Research & Learn

Research and Learn at Plano Public LibraryThese resources are available for Plano Public Library patrons to research a topic or learn something new as part of our mission to promote life long learning.

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A valid Plano Library card is required to access most databases. Some databases are available in library only

Academic Search Complete - EBSCO 
Academic Search Complete - EBSCO
Multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer reviewed journals. Abstracts for more than 12,500 journals, and more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. PDF content going back as far as 1887, majority of full text titles in native, searchable PDF format
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Credo 
Credo
Over 3,000,000 reference entries from all the major academic subject areas serving as a great starting point for your research! Tons of images, audio files, videos and full text articles on any topic you can think of all with full citations
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Eric - EBSCO 
Eric - EBSCO
Education Resource Information Center provides access to educational literature and resources. Contains more than a million records and links to hundreds of thousands of full-text documents from ERIC back to 1966
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Learning Express Library 
Learning Express Library
Online practice tests for civil service, firefighter, emergency medical services, law enforcement, GED, FRE, TAKS, ASVAB, real estate, SAT, TOEFL, TASP, plus other occupations/subjects, college prep, software tutorials, and more excellent learning tools
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Professional Development Collection - EBSCO 
Professional Development Collection - EBSCO
A highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. Contains more than 200 educational reports. The most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Teaching Books 
Teaching Books
A portal to thousands of multimedia resources that can enhance and enliven reading experiences of children's and young adult books
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Tutor.com 
Tutor.com
Live online tutoring from real tutors, every day from 2pm to 11pm. Student subjects include math, science, English, history and more. Adult tutoring includes career coaching, ESL and citizenship test help
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Business Source Complete - EBSCO 
Business Source Complete - EBSCO
Search for financial data, industry market reports, business videos, SWOT analyses and company profiles
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Business Wire News - EBSCO 
Business Wire News - EBSCO
Tool for searching EBSCO Regional Business News
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Legal Forms - Gale 
Legal Forms - GALE
Access to authentic, professional legal documents for businesses – filing patents and trademarks, developing leases, creating bills of sale, delegating power of attorney, filing for divorce, creating wills and estates, filing for bankruptcy, and more
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Lydna.com 
Lynda.com
Provides online training courses that cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications)
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Morningstar Investment Research Center 
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Investment resource specialized in fund investing. Offers news, commentary, fund information, tutorial, tools and forums. Publishers of annual reports and more
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Reference USA 
Reference USA 
Business Directory Information: provides information to help you search for jobs, location industry; and find new business
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Regional Business News - EBSCO 
Regional Business News - EBSCO
Full-text regional business publications for the United States and Canadian provinces. Users can search newspapers, magazines and other resources from trusted news sources
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Small Business Reference Center - EBSCO 
Small Business Reference Center - EBSCO
Information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, help and advice section, and information on how to create business plans
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Value Line Investment Research
Value Line
Provides information to help you evaluate 3,500 of the most actively traded stocks in more than 100 industries, representing 95% of the daily US trading volume
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Temporarily available remotely
Ferguson Career Guidance Center - Infobase 
Ferguson's Career Guidance Center - Infobase
Profiles of nearly 3,400 jobs and 140 industries, invaluable advice on career skills, thousands of resource entries, and more
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Learning Express Library 
Learning Express Library
Online practice tests for civil service, firefighter, emergency medical services, law enforcement, GED, FRE, TAKS, ASVAB, real estate, SAT, TOEFL, TASP, plus other occupations/subjects, college prep, software tutorials, and more excellent learning tools
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Lydna.com 
Lynda.com
Provides online training courses that cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications)
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Tutor.com 
Tutor.com
Live online tutoring from real tutors, every day from 2pm to 11pm. Student subjects include math, science, English, history and more. Adult tutoring includes career coaching, ESL and citizenship test help
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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American History Online - Infobase 
American History Online - Infobase
Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history to cover the American experience
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Ancestry Library Edition 
Ancestry Library Edition
Indexes to US, Canada, and UK census; to birth, death, marriage records; immigration, passenger lists, and naturalization records
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Temporary remote access through September 2020. Library card required. Patrons will not be charged $2.50 processing fee to use Ancestry Library Edition
