All Library locations will be closed on Monday, October 10 for Staff Development Day.

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, October 10 for Staff Development Day.

Databases & Journals

Financial & Business

ATOZDATABASES

Library card required.

  • Sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, or background searches
  • Residential search
  • New businesses
  • Healthcare professionals
  • New movers and homeowners
  • Disponible en español

BUSINESS SOURCE COMPLETE

Library card required.

  • Business journal and magazine articles
  • Management & marketing focus
  • Finance & economics information

CONSUMER REPORTS

Library card required.

  • Ratings & reviews
  • Advice & tips
  • Covers many consumer products and services

ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDIES SOURCE

Library card required.

  • A tool for business students and researchers.
  • Provides insight on topics relevant to entrepreneurship and small businesses.
  • Offers full text for business journals, as well as case studies and company profiles.

GALE LEGAL FORMS

Library card required.

  • Popular standard forms
  • Real estate forms
  • Wills

HEALTH BUSINESS FULLTEXT

Library card required.

  • Provides full text coverage of nearly 130 well-known administrative journals.
  • Contains a rich collection of photographs, illustrations, charts, diagrams, maps and graphs.
  • Details all aspects of healthcare administration, as well as other non-clinical aspects of healthcare institution management.

LEGAL INFORMATION REFERENCE CENTER

Library card required.

  • Includes the necessary tools and detailed how-to instructions covering a wide-range of legal issues.
  • A majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo.

MORNINGSTAR

Library card required.

  • Investment how-to guides
  • Stocks & mutual funds evaluations
  • Glossary of investment terms

REGIONAL BUSINESS NEWS

Library card required.

  • Incorporates 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.
  • Includes Crain’s Chicago Business, Crain’s Detroit Business, and Crain’s Small Business — Chicago Edition.

Newspapers

CHICAGO TRIBUNE HISTORICAL ARCHIVES

Library card required.

  • Articles/clippings 1920s-1984
  • Front Pages 1984-1990
  • Obituaries & Death Notices 1860-1984

CHRONICLING AMERICA
  • Historic American newspapers from 1836-1922
  • U.S. Newspaper Directory

HOOSIER STATE CHRONICLES
  • Historic Indiana newspapers
  • Search by keyword or browse by county, date, and newspaper title

NEW YORK TIMES (AT THE LIBRARY)

Available at Main Library and at our branch locations.

  • Breaking news, multimedia, reviews & opinion
  • Create a free account with your personal email address
  • “Log In” if you already have created an account
  • Unlimited access while using SJCPL computers or WiFi

NEW YORK TIMES (OUTSIDE THE LIBRARY)

Library card required.

  • Activate a 24 hour pass for full access outside of the Library
  • Log in or register to activate your pass
  • After your pass expires, continue activating passes as needed

NEWSBANK: AMERICA’S NEWS

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  • Current popular magazine issues
  • Back issues
  • Search by date, author, & section

NEWSPAPERS.COM WORLD EDITION

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  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 16,100+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month
  • Historic and current newspapers

SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

Library card required.

  • South Bend Tribune newspaper articles
  • Years March 1994-Present
  • Search by date, headline, & section
  • Obituaries & Death Notices
  • 1994-Current

SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE OBITUARIES

Library card required.

  • Obituaries & Death Notices
  • 1994-Current

WASHINGTON POST (AT THE LIBRARY)

Available at Main Library and at our branch locations.

  • Access to full-range of Washington Post’s digital news and coverage
  • Back issues from 2005-present
  • Search by category, topic, or section

WASHINGTON POST (OUTSIDE THE LIBRARY)

Library card required.

  • To access when you’re not at the library, sign up with your email address for a free 7 day trial
  • You may sign up for unlimited free trials.
  • If you see a message about members of the military, please click the link on the Databases page again.

Local & Family History

AMERICAN ANCESTORS

Available at Main Library and at our branch locations.

  • Over 250 databases related to New England
  • Town, church, family, Bible, vital, land, tax records
  • Includes New York, Ireland, England, & Eastern Canada

ANCESTRY: LIBRARY EDITION

Available at Main Library and at our branch locations | Library card required

  • Federal and state census images
  • Military records
  • Immigration and passenger list records
  • Indexes of vital statistics

BENDIXLINE
  • Index to individuals mentioned in the Bendix Corporation employee newsletter

DIGITAL SANBORN MAPS 1867-1970

Library card required.

  • Historic bird’s-eye view maps of Indiana

FAMILYSEARCH
  • International baptism, marriage, & burial records
  • Early USA vital records
  • Census & immigration records

FOLD3

Library card required.

  • Historic newspapers
  • Civil War records
  • Historic photo collections
  • Historic military records

HERITAGE QUEST

Library card required.

  • Genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries
  • Coverage dating back as early as the 1700s
  • Includes data for researching African American ancestors and the Reconstruction Era

INDIANA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

Available at Main Library and at our branch locations.

  • Over 40 databases related to Indiana history
  • Indexes to county, church, military, and school records
  • Accessible at any SJCPL branch with username/password from library staff

MICHIANA MEMORY
  • Primary sources that tell the story of Michiana
  • Newspapers, yearbooks, maps, postcards, and more
  • Keyword search; share and download images

OBITUARY INDEX
  • Index to obituaries that appeared in St. Joseph County newspapers
  • For people with ties to St. Joseph County
  • From 1830 – Present

MILITARY SERVICE NOTES INDEX
  • Index to Service Notes printed in the South Bend Tribune
  • World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War eras

Home & Community

CONSUMER REPORTS

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  • Ratings and reviews
  • Advice & tips
  • Covers many consumer products and services

CREATIVEBUG

Library card required.

