Do-It-Yourself Databases

If you're looking for information on how to do it yourself, you've come to the right page. These databases will help you with crafts and hobbies, as well as larger do-it-yourself projects such as home improvement or car repair.

Tutorials: How to Use These Resources

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Chilton Library Find information on vehicle repair, including recalls and maintenance for specific models and types. View Tutorial
Consumer Reports Formed in 1936, ConsumerReports is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering you to make informed choices about the products you buy. Read articles on product safety, unbiased reviews of popular products from kitchen appliances to baby clothes, get shopping tips, and more. View Tutorial
Creativebug Over a thousand classes for makers, crafters, learners, and hobbysits! Learn to knit a new stitch, make a holiday wreath, sew a pie carrier, paint with acrylics, and much, much more. You will need a Full Access or Digital Access card to log in. Everything you need to prepare to take your Indiana driving test! Contains FAQs and practice tests for cars, motorcycles, and CDL. Resources also available in Spanish!
Freegal Some music to whistle while you work? All songs are free and legal to download with your resident library card number and PIN, and you get to keep them forever! View Tutorial
Gale Virtual Reference Library Visit a virtual bookshelf containing hundreds of e-textbooks on several topics. Use the search function on the left to find home improvement and do-it-yourself books and articles. View Tutorial
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center See hundreds of full-text resources on a number of crafts and activities, such as knitting, scultping, beading, and more!
Home Improvement Reference Center Thousands of articles and guides to home improvement, from plumbing and electric, to decorating, and much more!
INSPIRE Free to Indiana residents: a searchable database of databases. Look for the Hobbies and Crafts database!
LCPL Catalog Our very own catalog contains helpful materials for do-it-youself projects!
NEW! A library of video courses taught by industry experts. Learn business, software, technology, and creative skills! Take courses in 3D animation, music production, marketing, programming languages, and more.
Mango Languages Learn a new language! Mango uses interactive lessons to teach practical conversation. Quick Tips - Full Tutorial
Databases with this symbol may only be used from within the library. ProDemand (Formerly Mitchell OnDemand5 Direct) Find repair and maintenance information for a specific year, make, and model of vehicle. Also contains technical bulletins and a price estimator for parts. (Click LOGIN at the top left of the ProDemand home page to get started - you will not have to enter a username or password.)
Rosetta Stone Library Solution (via INSPIRE) Learn a new language! Rosetta Stone's highly regarded language-learning courses are now available to Indiana residents for free. Sign in with your LCPL library card and PIN, then create a Rosetta Stone account using your email address. View Tutorial

Can't Find It?

If you can't find what you're looking for in any of our databases, give your local library a call. They can help you figure out which databases would be most helpful to you to further research your topic.

If you'd like to ask a librarian, but it's after library hours, just head over to our Ask a Librarian page! This form lets you contact us at any time of day or night. We'll get you an answer within 24 business hours. Happy researching!