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Access the following research and informational data from your home or office. You will need your Plain City Public Library card to access these databases. Use the search box below, click on a category below, or scroll down to begin.

 
 
 

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Reference
& Research

   
 

AtoZ the World - Find a myriad of information on different countries: city views, facts, neighborhoods, insider's guides, activities, restaurants, climate and weather, embassies and consulates, health & medical, language, maps, travel essentials, transportation, money & banking, communications, and more.

 
     
 

Mango Languages - Mango's unique teaching method quickly engages you in real conversations between two native speakers. Your instructor will take you through every step of the process! Each lesson revisits previously learned material, but you have complete control over your learning experience.

 
     
 

Oxford Reference Online - Wide variety of reference books online including English and bilingual dictionaries, maps and atlases, timelines, an encyclopedia, and subject references.

 
     
 

Points of View - Contains many topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Providing a balance of materials from all viewpoints, it also includes over 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. It also offers guides for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating.

 
     
 

Student Research Center - Student research tool for grades 6 through 12 from EBSCOhost. Search the encyclopedia. Find magazine and newspaper articles. Learn about other countries – through reports, maps, and photos.

 
     
 

World Book Advanced - Access encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas and other research tools.

 
     
     

Genealogy

   
  Ancestry Library Edition - Powered by Ancestry.com, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.  
     
  HeritageQuest Online - Search local & family histories and view federal census images.  
 

 

 
  Sanborn Fire Insurance Map - The Digital Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps provides a searchable interface or locating historical Maps of Ohio towns and cities.  
     
     

Books,
Arts & Literature

   
  about:books - Uses a customized Google engine to search for authors, titles, subjects... anything about books. Use it to find books, to get background information about books and authors, to see reader reviews and suggestions for similar reading, to get series information, and to preview books.  
     
  ART Collection - Works of art from the collections of dozens of art museums, representing works from cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times.  
     
  Literary Reference Center - Full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works. Contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories. Research an author, novel, or poem for school or personal interest and learn more about a literary movement for book discussions.  
     
  Literature On-Line - Full-text, searchable literary works available online! Includes poetry, drama and fiction. Great for personal use and homework!  
     
  Oxford Reference Online - Wide variety of reference books online including English and bilingual dictionaries, maps and atlases, timelines, an encyclopedia, and subject references.  
     
  ReadThisNow - ReadThisNow is a live online readers' advice service provided free of charge for the citizens of Ohio by the State Library of Ohio and your local public library. Professional librarians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your reference questions and assist you in finding information.  
     
     

Magazines & Newspapers

   
 

EBSCOhost (All Databases) - Complete range of citation and full-text reference content available from the EBSCO publishing company. Individual database services are also listed separately.

 
     
 

Newspaper Source (EBSCOhost) - Cover-to-cover full text for 20 national (U.S.) & international newspapers and selected full text for more than 230 regional (U.S.) newspapers, plus TV and radio news transcripts – updated daily.

 
     
 

Student Research Center - Student research tool for grades 6 through 12 from EBSCOhost. Search the encyclopedia. Find magazine and newspaper articles. Learn about other countries – through reports, maps, and photos.

 
     
     

Health &
Medicine

   
 

Alt HealthWatch

 
     
 

Consumer Health Complete - Full text journals, magazines, and reference books from EBSCOhost dealing with health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition – coverage includes a focus on the complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness.

 
     
 

NetWellness  - NetWellness provides the highest quality health information created and evaluated by the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, the Ohio State University, and Case Western Reserve University. 

 
     
     

Students &
Homework

   
  AtoZ the World - Find a myriad of information on different countries: city views, facts, neighborhoods, insider's guides, activities, restaurants, climate and weather, embassies and consulates, health & medical, language, maps, travel essentials, transportation, money & banking, communications, and more.  
     
  Kids Search - Research tool for middle school and elementary age students from EBSCOhost. Search the encyclopedia. Look up words in the dictionary. Explore and search by topic.  
     
