Online Resources

  These Online Resources are selected by Librarians in Lebanon County.
Resources are listed by subject.  We also have a list of COMMUNITY resources (agencies) in our online catalog.
Online databases provided by Power Library are included in this list. To go directly to Power Library click here.

Art/Music

Art History Resources on the Web: comprehensive index of art resources on the Internet compiled by Christopher L.C.E. Witcomb, Professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Music and Musicians Database

The Louvre: La Fayette: Database of American Art: works by United States artists from the French national collections, 1620-1940. This bilingual online catalogue presents more than 1,700 works produced by United States artists that entered the national collections of France before 1940.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: provides a rich timeline of art history and thematic essay categories.

The National Gallery of Art Classroom for Teachers and Students: a place where teachers and students can connect art and curriculum

Automotive

Auto Repair Reference Center – Complete automotive repair information supplied by Nichols Publishing, publisher of Chilton©. Most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles are listed. Repair information is available for most manufacturers as far back as 1954. (Library Card Needed)

Fuel Economy.gov – information on gas mileage, alternative fuel vehicles, and safety information for new and used cars and trucks. Includes a gas mileage calculator.

Office of Defects Investigation – allows you to see consumer complaints, recalls, and safety bulletins

Books and Reading

Lebanon County Libraries Catalog – visit our online catalog of books, movies and much more that you can borrow at your county libraries. We also have reference materials that you can use from within the library.

Access PA Database – Catalog holdings of almost 3,000 Pennsylvania school, public, academic and special libraries are included. Search by author, title, subject or keyword to locate over 50 million items. (Library Card Needed)

eBooks  - downloadable ebooks from Overdrive  (Library Card Needed)

netLibrary – Electronic books are available, full text searchable and available for in online formats. (Library Card Needed)

Business

Lebanon Daily News – Search full-text articles covering local issues and events, business and community news, government, sports and more from (9/15/01-Current).

Business Source Main Edition – Available through PA Power Library. This scholarly business e-resource provides the complete text for over 2,200 magazines and journals as well as indexes and abstracts for over 2,300 titles. The collection, dating back to 1985, ranges from general business magazines to scholarly journals and trade periodicals.

Wall Street Journal

Careers

Career Link – Comprehensive information for job seekers and employers.

Lebanon Libraries Job Services – assistance for job seekers.

Monster.com – Save Your Search; Have matching jobs emailed to you as they’re posted.

Children

Ask Jeeves for Kids – fast, easy and kid-friendly way for kids to search online.

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids- Guide for students in grades K-12 to the United States Government as a service of the Government Printing Office. Resources are aimed at teaching how government works and also locator services for various government sites.

BookFlix – Watch, Read, & Learn! Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks  with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning.  The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration. (Library Card Needed)

CyberSmarts - This interactive e-book 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.

Kids Search

This easy-to-use, graphically appealing search interface was designed especially for grades K – 8, helping these kids search on a broad range of subjects in a professionally selected collection of age-appropriate magazine & newspaper articles. Articles are assigned a Lexile rating to indicate reading level. There are also resources for teachers. Librarians (or teachers) may supplement the pre-selected resources with additional locally selected e-resources. Kids Search searches these resources:

  • American Heritage Dictionary
  • Image Collection
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
  • Newspaper Source
  • Primary Search

(Library Card Needed)

Primary Search Main Edition

Designed for elementary school students, Primary Search: Main Edition provides full-text access to popular magazines for elementary school research dating back to 1990. All articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). The resource also provides access to full-text biographies and books and an Image Collection of over 960,000 photos, maps and flags. Subjects include:

  • Science
  • Health
  • Math
  • Writing
  • Geography

(Library Card Needed)

Searchasaurus

Searchasauraus is a search interface designed for primary school students, providing them with a colorful, animated interface, complete with erupting volcanoes and a dinosaur guide as they gather information on a wide range of topics from over 80 popular full-text magazines, Funk & Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia, American Heritage Children’s Dictionary, and the Encyclopedia of Animals. The e-resource includes Lexiles.

