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America'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.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.Biomes of the EarthWith informative videos and engaging text, Biomes of the Earth Online provides students with a broad understanding of Earth’s biodiversity, the factors that influence it, and the future dangers that face the planet and our species. Each Learning Unit presents current information about a particular biome’s function, resources, and diversity—from wetlands to the tundra, from deserts to grasslands.Chilton 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.Computer Source
This database provides researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology. It offers full text for nearly 300 publications and indexing and abstracts for nearly 450 publications.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.GreenFILE
GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.Heartland Science
Heartland Science-Ohio's Legacy of Discovery & Innovation portrays how Ohioans have changed the world through discovery and innovation in science, engineering, technology, medicine and health care.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.Home Improvement CollectionEven the smallest home project can be daunting, but with the Home Improvement Collection, do-it-yourselfers and professional carpenters can put their projects on a solid foundation. The Home Improvement Collection offers more than 200 major titles, with topics ranging from basic home maintenance, decoration, and interior/exterior painting to zoning requirements, project management tips, and tool and material selection.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! Mitchell's ProDemand 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. National Geographic KidsReputable, authoritative, and appropriate content that brings children aged 6-14 the world in a way they've never seen it before. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space.
National Geographic Virtual Library Ohio Geological Survey
This resource brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue from 1888 to the present — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos. National Geographic supports research needs from high school homework to background for recreational travelers and now there’s an easier way to offer these remarkable images and articles in a cross-searchable platform that fits the way today’s students and patrons conduct their research.
The Geological Survey of Ohio has been mandated since 1837. This great resource for Ohio geology, including Ohio maps and earthquake information, is produced by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.Ohio Trees Index
Providing the common name, scientific name, and family name of all Ohio tree species, this resource is also a portal to Ohio Big Trees, the National Register of Big Trees, Ohio State Plant Facts, and What Tree Is It? (a database for identifying trees by leaf, fruit, or name.)Ohioline
This comprehensive source of information about Ohio topics is produced by Ohio State University Extension but offers access to fact sheets, bulletins and other educational materials covering subjects such as agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences and many other subjects.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.
PowerKnowledge Earth & Space Science
This database is an online science resource specifically designed for learners in grades 3 to 6. Comprised of curriculum-correlated content, PowerKnowledge Earth & Space Science promotes digital literacy and 21st-century learning skills while offering research, report, and homework help on all topics relating to the earth and space.
PowerKnowledge Life SciencePowerKnowledge Physical ScienceThis online resource provides information on physical science geared to science learners in grades 3 to 6 and their teachers. Additional Content includes videos, interactive games and quizzes, hands-on science experiments and lesson plans. Topics Include atoms and molecules, elements and the periodic table, energy and matter, and more.Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
This online science resource is specifically designed for learners in grades 3 to 6. Comprised of curriculum-correlated content, PowerKnowledge Life Science promotes digital literacy and 21st-century learning skills while offering research, report, and homework help on all living things.
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. This is the world's largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals.Salem Science
Provides access to several Salem Press science resources, including Forensic Science and Global Resources.
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Aimed at students from middle school through high school, this comprehensive database provides a curriculum-oriented overview of the sciences through essays, diagrams, illustrations, images, biographies, experiments, activities, and definitions. Click here for an online tutorial.Science Reference Center (EBSCOhost)Topics covered in Science Reference Center include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. By providing a wide range of topics, Science Reference Center satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards. It is designed to meet every student researchers needs as it contains full text of hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.Small 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.Sociological Collection
This database provides coverage of more than 500 full text journals, including nearly 500 peer-reviewed titles. Sociological Collection offers information in all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture and social structure. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.What Tree Is It?
Helps to identify just about any tree that is native to Ohio.What's That Snake?Helps to identify the 30 kinds of snakes found in Ohio, both poisonous and nonpoisonous.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)