Resources

Our resources can help you write a paper, learn a language, fix a car, plan a vacation, and a whole lot more. Almost all resources are available anytime, anywhere.

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2016 Federal and Illinois State tax forms. 

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data
  • Weather, fishing, political maps
  • NASA maps

Use it for: Gathering GIS data, preparing for travel, printing educational material and handouts

  • State profiles detailing demographics, crime, cuisine, economy, education, places of interest
  • Historical information and photos

Use it for: Preparing for travel, printing photographs, school reports

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

Use it for: Finding your next favorite book

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  • Instructions for vehicle repairs and maintenance
  • Original equipment manufacturer maintenance schedules
  • Technical service bulletins

Use it for: Vehicle repair and maintenance

Did you know? There have been 36 technical service bulletins issued for the 2012 Ford F-150

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  • Reviews, ratings and recomendations on appliances, automobiles, babies and kids products, food, and money/personal finance
  • Money-saving advice and tips
  • Reliable information on new and used cars
  • Consumer news

Use it for: Researching products before buying, finding the best healthcare, cell phone and credit card plans

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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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  • Detailed demographic reports and maps that visualize trends
  • Produce comprehensive business and residential lists

Use it for: Gaining consumer and market insight

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  • Collection of ebooks and audiobooks
  • See our Downloads page for instructions and FAQ
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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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  • Full-text articles and reports from newspapers, magazines, and academic  journals
  • All subjects
  • Updated daily with new content

Use it for: Research projects. Some articles not available through a Google search can be read here. 

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  • 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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  • Links to local, county, state, and federal government information

Use it for: Finding contact information for government offices and elected officials

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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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  • We have a collection of popular books on hand at the library that can be checked out as a group.
  • If you don't want one of the books we already have, we can also obtain up to 10 copies of popular books that can check out for 6 weeks at a time. Fill out the Book Discussion Request Form and we'll get to work.
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  • General encyclopedia and resource for kids
  • Animals, music, history, geography, social studies, biographies and more
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  • Premiere provider of computer training video tutorials
  • Basic computer skills and advanced software applications, e.g., (HTML, Javascript, jQuery)

Use it for: Computer training and learning new software 

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  • 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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A Museum Adventure Pass provides free or discounted admission to Chicagoland museums, zoos, and cultural institutions. Come to the Youth Services desk in the library to check out a pass.

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  • Interactive, fun way for children to learn a language
  • Animated lessons, vocabulary games, movies
  • 10 languages available

Use it for: Learning a language (Muzzy is geared toward children, but can be a great introduction to a foreign language for any age)

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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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  • 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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  • Book reviews and suggested reading lists for students Kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Lexile scores for books

Use it for: Book reports, finding a book to read

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  • Classic audiobooks like Oliver Twist, The Jungle, and Emma
  • Download to your computer or mobile device via the OneClick Digital App. 

Use it for: Audiobooks

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  • Must have an LVDL card to register for a course
  • 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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  • Collection of ebooks and eaudiobooks
  • See our Downloads page for instructions and FAQ
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  • Designed for K-2 learners with audio voice-overs and text highlighting
  • Animals (available in Spanish too), Science, Biographies, and Social Studies

Use it For: School projects and general research

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Templates and adivce for cover letters, resumes, and other documents
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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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  • College prep practice tests: ACT, SAT, GMAT and more
  • Career practice tests: ASVAB, accountant, cosmetology and more
  • Scholarship search and resume builder

Use it for: Boosting your ACT score, help with financial aid, preparing for a new career

Did you know? You can take practice AP tests for over 15 subjects

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  • Interactive, talking picture books for kids
  • Works with Flash player directly in web browser; no downloading required

Use it for: A fun way for kids to read, entertainment on long car rides

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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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  • Catalog to search for books in libraries around the world
  • The place to submit request for items via Inter Library Loan (ILL)

Use it for: Finding items we don't have at Lake Villa District Library

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