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Transparent Languages

Transparent Language Online provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language. With over 100 languages to choose from, including English for speakers of over 26 languages, there is something for every learner.  Learn a new language today!

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Books & Authors
American and English Full Text Literature Collections
Electronic books of American and English literature - poetry, drama, fiction, and the Bible. Explore American poetry from 1600 to the present. Compare different editions of Shakespeare’s work. Read early American fiction. Explore English drama.
Literary Reference Center Plus
Literary Reference Center is a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing. It contains full text for more than 31,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism, more than 159,000 author biographies (including more than 22,000 in-depth bios), 450 literary journals, more than 632,000 book reviews, more than 69,000 classic and contemporary poems, more than 18,000 classic and contemporary short stories, more than 5,600 author interviews, more than 8,200 classic texts and much more.
NoveList Plus
NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers' advisory resource for fiction and nonfiction. With its intuitive interface and extensive proprietary content, NoveList Plus will help you to answer the question of what to read next.
Novelist K-8 Plus
NoveList K-8 Plus is a comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction. With its fun and intuitive interface, and extensive proprietary content, NoveList K-8 Plus will help you integrate reading across the curriculum and support your young readers.
OhioLink
OhioLINK, the Ohio Library and Information Network, and its 120 academic libraries provide access to, over 46 million books and other library materials more than 100 electronic research databases, over 24 million electronic journal articles, over 100,000 e-books, nearly 85,000 images, videos and sounds, over 58,000 theses and dissertations from Ohio students at 31 Ohio institutions.
Overdrive
Access eBooks and audiobooks. Using a service called Overdrive, we partner with area libraries to increase the number of titles that we can offer our patrons. And just like our print books, we buy extra copies of titles that have reserves, so place holds on items you want to read!
RBdigital Audiobooks
Thousands of exclusive Recorded Books audiobook titles, as well as audiobook content from all major authors and publishers.
SearchOhio
SearchOhio, together with its partners, makes over 16 million items available to the communities served by the library systems listed below. The SearchOhio Catalog allows direct, online requesting for residents of Ohio and delivery of books and other library media within a matter of days.
Salem Literature - Masterplots
Salem Literature is a robust online database that includes the complete content of printed reference sets. Salem provides access to a growing number of reference works in its renowned literary content both in traditional, printed form and online combined in a single purchase.
Business & Consumer
AtoZdatabases
AtoZdatabases is the Premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business & executive profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, completing simple background searches and much more!
Auto Repair Source
Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source delivers trusted, reliable information on more than 38,000 domestic and imported cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs, making it a valuable resource for vehicle owners, auto service companies and auto enthusiasts.
Business Source Premier
Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications. This database provides full text back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998.
Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports, published monthly by Consumers Union since 1936, provides reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services through unbiased product testing, research and ratings. It covers a wide range of products and services including retail merchandise, vehicles, and financial services, as well as health products and treatments to help consumers make better purchasing decisions. Web-based access is provided through the EBSCOhost.
Chilton Library
Chilton Library provides access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today, as well as, many new vehicles. This continuously updated resource provides step-by-step repair procedures, troubleshooting guides, diagnostic trouble codes, photos, illustrations, diagrams, and multimedia (videos and animations) to simplify even the most complicated tasks.
Creativebug
Creativebug is the number one inspirational resource for DIY, crafters and makers, with more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Learn crocheting, quilting, sewing, knitting, felting, bookbinding, decoupage, cake decorating, furniture refinishing, jewelry making and more!
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.
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. All of the content is organized in a robust, easy-to-use interface so that users can quickly find the information they need.
Legal Documents
Nuwav Legal Documents is an online tool that offers access to a wide variety of forms for a wide variety of common situations, including bankruptcy, landlord tenant, living wills, real estate, divorce and more. With this tool you can create professional-quality documents in three simple steps: 1. Search for the legal form specific to your situation. 2. Answer the questions in the web input form. 3. Review and print your legal document.
Morningstar Investment Research Center | Inside the Library
Find comprehensive financial information on stocks, mutual funds and more.
Morningstar investment Research Center | Outside the Library
Find comprehensive financial information on stocks, mutual funds and more.
Ohio Legal Help
Ohio Legal Help is a nonprofit organization founded to help all Ohioans access the civil justice system by providing plain language legal help information, interactive self-help tools and connections to local legal and community resources.
Regional Business News | (EBSCOhost)
Full text for articles from over 75 business journals, newspapers, and newswires, covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States, from EBSCOhost.
Small Business Reference Center
SearchOhio, together with its partners, makes over 16 million items available to the communities served by the library systems listed below. The SearchOhio Catalog allows direct, online requesting for residents of Ohio and delivery of books and other library media within a matter of days.
Small Business Reference Center
Small Business Reference Center offers 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.
Career & Education
Cypress Resume
Cypress Resume is an online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in just a few quick and simple steps.
