As a CLEVNET card holder, you can access high-quality databases of full-text periodicals from within your public library and from home. CLEVNET card holders also have access to databases provided by OPLIN (Ohio Public Library Information Network). For your convenience, those databases are also included in this list.
In addition, some libraries offer additional resources. You will need a library card from the participating CLEVNET library to access their additional resources. These libraries include: Cleveland Public Library, Barberton Public Library, Bellevue Public Library, Euclid Public Library, Hudson Library & Historical Society, Medina County District Library, Ritter Public Library, and Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library
Explore these research categories:
History & Geography
Biography in Context (formerly Biography Resource Center)
(The Gale Group) -- A database of biographical information on more than one million people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. Searchable by person, birth and death years and places, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender.
Biography Reference Bank (formerly Biographies Plus Illustrated)
(H. W. Wilson) -- More than 72,000 biographies and obituaries and more than 20,000 photographs of the subjects. Many of the biographies are enhanced with full text, abstracts, and citations. The biographies are searchable by name, profession, title, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, titles of works, date of birth, date of death, keyword, and presence of images.
Cleveland News Index
(Cleveland Public Library) -- The online Cleveland News Index lists citation information for local news stories, feature articles and reviews from The Plain Dealer (1983-June 1999), Cleveland Magazine (1983-present), Northern Ohio Live (Sept. 1990-June 2009), and Ohio Magazine (Oct.1990 -present). Obituaries from the Plain Dealer and the Cleveland Press are included from 1976 to the present. Please note that this index does not provide full text access to these sources.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Ohio
A treasure trove of information, detailed maps at building level for more than 400 Ohio communities from 1868 to the 1960s. Negotiating the site may require some practice. Try the 1024 x 768 pixel size.Use a city and street name or city and building's name where possible to search in keyword or limit your search by date.
View an alphabetical list of all CLEVNET databases.