Connection – Ohio Dept. of Development and USSBA: a program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Development’s Small Business Development Centers and the U.S. Small Business Administration, provides FREE state-level information needed to get started or continue on your entrepreneurial journey.
- Business Source Premier: searches Business Source Premier, Vocational and Career Collection, Newspaper Source, Computer Source databases.
- OSU Extension Small Business Fact Sheets: OSU Extension’s economic, small business, and job development programs are tailored to meet community needs in every county.
- Regional Business News: this database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States. Click here for a complete title list. Click here for more info.
Education, Homework, Vocation
- Academic Search Premier: contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,300 journals, with full text for more than 4,500 of those titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. Academic Search Premier contains unmatched full text coverage in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion & theology, etc.
- Early World of Learning an online resource for preschoolers and early elementary grade students. It can be used on any device that connects to the internet, but is optimized for use on an iPad. Early World of Learning includes three interactive learning environments:
- Trek’s Travels – narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach critical early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more.
- Welcome to Reading – practice to develop and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills.
- Know It – a visual interactive encyclopedia that will captivate early learners with non-fiction topics of interest and importance to them.
- Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) An office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded or federally guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the application used to determine a student’s eligibility for federally subsidized loans, grants, and work-study funds. Although the CPS still accepts paper FAFSAs, processing is quicker when FAFSA is filed on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- MasterFile Premier – Maps, Flags, Articles, General Reference Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 1,750 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books, 86,017 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 341,655 photos, maps & flags.
- OhioLINK: any student currently enrolled in a participating Ohio college or university may use the OhioLINK.
- Points of View Reference Center: essays on controversial subjects.
- 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.
- What Tree Is It? Identify by leaves or fruits: This web site will lead you through qualities of leaves and fruits from the common trees of Ohio. 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.
- What’s The Point? A program designed to help users identify flint artifacts. Ohio has been home for people for at least 15,000 years. Beginning at the end of the Ice Age, various American Indian societies successfully occupied this area. The groups that lived here prior to around AD 1700 are usually called “prehistoric” because their accomplishments were not recorded in written documents to which we can have access today. We can learn about them through archaeology, the systematic study of the places where they lived-their “sites”-and the objects that they left behind-their artifacts.
- World Book Kids: an online environment for younger students that blend creativity and wonder in learning. World Book Kids contains content from World Book Student Discovery Encyclopedia, which has been selected for younger readers, English-language learners, and reluctant readers. The encyclopedia has dual navigation for searching and browsing, and incorporates inventive activities to engage children’s different learning styles.
- World Book Spanish Student Discovery Encyclopedia: World Book’s Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos. The great content of the original World Book Student Discovery Encyclopedia has been translated into Spanish. The Spanish Student Discovery Encyclopedia is organized so that the student can find information quickly and easily. Click on the first letter of the article title to find the article.
Genealogy and Local History (See also History and Government)
- Just getting started? Try these tips before you begin: http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.History-at-Home-A-Guide-to-Genealogy.17370.html
- About.com Genealogy
- Ancestry Library Edition
- Licking County Genealogical Society
- Ohio Death Certificate Index (1913-1944): from the Ohio Historical Society
- SmarterHobby.com Ultimate beginner’s guide to genealogy
- EBSCOhost: offers a variety of proprietary full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers. Including full text to many popular journals and magazines.
- IMDB – Internet Movie Database: is owned by Amazon.com and is an online database of information about movie stars, movies, television shows, commercials, and video games.
- MasterFile Premier: designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 1,750 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books, 86,017 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 341,655 photos, maps & flags.
- Ohio Web Library – Single Search – Many Sources. Search thousands of online publications and research resources, including: popular magazines, trade publications, scholarly research journals, newspapers in a single search.
- Oxford Reference Online brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works – containing well over 60,000 pages – from Oxford University Press into a single cross-searchable resource.
- World Book Advanced is a powerful reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search. It is tailored for the needs and skills of students in grades 8 and up, World Book Advanced includes a customizable interface, a streamlined design, and personalized homepage content features.
- World Book Hispanica: this comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia includes more than 100,000 articles, more than 8,500 images and maps, and nearly 1,000 videos, animations, sounds, and interactive media. It is designed for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and ESL/ELL program participants.
Health and Science
- Facts On File Science Online: a complete reference database containing thousands of entries covering animal anatomy, anthropology and archaeology, astronomy and space technology, atomic physics, biochemistry, biology, botany, chemistry, computer science, earth science, environmental science, general science, genetics, health and medicine, human anatomy and physiology, marine science, physics, and weather and climate.
- NETWellness: click on any of over 100 health topics to find in-depth information on hundreds of diseases and wellness issues. You will also find health professionals ready to respond to your specific questions.
- Medline provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.
- GreenFile: a freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond.
- Heartland Science: how Ohioans have changed the world through discovery and innovation in science, engineering, technology, medicine and health care.
- Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition – Includes Drug Guide. This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.
History and Government
- CIA World FactBook
- Country Studies – Library of Congress. A website that contains the on-line versions of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress as part of the Country Studies/Area Handbook Series sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army between 1986 and 1998. Each study offers a comprehensive description and analysis of the country or region’s historical setting, geography, society, economy, political system, and foreign policy.
- Explore Ohio is a comprehensive collection of just about anything related to the Buckeye State. State symbols? How to get a drivers license? Population information? Fun places to visit? ExploreOhio has all of that and more.
- Ohio History Central: an evolving, interactive, online encyclopedia that includes information about Ohio’s natural history, prehistory and history. Each section contains written information, maps, timelines, and images. Many of these pages link with one another to form a complete and informative perspective. As installments are added each year, an accurate overview of Ohio’s past will be revealed. From archaeology to Zoar, Ohio History Central is for anyone wanting to learn more about Ohio.
- Ohio Historical Society Databases: including Ohio fundamental documents, military rosters and death certificate indexes.
- Ohio Secretary of State
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: large scale street plans produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1867 to 1970. These maps are heavily used in both public and academic libraries by a wide range of researchers including local historians to locate and identify buildings and neighborhoods, urban historians to study the growth of towns and cities, and environmentalists concerned about impact of new developments.
- State of Ohio – Government Information and Services
- Novelist-Readers’ advisory, summaries and reviews is a comprehensive readers’ advisory resource for fiction and nonfiction. With an intuitive interface and extensive proprietary content, NoveList Plus answers the question: What should I read next?
- Newspaper Source – National and International Cover-to-cover full text for 20 national (U.S.) & international newspapers and selected full text for more than 230 regional (U.S.) newspapers, plus TV and radio news transcripts – updated daily.
Ohio Offers Prescription Drug Program
Ohio’s Best Rx (a free, state-endorsed prescription drug discount program) is now available to all Ohio residents, regardless of age or income.
Visit www.OhioBestRx.org to learn more about the program, download a printable card, find participating pharmacies and estimate your savings on specific prescriptions. Call 1-866-923-7879 or text OHBEST to 567899 to sign up and have a card mailed to you or pick up a card here in the library!