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.

Academic Search Main Engine LogoAcademic Search Main Engine *
Searches: journals, magazines, and other resources.
Topics: Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Psychology, Religion, Philosophy, Science, Technology, and More!
Logo for Access PAAccess PA Catalog - Books, Movies, and More *
Searches: items available in PA libraries, including books, movies, and more.

Logo for AP ImagesAP Images *
Searches: More than 500,000 current and historic photographs and graphics.
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.
Topics: animals and nature, earth and sky, people and places, alphabet and numbers, family and community, and music and rhyme.
For: elementary level children
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.
Business Source Main Engine LogoBusiness Source Main Engine *
This scholarly business database provides bibliographic and full-text covering all disciplines of business. Full text for nearly 2,200 magazines and journals, and indexing and abstracts for over 2,300 titles. The collection includes general business magazines, scholarly journals and trade periodicals with full text dating back to 1985.
Topics: marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.
Consumer Health Complete LogoConsumer Health Complete *
Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.
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 *
A guide to current writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures and television. Biographies of these authors are included.
CyberSmarts logoCyberSmarts *
An interactive e-book collection, CyberSmarts offers users a safe, simulated Internet experience with hands-on instruction on how to deal with important online safety issues.
Topics: internet safety
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.
EBSCOhost EBooks logoeBooks on EBSCOhost *
Electronic books (eBooks) are available through this link. eBooks are full text searchable and available for use on personal computers in online formats (please note, this resource cannot be downloaded). Search the eBook Collection by keyword, or select the eBooks link in the blue menu bar to access a Browse By Category search page. This resource was formerly known as NetLibrary. Mobile-friendly resource.
EBSCOhost logoEBSCOhost *
This e-resource provides a single location from which to simultaneously search most of the Access PA EBSCO e-resources.
Elementary Student Research logoElementary Student Research *
Use this fun, easy-to-use resource that's powered by EBSCO Explora to discover reliable information on thousands of topics.
Topics: art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.
For: elementary level students
GreenFile logoGreenFILE *
Offers information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects
Topics: global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
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
logo for High School Student ResearchHigh School Student Research *
Use this e-resource to discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects.
Topics: art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports
For: high school level research
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.
Library Information Science and Technology logoLibrary, Information Science, and Technology (LISTA) *
A world-class bibliographic database, LISTA indexes more than 600 periodicals plus books, research reports and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science.
Topics: librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.
MasterFILE logoMasterFILE Main Edition *
Provides full text for magazines, trade publications and periodicals covering general interest subject areas. Also contains an Image Collection containing photos, maps & flags. Full text for more than 1,350 general reference resources, more than 350 full text reference books and over 910,000 photos, maps and flags.
Topics: general interest.
Middle School Student ResearchMiddle School Student Research *
Use this fun, easy-to-use resource that's powered by EBSCO Explora to discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects.
Topics: art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.
For: middle school level students
Middle Search Main Engine logoMiddle Search Main Edition *
This resource provides full text for popular, middle school appropriate magazines, covering a wide range of topics. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
Topics: general
For: middle school level students
Newspaper Source Plus logoNewspaper Source Plus *
Provides the latest news from over 1,000 leading full text newspapers including extensive cover to cover for papers such as USA Today, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. In addition, this resource also features hundreds of television and radio transcripts including ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, National Public Radio, PBS and more.
Newswires logoNewswires *
Newswires provides near real-time access to top world-wide news from Associated Press, United Press International, PR Newswire, Xinhua, CNN Wire, and Business Wire on a continuous basis. Newswires includes AP Financial News, AP Top News, AP WorldStream, AP U.S. Politics & Government, AP 50 State Reports, UPI Security Industry, UPI Emerging Threats, UPI Business, UPI Entertainment, UPI Sports, UPI Top News, Arabia 2000, and more. Full text content in Newswires is available for the current and prior 30 days.
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 *
POWER Library presents two sites provided by PA government entities to help with job resources.
POWERKids logoPOWERKids Resources *
Searches: includes access to Elementary Student Research, BookFlix, CyberSmarts, Primary Search Main Engine, SIRS Discoverer, and TrueFlix.
For: elementary and middle school level students
Primary Search Main Engine logoPrimary Search Main Edition *
Provides access to popular full-text magazines for elementary school research.
Topics: Science, Health, Math, Writing, and Geography among others.
For: elementary level students
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
logo for Public Library SearchPublic Library Search
Use this fun, easy-to-use resource that is powered by EBSCO Explora to discover reliable information on thousands of topics
Topics: art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.
Science Reference Center logoScience Reference Center *
This e-resource contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other reliable sources. In addition, Science Reference Center includes 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.
SIRS Discoverer logoSIRS Discoverer *
An award-winning database designed with the young researcher in mind. This interactive tool strengthens research, reading, writing and computer skills. Articles and graphics from more than 1,400 U.S. and international magazines, newspapers and U.S. government documents are carefully selected for their educational content, interest and level of readability. Because it includes middle and elementary curriculum topics, Discoverer can be easily integrated into classroom activities.
For: All ages!
Teacher Reference Center logoTeacher Reference Center *
Searches: This index contains over 260 titles from the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals and books.
Topics: key education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics and more.
TrueFlix logoTrueFlix *
TrueFlix is an online resource that combines award-winning True Books content with reading supports and a deep and diverse collection of related videos, images, Web links, and text. TrueFlix is based on the True Books print series published by Children's Press, an imprint of Scholastic Library Publishing. TrueFlix is published by Scholastic Inc., with editorial development, content management, and engineering provided by Scholastic Library Publishing.
Topics: science and social studies
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.
Web News logoWeb News *
Web News provides near real-time access to thousands of top news feeds from around the globe. This collection includes over 14,000 feeds covering a range of business and general news topics. Full text can immediately be accessed on the web by following the link in the record.

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