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Affordable Colleges Online

Information about types of degrees and specific colleges all in one place.


Alison is one of the world’s largest free learning platforms for education and skills training. It is a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to making it possible for anyone, to study anything, anywhere, at any time, for free online, at any subject level.

Alt HealthWatch

This alternative health research database provides the latest information and materials for the evolving practice of holistic medicine and therapies, with in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas.

Ancestry Library Edition

Remote Access

Start searching billions of records and discover your family’s story. You must go through your library account. Once logged in to your account on our catalog, click your name in the upper right-hand corner. Ancestry will be listed as an option. You can follow the link here by clicking Access. The Remote Access will be available until the end of December 2021.

Ancestry Library Edition

At the Library

Start searching billions of records and discover your family’s story. While searching at the library, simply click the Access button in this box. If you are searching outside of the library, use the Ancestry Library Edition Remote Access.

AskRose Homework Help

Homework isn’t always easy. That’s why AskRose is here to help. It’s a free math and science tutoring service for Indiana and other students in grades 6-12.

Biomedical Reference Collection

This database provides access to more than 100 full-text journals covering such disciplines as clinical medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pre-clinical sciences and the health care system. Designed for doctors, research scientists, students and clinical specialists, this collection can be searched independently, but also allows users from subscribing institutions to conveniently link to full text from citations within MEDLINE®.

Black FreedomStruggle

The Black Freedom Struggle website is freely available to students, educators and patrons. This curated selection of primary sources is designed for teaching and learning about the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans. Developed with input from Black history scholars, its easily discoverable materials are ideal for assignments and special projects.


Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Business Source Complete

Aimed at the needs of business schools and libraries, this database includes premium full-text content and peer-reviewed business journals. It covers all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance and more. Indexing and abstracts and full text are available back as far as 1886.

Career Explorer

CareerExplorer is a career matching platform that helps people find their ideal career through a career test and career profiles.

Career One Stop

Explore and find careers and training. Take an interest and skills assessment to explore area to explore career options.

College Board

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

Common App

The Common Application (Common App) is a non-profit membership organization representing nearly 900 diverse institutions of higher education. They connect applicants and those who support them to a wide array of public and private colleges and universities across all 50 U.S. states, and 20 countries.

Consumer Health Complete

A comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content, Consumer Health Complete is designed to support the information needs of patients and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. The multilingual health databases provide this information in 16 additional languages. See the World Languages subject page for a complete list.


They bring the latest in art and craft education to members by working with renowned artists. By signing up for Creativebug you’ll enjoy unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes. You can watch classes anytime, anywhere. Since the classes never expire, you can start and stop projects at your own pace. 

Cyndi's List

A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Cypress Resume

1. Enter your name, contact information, work history, and education.
2. Choose the title of your desired job or simply the skill set you wish to highlight.
3. Finally, choose from a collection of concise and professional job statements to ensure your resume will stand out. And that’s it! In a few minutes, you will have a great-looking, well-written resume that will give you the edge in today’s ultra-competitive job market.

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America empowers people to learn, grow, and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society. We do this by maximizing public access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge. is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy. Modules are video-based with narration, 6 to 22 minutes long, written in plain language (communication learners can understand the first time they hear or read it). The modules help learners practice basic skills like using a mouse, creating an email address, and can move on to more specific topics to help apply for a job and using Microsoft W

In addition to a broad list of topics in areas such as automobile repair, we operate the most active home improvement forum on the internet, enabling consumers to get personalized advice from professionals in over 100 subjects.


Free Indiana BMV practice tests for driver’s, CDL, or motorcycle licenses.

80,000 Hours

Provides career advice for those that want to have a social impact and make a difference.


Access education literature and resources from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index.

Evan Bayh 21st Century Scholars

This is a needs and performance-based program that provides students the opportunity to earn up to a four-year scholarship at an Indiana college or university. To be eligible for this Scholarship, you must apply during your 7th or 8th grade year.

Explora for Elementary Schools

A student interface designed for use in Kindergarten through grade 5 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more.

Explora for Middle Schools

A student interface designed for use in grades 6 through 8 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more.

