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Search all of Inspire's newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, videos, photographs and more using this interface for young and first-time researchers.

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JCPL Databases

Browse the resources below, or choose a specific category to narrow your search. The more information link can lead to tips, known issues as well as help using the resource. To request assistance, or suggest a resource, use our contact page and select Online Databases as the category.

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  • Ancestry - Library

    Included in Ancestry Library are the digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, Passenger and Immigration Lists index, and much more. This database can only be accessed while inside the library.

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  • Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC)

    This easy-to-use resource allows you to search for and print repair information, including illustrations, for your vehicle (without handling a big heavy book). Results include recall information.

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  • Consumer Reports

    Consumer Reports is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. The organization was founded in 1936 when advertising first flooded the mass media.

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  • Heritage Quest

    A resource for census data, family records and local histories, this collection contains U.S. federal census, banking and military records, genealogies, primary source materials, and more.

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  • Indiana Legal Forms

    Up-to-date legal forms for Indiana. Forms and samples of living wills, lease agreements, liens and more. Download in Microsoft Word or PDF and save or print.

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  • Learning Express Library

    Study for and take practice tests for official exams in law enforcement, civil service, real estate, cosmetology, EMS, firefighter, ASVAB, citizenship, basic skills more. You will need to register a user name and password of your choice to use this service.

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  • Novelist

    Looking for the next book to read, or the next book in your favorite series? Novelist contains over 73,000 fiction titles and will help you search for books by author, titles or subjects.

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  • Opposing Viewpoints

    Fully-cited material for school and college-level thesis papers and other research projects on hundreds of current topics. Get the latest views on current events and hot button topics from newspapers, magazines and reputable published sources.

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  • OverDrive eBooks & eAudiobooks

    Through OverDrive, you can check out popular eBook and eAudiobook titles with your library card and enjoy them for a two week lending period. Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are no late fees.

    To get started with OverDrive, first go to the Indiana Digital Download Center site and download the software that you’ll need for your system, then you can browse the collection and download your favorite titles.

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  • Read the Books - AR Lists

    Many of the school districts in the library’s service area offer the Accelerated Reader program. Students earn points at school by reading from a list of pre-selected books, and then taking tests about the books.

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  • Read the Books - Book Reviews

    ReadtheBooks.com also offers an innovative and entertaining solution to help libraries connect kids with books.

    3D-animated book review videos are available in 50+ categories. Every book and video is linked to your online library catalog.

    Book reviews are available in English and some in Spanish. Videos include closed-captioning for hearing-impaired readers.

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  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center

    The definitive online tool for small engine repair assistance, Small Engine Repair Reference Center provides users with detailed, yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines, from lawn mowers to watercraft and more.

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  • Tumblebooks

    Interactive talking books for young and developing readers. Readers read along with the words on the screen. Selected books available in Spanish and French. Now, selected titles available for iPad! - Use the CHOOSE menu, and select Mobile to browse iPad titles.

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  • World Book

    World Book is an easy-to-use encyclopedia with portals designed for all levels of learning.

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  • INSPIRE

    Inspire is Indiana's Virtual Library, providing access to several databases for biographies, literature, and newspaper and magazine articles. Search from dozens of sources all over the web at once with a single click or narrow your search for specific materials.

    Read on for tips on using this service at home.

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