For Researchers

For Researchers

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

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

For Adults

Foundation Center
Do you work for a non-profit seeking grant opportunities? Are you a student seeking extra support for school? Perhaps you are an individual seeking funds to start your own business. The Foundation Center features databases for nonprofits and individuals seeking grants. 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 Sarah Fretz at sfretz@yorklibraries.org 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. 


POWER Library Databases for Adults
The gateway for all of the resources, ebooks, and databases offered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to residents of Pennsylvania.

Library members from across PA have access to this collection of databases.


Access PA Database
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 Search Main Edition

Do you need to find access to peer–reviewed journal articles? Do you need more than a magazine article on your research topic? This full-text database provides access to nearly 2000 journals and periodicals, including many peer-reviewed journals. Updated daily.


AP Images
 
Do you want to see and hear history as it really happened? AP (Associated Press) has been capturing the greatest events in world history with photographs, audio sound bites, video, and graphics for over 185 years. This is a great resource for students of all ages.


Ask Here PA

Is your paper due tomorrow? Perhaps you need just one more resource to meet your professor’s requirements. Do you need a definitive answer to a provocative question (you know, the one you just put a bet on)? Get your answers by connecting with a librarian. Here is your opportunity to 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.


Business Source Main Edition

Do you want to research, start or run a business? Going on a job interview, and need to learn about your future employers? Here’s where you can get started. Browse the full text of over 700 magazine and journal articles, all focused on business and best practices. The collection, dating back to 1985, covers a broad range of items including business magazines, scholarly journals, and trade periodicals.


Consumer Health Complete

Looking for tips to help your family stay healthy? This database supports the information needs of patients, and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. Content covers all areas of health and wellness. Health information you can trust.


Contemporary Authors
Do you have a favorite contemporary author, poet or cartoonist? Want to know where they were born or who influenced their work? Curious about their full body of work? This e-resource provides access to biographical and bibliographical information on more than 145,000 influential and contemporary authors. It’s also an excellent source for background information when you’re working on a book report or literature review.


eBooks on EBSCOhost

This e-resource provides access to over 16,000 eBooks across all major subject areas. Perform full-text searches of a single eBook, search thousands of volumes simultaneously, browse topic categories, or read eBooks online. Topics range from young adult fiction to philosophy to true crime, and everything in between. Additionally, you may download selected eBooks to portable devices. Items check out for up to one week.


EBSCOhost
This e-resource provides a central location from which to search the Access PA EBSCO eresources. Search up to sixteen databases at the same time.


GreenFILE
Are you interested in understanding how humans impact our environment? This scholarly and general interest database shows the connections between the environment and a variety of areas such as agriculture, education, law, health, and technology.


LISTA
Are you interested in librarianship or the role libraries play in our community? This resource indexes library science and technology journals, books, and research papers. Track the changes in philosophy regarding libraries over time. Includes nearly 60 years of library-focused research.


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.


MasterFILE Main Edition
This multidisciplinary e-resource providing full text for over 1,300 magazines and journals covers general interest subject areas. This is a great place to start for an overview of a topic.


Newspaper Source Plus
This e-resource provides the latest news with full-text access to over 860 U.S. and international newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the Associated Press. Additionally, there are 857,000 transcripts of radio and television broadcasts available. Updated daily.


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 (DPLA). 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!


Public Library Search
Do you need help narrowing down a broad subject, or want to limit search results by reading level or publication date? Try this easy-to-use resource powered by EBSCO. Discover reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects. 


Science Reference Center
This is a handy research tool that allows you to browse scientific information by subject area, find lesson plans and discover hands-on activities. This research database provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. It contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.

For Kids and Teens

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


Book Flix
Does your child love to read? Maybe they are reluctant readers? The best of whimsical picture books are paired with nonfiction titles on the same theme. Each pair of books comes with additional activities and teaching supports. Created for grades pre-K-3, this resource will be loved by your whole family. Help your child build that love of reading and learning. 


Elementary Student Research
Elementary researchers use visual clues to help young researchers narrow down big research topics. Help your child discover reliable information on thousands of wide-ranging topics. Make learning fun.


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


Middle School Student Research
Visual tools help middle school students understand how they can focus their research. This resource can be filtered to meet the reading level of most students. Discover reliable information on thousands of wide-ranging subjects. 


Middle Search Main
Students’ research needs change as they get older. Designed for middle school students, this e-resource provides full text access to popular magazines, biographies, and historical essays, already filtered to the appropriate reading level. Students also access an image collection with over 960,000 items. 


Power Kids
 
Let the Power Kids tour guide, Ben, show your child the resources they need for homework, reports, or general knowledge.


Primary Search Main
This is a great starting place for kids in the primary grades who need to research a subject. Designed for elementary school students, this e-resource provides full-text access to popular magazines for elementary school research dating back to 1990. 


SIRS Discoverer
Have you ever started reading on a topic and then found yourself branching out to other topics—but not sure how you got there? This resource uses subject trees to help young researchers discover related information. SIRS Discoverer is aimed at elementary and middle school students and researchers. It covers curriculum areas and content sets for educators, too. This resource, like many Power Library resources, allows you to limit by your child’s reading level.


TrueFlix
Do you have a child who groans when asked to read a nonfiction book? Get them engaged. Perhaps you have a child who could not care less about Harry Potter, but loves reading books about science or history. Encourage their interest! Your child can explore true 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. Now provided by Power Libraries.

For Educators and Parents

Teacher Reference Center
If you are a teacher, you know that keeping current with topics related to your field is crucial. This e-resource for teachers provides indexing and abstracts for 280 peer-reviewed, education-focused journals.


TrueFlix
Do you have a child who groans when asked to read a nonfiction book? Get them engaged. Perhaps you have a child who could not care less about Harry Potter, but loves reading books about science or history. Encourage their interest! Your child can explore true 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. Now provided by Power Libraries.

Book Flix
Does your child love to read? Maybe they are reluctant readers? The best of whimsical picture books are paired with nonfiction titles on the same theme. Each pair of books comes with additional activities and teaching supports. Created for grades pre-K-3, this resource will be loved by your whole family. Help your child build that love of reading and learning. 


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


GCFLearnFree.com
Need a quick refresher of computer skills, or just starting to learn computer basics? Free computer tutorials are available on topics from Microsoft Office to Apple, and smartphones to tablets. Other topics available include reading, technology and mathematics. These free tutorials are available to everyone. Work at your own pace, and take fun (optional) quizzes to test your new knowledge! Via Goodwill Community Foundation


Khan Academy
What do you want to know? The Khan Academy is on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace. A variety of subjects is covered, and levels range from kindergarten to AP-level. Via Khan Academy


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


Medline Plus
When you or a family member needs health information, they need that information from a valid source. YCL recommends MedlinePlus from the National Institutes of Health. This website is built for patients and their families. Health information, including drug and supplement data, videos and tutorials, and medical encyclopedias on a wide variety of health-related topics are available 24/7.


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 resources and expertise of Pennsylvania State University by delivering unbiased, research-based information, whether it relates to the farm or the city.