E-Resources - Complete List in Alphabetical Order
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | TU | V | W-Z
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.
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. Please note: Ancestry has suspended remote access as of December 2021.
A to Z Databases
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. PPL
A to Z Food America Online
AtoZ Food America – This exciting resource contains more than 2,000 state, regional, and ethnic recipes—including food culture articles—as well as historical and reference articles including an ingredients section. AtoZ Food America is the largest food database of its kind focused solely on diverse American cuisine. Click here to view a brief tutorial overview. PPL
A to Z World Food
AtoZ World Food - Explore more than 7,000 traditional recipes from 174 countries, along with thousands of ingredient, food culture, and reference articles, making it the largest food database of its kind. Use your Plymouth Public Library card to sign in. Click here to view a brief tutorial overview. PPL
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). PPL
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. PPL
Creativebug - Creativebug.com has more than 1,000 award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Click here to view a brief tutorial overview with instructions on how to get started using Creativebug. PPL
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. PPL
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 view a tutorial with step-by-step instructions for using EBSCO ebooks. PPL
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 view a tutorial with step-by-step instructions for using EBSCO ebooks. PPL
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
English Language Learners/High School Equivalency
Mt. Wachusetts College offers library patrons across the Commonwealth an Adult Education Program, MassLINKS. MassLINKS is a Fully Online Adult Education Program that provides:
- Free ESOL/ESL courses for second language learners
- Free High School Equivalency (GED/HiSET) Preparation Courses
FamilySearch [in-library only]
FamilySearch adds over 300 million free genealogical records and images online yearly from all over the world and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land and court records from more than 130 countries to help you discover and make family connections.
Financial Ratings Series Online
Financial Ratings Series Online - includes important financial literacy tools from Weiss Ratings and Grey House Publishing. With Weiss Financial Ratings, you can check the values and ratings of stocks, mutual funds and exchange traded funds. Check ratings of banks, credit unions and insurance companies. To watch a brief tutorial, follow this link. PPL
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. PPL
Freegal Music - Use your Plymouth Public Library card to sign onto Freegal Music. Freegal allows users 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. PPL
Gale Business: Plan Builder
Plan Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. The program’s intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration to develop a business plan focused on long-term success. It distills entrepreneurial activities into Entrepreneur Profile, Business Ideation, Break-Even Analysis, Business Plans, and Financial Projects. Robust and proven financial templates and business frameworks like Lean Canvas and SWOT analysis are combined with a conversational approach that assumes no exposure to business planning.
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. Click here for a quick tutorial on how to get started using Heritage Quest.
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. PPL
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 10 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. PPL
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. Videos from the Great Courses are now available to stream for free.
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. PPL
LinkedIn Learning delivers a unique mix of world-class content, with over 9,000+ digital courses taught by industry experts. Whether you are seeking to learn new skills or just looking to stay-up-to-date, this resource gives you in-depth access to an enormous range of business and technology topics. Classes are available in English, Spanish, German and French. Learning content from Lynda.com has been integrated into this new platform. PPL
Click here to view a short tutorial about how to use LinkedIn Learning.
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.
Medlineplus.gov is trusted health information for you from the National Library of Medicine.
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. PPL
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 also 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.
Newspapers.com - Newspapers.com is the largest online newspaper archive with a diverse blend of well-known regional and local newspapers in the US and other countries. It includes a special focus on full runs and portions of runs of well-known, regional and state titles in addition to small local newspapers. The collection includes a broad range of dates, which mostly cover the 19th and 20th centuries. PPL
Click here to watch a tutorial on using Newspapers.com.
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). PPL
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. PPL
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. PPL
Transparent Language Online is available for learning 110+ languages. Also providing English as a Second Language (ESL) materials for native speakers of 26+ languages, the program has something for every learner and can easily be used on mobile devices. (Please note: if you had previously had an account with RBDigital, follow the link at the top of the Transparent Language landing page for a one-time password reset to access your learning history).
This short tutorial will help you get started.
The Wall Street Journal
We now offer free and unlimited access to The Wall Street Journal digital content. To access from the OCLN catalog, follow this link: https://catalog.ocln.org/client/en_US/plymouth/ Log into your OCLN account using your library card number and PIN and then click on the "Wall Street Journal - Plymouth" link on the left side of the page. To read more about the steps to set up an account, follow this link.
PPL = Plymouth Public Library card required