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McShain Library



Welcome to the McShain Library webpage. Housed in St. Michael’s Hall on the campus of LaSalle College High School, the library is named after former LaSalle student, benefactor and affiliated member of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, John McShain. On this website you will find links to our catalog of printed materials as well as our on-line materials. Students have access to on-line research databases as well as other resources. If you need assistance, please contact the library at 215-402-4892 or

Explorer One Search

Explorer OneSearch

"Explorer One Search" searches all resources, catalog (books) and databases.  



The online Catalog enables students to search the library holdings from anywhere on or off campus using a computer, tablet, or smart phone.


Online Databases

Online Databases

The Academic Databases complement the print collection as a rich resource for research. Information for accessing the databases off-campus can be found on the student portal. Check back soon as this list of resources is growing.

ABC-CLIO History, Government and Geography Databases

A comprehensive, current, and authoritative collection of social studies resources

ABC-CLIO e-Book Collection

Authoritative books that aim to improve the research experience with comprehensive content.

America’s Historical Newspapers

Primary source historical U.S. newspapers published between 1690 and the 20th Century

Bloom's Literature

Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.

Britannica Encyclopedia

The oldest English-language fact-checked continuously revised general encyclopedia with half a million topics.

Gale Student Resources in Context

Cross-curricular research tool

GVRL Research Matters

144,000+ e-Books covering a wide array of subject areas including the environment, law, medicine, religion, technology, and many more

JSTOR Scholarly Database

Academic journals, primary sources, and books across the fields of Arts & Sciences, Life Sciences, Ecology and Botany, Business, and others


Poems, short stories, essays, speeches and plays including secondary material

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opinions and perspectives on thousands of issues. Viewpoints, court case overviews, biographies and profiles, articles, statistics, video, audio and podcasts, maps and images.

POWER Library E-Resources

The power of the library at your fingertips: a service of Pennsylvania’s public libraries.

Project Gutenberg

Free e-book copies of classic fiction and non-fiction literature.

Science Online

Science Online offers a comprehensive overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines.



The following links may be helpful in conducting research, writing research papers and citing sources:

American Psychological Association (APA) Style website

Modern Language Association (MLA) Style website

Purdue University On-line Writing Lab

24/7 Online Help

Chat online with a professional librarian one-on-one in real time for help with any topic or information need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Library Staff

Mrs. Eileen Campbell

Mrs. Eileen Campbell

Mrs. Peg Doyle

Mrs. Peg Doyle

Bro. Raymond Murphy

Bro. Raymond Murphy

Mr. Owen Schugsta

Mr. Owen Schugsta