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  • Ancestry Library Edition (In-house only): Ancestry┬« Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.
  • AtoZdatabases: Get an edge on the competition and learn more about a company and it's competitors before you walk through the door. A to Z is a giant database filled with valuable contact information, company financial ratings and much more! Also included: residential listings, hobbies and interests, resume help, job ads, and that's just the beginning!
  • Biography in Context: Biography in Context provides 330,000 full length biographies on more than 220,000 people.


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  • Chilton Library: Step-by-step service, repair procedures, and diagrams give you the expertise needed to repair most vehicles.
  • DMV Practice Tests: Did you know that 72% of people fail their DMV driving test the first time? Practice sample permit tests for free as many times as you need - until you're ready to take the real DMV test!


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  • FamilySearch: FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services each year to learn more about their family history. FamilySearch provides: 3 billion names from all over the world and 4,575 family search centers worldwide.
  • Freegal: As of 7/31/15: Due to low usage and budgetary constraints, this resource is no longer available.


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  • Health & Wellness Resource Center:Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publication.
  • HeritageQuest: HeritageQuest combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.
  • ┬íInforme!:Enjoy full-text images of the most popular Spanish-language magazines and pamphlets (not just translations), a Spanish thesaurus and interface exclusively for Spanish speakers, and full-text coverage of over 100 titles.
  • Indiana History: A digital archive of Indiana documents. Includes, speeches, sermons, children's books and more.
  • INSPIRE: INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Library. It offers magazines, encyclopedias, and other resources to all Indiana residents. Research current events, science, business, health, notable people, hobbies, and much more from your library, school, home, or office.


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  • Legal Forms: 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.
  • LitFinder:Covering world literature and authors throughout history, LitFinder contains a wealth of literary works including over 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays.
  • Local History: Your source for all things historical Brownsburg, this page provides background on library history, historical photos from the town, and much more!


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  • NLE Index: The HTDI Index is a guide to locating magazine articles that contain how-to information, instructions, plans, suggestions, and tips on how to solve and prevent problems, construct projects, pursue an art, craft, hobby, etc.
  • Novelist K-8:Find reading recommendations by searching for your favorite authors, series, or even genres. Also includes Lexlie levels. This Novelist database is specifically targeted at fiction and nonfiction for grades Kindergarten - 8th.
    Novelist Plus: Find information on your favorite author, title, plot or series and access reviews, suggestions for other authors you might like, and much more. Lexile levels are included.
  • Obituaries (Hendricks County): Find obituaries spanning this past century for Hendricks County residents.
  • OverDrive: Download eBooks and audiobooks for free with your library card to your mobile device or PC.


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  • Science in Context: A K-12 site that includes full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites for all your science questions.
  • Small Business Resource Center:Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.
  • Testing & Education Reference Center: Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet your financial needs. Take online practice tests and use prep eBooks to obtain your education goals. This database is brought to you by INSPIRE. You may need to verify your Indiana residency before you can access this database.
  • Tumblebooks: Tumblebooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. Tumblebooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sounds, music, and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. Tumblebooks also features Puzzles and Games, Audio Books, and Tumble Readables.


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  • Zinio: Browse and download over 50 different magazines. You can read these on your mobile device or computer.


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