Research Databases: Complete List
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ABCmouse (Age of Learning) – In Library Access Only
Over 5,000 fun-filled learning activities (books, games, songs, etc.) that encompass reading, math, science, art, and music for ages 2-7+.
Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost)
Full-text articles in all subject areas from all types of magazines and newspapers including scholarly publications.
African American Heritage (ProQuest)
Genealogy database devoted to African American family history research.
AHFS Consumer Medication Information (EBSCO)
A trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS [American Hospital Formulary Service] includes more than a thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers.
Alt HealthWatch (EBSCO)
This alternative health database provides full text about complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.
American & English Literature Full Text Collections (Libraries Connect Ohio)
This is a fully-searchable library of works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, plus biographies, bibliographies, and key secondary sources.
Ancestry Library (ProQuest) – In Library Access Only
The ultimate of genealogy resources, offering access to all available U.S. census images and indexes, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, military records, international records, and more.
AtoZ The World (World Trade Press)
AtoZ the World is the world standard for country profiles, with detailed coverage of more than 100 topics each.
Biography Reference Bank (EBSCO)
This large biographical database provides profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, and obituaries.
Biography Reference Center (EBSCO)
Containing many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines, this database offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies.
Black Freedom Struggle Website (ProQuest)
ProQuest is providing this freely to students, educators and patrons. This curated selection of primary sources is designed for teaching and learning about the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans.
Book Nook (INFOhio)
Explore, create, and share video book trailers. Includes recommended web tools for creating book trailers, lesson plans, and other teacher resources. Lexile reading levels included.
For students in grades PreK–3, it pairs classic storybooks with related nonfiction titles to reinforce early reading skills and develop essential real world knowledge using animation, audio, and interactive games.
Business Book Summaries (EBSCO)
This provides comprehensive, yet concise summaries and reviews of the best business books available.
Business Insights Essentials (Gale)
Easily find information on companies, industries and more in the context of timely news, statistical data, and in-depth reports.
Business Insights Global (Gale)
This resource uses case studies, statistical data sources, news articles, academic journals and topical reference materials organized by country, company and industry to quickly engage users in the global business environment.
Business Source Complete (EBSCO)
It is the world’s definitive scholarly business database, providing the ultimate collection of bibliographic and full text content. It covers all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance and more.
Capstone Interactive eBooks
A library of over 500 unlimited use, interactive eBooks for grades 3-6 on the topics of science and social studies.
Chilton Library (Gale)
The online version of the popular Chilton Total Car Care do-it-yourself print manuals with photos, illustrations, videos, animated graphics and repair procedures help to simplify even the most difficult of auto repair tasks.
The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. These databases include the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), and Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCA).
Computer Source (EBSCO)
The latest information and current trends in high technology.
Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)
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.
Consumer Reports – MasterFile Complete (EBSCO)
Full text access to Consumer Reports magazine from 1991 onward.
Digital Video Collection (INFOhio.org)
Streaming educational videos supporting all curriculum areas and Ohio’s Learning Standards. Segmented and downloadable, most include teacher guides. Can be shown in classrooms or at home
This resource offers free BMV permit practice tests, as well as tips for getting or renewing your driver’s license!
Early Learning Portal (INFOhio)
Find here websites and resources to help children age 3 to 5 prepare for school.
eBook Business Collection (EBSCO)
This collection offers more than 18,000 business e-books selected to assist students and scholars with various business research, special project and entrepreneurial needs.
eBook Collection (EBSCO)
More than 3,000 Open Access or public domain eBooks. Sources include Project Gutenberg, Generic NL Freebook Publisher, and Air University Press.
EBSCOhost All Databases
An all-in-one resource, 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.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Educational Resource Information Center database contains citations and abstracts from education-related journals, as well as full text of digests and clearinghouse documents
Explora Educator’s Edition (EBSCO)
Focuses on the needs of teachers and librarians offering professional development resources, lesson plans, research guides, and curriculum standards.
Explora Primary Schools (EBSCO)
Designed with students and educators in grades K through 5 in mind, Explora Primary Schools provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up facts for class projects or homework.
Explora Public Libraries (EBSCO)
Designed with public library patrons in mind, Explora Public Libraries provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books, grouped into easy-to-browse categories.
