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Use Access PA POWER Library to connect to online databases from home, school or the library. Find information about books and authors, search for magazine and newspaper articles, look up things in encyclopedias, find biographies of famous people, and more.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

CLP Research Databases
Use these additional databases to find information on art and music, science, African Americans, teen authors, controversial issues, women's history and more. You can even listen to music online!

A+ Research & Writing

Internet Public Library TeenSpace:
A+ Research and Writing

Everything you need to know to write a great research paper!
Sparknotes Sparknotes
It's not just for literature anymore! Use Sparknotes Study Guides for everything from literature to physics.


Do you have an eReader? An iPad or Android tablet or phone? Did you know you could read and listen to many of the most popular teen books right on your device? Check out the new-and-improved Overdrive, with an updated user-friendly website and added features like being able to read an ebook right in your browser. There's also Overdrive Apps available for most devices making borrowing eBooks/eAudio easier than ever! And if you've been to Overdrive before and were underwhelmed with what was available, the collection has increased tremendously, including many popular teen books like Alyson Noel's The Immortal Series, Moria Young's Blood Red Road, Twilight, The Hunger Games and much more!

Global Issues in Context

English & Language Arts
  • AntiStudy: Free Book Summaries
    Over 5000 free book notes and chapter summaries online. Searches SparkNotes, CliffsNotes, and over a dozen other sites to find study guides for the book you're reading in school.
  • AuthorSheets
    Need information about an author? Use AuthorSheets, from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, for all of your literary criticism needs.
  • Bartleby: English Usage, Style & Composition
    Full-text, searchable versions of useful reference books on grammar and language, including William Strunk's The Elements of Style and The American Heritage Book of English Usage.
  • Book Rags
    Similar to Schmoop and Cliffs Notes, Book Rags provides summaries, plot analysis, and other information for students writing papers about books.
  • Dictionary.com
    Search several online dictionaries to find word definitions and usage. Be sure to visit the sister-sites Thesaurus.com and Reference.com
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing
    No matter how obscure your grammar question, this site can help you. It indexes grammar and writing topics based on your problem, providing sentence-level, paragraph-level, and even paper-level assistance.
  • OWL: Online Writing Lab
    Find clear instructions for overcoming writer's block, gathering information, and writing a great paper. OWL also offers tips on style and avoiding plagiarism.
  • OWL: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide
    This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
  • Poetry 180: A poem a day for American High Schools
    Hear or read a poem each day of the 180 days of the school year.
  • Poets.org
    Find a Poet or Poem at The Academy of American Poets website.
  • Shmoop
    Shmoop provides excellent information on theme, plot analysis, and literary devices used in many of the books you have to read and write about for school.
Foreign Languages
  • Babbel: Enjoy Learning Languages
    Learn languages in an easy, straightforward way.
  • BBC: Languages
    Pick a language you want to know more about and then find news, learning games, videos, photos and more.
  • Bing Translator (Babel Fish)
    Translate text or websites from English to a variety of other languages, and back!
  • FREE: Foreign Languages
    The U.S. government list of links relating to foreign languages and language learning.
  • I Love Languages
    This site claims that: "whether you're looking for online languages lessons, translating dictionaries, native literature, translation services, software, language schools, or just a little information on a language you've heard about, iLoveLanguages probably has something to suit your needs."
  • iforeignlanguage
    Practical tips for language learning.
  • Linguanet Worldwide
    This site, put together by European Union agencies, provides links, forums and online study games.
  • Parlo
    This site offers courses, music, and information about other cultures for students learning English, Spanish, French, Italian, or German.
  • StudySpanish
    Provides a word of the day, podcasts, lessons, and more.
  • YourDictionary
    Dictionaries for over 260 languages - including English!
History & Social Studies
Math & Science

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Check out the library's extensive collection of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subject and career educational resources!

  • Ask Dr. Math
    If you have a math question of any level, this is the place to get the answer!
  • Cells Alive!
    Everything you ever wanted to know about cells, all in one place. Includes info on cells, microbiology, and immunology. Check out the great animation of cell mitosis and meiosis.
  • FactMonster Homework Center: Mathematics
    Conversion calculater, formulas and more.
  • General Chemistry Online
    General Chemistry Online from Frostburg State University provides interactive chemistry help with compounds, reactions, and even quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • HighWire Press Stanford University
    Find peer reviewed articles on diverse topics: biology, chemistry, environmental science, and more.
  • HippoCampus
    HippoCampus provides high school and college students with multimedia help on a variety of science and math topics. Having trouble understanding your physics lesson? Watch a video demonstration on HippoCampus for a different take on the subject.
  • The Physics Classroom Tutorial
    Find clear explanations of concepts in physics and help with problem-solving and experiments.
  • PLoS Biology
    Access abstracts and full research articles from this peer-reviewed journal published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS). PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a public resource.
  • Science Daily
    An online magazine featuring quick takes on the latest research on a wide variety of science topics.
  • WebMath
    WebMath covers K-8 math, general math, Algebra, Trig & Calculus, etc, and doesn't only give the answer but shows how to arrive at it. Also has conversion calculators, personal finance math, and "everyday math".