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Science Research

Whether you've got a biology report due, or you're just curious, these science databases will help you find reliable, factual scientific information!

 

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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.

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Animal Reference eBooks

Digital versions of Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource, offering encyclopedic coverage of the animal kingdom.

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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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GreenFILE

Content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and governments, and what can be done to minimize these effects. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, sustainable agriculture, recycling, and more. (via INSPIRE

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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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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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Science In Context

In-depth articles, experiments, broad overviews, and biographies in every area of science from life sciences to space to technology. Tips for Using

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Science Reference eBooks

Encyclopedias of science-related topics

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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.

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!

Upcoming Events
Mon, Sep 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Mon, Sep 23, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills.

Mon, Sep 23, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills.

Mon, Sep 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we... more
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Mon, Sep 23, 10:30am - 12:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Musical Monday Presentation: Brigadoon. Runtime: 108 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. Registration... more
Join us for this month's Musical Monday Presentation: Brigadoon. Runtime: 108 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. Registration Required.

Mon, Sep 23, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we... more
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Mon, Sep 23, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room A
Adults are invited to de-stress and relax with pencils and coloring sheets provided by the library. Or bring your own!

Mon, Sep 23, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
It's the first day of Autumn, get in the mood for this wonderful season with light refreshments and other activities.

Mon, Sep 23, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Mon, Sep 23, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Scrabble or other word games with friends and meet new ones. All games--as well as coffee and tea--will be provided. Join the fun!

Mon, Sep 23, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in... more
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in your own sketchbook and projects to work on.

Mon, Sep 23, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Mon, Sep 23, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Speaker, Art Maurer, CAS Member and Director of the Herbert Trackman Planetarium will present: Remembering Apollo 11, 50 Years Later. A... more
Speaker, Art Maurer, CAS Member and Director of the Herbert Trackman Planetarium will present: Remembering Apollo 11, 50 Years Later. A short business meeting precedes our speaker.

Mon, Sep 23, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Cedar Lake - Public Tables
Bring yarn and a size H crochet hook or size 7 knitting needles and cotton yarn ... or bring along a project you're already working on!

Tue, Sep 24, 9:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic... more
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic information to prepare for American citizenship.

Tue, Sep 24, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teaches early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teaches early literacy skills.

Tue, Sep 24, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This storytime will celebrate Indiana heritage. Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.

Tue, Sep 24, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Families are invited to join us for a 45-minute story time. We will read books, sing songs, and have fun activities!

Tue, Sep 24, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Tue, Sep 24, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Bring your projects and join us. Chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.

Tue, Sep 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
This storytime will celebrate Indiana heritage. Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.

Tue, Sep 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 6-12 years, will create a masterpiece and learn about art and artists during this one hour program.
This event is full

Tue, Sep 24, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
School-age children, K-6th grade, are invited to the library for an hour of art exploration and fun. All supplies will be provided.... more
School-age children, K-6th grade, are invited to the library for an hour of art exploration and fun. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Please wear clothes you can get messy in.

Tue, Sep 24, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
$35* is due at time of class. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a CPR Course completion card valid for 2... more
$35* is due at time of class. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a CPR Course completion card valid for 2 years. Taught by certified CPR instructor, Paula Thompson, RN.

Tue, Sep 24, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Learn how tribal communities, Urban and Reservation, continue to teach future generations culture, customs, and language in today's world.

Tue, Sep 24, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 6-12 years, will create a masterpiece and learn about art and artists during this one hour program.

Tue, Sep 24, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Stories, fingerplays, music, related activities and a craft are all included this this storytime for children and their family members.

Tue, Sep 24, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Discuss world affairs with the Foreign Policy Association. See monthly topics: Note: Colleen Hickman will facilitate Aug. 13 Note:... more
Discuss world affairs with the Foreign Policy Association. See monthly topics: Note: Colleen Hickman will facilitate Aug. 13 Note: Richard Rupp will be here September 10 & Nov. 12.

Tue, Sep 24, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Play a friendly game of Chess or Go.

Tue, Sep 24, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Black Author Discussion Group