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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 computers inside the ACPL Only from public computers within the ACPL library system. 
From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card numberFrom any computer by entering your ACPL library card number.
From any computer if you are an Indiana resident Inspire: From any computer if you are an Indiana resident.



  • Freegal 
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    Learn about musicians, music styles, music terms, and instruments. Explore musician biographies by time period, musical style, geographical area, and more.
  • Price It! 
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    Antique and collectible identification, research and pricing tool for collectors, dealers, appraisers and anyone in between.

 

  • Children's Literature Review
    Presents full-text literary criticism on writers and illustrators for children and young adults. Critical essays are selected from leading sources, including published journals, magazines, books, monographs, reviews, and scholarly papers.
  • Literature Criticism Online
  • Literature Resource Center
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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 
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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.
  • Something About the Author Online
    Examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults and is the preeminent source on authors and literature for young people.
  • TumbleBooks 
  • E‑books for kids ‑‑ animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.
  • TumbleBooks Junior
  • 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.

 

  • AtoZdatabases 
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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!
  • LexisNexis Library Express
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    News, Business and Law. Have you ever heard a network news story refer to LexisNexis as one of their sources for background material on a story? This is it. Over 10,000 sources are available for professional level research. Business and News sources are available from within the library or from home with a library card. Legal resources are available only from within the library. To access LexisNexis Business and News sources outside the library, please click here and enter your 14-digit library card number.
  • S&P NetAdvantage
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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-digit library card number.
  • From any computer if you are an Indiana residentINSPIRE 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

     

  • Occupational Information Network
    Source of occupational information, providing information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.
  • From any computer if you are an Indiana residentINSPIRE 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
  • From any computer if you are an Indiana residentINSPIRE 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

     

  • Ancestry.com
  • Only from computers inside the ACPL
    Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more. 

  • Archives Unbound: The Civil War in Words and Deeds
  • Only from computers inside the ACPL

  • Archives Unbound: Evangelism in Africa
  • Only from computers inside the ACPL
    Correspondence of the Board of Foreign Mission, 1835-1910. 

  • FindMyPast 

  • One of the best online sources for British research, and increasingly a major resource for North American records and images, FindMyPast features census schedules, vital records, church registers, and military records; British, Irish and American newspapers; and much more. It is also the online home of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI).

  • Fold3.com
  • Only from computers inside the ACPL
     A searchable history website of tens of millions of images from Colonial America to present. 

  • HeritageQuest Online
  • Only from computers inside the ACPL
     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
  • Only from computers inside the ACPL
    Search for your ancestors with access to various New England state databases. 

  • Newspapers.com   
  • Only from computers inside the ACPL
    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.   

  • PERiodical Source Index (PERSI)

  • PERSI is the premier subject index for genealogy and local history periodicals, and is produced by the staff of The Genealogy Center. Using this valuable resource on-site provides citations to readily-available periodical sources, and increasing to images of the actual periodical issues. 

  • Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transitional Archive
  • Only from computers inside the ACPL


  • From any computer if you are an Indiana residentINSPIRE 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
  • ABCmouse
  • Children's Literature Review
    Presents full-text literary criticism on writers and illustrators for children and young adults. Critical essays are selected from leading sources, including published journals, magazines, books, monographs, reviews, and scholarly papers.
  • Gale Virtual Reference
  • From any computer if you are an Indiana residentINSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Library available and provided for free to all Indiana residents.
  • Novelist Plus
  • Something About the Author Online
    Examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults and is the preeminent source on authors and literature for young people.
  • TumbleBooks
  • TumbleBooks Junior
  • World Book Kids
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    Offers easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities for younger students.
  • World Book Online - Public Libraries
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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.
  • World Book Discover
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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 - Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    The optimal beginner's Spanish language reference tool. The site offers World Book's excellent editorial content, rich media, and engaging features in Spanish.
  • World Book - Early World of Learning

    For preschoolers to 2nd grade. 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 reinforce comprehension and videos that teach critical early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites and more.

  • Discovering Collection 
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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.

    LexisNexis Library Express  
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    News, Business and Law.  Have you ever heard a network news story refer to LexisNexis as one of their sources for background material on a story?  This is it.  Over 10,000 sources are available for professional level research.  Business and News sources are available from within the library or from home with a library card.  Legal resources are available only from within the library. 

    To access LexisNexis Business and News sources outside the library, please click here and enter your 14-digit library card number.  

    Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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.
     
    From any computer if you are an Indiana residentINSPIRE 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
  • Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne 
    Only at ACPL
    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
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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 

    LexisNexis Library Express 
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    News, Business and Law.  Have you ever heard a network news story refer to LexisNexis as one of their sources for background material on a story?  This is it.  Over 10,000 sources are available for professional level research.  Business and News sources are available from within the library or from home with a library card. Legal resources are available only from within the library. 

    To access LexisNexis Business and News sources outside the library, please click here and enter your 14-digit library card number.  

    Library Press Display by PressReader
     
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    Instant access to 3,000 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 
    Only at ACPL
    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   
    Only at ACPL
    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 
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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.

    From any computer if you are an Indiana resident;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

     

  • AtoZdatabases 
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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 
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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 
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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 
    From any computer ty entering your ACPL libary card number
    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.

    Ulrich's Periodicals Directory  
    Only at ACPL
    Use this online directory to find detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals.


    From any computer if you are an Indiana residentINSPIRE 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™
    • Contemporary Authors
    • eBooks on EBSCOhost
    • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
    • Home Improvement Reference Center
    • Millitary & Intelligence Collection TeachingBooks

     

  • From any computer if you are an Indiana residentINSPIRE 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
  • MAS Ultra
    Magazine and newspaper articles, biographies, primary source documents, and more.

    Academic Search Premier
    Scholarly and peer-reviewed journal articles.

    Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
    Information on social issues. Excellent for persuasive papers and speeches. Also a good source for magazine articles.

    Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Nonfiction books on a wide variety of topics: art, countries, dance, health, history, literature, states, and more.

    Discovering Collection
    in-depth reference content for literature, history, biographies, science, and social studies.

    World Book Info Finder
    Basic encyclopedia articles, biographies, science experiments and maps.

    Literature Resource Center
    Biographical information and literary criticism on thousands of authors.

    Literature Criticism Online
    Digitized and searchable literature criticism reference works.

    Salem Literature
    Only from computers inside the ACPL
    Articles from reference books about writers and works of literature. (In-library use only. Cannot be accessed from home.)

    Biography In Context
    Information on prominent people from all fields of achievement and eras of history, from Homer to St. Augustine to Elizabeth I to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Jay Z and more.

    Science In Context
    articles and in-depth reference for science and math topics.

    Health and Wellness Resource Center
    Magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, videos & reference information on: Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, etc.

    Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Information on careers compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Learn How to Become
    Information on career paths and degree programs for a wide variety of fields.

    Testing and Education Reference Center
    College planning and testing (SAT, GED, AP and more) resources including on-line practice tests and test prep ebooks. Requires creating a free account.

    Khan Academy
    This free web resource provides video learning modules on a variety of subjects, from math and science to art history and civics. There are also videos to assist with SAT test preparation.

    Testing and Education Reference Center
    College planning and testing (SAT, GED, AP and more) resources including on-line practice tests and test prep ebooks. Requires creating a free account.

    Rose Hulman Homework Hotline
    Free assistance with math and science homework is available for students in grades 6-12 from tutors at the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. You can ask a question by phone, chat, or email. (Please note: If you would like in-person homework assistance, visit  http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/home/content/-in-Tags/Tags/homework to find out about Homework Help at main library.)