The Great Courses
You are invited to start on a journey of lifelong learning taught by the top 1% of university professors and experts from the Ivy League and other renowned schools and institutions. With hundreds of videos on subjects ranging from photography to physics, astronomy to art, history to health, and more, The Great Courses Library Collection has courses on how to do it, how to learn it, or how it happened. No matter what your patrons are interested in,you'll find your favorite subject.
Lynda - Online Courses
With your Bexley Public Library card you can access thousands of free, online courses from experts on such topics as business, web development, information technology, job searching, photography and more through Lynda, an award-winning online education service. After you've logged in with your library card number and PIN, you will be prompted to create an account with Lynda.com. You'll use this profile to create playlists, manage your course history, keep notes, and track your Certificates of Completion.
Method Test Prep | ACT & SAT
Designed to work seamlessly with students' unique learning styles and busy schedules, Method Test Prep's ACT and SAT prep programs help students raise their ACT scores an average of three points and their SAT scores an average of 150 points. Diagnostic evaluations, lessons, quizzes, and full-length exams help students strategically navigate the SAT and ACT by focusing on both content and test-taking techniques. Students also build their fundamental reading comprehension, grammar, and math skills.
Ohio Means Jobs
A free website that connects employers and Ohio job-seekers. The site provides a searchable listing of state jobs combined with national commercial job boards and niche industry sites which you can apply for online. The site can also help you find a career that matches your interests, discover upcoming job fairs and scholarship opportunities, take part in online training and measure your real-world skills.
General Reference
Academic Search Premier
Full text for scholarly and academic magazines and periodicals - covering nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more. Conduct research for your next term paper. Discover in-depth articles on hundreds of subjects.
Biography In Context
Virtually every course of study — from history to science to literature — is ultimately tied to the study of people. Biography in Context delivers outstanding research support with nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography.
Biography Reference Bank
Virtually every course of study — from history to science to literature — is ultimately tied to the study of people. Biography in Context delivers outstanding research support with nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography.
EBSCOhost Databases
Complete range of citation and full-text reference content available from the EBSCO publishing company. Individual database services are also listed separately. This 4-min. Flash video provides instructions for basic searching. Select a single database for searching. Search multiple EBSCOhost resources at once. See what’s available from EBSCO.
ERIC
ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, contains more than 1,300,000 records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.
MasterFILE Premier | (EBSCOhost)
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.
Ohioline
Online database of publications from Ohio State University Extension Office; the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center; and the Agricultural Technical Institute. Find hundreds of factsheets, bulletins, and other educational materials covering a wide array of subjects - such as agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, 4-H, and youth.
Ohio.gov: Government Information & Services
The official government website of the State of Ohio. Find government services and information for residents, businesses, visitors, and state employees. Reach the website of any Ohio government agency.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.
Oxford Research Encyclopedias
The Oxford Research Encyclopedias offer 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. Oxford Classical Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Social Work are two of those encyclopedias.
Points of View Reference Center
Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this resource provides the basis from which students can realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.
Social Explorer
Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to modern and historical census data and demographic information.
Very Short Introductions
Very Short Introductions provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects. In this digital resource, hundreds of titles can be searched at once, opening up new pathways across subjects. Students can use Very Short Introductions to con sider study options, embark on a new module, topic, or essay, or revise a particular subject. Teachers and other educators can assign chapters, or whole books to students. Adult learners can also gain new insights through an introduction to a topic.
World Book Online
Resources include encyclopedic content, e-books, multimedia, a vast collection of primary source documents, and a wealth of research tools that allow students to customize and save their work. For more information, view this Ten Minute Tutor from the State Library of Ohio. Tailored for the needs and skills of older students, World Book Advanced integrates primary and secondary source databases in a single search.
Genealogy
African American Heritage
African American Heritage is a digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. It provides users a dedicated, user-friendly resource that not only brings together records critical to African American family research, but also connects them to a community of research experts, whose mentoring and assistance can frequently be the difference between research success and futility.
Ancestry Library Edition
Want to learn more about your family tree? Ancestry Library Edition from ProQuest, contains over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases. Ancestry Library Edition includes the digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, court records, slave narratives, reference sources, and more.
HeritageQuest
HeritageQuest® Online is an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s. The collection can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past, while also providing a comprehensive treasury of genealogical sources rich in unique records, local and family histories, and finding-aids.
Fold3
Fold3® Library Edition is the premier collection of historical military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served from the Revolutionary War through recent conflicts. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3 Library Edition.
Ohio Death Certificate Index (1913-1944)
Database containing death certificates of persons that died in Ohio from 1913-1937. Use the index information to help in obtaining a copy of particular death certificates.
Health & Science
MEDLINE Plus
MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.
Netwellness
Non-profit consumer health web site providing high quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty from several Ohio universities.
GreenFILE
GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.
Magazines & Newspapers
Flipster
Flipster eMagazines are available on all platforms: Mac, PC, iPads, iPhones, Android mobile devices and more! This next-generation digital magazine solution from EBSCO makes it easy for Bexley cardholders to read popular magazines anytime, anywhere. To get the free Flipster app, search for "Flipster" in either Google Play or Apple's App Store.
