Student Resources

This is a collection of newspapers, encyclopedias, and reference books that we feel might be helpful for students working on homework and projects.

We also have a few databases just for elementary and middle school students!

Tutorials: How to Use These Resources

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Academic Search Premier Full text for more than 4,600 journals, many with searchable cited references. Journals include American Historical Review, Political Science Quarterly, Library Journal, Journal of General Psychology, and many more.
America's News Magazines A database of magazines and journals spanning multiple topics. You can search by specific magazine title or by subject. Perfect for current events assignments.
Animal Reference eBooks Digital versions of Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource, offering encyclopedic coverage of the animal kingdom.
AtoZ The USA Information about the United States, including capitals, cities, rivers, lakes, and the states.
AtoZ The World Information about 176 countries for both students and travelers. Tips for Using AtoZ the World
Biography inContext Comprehensive information on just about any famous person, including inventors, politicians, celebrities, and many others.
Career Cruising Contains resources both for a career search and for a college search. Tips for using Career Cruising
Contemporary Authors Search for authors by first name, last name, or both. Results include information about the author, bibliography, resources for further reading, and more!
Culture in the U.S. and World (Culture Reference eBooks) Encyclopedias of world issues, multicultural studies, history, and social science.
Driving-Tests.org 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!
EBSCO Research Databases Choose multiple databases to search at once. Offers a variety of topics, including literature and newspapers.
Encyclopaedia Britannica An excellent place for beginning research. General information on a variety of topics.
Explora for Secondary Schools (High School) Mobile-friendly topic search - an excellent starting point for research. Read reputable articles on any subject, or just browse for ideas. (via INSPIRE)
Explora for Public Libraries Mobile-friendly topic search - an excellent starting point for research. Read reputable articles on any subject, or just browse for ideas. (via INSPIRE)
Gale Literary Sources Search for academic articles, essays, and topics about literature. Includes items from Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and more.
Gale Virtual Reference Library Visit a virtual bookshelf containing hundreds of e-textbooks on several topics. Use the search function to narrow your results to your research topic. Results from this resource are also included in Gale Literary Sources. View Tutorial
General OneFile Contains articles from newspapers and magazines from around the world. Searchable by audience, keyword, or publication title.
History Reference eBooks Encyclopedias pertaining to historical topics
INSPIRE Free to Indiana residents: a searchable database of databases. Find hundreds of further resources for your research! Need home access?
LCPL Catalog Our very own catalog contains several encyclopedias, newspapers, journals, and magazines!
LearningExpress Library A learning and studying resource that contains practice exercises for many grade levels and many subjects. View Tutorial
Literature Criticism Online Browse articles about authors and their works, or browse by topic. Also includes a search engine that allows you to search for articles by year (helpful if you're required to have more recent sources!) Results from this resource are also included in Gale Literary Sources.
Literature Reference eBooks Encyclopedias of the arts and literature (includes a reference book for graphic novels).
Literature Resource Center (Gale) Contains full-text articles from journals and lit magazines, as well as critical essays, full-text works, and biographies. Designed to give the researcher contextual understanding of their topic. Results from this resource are also included in Gale Literary Sources.
Mango Languages Learn a new language! Mango uses interactive lessons to teach practical conversation. Quick Tips - Full Tutorial
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.
National Geographic Virtual Library A complete archive of National Geographic magazine - every page of every issue - along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.
NewspaperARCHIVE Library Edition Browse through global and local newspaper articles dating back to 1607. Search by first and last name, dates, or regions.
Opposing Viewpoints inContext Presents the different sides of current events from several magazines and newspapers.
Psychology Reference Books Encyclopedias of social science and culture.
NEW! 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
Science In Context (Get Tips) In-depth articles, experiments, broad overviews, and biographies in every area of science from life sciences to space to technology.
Science Reference eBooks Encyclopedias of science-related topics
Testing & Education Reference Center Practice tests (such as entrance exams, GMAT, LSAT, etc), scholarship search, and information on accredited schools. Has information for high school, college, and grad school levels. View Tutorial.
TOPICsearch

Explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints. Full text articles from diverse sources. (via INSPIRE)
U.S. History inContext Presents different perspectives on historical issues side-by-side.
World History inContext Presents different perspectives on world issues side-by-side. Includes biographies of important world players and overviews of major historical eras.

Just for Elementary and Middle School Students!

These databases are designed specifically with elementary and grade school students in mind. Of course, you can still use any of the other databases as well!

Resource only available in the library ABCmouse.com With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.comís award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+). From Age of Learning, Inc.
Ask Rose Ask Rose is a website for math and science homework help for Indiana students in grades 6-12. Live chat with a tutor or call 1-877-ASK-ROSE. The program is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Contemporary Authors Search for authors by first name, last name, or both. Results include information about the author, bibliography, resources for further reading, and more!
Explora for Middle Schools Mobile-friendly topic search - an excellent starting point for research. Read reputable articles on any subject, or just browse for ideas. (via INSPIRE)
Explora for Primary Schools Mobile-friendly topic search - an excellent starting point for research. Read reputable articles on any subject, or just browse for ideas. (via INSPIRE)
KidsClick! A web search site designed for kids. Searches return reputable, age-appropriate results. Kids can also search by cateogry, such as "Science & Math" or "Health & Family" (via INSPIRE)
Learning Express Library A learning and studying resource that contains practice exercises for many grade levels and many subjects. View Tutorial
MAS Ultra - High School Edition Full text for 500 popular magazines, over 85,000 biographies, and over 80,000 primary source documents. Also contains nearly 400 reference books; an Image Collection of nearly 600,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and more. (via INSPIRE)
Middle Search Plus Full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). (via INSPIRE)
Primary Search Contains full text for more than 80 popular elementary school magazines. All full-text articles are assigned reading level indicators (Lexiles). Includes thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags. (via INSPIRE)
Scholastic BookFlix Interactive story telling! Kids can have a book read out loud to them and read along with the highlighted words. They can also read the book themselves and then complete puzzles based on the story.
ScienceFlix iPad/tablet ready science! Explore units on Earth Science, Technology and Engineering, Space, Biology, and Physics, each complete with articles, videos, quizzes, and experiments.
Talking TumbleBooks A database of audiobooks for school-age kids separated into fiction, nonfiction, plays, poetry, Spanish books, and children's books. No need to download - listen online!
TumbleBook Cloud eBooks for middle school and high school students. Selection covers the classics, plays, poetry, graphic novels, and much more! Read straight from your browser.
TumbleBook Cloud Junior Read-along eBooks with professional narration and eBooks kids can read themselves. Designed for kids in early elementary school.
TumbleBook Library Animated, talking picture books for kids in elementary school! 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!