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Art

  • Britannica ImageQuest (inside library link)---rights-cleared images
  • Britannica ImageQuest (outside library link)---rights-cleared images
  • Louisiana Digital Library—digital treasures from archives, libraries, etc.
  • Lynda.com from LinkedIn (tutorials: animation, video, design...)
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    Audiobooks/eAudiobooks

  • Audiobooks in the Catalog
  • eAudiobooks in the Digital Catalog
  • OverDrive’s eAudiobook collection (10 checkouts per card) Shared collection: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis and Vernon parishes
  • Hoopla’s eAudiobook collection (30 checkouts per month)
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    Auto

  • ChiltonLibrary.com--tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs
  • Free practice driving permit tests (auto/motorcycle)
  • Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • Louisiana Driver’s Guide
  • Edmunds
  • Kelley Blue Book
  • NADA Guides
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    Biographies

  • Biography in Context
  • Biography Collection (Gale)—includes Encyclopedia of World Biography
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index--entries in 1,000+ volumes of reference sources
  • Biography Reference Center--full text bios & narrative bios
  • Books/eBooks

  • Books in the Catalog
  • eBooks in the Digital Catalog
  • Freading (fiction/nonfiction titles); 3 checkouts per week
  • Hoopla’s digital eBook collection; 30 checkouts per month
  • Britannica eBooks
  • Literati by Credo (reference eBooks)
  • OverDrive’s eBook collection (10 checkouts per card); Shared collection: Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis and Vernon parishes
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    Books/eBooks (Kids)

  • Tumblebooks
  • TumbleBook Cloud Junior
  • Find it in the Kids Catalog
  • eReading Room for Kids (OverDrive)
  • Novelist Plus K-8 (inside library link)
  • Novelist Plus K-8 (outside library link)
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    Books/eBooks (Teens)

  • Explore the Teens Catalog
  • TumbleBook Cloud
  • eReading Room for Teens
  • Find author read-alikes, award winners and more with Novelist Plus (inside library)
  • Novelist Plus (outside library link)
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    Braille and Audio Aids

  • LA State Library’s Talking Books and Braille Library Service
  • Library of Congress’ National Library Service for Blind and Physically Handicapped
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    Business/Grants/Investments/Marketing

  • ValueLine (limit: 8 simultaneous users)
  • MorningStar Investment Research Center (in library link; limit 2 simultaneous users)
  • MorningStar Investment Research Center (remote link; limit 2 simultaneous users)
  • Lynda.com from LinkedIn (tutorials: business, management...)
  • LearningExpress Library (explore tons of practice tests)>
  • Legal Forms Library—DIY legal assistance
  • Business Searching Interface
  • Small Business Reference Center
  • Alliance SWLA
  • LA Economic Development
  • Moss Bluff Economic Development
  • SCORE: Southwest Louisiana Counselor to America’s Small Business
  • myRA.gov
  • U.S. Small Business Administration: Grants
  • USA.gov for non-profits (Grants)
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    Certifications/Software/Tutorials

  • Lynda.com from LinkedIn (tutorials: IT, Software, Developer, and Web)
  • LearningExpress Library (practice tests)
  • Additional resources
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    Comics and Graphic Novels

  • Manga titles in Catalog
  • Hoopla comics (Hoopla); includes DC and Marvel
  • Comics Plus Library Edition
  • Comics and Graphic Novels (OverDrive)
  • Comics and graphic book collection (Freading)
  • TumbleBook Cloud
  • TumbleBook Cloud Jr
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    Community Info

  • Calcasieu Parish Police Jury
  • DeQuincy News
  • Iowa
  • Lake Charles
  • Lake Charles/Southwest LA Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
  • La Familia Resource Center
  • Moss Bluff Economic Development
  • Sulphur
  • Vinton
  • Westlake
  • Available Community Resources & Services
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    Education and College Prep

  • Lynda.com from LinkedIn (tutorials: elearning, higher education...)
  • LearningExpress Library (explore tons of practice tests)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant Practice Tests
  • Homework Louisiana (available tutors: Sun.-Thurs. 2-10p)
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    Encyclopedias

  • Britannica Library—inside library link
  • Britannica Library—outside library link
  • KnowLA.org--digital encyclopedia of LA
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    Genealogy

  • About the SWLA Genealogical & Historical Library
  • Resources and Services
  • Collections (Obits and Directories)
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    Government

  • Government Printing Office
  • USA.gov
  • Government Collection (Gale)
  • Calcasieu Government Channel
  • GPO’s MetaLib--federated search engine for multiple U.S. Federal government databases
  • Municipal Code of Ordinances
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    Health and Human Services

  • Consumer Health Complete--medical encyclopedias, reference books, etc.
  • Health Collection (Gale)—medicine, health and disorders
  • MentalHealth.org
  • Dept. of Health & Hospitals
  • Affordable HealthCare Insurance Marketplace
  • LSU Health Sciences Center Genetics and Louisiana Families
  • Healthelinks (LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library
  • Guides for parents of children with disabilities
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    History

  • Celebrating History Month
  • Genealogy Resources & Websites
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    Hobbies/Crafts/DIY

  • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
  • Lynda.com from LinkedIn (tutorials: photography, music, video...)
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    Homework Helpers

  • Research (Calcasieu 1 Search)
  • Homework helps for kids
  • Homework helps for Teens
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    Image Collection

  • Britannica ImageQuest
  • Louisiana Digital Library
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    Jobs and Careers

