Databases can be accessed from twenty eight workstations in the library. Printing cost is $.10 for black and white and $.25 for color, or you may download the results.
The U.S. Census Bureau has developed this web site to find population, housing, economic, and geographic data. FREE
Searching for Accelerated Reader books is fun and easy with this free online tool.
Full text articles and citations on a variety of subjects: business, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, humanities, law, politics, science, social science, sports, and technology.
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This database contains do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added to the product on a regular basis. All of the content has been created by ASE certified technicians
Learning to Read, then Reading to Learn
Thematically paired fiction and nonfiction titles are designed to bridge learning-to-read and reading-to-learn. Animated classic storybooks introduce early learners to the delights of reading while sparking curiosity, creating a natural springboard into the paired nonfiction text for deeper discovery.
The Business Searching Interface (BSI) is EBSCO's highly focused user interface created especially for the business searcher. BSI provides an easy way to both browse and search for country economic data, company profiles, industry information and market research.
With unmatched U.S. news content from local, regional, and national sources, this resource is the largest of its kind. Its diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos. Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints from across the country on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people.
ProQuest 1849 - present: Each issue of every newspaper is indexed thoroughly, so your patrons have access to not only top news stories, but also detailed information on the arts, sports, business, and popular culture. Even such items as editorials, editorial cartoons, obituaries, and letters to the editor from well-known people are indexed. The complete text of recent articles is provided in the ASCII format. – Publisher.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Tribune (1849-1987): This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
ChiltonLibrary.com represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. ChiltonLibrary.com gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicle.
Consumer Health Complete (CHC) is the single most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. This full-text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, nutrition and dietetics, children's health, men and women's health, etc. CHC offers a unique search interface designed to call attention to the full-text content available from many important source-types, and provide an intuitive means for searching this specific information. Information provided in this database should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Creativebug.com has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
Find information on community issues and events, business, education, sports and more.
Access census data dating back to 1970. Find population, age, housing, economic, and geographic data. FREE
Digital Library of Illinois is a Web-based service that allows library patrons to check out and download eAudiobooks, eBooks, and eVideos any time of the day or night from the comfort of their own home. Digital Library of Illinois allows users to download to a personal computer, as well as enjoy digital content on a wide array of devices including MP3 players, CDs, Smartphones, and PDAs iPod®, iPhone™, and the iPod Touch. After the checkout period, title(s) will be automatically returned to the collection. Learn more about Digital Library of Illinois.
This allows you to select /search from EBSCO databases. The following products are available as part of our EBSCO Database Group: ConsumerReports.org, Business Source Premier, Academic Search Premier, Science Reference Center, History Reference Center, Points of View Reference Center, Literary Reference Center, Middle Search Plus, Primary Search, Auto Repair Reference Center, MasterFILE Premier, and Consumer Health Complete.
Allows you to select /search from Gale databases.
A resource for census data, family records, and local histories. Includes U.S. federal census, family genealogies, local histories, birth, marriage and death records, genealogical and local history serials, and more.
History Reference Center is a full-text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research. The database features reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, and history periodicals as well as thousands of historical documents, biographies of historical figures, photos, maps, and over 80 hours of historical video.
Illinois Catalog includes the location and status of books and other materials in libraries within the state of Illinois.
Online Computer Library Center's (OCLC) FirstSearch is an immense collection of electronic databases on subject matters relating to the arts, social and physical sciences, humanities, business, medicine, and general reference. This Web-based online reference service provides access to over 80 databases and more than six million full-text articles that the Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White and the Illinois State Library provide to Illinois libraries and their patrons free of charge.
Free access to high-quality digital books from around the world. Browse by age, genre, book length, character types, or even the color of a book's cover.
LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.
Adult Learning Center - This center offers busy adults the resources to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, and math, prepare for the GED® test, or become a U.S. citizen.
Career Center - Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills? Choose the Career Center and begin your path to a bright future.
College Prep Center -Getting into college is an important step to building a strong future. First, you must do well on your college admission tests and write a personal essay that highlights your special talents. Use this center to get the resources you need to achieve your college preparation goals.
Computer Skills -Video courses are the fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer. Use the materials in this center to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet to using popular programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design, and more.
Computer Skills Popular Software Tutorials - If you're looking to keep up, stay competitive, or get ahead, you'll need to know how to use today's most popular computer programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more. These easy-to-use courses will teach you everything you need to know and help make your goals a reality—all designed to fit your current skill level and schedule.
High School Equivalency Center - Earning a high school equivalency credential can open the door to better income, a more fulfilling job, and a college education. If you are preparing for the GED® test, HiSET® or TASC™ exams, our practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks will help you reach your goal
Job & Career Accelerator™ -Whether you're looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in an exciting new industry, Job & Career Accelerator™ has the powerful tools and expert guidance to help you through every step of the process.
School Center - The resources here can help students in elementary, middle, and high school prepare for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects.
