Online Library

The Belmont County District Library and the State of Ohio provide electronic resources available 24/7 for patrons to use. These resources include information for Business and Career, Current Events, our Digital Library, DIY, Genealogy and Local History, Health, Homework Help (K-12), Language Learning, Legal Forms, and Research (College and Adult).

A reference librarian is available at the Martins Ferry Public Library to assist you with your research questions.  You may stop by or call (740)633-0314 for assistance.  You may also email your questions to

Business and Career

Hone your existing skills or learn new ones for your career or recreation.

Lynda- Online learning site featuring more than 3,000 courses on creative, business, and technical subjects.
Business Source Premier (EBSCO)- Journals covering all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.
Vocational and Career Collection- Full text periodicals about trades and industry.
Regional Business News (EBSCO)- Contains magazines, trade publications, and other resources for current business news.
Learning Express Library- Provides resources to study for standardized tests, such as the ACT, GED, or entrance exams for trades, as well as career and academic skill building.
Professional Development Collection (EBSCO)- Journals for professional educators, librarians, and education researchers.
Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO)- Small business reference books, videos, a help and advice section, and details on how to create business plans.

Current Events

Keep up with current events by reading local and national newspapers online.

Midwest Newsstream- Covers newspapers from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Newspaper Source (EBSCO)- Full text national, international, and regional newspapers, as well as television and radio transcripts from major networks.

Digital Library

Access eBooks, audiobooks, movies, magazines, and more, any time, anywhere!

Ohio Digital Library- eBooks, audiobooks, videos, and magazines.
RB Digital- eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines.
TumbleBook Library- eBooks, read-alongs, and educational videos and games for kids.
Midwest Newsstream- Regional newspapers.
American & English Literature Collection- Poetry, drama, religious, and prose works.


Have a project at home? Do it yourself with these resources.

Chilton Library (Gale)- Comprehensive automotive repair resource.
Consumer Reports- Reviews and product-testing reports for common consumer goods.
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center (EBSCO)- Contains books, detailed "how-to" instructions, and ideas for hobbyists and crafters.
Home Improvement Reference Center (EBSCO)- Provides instructions and guides for a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

Genealogy and Local History

Learn more about your family, city, or home.

African American Heritage (ProQuest)- Collection of resources, records, and tools targeted to African American genealogy research.
Ancestry Library Edition(In Library Only)- Contains census records, military records, court, land, and probate records, passenger lists, and more in one comprehensive genealogy resource.
Fold3 (ProQuest)- Collection of US and international military records dating back to the Revolutionary War.
Heritage Quest (ProQuest)- Similar to Ancestry, but usable at home, contains a large number of records, including census records and city directories, as well as research guides.
Digital Shoebox- Digitized photographs, yearbooks, and more from Southeastern Ohio.
Ohio Digital Network- Digitized local history primary source materials from across the state of Ohio.
Ohio Memory- Digitized local history primary source materials from across the state of Ohio.
Sanborn Insurance Maps- Detailed historical maps of Ohio cities drawn between 1882 and 1962.


Find out more about common health questions and issues.

Alt HealthWatch (EBSCO)- Alternative health research database focused on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.
Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)- Content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.
Health Source - Consumer Edition (EBSCO)- Consumer health information magazines and reference books covering fitness, nutrition, diabetes, aging, women's health, children's health and more.

Homework Help (K-12)

Ace the test or blow away your teachers with a well-researched assignment.


General encyclopedias and learning resources for ages 3-10.

Explora Primary Schools
Kids InfoBits (Gale)
Primary Search (EBSCO)
World Book: Early World of Learning
World Book Kids


Learn more about other cultures, points of view, scientific topics, and general information for grades 6-8.

Culture Grams
Explora Secondary Schools
Middle Search Plus (EBSCO)
Points of View Reference Center (EBSCO)
Science Reference Center (EBSCO)
World Book Student
World Book Timelines


Take learning to the next level with specialized resources on a variety of topics for grades 9-12.

Biography Reference Bank (EBSCO)
Culture Grams
Explora Secondary Schools
MAS Ultra - School Edition (EBSCO)
Oxford Research Encyclopedias (Oxford University Press)
Points of View Reference Center (EBSCO)
Science Reference Center (EBSCO)
Very Short Introductions (Oxford University Press)
World Book Advanced
World Book Timelines

Foreign Language Encyclopedias

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (World Book)
Gran Enciclopedia Hispánica (World Book)
L'Encyclopedie Decouverte (World Book)

Language Learning

Learn a new language or practice one you already know.

Transparent Languages (Recorded Books)

Legal Forms

Edit, download, and print forms for common legal issues.

Ohio Legal Help

Research (College and Adult)

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)- Covers scholarly information for a variety of disciplines.
Computer Source (EBSCO)- Contains journals and magazines covering topics such as computer science, programming, information systems, robotics, and software.
Educational Resources Information Center - ERIC (EBSCO)- Authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources.
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCO)- Provides researchers, allied health professionals, nurses and medical educators with access to full-text scholarly journals focusing on nursing and allied health topics.
Literary Reference Center (EBSCO)- Provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across time and literary disciplines.
MEDLINE (EBSCO)- Authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.
Professional Development Collection (EBSCO)- Highly specialized database of full-text information especially for educators, education students, professional librarians and education researchers.
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (EBSCO)- Essential tool for psychologists, counselors, researchers and students, providing extensive coverage for a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences, and related disciplines.
Religion and Philosophy Collection (EBSCO)- Full-text source of content relating to the disciplines of religion and philosophy.
Sociological Collection (EBSCO)- Essential database for information relating to sociology and social work for researchers, professionals and students.
World Book Advanced- Online version of the classic encyclopedia featuring enhanced features such as videos, activities, primary sources, and more.

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