Adult Learners

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. – Tutorials

With thousands of international recipes, hundreds of fascinating culture and ingredient articles, and essential culinary resources, AtoZ World Food brings international cuisines to you, from Albanian byrek to Zimbabwean matemba!

The world is full of awe-inspiring places, and AtoZ World Travel TM can help you reach
them. For travelers and knowledge seekers alike, AtoZ World Travel TM is a comprehensive
travel resource with information about points of interest, security, transportation, food and
recipes, culture, language, and more.

The program is free of charge for the library and its patrons. It doesn’t collect any personal information and includes unlimited online access to the DMV manuals, state-specific DMV practice tests for car, motorcycle and commercial driver’s license (CDL), exam simulator, and DMV-related FAQ.

Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with simple search, easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic, and a Curriculum Standards Module to help educators correlate content quickly and easily to Common Core and other standards.

Gale LegalForms offers a wide selection of essential state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms that may be customized for the most common legal procedures. These forms are used by attorneys and law firms. Includes real estate contracts, wills, premarital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord-tenant, and many others.

The Whiting Public Library is happy to announce that we added Gale Courses.  Gale Courses supports libraries as educational institutions and gives community members easy access to lifelong learning opportunities including professional development, technology, and personal enrichment courses.  Available 24/7, Gale Courses provides more than 360 six-week-long, online programs taught by college instructors.

Authoritative, money-saving car-care guidance
Deliver reliable automotive help online 24/7 through ChiltonLibrary, trusted by automotive enthusiasts and professionals for more than 100 years.

Global Road Warrior TM is the world’s most extensive country-by-country resource for
learning about culture, customs, history, and language worldwide. Global Road Warrior TM
consists of 175 Country Guides of 119 topics each.

INSPIRE is Indiana’s Virtual Online Library includes full-text magazine and journal articles, websites, pamphlets, images, almanacs, full-text historic newspapers, multimedia, library catalogs, and much more.

First published in 1899 as a small reference book for physicians and pharmacists, The Manual grew in size and scope to become one of the most widely used comprehensive medical resources for professionals and consumers.

From developing new therapies that treat and prevent disease to helping people in need, we are committed to improving health and well-being around the world.  The Merck Veterinary Manual was first published in 1955 as a service to the community.

Weiss Ratings & Grey House Publishing are the source for accurate ratings that you can rely upon to make sound, informed financial decisions. Weiss Ratings has an excellent track record for identifying and warning the public about troubled companies before they fail, and their superior results speak for themselves.

Expanding on “the most useful reference book known to modern man,” The World Almanac® provides students and researchers access to authoritative, essential statistics on hundreds of topics in a searchable online format.


With Craft & Hobby, library patrons can explore in-depth online instructional videos and classes that span 22 different creative categories, allowing them to learn a new hobby or improve their skills in an existing area. Thanks to Craft & Hobby’s on-demand streaming videos, patrons can learn whenever and wherever they choose!

Creativebug offers more than 1000 video classes in drawing, painting, sewing, quilting, knitting, jewelry making, and much more.   Creativebug classes provide project ideas and guidance for all levels.

Digital Media

Freegal offers music in both downloadable and streaming formats.  Freegal’s catalog of over 10 million songs includes both the latest hit albums and old classics.

Hoopla is an on-demand streaming media service that allows you to borrow audiobooks, comics, ebooks, movies, music, and television shows online with automatic return after the loan period.

Stream thousands of films, TV shows, and documentaries for free without ads through your library, including a variety of kids’ shows and movies.

OverDrive provides downloadable e-books, audiobooks, and streaming video through the Indiana Digital Download Center.  The e-books can be read on most tablets, smartphones, e-readers, and computers.

Flipster is an award-winning platform built for libraries to provide patrons, students, researchers, and educators access to their favorite digital magazines.

Facts & Figures

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.

This report includes information about the amount, location, and characteristics of surface water and ground water for the Lake Michigan Region in Indiana. By comparing the supply potential of surface-water and ground-water systems with current and projected water use, areas of potential water-use conflicts and areas of underutilized water supply can be identified.

Every year since 1978 Indiana Landmarks has surveyed from two to four counties, looking for architecturally and historically significant structures and districts.

The Indiana State Data Center makes the Census as well as other federal and state statistics on such topics as demographics and economics available through a statewide network of affiliates located in state agencies, universities, libraries, local planning agencies, small business development centers, and non-profit organizations.

Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

The USCIS Legal Resources section provides information on laws, regulations and other authorities, including interpretations and policies that USCIS and other immigration-related components of the Department of Homeland Security follow.


