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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.

Books & AuthorsBroaden and narrow your searches according to author, title, series, awards and other criteria. An “if you like” search connects you to themes and genres that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

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!

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.

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

Kids InfoBits. Designed for students in kindergarten through grade five. Complete with an engaging, developmentally appropriate graphic interface, premier reference content and the best magazines for elementary students, Kids InfoBits addresses the way kids learn and conduct research — and makes it fun!

Testing & Education Reference CenterPrepare for the future with in-depth information on colleges and universities, graduate and professional programs, distance learning, corporate training, available scholarships and awards, preparatory entrance tests and much more. Available online practice tests include entrance exams, certification and licensing tests.

Career Transitions.  Get started – and follow through – on meaningful activities to help you find sustainable employment. Search jobs, create targeted resumes and cover letters, and discover helpful tips and advice from career experts on applying for jobs, networking, and much 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.


The Gale Legal Forms database contains officially-approved, professionally-written documents are actually used in legal practices! These documents are very different from those found in “form books” — generic, do-it-yourself materials that may not have been drafted by an attorney.


It’s like “Antique Home Show!” Price It! Antiques & Collectibles is the most comprehensive antique and collectible pricing tool in the world. The constantly updated and growing database features more than 10 million images to make identification easier and has 125 searchable categories and intuitive search functionality.

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