Research Databases - Biography, History and Government

Biography Reference Bank
120,000+ biographies from over 60 reference titles, thousands of biographical magazine articles, and over 32,000 printable images.


Millions of U.S. military records to help you discover and share stories about everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. 

NOTE: In order to participate in the community and download or print documents, you will need to create your own unique account (with an email address) on the Footnote site after you access the database.


Massillon Business and Industry Database

Past and present businesses found in city directories and the library's newspaper clipping file have been gathered into this database which can be searched by business name, type of product, date, or by person affiliated with the business. 


Massillon Memory
A gateway to selected resources available in the Local History Collection at the Massillon Public Library.


Ohio Historical Society's Online Resources
Includes Ohio-based information, Ohio Fundamental Documents, Ohio Newspaper Index, and more.


Ohio History
A free and fully searchable online archive of Ohio History's issues spanning from 1887 through 2004.


Ohio Memory
An online scrapbook of Ohio history.


Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
A searchable interface for locating historical maps of Ohio towns and cities.


Statistical Abstract of the U.S. 

Issued annually by the federal government between 1878 and 2012, The Statistical Abstract of the U.S. is generally considered to be the most comprehensive single source for U.S. statistics. Due to budget cuts, the federal government ceased producing this resource in 2012. Beginning with the 2013 edition, ProQuest now provides an online version of this information.

Topics covered in this resource include: Population; Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces; Health and Nutrition; Education; Law Enforcement, Courts, and Prisons; Geography and Environment; Elections; State and Local Government Finances and Employment; Federal Government Finances and Employment; National Security and Veterans Affairs; Social Insurance and Human Services; Labor Force, Employment, and Earnings; Income, Expenditures, Poverty and Wealth; Prices; Business Enterprise; Science and Technology; Agriculture; Forestry, Fishing, and Mining; Energy and Utilities; Construction and Housing; Manufactures; Wholesale and Retail Trade; Transportation; Information and Communications; Banking, Finance and Insurance; Arts, Recreation and Travel; Accommodation, Food Services and Other Services; Foreign Commerce and Aid; Puerto Rico and the Island Areas; and International Statistics.


Thomson Gale LegalForms
Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.


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