Westfield Washington Public Library
333 West Hoover St. Westfield Indiana 46074
317.896.9391 phone | 317.896.3702 fax

Research

The Westfield Washington Public Library has several qualified librarians on staff to help you with your research needs. We also provide databases and other verified sources that are available even during non-business hours to help you find what you're looking for. If you have a quick question you can call the Reference Desk @ 317.896.9391. If you need more comprehensive answers you can email your questions to librarian@wwpl.lib.in.us or visit us in person.


Online Resources


Arbor Day Tree Guide

The arborday.com tree guide offers detailed information on dozens of commonly planted landscape trees that grow throughout the United States. Here you will find information on height and spread, soil and sun requirements, leaves and fruit, history, wildlife habitat, and more. There is also a interactive guide that can help you answer the question, "What Tree is That?"

 

BioMedSearch

BioMedSearch is a medical search engine that contains NIH/PubMed documents, plus a large collection of theses, dissertations, and other publications not found anywhere else for free, making it the most comprehensive free search on the web. BioMedSearch also provides advanced account features that allow saved searches, alerts, saving documents to portfolios, commenting on documents and portfolios, and sharing documents with other registered users. Registering for BioMedSearch is free.

 

Bird Watcher's Digest

Bird Watcher's Digest is a magazine that we have here at the library. If you visit BirdWatchersDigest.com you can use the Bird Identification Guide to look at pictures, hear sounds and learn about all types of birds.

 

Chilton Automotive

ChiltonLibrary.com represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. ChiltonLibrary gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicle. *You must have a valid barcode to login.

 

Ed2Go

We are partnering with Ed2Go to bring you instructor led online classes in a variety of subjects each for only $99 and a portion of your fee will benefit the library. Check out their course catalog for a list of available classes. Clicking on a specific class will provide you with a course description, an instructor profile and a syllabus. Get started today!

 

eSequels

The eSequels database is current and complete so you can find the newest title by your favorite author or spot a title that you may have missed. They list the most popular series so you can discover a new author or rediscover an enjoyable series of years past. eSequels indexes character, location and subject as well as author and title so you can identify a series that you may recall only vaguely. Brief annotations are given that describe each title without "giving away" any surprise endings. Most importantly, eSequels lists the novels in the correct reading sequence so you can begin at the beginning rather than blunder into the middle of "Act III." *You must have a valid barcode to login.

 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

With Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) you can browse, search and download eBook articles anytime from any Internet-connected device. Also you can translate, download audio of the individual articles, and save your favorites.The eBooks you can access are digitally reproduced from trusted, authoritative reference works from Gale and their publishing partners. There are over 150 reference books on the following subjects: Art, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, Histoy, Law, Literatue, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation & World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. *You must have a valid barcode to login.

 

Indiana Self-Service Legal System

Indiana Judicial Branch Self-Service Legal Center was created to provide valuable information, court forms, and various resources for people who represent themselves in court. It should be noted, however, that self-representation should not be taken lightly, and that there are many instances in which hiring an attorney is a good idea. In fact, we suggest that even if you use the forms provided on this site, you still talk with an attorney prior to submitting them to a court.

 

 

Inspire

INSPIRE, the Indiana Virtual Library, offers electronic magazines, encyclopedias, and other resources to all Indiana residents for your information needs. Research current events, science, business, health, notable people, hobbies, and much more from your library, school, home or office.

 

 

Mango Languages - NEW!

Learning a new language with Mango Languages is free for all library patrons, and offers a fast and convenient solution for our community's increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex linguistic elements within an audio-visual framework that draws important connections and builds on information they have already learned. You can also create a profile which will track your learning progress. Languages currently available include: Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish (Latin America). There are also English courses for Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish speakers. *You must have a valid barcode to login.

 

MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus is a website created for consumers by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institute of Health (NIH). It is a free health information website that doctors recommend and has resources in both English and Spanish.  

 

Reference USA

ReferenceUSA, a powerful online research tool that provides library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on 24 million U.S. businesses, 89 million U.S. residents, and close to a million US Health Care Providers. Recently, 2.5 million US Jobs/Internships listings have been added. It is very easy to navigate, so even computer novices will feel at ease searching ReferenceUSA. *You must enter the site through this link to be validated and must have a valid barcode to login.

 

Salem Health

The Salem Health database is a perfect mix of accessibility and depth, providing general readers with an authoritative reference source that helps bridge the gap between medical encyclopedias for professionals and popular self-help guides. It is an up-to-date and  easy-to-use compendium of medical information suitable for student research as well as use by general readers, including patients and caregivers. It covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders.

 

Solutions

Solutions: a Central Indiana Resource Guide for Seniors, Persons with Disabilities and Family Caregivers by CICOA Aging and In-home Solutions.

CICOA serves Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties. CICOA's mission is to help older persons and those of any age with a disability to live with greatest possible independence, dignity and quality of life.

The Basic Needs section of the guide includes programs that furnish survival level resources including food, housing, material goods, transportation and utilities for individuals with low or fixed incomes, people who are homeless, older adults and/or people with disabilities who are otherwise unable to adequately provide for themselves and their families. It also included related services that are available to the community at large.

Other sections are:
Introduction | Caregiver Services | Consumer Services | Country Senior Services | Education & Enrichment | Environment & Public Health/Safety | Health Care | Income Support | Individual & Family Life | Legal Services | Mental Health & Substance Abuse | Organizational/Community Services | Target Populations/Other Resources OR Download the entire guide (pdf)

 

WorldCat

WorldCat.org is the world's largest network of library content and services that lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. You can search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you're used to getting from libraries. You can also discover many new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audiobooks. You may also find article citations with links to their full text; authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that aren't available to the public.