Online Resources - Listed Alphabetically
ABCmouse.com curriculum is designated to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. There are over 3,500+ learning activities across major subject areas- reading, math science, social studies, art and music. There are fun-filled activities and games about plants, music, numbers, planets and more. Children can also read books, take virtual tours, complete puzzles, do art activities and explore the interactive zoo. The site can be used as a guest, but you have to create an account to save any progress. To access this resource from an iPad or Android Tablet while in the library, search for the Early Learning Academy App in your devices' app store. For in-library use only.
As the largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices, this database contains a collection of over 22 million recent records from hundreds of U.S. newspapers. It also incorporates over 75 million records from the Social Security Death Index (1937-present), organized by state. The obituaries go back to 1977, but it also contains the Tribune obituaries from the Archives back to 1849. This database has an easy-to-use interface that allows searching by name, date range, or text, and is updated daily.
Find information specific to each of the U.S. states, or find general information on the USA as a whole. Within each state, you can find information on demographics, education, parks and energy, use and print pictures for projects, view maps (with a zoom feature) and more.
With over eight million words of content on 175 countries, AtoZ the World gives in-depth country cultural information. Find traditions, habits, and social norms of people around the globe. From cultural stereotypes and superstitions, to social and business etiquette, to women's role in society - everything from music, dating rituals, holidays and festivals, to traditional recipes, flags, and national symbols for each country. All the images in AtoZ the World can be used without copyright restrictions, so you can use them in school projects.
Continually updated and currently featuring over 180 city guides, AtoZ World Travel provides the low-down on city neighborhoods and districts, in-town excursions and day trips, major attractions, hotels, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and insiders' tips on navigating the city and culture.
The site also arms travelers with all the information necessary to make travel as safe and stress-free as possible. Each city guide features detailed accounts of any health advisories, travel essentials like passport and visa information, and even lists of local embassies and consulates.
AtoZdatabases is a directory of information that allows you to search millions of businesses, residents, home owners, healthcare professionals and more. This resource allows you to save and print records or create mailing lists. There is also a job search option and resume templates to utilize. Use this resource additionally via the iPad & iPhone app.
In addition to our collection of eBooks you can find through our OMNI digital media selection, there will be an extra way for you to have access to more digital titles! eRead Illinois Axis 360 is an eBook collection supported by the Illinois Secretary of State through the Illinois State Library. There are new popular titles in fiction and non-fiction, for adults, teens and kids. Download audiobook and eBook titles to your computer and transfer to your mobile devices, 24/7. Choose from thousands of popular and educational titles in virtually every subject.
Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks for grades Pre-K through 3rd. Features allow you to watch a video of the story, read the book, puzzler games and biographies about the author.
For use outside the library: BookFlix Remote
Get homework help from live tutors every day from 2pm to 11pm. HelpNow is also a comprehensive suite of services designed to accommodate a range of homework needs, including live Illinois-aligned skills building (includes Common Core where appropriate), test preparation, a foreign language lab and comprehensive writing assistance. You can visit the Brainfuse help page for more information on all of the services for this resource and a listing of subject areas that help will be provided for. HelpNow is also available from mobile devices, and the App is avaliable through Google Play. Please Note: This resource will replace Tutor.com at our library.
JobNow consists of a unique suite of resources for job seekers, including on-demand access to trained career experts who provide live, one-to-one interview coaching and resume assistance. Also included is a resume lab, live career assistance and an adult learning center, with test preparation, an academic skills center and computer literacy and basic software assistance. You can visit their help page to find more information on the services provided through JobNow.
An online version of Chilton's vehicle repair manuals, comprising all the data of the Chilton Total Car Care line in a Do-It-Yourself format. You can find information to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicles. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, along with coverage for specialty vehicles.
Credo provides reference and non-fiction eBooks, along with topic pages. It's an easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos. You can also get citations, print or email information, create crossword puzzles, get pronunciations and find out about holidays and festivals around the world.
Driving-Tests.org is a company dedicated to driver safety and education, offering free practice tests written based on the state DMV materials. This site includes accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text and more. Tests and information include:
- 11 car practice tests
- 8 motorcycle practice tests
- 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
- 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
- An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions
EBSCO Host includes a wide variety of topics and solid, full-text, authoritative resources for researchers from elementary school through professional level. Find magazine and newspaper databases, medical, business, academic, and other reference collections here. Many articles are available in full text with images, and all can be printed, downloaded, or e-mailed. Research databases found here include:
- Explora Primary Schools (Resource for early and middle school students)
- Explora Public Library (High School Students)
- Explora Educator's Edition (for Teachers)
- General Science
- Newspaper Source (full cover to cover text for 35 national and international newspapers and selective text for 375 more)
- Topic Search (full text articles from newspapers and more)
Professional Development Collection and ERIC (for educators)
Health Source(Consumer Health Education)
- Business Source Premier
- Legal Information Database
- And more!
