Research Resources


General Resources

You can find out more information about Indiana through Access Indiana . Access Indiana provides links to points of interest such as the Indiana Department of Tourism, Indiana State Museum and Historical Sites, government offices of both elected and appointed officials, and much more. Teachers will want to check out the Learning In Indiana section of Access Indiana.

Auto Repair Reference Center
Auto Repair Reference Center offers access to diagrams, repair procedures, and more for cars.
Use your APL library card to access the database.

CensusScope makes US Census data freely accessible to the Internet community. A service of the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) at the University of Michigan, CensusScope provides census data for counties, and metropolitan areas. This data in represented by charts, maps, and rankings, and includes information from the 1990 and 2000 census on things like population growth, multiracial population growth, population by age, race, and family structure. It's a simple site to find your way around in, and is a rich source for basic statistical research and analysis in the area of population.

GNIS contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States. GNIS is searchable by name, state, county and so on.

A world of library resources can be found through INSPIRE, the Indiana Spectrum of Information Resources. Inspire is a virtual library of online newspapers, magazine articles, an encyclopedia, and other databases. It is provided by the state of Indiana for Indiana residents to access free of charge.

The Internet Archive was begun in 1996 to build an "Internet Library" by offering permanent access to past websites and digital artifacts. A great site to see how the Internet has evolved over the years.

Presented by the Library of Congress, Portals of the World connects you to hundreds of nations and other areas of our world. Countries are arranged alphabetically and contain links sorted in areas such as Government, Law, Literature and Culture, General Resources, News and Current Events, and much more. Still in development, the Portals project intends to have all the nations of the world included in its final Web page.

Presented by the White House, Presidents of the United States offers a list of every President, listed by their dates of service, along with a picture and a brief biography of each. Also included at this Web site are links to each First Lady, each with a picture and brief biography. There is also a link to the White House home page, where you can receive up-to-date information on the President, Vice President, and the latest Congressional goings-on.

Project Vote Smart offers a wealth of information for potential voters. Voting records, interest group information, and public statements are just some of their offerings. Visitors can download (for free) the Reporter's Sourcebook or the Voter's Self Defense Manual for their own use. PVS is nonpartisan and nonprofit, and the New York Times has called it "one of the most comprehensive campaign information sites on the web".

A spectacular two or three demensional thesaurus that models in three demensions the relations between words. Seeing is believing!

RDN is a searchable web directory that links to thousands of invisible web sites and other links not capturing by regular search engines.

Search the full text of Roget's 1911 Thesaurus.

TerraServer is a leading imagery portal. They are a "one-stop site for aerial and satellite imagery", and have land imagery from many different sources on one website.

Sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, this site provides information (in a Q&A format) on all aspects of terrorism and homeland security.

This site allows users to calculate foreign exchange rates, using live, up-to-the-minute currency rates.

What Tree Is It?
A database of 170 Midwest trees with full-color photos. Accessible through INSPIRE.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Contains text and animated terms
A large dictionary and glossary life science terms

Lists special purpose online and print encyclopedias.

Encyclopedia of the Orient
Articles on the peoples and cultures from the Fertile Crescent east to Japan.

Encyclopedia Mythica
Articles on folklore, legends, and mythology.

Funk and Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia
This encyclopedia contains over 25,000 full text records. Accessible through INSPIRE.

The Internet Dictionary Project's goal is to create royalty-free translating dictionaries through the help of the Internet's citizens
Translates into both languages
Contains 2500 Bible and Bible-related names
A comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet resources, over 1900 links bring you online language lessons, translating dictionaries, native literature, translation services, software, language schools, and more

Type in a word to find its rhymes, synonyms, definitions, and more

Textual glossary of terms used

Translations of words from German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese, and Esperanto

A Web of On-Line Dictionaries Page
Extensive dictionary search site
Synonyms, antonyms, hyponyms, and other variations of words.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition in it's entirety.

Business & Law Resources

This contains a compilation of links to online sources of law for the United States and Canada.

GuideStar provides a searchable directory on information regarding over 850,000 nonprofit organizations in the United States.

Links to data and articles about Indiana's economy.

A site created by the Indiana Supreme Court to assist citizens who would like to do their own legal work. Contains forms and information for some subjects as divorce, name changes and more.

From the Library of Congress Law Library, State-By-State Legal Information provides you with legal links and general resources on every state and US territory. General information provided includes the constitution and other historical documents of each state; the Governor, Attorney General, and Election Commission of each state, the code of laws, acts, and bills of each state, and judiciary opinions of each state's Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Other information includes links to each state's official Web site, among other things.

Contains statistics about Indiana (including census, population, economy, and workforce), country profiles, and block grant proposal support.

This online initiative offers free online tax preparation and filing to over 60 million lower income Americans. Information about qualifying for this initiative is available on the site.

One of the fastest ways to locate tax information on virtually any type online, Taxlinks is well organized, user-friendly, and will speed up your search for just the right form from just the right level of government. It only has four buttons on its front page, making it much less intimidating than a lot of other public information Web sites.


This is an archive of published articles that anyone can search for free. It is constantly updated and contains more than 300 magazines and journals.

This site provides links to over 1000 medical journals available on the web for free.

Indiana's INSPIRE database provides full text for over 1,820 general reference, business, consumer health, general science, and multi-cultural periodicals. Full text back files go as far back as January of 1990, while indexing and abstract back files go as far back as January of 1984.

Biography Resources

Biography Resource Center
BRC contains nearly 414,000 biographies on more than 320,000 people. Accessible through INSPIRE.

Interested in learning more about the lives of well known people? This is the place to be. Brief biographical information about over 20,000 personalities, living and dead, can be found at this site. This is a commercial site, but in spite of having the banner ads typical of such sites, it provides a great deal of free information.


This site features the largest collection of award-winning and recommended "book list" links available on the web

LitFinder lets you access poems, plays, speeches, essays, short stories and more! Accessible through INSPIRE.

The guide, with book reviews of new and best selling books, access to expanded bestseller lists, and much more, from the electronic edition of the New York Times. If you are asked, enter "Alexpl" in the Subscriber field, and "patron" in the Password field.

NoveList features hundreds of read-alike suggestions, book questions, author and title articles and more! Use your APL library card to access the database.

Local History and Genealogy

Free registration is required to use this site, containing passenger information from Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924. Contains more than 22 million passenger and crew members names in the database.

HeritageQuest is a genealogy database for searching census data, family records and local histories. Use your APL library card to access the database.

A large online community targeted to geneologists beginning or furthering their family history research.

INGenWeb Project - Posey County
T he INGenWeb Project is a well organized effort to place genealogy materials on the Internet through volunteer efforts. Organized by county, you'll find archives of genealogy records and much more!

Find a Grave
This resource is compiled of photos, obituaries, cemetery information and more, all compiled by volunteers. This site contains millions of cemetery records.

World Vital Records
A database with billions of family history and genealogy records, as well as family trees, military records and more.
Use your APL library card to access the database.

Health Resources

This consumer health informational site is maintained by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health and contains a wealth of online information and links to an unending list of health-related topics.

Mayo Clinic provides consumer information on a variety of medical topics. A useful and easy-to-understand medical site for the general public.

Study Guides/Online Learning

Need math and science help? Check out AskRose, a homework hotline available for 6th-12th graders. The homework hotline can also be contacted at 1-877-275-7673

This site includes a number of online tutorials on how to use various computer programs - such as MSWord, PowerPoint, XML and more! Creating an account is free and courses are located under "Learning Center".

Composers Pathfinder

A pathfinder about various composers.

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