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Elkhart Public Library offers free access to these information providers. Some sites require a library card number, and some (marked with *) are available only inside an Elkhart Public Library location. Resources marked INSPIRE are part of Indiana’s statewide virtual library.

Have questions? Check out our collection of web tutorials. Can’t find what you need? Our reference librarians will help you find the right info source. Just email, call 574-522-5669, or stop by the desk on the second floor downtown.

A full, alphabetical list of resources is available here.

And, looking for student resources? Check out our ecard page.

Special note: As of Sept. 14, rbDigital has merged its audio and ebook content with Overdrive/Libby. Magazines will continue to be offered on rbDigital until early 2021, when the final transfer to Overdrive will be completed. Need help making the move? Contact our reference librarians.

Books and Entertainment

Libby for Overdrive
books and audiobooks
rbDigital
magazines
Hoopla
books, audiobooks, comics/graphic novels, videos, and music
Ebook Collection (INSPIRE)
Tens of thousands of titles for public library users – self-help, fitness, games, hobbies and cooking
NoveList Plus
Find titles and get suggestions on your next great read

Business, Finance and Investment

AtoZ databases
Comprehensive tools for business analysis, marketing, and employment … whether you’re looking to hire or get hired
Business Source Complete (INSPIRE)
News articles from business journals
Corporate ResourceNet
(INSPIRE)
Full text from general business publications and trade journals
First Research
Comprehensive guide to industry segments, info for target market opportunities and challenges, and daily reports and engagement possibilities
Gale Directory Library
Directories for public and private companies, publishers and media, associations and brands
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Reference and research materials in print and audio
Lynda Library
Self-paced, online learning for professional and creative skill development. Affiliated with LinkedIn and available to individual, resident account holders with EPL
Regional Business News
(INSPIRE)
Articles from regional publications and detailed profiles of the world’s 5,000 largest companies
Value Line
Investment survey and small/mid-cap reports, as well as individual ratings and news
Weiss Financial Ratings
Unbiased ratings of banks, credit unions, insurance companies, stocks, and mutual funds, along with a MediGap Insurance tool

Cars and Other Products

Chilton Library
Parts lists, repair diagrams, and videos for all domestic and import vehicles since 1940
Consumer Reports
Product reviews, ratings, recommendations, and videos, including Cars Best Deals Plus

Early Literacy and Children’s Books

ABC Mouse
Early learning for ages 3-8 with a focus on phonics, math, music and more (available only inside the library)
Miss Humblebee’s Academy
Prepares kids ages 3-6 for kindergarten, with guided lessons, sound cues, and assessments
NEW- TumbleBooks
For early readers up to Grade 6, animated books, read alongs, graphic novels, NatGeo videos, and Spanish-language titles

Encyclopedias

Britannica
The oldest English-language encyclopedia, available with appropriate age levels
Funk and Wagnalls (INSPIRE)
More than 25,000 entries

Genealogy and Local History

Ancestry.com Library Edition *
U.S. Census data from 1790-1940, Social Security death index, United Kingdom census collection, city directories, military records and more
Elkhart History
Archived articles from The Elkhart Truth, books and other materials in the library collection
Family Search
A product of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, searchable database of Ancestral File, Pedigree Resource, International Genealogical Index, and government and vital records
Fold 3
The premier collection of military records, from the Revolutionary War to WWII.
Geni Family Tree *
Powerful tool to grow a family tree

Heritage Quest 
U.S. Census data from 1790-1940, with images and every-name indexes, Native American records, U.S. city directories and local history, Revolutionary War and Bounty Land records, Freedman’s Bank records, Periodical Source Index Archive, and congressional records
Hoosier State Chronicles
(INSPIRE)
Free access to high-quality images of Indiana’s historic newspapers
Local Obituaries
Death notices and obituaries from local newspapers since 1921
NewspaperArchive
News, sports, birth announcements, and obituaries from newspapers around the world

Health and Medical

BrainHQ
Get your brain in shape with clinically proven exercises to help you think faster, focus better, remember more, and enjoy life
Consumer Health Complete
(INSPIRE)
Comprehensive resources for consumer-oriented health content, support patients needs
Health Source: Consumer
(INSPIRE)
Consumer information on medical and food science, nutrition, childcare, sports medicine, and general health
Health Source: Nursing Academic
(INSPIRE)
Scholarly journals on medical disciplines
Medline
(INSPIRE)
Authoritative information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and pre-clinical sciences
Salem Press 
(inside the library or anywhere)
Magill’s Medical Guide and books on genetics and inherited conditions

