Student Resource Center

  • General database of primary sources, journals, magazines and newspaper articles for middle school and high school students

Use it For: School projects and general research

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Science in Context

  • Reference sources for earth and life sciences, technology, and mathematics
  • Detailed experiments
  • National Science Education Standards links
  • Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy links
  • Customized links to state standards

Use it for: Science research, classroom experiment ideas

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Reference USA

  • Detailed information on businesses nationwide
  • Consumer profiles to help with market research

Use it for: Finding a local physician or dentist, compiling a list of businesses in a geographical area  market research, competitive analysis

Did you know? There are 13 florists located within a 5 mile radius of the library. Go buy someone flowers!

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Public Records

  • Public record data for real estate transactions, foreclosures, bankruptcies and new businesses in Illinois

Use it for: Market research, competitive analysis
Note: Once you log in, click any of the links listed below Searchable Databases Below in the left menu. Then click the Search Databases link in the box on the right side of the page.

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Newspapers

  • Full text of the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to present day
  • Full text of  select newspapers from 1980 to present day; includes Wall Street JournalNew York Times, LA Times, Baltimore Sun and USA Today

Use it for: Locating a specific article or obituary, other general research 

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NoveList

  • Book reviews, award winners, and read-alike recommendations

Use it for: Finding your next favorite book

Did you know: If you like Sue Monk Kidd, you’ll probably enjoy Elizabeth Gilbert, Kim Edwards, and Curtis Sittenfeld

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Mango Languages

  • Self-paced, interactive courses to learn 72 languages
  • English courses for foreign speakers of 21 languages
  • Interactive audio for pronunciation practice
  • Memory building exercises, beginner and advanced courses

Use it for: Learning a language, preparation for travel

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Heritage Quest

  • U.S. Census data from 1790-1940
  • Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application files
  • Freedman’s Bank records (1865-1874)

Use it for: Genealogy research

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Scholastic Go

  • Eight encyclopedias for research
  • Separate interfaces for middle school, high school, and adult patrons
  • Lexile scores for every article

Use it for: School projects, general reference

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Global Road Warrior

  • Country profiles for business or casual travelers
  • Guide to local customs, tipping etiquette, places of interests, terms and phrases to know, and  cuisine

Use it for: Preparing for a business trip or personal vacation; finding authentic recipes from other countries

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