Reference Tools

The Following are Reference Tools that the Adams County Library System has purchased for patron 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.

What kind of map are you looking for?  Antique, Environmental, Geographic, US, Weather…all these maps can be found within!


Looking for information on a state?  Have a report due soon?  Planning on moving?  Find information on all 50 states and 5 US territories here!

Books & Authors is specially designed to complement the browsing habits of today’s Web user, integrating easy-to-follow menus that allow you to broaden and narrow your searches according to author, title, series, awards and other criteria. An “if you like” search connects readers to themes and genres that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.


Career Transitions helps you discover your career interests and explore in-demand occupations, while also leveraging your work and military experience to identify career options across various industries and career pathways.  The Career Transitions experience is about accessibility and guidance: helping you get started – and follow through – on meaningful activities to help you find sustainable employment.  You will have a multitude of job search options, including temporary positions, apprenticeships, internships and entry-level positions.    It also can help you create targeted resumes and cover letters.  You will also find helpful tips and advice from career experts on applying for jobs, networking, and much more.


Gale Online Resources is a variety of reference ebooks on various topics that the Adams County Library System has purchased for you to use.  You’ll find history, career and science reference books inside as well as many more!


Kids InfoBits is an exciting database designed especially 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!


You can also use your Library Card to access Heritage Quest’s large collection of Historical and Genealogical materials.   You may search Census records at this site and print complete pages of Census record books.


Gale Legal Forms 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.

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


Mango is free for all library patrons, and offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex conversational elements within an audio-visual framework that allows the user to draw important connections between pieces of information they have already learned.


It’s like “Antique Home Show!” Price It! Antiques & Collectibles – powered by – is the most comprehensive antique and collectible pricing tool in the world. This simple-to-use online resource delivers 23 million realized prices on treasures nearly 30% of Americans collect, buy and trade everyday.  With a constantly updated and growing database, more than 10 million images to make identification easier, 125 searchable categories and intuitive search functionality, Price It! Antiques & Collectibles is the ultimate identification, research and pricing tool for collectors, dealers, appraisers and anyone in between.


Powered by Peterson’s, the Testing & Education Reference Center is a resource of unprecedented value for. Testing & Education Reference Center helps you prepare for the future in ways never before possible. From the high school and community college students just embarking on a career path to the business veteran who wants to make a career change, the Testing & Education Reference Center provides users 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.




The POWER Library allows you to access thousands of full-text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, and reference materials from any Internet connected computer.


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