SIRS Discoverer – Includes articles and images from over 1,600 newspapers, magazines and government documents. Articles are assigned a reading level –Easy, Moderate or Challenging- based on age-appropriateness, educational content, interest and reading level. (Library Card Needed)

Consumer Information

Federal Consumer Information Center – answers to your questions about the Federal government and common consumer issue.

Educators

Edsitement – provides links to twenty online humanities learning guides as well as links to outside humanities Web sites

The Horn Book: Resources for Educators – articles for teachers and an updated array of booklists for classroom use and home sharing.

National Geographic Expeditions – a large selection of maps, virtual expedition and museum, forums, and lesson plans

Read Write Think – Providing educators and students access to quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction

Teacher Reference Center (TRC) (Library Card Needed)

This e-resource for teachers provides indexing and abstracts for 280 peer-reviewed journals. Subject content includes:

  • Assessment
  • Best practices
  • Continuing education
  • Current pedagogical research
  • Curriculum development
  • Higher education
  • Instructional media
  • Language arts
  • Literacy standards
  • School administration
  • Science & mathematics
  • Teacher education

Thinkfinity – contains more than 55,000 authoritative educational and literacy resources for teachers, including standards-based K-12 lesson plans, student materials, interactive tools and web sites.

Genealogy

Ancestry.com – (only available from within your library) – family history site online with over 4 billion names in worldwide historical records, family tree services and genealogy

Harrisburg Newspaper Index – index of personal names in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania newspaper announcements of marriages and deaths published from 1799 to 1827.

Pennsylvania Genealogy Collection — Digitized materials from newspapers and other sources of interest to family researchers

Pennsylvania Necrology Scrapbook – Microfilmed scrapbooks of obituaries clipped from Pennsylvania newspapers from 16 October 1891 to 3 March 1904. Many Civil War veterans included.

Genealogy

Ancestry.com – (only available from within your library) – family history site online with over 4 billion names in worldwide historical records, family tree services and genealogy

Harrisburg Newspaper Index – index of personal names in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania newspaper announcements of marriages and deaths published from 1799 to 1827.

Pennsylvania Genealogy Collection — Digitized materials from newspapers and other sources of interest to family researchers

Pennsylvania Necrology Scrapbook – Microfilmed scrapbooks of obituaries clipped from Pennsylvania newspapers from 16 October 1891 to 3 March 1904. Many Civil War veterans included.

Government Resources

Lebanon County

Lebanon County League of Women Voters

Lebanon County Township Maps

Pennsylvania – Pennsylvania’s main homepage for state government

Pennsylvania House of Representatives – includes online welcome center and visitor’s guide.

Pennsylvania State Senate – Home page of the Pennsylvania State Senate

USA.Gov – Official U.S. government search engine for all federal government information

VotesPA – Department of State’s online voter information center

The White House – official website of the White House

Health and Medicine

Consumer Health Complete – from PA Power Library. CHC is designed to support the information needs of patients and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. Content covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

National Library of Medicine – information and research in all areas of biomedicine and health care.

History

Ben Franklin – Digitized Collection – includes digitized materials by and about Ben Franklin from the collection of the State Library of Pennsylvania

Food Timeline – food history research

Lebanon County Historical Society

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission – research collections in a variety of formats: cataloged objects and documents, digital images of same, databases of historic and cultural resources, and written histories

Pennsylvania Capital Centennial Collection – Historic descriptions, explanations, and illustrated visitors’ guidebooks to the State Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Pennsylvania Capitol Building.

Journals and Professional Resources

Libraries Online

American Library Association

Bishop Library at LVC

Hershey Public Library

George T. Harrell Library at the Hershey Medical Center

Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Library of Congress

Lois High Berstler Community Health Library the Hershey Medical Center

National Archives

Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries

Pennsylvania Library Association

State Library of PA

Local

Lebanon Daily News – Search full-text articles covering local issues and events, business and community news, government, sports and more from (9/15/01-Current).