Explora Secondary Schools (EBSCO)
Designed with students and educators in grades 6 through 12 in mind, Explora Secondary Schools provides a far better alternative to websites and search engines for students to look up articles and facts for research papers or homework.
Fake News, Misinformation & Propaganda (website)
Check the resources linked here to learn how to detect fact news and become media smart.
Enjoy digital magazines from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Download the Flipster app and browse and checkout magazines all from within the app.
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.
Foundation Directory Online – In Library Access Only at Brownlee Woods only
Foundation Directory Online is a research tool to help nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects.
Foundation Grants to Individuals – In Library Access Only
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of nearly 10,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.
Foundation Maps – In Library Access Only at Brownlee Woods only
Foundation Maps is Foundation Center’s premier data visualization tool and the easiest way to see who is funding what and where around the world.
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (EBSCO)
This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.
Gale Business: DemographicsNow
A comprehensive business and residential search tool that facilitates market research reports. Also available are demographic reports of interest to businesses and people writing business plans.
Gale Business: Entrepreneurship
Formerly Small Business Resource Center, search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include: sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.
Gale Business: Plan Builder
Formerly Small Business Builder, this is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit.
Gale Directory Library (Gale)
A database of specialized directories on companies, publishers, associations, media and more. Because each library system creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different library systems.
Gale eBooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library) (Gale)
This is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
Gale in Context: Elementary (formerly Kids InfoBits)
A database for students in grades K-5, it covers geography, current events, the arts and sciences, people, government, history, health, sports, and more.
Gale OneFile: Entrepreneurship (Gale)
A great resource for business students and entrepreneurs, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories
Gale PowerSearch 2.0 (Gale)
Simultaneously search Gale resources subscribed to by the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County: Gale eBooks, Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Gale OneFile: Entrepreneurship.
GO! Ask, Act, Achieve (INFOhio)
Helps students in grades 4-10 learn the inquiry process by providing digital tools, resources, and strategies.
This collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more—covering all aspects of human impact to the environment.
Health Reference Series Online (Omnigraphics)
Online access to all print Omnigraphics health-related titles owned by the library.
Health Source: Consumer Edition (EBSCO)
This 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: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCO)
Features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names and includes scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.
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.
Highlights Library (Highlights)
More than 2,500 fiction and nonfiction digital stories and videos on topics such as animals, science, sports, and social emotional learning. Nurtures optimism and a love of reading. Includes read aloud feature and Lexile reading levels.
History Reference Center (EBSCO)
Books and articles collected by EBSCO on all history topics from prehistory to the 21st Century.
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center (EBSCO)
This resource offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.
Home Improvement Reference Center (EBSCO)
For DIYers, this resource features full-text content from leading home improvement magazines, images not found anywhere else online and videos of popular home repair projects.
Hoopla (Midwest Tape)
With hoopla digital, patrons can borrow, instantly stream and download free movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, ebooks, and comics with a valid library card.
Ohio’s PreK-12 Digital Library collection of online resources for teachers, parents and children aged 3 through 12th grade, arranged by age and grade level.
ISearch lets you search nearly all INFOhio resources from a single search box.
iVOX Books That Move! (available through the Google Play or Apple App stores)
iVOX is a children’s book app for ages 3-8, which engages and delights curious young minds with the latest in storytelling technology. Part eBook, part audiobook and part virtual pop-up. Simply download the iVOX app, choose Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, and enter your PLYMC library card barcode to gain access. Select a book from the iVOX collection and tap on the cover to bring favorite stories to life. Available for both iOS and Android.
Age-appropriate, librarian-selected websites that support Ohio’s Learning Standards. Helps students with homework and school research.
Job & Career Accelerator (EBSCO)
Explore detailed information on different occupations, match your interest and skills with a career that’s right for you, search local and national job postings, create resumes and cover letters, practice interviewing skills and track your job search process each step of the way.
Learning Express Library (EBSCO)
Offering interactive tutorials and practice exams, this resource helps 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.
Legal Information Reference Center (EBSCO)
Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, Legal Information Reference Center contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis.
Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms, such as: real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others.
Lincoln Library Online (FactCite)
For grades K-12, this resource provides information on many subjects, including biography, history, mythology, science, and more.
Learn business, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals using these free video courses on the latest software, taught by industry experts. Both in-library and remote users must enter their library card number and PIN to access LinkedIn Learning. For those using the LinkedIn Learning app on mobile devices, the library ID is: oh0248. See this User Guide for helpful tips.
