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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.

Ancestry Library Edition

In library use only

Search billions of genealogy documents—including census, military, immigration, birth, and death records.

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Black Life in America

Explore three centuries’ worth of news articles about the Black experience through full-image primary sources from 1704 to today.

Britannica Online

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

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Career Center from Tutor.com

Get tips on job searching and interview prep. From 10 am to 12 am daily, upload resumes and cover letters and a career expert will give you feedback within 24 hours.

Chicago Community Collection

Search full-text articles from more than 250 local news sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, Daily Southtown, and Evanston Review.

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.

Consumer Health Complete

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

ConsumerReports.org

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

Consumers’ Checkbook

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

Cook County Tax Portal

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

Creativebug

Thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. You must be 13 years or older to use this service. Users under 18 need parent or legal guardian permission to sign up.

CultureGrams Online

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

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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Digital Learn

If you are new to computers or need a refresher, Digital Learn helps you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

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.

ERIC

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

Explora

Search for full-text articles, news and current events using grade levels or lexile ranges for grades K-8.

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Gale Courses

Jump-start your professional and personal development with free, instructor-led, non-credit online courses in technology, business, health, wellness, education, parenting, and the arts. New sessions begin every month.

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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HeritageHub

Explore your family history with U.S. obituaries and death notices from from 1704 to today, including hard-to-find content from the mid-1900s and original obituary images.

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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.

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JSTOR

Full-text access to historical and current academic journals and primary sources in the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, and medicine. Note: Some recent articles may not be accessible because of publisher restrictions.

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Illinois Legal Aid Online's form library has court forms, legal documents, and letters for many kinds of legal problems. Users can download blank forms to fill out manually, or can use the "easy form" program to create the form needed.

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Library PressReader

Apps available

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

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)

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

If you previously had a Lynda.com account through the library, you do not need to create a new one for LinkedIn Learning. Simply login with your library card number and PIN.

Literature Resources from Gale

Search the contents of hundreds of literary reference books for information on authors and criticism of their works.

Live Homework Help from Tutor.com

Connect with tutors to work on math, science, social studies, and English problems from noon to midnight daily. Sessions are available in English and Spanish, last about 20 minutes, and are tailored for students from kindergarten to junior college. Library cardholders limited to 5 sessions per week.

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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.

MasterFILE Complete

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

MedlinePlus

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

Mergent Intellect

Research business information, executive contact details, industry profiles, news and information about U.S. and international businesses, private and public. Find contact and demographic information for over 210 million North American consumers.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Access investment ratings, industry and analysts reports, articles, videos and newsletters. Find up-to-date financial data for stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and historical stock prices.

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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.

New York Times Online

In library use only

Free, unlimited access to The New York Times website and mobile apps on any device during your library visit. To activate, you’ll need to register for a free NYTimes.com account or log into an existing account.
You must be 13 years or older to use this service. Users under 18 need parent or legal guardian permission to sign up.

New York Times Online

Free, unlimited 72-hour access to the New York Times website and mobile apps from outside the library. To activate, click on “Redeem,” then register for a free NYTimes.com account or log into an existing account. Once your pass expires, return to this page to renew for another 72 hours.
You must be 13 years or older to use this service. Users under 18 need parent or legal guardian permission to sign up.

Newspaper Source from EBSCOhost

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.

Nexis Uni

Find newspaper and magazine articles, media transcripts, business information, and legal sources such as federal and state court cases dating back to 1789. Please note that the legal portion of this product is only available for use in the library.

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.

NoveList Plus

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

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OCLC FirstSearch

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

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PebbleGo/ PebbleGoNext

PebbleGo (grades K-2) and PebbleGoNext (grades 3-5) have curriculum-based articles and ebooks for kids in both English and Spanish on animals, science, geography, social science, and history.

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.

Public Records Electronic Database

In library use only

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

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Reference Solutions/Data Axle (formerly ReferenceUSA)

Find contact information for millions of U.S. and Canadian companies, health care providers and residences and use it to see job postings and build contact lists of companies, competitors, suppliers and consumers. Discover businesses based on industry, location, company sales and employee size or target customers based on their location, income, interests, or homeowner status.

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Scholastic Teachables

Printable activity sheets, lessons, summer workbooks, mini-books and lesson plans for grades Pre-K-6. Search by grade level, subject, state standards, theme or genre.

Skokie Newspaper Index

Find citations to articles that appeared in the Skokie Review, The News, and Life: Skokie edition. To request full articles, email or call the library at 847-673-7774.

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 or call the library at 847-673-7774.

Skokie Review from Newsbank

Search full-text local news, obituaries, and death notices from the Skokie Review from 1995 and full-image issues from November 2020 to the current issue.

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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.

Treehouse.com

Learn from over 1,000 in-depth videos created by expert teachers on intermediate web design, coding, business, and much more. Treehouse.com is continually refreshed with the latest on web technology, so you'll never fall behind.

TumbleBook Library for Kids

Apps available

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

TumbleMath

Simple math lessons, focusing on basics, in the form of read-alongs for K-4 students. Includes quizzes and lesson planning tools.

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Value Line Research Center

The latest information on stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertible securities. Includes investment ratings, rankings, earnings, projections and insider transactions data. View, download and print research reports.

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Wall Street Journal from ProQuest

Full-text newspaper articles from 1984 to present and full-text Wall Street Journal Online articles from 2010 and onward.

Wall Street Journal Online

Free 72-hour access to The Wall Street Journal website. To activate, click above and register for wsj.com or log in to an existing account. Once your pass expires, return to this page to renew for another 72 hours. Access to the WSJ mobile app or WSJ+ content isn’t included, and you must be 13 years or older to use this service. Users under 18 need parent or legal guardian permission to create a WSJ.com account.

Wall Street Journal Online

In library use only

Free access to The Wall Street Journal website during your library visit.

Washington Post Online

Free, unlimited 7-day access to the Washington Post website from outside the library. To activate, create a free Washington Post account. Once your pass expires, return to this page to activate a new 7-day pass. You must be 13 years or older to use this service. Users under 18 need parent or legal guardian permission to create a Washington Post account.

Washington Post Online

In library use only

Free, unlimited access to The Washington Post website during your library visit.

World Book Online

An online version of the encyclopedia for all ages, plus reference articles, activities for science projects, social studies resources, multimedia, and articles in Spanish.

WorldCat from OCLC FirstSearch

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