Arts, Libraries & Museums

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions.

Free access.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 162 million items. The collections include books, sound recordings, motion pictures, photographs, maps, and manuscripts.

The Library of Congress has a large Digital Collection available online.

Free access.

Museum of Online Museums

Link to online exhibits and collections worldwide.

Free access.

National Gallery of Art: NGA Images

NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. On this website you can search, browse, share, and download images. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts. More than 51,000 open access digital images up to 4000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use. NGA Images is designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration.

Free access.

OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service

Connect people to the resources they identify, whether they access the full text electronically, get a print copy in your library, request items through interlibrary loan, or buy them from a content provider. WorldCat Discovery search results are only the beginning of new discoveries and innovation.

Access to OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service and OCLC Resource Sharing Provided by Lansing Public Library's membership in SWAN.

Books, Authors & Series

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and contains plot summaries, synopses, work overviews, articles/essays of literary criticism and much more.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Just-right books for every reader!

NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.

Are you looking for a list of all the books in a series in the correct order? This is the place!

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Novelist Plus

NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers' advisory resource. In addition to the fiction database that NoveList has offered, NoveList Plus adds nonfiction to provide a complete solution for your readers. With NoveList Plus, you can find titles, articles, and lists for both your fiction and nonfiction needs.

Are you looking for a list of all the books in a series in the correct order? This is the place!

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Business, Finance & Law

AtoZdatabases - Business, Person and Job Reference Data

Search Jobs, Businesses or Mailing Lists

AtoZdatabases is the premier reference and marketing database marketed to Library, Academic, and Government institutions throughout the U.S. This simple, user-friendly, web-based solution provides details on businesses and households within the U.S.

Subscription from AtoZdatabases. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier is the industry's most used business database for full-text business publications.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Legal Information Reference Center

Legal Information Reference Center provides forms and full text for top consumer legal reference books

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Regional Business News

The premier full-text database covering a full spectrum of regional business news and publications for the United States and Canada. Content is provided by leading publishers in business news with coverage dating back to 1990.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Consumer & Auto

AutoMate Car Repair

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Consumer Reports

Unbiased product reviews.

Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit member organization that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace. We use our rigorous research, consumer insights, journalism, and policy expertise to inform purchase decisions, improve the products and services that businesses deliver, and drive regulatory and fair competitive practices.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Driver's Ed Practice Tests

Breeze through your DMV test when you study using real questions directly from the official driver's manual. Take a DMV practice test that's 73% more effective than the manual alone. Study at a much faster pace and learn from your mistakes in the Challenge Bank™, a test automatically made up of your missed questions.

Includes auto, motorcycle & CDL practice questions.

Provided by a partnership with Driving-Tests.org

Do It Yourself (DIY)

AutoMate Car Repair

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Provides comprehensive content from books and magazines for more than 140 topics in the subject areas of arts & crafts, collecting, games &, electronics, model building, home & leisure, needlework, outdoors &, nature, and scrapbooking and papercraft.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Home Improvement Reference Center

The definitive online resource for home improvement assistance in areas such as repair, maintenance, remodeling, electrical work and much more.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Small Engine Repair Reference Center is a database of detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines, including disassembly and routine maintenance.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Encyclopedia

Britannica Library Children

Student version of the encyclopedia, with supplemental materials and research guides.

Subscription from Encyclopædia Britannica. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Britannica Library Young Adult

Student version of the encyclopedia, with supplemental materials and research guides.

Subscription from Encyclopædia Britannica. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Britannica Reference Center

A version of Encyclopaedia Britannica that is designed for older students and adults.

Subscription from Encyclopædia Britannica. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries. Searchable by subject or keywords within the entry.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Genealogy & Biography

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry® Library Edition is one of the most important genealogical collections available today.  It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world! 

Subscription from ProQuest. Lansing Public Library Card required for access. In-library use only.

Fold3 Historical Military Records

Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

The records at Fold3 help you discover and share stories about these everyday heroes, forgotten soldiers, and the families that supported them. On Fold3, you can combine records found on the site with what you have in your own albums and shoeboxes to create an online memorial for someone who served.

Subscription from ProQuest. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Geography, Maps & Travel

A to Z the USA

AtoZ the USA is here for you to explore, enjoy, and use.
There are three giant groupings of information:

  • 127 Feature articles for every US state and territory
  • 103 Feature articles for the USA as a country
  • Video dictionaries to help you learn geography

We're here to help students prepare state reports, researchers find detailed information about the country and individual states, and teachers with study plans. Our tens of thousands of images are royalty-free so you may download them and use them for any non-commercial use.

