STEAM Databases

Access all our databases and those that aid in STEAM Learning with your Plano Public Library card.  

General 

Academic Search Complete – EBSCO
Search this database of over 8,500 full text-periodicals. This is an excellent resource for STEAM-related research projects

Credo 
Explore over 3,000,000 full-text articles offering a wealth of information on STEAM-related topics and all the major academic subject areas. Credo serves as an excellent starting point for research or general information. 

Lynda.com 
Take online training courses covering various topics and software, including some STEAM concepts. Includes courses on 3D printing, music editing, architecture, and more.  


Science 

Consumer Health Complete – EBSCO 
Use this database to find information on medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, sports medicine, and general health.  

Health & Medicine – GALE 
Find information on a variety of topics from health and medical magazines, journals, newspapers, dictionaries, and directories.   

MEDLINE – EBSCO 
Access information on medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, and other subjects from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.  

Salem Health 
Access Magill’s Medical Guide, an authoritative source that combines both medical encyclopedic information that medical professionals use and popular self-help guides.   

Science in Context – GALE 
Find contextual information on various scientific disciplines and topics and how they relate to contemporary issues.  


Technology 

Computer Source – EBSCO 
Access full-text articles and current trends on high technology from nearly 300 publications.  


Engineering 

Chilton Library – GALE 
Learn about vehicle maintenance and repairs with access to step-by-step service and repair procedures, photographs, ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) test prep quizzes, and other information on the maintenance and repair of vehicles.  

Small Engine Repair Reference Center – EBSCO  
Explore resources on both routine and more extensive repair for all types of small engines. 


Arts 

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center – EBSCO 
Explore “how-to” instructions and ideas to spark your creativity. Categories covered by this resource include collecting, arts and crafts, model building, and science and technology.  

Literary Reference Center – EBSCO 
Resource for researchers and learners searching for full-text articles on thousands of authors and their works.  

NoveList and NoveList K-8 
NoveList and NoveList K-8 are your one-stop shops for assistance with reader’s advisory (or book recommendations). NoveList provides reading recommendations for all ages based on the subjects and themes of a reader’s favorite works of fiction. NoveList K-8 provides the same service but only includes recommendations specifically for younger readers.  


Math 

Learning Express Library 
Access educational and occupational practice tests as well as assistance with specific school subject areas. Tutorials and practice sets are available to help students in elementary, middle, and high school improve their math skills. 

Tutor.com 
Access online tutoring as well as practice quizzes in several math subject areas. Another interesting feature is the “Drop off” section in which a student can submit a math question and receive expert feedback in less than 24 hours. Video tutorials are also available for higher-level math subjects.  

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