Research & Reference

Research & Reference

PTPL/WAGGIN Resources

A to Z - The World

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A to Z - The World

A to Z - The World is a comprehensive database covering world history, cultures, languages, foods, religions, and much more.  It covers 175 countries and covers topics such as business, culture, society, language, education, history, points of interest, national symbols, and more.

Consumer Reports

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Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization that works side by side with consumers to empower them with the trusted knowledge they need to make more informed choices.  To access, enter your Peters Township library card number.

Infobase eBooks

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Infobase eBooks

Infobase provides authoritative, reliable resources in a wide variety of subject areas from history, science, and literature to careers, health, and social issues. All eBooks included are currently available as hard copies in the library's collection. To access, enter your Peters Township library card number.

Magill's Medical Guide

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Magill's Medical Guide

Magill's is a perfect mix of accessibility and depth, providing an authoritative reference source bridging the gap between encyclopedias and self-help guides.  To access, select Library Card Number and enter your Peters Township library card number, then navigate to Magill’s Medical Guide.

Niche Academy Tutorials for Research


Authoring Research Questions
Better Search Techniques
Finding the Right Sources
In-Text Citations
Paraphrasing and Summarizing

Provided by Niche Academy, these tutorials can help you perfect your research skills.

Salem Online

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Salem Online

Salem Online offers access to a variety of reference materials covering literature, science, history, health, and careers.  Included here are the history of each decade, Presidents, the 50 States, and more. To access, select Library Card Number and enter your Peters Township library card number.

ScienceFLIX

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ScienceFLIX

Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking, ScienceFlix transforms the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering.  Featuring hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types, interactive features and more.

World Book Online

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World Book Encyclopedia Online features the same expert information found in the print version, with a consolidated layout that makes it easier than ever to find research tools, videos, audios and more. To access, enter your Peters Township library card number.

POWER Library Resources

PA POWER Library

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For an alphabetical list of POWER Library databases, click here.
For a subject list of POWER Library databases, click here.

POWER Library is a collection of databases and resources provided by the PA Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Academic OneFile

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Academic OneFile provides students with peer-reviewed, full-text articles covering the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, technology, literature, and more.  Users can expand and refine search results through the Topic Finder and citation tools are built in.

Academic Search Main Edition

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Academic Search Main Edition

Discover full-text scholarly content for major college courses. Designed for academic institutions, Academic Search Main Edition provides articles from nearly 1,900 full-text journals and nearly 1,300 full-text peer-reviewed journals, covering biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion, and more.

Access PA Catalog

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Access PA Catalog

earch 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, school and university, and specialized.

AP Images

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AP Images

View the greatest events in world history with the Associated Press's extensive collection of photographs, audio sound bites, video, and graphics, covering the last 185 years.  Over 3,000 photos, images, sound bites, and graphics are added to the collection daily.

Books & Authors

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Powered by Gale's popular What Do I Read Next? series, Books & Authors connects readers from every reading level to fiction and non-fiction books that match their interests.  Explore books, authors, genres and topics from more than 240,000 titles.

Business Insights: Essentials

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Business Insights:  Essentials

Business Insights: Essentials offers information, full-text articles, and statistical data about companies and industries for business owners, marketing professionals, investors, and students.  Instantly compare financial and statistical data with interactive charting tools and detailed company profiles.

Contemporary Authors

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Contemporary 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, script and screen writers, and more.

Educator's Reference Complete

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Educator's Reference Complete

Educator's Reference Complete provides access to 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 In Context Middle School

Gale In Context Middle School

Gale In Context Middle School provides middle school students with reliable and trusted information on a variety of topics such as government, U.S and world history, geography, literature, sciences, and social issues.  Material is organized visually and topically to help students quickly find the answers they need.

Gale OneFile High School Edition

Gale OneFile High School 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.

Gale OneFile News

Gale OneFile News

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 by publication, title, author, date, or other fields.  Newsstand also includes images, radio/TV broadcasts, and transcripts.

