Online Resources

Links marked with an asterisk (*) indicate websites that require additional registration using a valid email address in order to use most of all of their services.  Links marked with a double dagger (‡) indicate websites that deal primarily with local history or local genealogy.

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Books & Reading

  • GoodReads

    Find book lists, recommendations, and reviews. A great resource for finding new books you’re sure to love.

    Go to GoodReads >>
  • Project Gutenberg

    One of the best places to go if you’re looking for books in the public domain. All ebooks offered on Project Gutenberg are free of charge and most are available in several e-book formats.

    Go to Project Gutenberg >>
  • Internet Archive

    The Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

    Go to Internet Archive >>
  • LibriVox

    LibriVox lets you download digital audiobook versions of books in the public domain. All audiobooks offered on LibriVox are free of charge and can be listened to online or downloaded.

    Go to LibriVox >>
  • Storyline Online

    Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide.

    Go to Storyline Online >>
  • Google Books

    Google Books is a service from Google that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text, and stored in its digital database.

    Go to Google Books >>
  • ‡ Kentucky Digital Library

    The Kentucky Digital Library is your gateway to rare and unique digitized collections housed in Kentucky archives. This site contains historic newspapers, images, maps, books & oral histories for Kentucky.

    Go to ‡ Kentucky Digital Library >>
  • Library of Congress Digital Collections

    Provides access to full-text, digitized print materials like newspapers and books, as well as photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings, maps and more.

    Go to Library of Congress Digital Collections >>
  • Rare Book Collections (Library of Congress)

    These digitized rare books represent a few of the most interesting and important items in the Library of Congress’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division collection, including a copy of the Gutenberg Bible, Thomas Jefferson’s copy of The Federalist, medieval manuscripts, books relating to cookery, children’s literature, and many more.

    Go to Rare Book Collections (Library of Congress) >>
  • Kentucky Libraries Unbound (Overdrive)

    Access e-books, downloadable audio books, and streaming video content from your mobile device or home computer, 24/7, with no over dues or late fees.

    Go to Kentucky Libraries Unbound (Overdrive) >>
  • * Hoopla

    Borrow music, movies, TV shows, e-books, audiobooks, and comic books, all from the convenience of your smartphone, tablet, or home computer. Never any wait lists or holds.

    Go to * Hoopla >>
  • HCMPL Catalog

    Access our catalog to search for books, audiobooks, music CDs, and DVDs. Log in with your library card number to renew items online or reserve items directly from the catalog.

    Go to HCMPL Catalog >>
  • Novelist

    Novelist helps you find read-alikes for your favorite books, authors, and series.

    User: lib
    Password: hcmpl

    Go to Novelist >>

Business

  • Better Business Bureau

    Collects reviews for businesses and mediates disputes between companies and consumers.

    Go to Better Business Bureau >>
  • Business Searching Interface

    Access to leading national and international company and industry profiles. Includes SWOT analyses, key employee biographies, company overviews, histories, top competitors, and more. Over 10,000 national and international company profiles; over 2,400 industry profiles.

    User: lib
    Password: hcmpl

    Go to Business Searching Interface >>
  • Small Business Reference Center

    Up-to-date information on topics related to starting a company, operations management and sales, as well as growing or rescuing a business.

    User: lib
    Password: hcmpl

    Go to Small Business Reference Center >>

Car & Automotive

  • Cars.com Service & Repair Advice

    Tips and tricks for taking care of your vehicle. You can also view safety recall notices for your vehicle.

    Go to Cars.com Service & Repair Advice >>
  • Kelley Blue Book

    Kelley Blue Book is one of the most well-known names for looking up the value of a new or used car. Handy when shopping for a new vehicle or looking to sell one that you own.

    Go to Kelley Blue Book >>
  • Fuel Economy Guide

    The official U.S. Government source for fuel economy information. Features updated fuel economy data for new and used passenger vehicles dating back to 1984, allows side-by-side vehicle comparisons, and offers fuel-saving tips.

    Go to Fuel Economy Guide >>
  • AutoMate

    Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

    User: lib
    Password: hcmpl

    Go to AutoMate >>

Coding / Computer Programming

  • * Code Academy

    A fun way to learn to code, whether you’re a coding pro looking for a new programming language to learn or a beginner with no coding experience at all.

    Go to * Code Academy >>
  • * Scratch

    Scratch is a programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

    Go to * Scratch >>
  • Blockly Games

    A series of fun educational games that teach programming basics. Designed for children who have no previous computer programming experience.