An invaluable resource for genealogical research, Ancestry provides a comprehensive guide to U.S. sources, including the U.S. census, military records, and immigration records. The database also features extensive Canadian and international collections.

FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. Family Search has the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world.

Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add ‘virtual flowers’ and a note to a loved one’s grave, etc. Also search through the graves of thousands of famous people from around the world.

A database of genealogical information includes tens of thousands of family and local history books, as well as federal census data. Features unique Revolutionary War information and vital African-American records.

Hoosier State Chronicles provides free, online access to high quality digital images of Indiana’s historic newspapers.

A collaborative effort to provide access to the wealth of primary sources in Indiana libraries, Indiana history, and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps, and other media.

Language Learning

Equipped with interactive learning activities, a personalized review system, and universally standardized content in our most popular courses,  Mango  is designed to adapt to individual language pathways, preparing learners for realistic conversations and strengthening everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English.

Mango Languages now offers Little Pim.  With Little Pim, your child can learn 360 words and phrases, providing the essential building blocks for language learning. Available on multiple devices. Instant access to the complete library of our educational language learning video’s in 12 languages.

With our comprehensive multi-media packages you will be speaking and improving your language skills with every lesson by taking part in the modern, everyday conversations that make up our Interactive Audio Course.

Learn a new language with Rosetta Stone.  Rosetta Stone uses images, text, and sound to teach words and grammar.  The first levels of Rosetta Stone courses are available for 30 different languages.

Student Learners

CliffsNotes is the original (and most widely imitated) study guide. CliffsNotes study guides are written by real teachers and professors, so no matter what you’re studying, CliffsNotes can ease your homework headaches and help you score high on exams.

A student interface designed for use in kindergarten through grade 5 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more.

A student interface designed for use in grades 6 through 8 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more.

An interface designed for students in grades 9 through 12 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Business and Careers, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more.

Welcome to The Mailbox®!  This database gives users access to the many teacher-created and educationally sound classroom activities and lesson plans that are included in the new school and district version of this much-beloved resource for elementary classrooms.  The Mailbox® can help teachers and at homeschooling parents deliver fun, practical activities that not only engage students but also inspire them to learn and master the required curriculum.

Read pro and con arguments for and against topics such as medical marijuana, euthanasia, prostitution, and gun control.  Great resource to use when writing, referencing and narrowing down topics for argumentative essays.

SparkNotes is a resource you can turn to when you’re confuzzled. We help you understand books, write papers, and study for tests. We’re clear and concise, but we never leave out important info.

World Book Advanced is a powerful multimedia reference tool, perfect for high school students, that integrates reference articles and primary source database in a single search. It also includes access to up-to-the-minute news publications from all over the world.

World Book’s Dramatic Learning expands proven approaches to building reading fluency and content comprehension. By turning texts into plays, skits, and monologues, providing adaptations of classic works and showing how to apply these materials in the classroom, Dramatic Learning can help students become more fluent readers, understand core concepts, and retain topical information.

The eBook collection includes beautifully illustrated, engaging titles that contain such multimedia features as videos, audio, and games.  The unique, interactive platform enables users to add such personalized features as bookmarks, highlights, and notes; search the text for a word or phrase; and look up words in The World Book Dictionary.

Explore the history of such ancient cultures as the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Australian Aborigines, Maori, and Chinese, among others, in this expansive online reference collection. World Book Digital Libraries offer an online, interactive complement to World Book’s most popular print reference sets.

The Early World of Learning is a leading online resource for preschoolers and children in the early primary. Developed with experts on early childhood education, the Early World of Learning offers rich resources designed for easy integration into the classroom curriculum.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos es un sitio web de referencia general en español desarrollado especialmente para los más jóvenes usuarios de la biblioteca. Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is a Spanish-language general reference website developed especially for younger library patrons.

Comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia written from a Latin American perspective. Content is updated monthly. Includes maps, timelines, videos, images, and interactive activities.

Inventions and Discoveries is an exploration of the transformative impact of the inventions and discoveries that continue to shape our world today, including an examination of advances in agriculture, engineering, communications, economics, manufacturing, the arts, astronomy, transportation, warfare, medicine, mathematics, and everyday items.

In this comprehensive site, students explore environmental issues and current efforts to reduce human impact on the environment. World Book Digital Libraries offer an online, interactive complement to World Book’s most popular print reference sets.

World Book Kids is a general reference website developed especially for our youngest learners. The site offers easy-to-read articles, multimedia, and a wealth of engaging games, interactive tools, and activities.

World Book Student includes engaging content, built-in features, and fun tools specifically designed to make knowledge accessible and easy-to-find for all kids in elementary through middle school.

World Book’s new interactive way to view history, Timelines gives students the opportunity to visualize and explore important events from the past.