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SJCPL Online Resources



Online Articles and Information

Many of our databases are available from your home computer with a valid St. Joseph County Public Library card. The databases include full-text magazine and newspaper articles, encyclopedia entries, biographical information and more. These databases are particularly useful as reference sources:
Careers Internet Database: Username: 440w, Password: future
Auto Repair Reference Center
Facts on File World New Digest: includes an encyclopedia and an almanac
Gale Biography Resource Center
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale LitFinder: fulltext poems, short stories, speeches, plays and author information

Local Information

City of South Bend
Make a Difference Michiana (Local Non-Profit Organizations)
St. Joseph County Property Taxes Online Payment
St. Joseph County Sheriff's Sales
United Religious Community of St. Joseph County, Indiana

State Information

Indiana Prisoner Statistics
Indiana State Agency Database
Indiana State Government
Indiana Wage Statistics
Indiana Statewide Voter Registration Register to vote or find your polling place
Stats Indiana

Online Reference Sources

Abbreviations and Acronyms
Acronym Finder


Infoplease Almanac
Old Farmer's Almanac


Google Art Project


Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

Career Summaries

Occupational Outlook Handbook Online
O*NET Online

City Explorations




Credit Reports (Free)

Dictionaries & Thesauri

Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names Medical Dictionary
Merriam-Webster English Dictionary and Thesaurus
Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
OneLook Dictionary & Reverse Dictionary
Roget's International Thesaurus
Your Dictionary


Google Books
Hundred Zeros: free Kindle ebooks
Online Books from the University of Pennsylvania
Open Library
Project Gutenberg


Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia Mythica
Encyclopedia of Earth
Encyclopedia of Life
Ethnologue: Encyclopedia of Languages
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Fiction Reader's Advisory
Fantastic Fiction
For more information for fiction readers, please see the Reader's Advisory information on our Magazines, Newspapers and Fiction Department's page.

General Reference

Bartleby's Full-text Reference Works
On This Day in History...
Public Library of Law
The Sermon Notebook
This Day in History


Criteria for Evaluating Websites
Domain Name Owners
Wayback Machine: Internet Archive
Norton Safe Web: find out how trustworthy a website is
Snopes: "the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation"

Language Learning & Translation

Please see the Language subject guide for online language learning resources.

Movie Critiques

Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
Rotten Tomatoes

National, State, County, & Municipal Codes

Contact County Offices for County Code Information
Indiana Codes Online (Ex. Building, Residential, Electrical)
Indiana Legislative Code Online
National Electrical Code Online (Must Register w/ the NFPA)
South Bend Municipal Code Online

Public Libraries

Public library locator


Quotations from

State Government and Agency Information

State Agency Database: Contains valuable information from state agencies for all 50 states (courts, natural resources, licensing, revenue, etc.)


Census Township Finder
Federal MapStats
Kids Count Data Center
Population Reference Bureau
Statistical Abstract of the United States
UN Data
Uniform Crime Reports Crime statistics from the FBI
UNESCO Institute for Statistics

Stock Quotes (Historical)

Big Charts
Yahoo Finance

Subject Lists (Internet Directories)

Internet Public Library
Virtual Library

Tax ID information

MelissaData tax ID lookups

Vital Records

Vital Records for each state from the Center for Disease Control

Voter and Government Information

Fact Check
National Institute on Money in State Politics
On the Issues
Personal tools