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Tutorials: How to Use These Resources

Biographies

If you're interested in learning more about a specific, well-known person, these databases are the place to start.

This is also a good place to pick a topic for a paper or presentation on a person. For example, if you need to write a report on 1940s musicians, you can get a list to work from in these databases!

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Biography InContext

Comprehensive information on just about any famous person, including inventors, politicians, celebrities, and many others.

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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!

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Virtual bookshelf containing hundreds of e-textbooks on several topics. Search by keyword (ex: "genealogy") to narrow results
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INSPIRE

A searchable database of databases, free to all Indiana residents. INSPIRE works at any LCPL location, but you can also create an account confirming your Indiana residency for home access. More info on home access

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LCPL Catalog

Our very own catalog contains helpful materials for getting started in your research. Find Indiana-specific records and indexes, encyclopedias, newspapers, and more!

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Something About the Author

Thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators, all in an easy-to-use interface. Handy features include the ability to print, e-mail, download and access content by "Inside this Entry" and "Inside this Volume."

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!