Information at your Fingertips
TCPL subscribes to numerous databases for the benefit of our library customers. These electronic sources of information are available to all TCPL cardholders.
How to access Database:
Most of our databases are available to you from home. Click on the button to go to the database of your choice. Your user name is your library barcode number, without spaces, and the password is the last 4 digits of your phone number.
If you have any questions concerning a database, please call 429-0113.
Newspaper and Magazine articles
Find full text magazine and newspaper articles or search the holdings of libraries all over the world.
- Test Preparation and More
- General and Academic Magazines & Journals
- Student Research Center
- Biography Resource Center
- Health Source: Consumer Edition
- Career Collection
- National Newspapers
Access to archives of the Journal and Courier the Indianapolis Star.
- Journal and Courier: Full Text from Nov. 29, 2002 to present with limited coverage back to 1999.
- Indianapolis Star: Full Text from May 1991 to present.
Perfect for travelers, A to Z World Travel provides access to an ever expanding list of city and country travel guides. Included in the database are hotel accommodation suggestions, restaurant highlights, maps, travel warnings, weather reports, and currency information.
Automotive and Do-It-Yourself
View Alldata Provides a searchable database of repair manual information for most automobiles manufactured from 1982 – 2012. Includes diagrams, technical services bulletins and a lot more.
Available at the library only
Online access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs back to 1940.
View Car care, repair and troubleshooting automobiles back to 1974.
An online tool to help you with many of your home improvement needs. Includes resources for maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects, outdoor improvements, decorating, home and garden, and more. This databases has 27 major reference works, thousands of images, and over 100 videos for popular home improvement projects. Check it out and get started!
Full text for over 900 magazines and more than 700 videos can help you get started on projects for your favorite hobbies, crafts, and recreational activities. Detailed “how-to” instructions will help guide you and give you great creative ideas. Subject areas include arts & crafts, games & electronics, model building, home & leisure, needlework, outdoors & nature, and scrapbooking & papercraft. Explore this database for new ideas.
Business & Legal
Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others.
The Coalition for Court Access provides a site where you can get forms, help finding a lawyer, and instructions for representing yourself in court.
Includes Poem Finder (Full-text, citations, and excerpts), Story Finder (Full-text), Essay Finder (Full-text). Available through Inspire.
A searchable collection of fiction and non-fiction titles with reviews and links to similar titles.
A searchable collection of fiction and non-fiction titles with reviews and links to similar titles, aimed at the K-8 age range.
Over one hundred picture books are animated and read-aloud for you and your child. Follow-along word illumination, games and puzzles, audio book classics, and read-along large-type, regular, and easy reader books are all available for entertainment and learning. Access Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, and Russian language books for language learning and exploring.
Science and Education
View Ancestry Library Edition With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more! These collections are continuously expanding, with new content added every business day.
Available at library only.
HeritageQuest is a resource for census data, family records, and local histories. This collection assembles every extant U.S. federal census, family genealogies, local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage and death records, genealogical and local history serials, and more. An ongoing project (new content is added regularly), HeritageQuest Online will grow to encompass the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Freedman’s Bank Records, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Index, and additional materials.
This service offers study materials and practice exams for dozens of common standardized tests. Available tests include the SAT, GED, ASVAB, and more. There are also tools for many career entry exams, such as accounting, law enforcement, nursing, and real estate. Includes a resume building and computer skills tutorials.
Purdue’s Online Writing Lab has a comprehensive writing guide. Learn how to write papers, format citations, prepare job applications, and more. Includes guides for MLA, APA, and Chicago style.
Chicago Manual of Style Completely searchable and easy to use, The Chicago Manual of Style Online provides recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age. Now offering the full contents of the 16th and 15th editions, it is the must-have reference for everyone who works with words.
Available at Library only
Frequently Asked Questions
For narrowing down search results further, try using the “limit or refine search” options. You might choose to see articles published within a certain time frame. Do you want only the newest articles, or do you want to see something historical? If you are doing research for a class, your instructor may want only academic or ‘peer reviewed’ articles. There is a check box to show only those.
If you really need to get your hands on an article that’s available only as a citation, you can request it using Interlibrary Loan. Just be aware that it can take a week or two for it to arrive, and that some libraries charge fees for scanning or copying.