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Premier Databases
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.


Americas NewsAmerica's News (NewsBank)
Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers.  Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.
Ancient and Medieval HistoryAncient and Medieval History Online
This database explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia. As with all Facts on File databases, there are biographies, events, primary sources, timelines, images, videos, maps and charts.
Auto Repair, Home Improvement, Hobbies & Entertainment GatewayAuto Repair, Home Improvement, Hobbies & Entertainment Gateway
Find here the many resources - databases, ebooks & websites - which will help you with your home improvement projects, recreational hobbies, and entertainment pursuits.

Britannica ImageQuestBritannica ImageQuest
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. Home-Remote Access  Click here for Home-Remote Access

Chilton LibraryChilton Library
The online version of the popular Chilton Total Car Care do-it-yourself print manuals that include repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today. Photos, illustrations, videos, animated graphics and repair procedures help to simplify even the most difficult of auto repair tasks.
Culinary Arts CollectionCulinary Arts Collection
A 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.

CultureGramsCultureGrams (ProQuest)
CultureGrams provides reliable, up-to-date facts, figures, and information about daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and even recipes for each of the 182 countries included in the database.
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Daily LifeDaily Life Through History
Explore everyday life throughout the past and present to discover what people ate, wore and used in this authoritative database organized by time period, region and topic. It combines information from numerous reference sources and primary documents geared for students from middle school through college. Teacher resources are also available.
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Provides access to demographic data for all states that can generate maps and reports including information on consumer expenditures, population, income, race, housing, employment, and Mosaic cluster groups by various geographic breakdowns.  The Business & People module provides a comprehensive business and residential reference and research tool for information on over 23 million businesses and over 206 million people and 35 million households.
Facts on FileFacts on File
Find facts and background information in the individual databases: Ancient History & Culture, African-American History & Culture, American History Online, American Indian History & Culture, Biomes of the Earth, and Science Online. You can also use the History Database Center link to search all 4 historical databases at once.
Gale Courses (formerly Learn4Life)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 LibraryGale 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 CollectionGardening, 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.
Global Issues in ContextGlobal Issues in Context
This database offers users a balanced assortment of articles, reference materials, original documents, video, audio, maps, images, statistics and more to support their quest for current, authoritative and reliable information on the nations and peoples of the world.
HelpNowlogoHelpNow (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 GatewayHomework Help Gateway
Find here the many educational resources - databases, ebooks, & websites - which will help for any and all homework assignments.
hoopla 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 hoopla digital is a service of Midwest Tape – a trusted partner to public libraries for over 20 years.
Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure CollectionHospitality, Tourism & Leisure Collection
The curious traveler will find a wealth of information for planning their next trip in the Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Collection, from state parks to tips on planning a vacation. Have instant access to a full library of Fodor's travel guides, information on luxurious resorts, popular tourist attractions, geographic facts, great restaurants, and more. And with access to more than 500 hospitality industry journals, the Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure Collection allows hospitality professionals to study all areas of their industry, from cultural aspects of travel and leisure to the economic impact of tourism and more.
Kids InfoBitsKids InfoBits
Kids 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.

Kids SearchKids Search
Kids Search A student research interface designed especially for youth in grades K-8. Click here for a tutorial on Kids Search.

Know It Now Know It Now
For those burning questions requiring an immediate response, log on to, the statewide virtual reference service, and chat your question to a librarian.

Gale Courses (formerly Learn4Life)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!

Lincoln Library Online (FactCite) Lincoln Library Online (FactCite)
The Lincoln Library Online has more than 700 biographies of sports champions (from all editions of The Lincoln Library of Sports Champions) plus the complete contents of The Lincoln Library of Greek & Roman Mythology, Shapers of Society and much more! Home-Remote Access Click here for Home-Remote Access

MaloneysMaloney'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." Home-Remote AccessClick here for Home-Remote Access.
Metro MonthlyMetro Monthly Archive
This database provides browsing-only access to past issues of the Metro Monthly and links to the publication's current website and blog.
Mitchells ProDemandMitchell's ProDemand In Library Access
ProDemand contains automotive diagnostic and repair information for most foreign and domestic cars and trucks from model year 1983 to the present. Includes service manuals, wiring diagrams, factory technical service bulletins, and maintenance schedules and tables.  Click here for ProDemand Tips and Tricks.  Click here for ProDemand online product training and video tutorials.
This consumer-oriented health site--created and evaluated by medical faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University and The Ohio State University--includes health news, health-related reference works, topical health information and Ask an Expert.
Oxford Reference Online PremiumOxford 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.
Pop Culture UniversePop Culture Universe
A fascinating digital library of information on American and world popular culture--both past and present. This useful database provides a safe way for students to investigate topics of great appeal without the bias, advertising, suggestive content or questionable authorship of commercial and fan sites.
Price ItPrice It! Antiques & Collectibles
Price 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 HealthSalem Health
Online access to all Salem Press health titles owned by the Library. Current coverage includes: Genetics, Magill's Medical Guide, and Psychology & Mental Health. 
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Small Engine RepairSmall Engine Repair Reference Center
The online version of all the Clymer small engine repair manuals,containing information on routine maintenance,tune-ups and brake service, as well as more extensive repairs involving engine transmission disassembly.

World BookWorld Book
The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.

World Book TimelinesWorld Book Timelines
Hundreds 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)
Zinio Zinio
Streaming Magazines with Zinio. Full digital copies of favorite magazines are now available. PLYMC cardholders can choose from about 140 magazine titles with no waiting or checkout periods.  Click here for a how-to user guide.  Click here for a video tutorial.