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Members Guide

Onboarding for newcomers and reference for everyone!

Your Subscriptions

As an OPAL member you have access to resources through both OPAL and OhioLINK, in addition to anything you may subscribe to independently. Use this page as an overview of all the packages available to your institution.

Remember that when packages are added or deleted they must also be adjusted in your instance of EBSCO Discovery Service (details on the EDS page in the User Services COI). Open Access resources and other custom links are also listed there.

If you need help or have questions about processes such as record loading, please contact OhioNET for supportYou can find a list of the packages OhioNET loads into the shared catalog for OPAL on the support page.

OhioLINK Database Subscriptions

Detailed information can be found on the Ostaff: Electronic Resources page (log-in required). The information here is intended as a quick reference. In addition, the Ostaff page (log-in required) also provides statistics, information for new staff, committee and working group resources, technical support and access to mailing lists and meeting calendars. Some of the pages are migrating to a new platform. If you do not have an Ostaff password you can request one by visiting the Request Support Page


Statewide database access is made possible through a variety of sources such as Libraries Connect Ohio (LCO) or negotiated packages such as EBSCO Expanded. For details consult the Ostaff: List of Databases by Access Type.

(2019) - indicates database subscription is for calendar year 2019; all others are current for FY 19-20.

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Academic Search Premier
  • Alt HealthWatch
  • America: History & Life
  • American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection: Series 1,2,3,4,5
  • American Periodicals Series Online
  • Art Full-Text
  • Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984
  • ArticleFirst
  • ATLA
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans
  • Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson)
  • Business Source Complete
  • Business Source Premier
  • Chilton Library
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
  • Clase and Periodica
  • Communications and mass Media Complete
  • Computer Source: Consumer Edition
  • Computers and Applied Sciences Complete
  • Consumer Health Complete
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text
  • Ebooks
  • Education Research Complete
  • Environment Complete
  • ERIC
  • Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text
  • Fuente Academica
  • Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia
  • Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index
  • Gender Studies Database
  • GPO Monthly Catalog
  • HarpWeek
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Historical Statistics of the United States
  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
  • Humanities International Complete
  • International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text
  • IPSA
  • Kids Infobits
  • Legal Collection
  • LGBT Life with Full Text
  • LISTA with Full Text
  • Literary Reference Center
  • Literary Reference Center Plus
  • MAS FullTEXT Ultra School Edition
  • MasterFILE Premier
  • MedicLatina
  • MEDLINE with Full Text
  • Middle Search Plus
  • MLA Directory of Periodicals
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Natural & Alternative Treatments
  • Newspaper Source
  • OAIster
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Oxford Research Encyclopedias
  • PapersFirst
  • Points of View Reference Center
  • Primary Search
  • ProceedingsFirst
  • Professional Development Collection
  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses A&I
  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
  • PsycINFO
  • Regional Business News
  • Religion & Philosophy Collection
  • RILM
  • Sage Stats (2019)
  • Science Reference Center
  • Small Business Reference Center
  • SocINDEX WITH Full Text
  • Sociological Collection
  • SPORTDiscus with Full Text
  • TOPICsearch
  • Transparent Language
  • U.S. Political Stats (2019)
  • Vente et Gestion
  • Very Short Introductions
  • Vocational & Career Collection
  • Women's Studies International
  • World Book Online
  • WorldCat
  • WorldCat Dissertations and Theses

These are available only if your institution subscribes for an additional fee

* - indicates database is included with EDS (EBSCO Discovery Service) Subscription

  • Academic Writer (formerly APA Style Central)
  • Applied Science & Technology with Full Text (H.W. Wilson) *
  • Art & Architecture Complete *
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (2019)
  • Associates Programs Source *
  • Biological & Agricultural Index Plus (H. W. Wilson) *
  • Biological Abstracts (2019)
  • BIOSIS Citation Index (2019)
  • BIOSIS Previews (2019)
  • Business Abstracts with Full Text (H. W. Wilson) *
  • Cabell's Journals Whitelist
  • Cabell's Journals Blacklist
  • Caribbean Search *
  • Central & Eastern European Academic Source *
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science Edition (2019)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Sciences and Humanities Edition (2019)
  • Content Café 2
  • Derwent Innovations Index (2019)
  • Energy & Power Source *
  • Entrepreneurial Studies Source *
  • Essay & General Literature Index (H. W. Wilson) *
  • Food Science Source *
  • GeoRef
  • Human Resources Abstracts *
  • Humanities Abstracts (H. W. Wilson) *
  • Humanities with Full Text (H. W. Wilson) *
  • InCites Journal & Highly Cited Data (2019)
  • International Security & Counter-Terrorism Reference Center *
  • Jewish Studies Source *
  • MathSciNet
  • MEDLINE (2019)
  • Mergent Online Premium
  • Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies *
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts*
  • Nexis Uni
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  • Peace Research Abstracts *
  • Play Index (H. W. Wilson) *
  • Political Science Complete *
  • ProQuest Congressional (options for Base, Indexes, Statutes at Large)
  • Public Affairs Index *
  • Race Relations Abstracts *
  • RefWorks
  • Risk Management Reference Center *
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (2019)
  • Shock & Vibration Digest *
  • Short Story Index (H. W. Wilson) *
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (2019)
  • Statistical Insights (options for ASI, IIS, SRI, Tables, Complete)
  • Vocational Studies Premier *
  • Wiley Cochrane Library

OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC)

These journals are available to all institutions that participate in the Electronic Journal Center (EJC).  Most journal packages renew on a calendar year cycle.

  • American Chemical Society eJournals (ACS)
  • American Physical Society eJournals (APS)
  • American Psychological Association eJournals (APA PSYC)
  • Association for Computing Machinery eJournals (ACM Digital Library)
  • Cambridge University Press eJournals
  • Elsevier eJournals (Science Direct)
  • Institute of Physics eJournals (IOP)
  • Optical Society of American eJournals (OSA)
  • Oxford University Press eJournals (OUP)
  • Project Muse eJournals
  • Royal Society of Chemistry eJournals/backfiles (RSC) cancelled 2017 
  • Sage eJournals (Sage Premier 2016)
  • Springer eJournals
  • Wiley eJournals

OhioLINK Ebook Packages

These packages are available to all OhioLINK member institutions except where noted otherwise. They are categorized as Core or NPR. Core resources are to be supported by all members while NPR items are purchased if enough members pledge funds to continue the subscription.

  • ACLS Humanities Ebooks (opt-in)
  • APA Books E-Collections
  • Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO)
  • Safari Technical Books
  • Springer Ebooks
  • Springer Protocols
  • University Press Scholarship Online
  • Very Short Introductions (LCO)
  • Wiley Ebooks

OPAL Resources

Through your OPAL membership you also have access to:

  • EBSCO Academic Ebook Collection
  • LibGuides
  • EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)
  • EBSCO Full-text Finder
  • CONTENTdm (opt-in)

Purchases through OhioNET

Not sure what else you may have access to? If you purchased any subscriptions through OhioNET you can quickly get a list by logging into Consortia Manager. Need to set up a log-in? Contact Member Services.