INSPIRE: Online Learning Tools

INSPIRE is a vast collection of interesting and useful information that can be accessed by Indiana residents using any computer equipped with an Internet Protocol (IP) address located in Indiana. INSPIRE includes full-text magazine and journal articles, websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, full-text historic newspapers, multimedia, library catalogs and much more.

Chilton Library

Provided by the Evergreen Indiana Library Consortium.

Access repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today. This continuously updated resource provides step-by-step repair procedures, troubleshooting guides, diagnostic trouble codes, photos, illustrations, diagrams, and multimedia (videos and animations).

Gale LegalForms

Provided by the Evergreen Indiana Library Consortium.

Create accurate, reliable legal documents with no hassle. Includes official State of Indiana approved forms. Many of the forms and documents are available in Word and Adobe format so you just need to simply “fill in the blanks.”

Reference Solutions

Provided by the Evergreen Indiana Library Consortium.

Commercial and residential directory listings, job postings, and data for entrepreneurs to research target customers, competitors and suppliers. Reference Works

The site, originally created at Columbia University, includes a host of e-texts, all browsable and searchable, including such reference works as:

  • American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (4th ed., 2000) [UCSB call #: PE 1628 .A623 2000] 
  • Anatomy of the Human Body by Henry Gray (20th ed., 1918) [UCSB has later editions at: QM 23.2 .G73] 

CIA World Factbook

This website has a highly useful research database for academics in a variety of disciplines. All the information is free to access, and it provides facts about every country in the world, including information about history, geography, transportation, and much more.

Core Documents of the United States Democracy

To provide American citizens direct online access to the basic Federal Government documents that define our democratic society, a core group of current and historical Government publications is being made available for free, permanent, public access. In addition to full ASCII text, some documents, such as the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, are available as scanned images of the original manuscripts. Document texts range from the Articles of Confederation to the current United States Government Manual, Statistical Abstracts and Code of Federal Regulations. provides searchable access to several dictionaries, most notably, the American Heritage Dictionary, 3rd ed. (1996,1992) (in print at PE 1628 .A623 1992), plus Roget’s Thesaurus, and links to a number of other dictionary sites on the web

Google Scholar

Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.


One of the largest “collections of collections” on the Internet, is a conservancy of freely available information, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies. is a collaboration of the School of Information and Library Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.


Search the Information Please almanac and timeline, their atlas, the Columbia Encyclopedia, a dictionary, and a thesaurus. Information Please has been providing authoritative answers to all kinds of factual questions since 1938.

Internet Archive

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Library of Congress Digital Collections

This Library of Congress project provides access to a large number of LoC collections, searchable and browsable by subject and title, including a large quantity of digitized primary source material.


“Extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 740 topics on conditions, diseases and wellness. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.”

National Archives and Records Administration

The official Archives of the United States government provide a variety of online primary sources including:

  • Online Exhibits: Features high resolution images of a variety of manuscripts, artworks and photographs from the U.S. National Archives.
  • Featured Documents
  • America’s Historical Documents: The National Archives preserves and provides access to the records of the Federal Government. Here is a sample of these records, from our most celebrated milestones to little-known surprises.
  • Educators & Students: Primary Sources and Activities
    A large number of collections of primary documents and images arranged for use by teachers of history, civics or use of government documents

Paper of Record

Building the world’s largest searchable archive of historical newspapers. Over 21 million images in the collection so far. Searchable newspaper image documents presented in their original published form.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is one of the earliest attempts to provide widespread access to public domain books via the Internet. As of 2002, it offers about 6,200 works, adding about 150 per month. Files are in plain ASCII text or in zipped ASCII text, available from a number of mirror sites around the world. The Project Gutenberg catalog is searchable by author and title. Author and title lists may be downloaded by FTP. is a gateway to over 50 million pages of authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. government agencies, including research and development results.

Indiana 211

2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps Hoosiers across Indiana find the local resources they need.

Smithsonian Open Access

Download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking.