Online Databases

Please let us know if you have issues with any of these databases. Call us at 717-560-6441 or email

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

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!


You will be required to enter a Library System of Lancaster County library card barcode number in order to use them.

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

Resource & LinkDescription
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. Undergraduate researchers can expand and refine search results through the Topic Finder, and citation tools are integrated directly into the user’s workflow.

Academic OneFile offers: More than 18,000 peer-reviewed journals and more than 9,200 in full text; Full text of The Economist ranging from 1988 to the present, with no embargo; Full text of The New York Times from 1985 to present, updated daily; Full text of The Times and Financial Times; Engaging multimedia with over 5,200 audio files, more than 1.1 million video files, and over 143,000 images; Major reference sets including Gale Encyclopedia of Science and Encyclopedia of World Biography; Full-text articles from periodicals covered in major bibliographic resources such as CINAHL, BIOSIS, MLA, PsycINFO, ERIC, EconLit, RILM, and others; Open URL compliance for access to e-journal and subscription materials, allowing users to save and share URLs; Thousands of podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN; Elsevier abstracts from 1996 to present; Document translation into 40 languages; Read-aloud translation into 24 languages. 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. 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
AP (Associated Press) Images *
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 of: Breaking news events, Today's hot topics, Great moments in news, sports and entertainment, Celebrity portraits,

Find over 20 million royalty-free stock images.
AtoZdatabases is the Premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business & executive profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!
Topics - job search, reference, mailing lists
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.
BookFLIX *
Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to help build a love of reading and learning. Watch videos and read books about animals, celebrations, nature, music, earth, family, community, and more. Some films and books are available in Spanish too!
Topics: animals and nature, earth and sky, people and places, alphabet and numbers, family and community, and music and rhyme.
For: elementary level children
Books & 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.

All books recommended by librarians or other experts, are award winners or appear on best seller lists.

Includes: 54,000 authors represented via biographies; 40,000 nonfiction titles are included in business, biography, science and more; Fiction selections reflect the genres readers like best: mystery, science fiction, inspirational, romance, nonfiction, western, horror and fantasy.
Books, movies, and more in a PA library (Access PA database) *
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.

All types of libraries participate, including: Public schools, Private schools, Public libraries, College & university libraries, Law libraries, Medical & hospital libraries, Museum libraries, Historical & genealogical libraries.

For all levels, including elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as adults.
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.
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.
Business Insights: Essentials *
Find full-text articles and statistical data about companies and industries for business owners, marketing professionals, investors, and students. Access to over 11,000 journals and more than 8,900 in full-text. Instantly analyze and compare financial and statistical data with interactive charting tools. Find thousands of detailed financial reports, more than
2,500 custom business glossary terms, 1,000 SWOT reports, over 17,400 company histories, over 460,000 detailed company profiles, and much more, including:
More than 920 in-depth industry profiles; More than 2,200 corporate chronologies; Over 8,900 full-text periodicals; More than 114,000 industry/market research reports from Plunkett Research Ltd. and Progressive Digital Media (formerly Datamonitor MarketLine Reports); More than 2 million investment research/brokerage reports from Thomson Reuters; Over 62,000 articles from Gale’s Market Share Reporter; Over 71,000 association profiles; Over 96,000 articles from Gale's Business Rankings Annual.
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.
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.
Your library card number will be used as your "Patron ID" number to access this database.

Contemporary Authors *
Discover biographical and bibliographical information on more than 145,000 of today's most influential authors, including: Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, Nonfiction writers, Print & broadcast journalists, Editors, Photojournalists, Syndicated cartoonists, Scriptwriters, Screenwriters.

Includes current writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures and television. Biographies of these authors are included.
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.

The set for ages 3-6 contains these five titles: Avoiding Predators Online; Playing Games Online; Protecting Your Privacy Online; Stopping Cyberbullying; Using Social Networks.

The eBook experience contains a series of fun, engaging "simulations" geared specifically to the topic. Users will create usernames, choose avatars, chat, send messages/email, create profiles, and receive friend invitations all in a safe, controlled environment. Additional eBook features include embedded safety tips, vocabulary terms defined in context, sidebars that further explore important or high-interest material, and credible, vetted resources to find help or get more information.

“Stopping Teen Cyberbullying” is available for teens.

For: elementary, middle, and high school level students
Take practice tests that are good for the permit test, drivers license test and the senior citizens refresher test.
For high school students and all driving students.
eBooks 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. Additionally, you may download selected eBooks to portable devices.
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
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.

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

The titles available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library are:
American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 1: Development of the Industrial United States, 1878-1899; American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 2: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860-1877; American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 3: Westward Expansion, 1800-1860; American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 4: Reform Era and Eastern U.S. Development, 1815-1850; American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 5: Development of a Nation, 1783-1815; American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 6: The Revolutionary Era, 1754–1783; American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 7: The Colonial Era, 1600–1754; American Eras: Primary Sources. Vol. 8: Early American Civilizations and Exploration to 1600; American Governance; Civics; Encyclopedia of Weather and Natural Disasters. 2nd ed.; Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource. 2nd ed.; Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America; How Everyday Products are Made; Human Geography: People and the Environment; Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States; Real-Life Math; Understanding Scientific Principles Through Projects; World Eras.

Suitable for late elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as adults.
General 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, including: Over 4,400 audio files; More than 1.2 million videos; Over 59,000 images; Document translation into 40 languages; Read-aloud translation into 24 languages; Thousands of videos, podcasts, and images from National Public Radio programs from 1990 to present, including searchable transcripts; Over 180 Dorling Kindersley travel guides
Full text of USA Today from 1985 to present; Full text of The Christian Science Monitor from 1996 to present; Full text of AARP The Magazine, the highest-circulating magazine in the U.S.; More than 200 active wire services covering agriculture, general news, broadcast news, government, business press releases, industry topics, sports and current events around the world.

