Arts & Literature

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Comprehensive full-text content for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities today. This database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas for hobby enthusiasts. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World, and many more.

NoveList (Plus)

Novelist is designed to help readers connect with great books. Using Novelist, you can enter a favorite title, author, series, or plot element, and find an extensive listing of suggested titles that you might also enjoy. Or if you already have a favorite genre, use Novelist to browse lists of books in that category to find authors and titles you might have missed.

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Business, Finance & Law

Gale Legal Forms

Provides a wide selection of legal forms (including those specific to Indiana) across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others.

Value Line Investment Survey

The Value Line Investment Survey is one of the most widely used independent investment information services in the world. Provides a comprehensive source of information and advice on approximately 1,700 stocks in 98 industries, the stock market, and the economy.

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eBooks and eAudiobooks

Accelerated Reader (AR)

Looking for Accelerated Reader (AR) books for school? Read the Books will help you find the right book to read. 

Read the Books gives links to local AR lists and also lists books by series, author, and topic to make it easy for kids to find accessible, interesting reading material. 

BiblioBoard

Get instant and unlimited access to community-created content, local, self-published books, a wide range of public domain research content (including Literature, Philosophy, Geography History, and Science), and thousands of other always available titles!
Sign up for BiblioBoard at home with your library card or visit any of our branches to sign up! You can access BiblioBoard here or download the app for your Apple, Android, or Kindle device.

Google Books

Offers a free search of millions of titles of books, featuring many relevant research books. 

Hoopla

hoopla is a service that brings you thousands of movies, television, music, and audiobook titles for free. All you need is a library card and a web browser, phone, or tablet. To see how to get started with hoopla, view our library tutorial here.

OverDrive (Indiana Digital Media)

Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more from your local public library - anywhere, anytime. All you need is a library card.

Project Gutenberg

Over 40,000 free ebooks, most in the public domain. Choose among ePub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

TeachingBooks

An engaging collection of resources that brings books to life.If you're looking for a site with helpful K-12 resources and activities focused on books and authors, TeachingBooks.net will have something for you.

Genealogy & Biography

Ancestry Library

Ancestry Library

A genealogy resource containing approximately 4000 databases of census; vital; church; court; emigration/immigration records; birth; marriage & death records; military records; census & voter records; and immigration & emigration records. Content ranges from the 13th to the 21st century and provides billions of indexed names. In addition to coverage for the United States and the United Kingdom, there are record collections for Canada, Europe and Australia. Available from Library only.

MyHeritage

Millions of families around the world use MyHeritage to explore their history. Collaborate with members and join the thousands who reunite with long-lost relatives every single day through our network.

Grant Resources

Candid (formerly Foundation Center)

Grant databases allow non-profit organizations, artists, researchers, and others to research grant opportunities available from foundations, corporations, and government agencies.

Muncie Public Library is a member of Candid’s Funding Information Network (FIN). View the Grant Resource Guide for helpful links to more available books, articles, websites, and videos.

With the grant databases and the library’s Fundraising Collection, you can find organizations whose areas of interest match yours, view foundations' IRS 990-PF tax documents, learn to write strong grant applications, improve non-profit management skills, learn new fundraising strategies, work with boards and volunteers, follow trends in philanthropy, and more.

NEW! Remote access options during the closure:

Muncie Public Library can assist you with searches directly. During the library closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may send us a funding search request, and a librarian will send you results from Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Professional within 1-2 business days. Fill out the Grant Research Request form to begin.

Additionally, you can now start your grant research from anywhere using Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Essential.*

*For access, contact Laura Janiga using the information at the bottom of this section. Learn how FDO Essential compares to FDO Professional (PDF). Generally, FDO Essential will show you profiles of grantmakers and 990 forms that match your search terms. FDO Professional provides those as well as grant and recipient details, and is currently available via the Research Request form linked above.

Full Database access is at Maring-Hunt Library only:

Foundation Directory Online Logo

Foundation Directory Online Professional allows non-profit organizations seeking grants to search thousands of funding organizations and grant recipients, read application guidelines and program summaries, view 990 tax returns, to analyze funding trends and research potential funders.

Grants to Individuals database logo

Foundation Grants to Individuals allows individual grant seekers such as students, artists, researchers to search thousands of funding organizations for scholarships, fellowships, loans, and internships, and search by school or corporation.

Note about the scope of Grant Databases:

The foundations in these directories typically fund only nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status as defined by the Internal Revenue Code. These are organizations whose purposes are charitable, educational, scientific, religious, literary, or cultural. A small number of foundations will also make grants to individuals, usually to help pay for educational expenses, or support artistic or research projects.

  • These databases are generally not where you will find funds to help with personal needs such as food, medical bills, housing, or debt relief. Instead, please call 211, or contact your elected officials such as your township trustee, to find government agencies and human/social service organizations near you, some of which may be able to provide temporary financial and other forms of assistance. Please also refer to the resources linked in the Candid Learning Knowledge Base for more emergency financial resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Additionally, these databases are generally not where you will find funds to help with a for-profit business. Please contact the Indiana Small Business Development Center for information about starting a business.

Database Training and Research Help **Available when regular business resumes**

Information Desk staff will help you locate books and get you started searching the databases (appointments are recommended). We also offer workshops for community and non-profit groups for more in-depth training. Please check the library’s calendar for scheduled workshops.

