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ABCmouse.com In-library only

3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities. For ages 2-7. From Age of Learning, Inc. Apps are available for iPad and Android and Kindle tablets - for use at the library only.

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Adult Learning Center from HelpNow

Live one-on-one coaching to improve your computer skills on MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Also includes resume writing assistance and practice tests for the GED and U.S. Citizenship Test.

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ALLDATA In-library only

Automotive database covering vehicles from 1982 to the present.

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America in the World, 1776 to the Present: A Supplement to the Dictionary of American History, 2016

This work focuses on the role of Americans and the U.S. in the world, while analyzing how the world has influenced the U.S. and Americans. It also examines the increasingly important role of the U.S. from the early days of the republic to the present.

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Ancestry Library Edition In-library only

This is the library version of Ancestry.com. It allows you to search billions of genealogy records from the U.S. and around the world in a single search. View tutorial

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ArtistWorks

Step-by-step instructional videos for learning to play musical instruments. First time users of Recorder Books databases will need to create an account.

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Atomic Training

Online video training tutorials on the most popular software and devices, including Microsoft® Office®, Adobe® Creative Suite®, Google™ Docs, iPad and more. First time users of Recorded Books databases will need to create an account.

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A to Z The USA

Detailed information and histories of the 50 states and 5 territories. Includes maps, flags, photos and more.

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BasicESL

Basic ESL improves an individual’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow and instructionally proven curriculum. Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics including: family, home, school and many other topics. In each lesson students learn key vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversation. No computer experience is necessary.

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Biography In Context

Learn about people from all walks of life including athletes, entertainers, politicians, historical figures, authors and many others.

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BookBrowse

An online magazine for booklovers - including reviews, previews, "behind the book" backstories, author interviews, reading guides, and much more. View tutorial

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BookFLIX

Explore a variety of classic video storybooks and related nonfiction eBooks in one of nine learning categories. Also includes Spanish titles and educational games. For grades Pre-K – 3.

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Britannica Library

Enhanced version of Encyclopedia Britannica with a world atlas, primary source documents, historical highlights and media updates.

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Britannica Library for Children

Enhanced version of Encyclopedia Britannica geared to primary grades. Includes world atlas, primary source documents, and recommended web sites.

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Britannica Library for Young Adults

Includes primary source documents and historical highlights among search results.

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Business & Careers eBooks

A collection of business & career eBooks

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Business Plans Handbook

Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans.

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Chicago Sun-Times from PressReader

Read today’s Chicago Sun-Times in full-page format, with photographs and ads. A three-month backfile is included.

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Chicago Tribune

Full text from 1985 to the present. Includes obituaries.

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Chicago Tribune 1849–1992 (Proquest Historical Newspapers)

This digitized, full text version of the newspaper includes photographs, ads and obituaries from 1849–1992.

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Chicago Tribune from PressReader

Read today’s Chicago Tribune in full-page format, with photographs and ads. A three-month backfile is included.

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Chilton Library for Automotive Repair

Detailed information on how to maintain and repair your vehicle. Also includes a labor estimate tool. View tutorial

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Consumer Reports

We offer free access to ConsumerReports.org to anyone at the library and to Des Plaines residents from home. You'll find ratings and recommendations on appliances, electronics, cars, travel and more.

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Consumers’ Checkbook

This is a good source for local consumer information for the home, cars, health care (including physicians & dentists) personal services and more. It includes Chicago Consumers' Checkbook. You'll be asked to register with Consumers' Checkbook for home use.

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Contemporary Authors

Entries on thousands of authors with full text articles.

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Crain’s Chicago Business

Full text from 1986 to the present.

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Daily Herald

Full text from 1997 to the present.

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Des Plaines Journal In-library only

Search or browse for issues of the Des Plaines Journal for the years 2000–2016. Current year issues added continuously every three to five days.

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Des Plaines Local Newspapers In-library only

This collection brings together issues of several local newspapers dating from 1939 to the present. The oldest newspapers were badly damaged by water and mold and are preserved here for historical research.

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Des Plaines Memory

An online collection of photographs, postcards, letters and more all detailing Des Plaines' rich history. A great tool for doing historical and genealogical research.

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Des Plaines Telephone Directories In-library only

This collection brings together telephone directories from Des Plaines and the surrounding communities. The directories are a great tool for doing genealogical and historical research.

