Beyond Google

“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” –Neil Gaiman

Don’t misunderstand: we love Google! It’s an excellent starting point, or when you need a quick, general answer. But if you’re looking for more information, more detail, and more depth, you need specialized resources. The Library has access to many helpful databases available at the county, state, and national level. Below are the links to sites you can access almost anywhere, though some may require your library card number to get started.

If you have any difficulty in accessing a site, or would like some guidance, please contact the Reference Desk at 610-828-0441 ext. 103.

 

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Ancestry.com

Useful for finding census, birth, marriage, death records and more. Accessible from all public computers in the library only. Look for the icon in each browser’s bookmarks toolbar, or in the taskbar at the bottom of the desktop. Note: Only available for in-library access.

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Photographs and graphics searchable by date, place, and subject.

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Chat online now with a real librarian—one-to-one in real-time—for help with any topic or information need. Click Here

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Children’s Catalog

Browse the children’s version of our online catalog for the books & material that you need. Browse catalog now.

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Achieve your educational and career goals using nine unique centers of learning:

  • Adult Learning Center – Improve your basic skills in math, reading, writing, speaking and grammar
  • Career Center – Prepare for a career exam, explore occupations, and improve your workplace skills here
  • College Center – Strengthen your academic skills and prepare for placement tests and graduate school entrance exams here
  • College Prep Center – Practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks to help you prepare for college success
  • Computer Skills Center – Video courses to learn popular software and computer basics
  • High School Equivalency Center – There is now a new GED® test and also two other tests that can lead to your high school equivalency credential
  • Job and Career Accelerator – Powerful tools and expert guidance to help you find a great job
  • School Center – Practice, lessons, and study aids to help you do your best in school for elementary, middle and high school students
  • Spanish Center (Recursos para hispanohablantes) – Este centro ofrece práctica para mejorar las habilidades básicas, práctica para el examen de GED® o ser ciudadano estadounidense

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The Mango Language Database is an online-language learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Use the database to learn a new foreign language or improve your foreign language skills. English as a second language courses are also available in the Mango Language Database. Click here to visit and use Mango Languages.

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OverDrive 

Audio to Go / Electronic Audio Books and EBooks

With our digital library, patrons can browse, check out, and download digital audio books and eBooks any time of day from anywhere in the world.  Available 24/7, now your library is always open! Explore the digital library.

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Offers a wide variety of resources for kids including:

  • Elementary Student Research
    • Search for articles, news and more using a single search box. Powered by EBSCO Explora!
  • EBSCO eBooks
    • eBooks to read online or download! Lots of kid-related science, technology, engineering, and math title available!
  • BookFLIX
    • Watch, read, and learn! A fun way to read for PreK-3 grades. You can even find films and books in Spanish.
  • CyberSmarts:STAYING SAFE ONLINE
    • Learn how to be cyber-smart and use the internet safely for grades 3 – 6 and grades 7 – 12.
  • Middle Search: Main Edition
    • Find thousands of biographies and historical essays and an image collection with over 960,000 photos, maps, and flags.
  • SearchPrimary: Main Edition
    • Find articles from your favorite magazines like Ranger Rick, Lady Bug, Highlights for Children, National Geographic for Kids, and more!
  • Middle School Student Research
    • Use this fun, easy-to-use tool to discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects. Powered by EBSCO Explora!
  • SIRS Discoverer
    • Discover complete articles, images, activities, and websites. Use the Science Fair Explorer to identify exciting science fair projects or Country Facts to learn about countries and states.
  • Chat With a Librarian
    • Need a fast answer? Ask here!
  • Books, Movies & More in a PA Library
    • Search the kids catalog by subjects, words, titles and authors!
  • PA Photos & Documents
    • Find photos, documents and writings of people and places by collection subjects and featured collections.
  • Discover Pennsylvania For Kids!
    • State symbols, facts and figures, and more!
  • Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government
    • Learning Adventures, Games, and More for ages 4 and up!
  • Library of Congress
    • The Library of Congress has many websites designed for young readers and for the whole family to explore together.Discover the fascinating people, places and events that await you whenever you read.

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Popower-library-logower Library (Access PA)

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. Repair your car. Locate a title. Explore career options. It’s all here at POWER Library. Click Here

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Reference USAreference-usa-logo

The premier source of business and residential information for reference and research. Click Here

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E-books for e-kids! Storybooks, puzzles, games, audio books and more. Includes a large collection modern children’s picture books with animation. A narrator reads each book aloud. Access your next e-book now!

 

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