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Explora Public Libraries

Reliable content from the world's leading magazines and reference books grouped into easy-to-browse categories.

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center offers 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.

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Home Improvement Reference Center Home Improvement Reference Center

Home Improvement Reference Center features full-text content from leading home improvement magazines,
images not found anywhere else online and videos of popular home repair projects.

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Literacy Reference Center

Information on thousands of authors and their works.

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Ohio History Connection Digital Collections

The Ohio History Connection has many digital collections and exhibits for you to explore. Choose one below to get started! 

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Oxford Reference

Discover the breadth of Oxford Reference’s publishing by learning more about the titles and experts behind each distinct discipline. Select a panel to begin your research journey.

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Oxford Research Encyclopedias Oxford Research Encyclopedias

With today’s overabundance of information, and misinformation, students and researchers alike can be
overwhelmed in identifying what’s trustworthy, what’s up-to-date, and what’s accurate.

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Points of View Reference Center

Essays on controversial subjects.

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Sanborn has been creating maps since 1866—longer than any other company in the United States. We’ve been gathering information and mapping buildings for more than 140 years. Our archives contain over 1.2 million Sanborn maps containing the history of approximately 12,000 American cities and towns.

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Science Reference Center

Science encyclopedias and reference books.

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Very Short Introductions Very Short Introductions

The perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly …

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What Tree Is It?

The Ohio tree identification guide.

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What's That Snake?

The Ohio snake identification guide.

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What's The Point?

Identifying flint artifacts. 

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