Collin County Images - Genealogy Center - Plano Public Library 
Collin County Images - Genealogy Center
Photographs, documents, yearbooks, and other archive material representing people and places of Collin County
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Dallas Metro News Collection and Dallas Morning News Historical Archive 
Dallas Metro News Collection & Dallas Morning News Historical Archive
Historical issues of the Dallas Morning News from 1885 – Current and Dallas Metropolitan Area News Sources
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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fold3 by Ancestry 
fold3
A growing collection of U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served from the Revolutionary War onward
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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 Genealogy Center - Plano Public Library 
Genealogy Center Resources - Plano Public Library
Links to over 40 genealogy related sites. Some databases are available in library only. Sites include: Ancestry Library Edition, fold3, HeritageQuest Online, HistoryGeo, Texas Digital Sanborn Map
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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History Geo 
HistoryGeo
Specializes in original land-ownership maps that can usually show you where your ancestor’s land was located as well as the owners of the adjacent land. Site has tools to lead you the surrounding roads, waterways, towns, and cemeteries
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Available in Library Only Available in Library Only
Salem History 
Salem History
Robust online database that includes the complete content of printed reference sets: Milestone Documents, The Decades and Great Lives from History
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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TexShare Databases 
TexShare Databases - Texas State Library Program
Requires log-in and password. Contact your Plano library for User ID and Password. Extensive collection of databases with access to full-text articles in encyclopedias, almanacs, reference books, journals, newspapers, and electronic books. Information on health, business, biography, genealogy, and literature and homework help
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Consumer Health Complete - EBSCO 
Consumer Health Complete - EBSCO
A collection of consumer health information, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Health and Medicine - Gale 
Health & Medicine - GALE
Information on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, prescription drugs and more from magazines, journals, newspapers, dictionaries, and directories. The material is intended for informational purposes only
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Health and Wellness - EBSCO 
Health and Wellness - EBSCO
Tool for searching EBSCO MedLINE
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Medline - EBSCO 
MEDLINE - EBSCO
Authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and more. MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree numbers, tree hierarchy and explosion capabilities to search abstracts from over 4,800 current biomedical journals
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Natural and Alternative Treatments - EBSCO 
Natural & Alternative Treatments - EBSCO
Contains detailed information on almost 200 different conditions and the conventional and natural treatments used to treat them, over 300 herbs and supplements, plus drug-herb and drug-supplement interactions for more than 90 drug categories
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Salem Health 
Salem Health
Provides access to Magill’s Medical Guide, an authoritative reference that helps bridge the gap between medical encyclopedias for professionals and popular self-help guides
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Chilton Library - Gale 
Chilton Library - GALE
Detailed information to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs. Some of Chilton Library’s more popular features include: maintenance and specification tables for each specific vehicle, Step-by-step service and repair procedures, vacuum and wiring diagrams, close-up photographs and illustrations and ASE test prep quizzes
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center - EBSCO 
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center - EBSCO 
Comprehensive database providing detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of hobby enthusiasts
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Home Improvement Reference Center - EBSCO 
Home Improvement Reference Center - EBSCO
Comprehensive, easy-to-use database providing detailed "how-to" information about thousands of home improvement and repair projects, from plumbing and wiring to painting and decorating
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Small Engine Repair Reference Center - EBSCO 
Small Engine Repair Reference Center - EBSCO
Detailed user-friendly repair guides for all types of small engines. Includes routine maintenance, such as tune-ups and brake service, and more extensive repairs
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Literary Reference Center - EBSCO 
Literary Reference Center - EBSCO
Comprehensive, full-text database provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Novelist 
NoveList
Helps readers find authors and titles on subjects and themes similar to their favorite works of fiction. The database offers access to over 125,000 titles
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Novelist K-8 
NoveList K-8
Database about books specifically for younger readers. Helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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OverDrive - eBooks and eAudiobooks for desktop PC 
OverDrive
Provides eBooks and audiobooks to download to any device for kids, teens and adults
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
Kids Link
Teens Link
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Procitizen 
ProCitizen
An online course to prepare New Americans for the civics, reading, and writing parts of the USCIS Naturalization Test. Includes 100 instructional videos in both English and Spanish
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Pronunciator 
Pronunciator