How To – Hobbies, Home, Arts and Crafts

AtoZ World Food
Food culture, etiquette and recipes from around the world
Creativebug
Crafting lessons ranging from food to quilting and more, including hundreds of downloadable patterns, templates and recipes
Hobbies and Crafts References (INSPIRE)
Articles, how-to instructions and ideas from national publications
Home Improvement Reference Center
(INSPIRE)
User-friendly videos and articles from DIY publications

Jobs and Career


AtoZ databases 
Comprehensive tools for business analysis, marketing, and employment … whether you’re looking to hire or get hired
Brainfuse
Live tutors, skills builders, writing lab, and answers in the chat
Driving Tests
Work toward your CDL and find other Bureau of Motor Vehicles tests and handbooks
GCF Learn Free
Tutorials to build 21st Century job skills, such as operating systems, basic office programs and social media
LearningExpress
Improve core academic skills, pass the GED, prepare for college standardized tests, obtain occupational certification, find a job or change your career, and much more. 
Lynda Library
Self-paced, online learning for professional and creative skill development. Affiliated with LinkedIn and available to individual, resident account holders with EPL

Language and Travel

Country Reports
Travel information for countries around the world and individual U.S. states
Fuenta Academica Premier
(INSPIRE)
Spanish-language scholarly journal for academic research
Pronunciator
Learn 80 languages with multimedia tools, participate in live weekly conversation classes, and prep for citizenship tests (en español  también)
Read It 
(INSPIRE)
History, culture, literature and science reading for English-language learners
Rosetta Stone
Beginner courses in more than 30 languages

Legal



Gale Legal Forms
Wills, power of attorney, corporation filings, landlord-tenant and real estate forms, contract, bankruptcy, bills of sale and more, with definitions and downloads of Indiana forms


Westlaw *
(available only inside the library) – Indiana and federal sources, with annotated code, administrative rules, and law encyclopedia

News and History

NEW – America’s News
More than 3,000 daily newspapers, featuring news on business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues, and more. 

Elkhart History
Archived articles from The Elkhart Truth, books and other materials in the library collection

Elkhart Historic Photos
View our collection of Elkhart images, maintained in cooperation with the Indiana State Library
NEW – Elkhart Truth
The daily Elkhart Truth, with an article archive dating back to the early 2000s
NewspaperArchive
News, sports, birth announcements, and obituaries from newspapers around the world
Newspaper Source (INSPIRE)
Cover-to-cover full text of 360 regional, national and international papers, along with transcripts of TV and radio news
PressReader
Same-day issues of publications from around the world, just as they appear in print
rbDigital
Full-color, interactive magazines with no holds, no limits on checkouts, and no returns
Salem Press 
(inside the library or anywhere)
History resources, particularly on weapons, warfare and milestone documents of U.S. history
TOPICsearch 
(INSPIRE)
Text on current political, economic and scientific events, as well as current poll information

Professional Development

Library Information Science and Technology Abstracts
Indexes roughly 575 core journals, 50 priority journals, and 115 selective journals, covering librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, and information management
MAS Ultra School Edition (INSPIRE)
Nearly 500 high-school level magazines covering sciences, history, careers and more, with source documents, images and reading-level indicators
MasterFile (INSPIRE)
Magazines, reference books, and primary source documents for virtually every subject area
Professional Development Collection (INSPIRE)
Specialized collection for educators, librarians, and educational researchers, including titles like Booklist, Education Digest, Reading Teacher, and High School Journal

Reference

Biography Reference Center
(INSPIRE)
A collection of full-text and unique narrative biographies
Educational Resource Information Center (INSPIRE)
Access to more than 1.3 million records on educational literature and resources
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Reference and research books on a variety of topics, with the ability to download, email and print excerpts
GreenFILE (INSPIRE)
Scholarly research and government information on all aspects of human impact on the environment, including pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and recycling
Points of View Reference Center
(INSPIRE)
Assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, and better understand controversial issues
Reference Shelf
Extensive, unbiased explorations on topics in modern society
WorldCat
Search library collections from around the world

For other resources, check out our student ecard page

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