Learn about people from all walks of life including athletes, entertainers, politicians, historical figures, authors and many others.
Enhanced version of Encyclopedia Britannica with a world atlas, primary source documents, historical highlights and media updates.
Free DMV permit practice tests.
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)
Articles, videos, images, primary source documents and more. For high school research projects and homework.
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. View tutorial
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!
Online version of print reference titles including, Great Lives from History, Great Events from History and The Decades in America.
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.
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
Magazine articles, reference works and primary source documents for high school students.
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.
Practice tests for ACT, SAT, AP, GED, TOEFL, ASVAB and more.
Includes Earth Science, Space Science, Life Sciences, Health & Human Body, Physical Science, Technology & Engineering. For 4th – 9th grades.
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.