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ABCMouse.com

In library use only

Introduce your preschoolers and kindergarteners to reading, math, social science, art, and music with this award-winning education software.

Kids

Ancestry Library Edition

In library use only

Search billions of genealogy documents—including census, military, immigration, birth, and death records—in the library version of Ancestry.com.

Genealogy

AudioBookCloud

An online collection of streaming audiobooks for children.

Books & literature Kids

Auto Repair Reference Center

Step-by-step repair directions, diagnostics, diagrams, and updated service bulletins for domestic and imported cars from 1954 to today.

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Britannica Global Reference Center

Search encyclopedias and other reference resources written in Spanish, Korean, Chinese, French, and Japanese.

Kids

Britannica Online

All-ages content from Encyclopædia Briannica and Britannica Concise Encyclopedia, as well as videos and magazine articles.

Kids

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CAMIO

View and download thousands of high-resolution images of artworks from leading museums around the world.

Career Center

Get tips on job searching and interview prep. From 3 to 10 pm daily, upload resumes and cover letters and a career expert will give you feedback within 24 hours.

Job search

Careers College

Learn to navigate your job search with interactive tutorials, career resources, resume templates, and self-evaluation forms.

Job search

Chicago Tribune (1849–present)

Search the newspaper’s complete text. Content from 1849 to 1987 includes images of articles, photographs, death notices, and ads. From 1987 to present, only text versions of articles and obituaries are available.

Articles Genealogy

Consumer Health Complete

Get health and wellness information from hundreds of health journals and reference books covering mainstream and integrated medicine.

Health & medicine

Find detailed buying guides and useful reviews of hundreds of consumer products.

Consumer information

ConsumerReports.org

Find ratings and recommendations on appliances, electronics, cars, and more from the popular magazine and website.

Consumer information

Consumers’ Checkbook

Ratings on numerous Chicago-area service providers, including car mechanics, plumbers, dentists, roofers, and lawn care companies.

Consumer information

Cook County Tax Portal

Find county property information, including assessed values. Search by PIN or address.

Real estate

CultureGrams Online

Find detailed descriptions of daily life, customs, and culture in nearly 200 countries.

Kids

Current Biography Illustrated

Magazine-length biographical profiles of celebrities, politicians, entertainers, scientists, and other newsmakers from the 1940s to the present.

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Driving-Tests.org

Take free online practice tests based on Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles standards, including motorcycle exams and a sample commercial driver license (CDL) test.

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Early World of Learning

Narrated stories, games, and reading practice for preschool and elementary school students. Includes a basic encyclopedia for the youngest learners.

Kids

ERIC

Index to journal articles, resources and research in the education field.

Articles

eSequels

Check the correct order of all your favorite novels with this resource. Search by author, title, location, character, or subject.

Books & literature

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Factiva

Full-text access to thousands of newspapers, magazines, and journals, including the Chicago Sun-Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

Articles

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

More than 330 encyclopedias and specialized reference sources. Search the entire collection or a particular subject area.

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Hoover’s Online

Information on thousands of companies, including financials, top officers, and competitors. Also includes industry data and contact information for smaller businesses.

Business & investing

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Information on businesses and nonprofits, including those that have been dissolved or are in poor standing, from the Illinois Secretary of State.

Business & investing

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JSTOR

Full-text access to academic journals and primary sources in the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, and medicine. Issue dates range from historical to current.

Articles

K

Search for articles and pictures in this general reference resource for students in kindergarten through 5th grade.

Kids

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LearningExpress Library

Ace the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB, and other tests by prepping with these interactive practice exams. There also are citizenship and career exam modules. You’ll be asked to register with LearningExpress to take the tests.

LegalForms

Print free legal forms covering divorce, leases, wills, powers of attorney, and more.

Law

LexisNexis Library Express

Find newspaper and magazine articles, media transcripts, business information, and legal sources such as federal and state court cases dating back to 1789.

Articles Business & investing Law

Library PressDisplay

Current newspapers from around the world, presented in image format with full layouts, photos, and advertisements.

Articles

Literature Criticism Online

Find information and criticism on writers, poets and their works.

Books & literature

Live Homework Help

Connect with tutors to work on math, science, social studies, and English problems from 3 to 10 pm daily. Tailored for students from 4th grade to junior college, the sessions last approximately 20 minutes. Library cardholders are limited to 5 sessions per week.

Kids

Lynda.com Online Learning Library

Watch thousands of step-by-step online video tutorials on software, apps, media, marketing, business, and technology.

