A-Z Resources


A-to-Z Databases Library Card Required.

Includes 30 million business & executive profiles, and 240 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, and employment opportunities.

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African American Studies Library Card Required.

Uniquely put together for Dayton Metro Library, our patrons, and area communities, this database offers approximately 32 different collections that cover a variety of sub-topics relating to African American history.

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African Studies Library Card Required.

Covering a critical period of colonialism (1910-1940), this collection brings together primary source materials that enlighten the study of politics, culture, and history. It provides particular insight into German, Italian, British, Portuguese, and American influences as the world advanced toward World War II.

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Ancestry Library Edition

An indispensable resource for genealogists and historians providing census data, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, photos, maps, and more.

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Archives of Sexuality and Gender Library Card Required.

Program spans the sixteenth to twentieth centuries and is the largest digital collection of historical primary source publications relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality, and gender research and gender studies research. Documentation covering disciplines such as social, political, health, and legal issues impacting LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) communities around the world.

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Archives Unbound Library Card Required.

Particular strengths in the Archive Unbound program include U.S. foreign policy; U.S. civil rights; global affairs and colonial studies; and modern history. Broad topic clusters include: African Studies, African American Studies, Archives of Sexuality and Gender, Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture, China and the Modern World, Indigenous Peoples of North America, Holocaust Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Religions of America.

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Black Freedom Struggle Library Card Required.

Free and open source - no library card required! Find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom. This resource supports students from middle school through college, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the ongoing Black Freedom Struggle.

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Black Life in America Library Card Required.

Black Life in America is a unique digital archive of news media is sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 current and historical Black publications. By offering balanced coverage from diverse sources published from 1704 through present day, this multi-disciplinary resource is crucial for the study and interpretation of historical and current events.

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Booklist Reader

The Booklist Reader, offers freely accessible book and awards lists, author/illustrator interviews, resources, and news from Booklist and the American Library Association.

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BookPage is a discovery tool for readers, highlighting the best new books across all genres. BookPage is editorially independent; only books they highly recommend are featured. Any publisher-sponsored content is clearly labeled as such.

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Brazilian and Portuguese History and Culture Library Card Required.

This resource brings together over 80,000 pages of pamphlets from 1800 to the late twentieth century. These pamphlets cover history, politics, literature, and other important subject areas in the form of speeches, flyers, official decrees, sermons, poems, plays, concert and theater programs, and more pertaining to Latin America's largest and most influential power.

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Business Source Premier Library Card Required.

Full text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines. Research articles, company and industry profiles, market research reports and more.

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Career Cruising

A comprehensive resource for exploring career and education options. Self-assessment tests match your skills and interests with career possibilities. In-depth info on hundreds of occupations, a database of post-secondary education options, and more.

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China and the Modern World Library Card Required.

This collection is sourced from preeminent libraries and archives across the world, including the Second Historical Archives of China and the British Library. The series covers a period of about 180 years (1800s to 1980s) when China experienced radical and often traumatic transformations from an inward-looking imperial dynasty into a globally engaged republic.

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CultureGrams Library Card Required.

Reports on more than 200 different countries for upper elementary-age students. Reports include up-to-date cultural information, images, timelines, and fun facts, plus sections on “life as a kid,” and more.

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Digital Newspapers Library Card Required.

Frustrated by paywalls? Your Library or eCard gives you access to read current news from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Dayton Daily News, and more. Take a look in our Newspapers, Magazines + Current Events resources catagory. 

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Digital Public Library of America

Historic digital collections from libraries, museums, and archives across Ohio and more. The DPLA portal to photographs, maps, documents, and AV materials from across the country is a great starting place for your local history and genealogy reference.

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FOLD3 Library Card Required.

A premier collection of historical U.S. military records for use in genealogy and other research. Stories, photos, and personal documents bring details of America’s military veterans to life.

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Foundation Directory Online

Foundation Directory Online (FDO) delivers quality funding prospects. By combining exhaustive data with intuitive search functionality and informative data visualizations, FDO delivers the information you need to reach your fundraising goals quickly and efficiently.

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Foundation Maps

A mapping tool from the Foundation Center depicting private, non-governmental grants and nonprofit grant recipients. (Accessible in the Main Library only.)

