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  • Primary sources, videos, slideshows, timelines and topic centers for African American History
  • Curriculum center for teachers
  • Major topics include colonization, Civil War, Reconstruction, and Civil Rights Movement

Use it for: Research, school reports, homework

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  • Primary documents, maps, graphs, timelines, and topic centers for American History
  • Biographies for U.S. Presidents and notable Americans
  • Summary of major eras in American history

Use it for: Research, school projects, biography projects

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  • Primary sources, pictures, maps, timelines and biographies
  • Topic centers to help with research

Use it for: Any research project related to American Indians

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  • Access to Ancestry.com’s genealogical sources
  • U.S. and U.K. censuses
  • Birth and death indexes
  • Military data and city directories

Use it for: Genealogy research

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  • Primary sources, biographies, timelines, and photographs
  • Mythology and archaeology resources
  • Topic centers to help with research
  • Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Asia

Use it for: History and social study research, mythology reports

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  • Individual biographies for over 500,000 people
  • Images, videos, and research tips

Use it for: School projects, learning more about a person than what’s on their Wikipedia page

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  • Printable handouts, timelines, diagrams, experiments, and classroom activities
  • All subjects

Use it for: Classroom materials, worksheets, study guides

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  • Full-text reference books in e-format
  • Art, history, law, literature, science

Use it for: Any research project

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  • 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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  • General encyclopedia and resource for kids
  • Animals, music, history, geography, social studies, biographies and more
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  • 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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  • 100+ instructor-led online courses
  • Includes Microsoft Excel, ACT/SAT prep courses, and web design
  • Courses for business professionals - accounting, business law, human resources, marketing
  • Personal enrichement courses such as gardening, cooking, meditation, yoga, and art
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  • Obituaries and death notices from prominent newspapers 1851 – 1994
  • New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Washington Post and more
  • Searchable by name or keyword from obituary

Use it for: Locating an obituary, genealogy research

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Live 1-on-1 help in math, science, English, and social studies from noon to midnight
  • Writing center for help with essays
  • Grade school to college level

Use it for: Extra help with assignments, proofreading essays

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  • Encyclopedia articles and videos for kids
  • Fun, easy to navigate interface

Use it for: General research

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  • Primary sources, biographies, timelines, articles, videos, and timelines
  • Biographies of notable people

Use it for: Research, school projects, homework

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