With your Elkhart Public Library ecard, you can access a world of information for your homework and research needs. Whether you need biographical information on famous people, science fair project ideas, sample practice tests or even help from live online tutors, we have you covered. The resources listed below are just a sampling of all that the Library offers. Visit our Online Resources page for a full list of available databases.

But wait, there’s more! You can also use your ecard to check out ebooks and digital magazines. Visit OverDrive and RBdigital to learn more.

Don’t forget to change your PIN. And finally, if you have any questions or need help along the way, give the librarians at the Reference Desk a call, 574-522-5669, or email us. We’re here to help!

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        • Online music and art lessons taught by experts
        • Art, Guitar, Bass, Bluegrass, Classical, Piano, Voice, Hip-Hop, Harmonica, Percussion, Jazz
        • Self-paced, step-by-step video lessons
        • Beginner to intermediate instruction



AtoZ World Food

  • Your Online Cookbook
  • Explore food culture and traditional recipes from around the world
  • 174 Cookbooks in one Online Resource
  • Topics include: Conversions, Dining Etiquette, Food Glossaries, Ingredient articles, Herbs & Spices, Tea & Coffee, Wine & Beer

Biography in Context

  • Biographical information on famous people in all areas including literature, science, business, entertainment, politics, sports, government, history, and more


Brainfuse HelpNow – Free Online Tutoring, Writing Assistance, Skills Building & More

  • Interact with a live tutor 2 PM to 11 PM, seven days a week for assistance with Math, Science, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Computer Literacy, Test Preparation, and English As a Second Language
  • For patrons of all ages
  • Access the Brainfuse HelpNow User Guide
  • 24/7 Question Center – submit a question for a detailed, extended explanation of a difficult concept
  • Premium Writing Lab – writing assistance
  • Form online study groups
  • FLASHBULB – access a library of online flashcards or create your own flashcards
  • Adult Learning Center
    • Practice tests and preparation for High School Equivalency (TASC), SAT, TOEFL, COMPASS/ACCUPLACER, ASVAB, GRE, U.S. Citizenship and more
    • Online quizzes and games
    • Access free lessons and resources
    • WRITING ASSISTANCE for better business letters, term papers, resumes, or any other piece of writing
  • Brainfuse is a student-initiated service and should not be used as a school or class-wide assignment


Britannica Online

  • Encyclopedia for three age levels: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for older students and adults
  • Thousands of entries with age appropriate results

Chilton Library Car Repair

  • Domestic and import vehicle information 1940 through the current model year, updated continuously
  • Individual tabs for repair, maintenance, labor estimating, and bulletin/recall information
  • ASE test prep quizzes for the most popular certification exams
  • Videos and animations that show how to complete repairs


Contemporary Authors Online

  • Access to current biographical and bibliographical data on more than 120,000 modern authors



  • Over 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world
  • United States Edition offers profiles of each state
  • Disponible en Espanol
  • Includes Geography Games and Teacher Resources

  • Free practice tests for the Indiana driver’s permit (car, motorcycle, and CDL)
  • Immediate feedback on your test answers
  • Take the test as many times as you need – until you’re ready to take the real BMV test!
  • Questions are based on the Indiana BMV driver’s license manual
  • Includes online access to the Indiana Driver’s manual at
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Explora for Elementary Schools – Magazines and More

  • A student interface designed for use in kindergarten through grade 5
  • Complete articles from dozens of the most popular elementary school magazines, all with an assigned reading level indicator (Lexiles)
  • Encyclopedia entries written specifically for kids and more than one million images of photos, maps and flags
  • EBSCOHost apps available for Apple and Android
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Explora for Middle Schools – Magazines and More

  • Search for articles, news and more using a single search box
  • Browse popular topics by category to get research ideas
  • Read Topic Overviews to gain the background information you need to start your research
  • EBSCOHost apps available for Apple and Android
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Explora for High Schools
Magazines and More

  • Search for articles, news and more using a single search box
  • Browse popular topics by category to get research ideas
  • Read Topic Overviews to gain the background information you need to start your research
  • EBSCOHost apps available for Apple and Android

Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

  • Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.


Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • Reference and research ebooks on a variety of topics
  • Download, email, print, or listen to excerpts


Indiana History Online

  • Primary source documents for the study of Indiana history
  • Document types include: personal narratives and memoirs, state and regional histories, travel guides, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises, and children’s books


INSPIRE, Indiana’s Virtual Online Library

  • Online academic databases and other information resources
  • Includes full-text magazine and journal articles, websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, full-text historic newspapers, multimedia, library catalogs, and much more
  • Free resource available to all Indiana residents who have Internet access


  • International in scope, covers all time periods and contains a wealth of primary literature content
  • Includes thousands of full-text poems, short stories, essays, speeches, and plays
  • Biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary are also included


Local History Index

  • Searchable index of articles from the Elkhart Truth
  • Includes references to books and other materials in EPL’s collection
  • Covers topics such as persons, businesses, and events that have current and historical significance to the Elkhart area

MasterFile Premier

  • Full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents covering virtually every subject area of general interest
  • Also provides an Image Collection containing photos, maps, and flags
  • EBSCOHost apps available for Apple and Android

Miss Humblebee’s Academy

  • Prepares children ages 3 to 6 for kindergarten proficiency
  • Includes hundreds of guided lessons with sound cues across many disciplines
  • Assesses skill levels and reports outcomes regularly
  • Emails account holder a link to view weekly progress report
  • 20 percent of the curriculum available as printables and practice worksheets, giving children practice using writing tools
  • Offers a safe and secure learning environment with no pop-ups, ads, or links to other websites

Newspaper Source Plus

  • Cover-to-cover full text for nearly 45 national (U.S.) and international newspapers
  • Full text for more than 315 regional (U.S.) newspapers
  • Full-text television and radio news transcripts from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc.
  • EBSCOHost apps available for Apple and Android


  • Billions of articles from historical newspapers around the U.S. and the world
  • Find obituaries, birth announcements, sports articles, comics, and more
  • All newspapers are full-page and fully searchable

NoveList Plus

  • Find your next book – Fiction, Nonfiction, & Audiobook
  • Recommendations for all ages
  • Discover new authors and read-alikes, or listen-alikes, based on your favorite authors
  • Lists of award-winning books, discussion guides, and recommended reads


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Points of View Reference Center

  • Contains resources that present diverse perspectives on important issues and events
  • Search for articles by keyword or browse topics by category
  • EBSCOHost apps available for Apple and Android

Primary Search

  • Full text for nearly 100 popular children’s magazines
  • Covers a variety of topics, such as endangered species, famous musicians, fitness, space exploration, and more
  • Includes a collection of more than 1.2 million images of relevant photos, maps, and flags
  • All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles)




  • 80+ languages to learn
  • English taught in 52 home languages
  • Live weekly online conversation classes
  • Citizenship preparation course (ProCitizen in Spanish and in English)
  • Feature films (ProFlix) and Music with lyrics (ProRadio) for language learners
  • Apps available, but first use your library card or eCard to create a Pronunciator account from the link above

RBdigital eBooks, Audiobooks & Magazines

  • Full-color, interactive digital magazines for reading on your computer or mobile device
  • Popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download
  • Apps available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire HD/HDX


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Read It!

  • English language learner reading material
    • History, Civics and Culture
    • Life Skills
    • Literature
    • Science

Salem Press History

  • History ebooks
    • Milestone Documents in American History
    • Weapons and Warfare

Science in Context

  • Access to 300 full-text periodicals and Gale science ebooks
  • Use the Experiments search option for science fair projects


Testing and Education Reference Center

  • Practice tests and ebooks for hundreds of exams (SAT, ACT, ASVAB, HSE/TASC, etc.)
  • Information on careers and accredited schools, a scholarship search, and resumè builder


The Reference Shelf – Social Issues Series

  • Extensive, unbiased exploration of a topic of importance in modern society
  • Includes a compilation of notable articles from respected publications, abstracts of 20 to 30 additional articles, and a bibliography of other sources


  • Full-text articles from international and regional newspapers, periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information
  • Explore current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries, and other popular topics
  • EBSCOHost apps available for Apple and Android
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