Resources by Topic

Adult Learning & Job Seeking | Art | Book Reviews & Literature | Business & Investing | Consumer Information | Driver’s Education | Encyclopedias & More | Genealogy & History | Homework Help | Language Learning | Library Catalogs | Magazines, Newspapers, & Journals | Science | Telephone Directory

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for easy access to your favorite resources, arranged alphabetically

Adult Learning & Job Seeking

  • Adult Learning Center
    Build your skills to prepare for GED and U.S. Citizenship tests, career transitions, and other learning goals. Connect with live tutors daily from 3 to 11 p.m. or submit writing samples and questions 24/7. User guide | App available
  • JobNow
    Pursue your dream job with career assessments, tips, links, and resume templates. Job coaches are available daily from 3 to 11 p.m. for real-time help with resume writing and interview prep. User guide
  • Lynda.com
    Learn at your own pace with instructional videos covering the latest software, technology, creative, and business skills. With nearly 4,000 courses taught by experts, and new courses added weekly, Lynda.com is an industry leader in online learning. The Lynda.com mobile app is now available for use with the library service.  User guide | FAQs App Available

For more resources, see Career Help

Art

Book Reviews & Literature

  • Hoopla
    Download or stream movies, TV shows, music, eAudiobooks, eBooks, and comics on your PC, tablet, or smartphone. Enjoy instant access and automatic returns. Learn more | App available
  • MyMediaMall (OverDrive).
    Download eBooks and eAudiobooks to all types of eReaders, mobile devices, and PCs. With automatic returns, you don’t have to worry about late fees. Learn more | App available
  • NoveList
    Wondering what to read next? Find the perfect match using adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction book recommendations, lists, discussion guides, and author read-alikes. User guide
  • TumbleBooks
    Any child who has imagined a picture book coming to life will be mesmerized by the animated, talking stories in this preschoolers’ digital library.

For more resources, see What Do I Read Next? and Kids & Teens: Great Reads

Business & Investing

  • Reference USA
    Search U.S. or Canadian businesses by industry, location, or size, then view detailed company information. The U.S. New Movers database helps small businesses target potential customers. User guide | Video tutorial
  • Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ NetAdvantage is no longer available. Please see our Morningstar subscription.

Consumer Information

  • Consumer Reports
    Research purchases with ratings, reviews, and recommendations from the nonprofit product-testing organization established in 1936. The Consumer Reports mobile app is not set up to work with library accounts. User guide

Driver’s Education

  • Driver’s License Practice Tests
    Prepare for the Illinois driver’s license test with ten car practice tests, six motorcycle practice tests, one CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice test, and three online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, and CDL).

Encyclopedias & Reference

  • Encyclopedia Britannica
    The comprehensive articles in this trusted source (online only since 2012) are now enhanced by multimedia. Three portals meet the research needs of learners at different ages; the Reference Center is designed for adults. User guide

Genealogy & History

Homework Help

  • Chicago Tribune
    Use this newspaper archive to answer questions like “What happened on this date in 1942?” and “When was the Sears Tower renamed the Willis Tower?”

    • Current: Full text of articles, obituaries, and other content. Coverage: 1985 – present.
    • Historical: Images of the original editions, including photographs, advertisements, and cartoons. Coverage: 1849 – 1992.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
    The comprehensive articles in this trusted source (online only since 2012) are now enhanced by multimedia. Levels designed just for children and young adults contain age-appropriate information. User guide
  • Explora
    Browse topic areas for research paper ideas, then find relevant magazine articles, encyclopedias, primary source documents, and videos, in this user-friendly portal for content from MasterFILE Premier and Science Reference Center.
  • Homework Help (Brainfuse)
    Get help with math, science, English, social studies, grammar, reading comprehension, writing, and Spanish, from live tutors daily from 3 to 11 p.m. Take practice tests, create your own flash cards, and form online study sessions with your friends. App available | Video tutorials
  • Science Reference Center
    Enhance lab reports, science fair projects, and general scientific research with informational texts on astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, medicine, environmental science, and technology. Search by reading level to ensure comprehension. User guide

For more resources, go to Kids & Teens > Homework Help

Language Learning

  • PressReader (formerly Library PressDisplay)
    Practice reading foreign languages with newspapers from countries around the world. Browse by language or country to select from over 5,000 publications in 60+ languages. User guide | App available (you must use the Library’s Wifi to download new issues).
  • Pronunciator
    Study any of 80 languages, from Afrikaans to Mongolian to Xhosa, or improve English language skills with ESL courses in 50 different languages. Build on traditional language-learning methods with interactive multimedia. User guide | App available

Library Catalogs

Newspapers, Magazines, & Journals

  • Chicago Tribune
    Search newspaper content by keyword, document type, date, subject, and more.

    • Current: Full text of articles, obituaries, and other content. Coverage: 1985 – present.
    • Historical: Images of the original editions, including photographs, advertisements, and cartoons. Coverage: 1849 – 1992. User guide
  • Explora
    Find magazine articles, encyclopedias, primary source documents, and videos in this user-friendly portal for content from MasterFILE Premier and Science Reference Center.
  • FirstSearch
    Our FirstSearch databases are ArticleFirst, Electronic Collection Online, ERIC, GPO Monthly, MEDLINE, PapersFirst, ProceedingsFirst, WorldCat, and WorldCatDissertations. Search up to three simultaneously using the checkboxes next to their names.
  • Flipster Magazines
    Browse the latest issues of popular magazines in full color on your computer or mobile device. Titles include: Atlantic, Dwell, Elle, Food & Wine, Forbes, Men’s Health, Real Simple, Shop Smart, Women’s Health, People, and more.  Learn more | App available  (or read in your browser window)
  • Lincolnwood Review
    This archive of the local newspaper offers partial coverage beginning with the September 28, 1995 issue.
  • MasterFILE Premier
    Search the full text of articles from thousands of journals and popular magazines, as well as primary source documents and more than 500,000 images (photographs, maps, and flags). Coverage: 1975 – present. User guide
  • OmniFile Full Text Select
    Fuel your research with full-text articles from approximately 2,700 journals (many peer-reviewed), professional publications, and general-interest magazines. Coverage: 1994 – present.
  • PressReader (previously Library PressDisplay)
    Read current newspapers from countries around the world in full-color, full-page format. Browse by language or country to select from over 5,000 publications in 60+ languages. Magazines are also included for some countries; U.S. titles include Martha Stewart Living, MacLife, Newsweek, Digital Camera, and Yoga Journal. User guide | App available (you must use the Library’s Wifi to download new issues).

Science

For more resources, go to Kids & Teens > Homework Help

Telephone Directory

  • Reference USA
    Search U.S. or Canadian businesses by industry, location, or size, then view phone numbers and company facts. User guide 

 

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