• Reference Databases

    Find answers to your questions -- from medical information to homework help -- using our online databases. Instead of searching the Internet being unsure about the source of the information, use The Library's resources to get accurate information quickly and easily.

    AP Images

    AP Images

    More than 500,000 current and historical photographs and graphics can be searched by date, place and subject. More than 800 photographs are added to the archive daily.

    Current and historical photographs

    Auto Repair Reference Center

    auto repair reference center

    Auto repair information from the publisher of “Chilton Manuals.” Wiring diagrams, manufacturer bulletins, interactive diagrams, troubleshooting and more.

    Repair, service and wiring for cars (1945 to present)

    Biography Reference Center

    Biography Reference Center

    A comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full text biographies, including the complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.

    Biography Reference & Articles, full text

     

    BookFlix

    BookFlix

    BookFlix combines classic fictional storybooks with similarly themed nonfiction e-Books to make reading more engaging.

    Interactive Storybooks, grades PreK-3

    Business Source Premier

    Ebsco

    Provides the full text for more than 8,800 serials, dating back to 1965 (or the first issue published for that journal). It also includes searchable cited references back as far as 1998. This resource contains full text coverage in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. Additional full text, non-journal content includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.

    Business Magazines & Articles, full-text

    Consumer Health Complete

    Consumer Health Complete

    Consumer Health Complete provides convenient access for the everyday consumer of health care information to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles. Provided by POWER Library, produced by EBSCO.

    Consumer Health Articles, full-text

     

    Contemporary Authors

    Contemporary Authors

    Guide to current writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures and television. Author biographies are included. Produced by Thompson Gale.

    Current & Popular Author information

    Driving Tests

    driving tests

    Driving-Tests.org is a free resource that provides driver educational resources through the use of practice exams. Practice exams are included for those seeking a license for driving a car, motorcycle, or commercial driving.

    Take a practice test.

     

    eBook Collection

    Ebsco

    Download e-books from EBSCOHost – Great variety, including helpful nonfiction, popular fiction and children’s books.

    PDF format e-books, with mobile-device app

    EBSCOhost Web

    ebscohost web

    EBSCOhost Web is an online reference system that offers a variety of databases, ranging from general reference to subject-specific, with abstracts and index for over 3000 publications and full-text articles for over 2000 publications.

    Journal and Information Access, full text

    GreenFILE

    GreenFile

    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 governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Topics covered include climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. Provided by POWER Library, produced by EBSCO.

    Environmental Information & Resources

     

    Health, Salem Press

    Salem Health

    Online full text of Salem Health titles, including illustrations, sidebars, indexes, and appendixes. Cross-references are linked to appropriate articles and key terms are linked to a complete glossary.

    Encyclopedia of Health Information

    Heritage Quest

    Heritage Quest

    More than 7.5 million pages from genealogical resources are included in this comprehensive database. Materials include published genealogies, local histories, cemetery lists, etc.

    Genealogy & Local History information

    History, Salem Press

    Salem History

    Online full text of Salem History titles: The Decades, Great Events from History, Great Lives from History, and Milestone Documents. Includes indexes, illustrations, maps, and primary documents.

    History Information and Sources

     

    History Reference Center

    History Reference Center

    Features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. Includes full text for leading history periodicals, historical documents, biographies, historical photos, maps, and video.

    History Reference & Articles, full text

    Learning Express Library

    Learning Express Library

    Learning Express Library offers access to over 800 online practice tests and interactive skill-building tutorials and over 240 eBooks. Improve workplace skills such as networking, success on the job, and business writing; prepare for professional certification, licensing, and aptitude tests; prepare for college and graduate school admissions tests; and prepare for the GED and other high school equivalency exams.

    Interactive skill-building materials for school and work

    LISTA

    LISTA

    Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes over 600 journals pertaining to the field of information science, as well as books, research reports, and conference proceedings dating from the mid-1960s.

    Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts

     

    Literary Reference Center

    Literary Reference Center

    Contains full text for plot summaries, synopses, work overviews, essays of literary criticism, author biographies, literary journals, book reviews, classic and contemporary texts, poems, and short stories, and much more.

    Reviews & Analyses of Literature & Authors

    Medline Plus

    Medline Plus

    MedlinePlus directs you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. MedlinePlus also contains extensive information about drugs and supplements, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive tutorials, the latest health news, and surgery videos.

    Health & medical information

    Morningstar

    Morningstar

    Morningstar Investment Research Center offers proprietary stock and mutual fund analysis, screening tools and portfolio-building features to library patrons. Note: Access to this resource is limited to 5 concurrent users (both on-site and remote access) from our greater library service area at a time. If you are denied access, please try again later. Morningstar Investment Research Center is provided through funding to Dauphin County Library System as the Capital Area Library District. Access is shared between all 22 libraries in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties.

    Stock & Mutual Fund Analysis Tool

     

    NewsBank

    Newsbank

    Newsbank provides full-text access to the Harrisburg Patriot-News from 8/1/1986-present. The database provides basic and advanced searching and can be limited by date.

    Patriot News & news magazines

    Newspaper Source Plus

    Newspaper Source Plus

    Provides more than 1,000 full-text newspapers and more than 39 million full-text articles. This database contains comprehensive full text for major newspapers. Provided by POWER Library, produced by EBSCO.

    National & Global Newspapers, full-text

    NoveList Plus

    NoveList Plus

    Contains author and title readalikes, lists, reviews, feature articles, and more. Search by authors, plot lines, series, reading level, etc., and find other books you are sure to enjoy.

    Book information and recommendations

     

    Reference USA

    Reference USA

    Find residential and business phone numbers and addresses! Company profiles in the Business database include address, phone number, size, lines of business, and executive or contact for each firm. The Residential database covers 120 million households.

    Company & People Search Resource

    Rocket Languages

    rocket languages logo

    You can now learn 13 languages with the interactive online language learning system, Rocket Languages. Grammar and culture lessons, including local etiquette; more than 300 grammar exercises.

    Rocket Languages

    Science Reference Center

    Science Reference Center

    Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. Includes biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, medicine, life science, physics, technology, more. Provides articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards.

    Science Articles, Experiments, Biographies & Illustrations

     

    SIRS Discoverer

    SIRS Discoverer

    SIRS Discoverer is an excellent database designed for children. Young researchers can search through magazine articles, maps, videos, World Almanac for Kids, Compton’s Encyclopedia, websites, and more. All of the articles and graphics are carefully selected according to readability level, educational content, and interest.

    Articles & Images for Students and Educators

    Student Research Center

    Student Research Center

    Student Research Center makes it easy for students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by source type—magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.

    Academic Research, grades 1-12

     

    Teacher Reference Center

    Teacher Reference Center

    Resources & tools for Instruction

    TumbleBook Library

    tumblebooks logo

    TumbleBooks is an online library of animated talking books that is fun to use and helps children learn to read. With TumbleBooks you can choose to view and hear an assortment of old favorites, classic tales, and bestselling children’s books.

    Read-along Books for Kids

    WebNews

    WebNews

    Provides near real-time access to thousands of top news feeds from around the globe. This collection includes over 5,000 feeds across a range of business and general news topics. Provided by POWER Library, produced by EBSCO.

    Real-time News Articles

     
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