Magazines

SIRS Discoverer – Includes articles and images from over 1,600 newspapers, magazines and government documents. Articles are assigned a reading level –Easy, Moderate or Challenging- based on age-appropriateness, educational content, interest and reading level. (Library Card Needed)

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Newspapers

AP Multimedia Archive – More than 500,000 current and historical photographs and graphics can be searched by date, place and subject. More than 800 photographs are added daily (Library Card Needed)

Tutorial – learn to use this database quickly and easily

Harrisburg Newspaper Index – index of personal names in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania newspaper announcements of marriages and deaths published from 1799 to 1827.

Lebanon Daily News – Search full-text articles covering local issues and events, business and community news, government, sports and more from (9/15/01-Current).

Merchandiser

Patriot News

Reference

RefDesk.com – One-stop Internet reference directory. Use RefDesk to search through thousands of online sources.

SIRS Discoverer – Includes articles and images from over 1,600 newspapers, magazines and government documents. Articles are assigned a reading level –Easy, Moderate or Challenging- based on age-appropriateness, educational content, interest and reading level. (Library Card Needed)

Science

The Accidental Scientist: The Science of Cooking – Explore recipes, activities, and Webcasts that will enhance your understanding of the science behind food and cooking

Chemical Elements.com – an interactive Periodic Table of the Elements

Common Trees of PA – selection of 57 native, and 5 introduced trees organized according to leaf shape and arrangement. Each tree is identified by popular name familiar to Pennsylvanians and complete scientific name.

GreenFile – 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 energy, recycling, and more.(Library Card Needed)

How Stuff Works – explains hundreds of subjects, from car engines to lock-picking to ESP, using clear language and tons of illustrations

Science Fair Center- A laboratory of ideas

Science Fair Project Resource Guide – a useful resource for those trying to participate in or run a science fair.

Seniors

Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging – serves clients age 60 and over who are residents of Lebanon County.

AARP: Pennsylvania – information on aging, health, money and travel for those over 50.

Senior Centers – Providing Pennsylvania’s seniors with opportunities to exchange information and ideas on topics of vital interest

Students

Top 10 Web Sites for Students – an excellent Homework Help resource list compiled by Microsoft at Home. The list includes and links to “some of the most comprehensive and reliable educational web sites” for students.

Ask Jeeves for Kids – fast, easy and kid-friendly way for kids to search online.

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids- Guide for students in grades K-12 to the United States Government as a service of the Government Printing Office. Resources are aimed at teaching how government works and also locator services for various government sites.

Citing sources – Fill in an online form to create MLA or APA citations for a variety of sources.

FactMonster - this site features an almanac, atlas, dictionary and encyclopedia made especially for kids, as well as handy search engine and layout designed for easy fact-finding.

NovelGuide – free source for literary analysis on the web providing study guides as an educational supplement. Whether you call them book summaries, literature guides or novel guides, this site’s material will guide you to a better understanding of classic and contemporary works.

Science Fair Project Resource Guide – a useful resource for those trying to participate in or run a science fair.

SIRS Discoverer – Includes articles and images from over 1,600 newspapers, magazines and government documents. Articles are assigned a reading level –Easy, Moderate or Challenging- based on age-appropriateness, educational content, interest and reading level. (Library Card Needed)

Thinkfinity – Contains more than 55,000 authoritative educational and literacy resources for students of all ages. An amazing resource by the Verizon Foundation.

Taxes (Federal, State and Local)

Federal Tax Forms – Internal Revenue Service

Lebanon County Earned Income Tax Form

Pennsylvania Tax Forms

Technology

Lebanon Libraries Job Services – comprehensive list of links to online computer tutorials, software, books, and other materials to help job seekers improve technology skills.

GCF Global Learning – free, beginning computer courses and other learning opportunities

In Pictures – computer tutorials on office and weblayout based on pictures.

Teens

PA Driver’s Manual

Science Fair Center- A laboratory of ideas

Science Fair Project Resource Guide – a useful resource for those trying to participate in or run a science fair.