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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.
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.
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.
Consumer Health CompleteConsumer Health Complete (EBSCOhost)
Find here full text journals, magazines, and reference books dealing with health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition – coverage includes a focus on the complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness. 
ConsumerReports.orgConsumerReports.org
ConsumerReports.org® enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. Whether a user is looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top-recommended used vehicles, ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services. In addition to product ratings and reviews, users will find in-depth advice, tips and trends written by Consumer Reports experts. The information is updated frequently, providing reliable data, unbiased information and more than 1000 ratings, reviews, product comparisons and video clips.  ***NOTE: Access is limited to freely available content only.***
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.
DemographicsNowDemographicsNow
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.
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.
General One FileGeneral OneFile
A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics across all subject disciplines. Millions of full-text articles. Updated daily.
Health Source - Consumer EditionHealth Source - Consumer Edition
This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.
Home Improvement CollectionHome Improvement Collection
Even 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.
HooplaHoopla
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 www.hoopladigital.com. 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.

Know It Now Know It Now
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.

KrollKroll Bond Ratings In Library Access
This database provides LACE quarterly credit ratings of financial institutions such as banks. Click on Login to search approximately 19,000 domestic and international financial institutions, title insurers, trust preferred security issues, and foreign country sovereign ratings.
Learn4Life (soon to be Gale Courses)Learn4Life (soon to be 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.
LegalFormsLegalForms
Gale Legal Forms provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney directory by state and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.
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.
MasterFile PremierMasterFile Premier (EBSCO)
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 2,000 general reference publications. It also includes full text reference books, biographies, primary source documents and an Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.
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.
MorningstarMorningstar Investment Research Center
Tracks more than 20,000 stocks and funds, providing reports with 5-year stock price history, ratios, SEC filings, ownership data, and a written analysis. Click here for a complete User Guide, and click here for a Quick Guide.
Home-Remote AccessClick here for Home-Remote Access.
Ohio Con Artist Investor Education CampaignOhio Con Artist Investor Education Campaign
This site from the state of Ohio educates investors on the nature of investment fraud, how to investigate a broker, and how to file complaints, etc.
Ohio Laws and RulesOhio Laws & Rules
What is it? Access to Ohio's revised code of laws and Ohio's administrative regulations.
Why use it? Find specific points of law and regulations in Ohio.
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.
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.
Reference USAReferenceUSA
Business, Health Care, Residential, Consumers/Lifestyles. This powerful source can quickly identify potential customers and contacts for over 12 million businesses. Search by specific geographic area, business type, sales volume or employee size. Click here for a ReferenceUSA tutorial.
SAMS Photofact OnlineSAMS Photofact Online  In Library Access at Main only
Consists of schematics and manuals for repairing electronics. This collection consists of 200,000 manuals available online, representing 60 years of published Photofact manuals.
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.
Standard & Poor's Net AdvantageStandard & Poor's Net Advantage
Online access to S&P Stock Reports for publicly-traded companies listed on the New York, American, NASDAQ and regional stock exchanges.
Home-Remote AccessClick here for Home-Remote Access.

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.

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.