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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.

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.

Find simple, free online tutorials for computer basics, from starting an email address to buying a searching for a job.

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

For more than a decade, the program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.


Review and take practice tests for Illinois driver’s tests for cars, motorcycles, and even a Commercial Driver’s License.

Learning Express Library

Completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series to help you succeed on academic or licensing tests.  Get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and individualized analysis of your results.

Library of Congress

Access the Library of Congress’ considerable digital resources.  You’ll find collections of documents, photographs, and much more. is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

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.

Mango Premiere

Learn languages while watching foreign feature films.  You can watch the films in Engage Mode to maximize your language learning, or in Movie Mode to just sit back and enjoy.

Oxford English Dictionary

An unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.


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.