Online Research Tools

These are digital research resources provided by the Library System.

The list is in alphabetical order and can be searched using the box to the right.


Sample search terms include: job, business, school level (elementary, middle, high school), and more!


You will be required to enter a Library System of Lancaster County library card bar code number in order to use them.

All resources marked with a star (*) are provided by Power Library.

Gale Academic OneFile logoAcademic OneFile *
Find peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals in the areas of the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, literature, and more. Undergraduate researchers can expand and refine search results through the Topic Finder, and citation tools are integrated directly into the user’s workflow.

Academic OneFile offers: More than 18,000 peer-reviewed journals and more than 9,200 in full text; Full text of The Economist ranging from 1988 to the present, with no embargo; Full text of The New York Times from 1985 to present, updated daily; Full text of The Times and Financial Times; Engaging multimedia with over 5,200 audio files, more than 1.1 million video files, and over 143,000 images; Major reference sets including Gale Encyclopedia of Science and Encyclopedia of World Biography; Full-text articles from periodicals covered in major bibliographic resources such as CINAHL, BIOSIS, MLA, PsycINFO, ERIC, EconLit, RILM, and others; Open URL compliance for access to e-journal and subscription materials, allowing users to save and share URLs; Thousands of podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN; Elsevier abstracts from 1996 to present; Document translation into 40 languages; Read-aloud translation into 24 languages.
Logo for AP ImagesAP (Associated Press) Images *
View the greatest events in world history with photographs, audio sound bites, video, and graphics, for over 185 years. Over 3,000 photos/images/sound bites/graphics added daily, including audio and visual snapshots of: Breaking news events, Today's hot topics, Great moments in news, sports and entertainment, Celebrity portraits,

Find over 20 million royalty-free stock images.
A to Z Database LogoAtoZdatabases
AtoZdatabases is the Premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business & executive profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!
Topics - job search, reference, mailing lists
BookFlix logoBookFLIX *
Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to help build a love of reading and learning. Watch videos and read books about animals, celebrations, nature, music, earth, family, community, and more. Some films and books are available in Spanish too!
Topics: animals and nature, earth and sky, people and places, alphabet and numbers, family and community, and music and rhyme.
For: elementary level children
Gale Books and Authors logoBooks & Authors *
Discover fiction and non-fiction books that match your interests! Books and Authors (powered by Gale's popular What Do I Read Next? series) is for readers from every level of reading proficiency and enables users to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics from more than 240,000 titles.

All books recommended by librarians or other experts, are award winners or appear on best seller lists.

Includes: 54,000 authors represented via biographies; 40,000 nonfiction titles are included in business, biography, science and more; Fiction selections reflect the genres readers like best: mystery, science fiction, inspirational, romance, nonfiction, western, horror and fantasy.
Logo for Access PABooks, movies, and more in a PA library (Access PA database) *
Search a single catalog reflecting the holdings of over 1,500 Pennsylvania libraries and their combined collections of over 41 million books, audio materials, reference materials, movies, and much more.

All types of libraries participate, including: Public schools, Private schools, Public libraries, College & university libraries, Law libraries, Medical & hospital libraries, Museum libraries, Historical & genealogical libraries.

For all levels, including elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as adults.
Gale Business Insights EssentialsBusiness Insights: Essentials *
Find full-text articles and statistical data about companies and industries for business owners, marketing professionals, investors, and students. Access to over 11,000 journals and more than 8,900 in full-text. Instantly analyze and compare financial and statistical data with interactive charting tools. Find thousands of detailed financial reports, more than
2,500 custom business glossary terms, 1,000 SWOT reports, over 17,400 company histories, over 460,000 detailed company profiles, and much more, including:
More than 920 in-depth industry profiles; More than 2,200 corporate chronologies; Over 8,900 full-text periodicals; More than 114,000 industry/market research reports from Plunkett Research Ltd. and Progressive Digital Media (formerly Datamonitor MarketLine Reports); More than 2 million investment research/brokerage reports from Thomson Reuters; Over 62,000 articles from Gale’s Market Share Reporter; Over 71,000 association profiles; Over 96,000 articles from Gale's Business Rankings Annual.
Business Plans Handbook collection logoBusiness Plans Handbook Collection
Search the contents of this multi-volume series to see complete business plans written by actual small business owners from all types of typical businesses. Business plan templates are included.
Consumer Health Complete LogoConsumer Health Complete *
Consumer Health Complete
Find your health information needs while discovering an overall understanding of health-related topics. Content covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. This resource includes full text for more than 230 health reference books and encyclopedias including: American Medical Association Complete Medical Encyclopedia; American Medical Association Family Medical Guide; Complete Guide to Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs; Mayo Clinic Family Health Book; Mayo Clinic Guide to Women's Cancers.