Literary Reference Center (EBSCO)
Use this resource to research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest. Learn more about a literary movement for book discussions.
Little PIM (Mango)
Introduces children, 0-6, to foreign languages in a way they can understand and enjoy.
Mango is our online language-learning tool! There are dozens of language courses available- French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, English, Polish, Hebrew, etc.
MAS Ultra – School Edition (EBSCO)
Designed specifically for high school, this database contains full text of nearly high school magazines, reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of photos, maps & flags, color PDFs.
MasterFile Complete (EBSCO)
MasterFILE Complete is a daily updated, multidisciplinary database with full text for thousands of general reference publications, reference books, and primary source documents. It includes an image collection of photos, maps, and flags.
MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.
Mergent Archives – Digitized Corporate Manual Collection
This provides every Moody’s corporate manual back to 1909.
This expansive directory resource includes private and public U.S., Canadian, and global businesses, along with residential information. It also includes job searching and looking up census data by zip code.
Middle Search Plus (EBSCO)
Middle Search Plus provides full text of middle school magazines, biographies, and primary source documents, plus a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags.
Mitchell’s ProDemand — In Library Access Only
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.
Unlimited access to test preparation materials for over 1,000 different standardized exams. Access study guides and practice questions for exams including the GED, SAT, ACT, TEAS, HESI, Praxis, TOEFL, career and technical certification.
MyHeritage Library Edition (EBSCO)
This resource includes all the newspapers digitized in the Google Newspaper Archives. When you choose the Newspapers category, you can do a keyword search using the Name and Publication place fields. Note that while the Youngstown Vindicator from 1869-2009 is included, there are many poorly digitized and completely missing issues which will not be found in search results. Searching and Browsing the Google News Archive provides helpful instructions for using this resource.
Newspaper Source (EBSCO)
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.
Find here online tutorials on how to use many online resources, from digital resources like OverDrive and Hoopla, to databases like Ancestry.com and DemographicsNow, to educational resources like LearningExpress and Universal Class.
Northstar Digital Literacy
For anyone looking to improve their skills with computers, software, or technology, this is a self-directed assessment and learning tool that covers a variety of technology scenarios. It comes complete with short lessons and practice exercises to improve skills on a number of common computer topics. The Northstar resource is available 24×7 and library staff are available to help with the resource during regular hours.
NoveList K-8 Plus (EBSCO)
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.
NoveList Plus (EBSCO)
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.
Ohio Car Insurance Calculator (ValChoice)
This Ohio car insurance estimator lets you calculate auto insurance costs customized to your age, location, driving record, vehicle, etc. Your personal information is only used to calculate insurance price.
Ohio Home Insurance Calculator (ValChoice)
Use this Ohio home insurance calculator to estimate home insurance costs based on home replacement value and location. Your personal information is only used to calculate insurance price.
Ohio Web Library
Access to the statewide collection of online resources organized into various categories.
Open Dissertations (EBSCO)
EBSCO Open Dissertations now includes the content from American Doctoral Dissertations. It is a free database with records for more than 1.2 million electronic theses and dissertations from around the world.
Opposing Viewpoints In Context (Gale)
Opposing Viewpoints contains nearly 5,000 current social topics in the forms of primary source documents, statistics, websites and multimedia.
OverDrive eBooks & Audiobooks
Catalog for downloading audio, ebooks, comics & graphic novels to computers, tablets and other mobile devices.
Oxford Research Encyclopedias (Oxford)
The Oxford Research Encyclopedias offer long-form overview articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. Each of the twenty-five distinct encyclopedias cover both foundational and cutting-edge topics in order to develop, over time, an anchoring knowledge base for major areas of research across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
PebbleGo Next (Capstone)
For grades 3-5, find here articles, activities, videos, and games in five unique databases: Science, Biographies, Social Studies, States, and American Indian History.
Points of View Reference Center (EBSCO)
Essays, articles and news items presenting multiple sides of current or controversial issues.
Prenda’s Code Club is a learn-to-code software for the kids in your library community. Through Prenda, kids ages 8-18 will find an engaging experience as they learn how to code.
Primary Search (EBSCO)
Geared towards elementary school students, Primary Search provides full text of more than 70 popular, magazines.
Professional Development Collection (EBSCO)
Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of high quality education journals and educational reports.
