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Hobbies & Special Interests

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

Sorted alphabetically:

A-B  C-F  G-H  I-O  P-Z

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A-B:

AtoZ the World logo

AtoZ the World

Information about 176 countries for both students and travelers. Tips for Using AtoZ the World

AtoZ World Food logo

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 InContext logo

Biography InContext

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

C-F:

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Chilton Library

Find information on vehicle repair, including recalls and maintenance for specific models and types. View Tutorial

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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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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 US and World ebook subcollection logo

Culture in the U.S. and World

Encyclopedias of world issues, multicultural studies, history, and social science.

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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

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!

G-H:

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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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Health and Wellness Resource Center logo

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.

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Health Reference eBooks

eBooks and encyclopedias of various diseases and health concerns.

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History Reference eBooks

Encyclopedias pertaining to historical topics

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Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Find fun crafts to do with your kids! Also contains craft information for adults (knitting, scrapbooking, beading, etc).

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Home Improvement Reference Center

Thousands of articles and guides to home improvement, from plumbing and electric, to decorating, and much more!

I-O: 

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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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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.

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Mango Languages

Free languages courses in many languages. Some offer specialized language courses geared toward specific careers. View Tutorial

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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.

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Overdrive

Use your library card and PIN to check out ebooks and audiobooks and read on your tablet, computer, phone, or ereader! View Tutorial

P-Z: 

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This resource may only be used within the libraryProDemand

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 home page to get started - you will not have to enter a username or password.)

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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

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Religion Reference eBooks

Encyclopedias of religion

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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

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WorldCat

A combined catalog for libraries across the United States