Welcome, students!

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. We’re here to help!

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

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

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 Courses

  • Free online, six-week courses begin monthly and are led by expert instructors
  • Topics include test prep/college readiness, technology, health care, business, and personal enrichment
  • A Record of Completion is issued with a passing score

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

Mango Languages

  • Learn a language using real conversation skills for practical communication
  • Access 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language
  • Learn through fun and engaging interactive lessons and films
  • Offers semantic color mapping, phonetic pop-ups, quizzes, Grammar Notes, Culture Notes, and more
  • Apps available, but first use your eCard to create a Mango account from the link above

MAS UltraElectronic Periodicals for High School Students

  • Full text for nearly 500 popular high school level magazines covering a wide-range of subject areas including history, science, careers, and more
  • Full text for more than 158,000 biographies and primary source documents, hundreds of reference books, an Image Collection containing photos, maps, flags, and color PDFs
  • Full-text backfiles (back to 1975) available for key magazines
  • All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles)

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

Middle Search Plus – Magazines and Primary Source Documents

  • Full text for more than 170 popular middle school magazines as well as more than 103,000 biographies and historical essays
  • Primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History, reference books such as the Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia of Animals, and relevant photos, maps, and flags
  • All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles)
  • 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)
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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

RBdigital 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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