Main Library will be closed on Sat., Aug. 29, to prepare for an event. Phone calls will be accepted that day.
The Literary Society event featuring Louise Penny is sold out
Library Branch at Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed during Canfield Fair, Sept. 2-7


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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. 




American National BiographyAmerican National Biography
This illustrated online edition of American National Biography offers portraits of more than 19,000 men and women -- from all eras and walks of life -- whose lives have shaped the nation. Also featured are more than 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references and links to select web sites.  Home-Remote AccessClick here for Home-Remote Access.
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.
Biography Master IndexBiography & Genealogy Master Index
One of the best places to begin a search for information about people. This online index covers current, readily available print reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective biographical works on individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.
Biography in ContextBiography In Context
Gale Biography in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking information on the world's most influential people. The database merges authoritative reference content with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly experience. Users can search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.
Biography Index Past and PresentBiography Index Past & Present 
This database features retrospective coverage from Biography Index back to its first publication in 1946. It combines retrospective coverage with current indexing to produce a comprehensive biographical resource for students, scholars, media professionals, book clubs, and all researchers seeking biographical information.
Biography Reference BankBiography Reference Bank
This large biographical database provides profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, and obituaries.
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.
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.
Family SearchFamilySearch
A genealogy service provided by the LDS, for Ohio, this database includes Ohio Births & Christenings, 1821-1962; Ohio Deaths & Burials, 1854-1997; Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953; Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958; Ohio Tax Records, 1800-1850; and Ohio, County Marriages, 1790-1950. Coverage is not just limited to Ohio; it is international in scope, with records from all U.S. states and many countries around the world. Click here for a description and guide to the new FamilySearch Website. Click here to access FamilySearch Website video tutorials.
Fold3Fold3 (formerly Footnote) In Library Access 
Combining original historical documents with social networking to create a truly unique experience involving the stories of our past, this database features documents, historical newspapers, naturalization information and much more. More than just an online repository for original documents, Fold3 supports a community of people who are passionate about history and genealogy. The online help section is very robust and provides many suggestions for making the most of your online visit.
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.
Heritage QuestHeritage Quest
This is a growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture that combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy and Local History collection.
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!

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

National First Ladies' LibraryNational First Ladies' Library
Biographies, lesson plans for teachers, a timeline and a bibliography for every First Lady since Martha Washington.
National Underground Railroad Freedom CenterNational Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Lessons and learnings about the legacy of courage, cooperation and freedom embodied in the story of the Underground Railroad and the lives of historic and contemporary Freedom Heroes.

Ohio Death Certificate IndexOhio Death Certificate Index
An online index to death certificates of persons who died in Ohio between 1913 and 1944. A useful resource for determining date of death and certificate number, from which a researcher can obtain a copy of the certificate itself that can provide further information.
Ohio History CentralOhio 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.
Ohio Military RostersOhio Military Rosters - War of 1812
Search the full text of the roster from the Adjutant General records. Ohio furnished 1,759 Officers and 24,521 enlisted men for this war.
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.
Reference USAReferenceUSA
The #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.
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.
U.S. History in ContextU.S. History In Context
A portal to hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. Reference book content, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files, links to vetted websites, timelines and chronologies are included. Click here to check out a guided tutorial.
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 History In ContextWorld History In Context
A portal database to the most significant people, events and topics in World History that includes full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites.  Click here for a guided tutorial.
World Vital Records (My Heritage)World Vital Records (MyHeritage)
A massive library provided by MyHeritage with billions of Family History and Genealogy records, and 28 million family trees. Access key collections: U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; millions of newspaper articles; unique, exclusive local and world collections.