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, social sciences, literature, and more.
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.

Find over 20 million royalty-free stock images.
A to Z Database LogoAtoZdatabases
A 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 *
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 of every reading level.

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

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.

“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, science, math, and more!

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.

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.
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.

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! Poetry, excerpts, short stories, essays, citations, speeches, and 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.

For: middle and high school students and adults
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

Click here to access Power Library Resources, listed alphabetically.

Click here to access Power Library Resources, listed by subject.

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.

The views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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