Direct links on
this page will only work in the library.
offers an incredible array of Internet databases to
Pennsylvania Public Library cardholders.
This guide will help you find your way to
effective use of its resources.
How to Get
Walk into any Pennsylvania Public Library
and you will find the
icon on the library's web page. Click on the icon and
you are in!
From home follow
- Go to your own
public library's website. If you live
in Allentown or Salisbury township and
belong to the Allentown Public Library, the website address
is, of course, www.allentownpl.org.
- Click on the
icon on any page. You will be asked for your patron
barcode. This is the 14-digit number
on the back of your library card. Type
in this number, hit Enter, and you
Resources, EBSCOhost is a general magazine
index with full-text articles from many
magazines and journals, so even if the library
does not own a particular magazine, you will
still have access to the entire article you need. Click
on EBSCOhost, then click on EBSCOhost Web.
You may then choose a specific database, or just
search the Master File which looks in all the
databases at one time. Click continue. In the
box labeled "Find" type the subject for which you
Find a Good
Book with NoveList
Under the heading Find a Book, click
on NoveList. The Quick Search button on
the left lets you search for authors, titles,
series, and key words. Type in an author
and you will get a list of books written by that
person. Type in a keyword, for example, Arizona,
and you will get a list of books that take place
in Arizona. Type in a series and you will
get a list of all books in the series in order.
Each list offers a short annotation of the
Looking for books
similar to one you just read? Or trying to
find another author who writes like an old
favorite? Click on the tab on the
top of the screen that says For Readers.
Click on Author Read-Alikes.
Click on the part of the Author Index closest to
the last name of your favorite author or one
whose latest book you really enjoyed.
Scroll down the list until you find the name and
click on it. You will be presented with a
discussion of books written in a similar style
or on a similar topic. Please note that
the library may or may not have all of the
titles listed in NoveList.
Find the Full-text of a Speech, Poem, Story in
Under the heading Literature, click on
LitFinder. In order to retrieve the
full-text of a work, click on the genre (e.g.
poems, stories, speeches, etc,). In the
basic search box, type in keywords from the work
or from the title. Choose the correct title from
the resulting list. The full-text of the
work will be displayed or a book citation will
be displayed if the work is not available