Hobbies and Special Interests

Find databases relating to a wide range of hobbies and interests, including history, genealogy, cars, and arts and crafts.

Tutorials: How to Use These Resources

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AtoZ The World Information about 176 countries for both students and travelers.
NEW! AtoZ World Food Traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world in all course categories, plus cultural information regarding dining etiquette, daily meals, and more.
Biography in Context (Via INSPIRE) This link will take you to INSPIRE, where you can choose the Biography inContext database from a list. Biography inContext provides newspaper, magazine, and reference articles side-by-side. It's a great place to read several different sources easily!
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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.
Culture in the U.S. and World (Culture Reference eBooks) Encyclopedias of world issues, multicultural studies, history, and social science.
Freegal Love music? Download free music, from old favorites to current hits, with your library card and PIN. Once you download a song, it's yours to keep! View Tutorial
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Gale Virtual Reference Library Visit a virtual bookshelf containing hundreds of e-textbooks on several topics. View Tutorial
General Reference Center Gold A general interest database that searches reference books, newspapers, and journals for information.
Health and Wellness Resource Center Search for remedies for specific symptoms, keep up with health topics in the news, and read up on various diseases and conditions.
Health Reference eBooks eBooks and encyclopedias of various diseases and health concerns
History Reference eBooks Encyclopedias of historical topics
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!
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LCPL Catalog Search our catalog for books and other materials relating to your hobby!
Lynda.com 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. View Tutorial
National Geographic Magazine Archive Browse the entire archive of National Geographic magazines dating back to 1888.
Overdrive Use your library card and PIN to check out ebooks and audiobooks and read on your tablet, computer, phone, or ereader! View Tutorial
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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 from the Mitchell OnDemand home page to get started - you will not have to enter a username or password.)
RBdigital Sign in with your LCPL card and PIN and choose from over a hundred magazines - both current issues and back issues - to read on your tablet, phone, or computer. View Tutorial
Religion Reference eBooks Encyclopedias of various religions across different cultures.
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
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.

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