Online Databases

These resources are provided by Manheim Township Public Library, the Library System of Lancaster County, and Power Library.

If you have questions about these resources call us at 717-560-6441 or use our Contact Form to submit a question.

You will be required to enter a valid Library System of Lancaster County library card barcode number in order to use the online resources. Some resources may require an email address to create an account, and for some you may have to Contact Us to register.
The list is in alphabetical order and can be searched using the box to the right. Sample search terms include: job, business, school level (elementary, middle, high school), and more!

All resources marked with a star (*) are provided by Power Library.

Resource & LinkDescription
Academic OneFileAcademic 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. Undergraduate researchers can expand and refine search results through the Topic Finder, and citation tools are integrated directly into the user’s workflow.
Topics: research, reference, student, college, high school
Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com has temporarily made their genealogical resources available for MTPL patrons to access from home. MTPL patrons will be asked to enter their last name, barcode number, and PIN. Remote Access to Ancestry Library. Because this link is temporary, your browser may give you a warning that the page is not secure. The link is safe, but patrons will need to override the warning and click continue or open the advanced settings to go on to the page. If you have questions about using this resource, please email us at info@mtpl.info

For in-library access, please use this link to In-Library Access to Ancestry Library.

Topics: genealogy, research
AP NewsroomAP (Associated Press) Newsroom *
View the greatest events in world history with photographs, audio sound bites, video, and graphics, for over 185 years. Over 3,000 photos/images/sound bites/graphics added daily, including audio and visual snapshots.
Topics: images, news, newspaper, stock images, photography
AtoZdatabases
AtoZdatabases offers detailed profiles for over 30 million businesses and executives, 2 million new businesses, 15 million executive email addresses, 220 million consumers, and 2.3 million jobs as well as healthcare professionals, new movers, new homeowners, background & criminal searching, and genealogy.
Topics: job search, reference, mailing lists, adults
Auto Repair Source *
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.
Topics: car, automotive repair, reference
Black Freedom StruggleThe Black Freedom Struggle resource is provided at no cost to the POWER Library by ProQuest. It features select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. By centering on the experiences and perspectives of African Americans, it is hoped that this collection imbues the study of Black history with a deeper understanding of the humanity of people who have pursued the quest for freedom, and the significance of movements like Black Lives Matter.
Topics: black history, reference, research, student, all ages
BookFLIXBookFLIX *
Watch and read nonfiction video storybooks 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!
Topics: literacy, eBooks, children, elementary level, student
Books And AuthorsBooks & Authors *
Discover fiction and non-fiction books that match your interests! Books and Authors (powered by Gale's popular What Do I Read Next? series) 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.
Topics, books, reference, reviews
Books, Movies, and More in a PA LibraryBooks, 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.
Topics: catalog
Brainfuse HelpNow logoBrainFuse HelpNow
Brainfuse provides online academic support to K-12 students, college students, and adult learners. Brainfuse offers a unique suite of tutoring, writing, study, and collaboration tools. There are test prep resources available for AP, SAT, ACT, GRE, ASVAB, Nursing School, and Citizenship exams. Adult learners can take advantage of Computer Skills, Research skills, ELL courses, and more. Connect with a Live Tutor, or use the SkillSurfer to find the age group and topics you are looking for.
Topics: student, test prep, all ages
BrainFuse JobNow logoBrainFuse JobNow
Most online career tools provide resume building software or tips and job-hunting strategies. While such services can be helpful, they do not give users one-to-one advice from an experienced career coach. JobNow connects users with online career coaches to assist them during all stages of their job search.
Topics: job search, resumes
Business Insights EssentialsBusiness Insights: Essentials *
Helps users easily compare and analyze companies and industries. Included is the complete collection of business reference and periodical titles from Business & Company Resource Center, featuring company histories, SWOT and market share reports, corporate chronologies, and business rankings, brands, and financials and investment reports. These content assets are wrapped with related periodicals and newspapers within our company and industry profile pages. Perfect for business professionals, students and entrepreneurs as well as general researchers.
Topics: business, reference
Business Plans Handbook Collection
Search the contents of this multi-volume series to see complete business plans written by actual small business owners from all types of typical businesses. Business plan templates are included.
Topics: business, reference
Consumer ReportsConsumer Reports
Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit member organization that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace. We use our rigorous research, consumer insights, journalism, and policy expertise to inform purchase decisions, improve the products and services that businesses deliver, and drive regulatory and fair competitive practices.
MTPL patrons will use their library card number as the "Patron ID" to access this database.
Topics: reference, reviews