Explora for High Schools

An interface designed for students in grades 9 through 12 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Business and Careers, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more.

Family Search

Discover your family’s story through historical records.​


Fastweb offers a simplified college scholarship search. They match the qualifications and interests of each student that we serve. Ultimately, they save students time, match them to college scholarships that they may not have otherwise found, and keep them organized throughout the whole process.


FederalStudentAid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school.

Find a Grave

Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials or add photos, virtual flowers and a note to a loved one’s memorial. Search or browse cemeteries and grave records for every-day and famous people from around the world.


Access your favorite magazines digitally at any time. Get the newest copy or browse back issues. Everything is available right when you want it.


At the Library

Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

A student encyclopedia that is updated annually.

Gale LegalForms

Gale LegalForms helps library customers understand common legal procedures and provides access to thousands of customizable legal documents covering such topics as bankruptcy, bill of sale, contracts, divorce, employment, landlord tenant, real estate, taxes, name change, power of attorney, last will and testament, and living wills.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

This electronic resource combines the convenience of an online search engine with accurate, authoritative information. Our current collection includes information on the Arts, Business, Education, Environment, History, Literature, Law, Medicine, Religions of the World, Countries of the World, Science, and the Social Sciences. The ebooks found here include Arts and Humanities through the Ages, How Products are Made, Business Plans, The Encyclopedia of Classroom Psychology, Grzimek’s Animal Encyclopedia, Weather Almanac, The Catholic Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, National Survey of State Laws, Encyclopedia of Food, Encyclopedia of Human Relationships, Encyclopedia of Human Development, Encyclopedia of Law, and more are added every year! 

Going Merry

This is a free scholarship and financial aid platform with personalized matching to thousands of scholarships. They make it easier for students to find and apply for scholarships and simpler for scholarship providers to create and manage them.

Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) Learn Free

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.


Information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more. Provides indexing and abstracts for over 600,000 records, and full text for nearly 10,000 records.

Grow with Google

Through Grow with Google is available to help everyone, those who make up the workforce of today and the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow. Access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow skills, careers, and businesses.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

Access full-text health magazines and a number of full-text health reference books. Covers topics like AIDS, cancer, diabetes, drugs, alcohol, and women’s health.  

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

This resource provides nearly 550 scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines, including Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Journal of Community Health Nursing, Journal of Nursing Management, and many more.

Heritage Quest

Enjoy home access to census records; family history and local history books and articles; Revolutionary War records; Freedman’s Bank serving African Americans; and individuals mentioned in Memorials, Petitions, and Relief Acts of the U.S. Congress; and more.

Hire a Slicer

Hire a Slicer strengthens the connection between La Porte Slicer seniors, alumni, and the local business community. Do a job search or post a job opportunity.


HireIvy is Ivy Tech’s online career tool for students, alumni, and employers. Employers can post an unlimited number of job vacancies and internships, browse resumes and recruit talent, register for career fairs, and much more. Need help getting started on HireIvy? Check out the quick start guide designed specifically for employers here

History Reference Center

Designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges and undergraduate research, this database features full text for thousands of primary source documents and informational texts.

Hoosier State Chronicles

Hoosier State Chronicles is operated by the Indiana State Library and funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. We seek to provide free, online access to high quality digital images of Indiana’s historic newspapers by digitizing our collection, and assisting other organizations in making their collections digitally available.

Indiana Career Connect

Search job openings from over 16,000 sources throughout the State of Indiana.

Indiana Career Explorer

This is an online tool available to all Hoosiers to explore their career interests and skills. You can identify occupations, establish educational strategies, and ultimately connect to employers through

Indiana Career Ready

This source provides the tools needed to prepare and find high-demand and high-wage jobs needed now and in the future.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development

DWD provides Hoosiers with resources and services needed to advance in the workforce, such as training and employment programs, labor market information, job search resources and Unemployment Insurance systems. DWD awarded the New Innovation Network of La Porte County a $677,000 Skill UP 3 to better prepare people for manufacturing careers. For information on Skill Up, click here.

