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Genealogy Databases

Ancestry Library Edition ⁠— NOTE: in-library access only

Ancestry Library Edition - In Library Access OnlyIn-Library Access Only*
Discover your ancestors with the world's largest family history website. AncestryLibrary provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.

I am at the Ohio County Public Library and would like to access the in-Library version of Ancestry.

*Laptops connected to our wifi network can access this service.

MyHeritage Library Edition

MyHeritage Library EditionMyHeritage Library Edition focuses on people-based records, which contain information about both everyday people and prominent individuals across societies and periods of time. This emphasis, plus the strength of the index, enables users to access information both about specialized topics (regions, time periods) as well as social, cultural, and political trends.

Visit MyHeritage Library Edition*
*Note: The above link takes you to an Ebsco verification home page. From this page, you must click on the MyHeritage Library Edition link to begin using the service. Access is available to all users inside the Library. Library cardholders may access MyHeritage outside of the Library with their 10-digit Ohio County Public Library card number.

HeritageQuest Library Edition 

Heritage Quest Online - in-Library Access OnlyHeritageQuest Online is designed for genealogy and family history research. It includes over 25,000 books, the entire US Census, many city directories, and other expanding collections, making it one of the largest collections of genealogy material in the country. 

Access HeritageQuest Library Edition now 
See a list of Wheeling City Directories available through HeritageQuest

*Note: Access is available to all cardholders and guests inside the Library, both at public computers and via wifi. Library cardholders may also access HeritageQuest outside of the Library with their 10-digit Ohio County Public Library card number. 

Military Databases

Fold3 Library Edition 

Fold3 Library EditionDistributed by ProQuest, Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. This continually-growing collection contains millions of records from world-class archives. 

Access Fold3 Library Edition now
*Note: Access is available to all cardholders and guests inside the Library, both at public computers and via wifi. Library cardholders may also access Fold3 outside of the Library with their 10-digit Ohio County Public Library card number.

Demographics Databases


AtoZdatabasesAtoZdatabases is the premier Reference, Research, Marketing, Mailing Lists/Sales Leads, and Job-Search Database. The database includes 30 million business & executive profiles, over 240 million residents with interests, hobbies, and lifestyles information, over 7 million real-time job listings, 2 million new businesses, over 12 million healthcare professionals, over 12 million new movers, 2 million new homeowners, and much more. The databases are ideal for market research, employment opportunities, background searches, finding friends, relatives, and a whole lot of other possibilities.

Access AtoZdatabases now
*Note: Access is available to all cardholders and guests inside the Library, both at public computers and via wifi. Library cardholders may also access AtoZdatabases outside of the Library with their 10-digit Ohio County Public Library card number.

Academic & General Reference Databases

The Oxford English Dictionary

An unsurpassed guide for researchers in any discipline to the meaning, history, and usage of over 500,000 words and phrases across the English-speaking world:

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and usage of 500,000 words and phrases past and present, from across the English-speaking world.

As a historical dictionary, the OED is very different from dictionaries of current English, in which the focus is on present-day meanings. You’ll still find present-day meanings in the OED, but you’ll also find the history of individual words, sometimes from as far back as the 11th century, and of the language—traced through 3.5 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts, song lyrics, and social media posts.

The OED also offers a wide range of teaching resources, educational virtual events, video guides, and interactive quizzes. 

Access the OED here

LawDepot Legal Materials

Law DepotAn extensive library of documents and legal resources, providing easy-to-use assistance with a wide range of legal needs:

  • Provides simultaneous access to a variety of legal documents using a simple question-and-answer format
  • Empowers users with complete legal documents and forms customizable for personal or business use
  • Supports community programming for legal services
  • Hundreds of quality legal forms to choose from, including Power of Attorney, Last Will and Testament, Prenuptial Agreement, Bill of Sale, Employment Contract, Landlord/Tenant Notices, and more!

Access these important legal tools here

Chilton Library Database

Deliver reliable automotive help online 24/7 through ChiltonLibrary, an authoritative vehicle database trusted by automotive enthusiasts and professionals for over 100 years.

ChiltonLibrary provides access to repair, maintenance, and service information on most cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs on the road today. This resource offers detailed content to simplify even the most complicated tasks.

Access the database here.