Suitable for high school students and adults.
This comprehensive e-resource draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.
GREENR (Environment, Energy, etc.) *
Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (GREENR) offers researchers an interdisciplinary resource for environment and sustainability studies. GREENR provides news, background information, video, commentaries, primary source documents and statistics in relevant topic areas such as energy systems, healthcare, food, climate change, population, and economic development.
Health & 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.
HeritageQuest Online is 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
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.

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 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.

Includes more than 150 leading magazines/journals, including The Economist, Harper’s Magazine, The News Statesman, and The Spectator; Titles with coverage from 1970 to present; Full-text access to The New York Times from 1985 to present; More than 1,600 newspapers, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Christian Science Monitor, The Financial Times (London), The Times (London), and USA Today; Almost 400 newswires, including Al Jazeera America, AP Online, PR Newswire, United Press International, and CNN Wire in both English and Spanish; No embargo for 94% of titles; Over 195 million articles.
InfoTrac Student Edition *
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.

Includes: Over 2,300 periodicals with more than 2,000 in full-text; More than 59,000 images; Over 1,700 audio files; Over 4,900 videos; Document translation into 40 languages; Read-aloud translation into 24 languages; Visual search tool Topic Finder to connect concepts and guide the research process.

Suitable for middle and high school students.
Kids InfoBits *
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.

Kids InfoBits includes: More than 16,600 images; Over 1,700 kid-friendly charts and graphs; More than 600 high-quality educational videos are provided from resources including books, magazines, and news periodicals.

Suitable for elementary students.
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.
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. Within LitFinder's collection, users can access works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities.

Find everything from the sonnets of Shakespeare to the poetry of Maya Angelou, the poetry of the 13th century to contemporary poems by African American women, the inaugural speeches of George Washington through George W. Bush, short stories by Edgar Allan Poe to stories by up-and-coming writer Elizabeth Weld, or essays on such subjects as the arts, science, and religion.

Suitable for high school students and 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.

Visit our library in-person to create your Mango account, or email
NewsBank America's News logoNewsBank America's News
Access Local newspapers!
>Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster,PA)
>Intelligencer Journal - Lancaster New Era
>Lancaster New Era
>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.
NewsBank World News
NewsBank consolidates current and archived information from thousands of newspaper titles, as well as newswires, web editions, blogs, videos, broadcast transcripts, business journals, periodicals, government documents and other publications. Using these online resources, researchers in libraries around the world can easily explore tens of millions of current and archived news articles and obituaries in order to pinpoint information from primary sources at the local, state, regional, national and international levels.
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.
Pennsylvania CareerLink
Job search help, with services like: resume help, interviewing skill training, career counseling, skills assessments, GED and ESL, typing, and more.
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. Resources for veterans are available too that will help veterans transition into the work force by translating their existing military skills into civilian terms.
Power 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.

Suitable for high school students and adults.
POWERKids Resources *
Searches: includes access to BookFlix, CyberSmarts, Kids InfoBits, and TrueFlix.
For: elementary and middle school level students
Rb digital
The world's largest library newsstand, brings the very best in magazine publishing to thousands of libraries worldwide. Curating custom collections from thousands of magazines from North American and global publishers (in multiple languages and genres), libraries offer patrons full-color, digital editions for desktop and mobile streaming and mobile-app download. Patrons select both new and back issues, adding them to their personal reading libraries with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines checked out and downloaded. And with personal notifications for their favorite magazines, patrons never miss an issue.

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.
This unique database provides stellar support for papers, projects, and presentations while reinforcing the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

Topic Portals: More than 335 topic portal pages to present material in the way most useful for students, and continuously updated; Reference: Contains more than 128 reference titles from Gale, UXL, Lucent, and Primary Source Media for reference articles, topic overviews, critical essays, and plot summaries; Magazines: More than 1,240 full-text periodicals providing more than 2 million articles
News: Over 1.5 million news results from sources such as KidsPost, Cross Currents, USA Today, CNN Wire, and more; Multimedia: Over 150,000 images; nearly 12,800 videos, and more than 165,200 audio clips from a variety of sources including the History Channel/A&E, AP Video News, NASA, UPI Photo Collection, and NPR programs; Biographies: 51,300+ biographies from UXL Biographies, Newsmakers, Scientists: Their Lives & Works, Discovering Biography, Encyclopedia of World Biography, and more; Primary Sources: 3,200+ core primary documents, including government documents, court testimony, letters, legislation, memoirs, and more; Integration with Google: G Suite for Education and Microsoft Office 365 tools so users can share, save, and download content, including highlights and notes; Alignment to state and national standards from grades 6-12 in language arts, social studies, and science; EasyBib or NoodleTools citation tools; MLA, APA, and Chicago-style citations.
Science 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.
Simply Analytics
Is a product of Geographic Research Inc., is a web-based mapping application that enables non-technical users to create professional quality thematic maps, tables and reports.
Topics: demographic, business and marketing data; information on usage and consumption for thousands of specific consumer products and services, plus over 1 million points of interest data, are available here.
Small 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.
logo for teacher reference centerTeacher Reference Center
This e-resource for teachers provides indexing and abstracts for 280 peer-reviewed journals.
TrueFlix *
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.

For: late elementary and middle school level students
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! Flash Plug-In required.
For: elementary and middle school level students
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.

To access the Universal Class courses from home please call the Manheim Township Public Library service desk for instructions on setting it up.

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. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence. Make smarter, more profitable decisions with Value Line.

Only a limited number of patrons can access Value Line simultaneously. If you have difficulty accessing the database, please email

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!

* Power Library Resources


Power Library logoThis 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.

The views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Click here to access Power Library resources