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Access PA POWER LibraryLibrary Funded Resource Remote Access
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. .

Access Pennsylvania Database Library Funded Resource 
Shared catalog for materials owned by most PA libraries.

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

Allegheny County Official Website Free website resource 
Links to services and information for county residents. Property assessments, recreation information, links to county services and agencies, forms, court records and more.

Allmusic Free Resource  
Search a large database of music information that includes biographies, discographies, genre charts, and reviews.
Ancestry Library Library Funded ResourceIn Library Use Only
A comprehensive source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research.

AP Images Library Funded Resource Remote Access
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.

Auto Repair Reference Center Library Funded Resource Remote Access
Detailed and diagrammed automotive repair and maintenance information covering most major manufacturers.


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

Better Business Bureau Free website resource 
Contains information about businesses and charitable organizations throughout the country to help consumers make informed decisions.

Biography in Context Library Funded Resource Remote Access
Comprehensive database of biographical information. Includes full text biographical articles from many popular magazines.

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

Business Insights: Global Library Funded Resource  
This database is no longer available. Please use Business Source Premier or our other business databases instead. Questions or comments?

Business Source Premier

Library Card Access Remote Access

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.

 
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CIA World Factbook Free website resource  
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.

Consumer Reports Magazine Free Resource Remote Access

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

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

Consumer Search Free website resource Remote Access
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.

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

CyberSmarts Library Card Access Remote Access
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.

Cyndi’s List Free website resource 
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.

 
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Duolingo
Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English.

 
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EBSCO eBooks Library Funded Resource Remote Access
Electronic books, previously netLibrary.Ebsco eBooks Help and Tutorials.
 
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FamilySearch Free website resource 
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.

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

Freegal Free Resource Remote Access
This site provides access to approximately 3 million songs, including Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists. Download three free music tracks (MP3 format) from popular artists each week with no software to download and no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Log in with your library barcode number and PIN.
Funology Free website resource 
A site for kids’ activities, experiments, games, magic tricks, jokes and more.  For ages 9 and up.

 
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GreenFILE Library Funded Resource Remote Access
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.

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

How Stuff Works Free website resource 
Easy to read explanations of how things work.  The site lets you upload photos and videos to help supplement the written content.

 
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Internet Movie Database Free website resource  
A comprehensive, fact-filled site about movies and television shows.

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

 
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Kelly Blue Book Free website resource 
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.

Kovels Free website resource  
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.

 
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Law Depot Library Card Access Remote Access
Access to thousands of do-it-yourself legal forms across all categories, including Real Estate, Business, Human Resources, and Wills. Forms can be saved, edited, and printed.

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

LISTA (Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts) Library Funded Resource Remote Access
A world-class bibliographic database that provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. LISTA indexes more than 600 periodicals plus books, research reports and proceedings. With coverage dating bak to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science.

Literature Resource Center Library Funded Resource Remote Access
Author information, literary criticism and plot summaries for authors from every age and literary discipline.

Little Pim Library Card Access Remote Access
Interactive online language learning program for children. Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.

 
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Mango Languages Library Funded Resource Remote Access
An online language-learning system teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages.

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

MedlinePlus Free website resource 
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.

Middle Search Plus Free Resource Remote Access

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.

Morningstar Investment Research Center Library Funded Resource Remote Access
Contains mutual fund and stock ratings and reports, including detailed analyst reports, from Morningstar Inc.

 
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Newspaper Source Plus Library Card Access Remote Access

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.

NoveList Library Funded Resource Remote Access
Includes fiction authors, titles and themes. Provides suggestions of books that are similar to those of a particular author or a certain title. Librarians can use this database as a readers' advisory service to assist patrons who enjoy fction. Teachers can use this resource for enhancement of curriculum.

NoveList K-8 Library Funded Resource Remote Access
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.

 
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Opposing Viewpoints in Context Library Funded Resource Remote Access
Full text of books that cover both sides of social issues.

OverDrive Digital Media Library Funded Resource Remote Access

Access thousands of dowloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and video. Titles can be transferred and accessed on most ereaders, tablets, and smart phones. See Compatible Devices


 
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Peterson's Free website resource  
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.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Free website resource Post-Gazette: Google News Archive
Local news, weather, sports, book reviews, obituaries and more.

Pittsburgh Press: Google News Archive Free website resource  
Daily newspaper from 1884-1992.

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

Primary Search Library Card Access Remote Access

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.

 
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Science in Context Library Funded Resource Remote Access
Magazine & journal articles, reference books, websites and more on science topics from biology to polymorphism.

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

State of Pennsylvania Official Website Free website resource 
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.

 
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Teacher Reference Center (TRC) Library Funded Resource Remote Access

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

ToxMap Library Card Access  

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).

TumbleBook Library Library Funded Resource Remote Access
TumbleBooks add animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books, producing an electronic picture book which you can read or have read to you.  You’ll also find chapter books, math stories, puzzles and games, and videos. All content is available for PCs and Macs. Some content is also  available for use on iPhones/iPads.  To access, select “mobile” from the “Choose” menu in the top right corner.   
 
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U.S. Census Bureau Free website resource 
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.

U.S. History in Context Library Funded Resource Remote Access
One-stop source for U.S. including primary documents, full-text articles, images, maps and more.

World History in Context Library Funded Resource Remote Access
One-stop source for world history, including primary documents, full-text articles, images, maps and more.

 
 

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