These specialized databases are subscription services to a variety of information, available to you through the Allen County Public Library. All are available from public computers within the library system.

Databases indicated with any of the icons below may have certain licensing restrictions:

Only from public computers within the ACPL library system.
From any computer by entering your ACPL library card number.
Inspire: From any computer if you are an Indiana resident. See also Inspire FAQ.






Arts & Music

Freegal Music
Download music for free with your ACPL Library card. Just enter your library card number and PIN to download up to five songs per week - 260 songs per year - that you can keep forever. Choose from hundreds of thousands of songs in over 100 genres of music from the Sony Music Entertainment catalog.

Oxford Art Online
Find out about painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and photography. Research every period of art history, art forms in every country, art in different civilizations and cultures, styles and movements, art techniques and art theories.

Oxford Music Online
Learn about musicians, music styles, music terms, and instruments. Explore musician biographies by time period, musical style, geographical area, and more.

Price It!
Antique and collectible identification, research and pricing tool for collectors, dealers, appraisers and anyone in between.


Books & Literature

Literature Criticism Online
Take research of literature, history & culture to the next level with this most extensive hand-compiled collection of literary commentary available. LCO covers a huge range of modern & historical views on authors & their works across regions, eras & genres.
Click here to search both LCO and Dictionary of Literary Biography.

Literature Resource Center
Resource for information on literary figures from all time periods writing in such genres as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, journalism, and more.

LitFinder
Students and researchers can access poems, plays, speeches, short stories and more at any time from anywhere they have access to the Internet.

NoveList Plus
Comprehensive readers' advisory solution for book lovers of all ages. Now includes non‑fiction as well as fiction titles. Lexile reading level available for children's and teen's books. Match a favorite author or title, identify a book by describing a plot, find lists of award winning books, read book reviews, and more. Link from NoveList Plus to the catalog.

Salem Literature
Provides access to the full content of certain literature reference books
from the Critical Insights Series from Salem Press.

TumbleBooks
E‑books for kids ‑‑ animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.

WorldCat (FirstSearch)
Search for books, videos, sound recordings, and more by searching library catalogs from around the world. If you find an item that the ACPL does not own, you can use WorldCat to place a request for the item.


Business and Finance

AtoZdatabases
Premier Reference and Marketing Database including 30 million business profiles and 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

S&P NetAdvantage
A collection of online reference works offering company directory, financial and investment information from numerous Standard & Poor’s publications, including the Bond Guide; Industry Surveys; Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives; Security Dealers of North America, Daily Price Record and the Stock Reports.

!! When you access the S&P NetAdvantage database remotely, please enter for USER ID: ALLEN_COUNTY, and the password would be your 14 digits Library Card Number.
INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Library available and provided for free to all Indiana residents. The following Business related databases are available on INSPIRE:
  • Business Source® Premier
  • Corporate ResourceNet
  • Health Business
  • McClatchy-Tribune Collection
  • Newspaper Source™
  • Regional Business News™
  • Small Business Resource Center

College and Careers

Occupational Information Network
Source of occupational information, providing information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.

INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Library available and provided for free to all Indiana residents. The following College and Careers related databases are available on INSPIRE:
  • Testing & Education Reference Center

Education


INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Library available and provided for free to all Indiana residents. The following Education related databases are available on INSPIRE:
  • ERIC®
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • Testing & Education Reference Center

Genealogy

Ancestry.com
Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more.

Archives Unbound: The Civil War in Words and Deeds

Archives Unbound: Evangelism in Africa
Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Mission, 1835-1910.

Fold3.com
A searchable history website of tens of millions of images from Colonial America to present.

HeritageQuest Online
Search thousands of family and local history books and the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1930. A direct link to the "Periodical Source Index" can be found here.

New England Ancestors
Search for your ancestors with access to various New England state databases.

Newspapers.com 
Search or browse for your ancestors among newspaper articles on Newspapers.com. This database features more than 3100 historical newspapers, covering the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, and Panama from the 1700s-2000s.  

