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We’re sorry that we are no longer able to answer your questions. However, we have some suggestions for continuing your research.
A Local (or Non-Local) Library
If you have access to one, local public libraries are often your best resource for asking questions and obtaining materials. You may even be able to use partner libraries or borrow materials from other libraries using services like Interlibrary Loan. Ask for details at your local library.
You can also explore libraries at schools, colleges, museums, or other institutions. Some libraries only allow access to members of their user community, but others allow the general public to use some or all of their resources. If you can’t visit a library in person, you may be able to contact them online or by phone to get help.
Not sure how to contact your local library, or want to find out what other institutions may have libraries in your area? Try one of these international library directories.
Instead of searching for a library, WorldCat lets you search for books, videos, articles, and music in more than 10,000 library catalogs from around the world. When you click on an item in your search, WorldCat senses your location (your IP address, really) and shows you the libraries closest to you with that item, often with links to that library’s homepage. One warning: the catalog information may not be up-to-date in all cases. Always contact the library directly to confirm.
State Libraries: All US states have libraries that offer access to materials and services for residents of the state, including some email or chat reference services, article databases, and more. The site PublicLibraries.com contains a directory of state libraries.
Online Library Services: Often libraries offer some kind of virtual reference service, such as email or live chat. Some libraries take questions from anyone, while others have more restrictions—explore the policies on each library site to find out if you qualify. The LISWiki has an international directory of libraries offering chat services specifically.
The United States Library of Congress also offers online services that might be applicable to your needs.
The ipl2 has always been a big supporter of local libraries. We encourage you to make use of any services available to you!
Remember to explore the rest of our site! It will remain up for some time, though it will not be maintained. Here are some highlights.
- Frequently Asked Questions. FAQs give a brief introduction to some basic questions. Some popular entries include Finding Books. Finding Journal Articles. Newspaper Archives. Rare Book Prices. and Literary Critcism. Take a look at our FAQ’s and see what we’ve already answered for you!
- Pathfinders. Pathfinders are guides to starting research, both in print and online. Highlights include Antiques/Collectibles Appraisal. Locating Fair and Balanced Sources. Medical Information. Finding Statistics. and many more.
- Subject Collections. An annotated collection of high quality Internet resources, selected by the ipl2 for their usefulness in providing accurate, factual information on a variety of topics.
- Health and Medical Science. We know many of our patrons come to us looking for health information. This area is part of our subject collections, and it links to resources covering topics such as diseases, injuries, mental health, and much more.
- Frequently Asked Embarrassing Questions (FAEQ). While this page is part of our For Teens area, many of the sites here contain excellent information about a variety of personal topics for people of any age.
- For Kids. This section of the ipl2 is designed specifically for kids. There is a subject directory as well as special collections for science fair projects. US state research. and more.
- Don’t see what you want? Search the ipl2 site. (Hint: try searching with broad terms rather than specific words.)
We thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you for over 20 years, and we wish you luck as you continue your research!