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

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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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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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

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

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

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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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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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