Research & Learn

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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A to Z USA

  • 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

A To Z World Food

  • National cuisine, regional cuisine, daily meals, dining etiquette, special occasion foods, and food trivia for 174 countries of the world
  • 6,000+ recipes

Use it for: researching food culture and recipes for country reports, finding new recipes, learning about food history

ABCmouse.com [Only available in the library]

  • Award winning site designed to help children 2-7 build a strong foundation for academic success
  • More than 4,000 interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities

Use it For: A fun and safe place for young children to learn reading, math, science and more

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Ancestry.com [Temporarily available from home]

  • Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. 
  • Access to Ancestry.com’s genealogical sources
  • U.S. and international censuses
  • Birth, death, and marriage indexes
  • Military data and city directories

Use it for: Genealogy research

Axis360

  • Collection of ebooks and audiobooks
  • Offered through the eRead Illinois program
  • Use your computer or download the app for your mobile device
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Chilton Library

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

Use it for: Vehicle repair and maintenance

Consumer Reports

  • Reviews, ratings and recommendations 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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Creativebug

  • More than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
  • Downloadable patterns, templates, and recipes

Use it for: Learning a new craft or building on your skills

CuriosityStream

  • Award-winning documentaries about science, nature, technology, history, society and lifestyle.
  • Unlimited streaming of thousands of shows.
  • Stream on your laptop, TV, phone, or tablet.
  • From the founder of Discovery Channel.

Use it for: Movie night or learning about something new

Cypress Resume Builder

  • Templates and advice for cover letters, resumes, and other documents
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Data Axle Reference Solutions

  • Formerly known as Reference USA
  • Detailed information on businesses nationwide
  • Consumer profiles to help with market research
  • 2.5 million job and internship postings

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

Flipster Magazines

  • Digital editions of popular magazines
  • Unlimited magazine checkouts
  • Back issues available
  • Use your computer or download the app to your mobile device
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Freegal Music

  • Download or stream great music without ads or subscription fees
  • Download 5 songs a week - from Sony's entire catalog
  • Stream up to 5 hours a day, every day
  • use your computer or download the app for your mobile device
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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

Heritage Quest

  • Genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries
  • U.S. Census data from 1790-1940
  • Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application files
  • Freedman’s Bank records (1861-1875)

Use it for: Genealogy research

Historical Chicago Tribune

  • Full text of the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to 1997
  • Includes photographs, ads, and obituraies

Use it for: Locating a specific article or obituary, historical and geneological research

Inkie.org

  • A suite of resources supporting local authors
  • Design and export your own e-book using Pressbooks software
  • Submit your e-book for inclusion in Indie Illinois, Indie Author Project Select, or the Soon To Be Famous Illinois Author Project
  • Read and discover e-books from idependently published authors
  • Open to all Illinois residents and sponsored by Reading Across Illinois Library System
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Kanopy

  • Stream critically-acclaimed movies, classic cinema, inspiring documentaries, foreign films, and a collection just for kids.
  • Stream up to 10 films per month, per cardholder.
  • Watch unlimited films in the Kanopy Kids collection.
  • Stream on your computer, TV, phone, or tablet.

Use it for: Movie night or learning about something new

Lynda.com

  • Premiere provider of instructional video tutorials taught by industry professionals
  • Wide variety of topics including business, software, technology, and creative skills
  • Learn at your own pace and easily add your certificate of completions to your Linkedin profile

Use it for: Learning new software, digital photography, and business skills

Mango Languages

  • Self-paced, interactive courses to learn 74 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

MasterFILE Complete

  • Contains full text for more than 1,000 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags
  • Covers an extensive range of subject areas including business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY and fashion.

Use it for: Any research project

Museum Adventure Pass

  • Free or discounted admission to Chicagoland museums, zoos, and cultural institutions.
  • Available for checkout at the Adult and youth Reference Desks.
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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

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NoveList K-8

  • 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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NuWav Legal Documents

  • Easily compose documents in categories like Divorce, Wills, Power of Attorney, Lease Agreements, Bankruptcy, Landlord/Tenant disputes and more
  • Option to edit documents, print a blank version if you are on the go, or enter the required information

Did you know? The library provides free notary services. Check out the services page for more details.

Peterson’s Test & Career Prep

  • Formerly known as Testing and Education Reference Center
  • 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

Tumblebooks

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

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

TumbleMath

  • Interactive, math picture books for kids
  • For grades K-6
  • Works directly in web browser; no downloading required

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

Tutor.com

  • No cost,1-to-1 tutoring for grade school - adult
  • Job seekers can connect with a job search coach for help with resumes/cover letters, practice interviewing skills and much more
  • Available anytime noon - midnight, no appointments needed

Use it for: Extra help with assignments, proofreading essays, test prep, and applying for a job

U.S. Newsstream

  • Full text of premium newspapers from 1980 to present day; includes Wall Street JournalNew York Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, and Washington Post
  • Daily papers are added at 8am each morning.

Use it for: Locating a specific article or obituary, general research, reading current local, national, and world news

WorldCat

  • Find items we don't have at LVDL Get books and journal articles from other US libraries and AV material from other Illinois libraries

Use it for: Finding unique, academic, and out of print materials

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