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Reference Tools

The Adams County Library System has purchased the following reference tools for your use. To access the various databases, you must enter your 14-digit library card number. If you’re asked for a pin, enter the last 4-digits of your barcode.

Reference Databases

POWER Library NetworkAccess thousands of full-text periodical articles, newspapers, and a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, and reference materials.

A to Z the USALooking for information on a state?  Have a report due soon?  Planning on moving?  Find information on all 50 states and 5 US territories here! Free tutorials from Computer Basics to Microsoft Office to Apple, there is a wide range of free technology tutorials to choose from.  Via Goodwill Community Foundation.

DMV Practice Tests Free Pennsylvania Driver Permit practice tests.  Both automobile and motorcycle practice tests, along with Driver Handbooks are available. 

Around the World

A to Z Maps OnlineWhat kind of map are you looking for?  Antique, Environmental, Geographic, US, Weather…all these maps can be found within.

Global Road WarriorNeed information on a country?  Want to know what the National Cuisine of Cameroon is like?  Global Road Warrior has all the information you’re looking for.

A to Z World Food.  The only food database that contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world in all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages.

Mango. Each lesson in this language-learning database combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex conversational elements within an audio-visual framework.

School & Career

Brainfuse JobNow. Just beginning your job search? JobNow offers personality assessments as well as resume and cover letter templates and examples, live interview practice, online resources, local job search websites, and more. 

Additional career resources are available on the adult resources page.


Heritage Quest. Search this large collection of Historical and Genealogical materials. You may search Census records at this site and print complete pages of Census record books.

Obituary Index. The Library System maintains an Obituary Index to the local newspaper.  It is easy to search and copies of the obituary may be ordered from the Adams County Historical Society using this form.

Additional geneaology resources are available on the adult resources page.

Power Library Databases

Academic Search Main Edition

AP Images


Business Source Main Edition

Consumer Health Complete

Contemporary Authors



Elementary Student Research


High School Student Research


MasterFILE Main Edition

Middle School Student Research

Middle Seach Main Edition

Newspaper Source Plus


Pennsylvania Job Resources

Primary Search Main Edition

Public Library Search

Science Reference Center

SIRS Discoverer

Teacher Reference Center


Web News



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