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Gale Business Plan Builder New! Library Card Required.

A step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. The program’s intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration to develop a business plan focused on long-term success.

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A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office providing free access to important informational publications produced by the Federal Government.

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Claim and update your organization’s nonprofit profile. Earn a Seal of Transparency to give donors the information they need to support you.

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Haines Criss+Cross Directory

This online directory generates investor names, homeowner names, phone numbers, and addresses of households in a given area to help keep business out in front of existing and new customers. It can be used for generating leads, creating telemarketing lists, and targeting prospects with direct mail campaigns. (Only available in Library locations. See a member of staff to use this tool.)

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HelpNow Library Card Required.

HelpNow offers FREE live, online tutoring, collaboration, and study tools. Especially helpful for students in middle and high school grades - give it a try! Tutors are available every day from 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM EST.

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Heritage Hub Library Card Required.

HeritageHub provides access to hundreds of years of obituaries and death notices from thousands of newspapers across the United States. This one-of-a-kind collection helps patrons and family historians uncover new family members and understand family relationships on a deeper level than ever before.

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Heritage Quest Library Card Required.

An essential collection of genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, including census records, books, serials, and other historical records.

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Holocaust Studies Library Card Required.

Deep and broad in its coverage, this collection incorporates anti-Semitic propaganda, correspondence from prisoners, documents from resistance groups, bank records from Nazi financiers, eyewitness accounts from concentration camps, and much more.

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Home Improvement Source Library Card Required.

Comprehensive, full text content from leading home improvement magazines, plus how-to videos, images, and instructions for popular home repair projects.

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Indigenous Peoples of North America Library Card Required.

This resource enables exploration of the political, social, and cultural history of native peoples from the sixteenth century well into the twentieth century. Sourced from both American and Canadian institutions, as well as direct-from-source from newspapers from various tribes and Indian-related organizations. The collection also features indigenous-language materials, including dictionaries, bibles, and primers.

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JobNow Library Card Required.

JobNow offers self-assessments, resume assistance, interview prep, and skills enhancement. Career coaches provide live, one-on-one help with every step of the job search process - free.

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Kanopy Library Card Required.

Kanopy is a streaming movie service that offers access to a large, curated catalog of educational, entertaining, and enriching films. It includes content from leading producers such as Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, PBS, BBC, and many more. Movies can be streamed on a computer, Android, Apple, Roku, Amazon Fire or Chromecast device. Patrons can watch 8 films a month, and there is a selection free items that change monthly. Kanopy Kids items are unlimited. You will need to setup a Kanapy Account through the website or after installing the app, make sure you have you DML Library card number and PIN on hand when you create your account. You can learn more here, opens a new window.

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Legal Forms New! Library Card Required.

Offers a wide selection of essential state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms that may be customized for the most common legal procedures. These forms are used by attorneys and law firms. Includes real estate contracts, wills, premarital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant, and many others.

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Libby Library Card Required.

Libby is a free app where you can borrow ebooks, digital audiobooks, ecomics, and digital magazines from public libraries. You can stream titles with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere. All you need to get started is a library card or eCard.

Need help getting started? You can visit the Libby Support Site, opens a new window or you can call our Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665.


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Linkedin Learning Library Card Required.

Learn new skills (or keep your skills current) with 4,700+ business, creative and technology courses with expert-led video tutorials.

Using the Linkedin Learning App?
Using the LinkedIn Learning app can be tricky the first time. After installing the app on your device, you will click "Sign In" then under the email box click "Sign in with your library card." You will then be asked to "Enter your Library ID." The Dayton metro Library ID is OH0063. After this you can enter your Library card number and PIN and start your learning journey.

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Mango Languages Library Card Required.

A self-paced, language learning resource offering more than 70 language courses focused on practical conversation.

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Medline Library Card Required.

Authoritative information from over 5,400 current biomedical journals on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and more, created by the National Library of Medicine.

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Middle Eastern Studies Library Card Required.

Gain a better understanding of the academic discipline of Middle Eastern Studies, also known as Near Eastern Studies, which takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the region located to the east and south of the Mediterranean Sea, including the Arabian Peninsula and parts of North Africa, extending as far as Afghanistan in Central Asia. Middle Eastern Studies is part of a broader category of study known as area studies, which examines all geographic, political, or cultural regions.