  • Library’s Employment page
  • Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Employment page
  • Louisiana Workforce Commission--2424 3rd St., Lake Charles 337-721-4010
  • Lynda.com from LinkedIn (tutorials: marketing, communication...)
  • LearningExpress Library—job skills/tutorials
  • Cypress Resume--create professional-quality resumes in 3 quick and easy steps
  • Chronicle Guidance—browse occupational info
  • Certified Nursing Assistance practice tests
  • Louisiana Job & Career Center (State)
  • LA Dept. of State Civil Service
  • LinkedIn Job Search
  • GCFLearn---tutorials on resumes, job searching, etc.
  • SWLA Economic Development Alliance Resource Guide
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    Learning Languages

  • Mango Languages--learn actual conversation skills with over 60 languages
  • Freading---find essential foreign language study eBooks
  • Pronunciator—80+ languages plus ESL; includes Pro-Live & Pro-Citizenship
  • Duolingo---free foreign language-learning website
  • La Familia Resource Center— local organization meeting the needs of Latino and other multicultural families
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    Legal Info

  • Legal Forms Library—DIY legal assistance
  • Legal Collection (Gale)--learn about the law and the American judicial system
  • Legal Information Reference Center--consumer legal reference books, full-text publications & forms
  • Louisiana Revised Statutes
  • SWLA Law Center--1011 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Charles; 337-436-3308
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Legal Education and Assistance Program
  • Southwest Louisiana Legal Services
  • Louisiana Law Library--400 Royal St/French Quarter; (504) 310-2400/(800) 820-3038
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    Library Catalogs

  • Find it in the Library’s catalog
  • Research (Calcasieu 1 Search)—search entire collection of popular material, research sources, etc.
  • Library Elf--manage 1+ accounts; notifications via email or text
  • Loanshark--search catalogs for all public LA libraries
  • LOUIS—search the union catalog of LA academic libraries
  • Destiny--browse the Calcasieu Parish School Board library catalog
  • Louisiana Digital Library
  • Louisiana State Library
  • Library of Congress
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    Literature

  • Gale Literary Sources--a literary cross-search resource
  • Literature Collection (Gale)--major authors and works in multiple genres
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    Louisiana

  • Hurricanes and Hurricane Season
  • 301Info
  • INFO Louisiana
  • KnowLA—encyclopedia of Louisiana
  • Louisiana Library of Digital Media
  • Louisiana Dept. of Revenue
  • Louisiana DMV
  • Louisiana’s Driver’s Guide
  • Visit Southwest Louisiana
  • Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana
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    Magazines

  • Library Catalog—find the paper and/or electronic copy
  • RB/OneClickdigital Magazines (formerly known as Zinio for Libraries)
  • General One File—one stop source for news/journal articles
  • eBSCO’s magazine collection
  • Bayou Periodical Index—index to LA popular periodicals
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    Movies

  • Hoopla’s eMovie collection
  • Hoopla’s eTV collection
  • OverDrive’s digital collection of videos
  • physical DVDs/movies at the Library
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    Music

  • Hoopla’s eMusic collection
  • Freegal’s collection; download or stream
  • physical CDs at the Library
  • Lynda.com from LinkedIn (tutorials; studio setup, music lessons ...)
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    News and Newspapers

  • American Press ePaper (inside access only); no password required
  • America’s Genealogy Bank from Newsbank
  • Newspapers in the library (physical)
  • Historical Newspapers—dating back to the 1700s
  • General One File—news/journal articles
  • State Library’s access to free newspapers
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    Online Video Tutorials

  • Lynda.com from LinkedIn (tutorials: film-making, visual effects...)
  • LearningExpress Library (explore tons of practice tests)
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    Public Display Documents

  • There are no current documents (electronic form) for public display. You may visit a local branch to view any available physical documents.

     

  • State Library Databases

  • State Library’s online subscription databases available to LA citizens
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    Tax Information

  • All about TAXES
  • Test Prep/Tutorials/Online Learning

  • Lynda.com from LinkedIn (tutorials; Business, Education, Marketing, Video)
  • LearningExpress Library (explore tons of practice tests)
  • Driving permit practice tests (auto/motorcycle)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant practice test
  • LA Driver’s Guide
  • GEE/LEAP/iLEAP/PARCC practice tests
  • Dept. of Education Family Support toolbox
  • Library class guides
  • Computer classes at the Library
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    Travel

  • Global Road Warrior—inside library link
  • Global Road Warrior—outside library link
  • Learn actual conversations with Mango Languages
  • Learn before you travel with Pronunciator
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    U.S. Citizenship

  • Pronunciator's ProCitizen--online course that prepares immigrants for the Naturalization Test
  • LearningExpress Library (explore tons of practice tests)
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Language learning with Mango Languages
  • Language learning with Pronunciator
  • Duolingo—free language-learning website
  • La Familia Resource Center—meeting needs of Latino and other families locally
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    What to READ next (Reader’s Advisory)

  • Find it in the CATALOG
  • Online Book Club
  • Use these online newsletters (Select Reads)
  • Find author read-alikes, award winners and more with Novelist Plus (inside library)
  • Novelist Plus (outside library link)
  • Novelist Plus K-8 (inside library link)
  • Novelist Plus K-8 (outside library link)
  • Find author read-alikes and titles in a series with Books and Authors
  • READing Suggestions
  • More READing Suggestions
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