Gale Topic Collections

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Gale Topic Collections

Explore topic collections from Agriculture to World History with 29 unique e-resources covering topics such as business information, communications, diversity, environment, fine arts, hospitality, military, nursing, pop culture, psychology, religion and more!

Gale Virtual Reference Center 

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Explore encyclopedias, reference books, and primary sources on a variety of topics from history, government, technology, the environment, math, law, multicultural studies, physical and social sciences, and more.  Titles can be searched individually and contain built-in citation tools.

General OneFile

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General OneFile

General OneFile is a general-interest periodical resource, with access to more than 15,000 titles, 8,800 of which are available in full-text. With millions of articles available in PDF and HTML full-text, the collection is also supplemented by reference, news, and audio content.

GreenFILE

GreenFILE

GreenFILE is a database covering the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and governments, with records from scholarly, government and general sources.

GREENR

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GREENR

Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (GREENR) focuses on the study of sustainability and environment.  It provides news, background information, video, primary source documents and statistics in areas such as energy systems, food, climate change, and population.

Informe Academico

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Informe Academico

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. Special features include the Topic Finder, a visual search tool, and the Readspeaker text-to-speech tool.

Kids InfoBits

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Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits provides elementary-aged students with age-appropriate, curriculum-related content covering a broad range of educational topics such as animals, geography, social studies, technology, and more.  Content is continuously updated to include important current and past events.

Library, Information, Science & Technology Abstracts

LISTA - Library, Information, Science & Technology Abstracts

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) is a full-text, indexed  database for library and information science studies and related subjects.

LitFinder

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LitFinder

International in scope, LitFinder covers all time periods and  genres.  Users can access full-text works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities, as well as biographies, speeches, photographs, plays, summaries, and glossaries covering the 16th through 20th centuries.

PA Photo and Documents

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PA Photo and Documents

Explore thousands of digitized documents, photographs, audio and video recordings, and more from unique collections in libraries and cultural institutions across Pennsylvania. Resources can be searched by institution, collection, or topic, and each individual resource.

Pennsylvania Job Resources

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Pennsylvania Job Resources

Discover job resources for Pennsylvania job seekers and employers. These Pennsylvania government resources are designed to help you find a good career, review job openings, and match you with employers.  Included are job listings, statistics, career guides, and education planners.

Power Search

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Power Search

Search several of the largest Gale e-resources available through POWER Library in one place!  Find articles and information from the following e-resources:  Academic OneFile, General OneFile, and InfoTrac Newsstand--with just one search!

Science Reference Center 

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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.

Teacher Reference Center

Teacher Reference Center

A research database specifically for teachers, the Teacher Reference Center provides indexing and abstracts for more than 230 peer-reviewed journals.

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American Archive of Public Broadcasting

American Archive of Public Broadcasting

Discover over 40,000 hours of clips (both video and audio) from public broadcasting programs, covering the last 60 years. The AAPB site features an easy to use search function, as well as special topical collections and exhibits.

Better Business Bureau

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Better Business Bureau

For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has helped people find and recommend businesses, brands, and charities they trust. Use their website to read and write reviews, file complaints, and find recommendations.

Consumer.gov

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Consumer.gov

Consumer.gov provides information on various financial topics, including managing your money, keeping a handle on your credit and debt, avoiding scams and identity theft, and more. Their Toolbox contains lesson plans, as well as worksheets and presentations.

ConsumerSearch

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ConsumerSearch

ConsumerSearch.com is a website that helps users find answers about what products are top-rated or best bets in their class. Their mission is to reduce the time it takes readers to make an intelligent and informed purchase.

Kelley Blue Book

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Kelley Blue Book

Since 1926, Kelley Blue Book has been one of the best-known names in the auto industry for determining car values. KBB.com includes resources to help you research, price and shop for the car you've been looking for.

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online

The Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress. The collection includes photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.

POWER Library and its databases are 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.