Online Databases

Genealogy & Local History

Researching your family, county, or state history has never been easier! Our online genealogy and local history databases will open the door to a whole world of history.

Business and Consumer

Looking to improve your small business? Maybe you’re planning your next family vacation. Either way, we’ve got the resources you need to make both exceptional!

Language & geography

Explore the world without leaving home! You can learn new skills or brush up on your old foreign language and geography skills with these databases.

Family Resources

Make learning fun for kids! Check out our kid-focused databases to see how you can make learning and reading interactive for your kids or students.

Teen Resources

Whether you’re researching for fun or trying to complete your latest homework project, PGPTL has resources to help you gain the knowledge you need!

DIY

Have a home improvement project you want to tackle? These databases can help you wrap up the project and keep it looking fantastic.

 Can Only be accessed from within Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Genealogy & Local History

 Ancestry Library Edition

Access billions of names in thousands of genealogical databases including Census and Vital Records, birth, marriage and death notices, the Social Security Death Index, Passenger lists and naturalizations, Military and Holocaust Records, City Directories, New York Emigrant Savings Bank records, and African American and Native American Records.

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Archives Unbound: County and Regional Histories and Atlases: Indiana

First compiled and produced by publishers and subscriptions agents for area residents and patrons, these original histories represent difficult-to-find materials. Included in this collection of 262 titles are tables and lists of vital statistics, military service records, municipal and county officers, chronologies, portraits of individuals and views of urban and rural life not found anywhere else. The atlases provide additional information on land use and settlement patterns and scarce early town and city plans.

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Family Search

Operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), this free website offers a variety of genealogical databases, access to unindexed images of genealogical records, the Social Security Death Index, wiki entries describing various types of genealogical research, and access to the Family History Library’s catalog. Free access to the 1940 United States Federal Census.

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Fold3

Features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and others.

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Hendricks County Cemeteries

​A searchable database of Hendricks County, Indiana cemeteries. Data is gathered from cemetery lists and readings, obituaries, and other records.

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Hendricks County Obituaries

A searchable database of Hendricks County, Indiana obituaries gleaned from county newspapers from 1847 to the present.

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Hendricks County Photographs

A searchable database of Plainfield, Indiana and Hendricks County, Indiana photographs. Digitized images are added weekly!

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Newspapers

Provides access to historical newspapers from across Indiana. Explore newspaper articles and clippings for help with genealogy, history and other research–from Anderson to Ft. Wayne to Indianapolis and more!

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 Newspaper Archive

An online database that provides searchable access to 400 hundred years of Indiana historical newspapers dating back to the 17th century. Every part of every page is searchable, including valuable local articles, advertisements, editorials, classified ads, and obituaries.

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Indiana Memory

A wealth of digitized resources from Indiana libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions. It is a gateway to Indiana’s history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps, and other media.

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World Vital Records

Billions of family history, genealogy records, and family trees. Access key collections: U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; newspaper articles; unique, exclusive, local and world collections.

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Business and Consumer

AtoZ Databases

Reference and marketing database that provides a simple, user-friendly, web-based solution, including details on every business and every household within the U.S. Helpful for: job seekers, small business owners, entrepreneurs, students, marketing researchers, career counselors, and more. This will help entrepreneurs conduct prospecting, help students complete market studies, and help community members get more use out of the database.

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Consumer Reports

Provides access to the online version of Consumer reports magazine, as well as additional features. Includes ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services in categories including appliances, cars, electronics and computers, home and garden, health and fitness, babies and kids, food, personal finance, and travel. Includes product test videos, interactive guides, advice forums, consumer news, and more.

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Indiana Career Connect

Complete set of employment tools for job seekers in Indiana. Search jobs, create résumés, find education and training. Employers can find candidates, post jobs, search labor market information.

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Inspire

​Includes full-text magazine and journal articles, websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, full-text historic newspapers, multimedia, library catalogs, and much more. In most cases, INSPIRE provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of all articles that appear in every periodical with the exception of some newspapers. Only letters to the editor, advertisements, and some images are excluded for copyright reasons. Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through the Indiana General Assembly.

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Legal Forms

Provides a wide selection of Indiana legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in easy to understand language.

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PriceIt! Antiques & Collectibles

This simple-to-use online resource delivers 23 million realized prices on treasures nearly 30% of Americans collect, buy and trade every day. With a constantly updated and growing database, more than 10 million images to make identification easier, 125 searchable categories and intuitive search functionality, Price It! Antiques & Collectibles is the ultimate identification, research, and pricing tool for collectors, dealers, appraisers and anyone in between.

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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. Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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Value Line

Includes on-line access to Value Line’s leading research publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as our proprietary special situation stocks.

