All locations will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and will remain closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving.

All locations will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and will remain closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving.

Support & Help

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

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

CONSUMER REPORTS

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

LEGAL FORMS

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  • Popular standard forms
  • Real estate forms
  • Wills

MORNINGSTAR

Library card required.

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

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 any branch location.

  • 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)

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  • 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

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

SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE OBITUARIES

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  • Obituaries & Death Notices
  • 1994-Current

WASHINGTON POST (AT THE LIBRARY)

Available at any branch location.

  • 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 any branch location.

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Historic bird’s-eye view maps of Indiana

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

FOLD3

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

HERITAGE QUEST

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  • 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 any branch location.

  • 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

LINKS TO THE PAST: MICHIANA HISTORY
  • Images and historical background
  • People, places, buildings, businesses
  • St. Joseph County, Michiana area, and Indiana

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

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

CREATIVEBUG

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  • 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

LIBRARY AWARE

Library card required.

  • E-newsletters filled with great book suggestions
  • 10 reading list topics to choose from
  • Check immediately for books available at your library
  • Formerly NextReads

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)

WESTLAW

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

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

NOVELIST K-8 PLUS
  • 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

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 tutoring for homework help, skills building and test preparation; available 2:00pm – 11:00pm (EST) each day.
  • Submit papers, resumes, or math/science questions for feedback through the Writing Lab and 24/7 Center.
  • Adult Learning Center for High School Equivalency prep, US Citizenship test prep, resume assistance, Microsoft Office support, and Career Resources.
  • ACT, GED, SAT, and college readiness lessons and practice tests.

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

FUENTE ACADÉMICA PREMIER
  • Revistas académicas en idioma español.
  • Cobertura clave de las principales áreas temáticas para investigaciones académicas. 
  • Revistas académicas de Latino-America, Portugal y España disponibles en formato PDF.

GALE COURSES

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  • Free online classes
  • Technical, vocational, & recreational
  • Short-term certificate courses
  • Formerly Learn4Life
  • NOTE: to access any previously enrolled courses please click here

GALE EBOOKS

Library card required.

  • eBooks
  • Encyclopedias
  • Reference material

GALE IN CONTEXT: BIOGRAPHY

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

INSPIRE
  • Articles
  • Academic Journals
  • eBooks

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 PLUS

Library card required.

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

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 (ESSENTIAL)

Available at any branch location.

  • A Foundation Directory Cooperating Collection
  • Offers funding resources for organizations
  • FDO Essential temporarily available everywhere 

FOUNDATION DIRECTORY ONLINE BY CANDID (PROFESSIONAL)

Available at German only.

  • A Foundation Directory Cooperating Collection
  • Offers funding resources for organizations
  • Grants information and recipient profiles are available in Professional only
  • Only available at the German Branch Library

FUNDING NETWORK: GRANTS TO INDIVIDUALS

Available at any branch location.

  • A Foundation Directory Cooperating Collection
  • Offers funding resources exclusively for individuals
  • Only available at the Main Library

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

LIBRARY AWARE
  • eNewsletters filled with great book suggestions
  • 10 reading list topics to choose from
  • Check immediately for books available at your library

NOVELIST
  • Reading recommendations for child, teen, and adult readers
  • Read-alikes for author, title, and series

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

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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