INSPIRE offers free back-to-school resources for students

INDIANA – For nearly 25 years, INSPIRE – the lifelong learning library for Hoosiers – has offered Indiana residents free access to academic databases, full-text newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, images, current news, almanacs and more. 

College and high school students alike can search the INSPIRE collection of more than 70 databases and retrieve peer-reviewed and vetted academic research papers and articles. While many scholarly articles found online are available for purchase or require a subscription fee to access, INSPIRE is free to all Indiana residents. The LearningExpress Library – part of the INSPIRE collection of resources – offers practice tests for popular college prep exams such as the ACT®, SAT® and AP® tests. The LearningExpress Library also provides access to career preparation resources, including practice exams for those interested in a career in the military, real estate, nursing, cosmetology, teaching, law enforcement and more. 

INSPIRE also boasts a robust collection of resources for K-12 students. Explora – another resource within INSPIRE – ensures that students can quickly find the reliable information they need to complete homework and research projects. Students can navigate Explora’s colorful and mobile-friendly design to access high-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers on subjects such as arts, music, math, language, business, geography, government and science. 

Outside of academic resources, INSPIRE offers free access to level one of Rosetta Stone, the latest articles from Consumer Reports, current news, historic newspapers via Hoosier State Chronicles and health and medicine information. 

Click here to visit the INSPIRE website. INSPIRE can be accessed by Indiana residents using any computer equipped with internet access in the state. 

INSPIRE, a service of the Indiana State Library, is supported by the Indiana General Assembly and the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.