Help By Resource

Not sure how to access and search our library databases? A variety of available resources guides are listed below to help you access and use our library databases collection.

How to Access Databases
A short video for state employees and Ohio residents that shows how to access State Library databases.

Click here to download printable “quick start” guide for logging into State Library of Ohio databases.

Help & How-to Guides & Tutorials on the EBSCO website


Help with EBSCO Connect is an EBSCO website that provides an overview, quick help links, news, and featured tutorials.  Note: This website includes some EBSCO databases and services that are not available through the State Library.

Ebsco Connect

The following EBSCO  guides and tutorials are specific to EBSCO databases available through the State Library

Business Source Complete

A scholarly business database providing bibliographic and full text content. Business Source Complete provides full text journals in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. Additional full text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more. Business Source Complete contains indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back to 1886, searchable cited references for many journals, and detailed author profiles for the most-cited authors in the database.

Business Source Premier User Guide
Business Searching Interface – Tutorial
Business Source – Advanced Searching on EBSCOhost – Tutorial
Business Source – Basic Searching on EBSCOhost – Tutorial

CINAHL – Nursing and Allied Health Subject Areas

This valuable resource provides full text for nursing and allied health journals indexed in the CINAHL Database, many of which with no embargo. Nurses, allied health professionals, researchers, nurse educators and students consider this database an essential full-text research tool.

CINAHL Databases – FAQs

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete provides content covering all areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine. It contains full text for more than 250 health reference books and encyclopedias including the American Medical Association

Consumer Health Complete – User Guide
Consumer Health Complete – Tutorial
Consumer Health Complete – Browse Popular Sources
Consumer Health Complete – Browsing Publications
Consumer Health Complete – Quick Find
Consumer Health Complete – Search by Topic

EBSCO eBooks

EBSCO eBooks are online versions of print books that your library has either purchased with a perpetual license or via an annual subscription. eBooks that are owned will be available to the library in perpetuity, with provisions being made for long term access and preservation. eBooks available via subscription are renewed annually for the library to retain access. EBSCO eBooks are available from all major academic publishers in virtually all academic disciplines.

EBSCO eBooks Guide
EBSCO eBooks – Downloading
EBSCO eBooks – Searching

Points of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center (EBSCO) Articles supporting pro and con sides of current issues. Helps you develop arguments to support your position. Includes essays, charts and graphs, images, and more.

Points of View Reference Center – User Guide
Points of View Reference Center – Advanced Searching
Points of View Reference Center – Basic Searching
Points of View Reference Center – Browsing by Category
Points of View Reference Center – Browsing by Subject
Points of View Reference Center – Tutorial

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images for student researchers.

Science Reference Center – User Guide
Science Reference Center – Tutorial
Science Reference Center – FAQs

A collection of books, audiobooks, and popular magazines in a variety of formats available to download.

View Set Up Libby How-To video on YouTube at:

Help available from Overdrive

Overdrive is the distributor of digital content for the Ohio Digital Library.

Libby Help  – Instructions for installing and using the Libby app.

Reading with Kindle – Learn how to send a book from the Libby app to a Kindle device or the Kindle app (U.S. only).

Overdrive Help  – Visit the Overdrive website for help borrowing eBooks, audiobooks, and more.  Detailed device-specific guides are available in the Getting Started

O’Reilly Online Learning (formerly Safari Books)

This video provides instructions for logging into O’Reilly and highlights some popular features.

A short video on installing and navigating the O’Reilly mobile app.

HeinOnline is a database containing more than 160 million pages and 160,000 titles of legal history and government documents in a fully searchable, image-based format.

HeinOnline bridges the gap in historical research by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,400 law-related periodicals. In addition to its vast collection of law journals, HeinOnline contains the entire Congressional Record, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, and entire databases dedicated to treaties, constitutions, case law, world trials, classic treatises, international trade, foreign relations, U.S. Presidents, and much more.

HeinOnline is available for State of Ohio employees to access remotely with a State Library of Ohio library card. State employees and Ohio residents can access all of our resources from within the State Library.

Help available from HeinOnline

Knowledge Base – Visit the HeinOnline Knowledge Base website to find guides, videos, and other how-to help and instructions

Reference Solutions is the premier source of business and residential information for reference and research. ReferenceUSA offers the most up-to-date data available in the market.

Reference Solutions is available for State of Ohio employees to access remotely with a State Library of Ohio library card. State employees and Ohio residents can access all of our resources from within the State Library.

How to Use Quick Search U.S. Businesses Using Reference Solutions

How to Use Search (Quick and Advanced) Reference Solutions

Basic User Guide –  Reference Solutions