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Dictionary of American History, 2003

The first comprehensive revision of this classic reference source, originally published in 1940, features updated and revised entries from previous editions, as well as more than 800 new entries covering recent events and topics not covered previously.

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Driving-Tests.org

Free DMV permit practice tests.

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eBook Public Library Collection (EBSCOhost)

With more than 41,000 e-books chosen specifically for public libraries, this general reference collection features titles for both adults and juveniles, as well as best-selling and highly-recommended titles from industry leading publishers.

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Enciclopedia estudiantil hallazgos

Contiene información sobre gente, lugares, objetos, acontecimientos e ideas. (Contains information about people, places, objects, events and ideas.)

Encyclopedia of Associations

This is a good source for detailed information on international, national, state and local organizations

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Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources

Live, print and electronic sources of information listed by subject and type of resource (directories, databases, newsletters, indexes, research centers, etc.). Many entries also provide e-mail addresses and URLs for online resources.

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Encyclopedias (Virtual Reference Library)

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

Experiment Central

Detailed information on more than 300 science experiments for upper elementary and older students. Search by key word or by alphabetical list of science topics.

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Explora

Browse topics of interest or search for a topic of your choice to find articles, primary source documents and videos. Search results can be limited to magazines, news, biographies, etc. (User-friendly interface for content from MasterFile Premier, Mas Ultra, Middle Search and Newspaper Source Plus)

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Explora Primary Schools

An easy way to find out about everything from animals to current events. Search by keyword or topic. Perfect for research projects!

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Explora Secondary Schools

Articles, videos, images, primary source documents and more. For high school research projects and homework.

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Explore Illinois

Find a wealth of information about Illinois. Perfect for school assignments.

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FirstSearch

13 databases, including ArticleFirst, ERIC, WorldCat, GPO and MEDLINE.

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Flipster Magazines

Full digital versions of popular magazines like Time, Sports Illustrated, Real Simple and other publications from Time Inc. View tutorial

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Fold3 Library Edition

Convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Historical documents like the National Archives Holocaust Records are also included. A useful tool for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families and teachers.

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Freegal Music

Download and keep five MP3 songs per week for free! You can download tracks and store them on your device. View tutorial

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Gale Courses

Online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, computer applications, accounting, web design, healthcare and personal enrichment. New classes begin every month and last for six weeks. To get started, create an account with your Des Plaines library card. Certificates of completion are available for some courses. View tutorial

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Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media

Over 57,000 listings for radio, television stations, cable companies and print media.

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Gale PowerSearch

Search Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Gale Virtual Reference Library at the same time using PowerSearch.

Global Newsstream

Search hundreds of national and international newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times at the same time.

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Health & Medicine Collection

A collection of health eBooks

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HelpNow

FREE online help for kids, teens, and adults. All core subjects offered (grades 3-12): math, science, social Studies, writing assistance, English/language arts, and reading assistance. Resume and cover letter review for job hunters too!

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HelpNow (en español)

AYUDA GRATIS EN LÍNEA para estudiantes, Grados 3–12

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Heritage Quest Online

Explore local histories, mine census data and search thousands of other records to find your ancestors and build your family tree.

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History Collection

A collection of history eBooks.

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History Online from Salem Press

Online version of print reference titles including, Great Lives from History, Great Events from History and The Decades in America.

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Hoopla

Borrow digital movies, music and audiobooks with your Des Plaines library card. No holds, no fees. Stream through your internet. View tutorial.

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Investment Newsletters

The library receives several investor newsletters. Many of these may be accessed online, but only while in the library.

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Law and Government eBooks

This is a collection of ebooks on law, government and political theory.

Legal Forms Library

Free forms for divorce, leases, wills, power of attorney, name changes, leases and more.

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Legal Information Reference Center

This database includes commonly used legal forms and the popular Nolo guides to answer your everyday legal questions.

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LibraryAware Newsletters

Sign up for LibraryAware newsletters on your favorite genre or topic and get new book suggestions delivered directly to your inbox.

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Literature Criticism Online

Critical and biographical essays on contemporary novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers, and other creative writers. From Gale's Contemporary Literary Criticism series.

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Literature Resources from Gale

A collection of ebooks and other resources on literature and literary criticism. Like having a collection of reference books right on the computer.

