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Research Tools for Students

This is a collection of online newspapers, encyclopedias, reference books, and research tools for students working on homework and projects.

The first set are tools especially designed for elementary and middle school students. Further down, you'll find resources for high school and up.

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Just for Elementary and Middle School:

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This resource may only be used within the libraryABCmouse.com

With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+). From Age of Learning, Inc.

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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.

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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!

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Teen Book 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.

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TumbleBook Cloud Junior

Read-along eBooks with professional narration and eBooks kids can read themselves. Designed for kids in early elementary school.

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TumbleBookLibrary

Animated, talking picture books for kids in elementary school!

TumbleBook of the Day (by Indiana State Library and Tumblebooks)

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!

For High School, College, and Up:

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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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AtoZ the USA

Information about the United States, including capitals, cities, rivers, lakes, and the states.

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AtoZ the World

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

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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.

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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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Career Cruising

Learn more about a career path here! Career Cruising contains information about different careers as well as the steps you'll need to take to begin your own (such as courses of study required for different careers). Tips for using Career Cruising

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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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Culture in the U.S. and World

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

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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!

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EBSCO Research Databases

Search multiple databases at once, including play indexes and recommended reading lists by age group.

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Encyclopaedia Britannica

An excellent place for beginning research. General information on a variety of topics.

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Explora for Middle/Secondary Schools

Mobile-friendly topic search - an excellent starting point for research. Read reputable articles on any subject, or just browse for ideas. (via INSPIRE)

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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)

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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.

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General OneFile

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

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History Reference eBooks

Encyclopedias pertaining to historical topics

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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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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.

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Literature Reference eBooks

Encyclopedias of the arts and literature (includes a reference book for graphic novels).

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Literature Resource Center

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.

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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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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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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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NewspaperARCHIVE Library Edition

Browse through global and local newspaper articles dating back to 1607. Search by first and last name, dates, or regions.

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Presents the different sides of current events from several magazines and newspapers.

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Psychology Reference eBooks

Encyclopedias of social science and culture.

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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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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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Testing and Education Reference Center

Resources to help you build your resume, change careers, negotiate salary, and more. View Tutorial.

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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)

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U.S. History inContext

Presents different perspectives on historical issues side-by-side.

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World History inContext

Presents different perspectives on world issues side-by-side. Includes biographies of important world players and overviews of major historical eras.