Literary Reference Center Plus features all of the content in Literary Reference Center, but includes additional valuable content, such as full-text resources focusing on plays/drama, poetry, religious literature, and children's literature. This database also includes volumes of Fantasy/Science Fiction, Contemporary Literature, World Philosophy and Religious Literature and literary study guides covering American Literature, English Literature, and literary genres.
Takes literature, history and culture to the next level with the largest, most extensive compilation of literary commentary available: Literature Criticism Online. Imagine centuries of analysis - the scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals - delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals. The net result is tens of thousands of hard-to-find essays at your fingertips. It's all designed to raise the level of research while providing the around-the-clock remote access that today's researchers demand.
Medline Plus is a service of the National Library of Medicine. FREE
Morning Star Home Use
Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. We offer an extensive line of products and services for individual investors, financial advisors, asset managers, and retirement plan providers and sponsors.
Morningstar provides data on approximately 473,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 12 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets. Morningstar also offers investment management services through its investment advisory subsidiaries and had approximately $169 billion in assets under advisement or management as of June 30, 2014. We have operations in 27 countries.
Learn more about your family history and genealogy by searching through more than 5 billion records, including vital records.
With unmatched U.S. news content from local, regional, and national sources, and more, this resource is the largest of its kind. Its diverse source types include printed and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos. Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints from across the country on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people.
NoveList K-8 Plus is a database about books specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.
NoveListPlus is an advisory tool that helps readers find new books based on books they have read or topics in which they are interested. Provides access more than 29,000 full textbook reviews or annotations.
Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debate, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills. Each Points of View Essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world's top political and societal publications.
24/7 access to hundreds of titles on e-audio.
Public Records offers a complete selection of current and past public record information. Information includes new homeowners, foreclosures, new businesses, and bankruptcies.
Este centro ofrece a los adultos que están muy ocupados los recursos para mejorar sus habilidades básicas, ganar sus credenciales de GED® o ser ciudadano estadounidense.
EBSCOhost Science Reference Center (SRC) provides journal articles, encyclopedia entries, and reference book entries on topics in the natural sciences. These include, but are not limited to, biology, geology, astronomy, chemistry, environmental science, the history of science (including biographies), and physics. The intended audience for this resource is not explicitly stated, but the graphics and 'popular resources' selections suggest the site is aimed primarily at students at the elementary through high school levels.
Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix® is transforming the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering. Content suggested for students grade 4 and higher.
Small Business Reference Center offers a wide variety of information on small business and entrepreneurial subject areas, common business types, a help and advice section, and provides information on how to create business plans that lead to successful funding. Business videos provide critical information for business owners: interviews, 'lessons learned' features, lectures and 'how to' videos help foster success in all aspects of managing a business. A collection of state-specific resources supports the researcher with demographic data and other local information.
This series provides illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and artists. This critically acclaimed series covers more than 12,000 individuals, ranging from established award winners to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers. Entries typically cover: personal life, career, writings, works in progress, adaptations, and additional sources.
Cross-search two or more of Gale's literature archive resources, including Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online, Literature Criticism Online, and Something About the Author Online. These award-winning and long-standing literature series are delivered in an easy-to-use 24/7 online format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals. Click here to cross-search two or more of these resources or else choose an individual series below.
SWAN an online card catalog for the Prairie Trails Public Library District and 70+ member libraries. The catalog lists more than one million titles of books, periodicals, cassettes, videos, CDs, DVDs and other library materials. SWAN will allow patrons to view their current library record, renew items, and place holds.
Thomas Register is the most comprehensive online resource for finding companies and products manufactured in North America. FREE
Start Learning a New Language Today! The library is pleased to announce the addition of Byki® Online Library Edition, a powerful new online language-learning system designed specifically for use by the patrons of to our web resources.
TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks, animated, talking picture books, which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to products an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.
The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the people and economy of the nation. FREE
Universal Class offers online courses in exercise and fitness, entrepreneurship, arts and music, home and garden care, cooking, computers and technology, health and medicine, homeschooling, job assistance, law and legal, parenting and family, pet and animal care, plus 100's more. These are non-credit courses and are provided for your personal enrichment. These courses are not intended to be a substitute for any state, government, licensing, or educational requirements.
These e-resources are for Prairie Trails Public Library District cardholders only. All e-resources are available for use within the library.
This site includes easy-to-read articles and engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, activities, Biography Center, links to world newspapers, 21st century research guides, and much more.
Craft Corner offers thousands of activities with easy, clear instructions, photographs, illustrations, and more. Every craft also contains a list of materials for easy reference and can be printed, e-mailed, or saved in its entirety to your personal computer.
The Early World of Learning is the premier online resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades.
WorldCat is a catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.. It catalogs books, websites, films maps, musical scores, sound recordings, videotapes, and more.
Full digital copies of your favorite magazines. View magazines on your computer or mobile device. Unlimited access to our entire collection.
These e-resources are for Prairie Trails Public Library District cardholders only. All e-resources are available for use within the library.