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Testing and Education Reference Center

Build a solid foundation for your future by achieving success in high school. Prepare for high school entrance and exit exams, search for private schools, prepare for AP tests or practice for the GED®. Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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Language & Geography

AtoZ Maps Online

The world’s largest database of royalty-free, downloadable maps for academic and business (non-commercial) use. No other online resource offers so many maps in so many categories. Find hurricane maps, geology, environmental and climate change maps, bathymetric and fishing maps, USGS maps, Holy Land maps, and volcano and earthquake maps!

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AtoZ The USA

This database contains state, county and city information for all U.S. states and territories. It lists facts and statistics about arts and culture, climate and weather, demographics, flags and seals, government and politics, history, maps, photos, and more.

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Basic ESL

An online English language learning program that provides the tools necessary to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing in English. Includes support in 19 native languages with English audio pronunciation

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Global Road Warrior

Information on over 200 countries, including etiquette (greetings & courtesies, ethics, meetings, attire,) society and culture (gift giving, food, media, time & punctuality,) travel tips (money & banking, transportation,) and more.

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Mango Languages

Language-learning software that teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, from Spanish and French to Azerbaijani, English, and even Pirate, all while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging. With free mobile apps, hands-free learning features, and progress tracking, if you’re looking to learn new languages and meet new cultures from near and far, you’ve come to the right place.

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Rosetta Stone

Use this award-winning language immersion program to learn the foundations for 30 languages. Core lessons and focused activities for 50+ hours of Level 1 instruction will help you refine your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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TumbleBooks

A collection of animated, talking picture books, suited for elementary school children. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books, adding sound, animation, music, and narration to create stories that come to life for children through engaging animation. The website is easy for children to navigate and allows children to hear stories that are read out loud fluently. There are even options to hear the stories in French or Spanish. Each story comes with puzzles and games geared to ensure reading comprehension.

Apps available:

iTunes

Google Play

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Teen Resources

BestColleges.com

A website which includes a regularly updated collection of college rankings and information about what schools across the country have to offer in terms of top-rated academics and student lifestyle. Includes information ranging from degree programs to campus amenities.

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Cypress Resume

Resumes and Cover letters made easy! Cypress Resume lets you complete your resume in minutes and create an excellent impression. Quickly create cover letters and reference sheets too. You can download, edit, publish to the web and save your work.

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Driving-tests.org

FREE current Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles driver’s permit practice tests! Make sure you are ready for your driver’s test. (includes CDL & motorcycle tests ).

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Indiana Career Connect

Complete set of employment tools for job seekers in Indiana. Search jobs, create résumés, find education and training. Employers can find candidates, post jobs, search labor market information.

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Inspire

Includes full-text magazine and journal articles, websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, full-text historic newspapers, multimedia, library catalogs, and much more. In most cases, INSPIRE provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of all articles that appear in every periodical with the exception of some newspapers. Only letters to the editor, advertisements, and some images are excluded for copyright reasons. Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through the Indiana General Assembly.

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Jobs for Teens HQ

This website provides teens with jobs listed by city/state, resume writing tips, job fair information, interviewing best practices, work permit info, volunteering opportunities, labor laws, and other information to help them succeed.

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Mango Languages

Language-learning software that teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, from Spanish and French to Azerbaijani, English, and even Pirate, all while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging. With free mobile apps, hands-free learning features, and progress tracking, if you’re looking to learn new languages and meet new cultures from near and far, you’ve come to the right place.

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NoveList Plus

Reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction – for all ages! Also includes Read-alike lists and some book discussion guides, coverage of thousands of fiction series, the option to sort by popularity and/or reading level (Lexile) scores, a curriculum-driven material designed to help integrate NoveList in the classroom, and articles by notable librarians and subject matter experts.

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Rosetta Stone

Use this award-winning language immersion program to learn the foundations for 30 languages. Core lessons and focused activities for 50+ hours of Level 1 instruction will help you refine your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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Science in Context

An engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. By integrating authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with headlines and videos, Science In Context draws students into the subject matter, showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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Testing and Education Reference Center

Build a solid foundation for your future by achieving success in high school. Prepare for high school entrance and exit exams, search for private schools, prepare for AP tests or practice for the GED®. Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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Family Resources

Biography for Beginners

Illustrated biographies written especially for beginning and striving readers

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Inspire

Includes full-text magazine and journal articles, websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, full-text historic newspapers, multimedia, library catalogs, and much more. In most cases, INSPIRE provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of all articles that appear in every periodical with the exception of some newspapers. Only letters to the editor, advertisements, and some images are excluded for copyright reasons. Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through the Indiana General Assembly.

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Mango Languages

Language-learning software that teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, from Spanish and French to Azerbaijani, English, and even Pirate, all while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging. With free mobile apps, hands-free learning features, and progress tracking, if you’re looking to learn new languages and meet new cultures from near and far, you’ve come to the right place.

