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AccessScience is the student’s gateway to research in science and technology. Continuously updated with more than 9,000 articles by leading scientists and rich with animations and videos, AccessScience puts authoritative, citable content within easy reach of any science student.

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Information and color pictures of animals of the world, plus a Feature Creature and Jungle Jumble, from Grolier Online.

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  • You can find out about animals that live in 8 different habitats!
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Fast facts, histories, profiles, and more for each of the 50 U.S. states, from Grolier Online.

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  • You can play games to discover how much you know about your home state!
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Full-text obituaries and death notices by name, date, or keyword.

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  • You can view 90% of the recent deaths in the United States with extensive editorial review, indexing, and bibliographic information.
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Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history to cover the American experience.

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More than 3,000 databases and census records with more than 1 billion names.

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  •  Ancestry can help you find the name of the ship your grandparents sailed when immigrating to the U.S.
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Primary sources including speeches and eyewitness accounts of important historical events organized by timeline.

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ArticleFirst contains citations for items listed on the table of contents pages of journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture. Each record describes one article, news story, letter, or other item. You can search for and view both journals' tables of contents and individual article citations. This is part of the Firstsearch database collection.

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The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database. The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

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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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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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Live job search assistance from job coaches, including resume and cover letter help and live interview practice and feedback, plus several online resources and links.

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  • You can practice for that upcoming interview with a live tutor on Brainfuse!
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Student version of the encyclopedia, with supplemental materials and research guides.

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The Encyclopaedia Britannica enhanced with research tools, history highlights, and current news.

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The Encyclopaedia Britannica enhanced with research tools, history highlights, and current news.

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Research and analyze companies and industries around the world. Features the content you need to explore a global business landscape including easy-to-use company profiles, investment research reports, industry rankings, market share data, company histories, and more.

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Nonprofit Consumers' CHECKBOOK can help you find the best-rated doctors, auto repair shops, plumbers, veterinarians, banks, dentists, carpet cleaners ... and much more. CHECKBOOK will tell you which Chicago Area service providers and retailers rated best and worst for quality and price. CHECKBOOK is an independent, nonprofit, no-advertising consumer authority.

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CHECKBOOK's special health guides provide you with critical ratings and reports on doctors and hospitals.

 

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Digital full-image microfilm of the newspaper from January 2008 to present.

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  • If you missed an article or want to revisit prior information, you can view titles online and in their original full-image.
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Access to full page and article images with searchable full text from 1849 to 1989.

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  • You can see how dramatic events unfolded online — such as the sinking of the Titanic and the return of the crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft!
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Full-text newspaper content, including obituaries and death notices, dating back to 1987.

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  • You can read all about the Super Bowl XX Champions, the Chicago Bears, and other Chicago information dating back to 1985.
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ChiltonLibrary provides quick, 24/7 online access to repair, maintenance and service information on seven decades of the broadest range of vehicles available, including cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. The content is updated on a monthly basis, ensuring the most advanced and up-to-date information available.

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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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    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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    Full-text ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services with a 4-year searchable archive, plus safety alerts, recalls, and access to blogs and forums.

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    • You can see all of the expert reviews on any type of purchase and find the best product for you.
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    Biographical and bibliographical information on current writers.

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    • Contemporary Authors can give you a chronological list of an author's books in a series.
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    The Culinary Arts collection includes major cooking and nutrition magazines, culinary journals and several Delmar Reference titles. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

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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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    Sample a tidbit of a book every day during the week by joining one of the DearReader Online Book Clubs. Dear Reader offers twelve different clubs, including fiction, nonfiction, audiobooks, and one especially for Teens.

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    Business & People is a comprehensive business and residential reference and research tool. Users can produce comprehensive business and residential lists as well as detailed demographic reports, maps that ‘visualize’ trends, and customized customer reports by uploading their own data.

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    Information on over 600,000 international and U.S. national, regional, state, and local nonprofit membership organizations.

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    • You can research organizations that award scholarships for your field of study in college.
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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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    ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is the largest education database in the world. ERIC contains over 1.3 million citations for journal articles, books, research papers, conference papers, policy papers, dissertations, and other materials in the field of education. This is part of the FirstSearch database selection.

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    Profiles of over 2,800 jobs, plus skill level and educational requirements, and salary information.

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    • You can enhance your skills by using the Job-Hunting and Workplace Skills sections of this database.
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    Databases Available: ArticleFirst, ClasePeriodica, ECO, ECO_FT, ERIC, Ebooks, GPO, IllinoisCatalog, MEDLINE, OAIster, PapersFirst, Proceedings, WorldAlmanac, WorldCat and WorldCatDissertations.