A fun and easy way to learn to speak, read, and write any of 146 languages. Includes live tutors, feature films, music with lyrics, pronunciation analysis, quizzes, and more! Also features ESL for 50 non-English languages, plus free apps for Android, Apple, and Kindle Fire devices
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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RBdigital - eAudiobooks, Great Courses, magazines 
RBdigital
Provides audiobooks and magazines to stream or download to any device, and streaming video for entertainment and education
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Referencia Latina - EBSCO 
Referencia Latina - EBSCO
This full-text Spanish-language database covers a broad array of subjects inside and outside academia. It offers content from a variety of sources, including reference books, general interest magazines and health reports
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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World Geography and Culture - Infobase 
World Geography and Culture Online - Infobase
Facilitates the study of countries, U.S. states, places, peoples, and geography concepts and skills through a global approach
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Dallas Metro News Collection and Dallas Morning News Historical Archive 
Dallas Metro News Collection & Dallas Morning News Historical Archive
Historical issues of the Dallas Morning News from 1885 – Current and Dallas Metropolitan Area News Sources
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Newspaper Source - EBSCO 
Newspaper Source - EBSCO
Full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers. Plus selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers and, full text television & radio news transcripts
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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New York Times 
New York Times
Requires Plano library card and password. Contact your Plano library for password. Unlimited on-site access to the NYTimes.com site with full access to the International New York Times including book reviews and interactive videos and photos
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Plano Star Courier 
Plano Star Courier
Covers Plano and Collin County focusing on local news, high school sports, breaking news, community social and cultural events
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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PressReader 
Pressreader
Use Pressreader from RB Digital to read newspapers on the go and save money. Explore national, provincial, and global leading newspapers from across the US and Canada, plus over 100 countries. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find Pressreader
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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RBdigital - eAudiobooks, Great Courses, magazines 
RBdigital
Provides audiobooks and magazines to stream or download to any device, and streaming video for entertainment and education
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
Access Now: Link
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Regional Business News - EBSCO 
Regional Business News - EBSCO
Full-text regional business publications for the United States and Canadian provinces. Users can search newspapers, magazines and other resources from trusted news sources
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Computer Source - EBSCO 
Computer Source - EBSCO
Provides researchers with the latest information and current trends in high technology. Offers full text for nearly 300 publications and indexing and abstracts for nearly 450 publications
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Lydna.com 
Lynda.com
Provides online training courses that cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications)
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Science in Context - Gale 
Science in Context - GALE
Provides contextual information on science topics by showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Science Online - Infobase 
Science Online - Infobase
Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, videos, diagrams, definitions, biographies, and experiments
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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eBooks - EBSCO 
eBooks - EBSCO
eBook and audiobook titles from leading publishers encompassing a wide range of subject matter—including academic titles, popular fiction, medical collections and more
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Infobase 
Infobase
Reference databases on American history, career guidance, science, and world geography and culture subjects. Printable forms and curriculum resources for grades K - 12 are also available
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Legal Forms - Gale 
Legal Forms - GALE
Access to authentic, professional legal documents for businesses – filing patents and trademarks, developing leases, creating bills of sale, delegating power of attorney, filing for divorce, creating wills and estates, filing for bankruptcy, and more
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
Access Now: Link
MasterFILE Premier - EBSCO 
MasterFILE Premier - EBSCO
Full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals, 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an image collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and more
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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Military and Government Collection - EBSCO 
Military and Government Collection - EBSCO
Offers current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government via 300 full text journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for nearly 400 titles
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
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TexShare Databases 
TexShare Databases - Texas State Library Program
Requires log-in and password. Contact your Plano library for User ID and Password. Extensive collection of databases with access to full-text articles in encyclopedias, almanacs, reference books, journals, newspapers, and electronic books. Information on health, business, biography, genealogy, and literature and homework help
Requirements: Library card • Internet access
Access Now: Link