    Go to Blockly Games >>

College Prep

  • * Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    Official site for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

    Go to * Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) >>
  • ACT

    Official site for the SAT, a standardized test used by many colleges as a skills assessment test for incoming undergraduates.

    Go to ACT >>
  • GRE

    Official site for the Graduate Record Exam, a standardized test used by many universities as a skills assessment test for admissions into masters and doctoral degree programs.

    Go to GRE >>
  • * Job & Career Accelerator

    The Job & Career Accelerator provides tools and resources for resume and cover letter writing, as well as easy job search and application steps.

    Go to * Job & Career Accelerator >>

Computer Basics

  • New User Tutorial

    A tutorial for people who have never used computers before. Walks users through basic computer skills like using the mouse.

    Go to New User Tutorial >>
  • Mousing Around tutorial

    FOR BEGINNERS. A beginner’s guide for how to use a mouse. Ideal for people who have never used a computer before.

    Go to Mousing Around tutorial >>
  • Mousercize

    FOR BEGINNERS. Practice using your computer mouse and build up some hand-eye coordination. Recommend using the Mousing Around tutorial first.

    Go to Mousercize >>
  • * Computer Skills Center

    Video courses to teach popular software and computer basics.

    Go to * Computer Skills Center >>
  • GCF LearnFree Technology Basics

    GCF LearnFree’s selection of technology-based classes, including classes on computer basics, typing, email basics, using the Internet, online safety, Windows 10, and more. An account is not required to view tutorials.

    Go to GCF LearnFree Technology Basics >>

Driver’s Education

Employment & Job Searching

  • * Focus Career

    Search job postings in your area, through the Kentucky Career Center.

    Go to * Focus Career >>
  • * Kentucky Career Center

    Go to * Kentucky Career Center >>
  • * Indeed.com

    Search for jobs, or post your resume and let employers search for you.

    Go to * Indeed.com >>
  • * Snagajob

    Search for job postings and apply online.

    Go to * Snagajob >>
  • * LinkedIn

    A job-based social networking site. Build up your professional network by connecting to other people in your field.

    Go to * LinkedIn >>
  • Jobs for Teens HQ

    A website dedicated to helping teens find jobs and navigate the workforce.

    Go to Jobs for Teens HQ >>
  • * Learn to Earn Toolkit

    A free online collection of articles that focus on work skills that employers say are important for new employees to have.

    Go to * Learn to Earn Toolkit >>
  • Hire Teen

    Since 2009, HireTeen.com has provided information on companies that hire teenagers, helping teens find work at school time as well as during school holidays.

    Go to Hire Teen >>
  • * Career Preparation

    Prepare for a career exam, explore occupations, and improve workplace skills here. Includes practice exams for many major occupational and military exams.

    Go to * Career Preparation >>
  • * Job & Career Accelerator

    The Job & Career Accelerator provides tools and resources for resume and cover letter writing, as well as easy job search and application steps.

    Go to * Job & Career Accelerator >>

Encyclopedias

  • Wonderopolis

    A wonderfully fun educational website. Each day, Wonderopolis poses an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explores it in a variety of ways.

    Go to Wonderopolis >>
  • Scholastic GO!

    Scholastic GO is the place to go for K-12 homework help. With over 100,000 articles, images videos, and more, students can find a wealth of information on the subject of their choice.

    Please contact the Circulation Desk (270-825-2680) for log-in information.

    Go to Scholastic GO! >>
  • Medline Plus

    Medline Plus offers reliable, up-to-date and easy-to-read consumer health information, featuring news articles, drug information, a medical
    dictionary and encyclopedia, interactive tutorials, surgery videos, and detailed information on hundreds of health and wellness topics.

    Go to Medline Plus >>
  • CIA World Factbook

    The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The site’s Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as flags of the world, a physical map of the world, a political map of the world, a world oceans map, and a standard time zones of the world map.

    Go to CIA World Factbook >>

Health & Medical

  • HealthReach

    HealthReach provides quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals for whom English is not a first language.

    Go to HealthReach >>
  • Medline Plus

    Medline Plus offers reliable, up-to-date and easy-to-read consumer health information, featuring news articles, drug information, a medical
    dictionary and encyclopedia, interactive tutorials, surgery videos, and detailed information on hundreds of health and wellness topics.

    Go to Medline Plus >>
  • NIH Health Information

    Quality health information from the National Institutes of Health. Search for a topic or browse the NIH’s many health-related resources.