Indiana Memory

Indiana Memory is a collaborative effort to provide access to the wealth of primary sources in Indiana libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions. It is a gateway to Indiana’s history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps and other media. As a portal to the collections, Indiana Memory assists individuals to locate materials relevant to their interests and to better appreciate the connections between those materials.

Indiana Hunting and Fishing Laws

The Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife professionally manages Indiana’s fish and wildlife for present and future generations, balancing ecological, recreational, and economic benefits. Current rules and regulations are updated in real time. 

Indiana Self-Service Legal Center

A website created to help you help yourself, providing valuable information, court forms, and various resources.

Indiana Court Cases

Search for non-confidential cases in the Indiana Judicial System.


A place to share projects, connect with others, and make an impact on the world. Find projects in Technology, Workshops, Crafts, Home, Food, Play, Outside, and Costumes, all with instructions on how to complete the project.


This resource is Indiana’s Virtual Library. It offers access to over 40 databases covering subjects like biographies, magazine and scholarly journal articles, newspapers articles (most recent 30 days), poetry, and short stories. Access this database 24/7 from wherever you have Internet access, at no cost, as long as you have your library card barcode number and PIN.


Stream movies and documentaries right to your own device, commercial free, at any time. You can enjoy ten plays every month. Each play is available to you for 4 days. 

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. 

Learn More Indiana

Resources for students and educators to explore career options in Indiana and beyond, learn about colleges and the admission process, and find financial aid to help pay for school.

Learning Express Library

LearningExpress provides a number of online resources to support users in achieving personal and professional goals. Organized into targeted learning centers, it supports those looking to improve core academic skills, pass the GED, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen, and much more.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an educational site with video courses to help you develop your business, creative, and technology skills. Each course is taught by an industry professional who is excited to share their knowledge with you.

LPCPL Digital Collection

La Porte County Public Library’s Digital Collection was launched for public access December 2016 and contains historical documents and images from La Porte County, Indiana. New items are added regularly. This resource is maintained by library staff and volunteers as part of our strategic plan to expand access to information, ideas, and stories.The electronic versions of these documents are provided by LPCPL and/or the transcribers for nonprofit or personal use. Commercial use requires express written consent.

Mango Languages

Interested in learning a new language? Mango Languages walks you through conversations between two native speakers. After the conversation is over, choose to hear/read parts of it again. The Voice Comparison feature helps you with pronunciation. Access over 60 languages with this database or the app.

MasterFile Complete

MasterFILE™ Complete contains full text for nearly 2,300 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text for more than 350 reference books, over 55,000 primary source documents, an image collection of nearly 1.9 million photos, maps and flags and more than 75,000 videos from the Associated Press.

McClatchy-Tribune Collection

Newspaper Source™ provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, including Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Times (London), Toronto Star, etc. The database also contains selective full text for more than 370 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full-text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc.

Meganga was created to fill a very much needed gap in the provision of computer training for the elderly and beginners alike. Meganga has a passionate belief that you are never too old to learn. Learning to use computers can open up a whole new world to people.


Find authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Full Text Version here.


MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions and wellness issues in language you can understand.

Middle Search Plus

Middle Search Plus contains full text for more than 170 popular middle school magazines as well as more than 103,000 biographies and historical essays. Titles covered in this database include Sports Illustrated Kids, Scholastic News, National Geographic and dozens more.

Military and Government Collection

Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. The Military & Government Collection provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for more than 400 titles.

At the Library is the largest online newspaper archive consisting of 151 million+ pages of historical newspapers from 14,200+ newspapers from around the United States and beyond.

Next Level Jobs

Next Level Jobs provides free training for Hoosiers and reimbursements for Indiana employers for training employees in high-demand fields.

NoveList K-8

NoveList K-8 has info about fiction books for all K-8 grade levels and includes picture books, children’s “chapter” books and young adult titles. It is updated weekly.

NoveList Plus

Search for information on hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages.  Get author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more.


OverDrive offers a wide range of eBooks and eAudiobooks in all genres. OverDrive App is best for Kindles and Nooks. Libby is the App recommended for Android, Apple iOS, and Windows.

