Resources by Topic

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

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Explore Resources for an overview of why and how to use library resources for research and learning
Quick Links
for easy access to your favorite resources, arranged alphabetically

Adult Learning & Job Seeking

  • AtoZdatabases
  • Search for the perfect job, research companies, and access resume templates and interview tools.  Every Wednesday, access live webinars about job hunting, writing resumes, and acing interviews. Register for weekly webinar
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  • Lynda.com
    Learn at your own pace with instructional videos covering the latest software, technology, business, and creative 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 & Craft

  • Creativebug
  • Nurture your creative side with 1000+ classes in painting, knitting, sewing, crafting, and more.

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
  • 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 | SD74 teachers, please use this link.
    Any child who has imagined a picture book coming to life will be mesmerized by the animated, talking stories in this preschoolers’ digital library. Older children can access graphic novels, ebooks, and more with new Tumble resources. 

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

Business & Investing

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

  • Ancestry Library Edition
    The library version of Ancestry.com comprises thousands of databases and billions of indexed. Record types include birth, marriage, death, immigration, church, military, court, land, and probate. For use inside the library only. User guide
  • Heritage Quest Online
    A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Homework Help

  • Chicago Tribune
    • Current: Today’s newspaper and 2 days of back issues can be found with other national and international newspapers in PressReader.
    • 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

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 — Current, please see PressReader for the current day’s newspaper and 2 days of back issues.
  • Chicago Tribune — Historical
    Images of the original editions, including photographs, advertisements, and cartoons. Coverage: 1849 – 1993. User guide
  • Explora
    Find magazine articles, encyclopedias, primary source documents, and videos in this user-friendly portal for content from MasterFILE Premier.
  • 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)
  • New York Times
    Unlimited access to The New York Times including the international edition. Archive access includes articles published between 1851-1922 and 1981-current. Follow the steps below for access:
  • In the library:
    • Visit NYTimes.com on one of the library’s computers or connect your own laptop to library’s Wi-Fi.
    • First time users will have to register with an email address and create a password.
    • Returning users must log in with email address and password for unlimited access.
  • Outside the library:
    • Lincolnwood Library cardholders can access The New York Times by redeeming a code. The code provides 24 hours of continuous access. A new code must be redeemed for each 24 hours access.
    • Visit this page for the code.
    • Select Redeem. First time users will have to register with an email address and create a password. 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.  Note: This resource will no longer be available as of July 1, 2019.
  • 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).

Telephone Directory

  • AtoZdatabases
  • The AtoZ Residential Database of 240 million U.S. residents is multi-sourced to ensure maximum coverage. Our residential database is compiled from data sources including thousands of white pages, national directory assistance data, real estate deed and tax information, voter registration data, mail order data, warranty cards, and many other sources.
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  • Reference USA
    Search U.S. or Canadian businesses by industry, location, or size, then view phone numbers and company facts. User guide Note: This resource will no longer be available as of July 1, 2019. Please see AtoZdatabases for similar information.

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Our EBSCO resources: Consumer Reports, Flipster, and Novelist.