    Go to NIH Health Information >>
  • PubMed

    PubMed comprises more than 27 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

    Go to PubMed >>
  • Household Products Database

    The Household Products Database is a consumer’s guide that provides easy-to-understand information on the potential health effects of more than 2,000 ingredients contained in more than 14,000 common household products used inside and around the home. Information is also available for some  commercial/institutional grade products available to the public.

    Go to Household Products Database >>
  • Dietary Supplement Label Database

    The Dietary Supplement Label Database is an educational and research tool that includes full label derived information from dietary supplement products marketed in the U.S.

    Go to Dietary Supplement Label Database >>
  • Drug Information Portal

    The Drug Information Portal gives users a gateway to selected drug information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and other key U.S. Government agencies. Information on more than 49,000 drugs is available through this site.

    Go to Drug Information Portal >>
  • Pillbox

    Pillbox enables rapid identification of unknown solid-dosage medications (tablets/capsules) based on physical characteristics and high-resolution images, and provides links to drug information and drug labels.

    Go to Pillbox >>
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine

    The Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.

    Go to National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine >>
  • Consumer Health Complete

    Designed for the everyday consumer of health care information, Consumer Health Complete provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. Consumers can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.

    User: lib
    Password: hcmpl

    Go to Consumer Health Complete >>
  • U.S. National Library of Medicine

    The NLM is the world’s largest medical library. Find information on various health topics.

    Go to U.S. National Library of Medicine >>

History & Genealogy

K-12 Homework Help

  • Khan Academy

    Offers lessons in a variety of subjects, all the way from kindergarten math to college test prep. An account is not needed to view or practice lessons.

    Go to Khan Academy >>
  • Wonderopolis

    A wonderfully fun educational website. Each day, Wonderopolis poses an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explores it in a variety of ways.

    Go to Wonderopolis >>
  • Scholastic GO!

    Scholastic GO is the place to go for K-12 homework help. With over 100,000 articles, images videos, and more, students can find a wealth of information on the subject of their choice.

    Please contact the Circulation Desk (270-825-2680) for log-in information.

    Go to Scholastic GO! >>
  • Explora for Middle and High School

    Middle and high school students can find historical essays, biographies, maps, images and more to help with school projects and research.

    User: lib
    Password: hcmpl

    Go to Explora for Middle and High School >>
  • Explora for Primary Schools

    Designed with primary and elementary school students in mind, Explora for Primary Schools is 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.

    User: lib
    Password: hcmpl

    Go to Explora for Primary Schools >>
  • School Center

    The School Center resources can help students in elementary, middle and high school prepare for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects. Materials begin with 4th grade.

    Go to School Center >>

Online Learning

  • GCF LearnFree.org

    Learn valuable skills through free online tutorials in a variety of subjects. An account is not required to view tutorials.

    Go to GCF LearnFree.org >>
  • * Code Academy

    A fun way to learn to code, whether you’re a coding pro looking for a new programming language to learn or a beginner with no coding experience at all.

    Go to * Code Academy >>
  • * Learn to Earn Toolkit

    A free online collection of articles that focus on work skills that employers say are important for new employees to have.

    Go to * Learn to Earn Toolkit >>
  • Khan Academy

    Offers lessons in a variety of subjects, all the way from kindergarten math to college test prep. An account is not needed to view or practice lessons.

    Go to Khan Academy >>
  • * DuoLingo

    An immersive language-learning site that makes learning another language fun and engaging. Many languages currently available, including English as a second language for non-native speakers.

    Go to * DuoLingo >>
  • * Hoopla Digital “Great Courses”

    College-level video lectures available anytime, anywhere, taught by the world’s most engaging professors.

    Go to * Hoopla Digital “Great Courses” >>
  • * Adult Learning Center

    The Adult Learning Center offers busy adults the resources to improve their basic skills in reading, writing and math, prepare for the GED test, or become a U.S. citizen.

    Go to * Adult Learning Center >>
  • * Computer Skills Center

    Video courses to teach popular software and computer basics.

    Go to * Computer Skills Center >>
  • * Universal Class

    Over 500 CEU level courses covering 30 subject areas including: computer training, personal finance, DIY, general education, business, and more.

    Register at: http://hopkinscoky.universalclass.com/register.htm

    Go to * Universal Class >>

Local Places & News

Research Tools

  • Internet Archive

    The Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

    Go to Internet Archive >>
  • Wayback Machine

    The Wayback Machine archives older versions of websites. Just type in an address, pick a date, and browse through the past.

