Databases by Title

The library provides access to select subscription resources with quality content. Databases may include full-text newspaper, magazine and journal articles for research, or facts and answers on topics ranging from business and health to reading recommendations and test preparation. Most of these databases are accessible from home using your library barcode; a few are only accessible from within the library.


AtoZ Databases
AtoZ Databases contains financial information on over 30 million U.S. businesses & executives as well as addresses and phone numbers of over 220 million U.S. residents

Academic Search Premier
This database provides full text for nearly 4,650 serials, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles

Access Engineering (USE IN LIBRARY ONLY)
A database of over 600 reference books covering topics including makerspace, engineering and chemistry.

Akron Beacon Journal
Full text access to all content from 1984 to the present, except for letters to the editor, death notices and advertising

Alt HealthWatch
This alternative health database provides full text for more than 140 publications in the collection, including full text for many peer-reviewed journals.

American Ancestors (USE IN MAIN LIBRARY ONLY)
Created and maintained by the New England Historic Genealogical Society this site provides a number of for researching your ancestors

Ancestry Library Edition (USE IN LIBRARY ONLY)
Ancestry Library Edition provides easy access to more than 4,000 genealogy databases with a single search


Biography Reference Bank
More than 72,000 biographies and obituaries along with 20,000 photographs of the subjects

Biography in Context
This database provides biographical information on more than one million people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas

Business Source Premier
This source provides the full text for more than 8,800 business and academic serials back to the 1880’s.


Chilton Library
Provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures for automobiles and light trucks.

Computer Source
This database offers full text for nearly 300 technology related publications and indexing and abstracts for over 100 more

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

CultureGrams Online
This resource includes: worldwide photo gallery, slideshows, video clips, famous people collection, and a recipe collection that offers five homegrown recipes from all countries in the database. Plus, sortable (create-your-own) data tables help put dozens of facts into perspective.

Cypress Resume
An easy to use database to create a professional looking resume. It easily formats your resume in word format and provides suggested skill and ability wording for over 100,000 jobs.


(Educational Resources Information Center) -- Over 800,000 references to thousands of educational topics. Includes journal articles, books, theses, conference papers, as well as standards and guidelines.

Ebsco’s interface for public libraries provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books on thousands of topics.


Provides access to over 2 billion historical records from around the world including the largest collection of Irish records online as well as records from England, Wales, and Scotland.

First Research
Supplies hundreds of industry profiles, covering over 1000 industry segments. Many of theprofiles include in-depth international industry information, creating a comprehensive suite of data that is continuously updated

Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Foundation Directory (USE IN LIBRARY ONLY)
Directory of grants, grant making organizations, companies and IRS 990s of grant funding companies. It can be used to research prospective companies and tailor your grant application to the interests and mission of the grant making organization.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (USE IN LIBRARY ONLY)
Online database with grant and foundation information for individuals (scholars, writers, artists, students, special needs). It can be used to find foundations seeking proposals, or search for scholarships.

Foundation Maps (USE IN LIBRARY ONLY)
An interactive mapping tool to track patterns of grant making and writing in the United States as well as around the world. It can be used to research patterns of grants by geographic region and track which areas are being supported by philanthropic grants and which areas would benefit from intervention.

A collection of dynamic eBooks for grades 6-9 which bring history to life by capturing the dramatic and defining moments in American history. Aligned to the common core you can use it to access maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, videos, and audio clips as well project ideas, activities, and more.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.


Gale Virtual Reference Library
A collection of over 200 reference books available on a variety of topics including science, career information, environment, art, history and medicine. Chapters or sections of the books can be printed, emailed or downloaded.

General One File
This is a one-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and academic disciplines.

Hundreds of ecology articles, government documents and reports focusing on the relationship between humans and the environment


Health Source Nursing/Academic Edition
Provides access to hundreds of articles and scholarly journals related to nursing and health care.

Heritage Quest
HeritageQuest features the U. S. Census, 1790-1930 (1850-60 Slave Census Schedules not included), The Periodical Source Index (PERSI), A digitized collection of more than 25,000 family and local history books, Records from the Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files and Freedman's Bank Records (1865-1874).

