Reference Databases

Find answers to your questions -- from medical information to homework help -- using our online databases. Instead of searching the Internet being unsure about the source of the information, use The Library's resources to get accurate information quickly and easily.

Newsbank / The Patriot News

Patriot News

Newsbank provides full-text access to the Harrisburg Patriot-News from 8/1/1986-present. The database provides basic and advanced searching and can be limited by date.

Go To NewsBank


LearningExpress Library

Learning Express Library

Access to over 800 online practice tests and interactive skill-building tutorials and over 240 eBooks. Improve workplace skills such as networking, success on the job, and business writing; prepare for professional certification, licensing, and aptitude tests; prepare for college and graduate school admissions tests; and prepare for the GED and other high school equivalency exams.

Interactive skill-building materials for school and work



One of the largest genealogy databases of its kind in the world. Includes billions of historical documents from more than 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources.

Go to MyHeritage




Offers proprietary stock and mutual fund analysis, screening tools and portfolio-building features to library patrons. Note: Access to this resource is limited to 5 concurrent users (both on-site and remote access) from our greater library service area at a time. If you are denied access, please try again later. Morningstar Investment Research Center is provided through funding to Dauphin County Library System as the Capital Area Library District. Access is shared between all 22 libraries in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties.

Stock & Mutual Fund Analysis Tool


EBSCOhost Web


Simultaneously search a variety of EBSCO databases. Contains millions of articles, abstracts, and indexes for over 3,000 publications. 

Journal and Information Access, full text



Reference USA

reference usa

Find residential and business phone numbers and addresses, plus company profiles. The Business database includes address, phone number, size, lines of business, and executive or contact for each firm. The Residential database covers 120 million households.

Company & People Search Resource



AP Newsroom

ap newsroom

AP Newsroom is AP Images with a new, mobile-friendly delivery platform that allows users to easily search, preview and download the latest Associated Press content. The content, produced by the AP’s network of award-winning journalists and curated by its editors, includes top news stories, photos, audio clips and print graphics.

AP Newsroom >


Driving Tests

driving tests is a free resource that provides driver educational resources through the use of practice exams. Practice exams are included for those seeking a license for driving a car, motorcycle, or commercial driving. 

Take a practice test. Pennsylvania edition

Provides full runs and portions of runs of many current and older/historic Pennsylvania newspapers, some from as far back as the 1700s up to the 2000s. Enjoy viewing a newspaper as it originally looked, since each page is fully scanned. Pennsylvania edition


NoveList Plus

novelist plus

Find your next great read! Search by authors and titles you like, track series, read reviews and more. 

Book information and recommendations


Contemporary Authors


Guide to current writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures and television. Author biographies are included. Produced by Thompson Gale.  

Go to Contemporary Authors


Salem Online

salem online

Searchable online database of reference titles developed by Salem Press. Online full text content includes Salem's subjects: health, history, literature and science fields. Includes indexes, illustrations, maps, recommended websites and primary documents.

Go to Salem Online


Power Kids


Power Kids offers access to the POWER Library resources offered to children, as well as quick links to other POWER Library tools students will find useful. 

Power Kids


Medline Plus

medline plus

MedlinePlus directs you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. MedlinePlus also contains extensive information about drugs and supplements, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive tutorials, the latest health news, and surgery videos.

Go to MedlinePlus


Science Reference Center

science reference center

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 governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Topics covered include climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. Provided by POWER Library, produced by EBSCO.

Go to Science Reference Center


Omnigraphics Health Reference Series Online

health reference series

This product provides authoritative health resources that are easy to use and easy to understand. This online series contains the complete text of the print sourcebooks found in our library. Current titles cover topics on medical tests and dental care.

Health Reference Series Online





TrueFLIX is a fun way to learn! This database provides eBooks that are enhanced with a related content in a variety of text types and media–including primary sources, fiction, videos, audio clips, images, and related websites.




Power Library Network

Power Library

E-Resources provides access to thousands of full text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, and reference materials for people of all ages. The POWER Library is a service of Pennsylvania’s public libraries, school libraries, and the State Library.

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Gale LegalForms

Gale Legalforms

Take the law into your own hands and create accurate, reliable legal documents with no hassle with Gale LegalForms. It offers Pennsylvania specific “attorney forms” – officially approved forms actually used by law firms. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word and Adobe format so you just need to simply “fill in the blanks.”

Access GALE LegalForms >


Mango Languages


Learn a new language with this interactive database that provides step by step lesson plans for over 70 different languages. This database also features English lessons for over 20 native tongues. A text translator is provided. First time users must create a profile in order to access the resource.

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