Academic One File
Academic One File – Full-text, peer-reviewed articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources in the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology,literature and more. Updated daily. Learn more – watch this short tutorial.
Accessible Archives – Genealogy and history researchers will find full text articles from several historical newspapers. Coverage focuses on the Southeast and African American newspapers of the 18th and 19th centuries. Good for genealogical and other historical research, Accessible Archives includes the Civil War database, with the full text of major articles from The New York Herald, The Charleston Mercury and The Richmond Enquirer covering November 1, 1860–April 15, 1865; The African American Newspapers database contains seven of the major African American newspapers of the 19th century and other major historical newspapers from the 18th and 19th century.
American Ancestors [in-library only]
American Ancestors – New England Historic Genealogical Society [in library only] Get online access to more than 200,000 records for New England, New York and beyond.
Ancestry [in-library only]
Ancestry.com [in-library only] – premier family history website including census, military,immigration and other genealogical resources. To view a short tutorial, click here.
AtoZdatabases : Search Jobs, Businesses or Mailing Lists – The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database. The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!. Click here to view a short tutorial on how to use AtoZdatabases.
A to Z Maps Online
AtoZ Maps – Use your Plymouth Public Library card to sign into AtoZ Maps Online, the world’s most comprehensive collection of royalty-free downloadable maps for schools, academic institutions, and public libraries. Students, teachers, library patrons, and businesses can use our more than 100,000 maps in school reports, school lesson plans, personal research projects, and business reports.No other reference contains so many maps, map resources, visual glossaries, video dictionaries, geography learning games, and teacher resources as AtoZ Maps Online.
Boston Globe (current)
Boston Globe (historical)
Boston Globe Historical (1872-1984) – For everyone from genealogists to researchers and scholars. Easily-searchable obituaries, first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. (Read more about it in our Premium Resources blog).
Consumer Reports – Thousands of product reviews and ratings updated regularly; valuable buying advice; reliable data and much more. Click here to view a brief tutorial on how to get the most out of using Consumer Reports.
Driver’s Test Prep
Driver’s Test Prep – Before you can get a driver’s license, a motorcycle license, or a motorcycle endorsement, you must first obtain the corresponding type of learner’s permit. And the first step to obtaining a learner’s permit is to pass a written learner’s permit exam. Here you can find the RMV manuals you should study and practice tests you should take to help you prepare. Our practice tests include hundreds of questions that are based on the RMV manuals and resemble those on the official learner’s permit exams. We’ve even created some marathon practice tests to get you fully prepped and ready to pass your permit exam.
EBSCO eBook Collection
EBSCO eBook Collection – Over 11,000 eBooks. Digital full-text versions of books such as reference works, scholarly monographs, fiction, and a wide variety general interest titles for all ages – Books can be read on computers and also downloaded to a variety of devices. (The loan period is 7 days). – help – You can also click here to download step-by-step instructions for using EBSCO ebooks at the Plymouth Public Library.
EBSCO eBook Public Library Collection
EBSCO eBook Public Library Collection – wide variety of titles for all ages including cookbooks, crafts and hobbies, health, and more – includes over 25,000 e-book titles in a variety of subjects and topics including self-help, health and fitness, games, crafts and hobbies, medical, cooking and religion. Each title can be read either on a computer or downloaded to a variety of devices. (The loan period is 7 days). help – You can also click here to download step-by-step instructions for using EBSCO ebooks at the Plymouth Public Library.
Encyclopedia Britannica – Explore the updated online encyclopedia with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies,videos, images and websites. Especially for kids, check Britannica Public Library Edition for Kids includes both the Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia and Compton’s by Britannica geared to middle school students behind an interface designed for the younger public library audience. Features of Britannica for Kids include: Video, animation, and audio clips; help on writing research papers, book reviews, science reports, and oral presentations; Biography Browse; Discover America, statistics and summary information for each state; Learning Materials, interactive exercises and study guides; Workspace for organizing research projects and spell checker
Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides access to US military records, including stories, photos, and personal documents. This continually-growing collection contains millions of records from world-class archives. With content from the Revolutionary War onward, Fold3 Library Edition is an invaluable resource for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families, teachers, and battle reenactors. The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.
Freegal Music – Use your Plymouth Public Library card to sign onto Freegal Music. Freegal allows users the ability to stream music directly to their smartphone, tablet, computer, or other personal device. Listen to today’s top hits and classics in all genres. The Freegal Music app is available for free download on the App Store and Google Play Store.
Global Road Warrior
Global Road Warrior – Use your Plymouth Public Library card to sign into Global Road Warrior, the world’s most extensive country-by-country resource for learning about culture, customs, history, and language worldwide. Global Road Warrior consists of 175 Country Guides of 119 topics each. No other single resource covers so many topics, so well, for so many countries.
