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JCPL Databases

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  • Consumer Reports

    Consumer Reports is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. The organization was founded in 1936 when advertising first flooded the mass media.

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  • Learning Express Library

    Study for and take practice tests for official exams in law enforcement, civil service, real estate, cosmetology, EMS, firefighter, ASVAB, citizenship, basic skills more. You will need to register a user name and password of your choice to use this service.

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  • Opposing Viewpoints

    Fully-cited material for school and college-level thesis papers and other research projects on hundreds of current topics. Get the latest views on current events and hot button topics from newspapers, magazines and reputable published sources.

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  • Read the Books - AR Lists

    Many of the school districts in the library’s service area offer the Accelerated Reader program. Students earn points at school by reading from a list of pre-selected books, and then taking tests about the books.

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  • Read the Books - Book Reviews

    ReadtheBooks.com also offers an innovative and entertaining solution to help libraries connect kids with books.

    3D-animated book review videos are available in 50+ categories. Every book and video is linked to your online library catalog.

    Book reviews are available in English and some in Spanish. Videos include closed-captioning for hearing-impaired readers.

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  • Tumblebooks

    Interactive talking books for young and developing readers. Readers read along with the words on the screen. Selected books available in Spanish and French. Now, selected titles available for iPad! - Use the CHOOSE menu, and select Mobile to browse iPad titles.

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  • World Book

    World Book is an easy-to-use encyclopedia with portals designed for all levels of learning.

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  • INSPIRE

    Inspire is Indiana's Virtual Library, providing access to several databases for biographies, literature, and newspaper and magazine articles. Search from dozens of sources all over the web at once with a single click or narrow your search for specific materials.

    Read on for tips on using this service at home.

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  • Searchasaurus

    This kid-centered search engine featuring giant friendly lizards is a great resource for early learners.

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  • Kids Search

    Search all of Inspire's newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, videos, photographs and more using this interface for young and first-time researchers.

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  • Student Research Center - Inspire

    Search all of Inspire's newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, videos, photographs and more using this interface for student researchers.

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  • Duolingo

    This free website allows you to learn Spanish, French, Italian, German or Portuguese in a game-like setting at your leisure, with graduated skills that build as you work through the different skill sets.

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  • Digital Collections at the Library of Congress

    Browse and explore several important collections online from the Library of Congress.

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  • Free Resources from EBSCO

    EBSCO Information Services is making the government database ERIC available during the government shutdown. ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, is typically available through the government website (http://eric.ed.gov/) as well as via EBSCO’s EBSCOhost® research platform.

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