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Back To Work – Online Resources for Job Seekers

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Did you know that the library has many paid online resources to help you gain skills to add to your resume, learn how to search for jobs, succeed in a job interview, and even negotiate your salary?  And these library paid resources are completely free for you to use with your library card! 

To begin, let’s answer the question owhat exactly are online resources. 

Anything that you use through the internet is an online resource.  Also, the terms online resources and databases are used interchangeably to mean any online source. Some examples of online resources would be: 

  • Your email (gmailymailhotmail, etc.) 
  • Search engines (Bing, Google) 
  • Social Media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) 
  • Company websites 
  • Paid subscription services (Hulu, Netflix) 

So, what, specifically, are Paid Online Resources? 

Those are any resource on the internet that requires payment in order to use it. 

Who pays for the library’s paid resources? 

The library and the state of Ohio.  These resources are completely FREE for all our library cardholders. 

Some examples of library paid resources are: 

  • Online ebooks from OverDrive 
  • Online Streaming service for movies, tv shows and more from Hoopla 
  • Online Educational Courses from Universal Class 
  • Online Databases filled with information on various subjects such as Business Insights Global 

Requirements to use the library’s paid online resources are: 

  • PLYMC Library Card  
  • Library card PIN (also called a Library Password)  
  • Email Address  
  • Login through Library website at 

In addition, when using many of the library’s paid resources, you will have the opportunity to create a free personal account within the resource.  The reasons they provide these personal accounts is that with many of these resources, you will have ‘digital’ (meaning online) items checked out to yourself, such as ebooks or movies.  Some resources offer practice tests, so they will save your test scores.  For those with online courses, you will usually not complete a course in one sitting.  Instead, you will do some lessons, then log off for a meal or bedtime.  The resource will save where you left off in the course so that the next time you login, whether it’s the next day or weeks later, you will be able to start up where you left off.  And some have the ability to save various searches that you do within the resource. 

What information do you need to create a personal account in an online resource? 

  • Your name 
  • An Email Address  
  • Library Card number  
  • Password  

Before we move on, let’s talk a minute about email addresses when searching for jobs.  It is really important to have an email address that will not cause any issues with a prospective employer. 

Here are some fake examples of emails that would be problems (although they actually are based on ones that I have encountered with helping library customers with reference questions and applying for jobs): 

  • – Drug references will make an employee wonder if they need to constantly order drug tests. 
  • – With almost all jobs requiring the use of computers in today’s world, employers are going to be wondering if you are doing what your job requires on the computer or are you looking at porn. 
  • – It’s never a good idea to have a reference to violence in an email address.  Employers are going to wonder if you have anger issues and may be a source of future workplace violence. 

It is usually best to have an email address that uses your name for applying for jobs. 

Even if you have a perfectly normal email address, you may want to consider signing up for a new email account just to use with your job searching because it makes it easier to keep track of replies from job applications.  This way you don’t miss replying to the email from an employer to schedule a job interview or to accept a job offer and start working for them! 

And did you know that you can have multiple free email accounts from Google, Yahoo, Outlook, and and other email providers?  They have no limits on how many free email accounts you have with them. 

Now, back to the personal accounts for library resources, specifically let’s talk about passwords. 

For your password, create an 8 character password to use as your library password for all the library resources.  The password should be a mix of letters and numbers – good to use a mix of upper and lowercase letters as well.  However, make it simple/easy to remember.  Just Keep It Simple.  And, while the usual recommendation is to use a different password for everything, use the same one, so that you remember it is your Library Password for Library Resources.  Don’t worry about making it difficult because if someone manages to guess your password and logs into your account on a resource, they’ll only discover that maybe you are looking at an ebook on resumes or you are taking a course to improve your knowledge of algebra, Excel, etc.  They will not have access to anything that would help them steal your identity as you don’t put bank account, credit cards or social security information into these accounts.  If they post online that you are taking an educational course, it’s not embarrassing.  So they can’t steal your identity, and they can’t embarrass you! 

One additional note: the reason for the 8 character password length is because it is a usual default required length for passwords.  So, it is a good idea to get in the habit of creating passwords of that length.  Also, as you move onward in your job search, you will discover that most online job applications require you to create a username and password for the job search website (and even specific job applications, themselves).  Finally, some library resources require a minimum of 8 characters and some have a maximum length of 10 – so if you make it too long, then it won’t work for all library resources, and if is too short, same problem. 

So, where do you find these library online resources to help you become successful job seekers? 

  • Go to  
  • Scroll to LEARN  
  • Then scroll to CAREER CENTER  
  • Click on Career Resources 

Library Home Page how to get to Career Resources page

There are lots of great completely free web-based resources on the Career Resources page along with the library’s paid resources.  The free web-based resources all have (website) after their name.  The paid resources either have the vendor’s name for the resource, such as Gale or EBSCO, or they have nothing after their name because the vendor and the resource are the same name. 

Career Resources page pointing out free and paid resources

In future blogs, I will be showing you these useful online resources for job seekers: 

  • Hoopla (Midwest Tape)  
  • LearningExpress Library (EBSCO)  
  • Universal Class (Rbdigital)  
  • Mango Languages  
  • Transparent Language Online (Rbdigital)  
  • Gale eBooks  
  • Business Insights: Global (Gale)  
  • Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) (Data Axle) 

And, finally, click here for a handy printable with the 3 steps to getting to all the library’s online resources from home which highlights our many Education and Job resources! 

Sara Churchill

Sara Churchill is the Digital Services Specialist and Assistant Supervisor in the Information Services Department at Main Library. A major fan of technology devices and computer research resources at work, she enjoys helping everyone learn to use their devices and the library's many online resources.  She loves reading Science Fiction/Fantasy books, British cozy mysteries, True Crime and other true stories, plus a past reader of horror fiction by the likes of Stephen King and John Saul (among others).  Also, she’s a big fan of Sci-fi, action, horror, spaghetti westerns, and based-on-a-true story movies.  Her blogs are for adults and the entire family to enjoy reading and trying out the many online resources free for PLYMC library cardholders to use.