Topics: This full-text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health.
Contemporary Authors logoContemporary Authors *
Discover biographical and bibliographical information on more than 145,000 of today's most influential authors, including: Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, Nonfiction writers, Print & broadcast journalists, Editors, Photojournalists, Syndicated cartoonists, Scriptwriters, Screenwriters.

Includes current writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures and television. Biographies of these authors are included.
CyberSmarts logoCyberSmarts *
Learn how to be a safe, responsible, and smart citizen with these eBooks that teach you how to avoid predators, play games safely online, protect your privacy, and use social networks.

The set for ages 3-6 contains these five titles: Avoiding Predators Online; Playing Games Online; Protecting Your Privacy Online; Stopping Cyberbullying; Using Social Networks.

The eBook experience contains a series of fun, engaging "simulations" geared specifically to the topic. Users will create usernames, choose avatars, chat, send messages/email, create profiles, and receive friend invitations all in a safe, controlled environment. Additional eBook features include embedded safety tips, vocabulary terms defined in context, sidebars that further explore important or high-interest material, and credible, vetted resources to find help or get more information.

“Stopping Teen Cyberbullying” is available for teens.

For: elementary, middle, and high school level students
Take practice tests that are good for the permit test, drivers license test and the senior citizens refresher test.
For high school students and all driving students.
EBSCO Ebooks logoeBooks on EBSCOhost *
Select from over 16,000 eBooks from the world's leading publishers across all major subject areas. Perform full-text searches of a single eBook, search thousands of volumes simultaneously, browse topic categories, or read eBooks directly online. Additionally, you may download selected eBooks to portable devices.
Gale Educators' Reference CompleteEducator’s Reference Complete *
Access over 1,100 academic journals and ERIC database reports in the field of education. Key subject areas include administration, bilingual education, child development and psychology, funding, health education, technology, and testing
Gale Virtual Reference Library: Research Matters logoGALE Virtual Reference Library *
Explore encyclopedias and specialized reference sources on a variety topics from history, government, environment, math, and more!

The titles available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library are:
American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 1: Development of the Industrial United States, 1878-1899; American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 2: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860-1877; American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 3: Westward Expansion, 1800-1860; American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 4: Reform Era and Eastern U.S. Development, 1815-1850; American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 5: Development of a Nation, 1783-1815; American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 6: The Revolutionary Era, 1754–1783; American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 7: The Colonial Era, 1600–1754; American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 8: Early American Civilizations and Exploration to 1600; American Governance; Civics; Encyclopedia of Weather and Natural Disasters. 2nd ed.; Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource. 2nd ed.; Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America; How Everyday Products are Made; Human Geography: People and the Environment; Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States; Real-Life Math; Understanding Scientific Principles Through Projects; World Eras.

Suitable for late elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as adults.
Gale General OneFile logoGeneral OneFile *
Explore this general-interest periodical resource offering nearly more than 15,000 titles with more than 8,800 in full text.

With millions of articles available in PDF and HTML full-text, the collection is also supplemented by reference, newspaper, and audio content, including: Over 4,400 audio files; More than 1.2 million videos; Over 59,000 images; Document translation into 40 languages; Read-aloud translation into 24 languages; Thousands of videos, podcasts, and images from National Public Radio programs from 1990 to present, including searchable transcripts; Over 180 Dorling Kindersley travel guides
Full text of USA Today from 1985 to present; Full text of The Christian Science Monitor from 1996 to present; Full text of AARP The Magazine, the highest-circulating magazine in the U.S.; More than 200 active wire services covering agriculture, general news, broadcast news, government, business press releases, industry topics, sports and current events around the world.

