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General Information

AP 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.

EBSCO: Newspaper Source Plus

Search publications: newspapers, books, journals, and more. full-text digital collection of the world's major news content. It includes articles from newspapers, newswires and news magazines.


Look through Pennsylvania's electronic library of resources — documents, photos, databases, and more.


Online learning platform that prepares students for academic success. It is packed with resources for self-guided skill building, supplemental development materials, as well as tools for career preparation and workforce readiness. (when prompted, create your own account)

Citations and Bibliographies


Information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking, and research tools that are easy-to-use. learn how to become effective and organized researchers.

The Owl at Purdue

Houses writing resources and instructional material, resources for citations

Current Events and Controversy

Gale: Opposing Viewpoints

Brings together academic articles, audio, videos, opinion essays, and primary sources about contemporary controversies and hot topics.

EBSCO: Points of View Reference Center

Contains resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

ABC-Clio: Issues

Investigating current issues—justice to international, gender to crime, and education to law—helps students to develop critical thinking skills and, to turn them into informed citizens capable of responsibly making the decisions. It provides students authoritative context, diverse expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources for truly understanding the issues that currently affect much of our global society.

Health and Phys. Ed.

EBSCO: Consumer Health Complete (AccessPA database: login with your PA library card number) Provides content covering all key areas of health ‚Äčand wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

Language Arts

EBSCO: Literary Reference Center

A rich full-text database provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

Gale: Litfinder

Covering world literature and authors throughout history, providing access to a wealth of literary works and secondary-source materials covering world literature and authors throughout history.

EBSCO: Novelist

Novelist, the complete readers' advisory solution, empowers librarians, engages readers and connects communities with a database of reading recommendations.

General Science

EBSCO: Science Reference Center

Contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images.

EBSCO: GreenFile

Bibliographic collection that offers indexing and abstracts for 800,000 records and open access full text for more than 12,000 records. The database covers interdisciplinary sources about environmental effects of corporations and individuals.

Social Studies: American Government

ABC-Clio: American Government

Primary and secondary sources, including government and court documents, photos, maps, audio and video recordings, and more.

ABC-Clio: U.S. History

Provides authoritative coverage of essential topics in U.S. history and government, world history, geography, and a range of multicultural and popular culture subjects.

ABC-Clio: Pop Culture Universe

Organized chronologically from 1900 through the new millennium, with each topic center devoted to a unique decade in American history. The primary sources in each topic center—including photographs, video, and audio—give life to the names, moments, works, and trends that have defined American pop culture. Pop Culture Universe is continually updated to reflect its ever-evolving subject matter.

Social Studies: Global Issues and Cultures

Gale: Global Issues

Supports global awareness and provides a global perspective while tying together a wealth of authoritative content, integrating news, global viewpoints, reference materials, country information, primary source documents, videos, statistics, and more.

Proquest: Culturegrams

Primary source materials, ebooks, global leading issues, periodicals, newspapers, and multimedia and image collections covering cultural & statistical country reports for the World, states, and Canadian provinces including native recipes, interviews, photos and video.

ABC-Clio: World Religions

Primary and secondary sources including 1,700 photos and illustrations, 300 maps, and 175 audio and video recordings spanning more than 50 religions practiced throughout the world, both those that have flourished and those that have disappeared. Important figures, core beliefs, customs and practices, celebrations and holidays, momentous events, significant and sacred places, and more accompany descriptions of the essence of each religion. 

ABC-Clio: World Geography

Focusing on the geographic, political, social, economic, environmental, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world. Find information about the landforms and climate; natural resources and agriculture; environment; people; traditions and etiquette; food and holidays; national dress; art and landmarks; and government, politics, and economy; as well as its history and contemporary issues the country faces.

Social Studies: World History

ABC-Clio: World History (Ancient and Medieval Eras)

Explores ancient civilizations, dynasties, and empires and profiles city-states, countries, and regions of the ancient and medieval world encompassing intellectual developments, wars and 4 cooperation, religion, cultural practices, and more from prehistory through to the beginning of the Renaissance.

ABC-Clio: World History (Modern Era)

Study of the emergence of the modern world, covering the history of the world from 1500 to the present. Students will learn about the evolution of modern Europe since the Renaissance; concurrent developments in Asia, Africa, and the Islamic world. 

ABC-Clio: World at War

Understanding conflict and society with documents, media and sources.