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JCPL Education Databases

The resources on these pages are provided FREE to Jasper County Public Library patrons to help with research and entertainment needs. Except where noted, all of these resources can be used at home or away from the library. Use from home will require a JCPL library card, and some services may require you to establish an account in order to save preferences or other materials. This information is not retained by JCPL.

Browse the resources below, or choose a specific category to narrow your search. The more information link can lead to tips, known issues as well as help using the resource. To request assistance, or suggest a resource, use our contact page and select Online Databases as the category.

After hours use

Due to nightly server maintenance, some JCPL resources may not be available between the hours of 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. CST.

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.

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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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American Memory (Library of Congress)

Learn about important events and moments in U.S. History with this site from the Library of Congress. Numerous original source documents including photos, news articles, speeches and sound and video clips.

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Center for the Study of History and Memory (Indiana University)

Oral Histories and autobiographies of dozens of people associated with Indiana University and IU research projects. In addition to preserving these memories, the site is also tasked with the mission of improving oral history collection and preservation. Find guides to create or enhance your own oral history project.

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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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