Power Library Tip #1: Using the Books and Authors Database

New to our blog is a series that focuses in on the resources available through Power Library. Power Library (Pennsylvania’s Electronic Library) is a collection of databases available to members of the Westmoreland Library Network (WLN) which includes Rostraver Public Library cardholders. The databases in Power Library include Academic OneFile, Educators Reference Complete, Health & Wellness Resource Center, InfoTrac Newsstand, Kids InfoBits, and more. You can find Power Library by clicking this icon on our homepage:

The first Power Library database to be featured on our blog is Books & Authors where you can discover fiction and non-fiction books that match your interests! Books & Authors (powered by Gale’s popular What Do I Read Next? series) is for readers from every level of reading proficiency. This resource enables users to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, and genres from more than 240,000 titles. More than 54,000 authors are represented via biographies, and over 40,000 nonfiction titles are included in business, biography, science and more. Fiction selections reflect the genres readers like best: mystery, science fiction, inspirational, popular romance, western, horror, and fantasy.

The Books & Authors homepage (as pictured below) is easy to navigate. You can search for books by title, author, series, or keyword. You can also browse New & Updated Books, Seasonal Picks, and Spotlight books on the homepage.

You can also browse books by genre and sub-genres within that category. For example, you can browse titles in Fiction -> Fantasy Fiction -> Coming-of-Age. You can also specify the age range of the books by selecting or deselecting Children, Young Adult, and Adult at the top of the search page.

You can also search for authors by name, gender, nationality, ethnicity, occupation, or place of birth/death.

Finally, Book Lists lets you browse recommended reading lists created by librarians and subject experts. The three categories are Award Winners, Expert Picks, and Librarian Favorites.

To search Books & Authors and for more information about all the Power Library databases, please visit the library’s website at www.rostraverlibrary.org and click on the Power Library icon.

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.

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