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Miss Humblebee’s Academy

Helps children develop skills required by the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and the Common Core State Standards. Preschool through kindergarten-aged children learn basic concepts and build a strong foundation in letter knowledge and sound. The curriculum gradually becomes more challenging as the child advances. In addition, your child and you will enjoy hours of educational and entertaining reading that spans many literature styles. You’ll find traditional stories such as The Crow and the Pitcher and The Lion and the Mouse, as well as new stories and poems, were written exclusively for Miss Humblebee’s Academy, all richly illustrated.

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NoveList Plus

Reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction – for all ages! Also includes Read-alike lists and some book discussion guides, coverage of thousands of fiction series, the option to sort by popularity and/or reading level (Lexile) scores, a curriculum-driven material designed to help integrate NoveList in the classroom, and articles by notable librarians and subject matter experts.

Start Searching >

Rosetta Stone

Use this award-winning language immersion program to learn the foundations for 30 languages. Core lessons and focused activities for 50+ hours of Level 1 instruction will help you refine your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Start Searching >

Science in Context

An engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. By integrating authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with headlines and videos, Science In Context draws students into the subject matter, showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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TeachingBooks.net

Easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children’s and young adult books. Includes thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities. Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

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TumbleBooks

A collection of animated, talking picture books, suited for elementary school children. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books, adding sound, animation, music, and narration to create stories that come to life for children through engaging animation. The website is easy for children to navigate and allows children to hear stories that are read out loud fluently. There are even options to hear the stories in French or Spanish. Each story comes with puzzles and games geared to ensure reading comprehension.

Apps available:

iTunes

Google Play

Start Searching >

DIY

Chilton Library

Supplies a car repair solution for the “do-it-yourselfer” that is easy to use no matter the skill level. Repair, maintenance and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks from 1940 onward.

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Cypress Resume

Resumes and Cover letters made easy! Cypress Resume lets you complete your resume in minutes and create an excellent impression. Quickly create cover letters and reference sheets too. You can download, edit, publish to the web and save your work.

Start Searching >

Driving-tests.org

FREE current Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles driver’s permit practice tests! Make sure you are ready for your driver’s test. (includes CDL & motorcycle tests ).

Start Searching >

Indiana Career Connect

Complete set of employment tools for job seekers in Indiana. Search jobs, create résumés, find education and training. Employers can find candidates, post jobs, search labor market information.

Start Searching >

Inspire

Includes full-text magazine and journal articles, websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, full-text historic newspapers, multimedia, library catalogs, and much more. In most cases, INSPIRE provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of all articles that appear in every periodical with the exception of some newspapers. Only letters to the editor, advertisements, and some images are excluded for copyright reasons. Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through the Indiana General Assembly.

Start Searching >

Jobs for Teens HQ

This website provides teens with jobs listed by city/state, resume writing tips, job fair information, interviewing best practices, work permit info, volunteering opportunities, labor laws, and other information to help them succeed.

Start Searching >

Legal Forms

Provides a wide selection of Indiana legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in easy to understand language.

Start Searching >

Mango Languages

Language-learning software that teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, from Spanish and French to Azerbaijani, English, and even Pirate, all while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging. With free mobile apps, hands-free learning features, and progress tracking, if you’re looking to learn new languages and meet new cultures from near and far, you’ve come to the right place.

Start Searching >

NoveList Plus

Reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction – for all ages! Also includes Read-alike lists and some book discussion guides, coverage of thousands of fiction series, the option to sort by popularity and/or reading level (Lexile) scores, a curriculum-driven material designed to help integrate NoveList in the classroom, and articles by notable librarians and subject matter experts.

Start Searching >

PriceIt! Antiques & Collectibles

This simple-to-use online resource delivers 23 million realized prices on treasures nearly 30% of Americans collect, buy and trade every day. With a constantly updated and growing database, more than 10 million images to make identification easier, 125 searchable categories and intuitive search functionality, Price It! Antiques & Collectibles is the ultimate identification, research, and pricing tool for collectors, dealers, appraisers and anyone in between.

Start Searching >

Rosetta Stone

Use this award-winning language immersion program to learn the foundations for 30 languages. Core lessons and focused activities for 50+ hours of Level 1 instruction will help you refine your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Start Searching >

Science in Context

An engaging online resource providing contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. By integrating authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with headlines and videos, Science In Context draws students into the subject matter, showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity.Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Start Searching >

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. Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Start Searching >

Testing and Education Reference Center

Build a solid foundation for your future by achieving success in high school. Prepare for high school entrance and exit exams, search for private schools, prepare for AP tests or practice for the GED®. Provided for FREE to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Start Searching >

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