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Teacher Resources

Resources to help inspire lessons and activites, and to help students build important skills or complete research projects.

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Biographies:

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Biography InContext

Comprehensive information on just about any famous person, including inventors, politicians, celebrities, and many others.

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Contemporary Authors

Search for authors by first name, last name, or both. Results include information about the author, bibliography, resources for further reading, and more!

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Something About the Author

Thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators, all in an easy-to-use interface. Handy features include the ability to print, e-mail, download and access content by "Inside this Entry" and "Inside this Volume."

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!

English & Reading:

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Contemporary Authors

Search for authors by first name, last name, or both. Results include information about the author, bibliography, resources for further reading, and more!

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EBSCO Research Databases

Search multiple databases at once, including play indexes and recommended reading lists by age group.

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Gale Literary Sources

Search for academic articles, essays, and topics about literature. Includes items from Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and more.

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Literature Criticism Online

Browse articles about authors and their works, or browse by topic. Also includes a search engine that allows you to search for articles by year (helpful if you're required to have more recent sources!) Results from this resource are also included in Gale Literary Sources.

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Literature Reference eBooks

Encyclopedias of the arts and literature (includes a reference book for graphic novels).

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Literature Resource Center

Contains full-text articles from journals and lit magazines, as well as critical essays, full-text works, and biographies. Designed to give the researcher contextual understanding of their topic. Results from this resource are also included in Gale Literary Sources.

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NoveList

If you liked X, read Y! This database contains recommended reading lists based on interest and also allows you to search by keyword, genre, and author to find your next great read.

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Something About the Author

Thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators, all in an easy-to-use interface. Handy features include the ability to print, e-mail, download and access content by "Inside this Entry" and "Inside this Volume."

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Teaching Books

Search for an author or book and get thousands of multimedia resources and lesson plans to enhance students' reading experiences. (via INSPIRE)

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WilsonWeb Play Index

A catalog for plays and textbooks/articles about plays. This database does not contain full text, but will direct you to the appropriate book.

History:

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History Reference eBooks

Encyclopedias pertaining to historical topics

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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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U.S. History inContext

Presents different perspectives on historical issues side-by-side.

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World History inContext

Presents different perspectives on world issues side-by-side. Includes biographies of important world players and overviews of major historical eras.

Science:

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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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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.

Newspaper, Articles, Encyclopedias:

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Encyclopaedia Britannica

An excellent place for beginning research. General information on a variety of topics.

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Explora for Middle/Secondary Schools

Mobile-friendly topic search - an excellent starting point for research. Read reputable articles on any subject, or just browse for ideas. (via INSPIRE)

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Explora for Primary Schools

Mobile-friendly topic search - an excellent starting point for research. Read reputable articles on any subject, or just browse for ideas. (via INSPIRE)

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Explora for Public Libraries

Mobile-friendly topic search - an excellent starting point for research. Read reputable articles on any subject, or just browse for ideas. (via INSPIRE)

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General OneFile

Contains articles from newspapers and magazines from around the world. Searchable by audience, keyword, or publication title.

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Library PressDisplay

Over 2200 newspapers from 97 countries, available in many languages.

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MAS Ultra School Edition

Full text for 500 popular magazines, over 85,000 biographies, and over 80,000 primary source documents. Also contains nearly 400 reference books; an Image Collection of nearly 600,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and more. (via INSPIRE)

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Middle Search Plus

Full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). (via INSPIRE)

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Presents the different sides of current events from several magazines and newspapers.

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Primary Search

Full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). (via INSPIRE)

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Religion Reference eBooks

Encyclopedias of religion

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TOPICsearch

Explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints. Full text articles from diverse sources. (via INSPIRE)

General Databases:

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Creativebug

Over a thousand classes for makers, crafters, learners, and hobbysits! Learn to knit a new stitch, make a holiday wreath, sew a pie carrier, paint with acrylics, and much, much more. You will need a Full Access or Digital Access card to log in.

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ERIC

Education Resource Information Center. Provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index.

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Explora Educator's Edition

Curriculum standards, lesson plans, student tools, and helpful articles on topics like differentiated instruction and adaptive learning.

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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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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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Lynda.com

A library of video courses taught by industry experts. Learn business, software, technology, and creative skills! Take courses in 3D animation, music production, marketing, programming languages, and more.

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MasterFILE Premier

Full text general reference articles, including articles on business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Also contains full text for reference books, primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags.

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Testing and Education Reference Center

Resources to help you build your resume, change careers, negotiate salary, and more. View Tutorial.

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WorldCat

A combined catalog for libraries across the United States