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    Free driver education program contains the following state-specific information:10 car practice tests; 6 motorcycle practice tests; 1 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice test ;3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL) and An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.

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    Freegal® is a free music service from the library. Freegal offers access to about 8 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 100 countries. There are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions, no lending periods and everything you download is yours to keep.

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    Information on over 600,000 international and U.S. national, regional, state, and local nonprofit membership organizations.

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    • You can research organizations that award scholarships for your field of study in college.
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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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    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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    A collection of over 1,000 peer-reviewed journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments

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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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    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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    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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    Here you will find the full text of a variety of health and medical reference books including many medical encyclopedias.

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    Genealogy warehouse with U.S. Census data from 1790-1930, family and local histories, Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, and Freedman's Bank records.

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    • You can find out if any of your ancestors filed for a Revolutionary War Pension.
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    Even the smallest home improvement project can be daunting: with this collection of home improvement focused titles, hobbyists and professional carpenters alike will immediately put their projects on a more solid foundation. Coverage includes such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more.

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    Full text of the Code from the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, searchable by keyword and code title.

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    • You can find out the rules for voting in elections in the State of Illinois.
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    Illinois Department of Employment Security's network for career information, including state educational programs, financial aid sources, and potential employers lists.

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    • You can find job search events and workshops in your area on this IDES site.
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    Intercept Business Solutions is specifically designed to assist entrepreneurs in starting a business. This application will help develop a business plan, including financial modeling, business modeling, or financial planning. A highly professional Business Plan with robust financial data can be printed for use in presentations to potential investors.

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    Fun and easy-to-search resources especially for students in kindergarten through 5th grade, with reading level indicators for each article.

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    • You can find great articles about and cool pictures of amphibians! 
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    Provides easy to understand articles on continents, countries, regions, states/provinces, cultures and current events for young students. Use Culture Cross to can compare the land, people, economy, history, or facts and figures of any two continents, countries, or states/provinces. It includes hundreds of interactive maps and games.

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    • Use "Passport to Fun" to explore the lighter but sometimes more challenging side of countries, cultures, and current events. Passport to Fun is divided into three sections: Picture This; Game Zone; and Quiz Master.

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    LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.

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    • You can learn how to use all the features of Microsoft Excel, including pivot tables.
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    Authoritative international business and legal news and information, plus detailed company reports including SEC filings and other financial information.

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    •  You can read actual Supreme Court opinions, such as the Plessy v. Ferguson civil rights case of 1896.
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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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    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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    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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    Lynda.com is an online library of instructional videos that can help anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

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    Searchable database of lawyers and law firms, with additional indexes by location and practice area.

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    • You can find a tax attorney in the Naperville area by searching Martindale-Hubbell.
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    The National Library of Medicine's health and medicine database for consumers, including news, health topics, information on drugs and supplements, and other resources.

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    • You can find diagrams and other helpful information about knee replacement surgery.
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    Current information about medical disorders, including symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.

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    • You can get an anatomical drawing of the human skull and its features.
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    Reports and analysis of stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs, with screening and portfolio x-ray tools for managing your investments.

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    •  Morningstar Online gives you access to current and archived investor newsletters.
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    Full-text information about Naperville's history from primary source materials. Annotated list.

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    • Telephone numbers used to be 1-3 digits! Take a look at the Naperville phone directory from 1910.
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    Full text of the Naperville newspaper back to 1997.

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    • You can track the game highlights and statistics of Neuqua Valley High School’s 2007 state baseball championship season!
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    The Naperville Sun Index database contains more than 35,000 citations to major articles appearing in the Naperville Sun from 1935 through much of 2006, with the majority covering the period of 1975 2006. Indexed items include front section news, Genevieve Towsleys Sky-Lines columns, and comprehensive obituary citations (started in 1997), with those of a few prominent citizens before 1997. The full text of articles cited can be found in the Librarys microfilm collection.

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    The National Geographic Magazine Archive from 1888, provides full-text searching of every article of the world’s most recognized magazine from its first publication in 1888. This comprehensive archive is an essential tool for researchers of all ages for the study of science, nature, geography and much more.

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    • You can find any photograph, map, and article published by NG; a perfect complement to a school project or just to explore a new interest.
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    Reference articles, current events, biographies, science experiments, and more for elementary and secondary school students, from Grolier Online.

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    • You can learn all about orphan planets for your report on the solar system.
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    Encyclopedia articles, science projects, news, biographies, and more for middle and high school students, from Grolier Online.

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    • You can find fun projects on specific science topics.
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    Access to full page and article images with searchable full text from 1851 to 2004.

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    • You can look at some real advertising from the era of Mad Men in the New York Times Historical Archive!
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    Access to full-text International, national, and regional newspapers as far back as 1977.

