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Research Resources for IUS Alumni & Local Community Members: Using Databases

The resources in these pages are either freely available on the web, or are available to Indiana residents (with registration).

Accessing IUS Databases

Almost all of the databases available on the IUS Article & Database Search page ( are available to IUS alumni and community borrowers while in the library.  However, due to licensing restrictions, most of these databases are not available in your home, office, or elsewhere.  If you are an Indiana resident, you can access numerous databases from home through a program called INSPIRE.  Kentucky residents have access to something similar called Kentucky Virtual Library.  See below for additional information about these programs.   

INSPIRE: Indiana's Virtual Library


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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 using any computer equipped with an Internet Protocol (IP) address located in Indiana and a Web browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer."

If you're having problems connecting to INSPIRE from your home computer, you can check out INSPIRE's FAQ ( for additional information on how to access these databases.

Databases available through INSPIRE

Normal Library Operating Hours

Mon-Thur: 8am-10pm
Fri: 8am-5pm
Sat: 9am-5pm

Subject to change,
call (812) 941-2485 to confirm.

Not an Indiana Resident?

Many states have a program similar to INSPIRE. 

For Kentucky residents, you can request username and password access to the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) ( through your local public library. 

See KYVL's FAQ ( for more information.

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JSTOR's Register & Read Program

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JSTOR, one of the world's most trusted sources for academic content, announced in March 2012 that it is now offering free, read-online access to individual scholars and researchers who register for a MyJSTOR account through its Register & Read program.  (Register & Read participants include approximately 75 journals from more than 40 publishers.) 

Content published before 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere is also freely available through JSTOR through their Early Journal Content program.

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