Resources for East Chicago Public Library

A world of resources courtesy of the East Chicago Public LIbary are now available on your computer. Just click on the link or icon and enter your library card number.

Please note that the federal government has restricted the inventory of tax forms this year. Commonly used tax forms will be available at library locations. For tax preparation assistance, please visit Indiana 211, or dial 211.

Downloadable Tax Forms
Federal Tax Forms
Indiana Tax Forms
Illinois Tax Forms
Other State Tax Forms

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Career Transitions

A comprehensive career resource that allows you to search for and track jobs, create targeted resumes and cover letters, practice and master interview techniques, explore and identify career paths according to your interests, experience and what’s in demand, and find schools and education/training programs, Career Transitions is your one-stop-shop for finding a new job/career and expert tips on how to set yourself apart in an increasingly competitive job market.
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Chilton Library

As one of the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners, gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicle. Get access to schematics, wiring diagrams, maintenance schedules and so much more for the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, classic cars dating back to the 1940s, and additional coverage of specialty models.
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Legal Forms

Need a legal form? Sample Letter? Legal definition? This resource provides FREE access thousands of downloadable national and state-specific legal forms, sample letters, legal definitions, legal questions and answers, and a law digest, available 24/7 at your convenience. Find everything from wills, estates, or divorce to power of attorney, landlord-tenant, and incorporation.
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National Geographic Magazine Archive

The National Geographic Magazine Archive provides full-text searching of every article of the world’s most recognized magazine from its first publication in 1888 through 1994. This comprehensive archive is an essential tool for researchers of all ages for the study of science, nature, geography and much more.
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Opposing Viewpoints In Context

Information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. In this resource, you will find up-to-date viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to authoritative websites. Great for students!
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PowerSpeak Languages

¡Hola! Bonjour! Hallo! Whether you want to learn a language for travel, business, or personal enrichment, Powerspeak Languages is a breakthrough in online language learning. The highly engaging courses utilize progressive language learning methods. Powerspeak Languages is an entertaining and effective way to learn a new language. Choose from Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, or English (for Spanish-speakers).
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Want to learn how to take better pictures? Stuck on how to write an effective business plan for your new business? East Chicgao Public Library now provides Learn4Life, an online instruction center with hundreds of six-week courses in many areas of personal and professional development. As a library card holder in good standing, you can enroll in up to five FREE courses per calendar year.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Print material delivered in a digital format! Easily cross-search more than a hundred reference titles and encyclopedias with content in subjects such as biography and history, law, literature, medicine, science, social studies and more.
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Biography In Context

Over 600,000 biographies on the world's most influential people. Search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.
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Contemporary Authors

Provides complete biographical and bibliographical information and references on more than 120,000 U.S. and international authors. Updated monthly, Contemporary Authors allows users to search for an author by name, title of work, nationality, date and place of birth and death, subject/genre, personal and career information, awards and honors, and more.
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Health and Wellness Resource Center

Got a health question? This resource is the "go-to" source with credible information that is in-depth yet simple to navigate. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, health-related videos, and thousands of articles from award-winning reference titles.
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Indiana History Online

Writings about Indiana History by those who lived it. The digital archive provides a wide variety of documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamplets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children’s books, drawn from the Sabin collection and other sources.

This archive aims to be as user-friendly and accessible as possible, making it possible to research state history easily and conveniently from your own computer.
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Spanish periodicals. Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.
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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 and also includes secondary materials like biographies, images, and more.
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Science In Context

Information on hundreds of today’s most significant scientific topics. Easily find full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to authoritative websites. Good for student research.
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Small Business Resource Center

Providing access to important small business management resources, Small Business Resource Center offers a combination of unparalleled periodicals and reference content, including Business Plans Handbook, a collection of real-life business plans for all types of businesses. Small Business Resource Center provides the prospective and current entrepreneurial community with a resource that enhances business longevity.
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Testing and Education Reference Center

Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this resource to search thousands of college and graduate school entries, identify scholarships that meet your financial needs, take online practice tests, and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education and career goals.
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Health Reference Center Academic

This multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus a wide variety of personal health information sources. Health Reference Center -- Academic integrates the full text and images of respected nursing, allied health and medical journals; consumer health magazines; newsletters; pamphlets; newspaper articles; topical overviews; and reference books.
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Military and Intelligence Database

Specifically designed for military personnel, searchers are sure to find answers to their reference questions using this resource of more than 500 titles and more than 7 million articles. Users can easily mark, print, or e-mail results. In addition, The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia and The World Almanac and Book of Facts are included.
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Nursing and Allied Health Collection

Including more than 1000 titles, this collection's current and authoritative content will be of use to both nursing professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.
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Nursing Resource Center

This database supports learning beyond the classroom. The interface is intuitive to students and facilitates connections between the content and clinical practice. The Nursing Resource Center provides authoritative information written in accessible language for students completing research papers, class assignments, and those preparing for their clinical experiences as they learn how to care for and treat patients.

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America’s News

Find information on topics related to business, careers, education, health, homework help, politics and more from a variety of news media including newspapers, newswires, blogs, videos and web-only content including the
Chicago Sun-Times, Post-Tribune, USA Today and more.
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Access Business News

Find information on topics related to business, careers, education, health, homework help, politics and more from a variety of news media including newspapers, newswires, blogs, videos and web-only content including the Chicago Sun-Times, Post-Tribune, USA Today and more.
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Chicago Sun-Times (Search 1986-Current)

Find Chicago area information including issues and events, business, education, health, politics and more.
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Post-Tribune (Search 11/3/1986-Current)

Find information including community issues and events, business, education, health, politics, sports and more.

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Career QA is a question and answer platform that lets students explore different career options. All questions asked on the site are answered publically on the site so others can browse, read and learn.
Career QA
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Finance QA an online question and answer platform that teaches people about money. Questions are answered by financial consultants so users can learn to make smarter financial decisions.
Finance QA
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Career Igniter offers a resume builder, cover letter builder, career advice and resume samples that helps job seekers obtain employment. Career Igniter aims to put people back to work.
Career Igniter

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INSPIRE is Indiana’s Virtual Library. INSPIRE is a collection of academic databases and other information resources that can be accessed by Indiana residents.

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A Multidisciplinary catalog of books, journals, sound & video recordings, web resources and other materials held by OCLC Member Libraries worldwide.

Job Resources

State of Indiana Job Websites DWD
Explore Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development. SPD
Explore Indiana state employment opportunities.

Indiana Career Connect
Find a career, in the State of Indiana that matches your skills and experience.

Work One
WorkOne helps people find a new or better job, choose a career, find a good employee, access training, or get the information needed to succeed in today's ever-evolving workplace.

Job Seeking Websites

The largest online job site in the U.S., CareerBuilder helps match the right talent with the right opportunity.

Local Job Opportunities

Indeed has given job seekers free access to millions of jobs from thousands of company websites and job boards covering 50 countries and 26 languages.

Monster has a full array of job seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management products and services.

NWI Times Jobs
Information on available NWI Jobs, Postings, and Employment for the
Times Newspaper.

Simply Hired makes finding your next career choice a simple experience.

Local and national jobs sources for part-time or full-time hourly job seekers.

The U.S. Government’s official system/program for Federal jobs and employment information.

Resume Building

*The East Chicago Public Library has added Cypress Resume services to help you build the prefect resume.

Pocket Resume
Printable PDF that holds all important information handy when applying for jobs. Pocket Resume also includes suggestions and common questions interviewers and interviewees should ask.

Purdue Online Writing Lab: Resumes
Understand what you are writing, why you are writing it, and what is expected as you write it.

Job Advice Websites

American Job Center
“I want every American looking for work to have the same opportunity...have one program, one website, and one place to go for all the information and help that they need. It is time to turn our unemployment system into a reemployment system that puts people to work."
- President Barack Obama

Career One Stop
Salary information by occupation, location, highest paying jobs.