Contemporary AuthorsContemporary Authors *
A guide to current writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures and television. Discover biographical and bibliographical information on more than 145,000 of today's most influential authors.
Topics: authors, reference, research, students
Cyber SmartsCyberSmarts *
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. CyberSmarts offers users a safe, simulated Internet experience with hands-on instruction on how to deal with important online safety issues.
Topics: online safety, student
Diversity StudiesDiversity Studies *
Explores cultural differences, contributions and influences in the global community. This includes more than 2.7 million articles from 150 journals, updated daily.
Topics: diversity, reference, research, student, adult
driving-tests.org
Take practice tests that are good for the permit test, drivers license test and the senior citizens refresher test.
Topics: driving, student, adults
EBSCO eBookseBooks on EBSCOhost *
Select from over 16,000 eBooks from the world's leading publishers across all major subject areas. Perform full-text searches of a single eBook, search thousands of volumes simultaneously, browse topic categories, or read eBooks directly online.
Topics: eBooks, all ages, reference, entertainment
Educator's Reference CompleteEducator’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.
Topics: reference, research, teachers, education
ElementaryElementary School*
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. Elementary 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.
Topics: reference, research, student, elementary school
Environmental StudiesEnvironmental Studies *
Answers inquiries about environmental concerns with coverage of more than 5.4 million articles from more than 300 journals and book reference content from Delmar, including Soil, Science, and Management; Introduction to Agronomy; Food, Crops, & Environment; Fundamental Soil Science; and more.
Topics: environment, reference, research, student, high school, adults
Fine ArtsFine Arts *
Over 10.4 million articles for serious students of drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. More than 250 journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) index are available in full text.
Topics: art, reference, research, student, high school, adults
Flipster
Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine distribution service where users can access magazines from a variety of publishers online or on the Flipster app, and download magazines to read offline, anytime, anywhere. MTPL patrons can log in with their library card number and begin reading today.

