Research/Learning Resources A-Z Listing

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AtoZ Food America – With thousands of recipes, hundreds of fascinating culture and ingre9dient articles, and essential culinary resources, Food America brings United States cuisines to you!  For remote access you will need your library card number.  Enter your library card number with no spaces.

AtoZ World Food –  traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world in all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages.  Also includes: National Cuisine, Regional Cuisine, Daily Meals, Dining Etiquette, Special Occasion Foods, and Food Trivia.  For remote access you will need your library card number.  Enter your library card number with no spaces.

Academic Search Premiere (EBSCO)
For scholarly research and information needs, explore this collection of academic and professional journals from EBSCOhost. EBSCOhost Help

African American Hertiage (Proquest)
digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research.

Alt HealthWatch – This alternative health research database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. Alt HealthWatch provides the latest information and materials for the evolving practice of holistic medicine and therapies, with in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine.

American and English Full Text Literature Collections  Electronic books of American and English literature – poetry, drama, fiction, and the Bible – originally published in print.   Explore American poetry from 1600 to the present. Compare different editions of Shakespeare’s work. Read early American fiction. Explore English drama.

America’s News
The electronic editions of 1200 local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers–all in one easy-to-search database. Each paper provides unique coverage of local and regional news, including companies, politics, sports, industries, cultural activities, and people in the community. Paid ads are excluded. NewsBank Help (In Library Use Only) – delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

Author Check – a library service enabling you to create a list of your favorite authors that are currently available in the library’s catalog. You will receive an email notice as soon as the library orders a new title by one of your authors, with a link into the catalog to place your own hold!

Biography Reference Bank
H. W. Wilson’s collection of 120,000+ biographies from over 60 reference titles, thousands of biographical magazine articles, and over 32,000 printable images. Search by name, profession, ethnic background, place of birth, and more. Quick Tip Sheet (in PDF format).

BrainHQ – Keep your brain sharp.  BrainHQ has more than two dozen brain-training exercises organized into six categories: Attention, Brain Speed, Memory, People Skills, Intelligence, and Navigation.

Business Source Premiere (EBSCO)
Business Source Premier is a full text business database, which provides full text for more than 2,950 scholarly business journals, including full text for nearly 900 peer-reviewed business publications. Coverage includes virtually all subject areas related to business. This database provides full text (PDF) for more than 300 of the top scholarly journals dating as far back as 1922. Updated daily.

Chiltons Library  This continually updated resource provides:

– Step-by-step service and repair procedures
– Wiring diagrams
– Maintenance and specification tables
– Troubleshooting guides and diagnostic trouble codes
– Photos, illustrations, diagrams and multimedia (videos and animations)
– ASE test prep

Computer Source -This database provides a balance of full-text journals and full-text consumer computer titles.  Content includes many subject areas and is not limited to: computers, electronics, the internet, telecommunications, computer science, programming, artificial intelligence, cybernetics, information systems, robotics, and software.

Consumer Health Complete – The single-most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content, this resource is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. Consumer Health Complete provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Creativebug – more than 1,000 FREE  award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Credo Reference – Credo is an easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 100 videos.   Credo Remote Use  (Simply enter your Mason Public Library card number in the Library login box)

Data Axel (formerly: ReferenceUSA) – The Data Axel database contains, in module format, detailed information on more than 12 million U.S. businesses; 102 million U.S. residents; 683,000 U.S. health care providers. NOTE: You will need your patron barcode to access Data Axel from home.  You MUST access Data Axel through our website for authentication to work correctly.

e-Book Alerts – Monthly book suggestions delivered right to you!  e-BookAlerts is a service that notifies you of amazing books matching your interests.  Check out or place a hold right from your notification email.

ERIC (EBSCO) – an authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, it is essential too for education researchers of all kinds.

Explora (EBSCO) – Search multiple EBSCO databases at once.  Designed for all public library users.

Explora Primary (EBSCO) –  Search multiple EBSCO databases at once.  Geared toward K-5th grade students and teachers.

Explora Secondary (EBSCO) – Search multiple EBSCO databases at once.  Geared toward 6th-12th grade students and teachers.

The Web’s Premier Collection of Military Records from Rev War to WWII.

