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Here are some online resources available to you for your own research:

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Westlake Porter Public Library subscribes to several valuable research databases that you can access from home. You may need to provide your library card number or other information to access the database you desire. Included: Standard & Poor's Netadvantage, InfoTrac, ReferenceUSA, and NewsBank.



Ohio Public Library Information Network
Ohio Web Library The Ohio Web Library gives you the ability to search across OPLIN's databases, from within the library or from home.


Video Tutorials on OPLIN Web Services



Ohio Web Library databases If you want to search a specific database, click on the link to see the list.
The following databases are available by clicking on the "Locally Purchased Databases" tab:


World Book Online is available through OPLIN for use from home.


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