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    • You can conduct customized searches on genealogy, history, and student resources.
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    Reader's advisory information for young readers' fiction and non-fiction titles with teacher resources and booktalks.

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    • You can get lists of books by grade level.
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    Reader's advisory information for fiction and non-fiction titles with lists of read-alikes, book reviews, feature articles, book discussion guides, and booktalks.

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    • You can discover prepared questions for your Book Discussion Group with NoveList!
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    Outlines of jobs with training and educational requirements, working conditions, earnings, and job prospects.

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    • You can find out how much training or education you need for your chosen career.
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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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    Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more from the library – anywhere, anytime. Enjoying your favorite eBook or audiobook is easy, on your phone and on your tablet. An OverDrive account can sync your libraries, saved searches, and reading or listening position across multiple devices. Download the Overdrive app and find your next book today!

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    Company profiles and comprehensive information on industry trends and statistics for over 30 key industries.

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    • Plunkett Research can help you learn about current market research and trends to help ace your job interview.
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    Public record information for Chicago and the collar counties, as well as other parts of Illinois, including new businesses, foreclosures and sales, and bankruptcies.

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    • You can research real estate transactions in the Chicago area and other parts of Illinois.
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    The Advertising Red Books online database provides current, detailed data, including:
    • Over 10,000 Advertising Agencies with accounts, specializations, billings by media, and contact information for personnel
    • Over 15,000 Advertiser profiles for Companies, their brand, personnel, advertising expenditure by media
    • 100,000 brand names
    • Research advertising trends
    • Job search site

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    Learn a new language through immersion, which means you’ll only hear and speak your new language. Without offering native language for translation, this interactive immersion software encourages learning more actively than other methods, which means you’ll be more successful. The curriculum is sequenced to introduce new skills in a way that stimulates the brain’s natural language learning ability.

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    Comprehensive business and investment information, including company profiles, stock reports, and industry surveys.

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    • Find historical stock price data back to 1984, including companies no longer listed or traded.
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    Salem History is an online database that covers American history, ancient history, and major historical events.

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    Salem Science is an online database that includes the content of science encyclopedias.

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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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    Here you will find the full text of a variety of science reference books including Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia and American Men & Women of Science.

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    Full-text articles from Scientific American magazine online from January 1993 to present. Articles from 1948 to 1992 are indexed but not available in full-text.

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    • You can read all about global climate change in articles from Scientific American.
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    Small Business Resource Center is a comprehensive database offering content that covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, taxes and more. Based on a combination of unparalleled periodical and reference content, it is an unmatched source of information for the prospective and current entrepreneurial community, as well as for students in business programs.

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    Small Business Resource Center features a wealth of resources, including the entire Business Plans Handbook Series, which contains hundreds of sample business plans created by real-life entrepreneurs.

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    With current and relevant content from industry journals, travel guides and magazines this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field, while also allowing for focused study of specialized aspects of the industry - including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, economic aspects of tourism, and more.

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    An online collection of animated, talking picture books.

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    • Read-Along Books combine adjustable text and color with complete narration and sentence by sentence highlighting.
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    An online collection of animated, talking picture books.

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    • Read-Along Books combine adjustable text and color with complete narration and sentence by sentence highlighting.
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    Online version of ValueLine, with ratings and reports for 3,500 stocks and 2,000 mutual funds, plus research on companies, industries, options, convertibles, and ETFs.

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    • You can see if your stocks are on ValueLine’s "Best Performing" list.
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    Full-text articles from the financial newspaper of record dating back to 1984.

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    • You can look up industries using NAICS/SIC codes.
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    Weiss/Street ratings for Banks, Credit Unions, Insurance Companies, Stocks, and Mutual Funds, plus financial planning and investment tools.

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    • You can get find the safest banks and credit unions in your area based on Weiss and The Street ratings.
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    Articles and fast facts on animals, careers, countries, history, people, space, and much more, with full-color images and dynamic daily features, providing fun material that complements school curriculum.

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    • You can find out what happened on this day in history.
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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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    The World Book Encyclopedia enhanced with learning resources designed for elementary school students.

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    • Learning activities and worksheets can be printed out for further practice.
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    The World Book Encyclopedia, plus current news articles, primary source material, and a Spanish language encyclopedia.

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    • World Book has research guides that help you compile the data and information you need for your project.
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    A catalog of books, videos, music and other materials in libraries worldwide. This is part of the FirstSearch database collection.

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    The World's Largest Online Newsstand.
    Checkout and read magazines on your computer (PC or Mac) or on your portable Internet - enabled device (iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire/HD, Win 8, Blackberry Playbook , or Nook HD/HD+).

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