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Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County Online Resources: Home

YSU patrons can access the online resources offered by the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County by signing up for a free public library card.

OBTAINING A LIBRARY CARD

Sign up for a full-service or digital library card from the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County.
The resources listed below can be used offsite with your public library card.

ONLINE RESOURCES

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.

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.

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.

Basic ESL – Learn English Online
Basic ESL improves an individual’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, and instructionally proven curriculum.

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.

Britannica ImageQuest
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.

Consumer Reports - MasterFile Complete (EBSCO)
Full text access to Consumer Reports magazine from 1991 onward.

CultureGrams (ProQuest)
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. (YSU used to subscribe to this database)

DemographicsNow (Gale)
Comprehensive business and residential search tool that facilitates market reserach reports. Also available are demographic reports of interest to businesses and people writing business plans.

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

Fold3 (ProQuest)
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.

Gale Business: Demographics Now
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
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)
Database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Health Reference Series Online (Omnigraphics)
Online access to all print Omnigraphics health-related titles owned by the library.

HeritageQuest (ProQuest)
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.

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.

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.

LegalForms (Gale)
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.

Lynda.com (LinkedIn)
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 Languages
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.

Mergent Archives – Digitized Corporate Manual Collection
This provides every Moody’s corporate manual back to 1909.

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.

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)
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.

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

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
Access to the statewide collection of online resources organized into various categories.

Open Dissertations (EBSCO)
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.

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.

Pop Culture Universe (Greenwood/ABC-CLIO)
A fascinating digital library of information on American and world popular culture–both past and present.

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.

ReferenceUSA (Infogroup)
#1 source of information on businesses and people for researchers, students, job seekers and government agencies.

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
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.

Salem Online
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.

Small Business Reference Center (EBSCO)
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)
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.

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

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.