Tagged General Research

First Friday Genealogy

Our genealogy roundtable is held the first Friday of each month from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.  All are welcome regardless of experience from beginners to advanced. Bring your questions, brick walls, and successes and share with an…

Great Books of the Scientific Revolution: Newton and Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica

In 1687 the first edition of Newton’s Principia mathematica was published, synthesizing much of his work up to that point. Newton’s three laws of motion unified the physics of the celestial and terrestrial realms in one neat…

Erica Armstrong Dunbar | She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman

In conversation with Lorene Cary , author of Black Ice , The Price of a Child , Ladysitting and the forthcoming Arden Theatre production of My General Tubman Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the author of the National Book Award finalist Never…

Paul Hendrickson | Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright

Paul Hendrickson’s books include Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934–1961 , a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Sons of Mississippi , winner of the National Book Critics Circle…

First Friday Genealogy

Our genealogy roundtable is held the first Friday of each month from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.  All are welcome regardless of experience from beginners to advanced. Bring your questions, brick walls, and successes and share with an…

Great Books of the Scientific Revolution: Hooke and Micrographia

Just as the telescope opened the celestial realm to our inspection, revealing worlds never before imagined, Hooke’s microscope revealed the previously invisible (and often terrifying) worlds all around us. Hooke and his…

Great Books of the Scientific Revolution: Galileo and Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo

Galileo was a strident and dogmatic defender of the Copernican model of the universe. In various books and pamphlets he presented what he considered evidence for the heliocentric system. Despite his telescope and his new observations,…

Patti Smith | Year of the Monkey

Patti Smith—dubbed the “punk poet laureate”—won a 2010 National Book Award for  Just Kids , a “moving portrait of the artist as a young woman” ( Los Angeles Times ). Her 1975 debut album, …

Genealogy Club

This is a friendly, informal monthly gathering of genealogy enthusiasts.   All levels are welcome.  Come on in and learn about family history research resources and give Ancestry.com a try.  We are all sharing and…

Great Books of the Scientific Revolution: Gesner and Historia animalium

Natural histories—encyclopedic collections of amazing facts about the natural world—had since Pliny enjoyed considerable authority. The stories and specimens brought back from the new world only increased their appeal, as…

Student Resources In Context

"Thousands of curriculum-targeted primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of 800 magazines, over 10,000 photographs and illustrations, and more than 8 hours of audio…

Research in Context *

Discover reliable and trusted information on a variety of topics to support middle school student research for government, U.S and world history, geography, literature, sciences, and social issues. Research In Context offers…

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Based on Greenhaven's "Opposing Viewpoints" series and supplemented with Infotrac materials.

Newsbank Special Reports

NewsBank's Special Reports focus on topics of current interest. They include content from sources throughout the world to provide a global perspective, current and background information, statistics, maps, images, websites, and suggested…

NewsBank Hot Topics

Trending news and hot topics for your next assignment! Hot topics covers Current Events, Business & Economics, Civics, Government, & Politics, Social Issues, Science, Technology & Health, Sports, Arts & Literature, and People in the News.

Kid's POWER Library *

Quickly find the best resources for children and students from Power Library, Pennsylvania's state run library resource center

Kids InfoBits *

Elementary students in kindergarten through grade five will find age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics such as animals, arts, geography, health, literature, people, social studies, technology, etc. Kids…

JSTOR

InfoTrac Student Edition *

High school students will have access to age-appropriate content from magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, and engaging multi-media covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political…

Infotrac Newsstand (formerly National Newspaper Index)

A perfect complement to InfoTrac business, academic and general reference databases, National Newspaper Index makes it easy for researchers to locate relevant citations from five top newspapers. No longer will they need to hunt…

Informe Academico *

Informe Académico proporciona acceso a periódicos y revistas especializadas de lengua española y portuguesa. La base de datos ofrece una amplia gama de contenidos sobre América Latina. Informe Académico supports Spanish-speaking…

GREENR - Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources *

GREENR, Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources, offers researchers an interdisciplinary resource for environment and sustainability studies. GREENR provides news, background information, video, commentaries,…

Richard Vague | A Brief History of Doom: Two Hundred Years of Financial Crises

In conversation with Joe Torsella, State Treasurer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Venture capitalist and longtime Philadelphia-area philanthropist Richard Vague serves on the Penn Medicine board, is Chairman of the University of…