Subscription from World Trade Press. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

A to Z World Travel

202 World Cities • 88 Topics per City

Travel

  • What are the passport and visa requirements?
  • What are immunization requirements?
  • How do I get from the airport to the city center?
  • What is the climate like?
  • What is the local currency?

Culture

  • What are the usual greetings and courtesies?
  • What are the national holidays and festivals?
  • What is the local cuisine?
  • What are the national symbols?
  • What are local superstitions and folklore?

Food

  • What is the national and local cuisine?
  • What are some recipes for local favorites?

Transportation

  • What and where are the airports?
  • What is public transportation like?
  • How do I get a taxi?
  • How do I rent an automobile?
  • What are the domestic travel routes?

Security

  • What is the local security assessment?
  • What are the current travel warnings?
  • What are the threats to safety and security?
  • What is the local crime situation?
  • Are there issues with transportation safety?

Subscription from World Trade Press. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Global Road Warrior

Global Road Warrior, which sub-titles itself as 'the ultimate guide to the world' or 'the ultimate business travel guide" provides a broad range of practical information, available in twenty broad subject categories, for over 175 countries. Includes numerous maps and images.

Subscription from World Trade Press. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages' language-learning resources help patrons, students, employees, and individuals learn 70+ languages online and on-the-go.

Subscription from Mango Languages. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Health & Wellness

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete provides information directed towards the needs of the patients, and to help the understanding of health-related topics.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

History

History Reference Center

History Reference Center is the world's most extensive full-text history reference database, featuring full text for reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, periodicals and many other historical sources from leading history publishers.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Salem Press Online Collection

Access Lansing Public Library's Online Collection of titles in History, Science & Careers.

Digital access from Salem Press as a companion to the same print titles in our collection. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Issues in the News, Newspapers, Magazines & Journal Articles

Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier. A popular resource found in many scholarly settings worldwide, Academic Search Premier is a leading multidisciplinary research database. It provides acclaimed full-text journals, magazines and other valuable resources.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

CQ Reseacher

CQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Our reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports. Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide a solid introduction to subjects most in demand by students.

Subscription from CQ Press. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

EBSCOhost Research Databases

Locate magazine & peer-reviewed journal articles. Full-text available.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

GreenFILE

This comprehensive resource draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.

GreenFILE is an environmental database provided free of charge from EBSCO.

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection

Historic newspapers provide us with a window on our past, and now digital technology has revolutionized access to this rich source material. The Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection (IDNC) contains digital facsimiles of historic Illinois newspapers. You can browse the newspapers by date or search by keyword across articles, advertisements and photo captions. You can print, download, or email individual articles. And it's free! More about the IDNC. Titles Available: Daily Illini 1916-1945 ; Urbana Daily Courier 1903-1935 ; Express (Tallula, Illinois) 1895-1896 (Scattered issues)
 

Illinois Newspaper Project

Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) is part of the U.S. Newspaper Program (USNP), a cooperative effort between the states and the federal government designed to identify, catalog and preserve on microfilm the nation's historic newspaper heritage. The USNP is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and administered by the Library of Congress. The INP team travels throughout Illinois inventorying and cataloging collections held by libraries and repositories, private organizations, and individuals. Newspapers that have not already been preserved on microfilm are filmed to create a permanent record of this vanishing material. The goal of the project is to facilitate access to Illinois newspapers. We host a web-based searchable database of all newspapers discovered and preserved through the project. All microfilm produced for INP is made available to Illinois citizens through interlibrary loan.

Lansing Journal/The Sun/Sun-Journal Newspapers (1935-1983)

Lansing Historical Society (Lansing, IL) started the digitization project in June 2006 and ended October 25, 2008.

Thank you to the 23 people who volunteered their time to help and for making these files available to researchers: Donald Olsen, Maxine Olsen, Marilyn Kooy, Jackie Ore, Tony DeLaurentis, Toni DeLaurentis, George Dommer, Gerri Besse, Therese Leisenfeld, Floyd Fairfield: did all the cutting, Lucille Sebahar, Phyllis Drewno, Paul Schultz, Lea Dommer, Carol Sebastian, Elayne Young, Patty Eidam, Bud Eidam, Betty Gapinski, Sandy Schultz, Diane Roberts, Norma Anderson, and Tom Highland: took all the photos.