Historic Map Works
The core of the collection consists of over 1,564,517 cadastral, land ownership maps detailing the geographic and development history of the United States over several hundred years. It can be used to find historic maps from all over the world.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
A comprehensive full-text resource for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities today, this database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World, and many more.

Hoover's Online
A business resource which provides information on over 85 million companies with flexible tools to easily search U.S. and international companies Easily review Fortune 500 and other popular rankings.


Legal Forms
Access and print a variety of legal forms. Also features a directory of attorney’s by state and a dictionary of legal definitions.

Literary Reference Center
Full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works. Contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories.

Local History Database
Database access to thousands of indexed items in the Akron-Summit County Public Library's Special Collections division, includes an abundance of information related to Akron and Summit County history. Use the keyword search to become familiar with materials in Special Collections, research the development of the rubber industry, marble industry, or the thousands of other intriguing aspects of Akron's development.
An award winning library of video tutorials designed to help you gain software, technology, creative, or business skills. Tutorials include: game design, photography, 3D and animation, CAD, and programming.


Learn how to hold a conversation in more than 60 languages Including 18 ESOL lessons.

Searchable catalog of United States government documents and publications-July 1976-present (updated regularly), and information regarding holdings of documentation.

MasterFILE Premier
This database contains full text articles from nearly 1,800 general reference, business, consumer health, general science, and multicultural periodicals. Full text articles go back to January of 1990 and indexes and abstracts of articles are available through January 1984.

MAS Ultra – School Edition
Designed specifically for high school students this database provides full text for more than 700 popular general interest and current events publications with information dating as far back as 1975. This database also provides access to 500 full text pamphlet and over 350 full text reference books.

This authoritative online resource from the National Library of Medicine provides a wealth of useful information on medical issues and disciplines, including: nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and prescription drugs

Mergent Intellect
Mergent Intellect provides private company data on over 85 million privately held companies globally and allows you the ability to download the data to a spreadsheet. It offers access to private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, and executive contact information.

Middle Search Plus
Aimed at students this online resource provides access to hundreds of magazine and encyclopedia articles, historical documents and maps.

Mitchell On Demand (USE IN LIBRARY ONLY)
Automotive research and information database that provides problem diagnosis and repair, maintenance schedule, and access to quotes for services. It can be used to quickly diagnose problems, determine what maintenance your vehicle needs (based on mileage), or check for overcharges on time, parts, or warranties.

Morningstar Investment Research Center - use links below
This research database is designed to provide comprehensive information related to stocks, funds, etfs, and individual companies. Use it to compare companies, or compile a sample portfolio before you invest your money.

My Heritage World Vital Records was founded in 2006 to provide simple access to more than 4.2 billion names in family history record collections worldwide, including the US Census from 1790-1940.


Natural Medicines
Informational database with peer-reviewed, evidence-based, and consensus based articles devoted to integrative and alternative therapies. Includes links to articles, webinars, pod casts, blogs, dictionary, nutritional information, calculators, and practitioners.

This provides health information created and evaluated by the expert medical and health faculties of Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State University and University of Cincinnati.

Access current and historical articles using your New York times login. Read an unlimited number of articles while in the library or save articles to your account for viewing at home.

Newspaper Archive - Academic Library Edition
The largest historical newspaper database online, containing tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1759 to present.

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 as well as full text articles from over 200 regional (U.S.) newspapers.

Novelist & K8
An on-line reader advisory database of reviews, articles, book discussion generators, and other information that assists the discriminating reader.


Ohio Obituary Index
An index to 2,300,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day. Obits may be ordered from 60 partner libraries, including the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Entries for the Akron Beacon Journal are being added daily.

Ohio Means Jobs
This site offers job searching, resume building and career training tools.


Points of View
This database for elementary school students provides access to primary school focused publications including, encyclopedias, almanacs and magazines. Use it to supplement a research project, find a school play to perform, or pore through the map, photo, and flag database.

