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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.
Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost)African-American Experience in Ohio 1850-1920A digital collection containing manuscript collections, newspaper articles, serials, photographs, and pamphlets that illuminate specific moments in the history of Ohio's African-Americans. This database provides an overview of their experiences during the time period 1850 to 1920 in the words of the people that lived them.African-American History Online
The world’s largest academic multi-disciplinary database providing full text for nearly 4,700 publications, including peer-reviewed journals with PDF backfiles to 1975 or further.
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.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.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.American MemoryPrimary source materials for U.S. history and culture from the Library of Congress.American 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. Click here for Home-Remote Access.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.Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
This website allows you to search and view pages from historic American newspapers 1880-1922 and to find information about American newspapers published between 1690 and the present. It includes coverage of an early Mahoning County newspaper published in Canfield, Ohio--the Mahoning Dispatch. Click here for help to get started.
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.DPLA - Digital Public Library of AmericaThe Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.EBSCOhost Databases
EBSCOhost is the portal to a number of databases that provide full text articles from magazines, newspapers, reference books, and more in various disciplines. Database focus varies from general/popular to academic and from grade school level to college/professional level. An all-in-one resource.
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, and World History Online or use the History Database Center link to search all 5 databases at once. The World Atlas is a separate database that provides a wealth of information in the form of maps, statistical data and more.Fold3 (formerly Footnote) 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 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.General 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.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.Heritage 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 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.JambarThe "student voice of youngstown state university since 1931." You can now search and view the entire archives of this student newspaper online.JSTOR Early Journal Content
This resource provides free full-text access to nearly 500,000 public domain journal articles. These are articles published in the United States before 1920 and published internationally prior to 1870. Click here to learn more and to find links to available content by discipline or by title. Click here to view a tutorial.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! Library Periodical HoldingsList of all magazines and newspapers owned by the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County. It shows what format the periodical is available as - print, microfilm, microfiche, or online - and which libraries have subscriptions. It also indicates some of the databases which index each periodical.
Lincoln Library Online (FactCite)MasterFile Premier (EBSCO)
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! Click here for Home-Remote Access
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.Metro Monthly Archive
This database provides browsing-only access to past issues of the Metro Monthly and links to the publication's current website and blog.National First Ladies' LibraryBiographies, lesson plans for teachers, a timeline and a bibliography for every First Lady since Martha Washington.National Underground Railroad Freedom CenterLessons 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.New York Times Archives (1851-Present)
Search the entire archives of the New York Times. Articles from 1851-1980 are available in pdf format (1851-1922 are free) and articles from 1981-present are available as full-text (1987-present are free). Main Library has the New York Times on microfilm from September 1851 to the present.Newspaper Source
Providing selected full text for nearly 30 national (U.S.) and international newspapers and more than 200 regional U.S. newspapers, this database also contains full text television & radio news transcripts.Ohio Battle Flags - Fight for the Colors
Online access to the Ohio Battle Flag Collection, which covers the colors carried by Ohio soldiers from the Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I and World War II. More than five hundred flags are in this collection--the majority of which are from the Civil War.
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An evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia that includes information about Ohio's natural history, prehistory and history. Contains written information, maps, timelines, and images.Ohio History Online
The online archive of the scholarly Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly providing free and fully searchable access to the journal from 1887 through 2004. Includes peer-reviewed articles and book reviews on topics spanning the political, military, social, economic, and cultural history of our region.Ohio Memory
This online scrapbook brings together primary source materials from more than 330 archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums around the state. Included are letters, diaries, government records, government records, artwork, clothing, furniture, natural history specimens, and prehistoric artifacts.Ohio 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.Opposing Viewpoints In Context
Continuously updated and providing contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues and controversies, this database is a portal to articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites. Click here for a tutorial.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.Points of View Reference Center (EBSCOhost)Points of View Reference Center contains many topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Providing a balance of materials from all viewpoints, it also includes over 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. It also offers guides for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating. Pop Culture Universe
A fascinating digital library of information on American and world popular culture--both past and present. This useful database provides a safe way for students to investigate topics of great appeal without the bias, advertising, suggestive content or questionable authorship of commercial and fan sites.Salem History
Provides access to several Salem Press history resources, including Forties in America, Fifties in America, Sixties in America, Seventies in America and Eighties in America.
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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.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.TOPICsearch
In using this database, teachers, librarians and student researchers can explore current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics frequently discussed in the classroom. TOPICsearch contains full text for over 150,961 articles from 475 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, EBSCO's unparalleled collection of periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information.U.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.What's the Point?Use this site to help identify flint artifacts produced by Ohio's prehistoric peoples.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)World 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 History: The Modern Era
Aimed at high school and high-level middle school students and designed to support school coursework, this comprehensive resource provides easy-to-navigate information on all aspects of modern world history.