eResources By Subject

NICHE ACADEMY!  Niche Academy (via the link below) provides online tutorials covering the various online eResources that are available to you 24/7 through the Zelienople Area Public Library website.  Currently there are 38 eResource Databases available via the Zelie Library Website (to see a list, go to  These eResource databases include downloadable eBook databases, eAudiobook databases, eMagazine and ePeriodical databases, eNewspaper databases.  The content of each eResource is tailored toward broad age groups–adults, teens and children.   Examples of some of the available eResources for children include Bookflix and Trueflix. For Older students and Adults– Academic OneFile, Gale Databases, and Gale eBooks.  You can easily research from home a product with online Consumer Reports.   There are also entertainment resources including Libby for eBooks and eAudios, and Hoopla for streaming film, television, music, audio and eBooks.   Learn more about each of the resources via a Niche Academy Tutorial–one click will get you started!

The combination of Zelienople Area Public Library (ZAPL), the Butler County Federated Library System, and the State of Pennsylvania’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries offer plenty of digital resources to our community.

Either choose one of the topics from the table below or scroll through to the bottom of the page to see all that ZAPL (Zelienople Area Public Library) has to offer regarding subject-based eResources. 

For the full suite of eResources visit Butler County Federated Library System. 

For Ancestry Library Edition, a service provided by the New Castle District Library Center click here. 

education genealogy health & medical
social sciences history, literature, foreign languages family topics


education eResources

For those needing access to quality academic resources from the Power Library, provided by the state of Pennsylvania, ZAPL receives access to many e-resources that will aid you in your research efforts. Use the link below for databases, periodicals, journals, and more.

Click here for Pennsylvania’s Power Library 



Another super eResource for people of all ages is Learners can get help with math problems, writing their papers, take practice quizzes, prepare for SAT/ACT and graduate school tests. Get access to these and other helpful tools, like connecting with live tutors and career coaches. As an added bonus, live tutoring sessions are recorded and can be reviewed later. Check out their upbeat promotional video on what they have to offer library patrons here.



genealogy eResources

The Zelienople Area Public Library has a multitude of genealogy resources at your service. So much so that it needs its own webpage to list them all. That page can be found here:

To paint a quick picture of offerings however, it’s good to know that ZAPL provides access to Library Edition, has a Genealogy club that meets monthly, and that we work with many local partners like the Zelienople Historical Society and Historic Harmony, Inc. to bring the community a vast resource bank for those exploring history and family histories. 

To use Ancestry Library Edition while in the Library on your own device or a Library computer follow this link.


health and medical eResources

Zelienople Area Public Library can offer you a multitude of health and medicine resources, both online and in the library. Many of our digital health and medical resources come from the Pennsylvania Power Library linked to above, more generally, and below more specifically (e.g., Gale: Health and Wellness). Take a look for yourself! 


the Health and Wellness database from Gale

In Gale’s own words:

“Discover reliable health information through access to full-text articles of nursing and allied health journals, pamphlets, newsletters, periodicals, newspapers, encyclopedias, and more. A broad collection of full-text reference works is included!”


The National Library of Medicine is a great resource for those seeking free and credible health and medical science information. Click on the image above to check it out! 


social sciences eResources

For those searching for social science data and information, these major databases from the Pennsylvania Power Library collection are great places to start: 


Both the database pictured above and the one below are described as:

“Peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals in the areas of the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, literature, and more. Undergraduate researchers can expand and refine search results through the Topic Finder, and citation tools are integrated directly into the user’s workflow.”


Click here or on either image to be directed to the Power Library



history, literature, & foreign language eResources



Duolingo                  Memrise





Duolingo and Memrise are two free resources for those learning a new language. Duolingo is “a free language learning platform that includes a language learning website and an app. Users can also take a digital language proficiency exam.” While Memrise is similar and is described as “a free language learning platform that includes a language learning website and an app. Users can also take a digital language proficiency exam.” Click on either of their icons above to to be directed to their sites and create an account to begin your foreign language adventure.



The Pennsylvania Power Library once again will be a prime eResource for these fields of study. Both history and literature are well represented in its databases. Among them, there is the LitFinder database which is solely dedicated to literature studies. In their own words: 


Discover literature content from more than 150,000 full-text poems, 840,000 poem citations and excerpts, 7,100 full-text short stories and novels, 3,800 full-text essays published in the 16th-20th centuries, 2,400 full-text speeches, and 1,250 full-text plays. It also includes biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary. Within LitFinder’s collection, users can access works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities.


family topics 

There is no shortage of family-based eResources provided by the Zelienople Area Public Library. If you’d like to see a more complete list, then click on this link for our ‘Childrens Services & Resources’ webpage. However, it’s worth highlighting a few of these eResources in this space.  


Pennsylvania’s ‘Power Library’ also provides a great version of its resources tailored for the children called ‘Power Kids.’ From grade school databases,  to ebooks, to videos, to read along books, and to internet safety and etiquette and more, ‘Power Kids’ offers quite a nice repository for family eResources. 


For those looking for an activity or two to do as a family, you may like what you find at Disney’s family site or PBS’s kids site. Click on the text links or on the icons below to navigate to these wonderful websites. 


employment eResources

While many of us are probably familiar with websites such as Indeed, LinkedIn,, and the like, what a multitude of us won’t know is that the State of Pennsylvania also gives its residents great tools for: matching folks with job openings, building their resumés, planning educational pathways, and offering career guidance and workplace/labor statistics. Try their ‘Pennsylvania Job Resources’ database for access to these easy to use eResources by clicking here or on the image below for Power Library.