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Lynda.com

Thousands of online video tutorials that can help you learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. You will be asked to Create a Profile using your Des Plaines library card. Use in Firefox or Chrome. View tutorial

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Magill’s Literary Annual

Reviews of significant fiction and nonfiction dating back to 1977.

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Mango Languages

Mango offers a variety of fun ways to help you learn another language, including English. A voice comparison feature compares your pronunciation to a native speaker’s. Use it on your computer or tablet or on your cellphone, by downloading the mobile app. View tutorial

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MasterFILE Premier

Full text for periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education and science. Links to video files including television shows like the Today Show and Meet the Press. Full text from reference books and more.

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Masterplots

Analyzes the most important works in all genres - fiction, short stories, poetry, drama, and nonfiction - throughout history and around the world.

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MAS Ultra - School Edition

Magazine articles, reference works and primary source documents for high school students.

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Medline

You'll find article citations for all areas of medicine, mainly for the medical profession. Produced by the National Library of Medicine.

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Mergent Intellect

Access to private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, industry profiles and much more.

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Mergent Online - formerly Moody’s Financial Ratings

Suite of information resources that enables in-depth business and financial research. Access to Dun & Bradstreet's 20M Plus Private Company Search is included.

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Mergent WebReports

An archive of corporate and industry related documents covering over 100 countries and industries. Includes annual reports dating back to the early 1900s.

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Middle Search Plus

Full text articles and biographies for middle-school students.

Miss Humblebee’s Academy

An online interactive curriculum for three – six year olds with offline practice worksheets. Create a free account and receive weekly emails documenting your child’s progress in kindergarten readiness. Compatible with any smart tablet device.

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Morningstar.com Library Edition

Stock and mutual fund research database for the individual investor.

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MyHeritage Library Edition

Birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, the complete US and UK censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 1.5 billion family tree profiles. More than 5 million records are added each day.

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MyMediaMall

Downloadable audiobooks, ebooks and videos. Available with your DPPL card. Play/view items on your computer or see the list of compatible devices. mp3 audiobooks will play on Apple iPods. Quick reference guide. View tutorial

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National Directory of Nonprofit Organizations

This directory has contact information and more for foundations, scholarships, research centers, religious groups, hospitals and other organizations.

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National Geographic

This searchable archive of over 100 years of National Geographic magazine (1888–present) includes every page and every photograph from the iconic, award winning magazine.

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Newspaper Source Plus

Full text from hundreds of U.S. and international newspapers.

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New York Times

Full text from 1980 to the present.

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New York Times 1851-2012 (Proquest Historical Newspapers)

New York Times digitized cover to cover from 1851 to 2012.

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New York Times - free, unlimited access to NYT.com In-library only

Unlimited access to the NYTimes.com on any device during your visit. To activate your "subscription," you’ll need to log in or register first.

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New York Times - free, unlimited access to NYT.com outside the library

To activate your access, click on "Redeem," then log in or register. You'll have 72 hours of unlimited access before you will need to reactivate your "subscription."

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NoveList Plus

Helps you find new fiction and nonfiction books to read by searching favorite authors, titles, subjects, and genres. View tutorial

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NoveList Plus K–8

Helps you find new fiction books to read by searching favorite authors, titles, subjects, and genres. For children in grades K-8.

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OnePlay

Instantly download and play unlimited PC and Android games. Over 2000 games. No holds. No fees. No waiting. Free access to the OnePlay VIP subscription service is provided with your library card.

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Opposing Viewpoints In Context

Information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. You’ll find up-to-date news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to authoritative websites.

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Oxford English Dictionary

A guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. The OED is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language.

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PebbleGo Animals

Information and educational games on over 200 animals especially for K-2 emergent readers.

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PebbleGo Biographies

Information about key historical figures especially for K-3 emergent readers.

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PebbleGo Earth and Space

Information and educational games about earth science, seasons, space, and weather especially for K-3 emergent readers.

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PebbleGo Social Studies

Over 150 articles in 12 different categories introduce young researchers to the world around them. For K-2 students.

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Practice tests in SkillSurfer - part of HelpNow from Brainfuse

Practice tests for ACT, SAT, AP, GED, TOEFL, ASVAB and more.

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PressReader - formerly Library Press Display

You'll find current newspapers and magazines in several languages, presented in full-page format with photographs, advertisements, crossword puzzles and cartoons. This is a great way to read world wide news or develop your skills with another language.