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (EBSCO)
Full-text coverage of topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods
Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) (Data Axle)
The #1 source of information on businesses and people for researchers, students, job seekers and government agencies.
Regional Business News (EBSCO)
This database is updated daily and provides comprehensive full text coverage for business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
Religion and Philosophy Collection (EBSCO)
This database provides extensive full-text coverage of such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.
Research 4 Success (INFOhio)
Blended learning course presented in six modules that teach rigorous research skills needed for college and careers. Modules introduce key research skills with practice exercises and tools for assessment.
S&P Global NetAdvantage
A comprehensive source of business and investment information, offering on-line access to S&P Capital IQ independent research, data and commentary on stocks, bonds, funds, and industries.
Provides online, searchable access to the full text of a variety of Grey House, H.W. Wilson, and Salem Press titles owned by the Library, in the following subjects: Health, History, Literature, and Science.
SAMS Photofact Online
Repair manuals and wiring diagrams for consumer electronics devices including TVs and radios.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
A searchable interface for locating historical maps of communities in Ohio from 1882 through 1962.
Science Online (InfoBase)
Aimed at students from middle school through high school, this comprehensive database includes science biographies, diagrams, essays, experiments, definitions, and timelines.
Science Reference Center (EBSCO)
It is designed to meet every student researchers needs as it contains full text of hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources covering all the various sciences.
Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO)
This resource offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.
Small Engine Repair Reference Center (EBSCO)
The online version of all the Clymer small engine repair manuals, containing information on maintenance and repairs for motorcycles, ATVs, personal water craft, lawn mowers, tractors, generators, and more.
Sociological Collection (EBSCO)
Sociological Collection offers information in all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture and social structure.
Today’s Science (Infobase)
Connects real-world discoveries with the science classroom, features over 6,000 high-interest science news articles, and includes research topics, conversations with scientists, videos, and discussion questions.
This current events database allows students and researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today’s classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints.
Transparent Language Online (RBdigital)
Learn a new language using a self-paced, online language-learning system. The Byki learning method takes users through a series of simple steps to memorize words and phrases in a new language, including their meanings and proper pronunciation, in the shortest possible time.
With your PLYMC Library Card, you have access to FREE instructor-led online courses on many subjects, from academic skills to hobbies to general interest, with continuing education credits certified by the IACET.
Very Short Introductions (Oxford)
The perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Launched by Oxford University Press in 1995, Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas from Climate to Consciousness, Game Theory to Ancient Warfare, Privacy to Islamic History, Economics to Literary Theory.
Vocational and Career Collection (EBSCO)
Vocational & Career Collection provides full text coverage to trade and industry-related periodicals.
What Tree Is It? (OPLIN)
Helps to identify just about any tree that is native to Ohio.
What’s that Snake? (OPLIN)
Helps to identify the 30 kinds of snakes found in Ohio, both poisonous and nonpoisonous.
What’s the Point—Identifying Flint Artifacts (OPLIN)
Use this site to help identify flint artifacts produced by Ohio’s prehistoric peoples.
World Almanac for Kids (Infobase)
For middle grade students, features articles, videos, games, science projects, fun facts, maps, flags and more on arts, biographies, geography, health and guidance, language arts, life science, math, physical science, social studies, and sports.
World Almanac for Kids Elementary (Infobase)
Current digital content with important dates and statistical information and featuring articles, videos, interactive games, and activities on topics including animals, Earth Science, famous Americans, plants, exploring space, and more.
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.
World Book Advanced
A powerful reference tool designed for high school student that includes an encyclopedia, multimedia, e-book, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search.
World Book Banco de Contenidos aulaPlaneta
Upper level Spanish language database that includes more than 140,000 articles and 9,000 images, videos, animations, sounds, and interactive media.
World Book Early Learning
Games, eBooks, and digital media that develop language and literacy skills.
World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
This is World Book’s basic Spanish-language encyclopedia for elementary and middle school students.
World Book Kids
Intended for younger readers, this version of the encyclopedia includes activities, illustrations, maps, and more to engage children’s different learning styles.
World Book L’Encyclopedie Decouverte
This is World Book’s basic French-language encyclopedia for elementary and middle school students.
World Book Student
Tailored for students in elementary and middle schools, it includes all articles from the print versions of the World Book, plus additional articles, learning resources, and research tools.
World Book Timelines
Hundreds of customizable, interactive timelines of important events throughout history.