A-Z Resources


ABCmouse (Home Use)

Over 5,000 fun-filled learning activities (books, games, songs, etc.) that encompass reading, math, science, art, and music for ages 2-7+

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ABCmouse (In-Library Use)

Over 5,000 fun-filled learning activities (books, games, songs, etc.) that encompass reading, math, science, art, and music for ages 2-7+

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Akron Beacon Journal

Get the latest breaking news, sports, entertainment and obituaries in Akron, OH from Akron Beacon Journal.

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Alliance Review

Get the latest breaking news, sports, entertainment and obituaries in Alliance, OH from The Alliance Review.

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Alt HealthWatch

This alternative health database provides full text about complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.

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America’s News

Comprehensive news and information at the local, state, regional and national levels. It offers the full-text of over 2,000 newspapers and online news sources from the United States and select international locations.

Access local and national newspapers including:

  • Akron Beacon Journal
  • Alliance Review
  • Canton Repository
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Columbus Dispatch
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • USA Today
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Ancestry Library

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.

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AtoZ The World

AtoZ the World is the world standard for country profiles, with detailed coverage of more than 100 topics each.

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Business Source Complete

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.

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Canton Repository

Get the latest breaking news, sports, entertainment and obituaries in Canton, OH from Canton Repository.

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Chilton Library

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.

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Columbus Dispatch

The Columbus Dispatch is the number one source for Columbus and Ohio breaking politics, business, obituaries, Ohio sports and entertainment news.

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Consumer Health Complete

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.

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Consumer Reports

Contains full access to the Consumer Reports website, with expert, unbiased ratings, reviews, product comparisons, and buying guides for many essential consumer products.

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Your source for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on countries of the world. Beyond the facts and figures, find an insider's perspective on the history, daily life, and customs. Also covers US states and Canadian provinces.

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eBook Business Collection

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.

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eBook Collection

More than 3,000 Open Access or public domain eBooks. Sources include Project Gutenberg, Generic NL Freebook Publisher, and Air University Press.

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EBSCO Discovery Service

An all-inclusive search solution that makes in-depth research easy. The platform offers sophisticated features and functionality that anticipate user intent, helping them get to exactly what they are looking for quickly and easily. 


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

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Explora for Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)  

Specifically designed with the needs of middle school students in mind, Explora for Middle Schools includes full-text articles from popular,           vocational, and trade magazines, full-text newspaper articles, along with images, videos, and primary sources. Lexile reading levels included.
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Explora for Primary Schools (Grades PreK-5) 

A trustworthy environment for students in grades PreK through 5 to look up facts for class projects or fun, Explora for Primary Schools includes full-text articles from the most popular children's magazines and eBook content from top children's publishers as well as encyclopedia entries from Funk & Wagnalls. Lexile reading levels included.

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Explora for Secondary Schools (Grades 9-12)

A far better alternative to websites and search engines for students to look up articles and facts for research papers or homework, Explora for Secondary Schools offers full-text articles from thousands of magazines, journals, and newspapers on a wide variety of subjects, along with         images, videos, and primary sources. Lexile reading levels included.

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Family Search

A genealogy service provided by the LDS with records from all U.S. states and many countries around the world. Use of this resource requires free registration, whereby each researcher sets up their own account.

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Enjoy digital magazines from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Download the Flipster app and browse and checkout magazines all from within the app.

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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.

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Foundation Directory

Foundation Directory is a fundraising database that gives grantseekers unprecedented access to the largest amount of clean and coded philanthropic data that currently exists.  By combining exhaustive data with intuitive search functionality and informative data visualizations, FDO makes fundraising quick and efficient.

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Foundation Maps

Is an interactive mapping platform with data on millions of grants that allows users to reflect on their foundation’s grantmaking activity, explore activity in the field, and discover new partners for collaboration.

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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.

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Government Information Online (GIO) – Ask A Librarian

Through Government Information Online (GIO) you can ask government information librarians who are experts at finding information from government agencies of all levels (local, state, regional, national international) on almost any subject from aardvarks to zygomycosis.

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GovInfo provides free online access to official Federal Government publications.

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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.

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Use GuideStar to look up a nonprofit and access the most complete data available.

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Health Source: Consumer Edition

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.

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Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

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.

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Help Network of Northeast Ohio

If you and your family are struggling with challenges in your daily life, Help Network of Northeast Ohio is here for you. We administer or refer to a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency assistance programs that can get you the help you need.

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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.

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Hobbies & Craft Source

This resource offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

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Home Improvement Source

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.

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iVOX Books That Move! Library Card Required.

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.

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Learning Express Library

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.

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Legal Information Source

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.

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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.

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LinkedIn Learning

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

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Mango Languages

Mango is our online language-learning tool! There are dozens of language courses available- French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, English, Polish, Hebrew, etc.

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MasterFile Complete

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.

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MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.

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Mergent Intellect

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.

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Mitchell’s ProDemand

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.

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Mometrix eLibrary

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.

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MyHeritage Library Edition

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.


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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.

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Niche Academy

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.

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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.

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NoveList K-8 Plus

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.

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NoveList Plus

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.

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Open Dissertations

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.

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Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Get the latest Pittsburgh local news, breaking news, sports, entertainment, weather and traffic, as well as national and international news.

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PLYMC Digital Archive (ContentDM)

Curated by The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC), the PLYMC Digital Archive is a collection of digitized historical materials and resources. Collections include documents, photographs, books, records, and other resources relating to the history of Mahoning County and surrounding areas.

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Primary Search

Geared towards elementary school students, Primary Search provides full text of more than 70 popular, magazines.

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Reference Solutions

The #1 source of information on businesses and people for researchers, students, job seekers and government agencies.

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Regional Business News

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.

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Small Business Source

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.

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Small Engine Repair Source

This reference database provides detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines. All of the content is organized in a powerful, easy-to-use manner so that users can quickly find the information they need.

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Sociological Collection

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

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.

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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.


Universal Class

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.

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USA Today

USA Today is an American daily middle-market newspaper

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Veterans Crisis Line

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

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Veterans Health Administration

The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,243 health care facilities, including 172 medical centers and 1,062 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.

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We Honor Veterans

We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), invites hospices, state hospice organizations, Hospice-Veteran Partnerships and VA facilities to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment

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Weiss Financial Ratings Series

Provides ratings for Banks, Credit Unions, Insurance Companies, Stocks, Mutual Funds & Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), plus financial planning and investment eBooks, and even tools to compare and decide between supplemental Medicare insurance plans

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World Almanac for Kids

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.

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World 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.

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