Resources A to Z

Lincolnwood residents have free access to the subscription resources below:

  • Adult Learning Center
    Live tutors available daily from 3-11 p.m. GED prep, 24/7 Writing Lab, Skills Building, Career Resources, U.S. Citizenship Prep, Microsoft Office Essential Skills Series, and a 24/7 Question Center. BrainFuse app available for the iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone.
  • CAMIO — Catalog of Art Museum Images Online
    Art works from around the world, representing the collections of more than 24 prominent museums. Lincolnwood card holders, please call Adult Services Desk 847-677-5277 x230 for login information.
  • Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook
    Evaluations of local services, such as auto repair shops, plumbers, lawyers, dentists, veterinarians, banks, insurance companies, and more. Consumers’ Checkbook, an independent, nonprofit consumer organization, does not accept support from businesses.
    Access Consumers’ Checkbook outside the library. After typing in your library card number, you’ll be prompted to create an account with Consumers’ Checkbook. You’ll only need to do this once, and it enables to you write reviews for the companies and services listed on their website.
  • Consumer Reports
    Ratings, reviews, recommendations, and buying advice. Full content not available via mobile devices.
  • Credo Reference
    Search encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject specific titles as well as images, audio files, and videos.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica
    Comprehensive, trustworthy information for everyone from elementary students to curious adults.
  • FirstSearch
    Our FirstSearch databases: ArticleFirst, ClasePeriodica, Electronic Collection Online (ECO), ERIC, GPO Monthly, MEDLINE, OAlster, PapersFirst, ProceedingsFirst, WorldCat, and WorldCatDissertations. Once you have entered the FirstSearch site, click Databases and checkmark the database you wish to search. Up to three databases can be searched simultaneously.
  • Homework Help (powered by Brainfuse)
    Tutors are available Mon – Sun 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
    BrainFuse app available for the iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone. Live tutoring not available via smartphones.
  • JobNow
    Live tutors available daily from 3-11 p.m. to help with resume writing and job interview skills. Also provided are links specific to students, recent graduates, veterans, and general job seekers!
    BrainFuse app available for the iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone.
  • lynda.com (for use inside the library only)
    Self-paced instructional videos that teach computer & software skills, business skills, job searching, and more.  Some classes are as short as 20 minutes, while more technical ones can last over 12 hours. Progress at your own speed, classes are segmented. Access the classes of your choice at a dedicated computer in the Adult Computer Lab.
  • Watch a video on how to use Lynda.com.
  • MasterFILE Premier
    Popular magazines on all subjects. Reference books, primary source documents, and a large image collection. Coverage: 1975 to present.
  • MyMediaMall (OverDrive)
    Download eBooks and eAudiobooks to all types of eReaders, iPads, and PCs. No need to worry over late fees, titles are automatically returned when the loan period is up.
    Get the OverDrive Media Console app.
  • NewspaperDirect PressDisplay
    Read newspapers from around the world in full-color, full-page format. Over 2000 newspapers, from more than 50 countries in a great variety of languages.
  • NoveList
    Adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction book reviews and  book summaries.
  • OmniFile Full Text Select
    Mostly full-text articles from academic journals, professional publications, and general interest magazines. 1994 to present.
  • Pronunciator Language Learning Service
    Learn any of 80 languages. The languages range from Afrikaans to Mongolian to Xhosa (and more in between). The language courses are available in English as well as many other languages. In addition, Pronunciator provides ESL courses in 50 different languages to help learn and improve English language skills. Learn on your computer or download an app for iPad, iPod, iPhone, or Android tablet or phones.
  • Science Reference Center
    Designed for student’s research needs.  Articles in the following areas: astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, medicine, environmental science, technology, and science fair projects.  You have the option to listen to an article’s’ text.