  Mango Languages - Mango's unique teaching method quickly engages you in real conversations between two native speakers. Your instructor will take you through every step of the process! Each lesson revisits previously learned material, but you have complete control over your learning experience  
     
 

Student Research Center - Student research tool for grades 6 through 12 from EBSCOhost. Search the encyclopedia. Find magazine and newspaper articles. Learn about other countries – through reports, maps, and photos.

 
     
 

Worldbook Kids - Kid-friendly, includes encyclopedia articles, pictures, dictionary, atlas, and more.

 
     
     

Business &
Government

   
  Learning Express Library - Online test preparation to help you and your employees advance.  
     
 

Ohio.gov: Government Information and Services - The official government website of the state of Ohio. Find government services and information for residents, businesses, visitors, and state employees. Reach the website of any Ohio government agency.

 
     
     

History &
Biography

   
  ART Collection - Works of art from the collections of dozens of art museums, representing works from cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times.  
     
  Biographies Reference Bank  
     
  HeritageQuest Online - Search local & family histories and view federal census images.  
     
 

Oxford Reference Online - A comprehensive resource that contains over 100 dictionaries and reference titles covering the complete subject spectrum.

 
     
  Sanborn Fire Insurance Map - The Digital Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps provides a searchable interface or locating historical Maps of Ohio towns and cities.  
     
     

Science

   
 

Facts on File Science Online - Provides the finest collection of science reference materials—online and fully searchable.

 
     
 

NetWellness  - NetWellness provides the highest quality health information created and evaluated by the faculty of the University of Cincinnati, the Ohio State University, and Case Western Reserve University. 

 
     
 

Ohioline - Online database of publications from Ohio State University Extension Office; the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center; and the Agricultural Technical Institute. Find hundreds of factsheets, bulletins, and other educational materials covering a wide array of subjects - such as agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, 4-H, and youth.

 
     
  Oxford Reference Online - A comprehensive resource that contains over 100 dictionaries and reference titles covering the complete subject spectrum.  
     
  Science Reference Center - Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.  Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.  
     
  World Book Advanced - Access encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas and other research tools.  
     
     

Testing
& Exams

   
 

Learning Express Library -  Online test preparation to help you get ready for that next big test!

 
     
     
24/7 Reference    
   
 

KnowItNow is a live online information service provided free of charge for the citizens of Ohio by the State Library of Ohio and your Plain City Public Library. Professional librarians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your reference questions and assist you in finding information. Once logged on with your Ohio zip code, you and a librarian engage in a "chat" session. The librarian “pushes” high quality, authoritative online resources to your screen. You can watch and participate as librarians skillfully navigate the Internet to find precise answers to your questions. At the conclusion of each KnowItNow session, you will receive a complete transcript of your session via email including links to all the online resources shared during that session.

 
     
     
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Genealogy  
   
 

Plain City Public Library ~ 305 W. Main Street ~ Plain City, Ohio 43064 ~ (614) 873-4912Be sure to visit the Pictorial History of Plain City Collection, housed at the Plain City Public Library. This collection is a culmination of the hard work of many local residents. We would like to thank Joe Hofbauer, who provided the photographic reproductions, and Donna Dunmire, who wrote the historical narrative that accompanies the photographs. We also extend our appreciation to the countless area residents who graciously loaned their personal photos to be used in this project. For more information on this unique collection please contact the library at 614-873-4912, ext. 28.

   
 

Plain City Historical Society

 
  The Plain City Historical Society is another great resource for local genealogical information. Visit their website, send an email, or give them a call at 614-570-2962.
   
 

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If you need help in any way please don't hesitate to contact us! We are here to help you with all your reference, local history, and genealogy needs. Email our trained staff, give us a call at (614) 873-4912, ext. 28, or stop by the library during our open hours: Monday-Thursday 10-9, Saturday 10-6.

 
   

 

 

Plain City Public Library ~ Last Updated November 14, 2013