Call 765-741-7331 or email Laura Janiga at [email protected] to make an appointment or inquire about upcoming workshops. To search for other FIN locations and training opportunities worldwide, visit learning.candid.org (formerly Grantspace.org).

Health & Wellness

Consumer Health Complete

A comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content, Consumer Health Complete is designed to support the information needs of patients and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. 

This resource is available via INSPIRE. INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Online Library, a collection of academic databases and other information resources that can be accessed by Indiana residents using any computer equipped with Internet access in Indiana. INSPIRE is a service of the Indiana State Library, supported by the Indiana General Assembly through Build Indiana Funds, The Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act and in partnership with the Academic Libraries of Indiana.

Health Insurance Information

This is Muncie Public Library's guide to Health Insurance Information, including Affordable Care Act (sometimes known as Obamacare), obtaining coverage through the state of Indiana or with the help of a Healthcare Navigator, and protecting yourself from fraud. 

Health Source: Consumer Edition

A collection of consumer health information providing access to over 80 full-text consumer health magazines, including American Fitness, Better Nutrition, Harvard Health Letter, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times and many others. Also included in this database is searchable full text for current health-related pamphlets and over 100 health reference books. Additionally, the database contains nearly 10,000 Clinical Reference Systems reports (in English and Spanish) and Merriam-Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary. Topics covered include AIDS, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, aging, fitness, nutrition and dietetics, children's health, women's health and more.

This resource is available via INSPIRE. INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Online Library, a collection of academic databases and other information resources that can be accessed by Indiana residents using any computer equipped with Internet access in Indiana. INSPIRE is a service of the Indiana State Library, supported by the Indiana General Assembly through Build Indiana Funds, The Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act and in partnership with the Academic Libraries of Indiana.

 

MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions and wellness issues in language you can understand.

Jobs & Careers

Education Resources

This is Muncie Public Library's guide to resources for Education.

Job Seekers and Career Development

This is Muncie Public Library's guide to resources for Job Seekers and Career Development.

Newspapers and Magazines

Newspapers.com Collections

Newspapers.com provided us with a limited collection of Muncie newspapers from The Star/The Star Press and The Muncie Daily Herald for the following years:

The Star Press: 1970 

The Muncie Daily Herald: 1892 - 1906

Note: These two newspaper collections are all that Muncie Public Library can provide access to via Newspapers.com and only from within any Muncie Public Library branch. The full Newspapers.com subscription is not available at Muncie Public Library.

For access to all other Muncie newspapers on microfilm, please visit Carnegie Library.

The New York Times

Access to full New York Times current edition and archives from 1851-1922 and 1981-current.

We offer unlimited use of NYtimes.com while inside the library. First time users will need to set up an account.

For home use, we offer 72 hour access available here

Reference & Research

Explora

Explora is a research interface designed specifically for students and educators, with a focus on the arts, literature, biography, current events, geography and culture, health, history, math, science and more.

Explora for Elementary

Explora for Middle School

Explora for High School

Explora for Public Libraries

This resource is available via INSPIRE. INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Online Library, a collection of academic databases and other information resources that can be accessed by Indiana residents using any computer equipped with Internet access in Indiana. INSPIRE is a service of the Indiana State Library, supported by the Indiana General Assembly through Build Indiana Funds, The Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act and in partnership with the Academic Libraries of Indiana.

Guide to Civics

This is Muncie Public Library's guide to resources for learning about Civics. Civics is about the rights and responsibilities of citizens at the local, state, national, and global levels as well as the history of our nation as a democracy.

Indiana County Histories

Indiana county histories and atlases database from Archives Unbound spans Indiana history from 1857-1922.

INSPIRE

INSPIRE is Indiana's Virtual Library. It offers access to more than 50 databases that include biographies, magazines and scholarly journal articles, newspaper articles (often most recent 30 days), reviews, ebooks, and images. LearningExpress Library offers practice tests for SAT, GED, AP, LSAT, GRE, GMAT and many other tests for high school, college, graduate school, and careers. The Biography Reference Center allows searching for short biographies. Other popular resources include Teachingbooks.net, Rosetta Stone (level 1), Legal Information Reference Center, and Indiana Memory.

INSPIRE is a service of the Indiana State Library, supported by the Indiana General Assembly through Build Indiana Funds, The Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act and in partnership with the Academic Libraries of Indiana.

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Local Resources & Assistance

This is Muncie Public Library's guide to Local Resources & Assistance. Click the title to find information about Government Officials & Offices; Health, Human Services & Public Assistance; Local Special Needs Resources; Muncie Recreation Guide; Newspapers and Media Outlets; and Voting & Citizenship Information

Muncie/Delaware County Digital Resource Library

Muncie Public Library has been digitizing Muncie and Delaware County records since the 1990s and provides the Muncie/Delaware County Digital Resource Library for free (no library card required!).  Collections include Delaware County Court Documents, Delaware County Wills, Delaware County Deeds, Obituary Index, Funeral Home Records, and Beech Grove Cemetery Records.

Odyssey Case Management System

Public Records at your fingertips! The Odyssey Case Management System has current court cases and recorded documents for many Indiana counties (including Delaware County). 

WorldCat

WorldCat includes records for most public and academic libraries around the world that have online catalogs and at least some holdings in English. (Over 9000 libraries are represented!)