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PriceIt! Antiques & Collectibles

Millions of records for identifying, researching and pricing art, antiques and collectibles.

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Primary Search

Full text articles, photos and reference works for elementary school students.

Profiles of Illinois

Information on Illinois cities and counties.

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ProQuest Obituaries

Obituaries from Atlanta Constitution (1868-1922), Boston Globe (1872-1922), Chicago Defender (1921-1975), Chicago Tribune (1852-1984), Los Angeles Times (1881-1984), New York Times (1851-1994) and Washington Post (1877-1950).

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Public Records - In library

Contains public record data for new businesses, real estate transactions, home foreclosures and bankruptcies in Illinois.

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Public Records - Outside the library

Contains public record data for new businesses, real estate transactions, home foreclosures and bankruptcies in Illinois.

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ReferenceUSA

A directory of information on U.S. and Canadian companies including job listings and new businesses. Also has residential listings and a physician/dentist directory. View tutorial.

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ReferenceUSA Health Care

Information on 650,000 U.S. physicians and dentists.

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Research Library

A mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and other timely sources across the top 150 subject areas.

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Resources on Law and Government

A collection of ebooks on law, government and political theory.

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Safari Technology e-books

Two Safari collections are included: Beginning Programming Library covers Java, C#, ASP.NET, MySQL, Ruby, Web development, gaming and more. Consumer Technology Library explores Microsoft office products, digital photography, social media, PC maintenance, the latest mobile gadgets and more.

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ScienceFlix

Includes Earth Science, Space Science, Life Sciences, Health & Human Body, Physical Science, Technology & Engineering. For 4th – 9th grades.

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Sesame Street eBooks

Read more, learn more, play more with your favorite Sesame Street friends! Apps are available for Apple & Android devices. Download the app and call the Youth Services Desk at 847-376-2839 for the login credentials in order to get free access.

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Social Issues and Current Events

A collection of eBooks on current events and social issues that face our world today.

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Tradeshows Worldwide

Detailed information on thousands of international and U.S. trade shows and exhibitions, including sponsoring organizations, facilities, and services.

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TrueFLIX – People, Places, and History

Includes American Indians, Ancient Civilizations, The Civil War, Continents, U.S. Government, U.S. Regions, Westward Expansion. For 3rd – 6th grades.

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TrueFLIX: Science and Nature

Includes Disasters, Earth Science, Ecosystems, Experiments, Extreme Nature, Human Body, Space. For 3rd – 6th grades.

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TumbleBookCloud Junior

An online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter, graphic novels, National Geographic videos, and audio books. For grades two to six.

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TumbleBook Library

A collection of animated, talking picture books, puzzles and games. Includes books in Spanish and French. View tutorial

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Value Line Dividend Select: Income & Growth

Monthly recommendation for companies with a high-quality dividend paying growth stock.

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Value Line Research Center

The latest information on stocks, mutual funds, special situation stocks, options and convertible securities. Research reports from the various Value Line Survey publications may be viewed, printed and downloaded. View tutorial

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Value of a Dollar:1860-2014

Records the actual prices of thousands of items that consumers purchased from the Civil War to the present,along with facts about investment options and income opportunities.

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Virtual Reference Library

Thousands of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources. Search the entire collection or a particular subject area. View tutorial

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Vogue Archive

This contains the full run of the Vogue magazine in full text and full color from 1892 to the present. You can browse an issue or search for a specific topic, period, or fashion item.

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Ward’s Business Directory of U.S. Public and Private Companies

Current company and industry information.

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Weiss/Financial Ratings Series

Find out how your bank or credit union is doing by checking its financial strength rating. You can also find ratings for mutual funds and stocks. Consumer guides for auto, health, homeowner's and long-term care insurance are also included.

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World Book Dictionary

Lookup words and their meanings.

World Book InfoFinder

Everything you'd expect from the World Book encyclopedia only better! Great activities for science projects, social studies resources, and more.

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World Book Kids

A section within World Book Online with short illustrated articles for younger students.

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World Book presenta Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

La Enciclopedia estudiantil hallazgos en línea es una enciclopedia de conocimientos generales. Contiene información sobre gente, lugares, objetos, acontecimientos e ideas. Aprovecha esta enciclopedia para investigar y divertirte.

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WorldCat

Millions of library records in 400 languages.

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Zinio Magazines

Read magazines on your tablet or smartphone. Many popular titles. No late fees!

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