Virtual Library & LIRN

Welcome to the South Hills Virtual Library!

The Virtual Library was created to provide South Hills faculty and students with easy, 24/7 access to various online resources from any Internet connection. The new and improved Virtual Library features many additions which have been organized into categories.

The Virtual Library is a centralized list of links to give you quick, easy access to many electronic resources such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, software tutorials, newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, mp3 files, e-books, federal census records, and more. Click the sections to open them and navigate through the content.

Accessing LIRN

To gain access to the Library and Information Resources Network (LIRN), simply click here to log in to CourseWeb and click the LIRN icon in the lower left corner.

General Resources

Online Libraries & Digital Books
Local Regional Public Libraries
Public e-Libraries
Penn State Libraries
How To Use Google Books
  • Full View - Allows you to view any full page from the book. Available only if the publisher or author has asked to make the book fully viewable, or if the book is in the Public Domain (out of copyright). PDF versions of Public Domain works can be downloaded, saved, and/or printed.
  • Limited Preview - Displays a limited number of pages from a copyrighted book as a preview if the publisher or author has given Google permission.
  • Snippet View - Displays basic information about a copyrighted book plus a few sentences (a snippet) to display your search term in context.
  • No Preview Available - Displays only basic information about a copyrighted book.
  • The Advanced Search allows you to limit searches to Full View only.
Book Websites
Digitized Collections
Articles
News
General
Technology
  • First Monday - Articles about the Internet and global information infrastructure
  • Internet.com
  • Magportal.com - Magazine articles about the Internet
  • Wired - Computer and technology news in business, medicine, culture
Business
Health
Reference Guides & Online Tools

Class Specific Resources

Business Law
Business Law
GDP Online (Keyboarding Classes)
Microsoft Office & Windows Tutorials
Microsoft Office & Windows Tutorials

Program Specific Resources

Allied Health Specialized Degree Programs
Administrative Medical Assistant — Health Information Technology — Medical Assistant
Engineering Technology
Engineering Technology
  • ASTM International - (formerly American Society for Testing and Materials) Research Project
  • efunda - efunda is an online publisher for original engineering content and software. They offer over 30,000 pages of engineering fundamentals and calculators.
  • Engineers Edge - Includes dimensional data on standard hardware, material, finishing specifications, typical design criteria, and manufacturing processes.
  • Intute: Science, Engineering and Technology - Intute: Science, Engineering and Technology offers a free, easy to use and powerful tool for discovering the best Internet resources for teaching, learning and research, covering the physical sciences, engineering, computing, geography, mathematics and environmental science.
  • MatWeb - A materials information database with data on 24,529 materials including metals, plastics, ceramics, and composites.
  • PASDA - (Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access) Lesson Plan: Resources for Site Development
  • Periodic Table of Videos - Short videos about every element on the periodic table, plus other cool experiments and chemistry stuff
  • U.S. Geological Survey - Lesson Plan: Resources for Site Development
  • Web Elements - Lots of information on each element in the Periodic Table.
  • Wolfram Alpha – This site aims to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything.
  • Wolfram Demonstrations Project - Animations that illuminate concepts in science, technology, mathematics, art, finance, and a remarkable range of other fields.