Elkhart Public Library

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Access a world of information for your homework and research needs


Answers, opinions and everything else you need

Whether you need biographical information on famous people, science fair project ideas, sample practice tests or even help from live online tutors, we have you covered. The resources listed below are just a sampling of all the library offers. Visit our Digital Library page for a full list of available databases.

Don’t forget to change your PIN. And finally, if you have any questions or need help along the way, give the librarians at the Reference Desk a call, 574-522-5669, or email us.

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Brainfuse – Live tutors, writing lab, and answers in the chat

Britannica Encyclopedia – The oldest English-language encyclopedia, available with appropriate age levels

INSPIRE – Start your search here for good answers

Read It, Stream It

Libby for Overdrive for books and audiobooks
Hoopla for books, audiobooks, graphic novels, videos and music
rbDigital for books, magazines and audiobooks

Contemporary Authors (INSPIRE) – Current biographical and bibliographical data on more than 120,000 modern writers

LitFinder (INSPIRE) – Thousands of poems, short stories, essays, plays and biographies from around the world

NoveList Plus – Find titles and get suggestions on your next great read

Fix It, Do It

ArtistWorks – Music and art self-paced lessons, taught by award-winning performers and professors

AtoZ World Food – Food culture, etiquette and recipes from around the world

Chilton Library for parts, repair diagrams, and videos for all vehicles domestic and import since 1940

Driving Tests – Work toward your CDL and find other Bureau of Motor Vehicles tests and handbooks

Testing and Education Resource Center – Practice tests for hundreds of exams, including SAT, ACT, ASVAB, HSE/TASC, as well as scholarship information and resume builder

History and Current Events

Indiana History – Source documents pertaining to state history, including personal memoirs and speeches, travel guides, pamphlets, sermons, songs, legal documents and children’s books

Elkhart History – Archived news from The Elkhart Truth, with references to books and other materials in the library collection

NewspaperArchive – News, sports, birth announcements and obituaries from newspapers around the world

Language and Travel

Country Reports – Travel information for countries around the world and individual U.S. states

Pronunciator – Learn 80 languages with multimedia tools, participate in live weekly conversation classes, and prep for citizenship tests

Read It (INSPIRE) – History, culture, literature and science reading for English-language learners


Biography in Context – Profiles and biographical information on famous authors, scientists, business people, entertainers and politicians

Explora – Magazines, articles and more for for elementary, middle and high school students

Newspaper Source (INSPIRE) – Cover-to-cover full text of 360 regional, national and international papers, along with transcripts of television and radio news providers

PressReader – Same-day issues of publications from around the world, just as they appear in print

Primary Search – Children’s magazines on favorite topics, with photos and more

Salem Press – History resources, particularly on weapons and warfare and milestone documents in U.S. history

TOPICsearch (INSPIRE) – Text on current political, economic and scientific events, as well as current poll information


Gale Virtual Reference Library – Reference and research books on a variety of topics, with the ability to download, email and print excerpts

INSPIRE – Start your search here for good answers

MasterFile Premier – Reference materials, source documents and magazine articles

Points of View Reference Center – Diverse perspectives on current events and issues

Reference Shelf – Extensive, unbiased explorations on topics in modern society


Science in Context – Hundreds of text books and articles make this a great spot to start a science fair project