Research Resources

Reference librarians are available during all library hours to help you find library materials and information. You can also reach us by phone at (717) 394-2651 ext. 128 or send us a message below.

If you have a question when the library is closed, we still have answers.

Give Ask Here PA, Pennsylvania’s 24/7 Virtual Reference Service, a try.

 

Credo is an easy-to-use tool for starting research. Gather background information on your topic from hundreds of full-text encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations and subject-specific titles, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.

For a limited time, PA Careerlink of Lancaster and the Lancaster Chamber are offering access to SkillUp Lancaster, a flexible, self-directed web-based e-learning service that offers online courses to allow jobseekers to improve their marketability to prospective and current employers.

 

POWER Library is the online portal to all that Pennsylvania libraries offer. This is the place to find trustworthy answers to questions about healthcare, consumer purchases, personal finances, and much more. Enjoy free 24/7 access to newspapers, magazines, journals, historical documents and photos, online databases, and eBooks. Research a subject. Learn about your family history. Locate a title. Explore career options. It’s all here at POWER Library.

Academic Search Main Edition
This e-resource is rich with the most valuable, comprehensive multidisciplinary content available. It provides access to acclaimed full-text journals, magazines, and other valuable resources covering topics like Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Psychology, Religion & Philosophy, Science & Technology, and more.
AP Images
AP (Associated Press), one of the oldest and largest news organizations in the world, has been capturing the greatest events in world history with photographs, audio sound bites, video, and graphics, for over 185 years.
BookFLIX
Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource for grades pre-K - 3 that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to help build a love of reading and learning.
Books, movies and more in a PA library (Access PA Catalog)
Books, movies and more in a PA library (also known as the Access PA Catalog) is a combined catalog reflecting the holdings of over 2,600 Pennsylvania libraries and their combined collections of over 41 million books, audio materials, reference materials, movies, and much more.
Business Source Main Edition
This scholarly business e-resource provides full-text of over 700 magazines and journals and indexing and abstracting for over 2,000.
Consumer Health Complete
CHC is designed to support the information needs of patients and to foster 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.
Contemporary Authors
This e-resource provides access to biographical and bibliographical information on more than 145,000 of today's most influential authors.
CyberSmarts
This interactive e-book collection includes 5 eBooks for grades 3 - 6 and one newly available eBook for teens titled Teen CyberSmarts. CyberSmarts offers users a safe, simulated Internet experience with hands-on instruction on how to deal with important online safety issues.
eBooks on EBSCOhost
This e-resource provides access to 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.
EBSCO
This e-resource provides a single location from which to simultaneously search most of the Access PA EBSCO e-resources.
Elementary 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 including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.
GreenFILE
This comprehensive e-resource draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.
High School Student Research
Use this e-resource to discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics , health, and sports.
LISTA (Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts)
This e-resource indexes more than 700 journals in library science & technology plus books, research reports and proceedings. Coverage extends back as far as the mid-1960's.
MasterFILE Main Edition
This multidisciplinary e-resource is designed specifically for public libraries providing full text for over 1,300 reference resources, magazines, and journals covering general interest subject areas.
Middle 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 including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.
Middle Search Main Edition
Designed for middle school students, this e-resource provides full text access to popular magazines, thousands of biographies and historical essays, and an image collection with over 960,000 photos, maps, and flags.
Newspaper Source Plus
This e-resource provides the latest news with full-text access to over 1,200 U.S. and international newspapers.
Newswires
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.
Pennsylvania Job Resources
POWER Library presents sites provided by PA government entities to help with job resources.
Primary Search Main Edition
Designed for elementary school students, Primary Search: Main Edition provides full-text access to popular magazines for elementary school research dating back to 1990.
Public Library Search
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 including art and music, literature, language arts, geography, history, social studies, world cultures and languages, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, and sports.
Science 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.
SIRS Discoverer
SIRS Discoverer is a general reference database for elementary and middle school students, researchers, and educators covering curriculum areas and content sets.
Teacher Reference Center
This e-resource for teachers provides indexing and abstracts for 280 peer-reviewed journals.
TrueFlix The whole truth. And nothing but the truth about people, places, nature, history, science, and more! TrueFLIX provides eBooks that are enhanced with a related content in a variety of text types and media–including primary sources, fiction, videos, audio clips, images, and related websites.
Web 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.

ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA’S POWER Library services are funded primarily by:

  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s “Library Access” budget line item; and
    Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • These funds are administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

Notice of these funding sources must be provided on all printed or electronic presentations of POWER Library resources as listed below.

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.

OCL reserves the right to change or terminate the ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA POWER Library program based on the availability of funding, program needs, or the availability of vendors that can provide qualified services.

 

If you have a valid Lancaster County Library card, another choice is to search the online resources of the Library System of Lancaster County.