    Go to Wayback Machine >>
  • PubMed

    PubMed comprises more than 27 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

    Go to PubMed >>
  • CIA World Factbook

    The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The site’s Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as flags of the world, a physical map of the world, a political map of the world, a world oceans map, and a standard time zones of the world map.

    Go to CIA World Factbook >>
  • Google Scholar

    Google Scholar is a web search engine that specifically searches scholarly literature and academic resources.

    Go to Google Scholar >>
  • Google Books

    Google Books is a service from Google that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text, and stored in its digital database.

    Go to Google Books >>
  • ‡ Kentucky Digital Library

    The Kentucky Digital Library is your gateway to rare and unique digitized collections housed in Kentucky archives. This site contains historic newspapers, images, maps, books & oral histories for Kentucky.

    Go to ‡ Kentucky Digital Library >>
  • * Hoopla Digital “Great Courses”

    College-level video lectures available anytime, anywhere, taught by the world’s most engaging professors.

    Go to * Hoopla Digital “Great Courses” >>
  • Explora

    Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality. You can search multiple EBSCO databases for information about arts and literature, business and careers, consumer health, current events, geography and culture, and more.

    User: lib
    Password: hcmpl

    Go to Explora >>
  • Library of Congress Digital Collections

    Provides access to full-text, digitized print materials like newspapers and books, as well as photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings, maps and more.

    Go to Library of Congress Digital Collections >>
  • Rare Book Collections (Library of Congress)

    These digitized rare books represent a few of the most interesting and important items in the Library of Congress’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division collection, including a copy of the Gutenberg Bible, Thomas Jefferson’s copy of The Federalist, medieval manuscripts, books relating to cookery, children’s literature, and many more.

    Go to Rare Book Collections (Library of Congress) >>
  • Selections from the National Film Registry (Library of Congress)

    The National Film Registry is a list of movies deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” that are earmarked for preservation by the Library of Congress. The majority of movies in this collection are freely available as both 5 mb MP4 and ProRes 422 MOV downloads.

    Go to Selections from the National Film Registry (Library of Congress) >>
  • Kentucky Virtual Library

    Access to over 60 research and other databases for elementary through adult learners.

    Please contact the Circulation Desk (270-825-2680) for log-in information.

    Go to Kentucky Virtual Library >>
  • EBSCOhost Web

    EBSCOhost is a powerful online reference system that offers a variety of proprietary full-text databases and popular databases from leading information providers.  EBSCOhost databases cover a wide range of subject areas, including social sciences, health, business, psychology, religion, education, and more. Over 20,000 journal titles are indexed with the majority available in full text.

    User: lib
    Password: hcmpl

    Go to EBSCOhost Web >>
  • U.S. National Library of Medicine

    The NLM is the world’s largest medical library. Find information on various health topics.

    Go to U.S. National Library of Medicine >>

Study Guides & Test Prep

  • * Hoopla Digital “Great Courses”

    College-level video lectures available anytime, anywhere, taught by the world’s most engaging professors.

    Go to * Hoopla Digital “Great Courses” >>
  • * GED Test Prep Center

    Earning a high school equivalency credential can open the door to better income, a more fulfilling job, and a college education. If you are preparing for the GED test, these practice tests, interactive tutorials, and ebooks can help you reach your goal.

    Go to * GED Test Prep Center >>
  • * Adult Learning Center

    The Adult Learning Center offers busy adults the resources to improve their basic skills in reading, writing and math, prepare for the GED test, or become a U.S. citizen.

    Go to * Adult Learning Center >>
  • * Career Preparation

    Prepare for a career exam, explore occupations, and improve workplace skills here. Includes practice exams for many major occupational and military exams.

    Go to * Career Preparation >>
  • * College Student Preparation

    Strengthen academic skills and prepare for placement tests and graduate school entrance exams here.

    Go to * College Student Preparation >>
  • * College Admissions Test Preparation

    Practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks to help prepare for AP, SAT, ACT and TOEFL exams, as well as college essay writing practice.

    Go to * College Admissions Test Preparation >>
  • KY Driver’s Permit Practice Tests

    This site contains free practice tests for the written KY driver’s permit test. There are also practice tests for the CDL and motorcycle tests.

    Go to KY Driver’s Permit Practice Tests >>

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