Suitable for high school students and adults.
Gale Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (GREENR) logoGREENR (Environment, Energy, etc.) *
Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (GREENR) offers researchers an interdisciplinary resource for environment and sustainability studies. GREENR provides news, background information, video, commentaries, primary source documents and statistics in relevant topic areas such as energy systems, healthcare, food, climate change, population, and economic development.
Heritage Quest logoHeritageQuest
HeritageQuest Online is a digital resource that combines searchable images of U.S. federal genealogical census records with digitized books containing family and local histories from around the country.
Topics: genealogy research
Informe Academico logoInforme Academico
Informe Académico proporciona acceso a periódicos y revistas especializadas de lengua española y portuguesa. La base de datos ofrece una amplia gama de contenidos sobre América Latina.
Informe Académico supports Spanish-speaking researchers with a wide range of full-text Spanish- and Portuguese-language scholarly journals and magazines both from and about Latin America. Use the Topic Finder—a visual search tool—to discover new facets of a topic, or use the Readspeaker text-to-speech tool that allows text to be read aloud.
Gale InfoTrac Newsstand LogoInfoTrac Newsstand *
Browse and read full-text newspapers from more than 2,300 major U.S. regional, national, and local newspapers, plus leading titles from around the world, or search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section, or other fields. InfoTrac Newsstand also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts, and transcripts.

Includes more than 150 leading magazines/journals, including The Economist, Harper’s Magazine, The News Statesman, and The Spectator; Titles with coverage from 1970 to present; Full-text access to The New York Times from 1985 to present; More than 1,600 newspapers, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Christian Science Monitor, The Financial Times (London), The Times (London), and USA Today; Almost 400 newswires, including Al Jazeera America, AP Online, PR Newswire, United Press International, and CNN Wire in both English and Spanish; No embargo for 94% of titles; Over 195 million articles.
Gale InfoTrac Student EditionInfoTrac Student Edition *
Secondary school students will have access to age-appropriate content from magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, and engaging multi-media covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political science, sports, and environmental studies.

Includes: Over 2,300 periodicals with more than 2,000 in full-text; More than 59,000 images; Over 1,700 audio files; Over 4,900 videos; Document translation into 40 languages; Read-aloud translation into 24 languages; Visual search tool Topic Finder to connect concepts and guide the research process.

Suitable for middle and high school students.
Gale Kids InfoBits logoKids InfoBits *
Elementary students in kindergarten through grade five will find age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics such as animals, arts, geography, health, literature, people, social studies, technology, etc. Kids InfoBits includes full-text proprietary content from Blackbirch Press®, U-X-L, KidHaven Press™, and more! Content is continuously updated and provides interesting and important facts with connections to current and past events.

Kids InfoBits includes: More than 16,600 images; Over 1,700 kid-friendly charts and graphs; More than 600 high-quality educational videos are provided from resources including books, magazines, and news periodicals.

Suitable for elementary students.
Learning Express Library logoLearning Express
Leading source for test preparation materials and interactive practice exams from K-12, to college level and professional occupations. Proceed at your own pace and receive instant scoring upon completion of the exam. Practice taking GEDs, SATs, GREs, Civil Service, EMS, Firefighter, Law Enforcement, Nursing, Real Estate, U.S. Citizenship exams, and more.
For test prep, elementary, middle, high school, and college level students and professionals.
Gale LitFinder LogoLitFinder *
Discover literature content from more than 150,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, 2,400 full-text speeches, and 1,250 full-text plays. It also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary. Within LitFinder's collection, users can access works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities.

Find everything from the sonnets of Shakespeare to the poetry of Maya Angelou, the poetry of the 13th century to contemporary poems by African American women, the inaugural speeches of George Washington through George W. Bush, short stories by Edgar Allan Poe to stories by up-and-coming writer Elizabeth Weld, or essays on such subjects as the arts, science, and religion.