Play Index

This unique resource covers classic and historical plays, along with the works of contemporary playwrights. Play Index covers new editions and translations and includes descriptive annotations to summarize the plot and indicate musical requirements.

Primary Search®

Full text for more than 80 popular elementary school magazines with (Lexiles). Includes two encyclopedias, a dictionary, thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags.

Professional Development Collection

Provides a highly specialized collection of electronic information especially for professional educators. This collection offers information on everything from children’s health and development to cutting-edge pedagogical theory and practice. It includes full text for more than 500 high-quality education journals and nearly 230 educational reports.

Read It!

Read It!™ is designed for middle and high school students and anyone who has a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but needs adapted reading material for a variety of subjects. The customized articles and practice quizzes support ELL success and promote reading comprehension across a variety of school subjects and life skill areas. Read It! also offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills.

READ La Porte County

READ La Porte County, Inc. is a United Way agency with a mission to increase the reading, math, English and digital literacy skills in the community through tutoring and through advocacy. They also offer group classes for individuals who are learning English as a Second Language (“ESL”). 

Referencia Latina

This comprehensive database offers content from a variety of sources, including an inclusive collection of images, health report, and full text for reference books and general interest magazines in a broad array of subject areas. Additionally, the resource covers a full spectrum of Spanish-language scholarships inside and outside academia.

Regional Business News

Regional Business News provides full text for nearly 100 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications (including titles from Crain Communications).

Science Reference Center

Designed to meet every student researchers needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images. 


Program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Short Story Index

Provides detailed indexing for hundreds of thousands of short stories, this database is an essential resource for readers seeking short stories by author or genre, and for those researching the body of work of a particular literary figure.

Developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities.


TechBoomers has over 100 free courses with thousands of step-by-step tutorials and informational articles that can help you learn anything and everything about the Internet’s most popular websites and apps, from how to shop online to streaming services available.


MakerBot’s Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things. As the world’s largest 3D printing community, we believe that everyone should be encouraged to create and remix 3D things, no matter their technical expertise or previous experience.

Today's Military

The Today’s Military is produced by the United States Department of Defense as a resource for young adults, parents and educators curious about military service. With cooperation from the Service branches, our goal is to paint an accurate picture of what it’s like to work, live and serve in today’s Military. 


TOPICsearch contains full text for over 150,961 articles from 475 diverse sources including international and regional newspapers, EBSCO’s unparalleled collection of periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information.


The growing collection specific to middle and high school students features over 1000 titles, including student-favorite Graphic Novels, enhanced e-books with full audio narration and highlighted text, classic literature, national geographic videos, and more!


A collection specific to K-5, with over 1100 titles. Find animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, nonfiction titles, playlists, books in languages such as French and Spanish, graphic novels, and math stories.

Tumble Biblioteca

TumbleBooks are a fun way for kids to build their vocabularies and practice their reading skills. After reading a book, kids can take a Tumble Quiz or try a puzzle or game related to the book just read.  One of the most outstanding features of this resource is that titles, and indeed the entire database, are available in English, Spanish, and French. 


Search the collections of libraries worldwide to find any book, CD, or movie. If it’s available locally, a link to the our catalog makes it easy to check availability. If it’s not available, a librarian can request your item through interlibrary loan.

Unity Foundation

Unity Foundation scholarships are awarded once a year to students throughout La Porte County. Learn about scholarship opportunities.

US Census Bureau

Find popular facts (population, income, etc.) and frequently requested data.

US Small Business Administration

SBA provides an array of financing, offers free counseling and low-cost training to new entrepreneurs, awards contract dollars, and reviews and testifies on behalf of small businesses.

USGenWeb Archives

A digital collection of census, wills, deeds, and genealogy broken down by state. 

Vocational and Career Collection

Designed to meet a wide variety of vocational and technical research needs, this collection provides full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals for high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public.

What Tree is That: Tree Identification Field Guide

The National Arbor Day Foundation’s database for tree identification. A great resource for students working on school tree identification projects.

WorkOne Northwest Indiana

WorkOne Northwest Indiana is considered a valuable one-stop for jobseekers and employers when it comes to career and employment resources.

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