Technology training

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Mango Languages

Lessons in 60-plus languages, including English. Includes specialty courses, such as medical Spanish, and full-length theatrical movies with subtitles and enhanced instruction. Download the Mango Languages app to use on mobile devices.

Languages

MasterFILE Premier

Search full-text articles from popular magazines and journals covering areas of general interest.

Articles

MEDLINE

Article index for journals in medicine, dentistry, and nursing, aimed primarily at doctors and medical researchers.

Health & medicine

MedlinePlus

Up-to-date health information from the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library.

Health & medicine

Mergent Online

Information on thousands of publicly traded companies from the United States and around the world, including historical stock prices and data on defunct businesses.

Business & investing

Mergent WebReports

An archive of international corporate and industry-related documents. Includes annual reports dating back to the early 1900s and information on municipal bonds.

Business & investing

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Investment analysis and ratings for stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and markets.

Business & investing

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Natural Medicines

Peer-reviewed, independent data on complementary and alternative thearapies such as herbs, supplements, and a variety of integrative medicine practices.

Health & medicine

netTrekker

Thousands of teacher-approved websites and digital resources for students from elementary through high school. You can refine search results by subject, reading level, or grade level.

Kids

New York Times

Search full-text articles from 1980 to the present from the country’s newspaper of record.

Articles

Newspaper Source

Full-text articles from hundreds of U.S. and international newspapers such as The Washington Post and USA Today; also features transcripts from CNN, Fox News, and NPR.

Articles

NoveList K-8 Plus

Discover great books for children from kindergarten through grade 8. Browse lists of award-winning titles or search for books by grade level or Lexile score.

Books & literature Kids

NoveList Plus

Find recommendations and reviews for adult and teen fiction and nonfiction based on your favorite titles, authors, and genres.

Books & literature

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OCLC FirstSearch

Search a wide range of databases, including ArticleFirst, ERIC, WorldCat, and MEDLINE.

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Public Records Electronic Database

Access Illinois public record data for home foreclosures, bankruptcies, new businesses, and real estate transactions. Available both inside and outside the library.

Real estate

Public Records Electronic Database

In library use only

Access Illinois public record data for home foreclosures, bankruptcies, new businesses, and real estate transactions. Available both inside and outside the library.

Real estate

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ReferenceUSA

Get contact information for millions of U.S. and Canadian companies as well as residential directory information. Generate reports by searching businesses by name, location, industry, or size.

Business & investing

Rosetta Stone Library Solution

Take introductory-level lessons in more than 30 languages in the library version of the popular language software. You’ll be asked to register with Rosetta Stone to access the lessons.

Languages

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Safari Books Online

Read thousands of technology, software, and business books through your browser.

Salem Health

Find health answers culled from Magill’s Medical Guide, an authoritative medical encyclopedia written in accessible language for general readers.

Health & medicine

Science Online

Features a science encyclopedia, experiments, biographies, and illustrations ideal for grades 6 and up.

Kids

Skokie Newspaper Index

Find citations to articles that appeared in the Skokie Review, The News, and Life: Skokie edition. To request full articles, email askref@skokielibrary.info or call our Reference Desk at 847-673-3733.

Articles Genealogy

Skokie Newspaper Obituaries

Find citations to obituaries that appeared in The News (1960–1984), Skokie Review (1981–present), and Life: Skokie edition (1978–Oct. 2004). To request full obituaries, email askref@skokielibrary.info or call our Reference Desk at 847-673-3733.

Articles Genealogy

Something About the Author

Read biographies and critical essays about writers and illustrators of children and teen books.

Books & literature Kids

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TeachingBooks.net

Aimed primarily at teachers, this provides multimedia resources and activities to supplement elementary, middle, and high school reading assignments.

Books & literature Kids

Treehouse Online Learning

Learn how to build websites and apps, write code, or start a business through self-paced video lessons.

Technology training

TumbleBook Library for Kids

A collection of animated, narrated picture books that kids can follow along word for word.

Books & literature Kids

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Value Line Research Center

The latest information on stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertible securities. View, print, and download research reports from the various Value Line publications.

Business & investing

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WestlawNext

In library use only

Legal research portal designed for the general public, this features the text of Illinois and federal court decisions and national statutes.

Law

World Book Online

An online version of the popular encyclopedia.

Kids

WorldCat

Search the collections of thousands of libraries in the United States and around the world using this global catalog.