Topics: magazines, all ages
Freegal
A free music and streaming movie service. All you need is your library card number. Freegal offers access to about 9 million songs, to download and keep or stream, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 15,000 music videos. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 100 countries, also thousands of feature films and television episodes from major content providers. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions.
Topics: music, entertainment, all ages
Gale eBooksGale E-Books *
Explore encyclopedias and specialized reference sources on a variety topics from history, government, environment, math, and more!
Topics: eBooks, reference, research, student, all ages
Gale Topics CollectionsGale Topic Collections *
Don't see the topic you're looking for? Explore more topic collections from Agriculture to World History with 29 e-resources covering business information, communications, diversity, environment, fine arts, hospitality, military, nursing, pop culture, psychology, religion and more!
Topics: reference, research, student, all ages
Gardening and HorticultureGardening and Horticulture *
Serves horticultural enthusiasts of all levels with more than 3.6 million articles from more than 100 journals, as well as more than 20 reference titles.
Topics: gardening, home, reference, research, student, all ages
General One FileGeneral OneFile *
Explore this general-interest periodical resource offering nearly more than 15,000 titles with more than 8,800 in full text. With millions of articles available in PDF and HTML full-text, the collection is also supplemented by reference, newspaper, and audio content.
Topics: reference, research, student, high school, adults
Green FileGreenFILE *
This comprehensive e-resource draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.
Topics: environment, reference, research, student, high school, adults
Health and WellnessHealth & Wellness Resource Center *
Discover reliable health information through access to full-text articles of nursing and allied health journals, pamphlets, newsletters, periodicals, newspapers, encyclopedias, and more.
Topics: health, reference, research, student, high school, adults
HeritageQuest
A digital resource that combines searchable images of U.S. federal genealogical census records with digitized books containing family and local histories from around the country.
Topics: genealogy, research
High School *
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.
Topics: reference, research, student, high school
Home ImprovementHome Improvement *
Offers more than 4.5 million articles from more than 200 home improvement-focused titles, covering topics including architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and others.
Topics: repair, home, reference, adults
Hoopla
MTPL patrons can instantly borrow free digital movies, music, eBooks, eAudiobooks and eComics 24/7 with your library card. 3 downloads a month per patron.
Topics: eBooks, movies, music, entertainment, all ages
Informe AcademicoInforme 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.
Topics: Spanish, Portuguese, reference, research, student, high school, adults
LISTALISTA *
This e-resource indexes more than 700 journals in library science & technology plus books, research reports and proceedings. Coverage extends back as far as the mid-1960's.
Topics: reference, research, library science
LitFinderLitFinder *
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. Within LitFinder's collection, users can access works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities.
Topics: books, reference, research, student, high school, adults
Logo for Mango LanguagesMango
Learn conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. It's the easiest way to learn a foreign language! You'll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and conjugation, you'll learn how to communicate. MTPL patrons can create a Mango account in-person or by emailing info@mtpl.info with your MTPL library card number. You will need to be a MTPL patron with a valid email address to create your account.
Topics, language learning, student, all ages
Middle SchoolMiddle School *
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. Middle School 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.
Topics: reference, research, student, middle school
Gale NewsNews *
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.
Topics: news, newspapers, reference
NewsBank America's News logoNewsBank America's News
Access Local newspapers including the Intelligencer Journal, Lancaster New Era, LNP, Sunday News. News of local interest happens everywhere, from small towns to big cities across the United States. America's News provides access to information on people, issues and events in the local area and around the country.
Topics: news, newspapers, reference, Lancaster, adults
Nursing and Allied HealthNursing and Allied Health *
Provides access to authoritative content including full-text titles cited in CINAHL supporting specialized care, treatment, and patient management. This essential resource is versatile and features highlighting and note-taking tools as well as an intuitive interface, providing multiple pathways to key information.
Topics: nursing, health, reference, research, student, adults
overdrive logoOverdrive
Browse, borrow, and enjoy eBook and eAudiobook titles from the Library System of Lancaster County digital collection. Online users can use OverDrive and mobile users can check out the Libby app. MTPL patrons have access to additional exclusive titles.
Topics: eBooks, audio, entertainment, all ages
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.
Topics: reference, tutorials, all ages
Pennsylvania CareerLink
Job search help, with services like resume help, interviewing skill training, career counseling, skills assessments, GED and ESL, typing, and more.
Topics: job search, resumes, adults
PA Job ResourcesPennsylvania 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. Resources for veterans are available too that will help veterans transition into the work force by translating their existing military skills into civilian terms.
Topics: job search, resumes, adults
POWER KidsPOWER Kids Resources *
Includes access to BookFlix, CyberSmarts, Kids InfoBits, and TrueFlix.
Topics: books, reference, research, student, elementary school, middle school
POWER TeensPOWER Teens *
Provides online resources including full-text research e-resources, collections of photographs and documents, the statewide catalog of materials held in libraries throughout Pennsylvania, and Chat with a Librarian.
Topics: books, reference, research, student, middle school, high school
Power SearchPower Search *
Search many of the Gale e-resources available in POWER Library in one place! Find articles and information from Academic OneFile, General OneFile, InfoTrac Newsstand.
Topics: reference, research, student, high school, adults
Science Reference CenterScience Reference Center *
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.
Topics: reference, research, student, all ages
Simply Analytics
A product of Geographic Research Inc., Simply Analytics is a web-based mapping application that enables non-technical users to create professional quality thematic maps, tables and reports. It contains data to help answer key research questions, make sound business decisions, and understand the socio-demographic and economic conditions of any geographic area in the United States.
Topics: demographics, reference, research, student, all ages
Small Engine RepairSmall Engine Repair Reference Center *
Find detailed repair guides for all types of small engines. Offers assistance in providing routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake 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.
Topics: maintenance, repair, reference
Teacher Reference CenterTeacher Reference Center *
This e-resource for teachers provides indexing and abstracts for 280 peer-reviewed journals.
Topics: reference, research, teachers, education
TrueFLIXTrueFlix *
Learn about people, places, nature, history, and science from videos and eBooks on topics such as American Indians, Ancient Civilizations, Farm to Table, The Civil War, Continents, The Thirteen Colonies, U.S. Government, Disasters, Earth Science, Experiments, Extreme Science, Nature, and many more.
Topics: reference, research, student, elementary school, middle school
tumblebooks logoTumbleBooks
The TumbleBook Library is a fun and interactive library of animated, talking story books for preschoolers, beginner readers and older independent readers. Read along and listen, or read on your own. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing story books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic (e-book) story book. TumbleBooks will help teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love!
Topics: reference, research, student, elementary school, middle school
Universal Class Brings libraries lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.
Topics: reference, research, computer skills, student, adult, all ages
Value Line
Whether you’re a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can position you for financial success quickly and easily. The uncontested authority in reliable, unbiased information, Value Line puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies.
Only a limited number of patrons can access Value Line simultaneously. If you have difficulty accessing the database, please email info@mtpl.info
Topics: stocks, investment, reference, adults
Wowbrary LogoWowbrary
Wowbrary is a free newsletter that provides you with weekly emails and RSS feeds about MTPL's most recent acquisitions. See our newest books, audiobooks, DVDs and more!
Topics: newsletter, all ages, catalog

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