Health Reference Series Online
The Health Reference Series provides basic medical information for patients, families, caregivers, and the general public. Each volume takes a particular topic and provides comprehensive coverage. The titles provide an easy-to-use and authoritative source designed for lay readers—consumers with no specific medical knowledge. The sourcebooks are organized in a logical and thoughtful way, with a detailed table of contents that shows exactly where to find the information readers need. Available sourcebooks in the Plymouth collection include aging, autism, breast cancer, learning disabilities, medical tests, mental health disorders, and sleep disorders.
HeritageQuest – HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. Federal Census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.
One of our most popular services, Hoopla Digital media service allows you to stream and download audiobooks, comics, ebooks, movies, music and television shows. Choose from thousands of titles from major film studios, recording companies and publishers, including Harper Collins e-audiobooks.
Click here for a quick tutorial on how to get started using Hoopla.
Visit the Hoopla Help page for more information and answers to common questions; video tutorials and demonstrations can also be found on the Hoopla YouTube channel.
Available content and checkout periods:
- Hoopla eBooks, Audiobooks, Comics: 21 days
- Hoopla Music: 7 days
- Hoopla Video (Movies and TV): 3 days
Monthly checkout limit 5 per user.
Infobase Ebooks – Infobase eBooks are Web-based versions of Infobase Publishing’s outstanding print reference books. As one of America’s leading providers of educational materials, Infobase offers authoritative, reliable resources supporting the curriculum across a wide range of subject areas. Titles in our collection under the “Multicultural” heading include books on individual Native American Tribes and the Encyclopedia of Native American History. The library also owns print versions of all the books found in this database.
Kanopy Streaming Video
The Kanopy Streaming Video Collection offers what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights.” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries and acclaimed films, rare and hard-to-find titles, and classic films, with collections from The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, and PBS among many others.
Click here to view a quick tutorial on how to get started with Kanopy at the Plymouth Public Library.
Users can access Kanopy through a variety of devices and platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, iOS and Android. Kanopy is also compatible for hearing- (with captions and transcripts) and visually-impaired patrons (compatible with technologies such as JAWS). Wi-Fi access is necessary to view movies, which are available to stream but not to download. Films that are checked out are available to view for three days with a maximum of 10 checkouts a month. Visit the Kanopy help page for more information.
Literature Criticism Online
Literature Criticism Online – Largest, most extensive compilation of literary commentary with tens of thousands of hard-to-find essays from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals.
The lynda.com online video library offers more than 6,000 courses in Business, Technology and Creative Skills taught by industry experts. Self-paced training classes on a wide range of computer and project management skills are aimed at beginning, intermediate, and advanced users. Topics offered include: the entire suite of Microsoft and Adobe products, website development, business skills, design skills, audio and video tools, creative inspirations, and much more. All of the courses are taught by expert instructors and have fully searchable transcripts. Certificates of completion can be seamlessly uploaded to Linked-In. Log-in with your Plymouth Public Library card.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Morningstar Investment Research Center – Offers accurate, up-to-date data on 35,000 stocks and funds, along with industry and market data.
Learn more about taking advantage of the opportunity to use your library card to access Morningstar – watch this brief tutorial guide.
Newsbank: America’s News, Boston Metro Collection, and Old Colony Memorial, Plymouth (full text 2009 to present)
News of local interest happens everywhere, from small towns to big cities across the United States. America’s News provides access to information on people, issues and events in the local area and around the country. This comprehensive resource offers hundreds of millions of current and archived full-text articles from news sources nationwide in a single, fully searchable online database. It includes the electronic editions of more than 3,000 U.S. news sources. Through Newsbank, Plymouth Public Library cardholders have specific access to The Boston Metro Collection, a total of 248 Boston Metro news sources including full-color image editions of the Boston Herald, Cape Cod Times and Worcester Telegram and Gazette, as well as full text access to our hometown newspaper, The Old Colony Memorial.
Click here to watch a tutorial on using Newsbank.
New York Times Digital
The Library provides free online access to The New York Times on computers at the Main Library and Branch, and 72-hour offsite access through our website by code activation.
Access on library computers: click on New York Times Digital. **Click “Log In” and then “Sign Up” to create an account with your personal email address, or log in if you have already created an account.
Offsite/remote access: For Plymouth card holders, click on this remote access link; if you are registered as a patron of the Manomet Branch Library, please click here. *Click “Redeem” to get 72 hours of continuous access.
**Register with your personal email address, or click on “log in here” if you have already created an account.
* After the first 72 hours have passed, you will need to redeem another code for another 72 hours of remote access. This is the licensing model that New York Times has negotiated with public libraries.
