General Research

If you have a very broad topic, or are looking for a lot of information on various topics, start here.

If you do have a more specific topic in mind, but aren't sure what database to use to get more relevant information, call your local library or Ask a Librarian! We can recommend a database.

Tutorials: How to Use Gale Virtual Reference

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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
Gale Virtual Reference Library Visit a virtual bookshelf containing hundreds of e-textbooks on several topics. View Tutorial 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!
General OneFile Contains articles from newspapers and magazines from around the world. Searchable by audience, keyword, or publication title.
INSPIRE Free to Indiana residents: a searchable database of databases. Find hundreds of further resources to help with your research! Need home access?
LCPL Catalog Search our catalog for books and other materials relating to your topic!
MasterFILE Premier Full text general reference articles, including articles on business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Also contains full text for reference books, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags.
WorldCat A combined catalog for libraries across the United States

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!