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General Research

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 These Resources

This resource may only be used within the libraryThis image indicates a resource that may only be accessed from Lake County Public Library's public computers, located at each of our branches.

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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

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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!

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This resource may only be used within the library Foundation Directory Online

Find grants, foundations, and other funding for your latest project! Note: This tool is available only at Merrillville Branch.

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General OneFile

Contains articles from newspapers and magazines from around the world. Searchable by audience, keyword, or publication title.



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


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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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.

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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!