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Popular OhioLINK Databases:  OhioLINK offers a wide variety of databases. In order to speed up your research, our Reference Department has selected a smaller subset of those databases that tend to be most used by Rio students.  Click on the link to the right to see the list.

Foundation Center Databases:  Davis Library is a member of a network of Foundation Center Cooperating Collections. The Foundation Center, a leading source of information on philanthropy worldwide, maintains unique databases of information on nearly 100,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grant making public charities in the U.S. as well as millions of their recent grants. Through a “Core Collection” of both print and electronic resources, Davis Library offers free access to information and services to assist a wide variety of grant seekers.  Access to the Foundation Center's Core Collection is provided only within the Davis Library facility.

AccessScience provides students with an up-to-date, easy-to-use gateway to scientific knowledge, from basic introductory material to extended article entries and live journal citations in key scientific areas including biology, Earth and environmental sciences, chemistry, physics, and beyond.  AccessScience links students to the lives and works of world-renowned experts, making science accessible and interesting while increasing scientific knowledge and competence.

PsycINFO is an electronic bibliographic database providing abstracts and citations to the scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences. The database includes material of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work.  Users will be prompted to authenticate using their name, student ID number (e.g., s123456789) and PIN to access when off-campus.

Pathfinders & Guides:  Links to "Pathfinders" and "Guides" are provided. These are subject-oriented, self-help bibliographies prepared by the Reference staff, which will get you started on your research. They are provided as PDF (Portable Document Format) files. (To view or print a PDF file, you will need Adobe's Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Acrobat Reader on your computer, you can download the current version for free from Adobe by clicking here.  See also the link "LibGuides (Research Guides)" for additional online guides and pathfinders.

Digital Resource Commons (OhioLINK):  The OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons is a network of centrally hosted institutional repositories featuring local branding, remote submission and administration, and federated searching. The DRC enables Ohio colleges and universities to save, discover and share all types and formats of digital materials.

ERIC Documents: ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) offers all ED Documents (reports, speeches, guides, studies, etc.) from 1993 to the present free and online. Davis Library maintains its collection of ED Documents on microfiche from 1984 to 2003. Online access to ERIC is also provided through OhioLINK.

LearningExpress Library offers students and adults unlimited, 24/7 access to targeted skill-building interactive courses in math, reading, and writing, as well as hundreds of online interactive practice tests that prepare them for several types of exams including grade school achievement tests, the SAT, GED, U.S. Citizenship, and civil service positions. Complete answer explanations accompany each response so that patrons understand why a particular answer is correct or incorrect. All practice tests include instant diagnostic score reports that help patrons to target those skill areas that need the most attention. To help students master the SAT and recently added essay, instant score reports provide immediate feedback on how well they performed in each of five writing skill areas.  LearningExpress Library can be accessed from any web-enabled computer in the library, computer lab, office, or home.

WorldCat is the OCLC union catalog, containing more than 43 million records describing books and other items owned by libraries around the world. Each record contains library holdings. WorldCat covers thousands of subjects and includes records for items as far back as 1000 B.C. Materials covered in the catalog include: books, internet resources, computer data files, computer programs, films, journals, magazines, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, newspapers, slides, sound recordings, and videotapes. WorldCat does not include individual article titles or stories in journals, magazines, newspapers, or book chapters.

U. S. Census Bureau offers a wide range of United States Census data accessible through a variety of data access tools.  Very useful for sociological, economics and business research.