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 Experience: The American Mosaic (ABC-CLIO)
Provides a comprehensive survey of African American history and its heartbreaking struggles, major movements—political, social, artistic, and literary—and most notable events and legislative reform.
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.
American Indian Experience: The American Mosaic (ABC-CLIO)
Illuminates the historical and contemporary practices and tribulations of more than 150 Native American tribes from all regions of North America.
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.
This database provides access to more than two million images on every subject imaginable which have all been rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use.
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.
Chilton Library (Gale)
The online version of the popular Chilton Total Car Care do-it-yourself print manuals photos, illustrations, videos, animated graphics and repair procedures help to simplify even the most difficult of auto repair tasks.
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.
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 countries included in the database.
Daily Life Through History (ABC-CLIO)
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.
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.
This resource offers free BMV permit practice tests, as well as tips for getting or renewing your driver’s license!
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.
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 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.
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 MAIN 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 MAIN 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 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 PowerSearch 2.0 (Gale)
Simultaneously search Gale resources subscribed to by the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County: Gale Virtual Reference Library, National Geographic Virtual Library, Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Small Business Resource Center and more.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale)
This is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
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.
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.
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.
Kids InfoBits (Gale)
A database for students in grades K-5, it covers geography, current events, the arts and sciences, people, government, history, health, sports, and more.
Latino American Experience: The American Mosaic (ABC-CLIO)
Defines this national identity as it embraces the heritage and culture of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Guatemalans, Cubans, Dominicans, Colombians, Ecuadorians, and other Latino peoples in the United States.
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.
Literary Index (Gale)
Quick and easy access to author and title listings from over 130 premium literature resources. The referenced products themselves contain complete biographies on authors and critical essays on their writings.
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.
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 Lynda.com
Mango is our online language-learning tool! There are dozens of language courses available- French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, English, Polish, Hebrew, etc.
Marquis Biographies Online (Marquis Who’s Who)
Features 1.5 million biographies from twenty-four Marquis Who’s Who titles since 1985, plus historical biographies from Who Was Who in America covering the period 1607-1985.
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.
Morningstar 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
MyHeritage Library Edition (EBSCO)
MyHeritage is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind in the world. It includes billions of historical documents from more than 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources. Searching and Browsing the Google News Archive provides helpful instructions for using this resource.
National Geographic Virtual Library (Gale)
This resource brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue from 1888 to the present — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.
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 Lynda.com and Universal Class.
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 Web Library
This looks at groups of databases in categories you select and returns results in a few seconds.
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.
Points of View Reference Center (EBSCO)
Essays, articles and news items presenting multiple sides of current or controversial issues.
Pop Culture Universe (Greenwood/ABC-CLIO)
A fascinating digital library of information on American and world popular culture–both past and present.
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
RBdigital eAudiobooks and eBooks (RBdigital)
RBdigital provides Audiobooks and eBooks to stream or download to any device.
RBdigital Magazines (RBdigital)
Full digital copies of favorite magazines are now available to PLYMC cardholders with no waiting or checkout periods.
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.
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 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 Builder (Gale)
This is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit.
Small Business Collection (Gale)
A great resource for business students and entrepreneurs, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories.
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 Business Resource Center (Gale)
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.
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.
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.
TumbleBook Library (BWI)
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books, games, puzzles and much, much more to hold the interest of younger readers.
Universal Class (RBdigital)
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.
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 Early World of Learning
Three interactive learning environments – Trek’s Travels, Welcome to Reading, and Know It – designed for preschoolers and children in early grades.
World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
This is World Book’s basic Spanish-language encyclopedia for elementary and middle school students.
World Book Hispanica Saber
This is a comprehensive Spanish-language general encyclopedia designed for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students and ESL/ELL program participants.
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.
World Folklore and Folklife (Greenwood/ABC-CLIO)
This multicultural resource includes thousands of classic folk tales and provides information on holidays, festivals, language, stories, fairy tales, proverbs, foodways, and folk remedies.
World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras (ABC-CLIO)
Explores ancient civilizations, dynasties, and empires and profiles city-states, countries, and regions of the ancient and medieval world, providing a dynamic learning experience that encompasses intellectual developments, wars and cooperation, religion, cultural practices, and more from prehistory through to the beginning of the Renaissance.
World History: The Modern Era (ABC-CLIO)
Aimed at high school and high-level middle school students, this comprehensive resource provides easy-to-navigate information on all aspects of modern world history.