Electronic Resources


Citation and Writing Guides

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) - Over 200 free resources including:

  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • Grammar and Mechanics
  • Job Search and Professional Writing
  • Research
  • Style Guides
  • Writing and Teaching Writing

JCPL's Online Catalog


Tutors, Online Help, and Study Guides

  • Ask Rose - Rose Hulman Institute of Technology's Homework Hotline. Provides FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students in grades 6-12.
  • The Homework Spot - Find the best K-12 homework resources organized by subject and grade-level.
  • CliffsNotes - Complete and free.
  • Shmoop - Entertain your brain while studying books, plays, short stories, poems, and U.S. history.

Websites and Subject Guides

Subject Guides

General Biographies

  • Biography in Context - (Library card login required) - Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure that students have access to the very latest information.
  • Biographical Dictionary - Covers notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient to the present day.
  • Biography.com - Search over 25,000 of the greatest lives, past and present.
  • Infoplease - Biographies Search more than 30,000 biographies in almanacs, a dictionary, and an encyclopedia.


  • Background Notes - Brief articles from the U.S. Dept. of State, which include current information on all the countries and territories of the world.
  • CIA World Fact Book - Facts, figures, history, geography and politics of the countries of the world.