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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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Academic OneFile

A comprehensive collection of authoritative periodicals and scholarly journals. View Tutorial

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ACORN TV

World-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond. First time users of RB Digital will need to create an account.

ACT/SAT TestPrep

Comprehensive self-paced program to help you raise your test scores. First time users of RB Digital will need to create an account.

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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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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.

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ArkivDigital - Swedish Genealogy In-library only

Access to 83 million church records and other historical records for Swedish genealogy research.

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ArtistWorks (RB Digital)

Step-by-step instructional videos for learning to play musical instruments.

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Auto Repair Source

DIY auto repair.

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BiblioBoard

Illinois residents have access to thousands of e-resources free of charge & no library card is required. Enjoy ebooks, images & videos – the collection includes classic fiction, children’s fiction, graphic novels, Chicago authors and much more. Download the BiblioBoard app (from the iTunes app store for iOS or from the Google Play Store for Android). Create an account profile and be able to access the collections while outside of Illinois. You will also have the ability to download content for offline reading, and to add bookmarks and notes.

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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.

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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 eBooks

A collection of business eBooks, including 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 1849–1994 (Proquest Historical Newspapers)

This digitized, full text version of the newspaper includes photographs, ads and obituaries from 1849–1994.

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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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Comparative Guide to American Suburbs

Profiles of suburban communities within each of the 80 largest U.S. metropolitan areas in the United States.

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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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Creativebug

More than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

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Daily Herald

Full text from 1997 to the present. Includes obituaries.

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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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Digital Library of Illinois

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.

Driving-Tests.org

Free DMV permit practice tests.

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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. https://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/des87360?db=GDL

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Encyclopedias (Virtual Reference Library)

Over 330 encyclopedias and specialized reference sources. Search the entire collection or a particular subject area. https://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/des87360?db=GVRL-0

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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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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.

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Fold3

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.

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Gale Courses

Online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, computer applications, accounting, law, web design, healthcare and personal enrichment. Foreign language courses for Spanish, French, Italian & Japanese are also offered. 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.

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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 for articles in and book excerpts in Biography in Context and Gale Virtual Reference Library at the same time using PowerSearch. https://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=GPS&sw=w&u=des87360&v=2.1&pg=BasicSearch&it=static

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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Great Courses

Unlimited access to engaging professors covering a wide variety of subjects. First time users of Recorded Books databases will need to create an account.

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Health & Medicine Collection

A collection of eBooks on health & medicine.

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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, The Decades in America and The Value of a Dollar - 1860-2014 * The Colonial Era.

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Hoonuit - Online Software Training (formerly 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 RB Digital will need to create an account.

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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.

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Industry Surveys in MARKETSCOPE ADVISOR from CFRA (formerly S&P)

CFRA's Industry Surveys provide investors with broad fundamental overviews, recent performance statistics,and analysis of trends, supplying the facts needed to quickly identify the key drivers of an industry.

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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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Kanopy

This streaming service includes independent, foreign, classic & documentary films. Over 30,000 films are offered, including The Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation, The Great Courses, New Day Films and more. A Des Plaines Library card number is required to sign up.

Kanopy Kids

Includes Oscar® nominated family films, PBS kids favorites, literary classic adaptations: Where The Wild Things Are, Johnny Appleseed, Little Red Hen & more.

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Law and Government Resources

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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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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Life Magazine Archive (1936-2000)

More than 2,200 issues. Covers international & American current events.

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Literature - Search Modern Novelists, Poems, Short Stories & more

A collection of eBooks and other resources on literature and literary criticism. From Gale Cengage Learning.

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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.

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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.

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Market Scope Advisor (CFRA - formerly S&P)

Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Mutual Fund Reports, Thematic Research, the Outlook newsletter, market news and commentary and more.

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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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Medigap from Weiss Ratings

Build Your Own Customized Medicare Supplement Insurance Planner. Get step-by-step guidance on how to select a Medigap insurance plan, which plans are right for you and which insurance company has the lowest rates.

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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.

Middle Search Plus

Full text articles and biographies for middle-school students.

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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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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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Newspapers.com - Library Edition

Historical newspapers archive from the 1700's - 2000's - 4,000+ news titles from the U.S. and around the world. For researchers, historians, genealogists, teachers and students.

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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 1851-2014 (Proquest Historical Newspapers)

New York Times digitized cover to cover from 1851 to 2013.

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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.

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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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Outlook: Intelligence for the Individual Investor (CFRA, formerly S&P)

Advisory resource for timely guidance on market behavior and its driving forces. Drawing from the expertise of CFRA’s staff of strategists, researchers and analysts, The Outlook identifies the developments and trends that affect stock performance and makes recommendations on when to buy, hold, and sell.

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Pongalo - telenovelas, series y películas en ESPAÑOL (Spanish Language Entertainment)

Crea tu cuenta y comienza a disfrutar de todos los episodios de tus telenovelas, series y películas en ESPAÑOL. Sin interrupciones ni cortes comerciales.

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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.

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ProCitizen | Preparación para obtener la ciudadanía estadounidense

Si ya tienes un nombre de estudiante y contraseña de Pronunciator, puedes iniciar sesión a continuación. De lo contrario, regístrate donde dice "¿Es tu primera vez aquí?" y recibirás un nombre de estudiante y contraseña que funcionán tanto para Pronunciator como ProCitizen.

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ProCitizen | Preparing you for U.S. Citizenship

If you already have a Pronunciator student name and password, you can log in below. If you don't, register under "First time here?" and you'll receive a student name and password that will work for both Pronunciator and ProCitizen!

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Profiles of Illinois

Information on Illinois cities and counties.

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Pronunciator

Pronunciator is a fun way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. ESL courses are available for speakers of several languages. For adults and children.

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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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RBdigital

Read magazines on your mobile device or computer. Many popular titles. Free and always available.

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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.

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ReferenceUSA Health Care

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

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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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Stingray Qello

The world's largest collection of concert films and music documentaries. First time users of RB Digital will need to create an account.

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Time Magazine Archive (1923-2000)

Over 4,000 issues of the popular magazine.

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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. For best results, use Chrome on desktop computers.

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Universal Class

Access to over 500 video-based courses - everything from ABC's of Algebra to Yoga 101. First time users need to create an account. Once you're logged in you will have access to the course catalog and be able to start a class. CEU (Continuing Education Units) Certificates are available.

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US Hispanic Newsstream

Access to a large collection of leading Hispanic newspapers, news wires, websites and blogs in full text from US publishers in both Spanish and English including El Diario/La Prensa (New York City), La Opinión (Los Angeles), La Prensa (San Antonio) and Extra (Chicago).

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Value Line Dividend Select: Income & Growth

Monthly recommendations 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.

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Virtual Reference Library

Thousands of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources. Search the entire collection or a particular subject area. https://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/des87360?db=GVRL-0

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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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Wall Street Journal

Full text from 1984 to the present.

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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 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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World Book Student

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 Timelines

Timelines for World History, Science & Technology, Notable People, Sports & Games & more.

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WorldCat

Millions of library records in 400 languages.

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