Malcolm Gladwell | Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know

With “an uncanny ability to simplify without being simplistic” ( Seattle Times ), Malcolm Gladwell synthesizes academic research and critical analysis with engaging prose and relatable anecdotes to fashion surprisingly counterintuitive…

Terry McAuliffe | Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism

In conversation with award-winning journalist, Tracey Matisak. The Democratic governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018, Terry McAuliffe “won praise even from Republicans for his tireless salesmanship” ( Washington Post ) of the Old…

Mary Pope Osborne | Magic Tree House: To the Future, Ben Franklin! with Natalie Pope Boyce

Mary Pope Osborne is the prolific author of the beloved Magic Tree House series of children’s books. Featuring time-traveling brother and sister Jack and Annie, the wildly popular books have been translated into nearly three dozen…

Rachel Louise Snyder | No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us

The recipient of an Overseas Press Award for her contributions to This American Life , Rachel Louise Snyder is the author of No Visible Bruises . A “gut-wrenching” ( Esquire ) and intimate investigation into the scope and root causes of…

Jason Baumann | The Stonewall Reader with Mark Segal, Karla Jay and Joel Hall

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the riots that started the fight for American LGBTQ+ rights, The Stonewall Reader highlights some of the movement’s most iconic moments and figures in the years before and after those tumultuous…

Frank Langfitt | The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China

In conversation with Bill Marimow As NPR's Correspondent in Shanghai, Frank Langfitt created a free-taxi service where he offered rides in exchange for passenger's stories and candid conversation. He met a motley crew of characters…

Jacob Shell | Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants

In conversation with Nikil Saval, an editor of n+1 and author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace A professor of geography and urban studies at Temple University, Jacob Shell is the author of Transportation and Revolt: Pigeons,…

David Brooks | The Second Mountain

A “clever and insightful inspector of the American scene” ( Wall Street Journal ), David Brooks has written an op-ed column for The New York Times since 2003. A former editor and columnist at The Weekly Standard , The Washington Times ,…

Nicole Weisensee Egan | Chasing Cosby: The Downfall of America’s Dad

In conversation with Annette John-Hall, cohost and producer of The Why on WHYY A 14-year veteran crime reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News , Nicole Weisensee Egan was the first journalist to delve into Andrea Constand’s 2005 sexual…

Melinda Gates | The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World
In conversation with John Green

Ranked by  Forbes  as the third most powerful woman in the world, Melinda Gates has been on a 20-year mission to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. Through her work as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—the…

Mark Bowden | The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation

In conversation with Catherine M. Recker. “One of the most intense, visceral” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ) writers of our time, Mark Bowden is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and Vanity Fair and is the author of numerous New York…

Janny Scott | The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father

In conversation with Bruce Weber, former obituary writer for the New York Times and author of the books As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires and Life is A Wheel: Memoirs of a Bike-Riding Obituarist . Janny Scott, a…

Emily Bazelon | Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration

In conversation with State Representative Christopher M. Raab Emily Bazelon is the author of Sticks and Stones , “a humane and closely reported exploration” ( Wall Street Journal ) of school bullying and the empathetic steps students,…

Bill McKibben | Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

“The world’s best green journalist” ( Time ), Bill McKibben gave one of the earliest cautions about global warming with his 1989 book The End of Nature . His many other bestselling books about the environment include Deep Economy ,…

Mary Norris | Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

“A rollicking adventure into the origins of the apostrophe, the proliferation of profanity in American culture, and everything in between” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Mary Norris’s bestselling Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma…

Kwame Onwuachi | Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir

In conversation with Chef Elijah Milligan A former Top Chef star, the executive chef at Washington D.C.’s popular Kith and Kin, and a Forbes and Zagat’s 30 Under 30 honoree, Kwame Onwuachi  is one of America’s most acclaimed young…

Robert A. Caro | Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing

In conversation with Dick Polman , "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, national political columnist at WHYY News and contributor to The Atlantic Standing at “the summit of American historical writing” ( Washington…

Dave Barry | Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog

A 30-year writer at the Miami Herald whose column was syndicated in more than 500 newspapers, humorist Dave Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988. His more than 30 New York Times bestselling books include I’ll Mature When…

Michael Dobbs | The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught In Between

A longtime foreign correspondent for The Washington Post , Michael Dobbs reported on some of the most important events of our time. His many books include Down with Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire , Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid…