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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.

 

Books and Entertainment

Libby for Overdrive for books and audiobooks
Hoopla for ebooks, audiobooks, comics, videos and music
rbDigital for ebooks, 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

 

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 hundreds of industry segments, allowing national and global information to be used in addressing target market opportunities and challenges. Includes 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 – Individual, resident account holders with Elkhart Public Library can access self-paced, online learning courses to build business, computer and creative skills

Regional Business News (INSPIRE) – Articles from regional publications and detailed profiles of the world’s 5,000 largest companies

Small Business Resource Center – Start, finance and manage your new business with these how-tos

Value Line (inside the library or anywhere) – Value Line Investment Survey and small and mid-cap reports, as well as PDF of current issue and individual ratings

Weiss Financial Ratings – Unbiased ratings of banks, credit unions, insurance companies, and stocks and mutual funds

 

Cars and Other Products

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Literacy and Children’s Books

Miss Humblebee’s Academy prepares kids ages 3 to 6 for kindergarten, with guided lessons, sound cues and assessments

 

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

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

Geni Family Tree * – Powerful tool to grow a family tree

Heritage Quest (inside the library or anywhere) – U.S. Census data from 1790-1940, including images and every-name indexes, Native American information, local history and city directories from across the United States, Revolutionary War and Bounty Land records, Freedman’s Bank records, Periodical Source Index Archive, and congressional records

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

Local Obituaries – Death notices and obituaries from local newspapers dating from 1921-present

 

Health and Medical

Health and Wellness (INSPIRE) – Articles and multimedia reports from leading journals, as well as coverage of alternative medical practices

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

Nursing Resource Center (INSPIRE) – Information for students, including disease and condition overviews, anatomy, assessments, interventions and testing

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

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

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

Lynda Library – Individual, resident account holders with Elkhart Public Library can access self-paced, online learning courses to build business, computer and creative skills

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

 

Language and Travel

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

Informe – Spanish-language magazines


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

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

Congressional Digest – Independent coverage of issues before

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

Military and Intelligence Database – Journals, reports and magazines on past and current military and foreign affairs

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 television and radio news providers

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 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

 

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

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

Reference Shelf (inside the library or anywhere) – 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