For Researchers

For Researchers

Because there’s a difference between “research” and “search”.

Researchers of all ages are invited to use our many resources available both online and in the library. We have resources for:

Many of our resources are provided by POWER Library, which is a service of Access PA and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

For Adults

FEATURED:

Auto Repair Source *NEW*

Auto Repair Source has accurate and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center   *NEW*

SERRC provides detailed repair guides for nearly all types of small engines and resources that support routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service) and extensive repairs such as engine and transmission disassembly. 

Foundation Center
Databases by the Foundation Center contain profiles for 108,000 grant makers with contact and application information. The Foundation Center is located in Martin Library and is accessible to all York County Libraries members. Email Angela Orwig at [email protected] for more details or to schedule an orientation.

Proctoring Services
If you are a student and need to take a proctored exam, many YCL libraries are available to help you. Professional staff proctor these sessions. Contact your local library for availability, guidelines, and our current fee schedule. We need 48 hours advance notice, please.

Rocket Languages
Do you want to learn a variety of foreign languages? Are you going on vacation and need a refresher? Taking classes in school, or simply have the desire to learn another language? YCL has the support you need with Rocket Languages. Interactive lessons complete with videos, audio, voice playback, and quizzes will help you understand the basics of each language offered. 

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Access PA Catalog
If you can’t find the title you are looking for, Access PA can help. View the holdings of more than 2,600 Pennsylvania libraries and 43 million books, audiobooks, movies, reference materials, and more. When you find what you are looking for, you can request delivery of the item through InterLibrary Loan.

Academic OneFile

Find peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals in the areas of the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, literature, and more. 

Academic Search Main Edition

This daily updated full-text database provides access to nearly 2,000 journals and periodicals.

AP Images
View the greatest events in world history through photographs, audio soundbites, video, and graphics. 

Ask Here PA
Chat online with a real librarian in real time. You can also see all of the supporting documentation for answers to make it easy to cite references. Provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Bureau of Library Development.

Auto Repair Source*NEW*

Auto Repair Source has accurate and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.

Books & Authors
Discover fiction and non-fiction books that match your interests! Books and Authors is for readers from every level of reading proficiency and enables users to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics from more than 240,000 titles.

Business Insights: Essentials
Find full-text articles and statistical data about companies and industries in over 11,000 journals. Analyze financial and statistical data with interactive charting tools. 

Contemporary Authors
This e-resource provides access to biographical and bibliographical information on more than 145,000 influential and contemporary authors. 

eBooks (EBSCO) 
This e-resource provides access to over 16,000 eBooks across a variety of subject areas. Perform full-text searches of a single eBook, search thousands of volumes simultaneously, browse topic categories, and read eBooks online. You may also download selected eBooks to portable devices. Items check out for up to one week.

Educator’s Reference Complete

Discover a comprehensive collection of periodicals and reference content supporting the education field.

GALE Virtual Reference Library
Explore encyclopedias and specialized reference sources on a variety of topics from history, government, environment, math, and more!

General OneFile
Explore this general-interest periodical resource, which offers nearly more than 15,000 titles with more than 8,800 in full-text. The collection is supplemented by reference, newspaper, and audio content.

GREENR (Environment, Energy, etc.)
Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (GREENR) offers researchers an interdisciplinary resource for environment and sustainability studies. 

Health & Wellness Resource Center

Health & Wellness Resource Center offers 24/7 access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more.

Informe Academico
Informe Académico proporciona acceso a periódicos y revistas especializadas de lengua española y portuguesa. La base de datos ofrece una amplia gama de contenidos sobre América Latina.

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. 

InfoTrac Newsstand

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 instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section, or other fields. InfoTrac Newsstand also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts, and transcripts.

Learning Express
Learning Express is your one-stop shop for tutorials on a wide variety of academic subjects. Want mathematics help? We have basic math, geometry, algebra and advanced statistics tutorials. Need to prep for a college or military entrance exam? Here is the resource you’ve been looking for. Want to brush up on basic language skills, spelling or vocabulary? Help is here!
Additional resources include citizenship test prep, high school equivalency exam tutorials, and vocational study support. Many resources are available in English and Spanish. Learning opportunities are self-directed so you can work at your own pace.

LitFinder
Discover literature content from more than 150,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, 2,400 full-text speeches, and 1,250 full-text plays. It also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary. Access works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities.

NewsBank: World News
NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues.

PADigital
Are you interested in the history and culture of Pennsylvania? PADigital houses digitized resources from newspapers, colleges, archives, museums, and other institutions, and links them to the Digital Public Library of America. Images, transcripts, photographs, and papers are all available for perusal online.

