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Research Help at the Library


Plymouth District Library offers a variety of research tools both in book format and in electronic format. If you are visiting the library, help desks are located on all levels of the building. Please ask us... that's why we are here!

Materials in electronic format may be accessed through computers at public workstations throughout the Library, and remote access for those who have valid Plymouth District Library cards.

Online research products include:


Magazine Articles from both popular magazines and scholarly journals on a variety of topics, primarily full-text.  These articles may be printed, saved, or emailed to yourself.

Research Databases from reliable sources such as Standard and Poors, Morningstar, Chilton's Auto Repair Manuals, Consumer Reports and many others covering diverse topics such as genealogy, language learning, investing, art, health, literature, social studies etc.

Historic Newspapers - Search the Detroit Free Press (1831-1999) and see images of the actual pages of the newspaper.  Images may be printed or emailed to yourself. Also available is the Library of Michigan's Michigan Newspapers collection, which 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.

Gale Courses - A wide variety of online courses that last six weeks and may be accessed any time of the day from the comfort of  your home computer.  Topics include business, technology, health care, law, education, finance and personal enrichment.

When you use Plymouth District Library's wireless network you have agreed to accept our Internet Use Policy.

Wireless access is provided using a public, unsecured network.