Weiss Financial Ratings Series

Weiss FinancialImportant Financial Literacy Tools from Weiss Ratings & Grey House Publishing

  • Independent, Unbiased Financial Strength Ratings of Banks, Credit Unions & Insurance Companies
  • Conservative Buy-Hold-Sell Ratings of Thousands of Stocks, Mutual Funds & Exchange Traded Funds
  • Create your own Personal Account to create a Watchlist, get Upgrade/Downgrade Notifications and Log In from Anywhere
  • Medicare Supplement Insurance - Which Plan to Choose, How Much it will Cost, Compare Rates & Plan Benefits

CLICK HERE to take advantage of these important financial planning tools today!

Merck Manualsno card needed

Merck Manuals - medical reference materials onlineThe Merck Manuals are one of the world’s most widely used medical information resources. The Merck Manuals are a comprehensive medical information source covering thousands of topics in all fields of medicine. They are offered as a free public service to health care professionals (medical and veterinary) and the general public. Find information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news, and more, written in everyday language. 

Access the Merck Manuals now.

WVInfoDepot: Databases available to all West Virginians, the West Virginia eLibrary, is an anywhere, anytime library that can be accessed from a home computer, school library, or mobile device. provides access to millions of magazine and newspaper articles, ebooks, digital images, test preparation, primary source materials, and more. is funded by the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the West Virginia Library Commission. Additional resource funding is provided by the State of West Virginia.

West Virginians can explore online articles and images from popular magazines, scholarly journals, current newspapers, and other reference works through or their public library website. Some resources listed below may ask you to enter a username and password to continue. You may obtain a username and password by calling the Library at 304-232-0244 (please ask to be connected to the Reference Desk).

Other databases available through WVInfoDepot:

  • Alt HealthWatch⁠: Online alternative consumer health information.
  • Business Source Elite: Online business-focused magazines and company profiles. ➤ View an online tutorial for Business Source Elite.
  • Consumer Health Complete: Online health-focused fact sheets and diagrams, drug information, and procedure explanation.➤ View an online tutorial for Consumer Health Complete.
  • Explora Primary: For pre-kindergarten to 5th-grade students. Online articles from magazines and newspapers.
  • Explora Middle and High School: For 5th-12th grade students. Articles from magazines, books, primary source documents, images, videos, and newspapers.
  • Explora Magazines and Newspapers: For all ages. General interest magazines, books, primary source documents, images, videos, and newspapers.➤ View an online tutorial for Explora Magazines and Newspapers.
  • GreenFILE: Online government and general-interest titles. Contains articles on green building, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and more.
  • Health Source ⁠— Consumer Edition: Online general consumer health information.
  • Health Source ⁠— Nursing/Academic Edition: Academic-focused health information. Also, contains the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide.
  • Job & Career Accelerator: Online up-to-date employment directory, resume and cover letter creator, and computer skill tutorials.
  • LearningExpress Library: Online academic and career practice tests. Areas covered include SAT preparation courses, SAT practice exams, civil service, cosmetology, EMS, firefighter, GED, law enforcement, military, postal services, real estate, U.S. citizenship, and more.
  • Legal Information Reference Center: Provides access to legal publications and forms for citizens and small businesses.
  • Library, Information Science, & Technology Abstracts: An index to journals, books, research reports, and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.
  • Niche Academy: Online tutorials for databases and web applications, like Gmail, Pinterest, and more.
  • NoveList Plus: Online tool to help readers of all ages find new books to read based on books they’ve already read or topics in which they are interested.
  • NoveList Plus K-8 Plus: Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, Lexile Reading levels, State standards; even books made into movies, and much more. Read reviews and learn about the author.
  • Points of View Reference Center: Middle school through college undergraduate and General user. Features information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. Continuously updated pro/con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies, court-case overviews, periodical articles, tables/charts/graphs, and more. ➤ View an online tutorial for Points of View Reference Center.
  • Regional Business News: Incorporates regional business magazines covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
  • TOPICsearch: Explores social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries, and other popular topics; includes controversial opinions and viewpoints.
  • World Book Online: Reliable information for homework, reports, or general questions from the World Book Encyclopedia. Includes: 
    • World Book Kids – For elementary users. Includes lesson plans, science activities, comparable animal and geography features, interactive maps, challenging games, and biographies.
    • World Book Student – Content for upper-elementary and middle-grade users. Includes resources where users can save, notate, and organize articles, biographies, and other content.
    • World Book Advanced – Specifically organized for high school and pre-college users. Contains all of the resources of World Book Student plus primary source materials.
    • World Book Discover
    • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
    • Early World Of Learning, World Book eBooks, and World Book Timelines.

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