Research & Reference Tools

Database Links (A-Z)

Databases by Subject:

 

Automotive and Small Engine Repair

Automate – Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Small Engine Repair –  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.

 

Business Research and Investing

Business Book Summaries – EBSCO’s Business Book Summaries (BBS) provides concise yet comprehensive summaries of the best business books. With these summaries, professionals and students can keep up with the latest information in the business world and learn more effectively.

Demographics Now – An online subscription resource that provides users with access to robust and highly detailed U.S. demographic data.

eBook Business Collection

Entrepreneurial Studies Source – Entrepreneurial Studies Source is an essential database for business students and researchers, providing the latest insights on entrepreneurship and small businesses topics. It offers full-text business journals, magazines, reference books, case studies and company profiles.

Lynda.com – Enjoy unlimited access to a vast subscription library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts in the areas of software, technology, creative, and business skills.

Morningstar Library Edition – Find a stock or mutual fund to meet your needs, research current or prospective holdings, or see how your investments fit together.

Online Classes from Gale Courses – Enroll in a wide variety of six-week online classes with your Plymouth Library Card. Choose from classes in subject areas such as business, project management, grant writing and much more.

Reference U.S.A. – Information on U.S. and Canadian companies. This is great for constructing sales or marketing lists.

Regional Business News – Regional Business News provides full-text regional business publications for the United States and Canadian provinces. Users can search newspapers, magazines and other resources from trusted news sources.

Small Business Reference Center – Small Business Reference Center 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.

 

Career and Job Preparation
Associates Programs Source – Full-text coverage for the subject areas most relevant to two-year college programs including biotechnology, graphic arts, criminal justice and veterinary assisting. Total titles indexed: 1,000+; Full-text titles: 950+.

Learning Express Library – LearningExpress Library helps libraries improve the lives of their patrons every day through a highly-acclaimed eLearning solution that provides support to students and professionals for academic skill-building, standardized test prep, career certification test prep and more.

Lynda.com – Enjoy unlimited access to a vast subscription library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts in the areas of software, technology, creative, and business skills.

Online Classes from Gale Courses – Prepare for the GED, GRE, GMAT, SAT/ACT and other classes that help you prepare for your careers. All classes are six weeks long and all you need to enroll is your Plymouth District Library card!

Vocational Studies Premier – Designed specifically for the research needs of two-year colleges, this full-text resource offers scholarly content most relevant to vocational programs.

 

Consumers

Consumer Reports – Online version of the Consumer Reports Magazine with all reviews and articles.

 

Genealogy
American Ancestors – AVAILABLE ONLY IN LIBRARY! Search over 78 million names contained in town and church records, land records, military records, court records, diaries & journals, immigration records and more. Focus is primarily on New England area.

Ancestry Library EditionAVAILABLE ONLY IN LIBRARY! With over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases, AncestryPlus is the most comprehensive online source of information for genealogy and local history.

Fold3 – Historical document and genealogical research site with over 41 million primary documents online, many from the National Archives.

HeritageQuest Online – Over 25,000 local and family history books full-text online as well as U.S. Federal Census images, Revolutionary War Penion Records, Freedman’s Bank Records and PERSI.

Michigan Newspapers – Library of Michigan – Contains links to Michigan Newspaper finding aids for news or obituaries by City and County, a list of newspaper holdings on microfilm, newspaper family histories and other newspaper resources.

MyHeritage Library Edition – Access billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.

Sanborn Historic Maps Michigan – Maps originally done for insurance purposes, these historic documents are great for local history and genealogy research.

 

Language Learning

Mango Languages – Learn French, Spanish, Japanese, German, Greek, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese or Brazilian Portuguese.

 

Newspapers

Community Crier – Search Plymouth’s The Community Crier full text from 1974 – 1998.

Detroit Free Press – 1999 to present

Detroit Free Press Historic (1831-1999) – 1831-1999 coverage of Detroit Free Press with full images and searchable. Results may be printed.

Michigan Newspapers – Library of Michigan – Contains links to Michigan Newspaper finding aids for news or obituaries by City and County, a list of newspaper holdings on microfilm, newspaper family histories and other newspaper resources.

Newspaper Source Plus – Provides coverage from newspapers, newswires, and news magazines. TV, radio transcripts, and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources are also included. Primary full coverage newspapers are The Washington Post and USA Today. Total titles indexed: 1,300+; Full-text titles: 1,300+.

New York Times Historic (1831-1999) – Full-text and full-image articles from 1831-1999.

Plymouth Observer Online – Searchable full images of the Plymouth (MI) Observer Newspaper 2001- 2013.