Databases by Subject


Animal Reports

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Arts

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Author Reports

  • Contemporary Authors (POWER Library): Guide to current authors in popular fields, based on the print set Contemporary Authors. 
  • NovelList Plus: Find reading recommendations including reviews, lists, articles, and more. Use NovelList to find read-alikes in both fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages. NovelList also has series information, award winners, best-of lists, top ten lists, and much more!

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Auto & Small Engine Repair  

  • Auto Repair Source (POWER Library): Discover the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center (POWER Library): Find detailed repair guides for all types of small engines. Offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, break service) as well as extensive repairs such as engine and transmission disassembly. Search by product type, brand, model/engine type, specific area of model/engine type and model numbers.

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Book Reviews

  • Contemporary Authors (POWER Library): Guide to current authors in popular fields, bases on the print set Contemporary Authors.
  • New York Times: Includes articles from the New York Times from 1981 to the present, and an archive from 1851-1922. To access within a library, create a free account on nytimes.com and log in with your email address and password. Use the link above when in the library or using the library's wifi network. Use the Remote Access link below if you are not on the library wifi.
  • NoveList Plus: Find reading recommendations including reviews, lists, articles, and more. Use NoveList to find read-alikes in both fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages. NoveList also has series information, award winners, best-of lists, top ten lists, and much more!

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Books & Literature  

  • Books, movies and more in a PA library (Access PA Catalog): Search 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.
  • BookFLIX (POWER Library): Watch videos and read books about Animals and Nature, Earth and Sky, People and Places, ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s, Family and Community, Music and Rhyme, Adventure, and more. Enjoy read aloud with words highlighting and interactive games. Some films and books are available in Spanish too!
  • Contemporary Authors (POWER Library): Guide to current authors in popular fields, based on the print set Contemporary Authors.
  • E-Books (EBSCO)(POWER Library): Full text books in a variety of fields.
  • NextReads: Sign up to receive book suggestions via email in up to 20 different areas.
  • NovelList Plus: Find reading recommendations including reviews, lists, articles, and more. Use NoveList to find read-alikes in both fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages. NoveList also has series information, award winners, best-of lists, top ten lists, and much more!

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Business

  • Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA): Search millions of private and public businesses for information on competition, business demographics, and target markets. Reference Solutions step-by-step guides, webinars, and training materials are available to help you better understand how to use the search features and produce a strategy at home, on the go, or at the Library.
  • Statista (Access from inside the Library): Find statistical information, company dossiers, topical reports, and high-quality infographics. With an international focus, this resource offers statistics on a wide variety of industries and topics such as communications, education, health care, and hospitality. eCommerce Insights reports are not currently included in the library's subscription.
  • Gale eBooks (formerly known as Gale Virtual Reference Library) (through POWER Library): A collection of reference titles in the arts, biography, business, education, environment, general reference, history, literature, medicine, nation and world, science, and the social sciences.
  • Gale eBooks (formerly known as Gale Virtual Reference Library) (through Chester County Library): A collection of reference titles in the arts, biography, business, education, environment, general reference, history, literature, medicine, nation and world, science, and the social sciences. Includes the Business Plans Handbook series.
  • Cisco Networking AcademyFree, online, self-paced technology courses. Designed to help community members explore potential career pathways, develop technical mastery, and build critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to succeed.
  • Business Source PremierAn essential article database for business research providing the full text for more than 2,000 periodicals, including about 1,000 scholarly journals. Covers virtually all disciplines in business and economics, including: accounting, economics, econometrics, finance, marketing, management, MIS, QMM and supply chain management.

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Chester County

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Children's Resources

  • AP Newsroom (POWER Library): Current and historical news and photographs.
  • BookFLIX (POWER Library): Watch videos and read books about Animals and Nature, Earth and Sky, People and Places, ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s, Family and Community, Music and Rhyme, Adventure, and more. Enjoy read aloud with words highlighting and interactive games. Some films and books are available in Spanish too!
  • Kids InfoBits (POWER Library): Elementary students in kindergarten through grade five will find age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics such as animals, arts, geography, health, literature, people, social studies, technology, etc. Kids InfoBits includes full-text proprietary content from Blackbirch Press®, U-X-L, KidHaven Press™, and more! Content is continuously updated and provides interesting and important facts with connections to current and past events.

