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Types of access:
Library Card Access Library funded resource, library card required.

Free ResourceFree website resources, available to everyone.
Remote access noted where available.

General Reference

POWER Library

The POWER Library provides access to thousands of full text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, and reference materials for people of all ages. Remote Access

MasterFILE Complete

Contains full text for nearly 2,200 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Remote Access

SIRS Discoverer

Provides carefully selected full text articles and images from over 1600 domestic and international newspapers, magazines, and government documents. Remote Access

Art &Antiques

Kovels

Kovels is an established print publisher of information about antiques. This website surveys antiques and collectibles and includes recent values for items. An online newsletter and other resources are available. A free registration process is required to obtain item prices. Free Resource

Auto Information

Auto Repair Reference Center

Detailed and diagrammed automotive repair and maintenance information covering most major manufacturers. Remote Access

Kelly Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book, the country’s largest vehicle valuation company, has made the term “blue book value” synonymous with a vehicle’s market vehicle value. Their website contains new and used vehicle pricing and information. Mobile homes, RVs, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and personal watercrafts are also included. Free Resource

Biography & Genealogy

Ancestry Library

A comprehensive source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research. In Library Use Only

Biography in Context

Comprehensive database of biographical information. Includes full text biographical articles from many popular magazines. Remote Access

Contemporary Authors

Biographical coverage of more than 100,000 writers, entries on contemporary authors. Remote Access

Cyndi’s List

A genealogy website that indexes thousands of Internet resources. Categories such as official records, research and reference tools, ethnic groups, religions and more are organized for ease in searching.   Free Resource

FamilySearch

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides genealogy information free of charge. A research guidance service on the site is an interactive wizard that offers detailed help. Research guides are also available to read, and in many cases, to download.  Free Resource

Literature Resource Center

Author information, literary criticism and plot summaries for authors from every age and literary discipline. Remote Access

Books & Reading

Access Pennsylvania Database

Shared catalog for materials owned by most PA libraries. Remote Access

BookFlix

An online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning. Remote Access

EBSCO eBooks

Electronic books, previously netLibrary. Ebsco eBooks Help and TutorialsRemote Access

NoveList Plus

Fiction database that helps you find books by subject, read reviews & annotations, get discussion guides and much, much more. Remote Access

NoveList K-8 Plus

Information about more than 38,000 fiction titles of interest to students in grades K-8. Full text reviews from professional journals and book talks for selected titles are available in this database. A good resource to expand student reading interest by introducing new authors or additional books in a subject area. Remote Access

OverDrive Digital Media

Access thousands of downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and video. Titles can be transferred and accessed on most e-readers, tablets, and smart phones. See Compatible Devices Remote Access

TumbleBook Library

The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of animated, talking picture books. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. Remote Access

Business & Finance

 

Business Source Premier

Comprehensive, full text coverage in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, banking, and finance, including market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses. Remote Access

Mergent Intellect

Private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, and industry profiles. Remote Access

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Contains mutual fund and stock ratings and reports, including detailed analyst reports, from Morningstar Inc. Remote Access

Pittsburgh Technology Council Member Directory

A searchable directory of the 1,400 Southwestern Pennsylvania member companies of the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Remote Access

Children’s Resources

BBC Animals

Find out about a variety of animals, where and how they live, and the latest news about them. Free Resource

BookFlix

An online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning. Remote Access

CyberSmarts

Interactive collection for grades 3 – 6. Offers users a safe, simulated Internet experience with hands-on instruction on how to deal with important online safety issues. Remote Access

Funology

A site for kids’ activities, experiments, games, magic tricks, jokes and more. For ages 9 and up. Free Resource

Middle Search Plus

Full text for a variety of popular middle school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays.  Free Resource Remote Access

NoveList K-8 Plus

Information about more than 38,000 fiction titles of interest to students in grades K-8. Full text reviews from professional journals and book talks for selected titles are available in this database. A good resource to expand student reading interest by introducing new authors or additional books in a subject area. Remote Access

Primary Search

Contains the full-text for more than 80 of the most popular elementary school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Also, features Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, providing students with easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids. Remote Access

SIRS Discoverer

Provides carefully selected full text articles and images from over 1600 domestic and international newspapers, magazines, and government documents.  Remote Access

TumbleBook Library

The TumbleBookLibrary is a collection of animated, talking picture books. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. Remote Access

Consumer Resources

Better Business Bureau

Contains information about businesses and charitable organizations throughout the country to help consumers make informed decisions.   Free Resource

Consumer Reports Magazine

Presents articles on health, public safety, marketplace economics and the judicial & regulatory actions that affect consumers from 1985-Present.   Free ResourceRemote Access

ConsumerSearch

The writers for this website review print and online reviews of products and services using a set of objective, published ratings criteria. It is also a search engine for consumer product reviews.  Free Resource

Kelly Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book, the country’s largest vehicle valuation company, has made the term “blue book value” synonymous with a vehicle’s market vehicle value. Their website contains new and used vehicle pricing and information. Mobile homes, RVs, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and personal watercrafts are also included. Free Resource

Current Topics & Controversies

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Full text of books that cover both sides of social issues. Remote Access

Education

Testing and Education Resource Center (TERC)

Database of college, graduate & vocational schools that also offers test preparation & practice exams for high school, college entrance, professional certification and licensing, military, and civil service.