Polly Paffilas Recipe Index
The Polly Paffilas Recipe Index includes approximately 5,000 recipes that appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal from 1959 until 1980. Recipes may be searched by keyword, ingredient, name, category or date. To access a recipe found in the index, contact the Special Collections Division.

Primary Search
This database for elementary school students provides access to primary school focused publications including, encyclopedias, almanacs and magazines. Use it to supplement a research project, find a school play to perform, or pore through the map, photo, and flag database.

Professional Development Collection
Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 550 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports.

ProQuest Digital Microfilm (USE IN LIBRARY ONLY) (See Instructions here)
The largest historical newspaper database online, containing tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1759 to present, which includes the Akron Beacon Journal & the Wall Street Journal.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
Full text access to all content from 1984 to the present, except for letters to the editor, death notices and advertising


Regional Business News
This database provides comprehensive full text coverage for regional business publications. Regional Business News incorporates coverage of 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States including Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Religion and Philosophy Collection
This offers access to more than 300 full text journals, including more than 250 peer-reviewed titles, making it an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies.


Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Detailed maps at building level for more than 400 Ohio communities from 1868 to the 1960s are provided by this database.

Original technical manuals for a wide range of consumer products back to 1946. It can be used for instructions and illustrations in repairing specific brands and models of radios, VCRs, cameras, clocks, etc.

Science Online
Science Online gives an overview of scientific disciplines through a variety of sources including essays, diagrams, images, biographies, experiments, and a comprehensive timeline of events. It is intended for use by students in middle school through high school.

Science Project Index
An online index created by the Science and Technology Division of the Akron Summit County Public Library of science projects, experiments, and demonstrations found in books published since 1990.

Science Reference Center
Topics covered in in this database 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. Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Ebsco database access to service manuals, schematic drawings, maintenance schedules, and articles related to the repair and maintenance of multiple small engines. Sorted by topics such as ATVs, generators, marine/boat engines, outdoor power equipment, motorcycles, tractors, etc.

Sociological Collection
This database provides access to hundreds of journals with thousands of articles related to the aspects of sociology including social behavior, relationships, community development, culture and social structure.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
A comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

Summit Memory
A digital collections website administered by the Akron-Summit County Public Library, containing images (photographs, postcards, documents) from historic collections in Summit County Ohio. View the beautiful artwork of Akron's most famous naturalist, the late Joe Jesensky, search Ohio Civil War rosters for a lost ancestor, or examine historic photographs.


This current events database allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms. It contains full text for over 102,800 articles from more than 2,500 diverse sources, including more than 1,550 full text periodicals.

The award-winning True Books content features non-fiction science and social studies materials, targeting grades 3-6+. Aligned to the common core you can use it to help students build literacy skills as they learn about a variety of subjects.

Online access to hundreds of children's ebooks-digitized or animated books, audiobooks, puzzles and games, and language learning books for children in preschool through grade school. Includes eBook titles for iPad and National Geographic videos & eAudios.
Provides online tutoring for students, job seekers, and adult learners through. Tutoring help is available daily from 3pm to 11pm.


Vocational and Career Collection
For technical and vocation-oriented libraries, the database provides full text access to over 350 trade and industry-focused journals.


Weiss Financial Ratings
It provides a single source for financial strength ratings and financial planning tools covering Insurance, Banks, Mutual Funds and Stocks. Research all your investments and ensure that you are using the best and most financially stable organizations.

Worldbook Kids
Intended for grades K -8 this online encyclopedia maintained by Worldbook, Inc provides age-appropriate articles, dictionary and atlases, activities, as well as a picture and sound dictionary.

Worldbook Online
A variety of Worldbook products including versions for preschool, grade school and high school and college students. There are Spanish and French language versions as well as links to Atlases and Dictionaries.

This database indexes the names of Summit County servicemen and servicewomen who were mentioned in the Akron Beacon Journal during World War II. Some non-military citizens and selected local articles are also included. This index provides the title, date, and page where an article can be found in the Akron Beacon Journal, which is on microfilm in the Special Collections Division.

Databases can be viewed by subject here.