A total of 62,873 pictures were taken. Volunteers met 56 times for a total of about 220 hours of labor for the project.

Internet access to the files was provided by a partnership between Lansing Historical Society and Lansing Public Library in 2015, making them available to researchers worldwide!

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

Free access provided by EBSCO.

MasterFILE Premier

Designed specifically for public libraries, this database provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Points of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center contains 400 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

The Lansing Journal (2017-)

Every community deserves a good newspaper. The Lansing Journal serves residents and businesses in Lansing, Illinois, with community-building news and info.

Free access.

Jobs & Careers

Glass Door

Glassdoor gives you an inside look at company reviews, interview questions, & salary information for thousands of companies.

Provided by a partnership with Glassdoor.com

Salem Press Online Collection

Access Lansing Public Library's Online Collection of titles in History, Science & Careers.

Digital access from Salem Press as a companion to the same print titles in our collection. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

The Careers College

Self-paced, online job search courseware and career transition resources.

Subscription from TCC Learning, LLC. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Science & Technology

Salem Press Online Collection

Access Lansing Public Library's Online Collection of titles in History, Science & Careers.

Digital access from Salem Press as a companion to the same print titles in our collection. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center is a full-text database that covers earth science, life science, technology, health and other popular topics discussed by today's science researchers.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Students & Teachers

A to Z the USA

AtoZ the USA is here for you to explore, enjoy, and use.
There are three giant groupings of information:

  • 127 Feature articles for every US state and territory
  • 103 Feature articles for the USA as a country
  • Video dictionaries to help you learn geography

We're here to help students prepare state reports, researchers find detailed information about the country and individual states, and teachers with study plans. Our tens of thousands of images are royalty-free so you may download them and use them for any non-commercial use.

Subscription from World Trade Press. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

A to Z World Travel

202 World Cities • 88 Topics per City

Travel

  • What are the passport and visa requirements?
  • What are immunization requirements?
  • How do I get from the airport to the city center?
  • What is the climate like?
  • What is the local currency?

Culture

  • What are the usual greetings and courtesies?
  • What are the national holidays and festivals?
  • What is the local cuisine?
  • What are the national symbols?
  • What are local superstitions and folklore?

Food

  • What is the national and local cuisine?
  • What are some recipes for local favorites?

Transportation

  • What and where are the airports?
  • What is public transportation like?
  • How do I get a taxi?
  • How do I rent an automobile?
  • What are the domestic travel routes?

Security

  • What is the local security assessment?
  • What are the current travel warnings?
  • What are the threats to safety and security?
  • What is the local crime situation?
  • Are there issues with transportation safety?

Subscription from World Trade Press. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Britannica Library Children

Student version of the encyclopedia, with supplemental materials and research guides.

Subscription from Encyclopædia Britannica. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Britannica Library Young Adult

Student version of the encyclopedia, with supplemental materials and research guides.

Subscription from Encyclopædia Britannica. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Britannica Reference Center

A version of Encyclopaedia Britannica that is designed for older students and adults.

Subscription from Encyclopædia Britannica. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Constitution Study Guide

This website is written for adult GED students in Illinois, who will be required to take a Constitution test in order to receive a GED certificate. The website presents information about the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the Illinois Constitution, and the U.S. flag.  The GED Constitution test includes questions about all of these documents.  

Free access.

CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Our reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports. Shorter "Hot Topics" articles provide a solid introduction to subjects most in demand by students.

Subscription from CQ Press. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Explora

Ensure student and educator success with EBSCO’s new interface for schools and public libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users,  supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

Includes:

  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic to give students research ideas
  • Topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Middle Search Plus

Designed for middle school libraries, Middle Search Plus is a full-text database providing popular middle school magazines and reference books. Covering subjects such as history, current events, science and sports, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Points of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center contains 400 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Primary Search

Designed for elementary school libraries, Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness and space exploration.

Subscription from EBSCO. Lansing Public Library Card required for access.

Teacher Reference Center

Teacher Reference Center (TRC) provides indexing and abstracts for nearly 300 peer-reviewed journals. Topics covered include Best Practices, Curriculum Development, Literacy Standards, Pedagogical Research, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Science & Mathematics, School Administration, and more.

EBSCO provides free access to all.