PA Photos and Documents
Are you doing genealogical research? Interested in the history of the civil war? Explore digitized copies of original documents and photographs from unique collections in libraries across Pennsylvania. You will be amazed by what you find!

Pennsylvania Job Resources
Discover job resources for Pennsylvania job seekers and employers. These Pennsylvania government provided resources are designed to help you find a good career, review job openings, and match you with employers.

Power Search
Search the Gale e-resources available in POWER Library in one place! Find articles and information from Academic OneFile, General OneFile, and InfoTrac Newsstand.

Research in Context
Discover reliable and trusted information on a variety of topics to support middle school student research for government, U.S and world history, geography, literature, sciences, and social issues.  Research In Context offers cross-curricular content aligned to national and state standards, and presents material organized into a highly visual and topic portal approach to quickly find answers.

Science Reference Center
This is a handy research tool for educators and students alike. Browse scientific information by subject area, find lesson plans, and discover hands-on activities. Access hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other science sources.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center *NEW*

SERRC provides detailed repair guides for nearly all types of small engines and resources that support routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service) and extensive repairs such as engine and transmission disassembly. 

York Daily Record
The York Daily Record is a news organization that produces multi-platform news products and serves York, Pennsylvania. The print version of its publications is the York Daily Record/Sunday News

 

Gale Topic Collections

Agriculture Collection Business Collection Business Economics & Theory Collection Communication and Mass Media Collection
Criminal Justice Collection Culinary Arts Collection Culinary Arts Collection Culinary Arts Collection
Fine Arts and Music Collection Gardening; Landscape and Horticulture Collection Gender Studies Collection General Science Collection
Home Improvement Collection Hospitality; Tourism and Leisure Collection Information Science and Library Issues Collection Insurance and Liability Collection
Military and Intelligence Database Military and Intelligence Database Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection Pop Culture Collection
Popular Magazines Professional Collection Psychology Collection Religion and Philosophy Collection
Small Business Collection U.S. History Collection Vocations and Careers Collection War and Terrorism Collection
World History Collection      

 

For Kids and Teens

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Academic One File

Find peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals in the areas of the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, literature, and more.

AP Images
View the greatest events in world history through photographs, audio soundbites, video, and graphics. 

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government
Join Benjamin Franklin on an adventure to learn about the United States government.

Books & Authors
Discover fiction and non-fiction books that match your interests! Books and Authors is for readers from every level of reading proficiency and enables users to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics from more than 240,000 titles.

Book Flix
The best of whimsical picture books are paired with nonfiction titles in this fun e-resource designed for pre-K to 3rd grade. Each pair of books comes with additional activities and teaching supports. 

Business Insights: Essentials
Find full-text articles and statistical data about companies and industries in over 11,000 journals. Analyze financial and statistical data with interactive charting tools. 

CyberSmarts
Learn how to be a safe, responsible, and smart citizen with these eBooks that teach you how to avoid predators, play games safely online, protect your privacy, and use social networks.

GALE Virtual Reference Library
Explore encyclopedias and specialized reference sources on a variety of topics from history, government, environment, math, and more!

GREENR (Environment, Energy, etc.)
Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (GREENR) offers researchers an interdisciplinary resource for environment and sustainability studies. 

Informe Academico
Informe Académico proporciona acceso a periódicos y revistas especializadas de lengua española y portuguesa. La base de datos ofrece una amplia gama de contenidos sobre América Latina.

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. Use the Topic Finder—a visual search tool—to discover new facets of a topic, or use the Readspeaker text-to-speech tool that allows text to be read aloud.

InfoTrac Student Edition
Discover periodicals and reference book content supporting high school student research!

Kid’s Catalog
Do you want to explore books just for kids in the YCL catalog? The Kid’s Catalog is your answer! The Kid’s Catalog is a kid-friendly way to search for, check availability of, and place holds on children’s materials owned by York County Libraries. 

Kids InfoBits
Elementary students in kindergarten through grade 5 will find age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics. Content is continually updated and provides interesting facts with connections to current and past events.

LitFinder
Discover literature content from more than 150,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, 2,400 full-text speeches, and 1,250 full-text plays. It also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary. Access works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities.

NewsBank: World News
NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues.

Power Search
Search the Gale e-resources available in POWER Library in one place! Find articles and information from Academic OneFile, General OneFile, and InfoTrac Newsstand.