A variety of databases including:
- WorldCat (World wide catalog)
- ArticleFirst (Full text article database)
- ERIC (Full text educational articles)
- Medline (Full text medical articles)
- ECO (Scholarly journal database)
This database is for in-library use only.
Read digital books about historical topics. FreedomFlix includes embedded popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos and audio clips that bring history to life. Books are aligned with common core standards, and features include read-along option, project ideas and quizzes.
For use outside the library: FreedomFlix Remote
Download 5 free MP3s a week from the Sony Music Entertainment Catalog. Compatible with all devices, you keep the music you download, without needing to install any software to your computer. For use outside the library. For a free app for iPad and iPhone, go here, and for Android, visit here. *NEW* Freegal now has streaming. You can stream up to 3 hours per day of single songs or whole albums. Please note that the song samples are no longer avaliable. If you play a song, it will count towards your streaming for the day. To see the new streaming option, make sure you have logged out of your account and log back in to accept the streaming agreement.
This resource offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Articles from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World and many more are included.
Find "how to" home improvement and repair assistance, including do it yourself information on maintenance, remodeling, wood projects, electrical work, plumbing, decorating, outdoor projects,home & garden and more. This resource includes step-by-step instructions,images and videos to take you through the process.
Find thousands of digital movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks & eAudiobooks, comics and more through Hoopla, all you need is a library card! You can download the free Hoopla app on your mobile devices and tablets, to stream or checkout materials, or visit hoopladigital.com. You will need to create a brief account before accessing the collection.
Find legal information and forms on topics such as adoption, child custody, criminal law, divorce, estate planning, family law, property and real estate, rights and disputes, and small claims court. This resource contains full text books from publisher like Nolo, with detailed how-to instructions covering a wide-range of legal issues. There is also a ‘Legal Forms by U.S. State’ feature, where users can search thousands of state-specific legal forms, searchable by top subject areas.
Novelist K-8 helps parents, teachers, and librarians improve literacy, connect reading across curricular areas and teach reading and writing concepts. You can search for kids books designed especially for elementary and middle schools, based on your input, as well as finding authors' other works, readalikes, award winning books and more!
Through the Online Media of Northern Illinois (OMNI), download audiobook and eBook titles to your computer or device, 24/7. Choose from thousands of popular and educational titles in virtually every subject. For kid's only content, go to the Kid's eReading Room. For teen only content, go to the Teen eReading Room.
You will need to download software to get started, and some eReaders are not compatible with OverDrive consule. To see if your device is library compatible, visit OverDrive's list of Compatible eBook Devices. For more information, visit the Digital Downloads Help Page and FAQs.
ScienceFlix combines curriculum-driven resources, interactive features, and an easy to use interface for students in grades 4 through 9. Read information about science topics, watch videos, create projects, take quizzes and more. You can also get information on creating science experiments and careers in science. Information provided includes citations and lexile numbers.
ScienceFlix is available for use on PCs, Macs and most tablets and mobile devices.
For use outside of the library: ScienceFlix Remote
Allows students to read Scholastic science and social studies books online, including content on the human body, space and ancient civilizations. All of the titles are supported with related content featuring videos, audio, images, text, lesson plans and activity centers.
For use outside of the library: TrueFlix Remote.
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.
Universal Class is a continuing education database, offering over 540 courses, with real instructors guiding the learning. Additionally, there are engaging video-based lessons, a collaborative learning environment, graded lesson tests, certificates of achievement and Continuing Education Units available for selected courses. Some of the courses include cooking, home and garden, computers, homeschooling, photography and exercise, covering a wide variety of topics.
The World Book Web is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, educator tools (including games and a World of Animals feature), student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. For more information on mobile access, visit here.
Zinio contains full digital magazines. Included are subscriptions to various publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, American Girl Men's Health, Martha Stewart Living, AppleMagazine and more! This service can be viewed on any internet-enabled device, including laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Magazines are interactive, have the ability to zoom in an out, and once you download an issue of a magazine, it is yours to keep!
**You will have to login with your library card and create a Zinio account. Please follow the step-by-step instructions here that include screenshots, or visit the Zinio help page. This is a free service, and magazines provided by our library are of no charge. If you see a request for payment or subscription, it is not a magazine the library has provided. Logging into your Zinio account and viewing magazines will open a new window, so to return to the list of library provided magazines, you can click on the "Return to Library Collection Page" tab in your browser (this can also be viewed in the instructions).