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The following links are premier databases and resources purchased by the Library or available to you through the Ohio Public Library Information Network. Please note that some premier databases require a library card to access from home.
This is a fully-searchable library of works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, plus biographies, bibliographies, and key secondary sources.American MemoryPrimary source materials for U.S. history and culture from the Library of Congress.Artemis Literary SourcesUnlock information in primary sources, critical articles, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies. Search across centuries to be able to see the broader continuum of the story you choose to tell. Gale Artemis: Literary Sources provides workflow tools and features such as: term clusters, search assist functionality, mobile compatibility, interface translation, along with an easier and more dynamic search. For video tutorials on using Artemis, try the following links: Basics, Searching, Using Term Frequency & Term Clusters, and Working with Documents.Auto Repair, Home Improvement, Hobbies & Entertainment GatewayFind here the many resources - databases, ebooks & websites - which will help you with your home improvement projects, recreational hobbies, and entertainment pursuits.
Britannica ImageQuestCulinary Arts CollectionA smorgasbord of recipes, restaurant reviews, and practical cooking information awaits recreational cooks and professional chefs alike with the Culinary Arts Collection. From popular recipes and weight management to catering experience, the Culinary Arts Collection provides cooks with instructions and articles from more than 300 major cooking and nutrition magazines. So, go ahead — serve up something fast, fresh and new.Dictionary of Literary Biography
This database provides access to more than two million images which have all been rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use. The images in this site cover every subject area imaginable and can be used for teacher lesson plans, assignments, activities, and whiteboards; student reports and projects; or school Web sites, newsletters, newspapers, flyers, and bulletins. Click here for Home-Remote Access
The digital version of the standard literary resource (comprised of three series) for biographical and critical material on the lives, works and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. This is an invaluable source for tracing the work and reputation of an author.DPLA - Digital Public Library of AmericaThe Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.Gale Courses (formerly Learn4Life)With your PLYMC Library Card, you have access to FREE instructor-led online courses. Many types of classes are available, including: accounting, computer applications, legal, personal development. Sign up now! It’s free, fun and convenient!Gale Virtual Reference Library
This is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Because each library system creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different library systems. Titles of especial note in YPL's eBook colection are Business Plans Handbook and Contemporary Authors.Gardening, Landscape & Horticulture Collection
Put down some new roots with the Gardening, Landscaping & Horticulture Collection. Weekend and master gardeners will find everything from practical applications to the latest scientific theories of horticulture studies in one convenient location. From inspirational to instructional, the Gardening, Landscaping & Horticulture Collection provides gardeners with everything from how to create floral arrangements to easy-to-use landscape design tips and more.HelpNow (Brainfuse)Free live, online homework help for students from kindergarten to Adult Learners. Certified tutors are available from 3 pm to Midnight to help you with math, science, social studies, writing, Spanish, and English. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available. Any time of day, you can take practice tests, study flashcards, hold a study group online, and create and share movie-like notes and ideas.Homework Help GatewayFind here the many educational resources - databases, ebooks, & websites - which will help for any and all homework assignments.Hooplahoopla digital is a category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of movies, TV shows, videos, music and audiobooks. With hoopla digital, patrons can borrow, instantly stream and download free dynamic content with a valid library card. All content is accessible via hoopla digital’s mobile app and online at www.hoopladigital.com. hoopla digital is a service of Midwest Tape – a trusted partner to public libraries for over 20 years.Kids InfoBitsKids InfoBits is a database for students in kindergarten through grade 5. It features a kid-friendly graphic interface with full-text content from elementary reference sources and magazines. Kids InfoBits covers geography, current events, the arts and sciences, people, government, history, health, sports, and more.Learn4Life (now Gale Courses)With your PLYMC Library Card, you have access to FREE instructor-led online courses. Many types of classes, include: accounting, computer applications, legal, personal development. Sign up now! It’s free, fun and convenient! Learning Express LibraryOffers interactive tutorials and practice exams, this database can help people prepare for grade school achievement tests, the ACT, SAT, GED, U.S. Citizenship test, as well as civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams. Take the self-guided tour to learn more.Literary Index
Gale's Literary Index provides quick and easy access to author and title listings from over 130 premium literature resources. The referenced products themselves contain complete biographies on authors and critical essays on their writings.Literary Reference Center (EBSCOhost)Use this resource to research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest. Learn more about a literary movement for book discussions. This database provides full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works. It also contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories.Literature Criticism Online
This database presents the complete literary commentary from the following major critical reference series--Children's Literature Review (CLR), Classical & Medieval Literature Criticism (CMLC), Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC), Drama Criticism (DC), Literature Criticism 1400-1800 (LC), Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism (NCLC), Poetry Criticism (PC), Shakespearean Criticism (SC), Short Story Criticism (SSC), and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (TCLC).Literature Resource CenterFull-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements. Researchers at all levels will find the information they need, with content covering all genres and disciplines, all time periods and all parts of the world.LitFinderLitFinder is your ever-growing repository of literature: tens of thousands of full-text pieces, multimedia selections and citations suitable for students, book clubs and general readers.Maloney's Antiques & Collectibles Resource Directory
This database provides a "who's who guide to the world of antiques & collectibles." It is "an easily searchable online clearinghouse not only about antiques and collectibles, but also art, gems & jewelry, dinnerware/flatware/crystal matching services, contemporary collectibles and, basically, resources for any type of personal property including antique cars, machinery & equipment, and even vintage airplanes!" There are "thousands of specialist dealers, experts, collectors, appraisers, clubs, periodicals, repair and restoration services, museums and libraries, internet resources, matching services, grading services, authenticators, pricing and auction services." Click here for Home-Remote Access.NoveList K-8 Plus
A wonderful reading resource for kids, children's librarians and school media specialists, it has information on over 85,000 fiction and nonfiction titles for kids in the K-8 age range. Special features include 200+ vetted "Grab & Go" booklists , over 850 BookTalks, feature articles on timely topics by industry experts and lists of award winning titles. Results link directly to the library's catalog.NoveList Plus
Helping people find good things to read, this database covers over 161,000 fiction and over 60,000 nonfiction titles for all ages. In addition to finding books by author, title or subject heading you can also search by plots and for read-alikes and other books in series. The big bonus: it's linked to the library's catalog. Ohio Memory
This online scrapbook brings together primary source materials from more than 330 archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums around the state. Included are letters, diaries, government records, government records, artwork, clothing, furniture, natural history specimens, and prehistoric artifacts.Oxford Reference Online Premium
The Premium collection brings together more than 300 language and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. These books can be searched simultaneously or by individual book title.Price It! Antiques & CollectiblesPrice It! Antiques and Collectibles is the most comprehensive antiques and collectible pricing tool in the world, delivering more than 10 million images & 125 searchable categories.Salem Literature
Provides online access to several Salem Press literary resources in the Library's print collection, including Critical Surveys of Long Fiction, Magill's Literary Annuals, and Masterplots.
Click here for Home-Remote AccessSomething About the Author Online
The online version of the major reference work on prominent authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults. Includes biographical, autobiographical and critical material with an abundance of personal photos.World Book TimelinesHundreds of customizable, interactive timelines of important events throughout history. You can browse World Book's Timelines by category. Plus, you can create a free World Book/My Research Page Account where you can create and save your own timelines. (Optimized for iPad)World Folklore and Folklife
Part of the Daily Life Online database, this multicultural resource includes thousands of classic folk tales and other information to support curriculum subjects in history, religion and language. Covers holidays, festivals, language, stories, fairy tales, proverbs, foodways, and folk remedies.