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New York Times Digital Access Library Card Required.

Get free unlimited access to the New York Times website and app with just your library card. You will need to create a NYTimes.com, opens a new window digital account and access outside the library is granted by using 72 hour access. Passes can be renewed as often as you like by visiting our site and clicking to the link provided.  Inside the Library? Just visit NYTimes.com and login to enjoy unlimited access without the need of a 72 hour pass.

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Northstar Digital Literacy Library Card Required.

Focusing on basic digital literacy skills, Northstar provides assessments in fourteen digital skills, offers instructor-led curricula, and provides self-directed online learning. Staff will be able to create learner accounts so that patrons’ learning and completed assessments can be documented.

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Novelist Plus Library Card Required.

Fiction and nonfiction book lists and recommended reading based on books you've enjoyed or topics and genres that interest you.

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Ohio Means Jobs Library Card Required.

A one-stop employment and training center where Job Seekers can access job information, training programs and other services needed for career development, and Employers can access a pool of qualified, job-ready workers.

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Ohio Memory

More than 26,000 digitized historical documents from Ohio libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives, from the Ohio Historical Society.

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Fact sheets from Ohio State University Extension provide scientifically-based information about home and garden, food, natural resources, small business, farming, and home economics.

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PressReader Library Card Required.

PressReader provides interactive, digital access to nearly 7,000 of the world’s best newspapers and magazines, including publications from Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, and the United States. Just like reading a print edition, viewers can browse articles and other key elements, including pictures, advertisements, classifieds, and notices. With the ability to perform keyword searches across all titles, and save both stories and full publications, researchers are sure to find the stories they’re looking for.

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Recommendations by NextReads

Looking for you next great read? Signup for NextReads to get reading recommendations directly to you inbox suited to your reading preferences. NextReads newsletters are the ideal solution for the busy reader looking for Librarian curated reading recommendations on your schedule.

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Reference Solutions Library Card Required.

Reference Solutions is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses (59 million) and U.S. residents (310 million). Reference Solutions makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

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Refugees & Relief: Forced Migration and World War II New! Library Card Required.

The history of refugee crises throughout the twentieth century remains largely untold through primary sources. With Refugees, Relief and Resettlement: Forced Migration and World War II, Gale chronicles the plight of refugees and displaced persons across Europe, North Africa, and Asia from 1935 to 1950, bringing together over 590,000 pages of pamphlets, ephemera, government documents, relief organization publications, and refugee reports that recount the causes, effects and responses to refugee crises before, during and shortly after World War II.

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Religions of America Library Card Required.

Founded on the ideal of freedom, North America had a unique role as a birthplace for and spread of new religious movements. Religions of America presents scholars and researchers with more than 660,000 pages of content that follow the development of religions and religious movements born in the United States from 1820 to 1990.

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Library Card Required.

Large-scale, detailed maps of Ohio cities produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company, 1882-1962. Useful for identifying buildings and studying the growth of towns and cities.

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Small Business Source Library Card Required.

Exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books. Includes business videos, an advice section, and details on how to create business plans.

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One of the most widely used independent investment information services, includes analysis of stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertibles.

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VetNow Library Card Required.

Tools and guidance especially for veterans and their families. Navigate benefits, transition to civilian employment, brush up on academic skills, and get free, one-on-one assistance from experts.

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Wall Street Journal Library Card Required.

Get free access to the Wall Street Journal with your Library or eCard! There are two ways you can access the Wall Street Journal: on a library computer in a branch, and on your own computer, tablet or phone. Access is not available via the WSJ app.

How do I get started?

    1. Select the registration link above or any Wall Street Journal link on our site.
    2. Create a free account on the Wall Street Journal website
      1. Enter your name and email address
      2. Create a password
      3. Uncheck (or leave checked) the box to receive updates and offers
      4. Check the box to agree to the terms of use
      5. Select CREATE
    3. Read unlimited articles for 3 days! After 3 days, return to this webpage and click any of our Wall Street Journal link to get 3 more days access. This time, opt to SIGN IN as an existing user and enter the same email address and password as before. You'll get 3 more days of unlimited reading! You can repeat this as often as you like.
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