Social Sciences

Bloom’s Literary Reference Online

This resource contains more than 20,000 critical essays from over 500 literary journals and 2,300 scholarly and critical books, including 700 titles published by Bloom’s Literary Criticism and Facts On File. Also included in the database are more than 13,000 biographies, 45,000 character entries, 5,000 synopses of literary works and hundreds of images and videos.

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Brainfuse Help Now

Brainfuse Help Now is America’s premier online homework help and tutoring provider offering a unique tutoring and study suite backed by an industry-leading academic team.  This service is available to assist students of any age achieve success and includes live online help from 2pm to 11pm everyday in English and Spanish.

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The largest collection of free family tree and genealogy records in the world.

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FirstSearch – “WorldCat”

FirstSearch is an online service that gives library and education professionals access to a rich collection of reference databases. FirstSearch offers electronic access to dozens of databases and more than 10 million fulltext and fullimage articles. With FirstSearch, materials in your library collection can be identified in search results, facilitating interlibrary loan and helping to connect your users with the information they need.

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HeritageQuest Online

Access family genealogies, county and town histories, church and school histories, maps and atlases, vital records, tax lists, military records, wills, cemetery records, the complete set of US Federal Census Records from 1790 to 1930, and more.

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Illinois Legal Aid Online

Illinois Legal Aid Online develops technology and information to increase access to justice for Illinois residents.

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Library of Congress

Access the Library of Congress’ considerable digital resources.  You’ll find collections of documents, photographs, and much more.

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Mango Languages

An online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian, and more.

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PebbleGo is the award winning PreK-3 database for reading and research. The PebbleGo databases make learning and improving reading and research skills fun, building on children’s interest. PebbleGo offers five databases: PebbleGo Animals, PebbleGo Biographies, PebbleGo Dinosaurs, PebbleGo Science, and PebbleGo Social Studies. Databases are simple to navigate and offer key reading supports such as read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting.

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World Book Web Online

The premier online reference source, containing every article from the 22-volume encyclopedia print set, plus thousands more.  With state-of-the-art multimedia, editor-reviewed Web sites, and more.

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World Book Online for Kids

Use the great information available from World Book, but tailored to kids, using simple navigation, colorful illustrations, activities for young students, and more.

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Access full magazines like The Advocate, Dwell, Lonely Planet Traveler, National Geographic Interactive, Parenting Early Years, Parenting School Years, Today’s Parent, and many more from your computer, phone, or tablet!

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