Research Databases

Databases are subscription services that the library provides at no cost to you. To use these resources at home, you'll need to log in with your library card number.

AtoZdatabases- The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Databases. The databases include 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business & executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

About: Books- Information on books and authors.​

Academic Search Premier- The world’s largest academic database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for nearly 4,650 serials, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed 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. Updated daily.

African American Heritage- As a consequence of slavery and the changing legal status of African Americans, research in this area can be more challenging than other genealogical inquiries; connect with a community of research experts.

Ancestry Library (Access in Main Library only)- Gain access to genealogical resources such as censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, and more.

Author Check- Have a favorite author? Have 20? It's tough to keep track of which author has books coming out soon, so let us do it for you! Subscribe via email if you would like to get notified when a new book by your favorite authors arrives at Lima Public Library.

Biography Reference Bank- More than 72,000 biographies and obituaries and more than 20,000 photographs of the subjects. Many of the biographies are enhanced with full text, abstracts, and citations. The biographies are searchable by name, profession, title, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, titles of works, date of birth, date of death, keyword, and presence of images.​ 

Business Source Premier- This is the industry’s most used business research database, providing the full text for more than 8,800 serials. Business Source Premier provides full text back to 1965 and searchable cited references back as far as 1998. Coverage includes virtually all subject areas related to business. Updated daily.

Chilton Library-  Find online instructions for vehicle repair.

Consumer Health Complete- Full text journals, magazines, and reference books from EBSCOhost dealing with health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition – coverage 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.

Explora- Meet EBSCO’s new interface for schools and public libraries. Designed specifically for its users, this database supports student research and classroom instruction.

Financial Literacy Basics - This new series provides readers with easy-to-understand guidance on how to manage their finances. Designed for those who are just starting out and for those who may need help handling their finances, this series outlines, step-by-step, how to make the most of your money, which pitfalls to avoid, and what to watch out for, and give you the necessary tools to make sure you are fully equipped to manage your finances.

Fold3- Military records for genealogical research. 

HeritageQuest- Discover genealogical records and resources for your family tree. 

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center- Resources to help you keep up with your favorite hobbies and crafts.

Home Improvement Reference Center- Everything you need to be a do-it-yourself-er around the house.

INFOhio PreK-12 Digital Library- This resource is for parents and educators of children age three through 12th grade. INFOhio encourages adults to use the digital resources included for ages 3-5 to prepare Ohio’s early learners for school and their future. Its portals for elementary, middle, and high school students are designed to provide resources to help them understand the curriculum and find articles for research assignments.

Kid InfoBits- Indexed, searchable content along with more than 16,600 images, over 1,700 kid-friendly charts and graphs, and more than 600 high-quality educational videos are provided from resources including books, magazines, and news periodicals.

Masterfile Premier- Full text articles from nearly 1,800 business, health, news, and hobby magazines, including Consumer Reports, Health, Time, and many more. It also offers indexing and abstracts for over 2,700 periodicals. Full text files go as far back as January of 1990, while indexing and abstracts go as far back as January of 1984. Updated daily. 

MEDLINE- MedlinePlus brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in a way that is easy to understand. Learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations.

New Book Alerts- Have a favorite type of book? Get notified once per month with the new titles that Lima Public Library Added to that category. Whether it's teen fiction, mystery thrillers, or crafts you'll get the first look at our newest additions.

Newspaper Source- Newspaper Source provides selected full text for 25 national (U.S.) and international newspapers. The database also contains full text television & radio news transcripts, and selected full text for more than 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias-  Articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. Each of the twenty-five distinct encyclopedias cover both foundational and cutting-edge topics in order to develop, over time, an anchoring knowledge base for major areas of research across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. 

​​Points of View Reference Center- Points of View Reference Center contains many topics, each with an overview, point and counterpoint, providing a balance of materials from all viewpoints.

PubMed- PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Rutherford B. Hayes Obituary Index-Search for Ohio obituaries, death and marriagenotices, and other sources from the 1810s to present day. Actual obituaries may be ordered from partner libraries.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps- Historical maps of Ohio cities.

Science Reference Center- Topics covered in Science Reference Center include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. 

SelectReads- Receive a monthly e-mail of books in whatever category you select. It's like you're own personal librarian suggesting books for you to read! The best part is that the titles e-mailed to you are definitely available to check out at the Lima Public Library.

Small Business Reference Center- Everything you need to start and maintain your small business.

Transparent Languages- Learn a new language for school, work, or your next vacation.

Very Short Introductions- Provides intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects. Students can use Very Short Introductions to consider study options, embark on a new module, topic, or essay, or revise a particular subject. Adult learners can also gain new insights through an introduction to a topic.

What’s That Snake?- Ohio snake identification guide. 

What’s The Point?- Identifying flint artifacts.

What Tree Is It?- Ohio tree identification guide.

World Book Online- All the information of World Book Encyclopedia in a searchable database, geared for all ages.