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Current Events

  • AP Newsroom (POWER Library): Current and historical news and photographs.
  • Gale eBooks (formerly known as Gale Virtual Reference Library) (POWER Library): A collection of reference titles in the arts, biography, business, education, environment, general reference, history, literature, medicine, nation and world, science, and the social sciences.
  • Gale eBooks (formerly known as Gale Virtual Reference Library) (Chester County Library Collection): A collection of reference titles in the arts, biography, business, education, environment, general reference, history, literature, medicine, nation and world, science, and the social sciences. Includes Business Plans Handbook Series (volumes 1-33).
  • News for You Digital Access: 'News for you' is a weekly news publication written at a basic adult English level for ESL speakers and others with limited English proficiency. 'News for You' includes weekly assignments for ESL students and teachers. Contact the Reference Desk at 610-344-5957 or ref@ccls.org for login credentials.
  • New York Times: Includes articles from the New York Times from 1981 to the present, and an archive from 1851-1922. To access within a library, create a free account on nytimes.com and log in with your email address and password. Use the link above when in the library or using the library's wifi network. Use the Remote Access link below if you are not on the library wifi.
  • ONEFILE: High School Edition (POWER Library): 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.
  • ONEFILE: News (POWER Library): 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.
  • Philadelphia Inquirer Current & Historical: Scanned copies of the complete issues from 1829-1922 and January 2018 to current, including advertisements, classified, obituaries, etc.  Search entire issue or current page; export features include citation format, print, e-mail, and download. Full text of articles from 1981-current.

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Education

  • Academic Search Main Edition (POWER Library): About 1,800 full-text journals and 1,300 that are full-text and peer-reviewed. Subjects include biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion, and theology.
  • IN CONTEXT: Middle School (POWER Library): 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.
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (POWER Library): Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.
  • Mango Languages:  Mango is the fast, easy, and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language.
  • ONEFILE: High School Edition (POWER Library): 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.
  • NoveList Plus Find reading recommendations including reviews, lists, articles, and more. Use NoveList to find read-alikes in both fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages. NoveList also has series information, award winners, best-of lists, top ten lists, and much more!
  • SIRS Discoverer: This database provides coverage in areas including history, health, language arts, math, science, social studies, and technology. All newspaper, magazine, and reference book content is 100% full text, editorially-selected and indexed from over 2,200 reliable, high-quality global sources, including 400 full-text nonfiction books and around 300 full-text book chapters from publishers such as Britannica, World Book, Rosen Publishing Group, Enslow, and ReferencePoint Press.
  • Teacher Reference Center (POWER Library): Teacher Reference Center provides indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.
  • TrueFlix (POWER Library): is a multimedia literacy-based read aloud experience for young children that includes: interactive games, author biographies, video adaptations, Spanish translated pairs, read alouds, and digital nonfiction flipbooks.

  • Science Reference Center (POWER Library): 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.

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Environment

  • Gale eBooks (formerly known as Gale Virtual Reference Library) (POWER Library): A collection of reference titles in the arts, biography, business, education, environment, general reference, history, literature, medicine, nation and world, science, and the social sciences.
  • Gale eBooks (formerly known as Gale Virtual Reference Library) (Chester County Library Collection): A collection of reference titles in the arts, biography, business, education, environment, general reference, history, literature, medicine, nation and world, science, and the social sciences. Includes Business Plans Handbook Series (volumes 1-33).
  • GreenFILE (POWER Library): GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.
  • IN CONTEXT: Middle School (POWER Library): 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 (POWER Library): 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.

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Finance


Genealogy

  • Ancestry /Library Edition (In Library Use Only):Genealogical database, including census records.
  • HeritageQuest: Genealogy and local history resources including periodical articles.
  • MyHeritage Library Edition: This multilingual family history research database includes billions of historical documents from 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes, and additional resources that span the past five centuries
  • Philadelphia Inquirer Current & Historical: Scanned copies of the complete issues from 1829-1922 and January 2018 to current, including advertisements, classified, obituaries, etc.  Search entire issue or current page; export features include citation format, print, e-mail, and download. Full text of articles from 1981-current.

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Grants

  • Foundation Directory Online Quick Start: Includes basic profiles of nearly 90,000 U.S. foundations. Users can search by name, EIN, and location. Profiles include a foundation's background, purpose and activities statement, program area(s), fields of interest, financial data, and 990-PFs. For more advanced search options, such as program and interest field searches, visit the Chester County Library, Exton, to use Foundation Directory Online Professional. 
  • Foundation Directory Online Professional: (In-library use at Chester County Library only. Desktop computer access only.)  A premier grantseeking research tool. Includes over 140,000 U.S. foundations and corporate donors, over three million recent grants, and over half a million key decision makers. Updated weekly.
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals Online: (In-library use at Chester County Library only. Desktop computer access only.) Find funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals.

