eResources By Subject

Save time and money by using the library’s electronic resources! The library subscribes to several online resources that are available 24/7.  For most resources, you’ll just need your 14-digit ZB Library Card number.

Adult Learning

NEW – FastPencil: FastPencil for Libraries is a self-publishing platform for new or established authors to develop and edit works, along with the tools needed to publish the final result.

Brainfuse Adult Learning Center: Access a library of rich adult learning content (GED) and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series and more.  Use the one-on-one academic coaching, practice test center and online resources to help you achieve your learning and career goals.

Mango Languages: Mango offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs.  There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.  Learn Spanish, French, Japanese and even Pirate!  Mango is an excellent resource for students to get ahead in their foreign-language courses.  You will need to create a profile.  *App available.

Testing & Education Reference Center: Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs. Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals. *App available.

Permit Practice Tests: Taking your driver’s license test? Want to brush up on Illinois traffic laws? Take a practice exam for your automobile or motorcycle license today. You don’t need a library card or give personal information.

Articles

InfoTrac Newsstand: InfoTrac Newsstand is an innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields. *App available.

Omni Text Select: Full text articles in science, humanities, education and business from over 3,100 publications. *App available.

Reference Center Gold: Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. *App available.

World Book Web: Access this online encyclopedia that includes tens of thousands of articles, research tools such as a dictionary, citation builder and timeline builder, interactive maps and atlas, biography center, science projects and more.

Careers

Brainfuse Adult Learning Center: Access a library of rich adult learning content (GED) and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series and more.  Use the one-on-one academic coaching, practice test center and online resources to help you achieve your learning and career goals.

Careers Internet Database: Discover the latest developments in the workforce, learn about scholarships, grants, internships and other opportunities, test your interests and aptitudes to discover the career that fits you best.  Create your own personal resume and learn how to market yourself.  Check out special reports on the job market and visit career building links for more information.  Click on Members and when prompted key in UserName 397w Password future.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Browse or search information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The profiles featured cover hundreds of occupations.  Select occupations by pay, education, job availability and growth rate.  Use the mobile site on your portable device.

Do-It-Yourself

Craft Corner: Features thousands of creative projects and crafts with instructions and photos or drawings.  Activities range from simple projects to more complex creative pursuits.

Legal Forms Library: Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. *App available.

Encyclopedias

Virtual Reference Library: Access reference eBooks on a variety of subjects, including biography, business, education, law, literature and medicine. *App Available.

World Book Web: Access this online encyclopedia that includes tens of thousands of articles, research tools such as a dictionary, citation builder and timeline builder, interactive maps and atlas, biography center, science projects and more. Includes:

  • World Book Online for Kids: Thousands of articles for K-5th students with engaging images, illustrations and interactive games.
  • World Book Online Info Finder: Information and homework help for K-12th students that includes more than 10,000 biographies, links to current events and access to world newspapers.
  • World Book Discover: Easy-to-understand content designed for students reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties.  Perfect for reluctant readers, ELL, ESL and adult literacy students.  Includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities and more!
  • Early World of Learning: Resources for preschoolers and children in early grades.  Three interactive learning environments teach critical early childhood literacy skills.
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos: Contenido de World Book excelente editorial, multimedia y funciones interactivas en español.
  • Hispánica Saber Gran Enciclopedia Hispánica: Una completa enciclopedia en español.

Genealogy

Ancestry Library: Find census, birth, marriage, death records and more. [only available in the library]

Heritage Quest Online: Discover your roots with census data, family records and local histories.  This collection includes U.S. federal censuses, family genealogies, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage, and death records, genealogical and local history serials, and more.

Health

MedlinePlus: Provided by the National Institutes of Health.  Get quality information on health topics, including information on conditions, diseases, and wellness.  Keep up-to-date on the latest health news with dictionary definitions and encyclopedia articles.  Find reliable information on drugs and supplements, including herbs and over-the-counter medicines.  Use the mobile site on your portable device.

NIHSeniorHealth: Health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.  Watch videos to help you stay healthy, read stories about exercise, learn about health-related topics and sign up for email updates.

Homework Help

Brainfuse HelpNow!: Students may submit a question in the online classroom and receive live, one-on-one assistance from a Brainfuse tutor, or use the skills building service to master a concept or skill through state-aligned online lessons. Upload your paper to the 24-Hour Writing Lab and Brainfuse experts will provide constructive feedback and other assistance.

Mango Languages: Mango offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs.  There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.  Learn Spanish, French, Japanese and even Pirate!  Mango is an excellent resource for students to get ahead in their foreign-language courses.  You will need to create a profile.  *App available.

Novelist K-8 Plus: A guide to reading for grades K-8, with activities, guides to teaching and Picture Book Extenders, which have discussion questions and activities as a follow up to reading the book aloud.

Novelist Plus: Discover what to read next with this guide for fiction readers.  Search for similar authors, subjects or view award lists. You can even describe a book and it will suggest titles for you.  Create your own profile to keep lists of what you’ve read and what you would like to read. Have your own book group?  NoveList Plus has discussion guides and articles.  Read reviews from literary journals or Goodreads.  Use NoveList Mobile on your portable device.

Reference Center Gold: Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more. *App available.

Virtual Reference Library: Access reference eBooks on a variety of subjects, including biography, business, education, law, literature and medicine. *App available.

World Book Web: Access this online encyclopedia that includes tens of thousands of articles, research tools such as a dictionary, citation builder and timeline builder, interactive maps and atlas, biography center, science projects and more. Includes:

  • World Book Online for Kids: Thousands of articles for K-5th students with engaging images, illustrations and interactive games.
  • World Book Online Info Finder: Information and homework help for K-12th students that includes more than 10,000 biographies, links to current events and access to world newspapers.
  • World Book Discover: Easy-to-understand content designed for students reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties.  Perfect for reluctant readers, ELL, ESL and adult literacy students.  Includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities and more!
  • Early World of Learning: Resources for preschoolers and children in early grades.  Three interactive learning environments teach critical early childhood literacy skills.

Readers’ Guides

BookPage: A monthly book review publication. Pick up your free copy at the library or visit the website for upcoming titles, special features and interviews.  BookPage serves as a broad-based selection guide to the best new books published every month.

Novelist K-8 Plus: A guide to reading for grades K-8, with activities, guides to teaching and Picture Book Extenders, which have discussion questions and activities as a follow up to reading the book aloud.

Novelist Plus: Discover what to read next with this guide for fiction readers.  Search for similar authors, subjects or view award lists. You can even describe a book and it will suggest titles for you.  Create your own profile to keep lists of what you’ve read and what you would like to read. Have your own book group?  NoveList Plus has discussion guides and articles.  Read reviews from literary journals or Goodreads.  Use NoveList Mobile on your portable device.