Research in Context
Discover reliable and trusted information on a variety of topics to support middle school student research for government, U.S and world history, geography, literature, sciences, and social issues.  Research In Context offers cross-curricular content aligned to national and state standards, and presents material organized into a highly visual and topic portal approach to quickly find answers.

TrueFlix
Your child can explore non-fiction topics through books, videos, games, and activities through the award-winning True Books. Students can hone literacy skills, build a knowledge base of subject-area content, and cultivate contemporary skills through the exploratory research process. 

York Daily Record
The York Daily Record is a news organization that produces multi-platform news products and serves York, Pennsylvania. The print version of its publications is the York Daily Record/Sunday News

 

For Educators and Parents

Academic One File

Find peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals in the areas of the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, literature, and more.

AP Images
View the greatest events in world history through photographs, audio soundbites, video, and graphics. 

Books & Authors
Discover fiction and non-fiction books that match your interests! Books and Authors is for readers from every level of reading proficiency and enables users to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics from more than 240,000 titles.

Book Flix
The best of whimsical picture books are paired with nonfiction titles in this fun e-resource designed for pre-K to 3rd grade. Each pair of books comes with additional activities and teaching supports. 

Digital Public Library of America 
The DPLA is a collection of digitized resources from all across America. It features exhibits, documents, videos, and maps that keep history alive and accessible to everyone.

Driving Test
Can’t find a Pennsylvania driver’s manual anywhere? That’s because PennDOT’s gone digital! Here is your one-stop shop to driver’s manuals and practice tests. York County Libraries offers free Pennsylvania Driver Permit, CDL, and motorcycle practice tests in partnership with Driving-Tests.org. Resources are in both English and Spanish. 

Educator’s Reference Complete
Access over 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 Virtual Reference Library
Explore encyclopedias and specialized reference sources on a variety topics from history, government, environment, math, and more!

GCFLearnFree.com
Find free computer tutorials on topics like Microsoft Office, smartphones, and tablets. Work at your own pace, and take fun (optional) quizzes to test your new knowledge! Via Goodwill Community Foundation.

GREENR (Environment, Energy, etc.)
Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (GREENR) offers researchers an interdisciplinary resource for environment and sustainability studies. 

Informe Academico
Informe Académico proporciona acceso a periódicos y revistas especializadas de lengua española y portuguesa. La base de datos ofrece una amplia gama de contenidos sobre América Latina.

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. Use the Topic Finder—a visual search tool—to discover new facets of a topic, or use the Readspeaker text-to-speech tool that allows text to be read aloud.

InfoTrac Student Edition
Discover periodicals and reference book content supporting high school student research!

Khan Academy
What do you want to know? The Khan Academy is on a mission to help you learn what you want at your own pace. Courses cover a variety of subjects in levels from kindergarten to AP. Via Khan Academy.

Kids InfoBits
Elementary students in kindergarten through grade 5 will find age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics. Content is continually updated and provides interesting facts with connections to current and past events.

LitFinder
Discover literature content from more than 150,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, 2,400 full-text speeches, and 1,250 full-text plays. It also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary. Access works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities.

Medline Plus
MedlinePlus is brought to you by the National Institute of Health. This website is built for patients and their families to provide trusted health information, including drug and supplement data, videos and tutorials, and medical encyclopedias on a wide variety of health-related topics.

NewsBank: World News
NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues.

Penn State Extension
Looking for information about local agriculture, horticulture, natural resources or nutrition? The PSU Cooperative Extension in York County provides access to the expertise of the Pennsylvania State University by delivering research-based news about our environment in York County from the farmland to the city.

Research in Context
Discover reliable and trusted information on a variety of topics to support middle school student research for government, U.S and world history, geography, literature, sciences, and social issues.  Research In Context offers cross-curricular content aligned to national and state standards, and presents material organized into a highly visual and topic portal approach to quickly find answers.

TrueFlix
Your child can explore non-fiction topics through books, videos, games, and activities through the award-winning True Books. Students can hone literacy skills, build a knowledge base of subject-area content, and cultivate contemporary skills through the exploratory research process. 

York Daily Record
The York Daily Record is a news organization that produces multi-platform news products and serves York, Pennsylvania. The print version of its publications is the York Daily Record/Sunday News

 

ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA’S POWER Library services are funded primarily by:

-The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s “Library Access” budget line item
-Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

These funds are administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.
Notice of these funding sources must be provided on all printed or electronic presentations of POWER Library resources as listed below.

This project is 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.

OCL reserves the right to change or terminate the ACCESS PENNSYLVANIA POWER Library program based on the availability of funding, program needs, or the availability of vendors that can provide qualified services.