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Alison Online Courses

Alison was founded in Galway, Ireland, UK in 2007 and has grown to become a major force in online education, with more than 10 million learners in 195 countries as of 2017.

Classes come from a variety of sources, including Cambridge University, Google and Microsoft, and range from language to business management to chemistry and nursing.

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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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Biography Reference Center

Containing many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines, this database offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies, as well as thousands of unique narrative biographies.

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Canva - Resume Designer

High quality resume designs you can complete in a few clicks with this drag-and-drop interface for designing everything from resumes to marketing materials and more. Many templates and design elements are free, but some require payment. You will need to create a personal account to save documents you have created with this resource.

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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.

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Digital Collections at Indiana University

Collections of digitized documents, photographs, maps and more from areas of Indiana and Indiana University history.

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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 BMV / DMV practice tests, written specifically based on the state BMV / DMV materials, and the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests.

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Duolingo is a free website and mobile app you can use to learn commonly-spoken languages, including ESL (English as a Second Language), in a game-like setting.

Challenge yourself to devote as little as five minutes a day learning your language, and earn badges for completing skill sets.

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Explora is EBSCO's new research interface for schools and public libraries. Designed specifically for its users, the interface supports student research and classroom instruction.

Tutorials: YouTube

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Make informed automotive purchase decisions with this website developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The website features updated fuel economy data for new and used passenger vehicles dating back to 1984, allows side-by-side vehicle comparisons, and offers fuel-saving tips.

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For more than a decade, the program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century.

From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free.

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History Reference Center

History Reference Center is an excellent source for both American and world history that you can access in school or at home from the library.

Content includes hundreds of thousands of entries, including full-text records, primary source documents, biographies of historical figures, multimedia images and video, plus much more.

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How Much Is It?

Founded in late 2010, HowMuchIsIt was designed to help the ordinary consumer find out what the costs of things are in life.

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Indiana Career Explorer

A career planning system for all Hoosiers, from grade school to retirement. Sign in to explore jobs in demand, assess your skills, and develop a plan to get the education and training you need to begin planning for your future today.

Helpful information for Middle School / High School Students:

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Indiana College and Career Readiness Links

This site will provide you with helpful information regarding the new Indiana Academic Standards, as well as information about content subject areas, Career and Technical Education and STEM.

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Indiana Memory (Indiana State Library)

Visit the state’s collection of original source documents, provided by libraries, colleges and community organizations around Indiana, and learn first-hand about what makes Indiana the state that it is today.

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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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JCPL Academy - Niche Academy

With the new JCPL Academy, powered by Niche Academy, you will find ready-to-use online tutorials for e-resources such as Overdrive, Goodreads, Learning Express Library, Rosetta Stone, Ancestry and more.

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JCPL Get Hired Guide

Links for local job search sites, unemployment, taking the TASC (GED) test in Indiana, and more. Created and maintained by Jasper County Public Library.

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JCPL Local Government Guide

Updated annually: local elected representatives from the township to the federal level, polling places, election results and how to register to vote.

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JCPL Local History Resources

This Jasper County Public Library-curated resource contains links to archives across the world containing Jasper County local history information.

Find original source documents, photos and more for papers and research projects.

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JCPL Regional News Guide

This Jasper County Public Library-curated resource contains links to newspapers, blogs, radio and television stations that cover Jasper County news, as well as news links for Indiana and the world.
Find original source news articles for papers and research projects with a local focus.

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JCPL Small Business Guide

Links to local, state and federal resources that can help start or grow your business.

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KHAN Academy

Tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more with video lessons. Math lessons guide learners from kindergarten to calculus. Also check out partner sites such as NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT for specialized content.

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Literary Reference Center

This full-text database provides a broad spectrum of research information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

Literary Reference Center Plus contains more than 36,000 plot summaries, plus thousands of book reviews, synopses and work overviews, literary criticism essays, and author biographies and interviews.

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Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is an online publication that has information on hundreds of occupations in the United States. The OOH is a rich resource for those seeking career guidance. Using the OOH, students can explore different aspects of occupations. This publication is a product of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the United States Department of Labor.

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Online Writing Lab

Facing a research paper? Need to write a resume? Learn the ins and out of citations, research and more at this award-winning resource from Purdue University featuring over 200 free resources including:

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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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Points of View Reference Center

Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, Points of View Reference Center provides rich content that can help students realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.

The database covers 380 topics, with articles that provide:
• Overview (objective background/description)

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Rosetta Stone

NOTE: Because the service can be challenging to first set up, and may require an additional headset or microphone to use, it is strongly recommended you watch our JCPL Academy video walkthrough completely before starting.

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Science Reference Center

Designed specifically for junior and senior high schools, Science Reference Center is an excellent source of reliable information on life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, technology and more.

The resource can be accessed through the dedicated Science Reference Center interface or Explora, which includes all of our library’s EBSCO databases.

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The Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive

The Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive (IULMIA) is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive academic film collections. The archive contains more than 86,000 titles spanning nearly 80 years of film production, including many rare and last-remaining copies of influential 20th-century films.

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