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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.

Provided by the State Library of Ohio, it is THE place to find read-alikes, author biographies, plot summaries, specific settings, specific genres, book publishing, and purchasing, series information, book reviews, and more!
American English LiteratureAmerican & English Literature Full Text Collections
This is a fully-searchable library of works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, plus biographies, bibliographies, and key secondary sources.
Artemis Literary SourcesArtemis Literary Sources
Unlock 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 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.
dictionary of literary biographyDictionary of Literary Biography
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.
EBSCOhost eBooksEBSCOhost eBooks
Full digital text of selected books from EBSCOhost. For a User Guide to EBSCO's eBooks, including a printable Quick Reference Guide, click here. There are two video tutorials avaialable: Downloading EBSCO eBooks and Searching EBSCO eBooks.
Gale CoursesGale Courses
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.
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.
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.
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!
Learning Express LibraryLearning Express Library
Offers 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 IndexLiterary 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 CenterLiterary 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 OnlineLiterature 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 CenterLiterature Resource Center
Full-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.
LitFinder 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.
NoveList K-8 PlusNoveList 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.
NovelistNoveList 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. 
Salem LiteratureSalem 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.
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Scribner's Writers SeriesScribner's Writers Series
The acclaimed Scribner Writers series provides students, teachers, and other researchers access to more than 2,000 original, comprehensive, scholar-signed essays on the lives and works of more than 1,400 important authors from around the world and from all time periods. Each entry averages 15-20 pages in length and includes a concise essay and biographical information that places the author's work in personal and historical context. In addition to the original collection — American Writers, British Writers, European Writers, and World and Genre Writers — customers will have access to an additional 15 volumes, including World Poets, British Writers Classics, American Writers Classics, Latino and Latina Writers, and more.
Something About the AuthorSomething 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.

TumbleBooksTumbleBook Library
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books, including fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles. There are teaching resources, games, puzzles and much, much more to hold the interest of younger readers. Happy tumbling!

Twaynes Author SeriesTwayne's Authors Online
The acclaimed Twayne’s Authors Online series of literary criticism offers in-depth introductions to the lives and works of writers, the history and influence of literary movements, and the development of literary genres.  This eBook resource features the content of nearly 900 books from six print series — U.S. Authors Series Classic, English Writers Series Classic, World Authors Series Classic, Masterwork Studies, Studies in Short Fiction, and updated editions of U.S. Authors, World Authors and English Authors.  Each collection was carefully coordinated with input from librarians and educators to include authors universally studied in high schools and colleges. Because Twayne’s Authors Online is an ideal starting point for research papers on
literary works and figures, special projects and presentations. Students can go directly to an entry on a specific author, combine search criteria for a more complex search, or explore thematic and chronological topics to make connections among writers
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)
World Folklore and FolklifeWorld 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.
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.