Research

Our library is a one-stop-shop for your homework and research needs. Here’s what we have to offer.


Online Databases

All Databases– While Google can answer most questions, when you ned to do serious research, databases are the place to go. Allegheny County has a hearty list of databases like Consumer Reports, Ancestry.com (in-library use only) and Chilton Auto Repair. The databases are listed in alphabetical order (to use some of the databases when you’re not at the library, you will need your library card number).

PA Power Library– The state of Pennsylvania also has a selection of databases, known as Power Library. Find those databases listed by area of research.


Enjoy full access to The New York Times, compliments of Cooper-Siegel Community Library. Read at the library or anywhere else. Create a free NYTimes account and then start exploring today. To make it really easy, download the NYTimes app on your phone! The NYTimes is an essential source for fearless reporting, varied perspectives and practical advice on nearly every topic — from the vital issues shaping our world to the simple pleasures that make everyday life better. Click HERE to start reading. 


Gale Peterson’s Test and Career Prep

Peterson’s Career Prep accommodates job seekers at all levels, whether they are entering the workforce for the first time or searching for new opportunities. Career assessments prompt personalized career recommendations and guidance on programs, knowledge, skills, and ability. Search for open jobs opportunities and create visually interesting résumés, cover letters, and websites that can be externally shared with prospective employers, using prebuilt templates. Get started here.

Prepare for standardized tests with Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test Prep. This valuable resource includes full-length practice tests for GED, SAT, ACT, AP, PSAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, TOEFL, U.S. citizenship, and more. It offers information on undergraduate and graduate programs and tuition and scholarship assistance, as well as a resume builder and interviewing advice. Whether you’re a student planning for college or a professional embarking on a new career path, Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test Prep can help you along the way. Get started here

 


Our Building

We have computers, a laptop for in-library use and wifi – all at no cost to you.  We have plenty of cozy study spaces for group study and meetings throughout the library. Find more information about using those spaces here. You may also request or check out a wifi hotspot if you’re in need of  an internet connection while you’re on-the-go.


Ask Someone For Help

Talk to us- our staff is always available to help you. We can help you find books, get obscure newspaper and magazine articles and answer your burning questions. Stop by, call us at Cooper-Siegel Community Library 412-828-9520 or Sharpsburg Community Library at 412-781-0783 or send us an email at coopersiegelref@einetwork.net.

Ask Here PA –  is a state-wide service where you can chat with a college or university librarian. You can even get a transcript of your chat to show your research.

Access Pennsylvania’s Power Library is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.