  • Online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques
  • Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, screen print, and more
  • Downloadable patterns, templates, and recipes for all skill levels
  • New classes from artists and creative experts released daily

JOBNOW

Library card required.

  • Resume Assistance from live experts
  • Carefully-selected resources to help you prepare for your interview
  • Interview coaching from live experts

MEDLINE PLUS
  • Information about health topics, drugs and supplements, genetics, medical tests, medications, dietary supplements, and healthy recipes
  • English and Spanish language resources
  • From the National Library of Medicine (NLM), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

VETNOW

Library card required.

  • Carefully selected resources to help you understand your benefits and community resources
  • Nationwide Resources for Veterans & their Families
  • Veterans Local Resources

WESTLAW

Available at Main Library only.

  • Your starting point for legal research.
  • Find authoritative legal answers with attorney-edited annotations.
  • Guidance and explanations of current law and practice.
  • Please sign off when your session is complete to give access to the next user.

For Children

CHILDREN’S CORE COLLECTION 

Library card required.

  • Reviews and recommendations
  • Covers fiction, nonfiction, and magazines for children
  • Covers professional literature for children’s librarians

EXPLORA

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  • Grades K-12
  • Magazines & newspaper articles
  • Primary source documents

NOVELIST K-8 PLUS

Library card required.

  • Fiction/nonfiction for grades K-8
  • Reading recommendations
  • Read-alikes for author, title, and series

Education

LINKEDIN LEARNING

Library card required.

  • Free online courses
  • Video-based learning
  • Technical, creative, & professional
  • Formerly Lynda.com
  • Note: Library patrons cannot connect a badge they obtained via their Library account to their personal LinkedIn profile. The best option to show your progress is to manually add your LinkedIn Learning certificate to your personal profile.

BLACK FREEDOM STRUGGLE
  • Open primary source documents
  • Find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more
  • Research specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom
  • Suitable for  a wide range of students, from middle and high school to college, as well independent researchers

BRAINFUSE – HELPNOW

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  • Live online tutoring from expert tutors. Get homework help (K-12 and college), skills building, test preparation, and FAFSA in both English and Spanish. Available 2:00pm – 11:00pm (EST) each day.
  • Expert online writing assistance. Through live writing help, patrons work in real-time with a tutor. The Writing Lab allows patrons to submit a paper to receive instructive and thoughtful analysis in 24 hours.
  • Adult Learning Center for High School Equivalency prep, US Citizenship test prep, resume assistance, Microsoft Office support, and Career Resources.
  • ACT, GED, SAT, TOEFL, and college readiness lessons and practice tests available through Skills Surfer.
  • Additional services include language learning, life skills, career and major exploration, and more!

CAREERS
  • Career reports
  • Username: 440w, Password: future

CHILDREN’S CORE COLLECTION (K-8+)

Library card required.

  • Reviews and recommendations
  • Covers fiction, nonfiction, and magazines for children
  • Covers professional literature for children’s librarians

EXPLORA

Library card required.

  • Grades K-12
  • Magazine & newspaper articles
  • Primary source documents

GALE COURSES

Library card required.

  • Free online classes
  • Technical, vocational, & recreational
  • Short-term certificate courses
  • Formerly Learn4Life

GALE EBOOKS

Library card required.

  • eBooks
  • Encyclopedias
  • Reference material

GALE IN CONTEXT: BIOGRAPHY

Library card required.

  • Biographies of influential people
  • Search by occupation, nationality, or ethnicity
  • Search by article, reference work, or primary source

INDIANA STATE LIBRARY INSPIRE

Inspire is a lifelong learning resource provided by the Indiana State Library. Inspire provides free online access to:

  • Educational resources and databases for all ages
  • Indiana history and genealogy
  • Test and career preparation including high school equivalency, college admissions test prep, and U.S. Citizenship resources

NEWSBANK

Library card required.

  • Helpful search terms for hot topics in current events
  • Special reports that include a variety of sources
  • Links to South Bend Tribune, Chicago Tribune Archives, & America’s News Magazines

NOVELIST (K-8+)

Library card required.

  • Fiction/Nonfiction for Grades K-8
  • Reading recommendations
  • Read-alikes for author, title, & series

Grants

FOUNDATION DIRECTORY ONLINE BY CANDID (PROFESSIONAL)

Available at Main Library only.

  • A Foundation Directory Cooperating Collection
  • Offers funding resources for organizations
  • Grants information and recipient profiles are available in Professional only

FUNDING NETWORK: GRANTS TO INDIVIDUALS

Available at Main Library only.

  • A Foundation Directory Cooperating Collection
  • Offers funding resources exclusively for individuals

Books & Reading

AUTHOR ALERTS
  • Email or text notifications for new books by your favorite authors
  • Place holds on upcoming titles so you get them soon after they are released

NOVEL CONVERSATIONS
  • Borrow multiple titles for book clubs or discussion groups
  • Free to any Indiana resident when shipped to a public library

NOVELIST PLUS

Library card required.

  • Fiction/Nonfiction for the general public
  • Reading recommendations
  • Read-alikes for author, title, & series

BASED ON THE BOOK
  • List of books turned into movies

BOOK PAGE
  • Digital issues of Book Page magazine

FANTASTIC FICTION
  • Bibliographies for over 30,000 authors
  • Lists an author’s entire body of work, organized by date and series

GENRIFY BLENDER
  • Pick your genre “ingredients” and get a title suggestion

GOODREADS
  • Rate and review books
  • Organize your reading list
  • Connect with other Goodreads users

HOMETOWN READS
  • Discover local authors from South Bend, Indiana

LIBRARYREADS
  • Top 10 new books each month chosen by librarians from across the country

LITERATURE MAP
  • Type in an author’s name to find similar authors

STOP, YOU’RE KILLING ME
  • Find your perfect mystery

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