Gale Courses – Free courses to enhance your career and your life.  Over 300 courses to choose from in a variety of disciplines.  Each course runs 6 weeks with two lessons released on Wednesdays and Fridays.  This is a great way to brush up on your skills or explore an area of interest with no financial obligation.  More Information – From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more— offers more than 200 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

Global Road Warrior – The Global Road Warrior is an international resource for social, cultural, travel, and business information. The database covers 175 countries and territories and includes information on demographics, economy, holidays, currencies, visas, climate, passports, immunization, entry and departure, emergencies, internal travel information, country and regional maps, airports, international dialing guides, and more. For remote access you will need your library card number.   Enter your library card number with no spaces.

Health Source-Consumer Edition – This rich collection of consumer health information provides access to more than 80 full-text consumer health magazines, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Harvard Health Letter, Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and many others. Also included in this database is searchable full text for current health-related pamphlets and 110 full-text health reference books.

Health Source-Nursing/Academic Edition – This full-text database offers a trusted source of nursing and allied health literature. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition covers an array of relevant topics, including pediatric nursing, critical care, mental health, nursing management, medical law and many more.

HelpNow (Brainfuse) –  is an all-in-one suite of tutoring services designed for a wide range of academic needs whether it’s tackling a tough homework problem, mastering a particular topic, or writing a paper.  Demo video

HeritageQuest – delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

History Reference Center – Covering both U.S. and world history topics, History Reference Center is a full-text database featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.
Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.

Home Improvement Reference Center
provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to”
information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

JobNow (Brainfuse) – Live, anytime, anywhere job assistance, including up-to-date nation-wide and local job search engines, professional resume critique and proven interview techniques. Experience personalized career center seamlessly integrated with advanced virtual technology to help job seekers of diverse backgrounds and needs.  Demo video

Kids InfoBits features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

KnowledgeCity – Over 14,000 video training tutorials in the categories of: Business Skills, Computer Software, Safety, Compliance, and Finance. New courses are added to the library monthly.

LearningExpress Library
Interactive online practice tests (GRE, ACT/SAT, ASVAB,TOEFL and more) and tutorial course series.

LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator – combines everything you need for a successful job search into one easy-to-use online application. With this innovative job-hunting system, you can: Explore detailed information on over 1,000 different occupations, match your interests and skills with the career that’s best for you, search over five million up-to-the-minute local and national job postings, create professional resumes and cover letters, practice and master interviewing skills, get invaluable tips and advice every step of the way—from your initial search to accepting an offer and conveniently organize and track your job-search progress all in one place.

Legal Forms – see NuWav Legal Documents below

Literary Reference Center – provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes—to give students, professors, and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs. (Now LinkedIn Learning) Learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals

MAS Ultra – School Edition – contains full text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines covering a wide-range of subject areas including history, science, careers, and more.

Mango Languages – Mango’s unique teaching method quickly engages you in real conversations between two native speakers. Your instructor will take you through every step of the process! Each lesson revisits previously learned material, but you have complete control over your learning experience.  You must access Mango through the library’s website for authentication.  Please make sure your Mango screen shows Mason Public Library in the upper righthand corner.  If you wish to create a learning profile you will need to Enter your library card barcode number (with no spaces).

Mason Pulse-Journal (2005-2012) – archive of local Mason newspaper from Newsbank.

MasterFILE Premiere (EBSCO)
MasterFILE Premier provides full text from over 1,900 magazines – general reference, business, consumer health, general science, and multicultural. It also offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 2,510 other publications. For some titles, full text backfiles date from 1975. The database also contains full text for nearly 200 reference and travel books; 88,000 biographies; 60,000 primary source documents; and 91,000 photos, maps, and flags. Updated daily.

MEDLINE – an authoritative bibliographic database that contains citations and abstracts for biomedical and health journals used by health care professionals, nurses, clinicians and researchers engaged in clinical care, public health and health policy development.

Middle Search Plus – contains full text for more than 170 popular middle school magazines as well as more than 103,000 biographies and historical essays. Titles covered in this database include Sports Illustrated Kids, Scholastic News, National Geographic and dozens more.

Miss Humblebee’s Academy – Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an award-winning, online curriculum for children preschool through kindergarten. The curriculum lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning success, providing strength in core subject areas: math, science and social studies, language and literacy, art, and music. The curriculum is theme based and fully interactive with sound cues.  More Information      Getting Started Tip Sheet

Morningstar –       Investment resource specialized in fund investing. Offers news, commentary, fund information, tutorial, tools,  forums, and more.  Morningstar is now available only online. Remote Access You must access Morningstar through the links provided here on our web page.  Please do not bookmark to get access as it will not work. 

New Book Alerts –  a free online service that showcases the newest titles purchased by the library. You can select to receive alerts via email and/or RSS feeds. If you see a new title that you are interested in, just click “check catalog” to place a hold on the item right away.

Newspaper SourceNewspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 45 national (U.S.) and international newspapers. The database also contains full text for more than 315 regional (U.S.) newspapers.  In addition, full-text television and radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc.

NoveList allows readers of all ages to use a favorite author or title to discover new books to read. You can also search NoveList’s 96,000 title database by subject or genre.

NoveListPlus K-8
Especially designed for school libraries, NoveList K-8 allows you to discover the fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles to use in classrooms. The NoveList Learning Center provides a complete introduction to the product and shows how to use NoveList to meet the reading needs of students.

NuWav Legal Documents – Ohio-specific forms spanning a variety of common concerns (bankruptcy, divorce, employment, landlord tenant, living wills, power of attorney, taxes, etc.).

Ohio Digital Library – a large selection of e-books, audiobooks, and videos that is compatible with both EPUB and Kindle e-readers.

Ohio Legal Help – plain language legal help information, interactive self-help tools and connections to local legal and community resources that can help people resolve their legal issues.

Ohio Means Jobs – a site for Ohio job seekers as well as Ohio employers.  Assess your skills, post your resume and more.

Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook  – discover 26,000 primary sources from 330 archives, historical societies, libraries and museums that document Ohio’s past from prehistory through the present.

Ohio Web Library

OPLIN Databases – all of the databases provided by the Ohio Public Library Information Network

Oxford Research Encyclopediasoffer long-form overview 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 CenterPoints of View Reference Center contains 450 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument), and counterpoint (opposing argument). Each topic features a Guide to Critical Analysis which helps the reader evaluate the controversy and enhances students’ ability to read critically, develop their own perspective on the issues, and write or debate an effective argument on the topic.

PriceIt! Antiques and Collectibles –  (discontinued by vendor) Use this resource to identify, research, and price art, antiques, and collectibles. Pricing information in the database is gathered from three reputable sources: online auctions (eBay, GoAntiques), online retail (GoAntiques, TIAS), and land-based auction houses.

Professional Development CollectionProfessional Development Collection includes full text for nearly 500 high-quality education journals

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection – This comprehensive resource is an essential tool for psychologists, counselors, researchers and students, providing extensive full-text coverage for a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines.

ReferenceUSA (See: Data Axel)

Regional Business News (EBSCO) – provides full-text regional business publications for the United States and Canadian provinces. Users can search newspapers, magazines and other resources from trusted news sources.

Religion and Philosophy Collection – an essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies, providing a comprehensive full-text source of content as it pertains to the topics related to and discussed in disciplines of religion and philosophy.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps The Digital Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps provides a searchable interface for locating historical Maps of Ohio towns and cities. These maps were digitized from microfilm copies by Chadwyck-Healey, a Bell & Howell Information and Learning company. The searchable database is a joint project of OPLIN and OhioLINK. Sanborn Maps Help

Science Reference Center – provides easy access to a wealth of full-text, science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student researcher’s needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other reliable sources. In addition, the database includes more than 280,000 high-quality science images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library.

Select Reads – Find your next favorite books through Select Reads!  Each month a newsletter will be emailed to you highlighting selections in the category for the newsletter you have chosen.  Choose from over 30 categories including: fiction, nonfiction, mystery & thriller, romance, audiobooks, teen, children, and many more!  Sign up for your favorite categories today.

Small Business Reference Centeroffers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics.  It includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center – This reference database provides detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines. All of the content is organized in a powerful, easy-to-use manner so that users can quickly find the information they need.

Sociological Collection – offers a trusted source of sociology literature, making it an essential tool for sociology and social work researchers, professionals and students. Sociological Collection covers a broad range of subjects relevant to sociology and its related disciplines.