Newsbank
NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources (including the Bexley edition of This Week), covering a wide array of topics and issues.
Newspaper Source
Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided.
New York Times Online | Inside the Library
Use one of our public computers, or use your device to connect to our wifi, then sign up for a free account at nytimes.com/register. You will then have unlimited access to the Time's articles
New York Times Online | Outside the Library
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History & Culture
Jewish Studies Source
This rich full-text database offers a multidisciplinary view of the study of Jewish civilization, from its historical origins to the present. It is one of the only full-text databases available that focuses exclusively on Jewish studies, providing coverage of Judaism, Jewish heritage, Jewish history, mysticism and Kabbalah, Jewish philosophy and much more.
Ohio History Central
An evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia from the Ohio Historical Society. Find information, images, timelines, maps, and documents about Ohio’s history, geography, geology, animals, and American Indian populations.
Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook
Project to bring together digital versions of historical collections from more than 330 archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums. Search or browse more than 26,000 primary sources dating from prehistory to the present. Take the Ohio Memory Challenge. Read essays about Ohio topics. Create your own scrapbook.
Oxford Art Online
The foremost scholarly art encyclopedia, covering both Western and non-Western art, encompassing all aspects of visual culture. It features articles about topics as varied as Fauvism and Frida Kahlo, bibliographies for further research, and thousands of searchable images. Oxford Art Online is a living resource, with scholars and specialists from around the world continually reviewing and updating existing content and contributing new articles.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Large scale street plans – including building outlines, property boundaries, and building use - produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company from 1867 to 1970. Locate buildings and neighborhoods. See a neighborhood "as it was". Study the growth of towns and cities. Identify the impact of new developments.
Homework Help
CultureGrams
Maps, statistics, photographs, and cultural information on 190 countries and all 50 states. Research country information for school reports. Find authentic native recipes. Learn about local customs when planning travel destinations.
Explora
Explora is EBSCO's interface for Schools and Public Libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction.
Kids InfoBits
Kids InfoBits is content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use. and features age-appropriate, reliable, and perfect for today's young learners. Its curriculum-related content covers a broad range of educational topics via a modern, graphical interface. The design helps kids explore the product and gain comfort with database searching. Kids InfoBits addresses the way kids learn and conduct research – and makes it fun!
World Book Early World of Learning
Three interactive learning environments for preschoolers and children in early grades. "Trek's Travels" offers narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more. "Welcome to Reading" develops and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills. "Know It" offers a richly visual first encyclopedia.
World Book Kids
Thousands of colorful illustrations, diagrams, and maps enrich thousands of articles selected for appeal and curricular standards, with teacher guides, provide instructions and stimulating ways to use content in the classroom setting or for homework. World Book Kids is designed especially for younger users, English-language learners, and reluctant readers. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read content, bright colors, and a graphical design.
World Book Student
Tailored for students in elementary and middle schools, World Book Student includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools. World Book Student is also optimized for tablets for the ultimate mobile research experience.
Movies & Music
Acorn TV
Hailed as a "glorious streaming service…an essential must-have" by The Hollywood Reporter , Acorn TV streams world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond, including a full slate of original and exclusive programming.
Flipster
Flipster eMagazines are available on all platforms: Mac, PC, iPads, iPhones, Android mobile devices and more! This next-generation digital magazine solution from EBSCO makes it easy for Bexley cardholders to read popular magazines anytime, anywhere. To get the free Flipster app, search for "Flipster" in either Google Play or Apple's App Store.
Hoopla
Hoopla is a free audio and video streaming service available to all Bexley Public Library cardholders. Through hoopla, patrons now have access to thousands of titles in video, music, and audiobook formats for streaming or temporary download. Content can be enjoyed on smartphones, tablets or computers!
IndieFlix
IndieFlix brings engaging stories to movie lovers around the world. Enjoy over 7,000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and Web series from 85 countries. You can watch on any Internet-enabled computer, smartphone, or tablet with a Web browser! Also available on Roku, Xbox, and Apple TV.
Qello Concerts
Qello Concerts is the only place to watch over 1700 of the most amazing live moments in music. It's the world's largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries streamed on-demand to just about any digital device. It's like a never-ending concert ticket.
World Languages
Transparent Languages
Transparent Language Online provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language. Combining robust courses, supplemental vocabulary, extensive grammar resources, and mobile apps, Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system. With over 100 languages to choose from, including English for speakers of over 26 languages, there is something for every learner. Best of all, with enhanced support for mobile platforms, learners can enjoy the freedom to learn at home, in the library, or on the go.
World Book Hispanica
This comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia includes more than 100,000 articles, more than 8,500 images and maps, and nearly 1,000 videos, animations, sounds, and interactive media. It is designed for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and ESL/ELL program participants.
World Book Spanish
This is part of World Book Online Reference Center that is a Spanish-Language encyclopedia called Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos. It contains 2,200 articles and more than 600 illustrations.