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Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardBritannica Online

Retrieve content from Encyclopædia Britannica and Britannica Concise Suitable for elementary and middle grade studentsEncyclopedia as well as media, websites, and videos. Magazine articles are also available.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardCurrent Biography Illustrated

Current Biography Illustrated provides access to over twenty thousand biographical profiles of celebrities, politicians, business people, writers, actors, sports figures, artists, scientists, and many other notable figures and newsmakers from the 1940's to the present. The biographies, compiled from Current Biographies magazine, average 2,500 words each.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardGale Directory Library

Gale Directory Library provides access to the full content of 15 reference directories. Find information on business and media entities including consultants, distributors, tradeshows, brands, market share, and more.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardGale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of more than two hundred full text reference sources for research. Areas covered include Arts, Biography, Business, History, Literature, Medicine, and more. At one time, these reference materials were accessible only in print form from within the Library, but are now available online.
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Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardOxford English Dictionary Online

An historical dictionary of English, covering the language from the earliest times to the present day; shows not only the current meanings of words, but also traces their development through time. 
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Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardWorld Book Online

The online version of the popular encyclopedia, good for students but also valuable as a general guide to all fields of learning.  The articles provide cross-references and links to maps, charts, audio and visual clips, animations, Bubble Views (360-degree virtual tours), websites, magazine and newspaper articles, or other World Book Suitable for elementary and middle grade studentsarticles and sections of articles related to the article topic.
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