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News articles and information dating back to 1940, with primary sources and timelines. Includes the World Almanac and World Almanac Encyclopedia.

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  • You can read the text of Roosevelt’s war message following the Pearl Harbor attack.
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Multimedia resources and tools for all ages, including a Biography Center, an Interactive Earth feature, science project resources, research guides, and citation help.

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  • World Book Info Finder research tools include Citation Builder, How to Do Research guides, and a personalized My Research account.
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Experiments, diagrams, and other data on standard science subjects.

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  • You can browse the Science Resources to find an experiment for your Science Fair project.
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Viewpoint essays, articles, statistics, primary documents, and other reference sources on social issues.

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  • You can read opinion essays about the big political and social issues of the day.
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Learn a variety of languages online, including Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, and Russian, with this easy-to-use system teaching actual conversation skills.

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  • Mango Languages offers lessons in 34 languages, including Russian, Hindi, Arabic, and Thai.
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Biographies, bibliographies, and literary criticism of authors from classical antiquity to the present.

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  • With Literature Resource Center, you can find articles and criticism for that Steinbeck paper.
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Commentary and analysis of classic and contemporary works of literature.

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  • You can access full-text criticism of John Steinbeck, or almost any other author you choose!
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Online access to a wide variety of practice tests, such as ACT, SAT, GRE, GED, TOEFL, U.S. Citizenship, and Civil Service, plus skills improvement programs.

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  • You can learn how to use all the features of Microsoft Excel, including pivot tables.
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Information about medicine, medications, wellness, and alternative therapies from full-text journals and reference sources.

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  • Find peer-reviewed journal articles on the latest developments in diabetes care.
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Student-focused encyclopedia with news, science projects, games, and more.

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  • Get to know more about Egypt with a word search in the Lands and Peoples Game Zone.
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Quick reference resources, including Research Starters, timelines, and quizzes and games, designed for middle school students

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You can learn about notable birthdays, holidays, and other days of note using the Event Planner feature.

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A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.

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The full-text of many literature reference books can be found here including Drama for Students, Novels for Students, Poetry for Students, Shakespeare for Students, and Short Stories for Students.

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  • Gale Virtual Reference Library contains full-text entries from the Encyclopedia of World Biography, as well as many other reference resources.
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Articles, maps, and special features from the Chicago History Museum, Newberry Library, and Northwestern University.

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  • The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed 18,000 structures in the city.  However, within one year most visible evidence of the disaster was gone.
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Full-text, in-depth encyclopedia for older students, from Grolier Online.

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  • This database changes its interface based on whether you are a elementary, middle school, high school, adult, or librarian.
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Sign up and have portions of fiction and nonfiction books emailed to you from your choice of genres for adults and teens.

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  • You can kick start your reading interests or find a new author or series using Dear Reader!
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Maps, pictures, diagrams, and other resources for middle school and high school students and teachers.

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  • Access great printable handouts and visual aids to go with your curriculum.
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Over 35,000 complete college catalogs and home pages, plus a school match feature.

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  •  You can search for colleges that match certain criteria to find that perfect school.
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Access NPL's collection of CliffsNotes for homework help on literature, science, math, history, and much more.

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  • You can put a hold on the CliffsNotes you want through the Library's catalog with your NPL library card.
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The Encyclopaedia Britannica enhanced with research tools, history highlights, and current news.

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Live homework help from expert tutors, plus a writing lab and test center with practice tests for all grade levels in math, reading, and writing, including the SAT.

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  • You can brush up on your writing skills, with or without the help of an online tutor, with Brainfuse!
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Biographical articles and references, searchable by name, profession, place of origin, gender, race/ethnicity, and birth and death dates.

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  • You can create a list of former and current female senators for your school report.
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Primary sources including speeches and eyewitness accounts of important historical events organized by timeline.

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