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Health & Medicine

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Historical Events & Times

  • Black Freedom Struggle: The Black Freedom Struggle website is freely available to students, educators and patrons. This curated selection of primary sources is designed for teaching and learning about the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans. Developed with input from Black history scholars and advisors, its easily discoverable materials are ideal for assignments and special projects focused on U.S. Black history.
  • Gale eBooks (formerly known as Gale Virtual Reference Library) (POWER Library): A collection of reference titles in the arts, biography, business, education, environment, general reference, history, literature, medicine, nation and world, science, and the social sciences.
  • Gale eBooks (formerly known as Gale Virtual Reference Library) (Chester County Library Collection): A collection of reference titles in the arts, biography, business, education, environment, general reference, history, literature, medicine, nation and world, science, and the social sciences. Includes Business Plans Handbook Series (volumes 1-33).
  • New York Times: Includes articles from the New York Times from 1981 to the present, and an archive from 1851-1922. To access within a library, create a free account on nytimes.com and log in with your email address and password. Use the link above when in the library or using the library's wifi network. Use the Remote Access link below if you are not on the library wifi.
  • Philadelphia Inquirer Current & Historical: Scanned copies of the complete issues from 1829-1922 and January 2018 to current, including advertisements, classified, obituaries, etc.  Search entire issue or current page; export features include citation format, print, e-mail, and download. Full text of articles from 1981-current.

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Job & Career

  • PA Online Learning: PA Online Learning is a FREE growing collection of tutorials on how to use software, social media, and library resources, such as POWER Library! Explore now and check back later to see how it grows! Selecting the link will take you to directly to PA Online Learning.
  • ReferenceUSA Jobs/Internships Module: Find your next job with advanced search options, a convenient mapping tool, and detailed business profiles.
  • Pennsylvania Job Resources (POWER Library): 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.
  • Cisco Networking Academy: Free, online, self-paced courses to help community members explore potential career pathways, develop technical mastery, and build critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to succeed.

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Languages

  • Mango Languages: Mango is the fast, easy, and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language.
  • News for You Digital Access: 'News for you' is a weekly news publication written at a basic adult English level for ESL speakers and others with limited English proficiency. 'News for You' includes weekly assignments for ESL students and teachers. Contact the Reference Desk at 610-344-5957 or ref@ccls.org for login credentials.
  • Transparent Language Online: Whether you’re a true language learning beginner, dusting off your old high school Spanish, or eager to tackle your tenth language—Transparent Language Online will help you get started and stick with it. 


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Magazine & Journal Articles

  • Academic Search Main Edition (POWER Library): About 1,800 full-text journals and 1,300 that are full-text and peer-reviewed. Subjects include biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion, and theology.
  • Flipster: Access over 100 titles anywhere you are with an active Chester County Library System card. Simple and convenient to use, especially when on-the-go and traveling! Some titles include: HGTV Magazine, Rolling Stone, Clean Eating, Real Simple, and House Beautiful.
  • MasterFILE Premier: Provides subject overviews, full text for magazine articles (including Consumer Reports Magazine and Consumer Reports Buying Guides), an image collection and AP clips. Excellent resource for student research and classroom instruction. Information is rich, reliable, and easy-to-use.

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Newspaper Articles

  • New York Times: Includes articles from the New York Times from 1981 to the present, and an archive from 1851-1922. To access within a library, create a free account on nytimes.com and log in with your email address and password. Use the link above when in the library or using the library's wifi network. Use the Remote Access link below if you are not on the library wifi.
  • News for You Digital Access: 'News for you' is a weekly news publication written at a basic adult English level for ESL speakers and others with limited English proficiency. 'News for You' includes weekly assignments for ESL students and teachers. Contact the Reference Desk at 610-344-5957 or ref@ccls.org for login credentials.
  • ONEFILE: High School Edition (POWER Library): 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.
  • ONEFILE: News (POWER Library): 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.
  • Philadelphia Inquirer Current & Historical- Scanned copies of the complete issues from 1829-1922 and January 2018 to current, including advertisements, classified, obituaries, etc.  Search entire issue or current page; export features include citation format, print, e-mail, and download. Full text of articles from 1981-current. 

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Photographs

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Science & Technology

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Spanish Language


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Test Guides

  • Driver's Education - Practice Tests and Handbooks: Free online driver education program for individuals preparing to take permit exams at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Contains practice tests and handbooks for automobile and motorcycle driving, including the following state-specific information:
    • 10 car practice tests
    • 5 motorcycle practice tests
    • 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
    • 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
    • An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions

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