Suitable for high school students and adults.
PA Career Link logoPennsylvania CareerLink
Job search help, with services like: resume help, interviewing skill training, career counseling, skills assessments, GED and ESL, typing, and more.
Pennsylvania Job Resources logoPennsylvania Job Resources *
Discover job resources for Pennsylvania job seekers and employers. These Pennsylvania government provided resources are designed to help you find a good career, review job openings, and match you with employers. Resources for veterans are available too that will help veterans transition into the work force by translating their existing military skills into civilian terms.
POWERKids logoPOWERKids Resources *
Searches: includes access to BookFlix, CyberSmarts, Kids InfoBits, and TrueFlix.
For: elementary and middle school level students
Gale PowerSearch logoPower Search *
Search many of the Gale e-resources available in POWER Library in one place! Find articles and information from Academic OneFile, General OneFile, InfoTrac Newsstand.

Suitable for high school students and adults.
ProQuest logoProQuest, featuring the US Northeast Newsstream
Provides access to Lancaster newspapers only: Intelligencer Journal and New Era backfiles, combined Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, and Sunday News.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to possible problems with the AOL and Mozilla Firefox browsers, please use Microsoft Internet Explorer when selecting this resource
Gale Research in Context logoResearch in Context *
Discover reliable and trusted information on a variety of topics to support middle school student research for government, U.S and world history, geography, literature, sciences, and social issues. Research In Context offers cross-curricular content aligned to national and state standards, and presents material organized into a highly visual and topic portal approach to quickly find answers.
This unique database provides stellar support for papers, projects, and presentations while reinforcing the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

Topic Portals: More than 335 topic portal pages to present material in the way most useful for students, and continuously updated; Reference: Contains more than 128 reference titles from Gale, UXL, Lucent, and Primary Source Media for reference articles, topic overviews, critical essays, and plot summaries; Magazines: More than 1,240 full-text periodicals providing more than 2 million articles
News: Over 1.5 million news results from sources such as KidsPost, Cross Currents, USA Today, CNN Wire, and more; Multimedia: Over 150,000 images; nearly 12,800 videos, and more than 165,200 audio clips from a variety of sources including the History Channel/A&E, AP Video News, NASA, UPI Photo Collection, and NPR programs; Biographies: 51,300+ biographies from UXL Biographies, Newsmakers, Scientists: Their Lives & Works, Discovering Biography, Encyclopedia of World Biography, and more; Primary Sources: 3,200+ core primary documents, including government documents, court testimony, letters, legislation, memoirs, and more; Integration with Google: G Suite for Education and Microsoft Office 365 tools so users can share, save, and download content, including highlights and notes; Alignment to state and national standards from grades 6-12 in language arts, social studies, and science; EasyBib or NoodleTools citation tools; MLA, APA, and Chicago-style citations.
Science Reference Center logoScience Reference Center *
Perform research from hundreds of full text science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other reliable sources. View more than 280,000 high-quality science images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library.
Simply Analytics logoSimply Analytics
Is a product of Geographic Research Inc., is a web-based mapping application that enables non-technical users to create professional quality thematic maps, tables and reports.
Topics: demographic, business and marketing data; information on usage and consumption for thousands of specific consumer products and services, plus over 1 million points of interest data, are available here.
TrueFlix logoTrueFlix *
Learn about people, places, nature, history, and science from videos and eBooks on topics such as American Indians, Ancient Civilizations, Farm to Table, The Civil War, Continents, The Thirteen Colonies, U.S. Government, Disasters, Earth Science, Experiments, Extreme Science, Nature, and many more.

For: late elementary and middle school level students
Tumble Books logoTumbleBooks
The TumbleBook Library is a fun and interactive library of animated, talking story books for preschoolers, beginner readers and older independent readers. Read along and listen, or read on your own. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing story books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic (e-book) story book. TumbleBooks will help teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love! Flash Plug-In required.
For: elementary and middle school level students
K-12 Student Center, College Center and the SkillsCenter Resource Library: designed for students of all ages and levels to get one-to-one tutoring and homework help. Students work one-on-one with certified tutors on homework, projects, studying, essay writing and test prep in 20 subjects.

College Center offers Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Resume Help, GED Prep, ProofPoint.

SkillsCenter Resource Library: 24/7 offers Homework, Test Prep and Career help.

Free K-12 Student Center & College Center Help is available Sunday through Saturday, from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Available in Spanish too.

Who - elementary, middle, high school, and college prep level students and career or job help.

* Power Library Resources

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This project is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

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