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African-American History Online
This Facts on File database provides in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history. Included are biographies, primary sources, timelines, images, videos, maps, and charts.American History Online
This database from Facts on File spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.American Indian History Online
This database offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American culture, history, and heritage. Included are biographies, events, primary sources, timelines, images, videos, maps and charts.Ancestry Library The ultimate of genealogy resources, offering access to all available U.S. census images and indexes, over 1,000 historical maps the American Genealogical Biographical Index , DAR Lineage books, Social Security Death Index, WWI Draft Registration Cards, a strong Civil War collection and more. Click here to view Ancestry's Learning Center resources.Ancient 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.AtoZ the WorldAtoZ the World is the world standard for country profiles, with detailed coverage of more than 100 topics each. No other single source covers so many cultural and educational topics, so well, for so many countries.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.
CultureGrams (ProQuest)Daily Life Through History
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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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. Click here for Home-Remote Access.DemographicsNow
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.
ExploreOhioFacts on File
The place to go to learn just about anything about the Buckeye State. State symbols? How to get a drivers license? Population information? Fun places to visit? ExploreOhio has all of that and more! Find links to information about Ohio arts, business, education, history, government, travel, attractions, jobs, science, sports, and much more at this site.
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 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.Global 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.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.Hospitality, Tourism & Leisure CollectionThe 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 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.
Know It Now 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.
For those burning questions requiring an immediate response, log on to KnowItNow.org, the statewide virtual reference service, and chat your question to a librarian.
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 History Central Encyclopedia
An evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia that includes information about Ohio's natural history, prehistory and history. Contains written information, maps, timelines, and images.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.ReferenceUSAThe #1 source of information on businesses and people for researchers, students, job seekers and government agencies. Search by specific name, geographic area, business type, sales volume or employee size. Click here for a ReferenceUSA tutorial.Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Provides a searchable interface for locating historical maps of communities in Ohio from 1882 through the late l950 that show detailed information about building construction and structural details, lot lines, street widths, water pipes, hydrants and cisterns, and fire-fighting facilities.
World BookWorld 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)ZinioStreaming 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.
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.