Research and Reference Sources
American Heritage Society
Online access to all issues of the American Heritage magazine. This site provides information on 4,000+ historical sites, including easily searchable online access to digital images and descriptions of millions of artifacts housed in the collections of American museums, historical societies, National Parks, and other institutions across the country.
AtoZdatabases is the Premier Job Search, Reference & Mailing List Database including 30 million business profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!
A to Z United States
A to Z Information for U.S. States and Territories
A to Z World Information
A to Z the World is the world standard for country profiles, with detailed coverage of more than 100 topics each.
Biography is an engaging experience for those seeking contextual information on the world’s most influential people. Users can browse to find people based on occupation, role, or historical period, or search based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as by keyword and full text. Reference content is offered alongside videos, audio selections, images, primary sources, and magazine and journal articles from hundreds of major periodicals and newspapers.
Biography Reference Center
This database offers a collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies. Including coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography (both dating back to the first issue published)
Local governments, retailers, collectors, recyclers, manufacturers and others can use the outreach materials on this page to educate their residents and customers about Indiana E-Cycle and Indiana’s electronics recycling law. All materials on this page are available for free use.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office).
Hoosier State Chronicles
Hoosier State Chronicles is operated by the Indiana State Library and funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. We seek to provide free, online access to high quality digital images of Indiana’s historic newspapers by digitizing our collection, and assisting other organizations in making their collections digitally available.
Indianapolis Legal Aid Society (ILAS) – Legal Aid for All Hoosiers
LEGAL AID FOR ALL HOOSIERS, will provide legal assistance free of charge to all residents of your county. Indianapolis Legal Aid Society specializes in resolving civil legal matters in cases involving the rights of children, mothers, families, disabled persons, and the elderly.
A helpful brochure of their services.
Published continuously since 1905, the Indiana Magazine of History is one of the nation’s oldest historical journals. Since 1913, the IMH has been edited and published quarterly at Indiana University, Bloomington. Today, the IMH features peer-reviewed historical articles, research notes, annotated primary documents, reviews, and critical essays that contribute to public understanding of midwestern and Indiana history.
Indiana Memory is a collaborative effort to provide access to the wealth of primary sources in Indiana libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions. It is a gateway to Indiana’s history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps, and other media. As a portal to the collections, Indiana Memory assists individuals to locate materials relevant to their interests and to better appreciate the connections between those materials.
(INdiana SPectrum of Information REsources.) Funded by the state of Indiana and available anywhere with an Indiana Internet connection. The information available includes magazine and journal articles, pamphlets, images, almanacs, etc. See the INSPIRE database information page for a detailed breakdown of the services provided.
Compiled by MRL staff. This index covers articles of local interest, including obituaries, from the local newspapers dating back to 1822. With more than 329,000 entries and expanding daily, this is one of our library’s most valuable resources! This index may be accessed at your convenience from home via our online catalog or at the library.
Points of View Reference Center
Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.
Testing & Education Reference Center is a valuable online tool library patrons and students of all ages can use for standardized test preparation, researching and selecting college and graduate schools, finding tuition assistance, and exploring careers. Help students in your community turn future goals into realities with test prep assistance for career certification exams, as well as, advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing and networking, and so much more.
The suite may be accessed without a library while you are browsing inside the library. Simply key in your library card number if you wish to access the service at home, the office or anywhere there is wifi.
World Book is dedicated to providing timely, reliable, and readable educational products that foster a deep desire to learn in students of all ages. World Book Online hosts thousands of articles, as well as hundreds of maps, videos, and other media for an immersive learning experience. Teacher resources, curriculum correlations, learning standards, and other useful tools for educators are included across all databases.
World Book Discover offers engaging reference resources for students reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties, with content and tools specifically developed for these students. Easy-to-read articles on topics that include reading comprehension questions to help focus on key concepts. A text-to-speech features is offered as is automated translations to multiple languages. A section on like skills will help users navigate financial, health and housing issues. A Video series is features that has experts answering student’s questions on various topics in World Book Explains.
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