Unique career advice…with an edge.
Job listings, job search tips, employment and career advice, resumes and cover letters, interview questions and employment information.

Occupational Outlook
Profiles featured cover hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more.

Employment Resources for Persons with Disabilities

Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation
Provides continuous support and life-long commitment for citizens in need of disability and rehabilitative supports in the State of Indiana, today and in the future.

Second Sense Beyond Vision Loss
Through the recognition of individual strengths and aspirations, Second Sense offers alternative perspectives for living with vision loss. Working together, we tailor our training and support to help every person realize their potential.

TradeWinds is dedicated to providing support services and training designed to promote individual choice, growth and self-sufficiency for people of all ages and abilities.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS), a program of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), provides quality individualized services to enhance and support people with disabilities to prepare for, obtain or retain employment. Through active participation in their rehabilitation, people with disabilities achieve a greater level of independence in their work place and living environments.

Indiana Independent Living Centers (ILCs) The mission of ILCs is helping people with disabilities live independently and become productive, fully participating members of society.

Employment Agencies


Staff Source USA


Kelly Services

Health Care Resources

Health Literacy

“The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.“
– National Network of Libraries of Medicine


  • Consumer & Patient Information Services (CAPHIS)


Print Collection:

  • Biomedical Reference Collection: Basic Edition
    • Access to more than 100 full text journals covering such disciplines as clinical medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pre-clinical sciences and the health care system.
  • Health Business™ FullTEXT
    • Full text coverage of nearly 130 well-known administrative journals such as H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks, Health Management Technology, Modern Healthcare, and many others.
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition
    • Rich collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide. This resource provides access to nearly 300 full text, consumer health periodicals, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Fit Pregnancy, Harvard Health Letter, HealthFacts, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and many others.
  • Health Source®: Nursing/Academic Edition
    • 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.
  • MedlinePlus
    • MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.
    • MEDLINE® provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more.

    • Citations from MEDLINE
    • Maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information
    • Managed by the US Department of Health and Human Services

Other Resources:

Federal Tax Forms index.html?portlet=3

State of Indiana Tax Forms

Indiana Needs to Count On You! Census Resources for Individuals and Organizations

Lake County, Indiana Online Electronic Services media-type/html/user/anon/page/ egovernment

Paul G. Karras Lake County Assessor

General Information

City of East Chicago

Northwest Indiana Community Information—LakeNet

Reference Desk

Purdue University Online Writing Resources

Youth Services

American Library Association Great Web Sites for Kids

Digital Aids for Staying Organized


Remind Post



Just for Kids Resources

Primary Games
Super fun games originally designed for students. If you can't decide where to start you can click on the Can't Decide button on the bottom of the homepage for a random game. Information is included for teachers and parents.

Chateau Meddybemps
Visit this wacky site for all sorts of fun and fascinating activities for younger kids.

Math Playground
You'll be amazed by how much fun you can have keeping your math muscles ready to rock. For elementary and middle school ages.

Cool Math
Fun math games. Are you up to the challenge?

These games will make you smarter. Games are arranged by age and grade level. Includes some teacher and parenting resources.

Minecraft is a creative, Lego-like game focused on building structures in a 3-D world.

RIF Reading Planet
Write and illustrate your own stories, play reading games, or express yourself through poetry — this site is great for younger children to explore reading and writing.

Surfnetkids: Kids Games
Puzzles, word challenges, and other exciting exercises with links to even more fun games.

National Geographic Kids
Elementary to middle school-aged kids will enjoy the numerous games, stories, photos, and even contests about animals, the environment, and different cultures around the world.

PBS Kids Games
Games and activities connected to your favorite PBS programs. Also provides information for grownups on using the site.

Squigly’s Playhouse
Look here for games, crafts, jokes, brain teasers and more.

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