LISTA (Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts)

Includes more than 600 periodicals, plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.Remote Access

Teacher Reference Center

Provides abstract information from over 260 of the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals. Remote Access

Peterson’s

This website from a leading print publisher of education information contains school information from kindergarten through graduate programs. Also included are career information, resume help, and strategies for planning for and financing an education.Free Resource

Government & Law

Allegheny County Offical Website

Links to services and information for county residents. Property assessments, recreation information, links to county services and agencies, forms, court records and more. Free Resource

Allegheny County Bar Association

Serves Allegheny County residents through legal information, lawyer referrals, and a listing of services offered free to the public by the Bar Association. Free Resource

U.S. Census Bureau

Complete census information for the U.S. Special census products can be purchased, but much of the information from the website can be downloaded at no charge. Free Resource

Firstgov

The official portal of the U.S. federal government. First.gov puts users in touch with elected officials and government agencies. Free Resource

IRS

Federal tax information and planning help for individuals, business, tax professionals, charitable and non-profit organizations and government entities.Free Resource

State of Pennsylvania Official Website

Pennsylvania residents will find services such as driver’s licensing and vehicle registration, state tax forms and instructions, tourism information and links to state agencies and officials. Free Resource

Health

Consumer Health Complete

Provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles. Free ResourceRemote Access

MedlinePlus

The National Institutes of Health maintains MedlinePlus for those interested in reliable information on prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Many other health-related resources are also listed. Free Resource

Healthfinder.gov

A U.S. government site with links to health and medical news, databases, journals and other information from government, non-profit and academic sources. Free Resource

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. Remote Access

Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs

Includes over 14 million digitized images from the Library of Congress image collection. Library Card Access

Job & Career

Pennsylvania Career Guide

Free Resource

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Free Resource

Job Hunter’s Bible

Free Resource

Language Learning

Mango Languages

An online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Remote Access

Literature

Biography in Context

Comprehensive database of biographical information. Includes full text biographical articles from many popular magazines. Remote Access

Contemporary Authors

Biographical coverage of more than 100,000 writers, entries on contemporary authors. Remote Access

Literature Resource Center

Author information, literary criticism and plot summaries for authors from every age and literary discipline. Remote Access

NoveList Plus

Fiction database that helps you find books by subject, read reviews & annotations, get discussion guides and much, much more. Remote Access

NoveList K-8 Plus

Information about more than 38,000 fiction titles of interest to students in grades K-8. Full text reviews from professional journals and book talks for selected titles are available in this database. A good resource to expand student reading interest by introducting new authors or additional books in a subject area. Remote Access

Magazines

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 local/national governments and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energe, recycling and more. Remote Access

MasterFILE Complete

Contains full text for nearly 2,200 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Remote Access

Music & Film

Allmusic

Search a large database of music information that includes biographies, discographies, genre charts, and reviews. Free Resource

Internet Movie Database

A comprehensive, fact-filled site about movies and television shows. Free Resource

Newspapers

InfoTRAC Newsstand

Search a collection of more than 1,000 newspapers. Remote Access

Newspaper Source Plus

Provides more than 1,000 full-text newspapers, providing more than 39 million full-text articles. This database contains comprehensive full text for major newspapers and more than 1,111,000 TV & radio news transcripts. Updated daily. Remote Access

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Local news, weather, sports, book reviews, obituaries and more. Free Resource

Pittsburgh Press: Google News Archive

Daily newspaper from 1884-1992. Free Resource

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Local news, weather, sports, book reviews, obituaries and more. Free Resource

Science & Technology

BBC Animals

Find out about a variety of animals, where and how they live, and the latest news about them. Free Resource

How Stuff Works

Easy to read explanations of how things work. The site lets you upload photos and videos to help supplement the written content. Free Resource

Science in Context

Magazine & journal articles, reference books, websites and more on science topics from biology to polymorphism. Remote Access

ToxMap

Search for on-site toxic chemical releases and hazardous waste sites from the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). Library Card Access

Social Studies & History

CIA World Factbook

Published by the Central Intelligence Agency of the U.S., the website contains statistics for countries around the world. There are images of flags and reference maps in a variety of formats. Free Resource

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Full text of books that cover both sides of social issues. Remote Access

US History in Context

One-stop source for U.S. including primary documents, full-text articles, images, maps and more.Remote Access

World History in Context

One-stop source for world history, including primary documents, full-text articles, images, maps and more. Remote Access

SIRS Discoverer

Provides carefully selected full text articles and images from over 1600 domestic and international newspapers, magazines, and government documents. Remote Access

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