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Science Research

Whether you've got a biology report due, or you're just curious, these science databases will help you find reliable, factual scientific information!

 

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Academic Search Premier

Full text for more than 4,600 journals, many with searchable cited references. Journals include American Historical Review, Political Science Quarterly, Library Journal, Journal of General Psychology, and many more.

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Animal Reference eBooks

Digital versions of Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource, offering encyclopedic coverage of the animal kingdom.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Virtual bookshelf containing hundreds of e-textbooks on several topics. Search by keyword (ex: "genealogy") to narrow results
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GreenFILE

Content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and governments, and what can be done to minimize these effects. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, sustainable agriculture, recycling, and more. (via INSPIRE

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INSPIRE

A searchable database of databases, free to all Indiana residents. INSPIRE works at any LCPL location, but you can also create an account confirming your Indiana residency for home access. More info on home access

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LCPL Catalog

Our very own catalog contains helpful materials for getting started in your research. Find Indiana-specific records and indexes, encyclopedias, newspapers, and more!

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National Geographic Virtual Library

A complete archive of National Geographic magazine - every page of every issue - along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.

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Science In Context

In-depth articles, experiments, broad overviews, and biographies in every area of science from life sciences to space to technology. Tips for Using

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Science Reference eBooks

Encyclopedias of science-related topics

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ScienceFlix

iPad/tablet ready science! Explore units on Earth Science, Technology and Engineering, Space, Biology, and Physics, each complete with articles, videos, quizzes, and experiments.

Can't Find It?

If you can't find what you're looking for in any of our databases, give your local library a call. They can help you figure out which databases would be most helpful to you to further research your topic.

If you'd like to ask a librarian, but it's after library hours, just head over to our Ask a Librarian page! This form lets you contact us at any time of day or night. We'll get you an answer within 24 business hours. Happy researching!

Upcoming Events
Wed, Feb 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Children birth - 23 mos. old, accompanied by an adult caregiver, will enjoy this 30 min. lap-sit program. Songs, stories, finger plays... more
Children birth - 23 mos. old, accompanied by an adult caregiver, will enjoy this 30 min. lap-sit program. Songs, stories, finger plays and rhymes will encourage interaction and language development.

Wed, Feb 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Wed, Feb 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Please register all attendees so we may... more
Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Wed, Feb 26, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Wed, Feb 26, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft... more
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft you enjoy!

Wed, Feb 26, 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Homeschoolers in grades K-6th will make an art project with supplies provided by the library. Sign-ups are required and space is limited.

Wed, Feb 26, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Wed, Feb 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Explore China's capital city.

Wed, Feb 26, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Wii games, jam out on Guitar Hero or many other games!

Wed, Feb 26, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Quiet Study Room #3
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census Recruitment Advisors will be available to help you apply for Census employment. ... more
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census Recruitment Advisors will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Wed, Feb 26, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Each session includes a series of asanas (postures) & sequences of pranayam (breathing exercises) for good health. Please bring your own... more
Each session includes a series of asanas (postures) & sequences of pranayam (breathing exercises) for good health. Please bring your own mat to class.
This event is full

Wed, Feb 26, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Learn more about the not-for-profit organization Habitat for Humanity and find out what it takes to apply for one of their homes.

Wed, Feb 26, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Wed, Feb 26, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Wed, Feb 26, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Parlez-vous francais? French speakers of all skill levels are welcome to join us for conversations in French.

Thu, Feb 27, 9:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic... more
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic information to prepare for American citizenship.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:15am - 11:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, and crafts.... more
Toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, and crafts. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:30am - 12:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Come join us for a movie and a snack as we watch the classic newsroom comedy The Maltese Falcon (1941), featuring legendary actors... more
Come join us for a movie and a snack as we watch the classic newsroom comedy The Maltese Falcon (1941), featuring legendary actors Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre. Running time: 100 min.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the... more
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the company of others.

Thu, Feb 27, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Highland - Quiet Study Room
Every Thursday, in our Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are... more
Every Thursday, in our Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!  

Thu, Feb 27, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for a relaxed, informal discussion of "I Will Always Write Back" by Caitlin Alifirenka. Limited copies available at the Munster... more
Join us for a relaxed, informal discussion of "I Will Always Write Back" by Caitlin Alifirenka. Limited copies available at the Munster Branch.

Thu, Feb 27, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Think you know pop culture and trivia? Come test your skills and win a SIP gift card! Topics include: Music, Sports, Food, Books, Video... more
Think you know pop culture and trivia? Come test your skills and win a SIP gift card! Topics include: Music, Sports, Food, Books, Video Games, History, and more!

Thu, Feb 27, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Join the green screen fun at Griffith-Calumet Twp Branch! Learn about green screen tech, write your own skit, or perform.

Thu, Feb 27, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Kids (6-10 years old) will learn about wind and participate in wind experiments and activities. Building science and literacy skills... more
Kids (6-10 years old) will learn about wind and participate in wind experiments and activities. Building science and literacy skills with the Leap into Science program and the Franklin Institute.

Thu, Feb 27, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a social, support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. Teens... more
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a social, support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. Teens (12-18) are welcome. Parents/guardians can meet concurrently.

Thu, Feb 27, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Bring your projects and join us. Chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.

Fri, Feb 28, 10:00am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Informational and interactive session that focuses on understanding the disease process of progressive dementia.

Fri, Feb 28, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
A session on advanced issues and strategies. Please register by calling Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana toll free at... more
A session on advanced issues and strategies. Please register by calling Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana toll free at 1-888-303-0180.

Fri, Feb 28, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is... more
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is the program facilitator.

Fri, Feb 28, 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Cedar Lake - Quiet Study Room B
Every Friday, in Quiet Study Room B, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!