Origins Network: British, Irish & Scots
British & Irish record collection dating back to the 13th century, as well as rare and unique photos and books to browse.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transitional Archive


Health and Medicine

INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Library available and provided for free to all Indiana residents. The following Health and Medicine related databases are available on INSPIRE:
  • Biomedical Reference Collection: Basic Edition
  • Health & Wellness Resource Center
  • Health Business™ FullTEXT
  • Health Reference Center - Academic
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
  • Health Source®: Nursing/Academic Edition
  • Medline Plus
  • MEDLINE®
  • Nursing & Allied Health Collection
  • Nursing Resource Center

Magazines and Journal Articles (All Subject)

Discovering Collection
Use this database to retrieve in-depth reference content for the core curriculum areas of literature, history, biographies, science, and social studies.

¡Informé! en Español
Collection of Hispanic magazines in Spanish that cover business, health, technology, culture, current topics and other subjects.
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Designed to help students in the study of today’s hottest social issues by bringing together all the information that’s needed to fully understand an issue.

INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Library available and provided for free to all Indiana residents. The following Magazines & Journal Articles related databases are available on INSPIRE:
  • Academic Search Premier
  • MAS Ultra™ - High School Edition
  • Masterfile Premier
  • Middle Search® Plus
  • Primary Search
  • Professional Development Collection
  • Student Research Center
  • TOPIC Search

Newspapers

Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne
Dec 17, 1992 - present (with exceptions). Use the ProQuest Super Newsstand newspaper database to access this newspaper from outside the library.

Digital Microfilm from ProQuest
Look at digital microfilm for the past several years of the Journal-Gazette, Chicago Tribune, Indianapolis Star, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, or Barrons. Two to three month delay

Library Press Display by PressReader 
Instant access to 2,000 newspapers from 100 countries in 60 languages.  New feature for tablet and smartphone users.  Download the PressReader app and use ACPL wifi to download issues to your device.

Newspaper Archive
Contains tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s. It is your gateway to searching and reading historical newspapers online.

Newspapers.com    
Search or browse for your ancestors among newspaper articles on Newspapers.com. This database features more than 3100 historical newspapers, covering the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, and Panama from the 1700s-2000s. 

ProQuest Super Newsstand
Search more than 1,200 full-text newspapers including Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Indianapolis Star, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other state, national & international newspapers, as well as newswires and other news sources.

INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Library available and provided for free to all Indiana residents. The following Newspapers related databases are available on INSPIRE:
  • McClatchy-Tribune Collection
  • Newspaper Source

Reference

AtoZdatabases
Premier Reference and Marketing Database including 30 million business profiles and 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

Biography in Context
Biographies of more than one million people including current celebrities, authors, musicians, artists, scientists, and many others from throughout history and around the world.

Dictionary of Literary Biography
Research the lives, works and careers of the world’s most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. Click here to search both DLB and Literature Criticism Online.

Early World of Learning
For preschoolers to 2nd grade. It provides leveled readers to develop and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness and comprehension skills. Early learners are also given visual non fiction topics, narrative stories, interactive games that reinforces comprehension and videos that teach critical early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites and more.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
The optimal beginner's Spanish language reference tool. The site offers World Book's excellent editorial content, rich media, and engaging features in Spanish.

Salem History
Provides access to the full content of many history reference books from

World Book Discover
Engaging reference resources for students reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties. The collection includes reference content, text‑to‑speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research and translation tools, multimedia, and interactive video.

World Book Online for Kids
Offers easy‑to‑read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities for younger students.

World Book Online Info Finder
Tailored for students in elementary and middle schools & includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools.

INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Library available and provided for free to all Indiana residents. The following Reference related databases are available on INSPIRE:

  • Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia
  • Military & Government Collection™
  • ontemporary Authors
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
  • Millitary & Intelligence Collection TeachingBooks

Science

INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Library available and provided for free to all Indiana residents. The following Reference related databases are available on INSPIRE:
  • GreenFile
  • Science in Context

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