Testing and Education Research Center Testing & Education Reference Center helps you prepare for the future in ways never before possible. From the high school and community college students just embarking on a career path to the business veteran who wants to make a career change, the Testing & Education Reference Center provides users with in-depth information on colleges and universities, graduate and professional programs, distance learning, corporate training, available scholarships and awards, preparatory entrance tests and much more. Available online practice tests include entrance exams, certification and licensing tests.  More Information

Transparent Language Online
learning system that teaches you to read, write, speak, and understand a foreign
language. Pick from over 100 different languages, including some courses adapted for non-English speaking learners.

TumbleBooks – TumbleBookLibrary Premium has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels.   See title list.

TumbleMath – TumbleMath is the most comprehensive collection of math picture books you will find anywhere. All in the amazing TumbleBook format complete with animation and narration.  The books are accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and quizzes.

Click on Quiz Portal and you will find a Portal containing thousands of quizzes created by math teachers specifically for your state/provincial standards. International subscribers will find the TumbleMath Quiz portal covering all the major primary school math concepts.   Guides:  Using TumbleMath in the Classroom       Using TumbleMath at Home

Udemy – More than 4,000 continuously updated, on-demand video courses across 75 categories in business, technology, design, and more. Available free with your Mason Public Library card.

Universal Class – Over 500 online video-based courses for patrons interested in professional or personal growth.  Courses in a wide variety of subjects and some include continuing education credits.

Value Line – Whether you’re a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can position you for financial success quickly and easily. The uncontested authority in reliable, unbiased information, Value Line puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence. Make smarter, more profitable decisions with Value Line.

Very Short Introductionsoffers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects–from Islam to  Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary Theory to History. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume provides trenchant and provocative–yet always balanced and complete–discussions of the central issues in a given topic.

Vocational and Career Collection – Designed to meet a wide variety of vocational and technical research needs, this collection provides full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals including Modern Machine Shop, Pediatric Nursing, Wireless Week, Drug Store News, Reeves Journal, Restaurant Business, Advertising Age and many more.

Weiss Financial Ratings Online (to access with temporary card beginning PACREG, you will need to add MPL as a prefix, so MPLPACREG)

– includes important financial literacy tools from Weiss Ratings and Grey House Publishing.

With Weiss Financial Ratings, you can:

  • Check the values and ratings of stocks, mutual funds and exchange traded funds
  • Check ratings of banks, credit unions and insurance companies
  • Compare Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans
  • Download financial literacy & planning eBooks (PDF files to keep forever)

More features:

  • Independent, unbiased financial strength ratings of banks, credit unions & insurance companies
  • Conservative buy-hold-sell ratings of thousands of stocks, mutual funds & exchange traded funds
  • Create your own personal account to create a watchlist, get upgrade/downgrade notifications and log in from anywhere
  • Medicare Supplement Insurance – which plan to choose, how much it will cost, compare rates & plan benefits

World Book AdvancedContains up-to-the-minute access to worldwide news publications, government links from numerous countries, and multimedia reference materials.

World Book Early World of LearningEarly World of Learning is the premier online learning resource for preschoolers and children in early grades. Developed with education experts, Early World of Learning offers rich resources designed for easy integration into the lives of your children.

World Book FrenchA full-featured, beginner-level reference source, Découverte provides users with a database written at basic French reading levels. Seamlessly integrates with World Book Kids for parallel English-language content.

World Book Kids thousands of articles, multimedia content, and a collection of biographies, World Book Kids is designed to encourage the young learner to be curious. The carefully curated content also supports STEM/STEAM instructional initiatives.

World Book Spanish This dedicated Spanish-language database contains videos, compare-and-contrast features, selected articles, and a visual dictionary to allow ESL students and Spanish-learners the chance to learn. Integrated with World Book Kids for parallel English-language content.

World Book Student features responsive design, daily current events, assessment tools for educators, and dedicated resource guides to provide blueprints for advanced learning and college and career readiness.

World Book Timelines

  • Create family histories and track science projects
  • Generate easy-to-use study guides on historical events
  • Craft stunning presentations with pre-generated timelines that include historical notes and a wealth of images and videos
  • Integrate content from World Book Student and World Book Advanced

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