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High School Research Databases

American National Biography

Profiles of thousands of people who have influenced United States history. Includes illustrations, useful links, and a powerful search engine.

Biography in Context

Biographical information on more than 185,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Black Life in America

From Newsbank – The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media.

Britannica Online

Information from the Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the Britannica Book of the Year, and selected websites.

General OneFile

Full-text periodicals, newspapers, major reference sources, audio and video files focusing on business, current events, popular culture, sports, and entertainment.

Science in Context

Contains hundreds of today’s most significant science topics, showcasing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues.

SIRS Researcher

For high school students; includes thousands of full-text articles from newspapers and magazines on social, scientific, historical, political, and economic issues, plus World Almanac excerpts, maps of the world, and current event information.

Student Resources in Context

Essays; full-text magazine, journal, and newspaper articles; as well as photographs and other resources for students in grades 6 through 12.

U.S. History in Context

Complete overview of U.S. history, full-text articles from respected reference sources, video and audio clips, and more than 5,000 primary source documents.

US Geological Survey

From the the science arm of the Department of the Interior, science-based information on ecosystems, land use, energy and mineral resources, natural hazards, water use and availability, and updated maps and images of the Earth’s features.

World Book Advanced

For high school students; articles, primary sources, and online books. Access worldwide news publications and thousands of government websites.

World Book Discover

Easy-to-read articles on topics of interest for reluctant readers, ELL, ESL, and adult literacy students. Offers text-to-speech feature and automatic translation into 14 languages. Includes practical Life Skills section.


Tutoring & Test Prep

Driving-Tests.org

Practice for the Illinois drivers license, permit, and senior citizens’ refresher tests. Also includes motorcycle and CDL practice tests.

HelpNow from Brainfuse

Take practice tests, live online tutoring, access a rich library of study tools, submit written work for review, join classmates/colleagues in virtual meeting rooms for collaborative learning.

Peterson’s Test Prep

Testing assistance powered by Peterson’s for standardized AP/college prep tests, career certification, citizenship tests, and other exams. Research college/graduate schools and tuition assistance. Get advice on careers, resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and networking. Brush up on basic reading, writing, and math skills.

Cook Memorial Public Library District

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