The New York Times Digital app is free and available for Android, iOS, and Fire tablets. Please visit your device’s app store to get the app. You will need to follow the “Offsite/remote access” instructions above to access New York Times Digital on the app. If you’re using a mobile device, open your device’s browser to the library website e-resources page to access the remote link to get the code (not the New York Times app itself). Then, once you launch the NYT app and sign in with the email address you used to register, the code will have already been applied.
New York Times Full Text (1980 to present)
Novelist K-8 Plus
From picture books on up to young adult, in NoveList K – 8 Plus you can find information on children’s books indexed by subject, age, awards won, Lexile Reading Levels, Common Core standards, books made into movies, and other categories. Provides reviews in each book’s description from a variety of sources.
Watch this brief tutorial on how to get the most out of using NoveList to find book suggestions!
NoveList Plus – The secret to finding great books! NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations. It is a comprehensive source of information about books (fiction AND non-fiction) that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more. Watch this brief tutorial on how to get the most out of using NoveList Plus to find book suggestions!
OverDrive Audiobooks and eBooks Catalog – popular bestselling titles for all ages
Overdrive for Kids and Teens Catalog – popular bestselling titles for kids and teens in a user-friendly search format
Click here for a short video tutorial about how to use OverDrive, including up-to-date tips on using the new Libby App.
Many common questions are answered on OverDrive’s Help page. If you need more assistance, you can also fill out and submit this Help Desk form, describing whatever issues you may be having.
Plymouth Page – Statewide Resources Provided by Mass Board of Library Commissioners
Over 50 distinct collections including kid-friendly, literary, cultural, health, legal and business databases. Also known as the Gale Group, including numerous areas including Biography in Context, Research in Context, Gale Literary Sources, Kids Info Bits, and much more. Databases can be searched individually, by selection, or across multiple areas by using the “power search option.” Links to the Boston Globe, New York Times, and various editions of the Encyclopedia Brittanica can also be accessed here.
Public Library Core Collection (Children’s, Fiction, and Nonfiction)
Comprehensive collection development guides covering works for readers from preschool through twelfth grade as well as for adults. Entries provide complete bibliographic data including price, subject headings, a descriptive annotation and evaluative quotations from a review. Book reviews, indicators for starred reviews, awards and “Best Lists” are also included, when available. (Access core collection guides to adult fiction and non-fiction here as well).
RBdigital – Download your favorite magazines to your tablet! RBdigital is the brand name of our former service Zinio. For fans of the TV show America’s Test Kitchen, you can check out copies of Cook’s Country and Cook’s Illustrated. And of course there are perennial favorites including The Atlantic, The Economist, Country Living, Glamour, The New Yorker, Vogue, and Weight Watchers.
GET RBdigital Mobile Apps: iOS | Android | Kindle Fire
Click here to view a tutorial on how to use RBdigital – You can find more answers to common questions about using RBdigital here.
Rosetta Stone Library Solution offers a proven immersion method to language learning, with 30 languages to choose from. Learning is structured around core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and also includes focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more. Patrons can also take advantage of available mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce their language learning wherever they may be.
This short tutorial will help you get started using Rosetta Stone.
Follow this link to get to our Rosetta Stone account. If you are not at the Library, you will need to enter your library card number to sign-in. Create an account with your email address and a password and choose the language which you plan to study. You can also download the mobile app to your tablet or phone. To sign into the app, you must log in from the Library website on your browser, which will then open your lesson in the app.
Salem Press provides award winning content to a wide ranging body of scholarly and reference titles covering literature, history, and science. Plymouth’s collection includes numerous titles from the Critical Insights series, which includes critical interpretations of such classics as The Canterbury Tales, Death of a Salesman, Grapes of Wrath, and The House on Mango Street (log-in to see the complete list of over 25 titles). Critical Insights Authors include perspective on such authors as Jane Austen, Gabriel García Márquez, Nathaniel Hawthorne,Ernest Hemingway, and Toni Morrison.
Something About the Author Online
Something About the Author Online – Provides comprehensive access to the long-standing Something About the Author series, which examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults.
Transparent Language Online
Transparent Language Online provides a fun, effective, and engaging experience for learners of all levels looking to build their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a foreign language.
Combining robust courses, supplemental vocabulary, extensive grammar resources, and mobile apps, Transparent Language Online is the most complete language-learning system. With over 100 languages from Afrikaans to Zulu to choose from, including English for speakers of 26 languages, there is something for every learner. Best of all, with enhanced support for Android ™ tablets and iPads, learners can enjoy the freedom to learn at home, in the library, or on the go.