Student Databases
...encyclopedia and magazine articles

 

A "database" is an organized collection of information that can be easily searched by a computer. Skokie Public Library has many databases, and some of them have been created and selected especially for students (and teachers, too!). You'll find articles from encyclopedias, magazines, and newspapers; pictures and maps; facts and figures; biographies and project ideas; book reviews and lesson plans; links to educational Web sites; and much more.

The following databases are available from computers inside Skokie Public Library or from home for Skokie Public Library cardholders. More databases are available in the Databases A to Z section of our website. Please note: Skokie Public Library staff has selected some of these resources for use by all visitors to the Library's website. Younger children may need adult supervision and assistance to find, understand, and evaluate content.

 

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Books, Literature, and Music

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardKids' Books We Love

Find out what books (and more!) the Youth Services staff is recommending for kids of all ages! We've arranged our favorites so that you can browse by title, author, illustrator, genre, awards, reading level, and material type.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardMusic Online from Alexander Street Press

Music Online contains hundreds of thousands of musical pieces for listening online. Genres from classical to jazz, from American roots to international music are represented. Liner notes and information on composers are included for most items in the collection. Users who choose to register can save playlists for repeated listening.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardNaxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library has a collection of over 30,000 CDs that can be listened to on your computer. The music is mostly in the classical genre with a small amount of jazz and world music. Background and educational material is also included.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardNaxos Music Library Jazz

Naxos Music Library Jazz offers over 22,000 tracks of jazz from over 2,300 albums. Over five hundred jazz artists are represented. The catalogs of Naxos Jazz and the 22 labels of Fantasy Jazz are included. Jazz, international jazz, blues, and R & B are included in this varied collection. Stream albums from Albert King to Zoot Sims to your computer with Naxos Jazz.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardNoveList K-8

A guide to fiction especially for children from kindergarten through 8th grade and their teachers. Find favorite authors, book titles, or series, or find something new by searching for similar authors, subjects, or award-winning titles.

Web resourceSkokie Public Library Catalog

The complete holdings of Skokie Public Library with information on availability of books, magazines, videos, CDs, cassettes, CD-ROMs, and other items in the library's collection.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardTeachingBooks.net

Listen to audio excerpts of book readings by authors and professional actors and watch original movies featuring authors and illustrators at work in their studios! You'll also find book discussion guides and links to author websites, biographies, activities, and contact information. An "Educator Area" provides thematic booklists, information about children's book awards, and links to related resources in twenty-five categories. Content is divided equally between elementary school-aged content and middle/high school-aged content.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardTumbleBook Library for Kids

The TumbleBook Library is an online collection of animated, talking picture books, puzzles, and quizzes especially for children. Stories are adapted from existing picture books and are available in English, Spanish, or Chinese languages.

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Education

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardAtomic Training

Atomic Training contains short videos explaining specific tasks in many of the most popular software applications in use today. The videos may be watched in sequence like a course, or watched individually to learn a specific part of a program.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardLearningExpress Library 3.0

Based on official tests, LearningExpress Library provides online practice tests for many subjects including elementary, middle, and high school school skills improvement and math, reading, and writing skills. Tests are scored immediately and evaluations highlight strengths and weaknesses.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardLive Homework Help

Live Homework Help™ is an online tutoring service that connects students with expert tutors.  Children and young adults from 4th grade through junior college can log in to Live Homework Help™ to work with a tutor on math, science, social studies, and English problems. The service is available from 3:00 to 10:00pm Central Standard Time, seven days a week.  Live Homework Help en Español is available Sunday through Thursday from 3:00 to 10:00pm.  All tutoring sessions are guided by the tutor and last approximately twenty minutes. There is a limit of five sessions per week per Skokie Public Library cardholder.

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Encyclopedias and Reference

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardBritannica Online for Kids

Retrieve content from Compton's Encyclopedia by Britannica, and Britannica Elementary as well as media, videos, websites, and learning materials. Magazine articles are also available.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardCAMIO

CAMIO — Catalog of Art Museum Images Online — contains about 95,000 works of fine and decorative art from leading museums around the world. The scope of the collection ranges from 3000 BCE to the present, representing premiere examples of Asian, African, Latin American, and Western art. Difficult-to-find contemporary art is one of its strengths. The content includes high-resolution images of photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings and watercolors, jewelry and costumes, textiles, books, installations, and architecture — plus audio-video and mixed media. Benefits of the interface include downloading high-resolution images, the ability to email images and metadata for further study, and fast, powerful, Web-based searching. All content is rights-cleared for educational use.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardCultureGrams Online

Country reports about daily life, culture, customs, courtesies, and lifestyles of more than 187 countries and the 50 United States. A photo gallery, famous people collection, and recipes from around the world 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 Virtual Reference Library

Full text reference sources for research from over two hundred titles. Topics include Arts, Biography, Environment, History, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Religion, Science, and more.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardScience Online from Facts on File

Science Online contains scientific information for students in all areas of science. Use this resource to find science experiments, videos, diagrams, articles, and biographies of famous scientists.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardSearchasaurus

Search by keyword or browse by subject for articles from magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias. Subjects include animals, art and music, health, history, people and places, science and math, sports, and stories. A dictionary, encyclopedia, and picture collection are also available. Designed for students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardWorld Book Online Info Finder

Includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools.

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Local Information

Web resourceChronology of Skokie History

The Chronology of Skokie History chronicles the history of Niles Center and Skokie from 1500 to 2000. This historical outline provides links to photographs and documents as well as useful references for further research.

Web resourceSkokie Fire Department History digitized archive

This collection of photographs, documents, and artifacts relates the history of the Skokie Fire Department.  These materials were digitized by Skokie Public Library in conjunction with the Skokie Historical Society and Ron Smith of the Skokie Fire Department, with federal grant funding awarded by the Illinois State Library and Jesse White, State Librarian.

Skokie History Project digitized archive

In cooperation with the Skokie Historical Society, Skokie Public Library has digitized a collection of photographs, maps, business cards, and invoices that document the history of Niles Center and Skokie from the early 1800s to the 1990s.

Web resourceSkokie Newspaper Index

The Skokie Public Library newspaper index contains citations to articles which appeared in the Skokie Review (from 1984 to the present), The News (from 1978 to 1984, when it ceased publication), and Life: Skokie edition (from 1978 to October 2004, when it ceased publication). When the full text of an article appears on the newspaper's website, a link is provided from the index to the article. You can also view the full text of indexed articles by consulting back issues of the newspapers found on microfilm in the Library. A card file housed in the Library's reference department contains citations to articles which appeared in Skokie newspapers between 1960 and 1977.

More information about the Skokie Newspaper Index is available online.

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Magazines and Newspapers

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardChicago Tribune – 1849 to the present via ProQuest

Search the complete text of the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to the present day. Content from 1849 through 1987 is available as images of the original newspaper so photographs, death notices, cartoons, and advertisements are present and searchable along with article content. Text versions of articles and obituaries only are available from 1987 to the present.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardKids Search from EBSCO

Search for articles and pictures in this kid-friendly database especially for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Subjects include animals, art and music, geography, health, news, language arts, math, science, social studies, and sports.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardThe New York Times via LexisNexis Library Express

Search for articles from The New York Times from June 1980 to the present. The text of articles and obituaries are included and searchable. Death notices and advertisements are not included.

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardNewspaperDirect PressDisplay

NewspaperDirect PressDisplay allows instant online access to over 250 newspapers from more than 55 countries in 33 languages and all in full-page format.
Skokie Public Library's guide to this database available

Available everywhere with your Skokie Public Library cardSearchasaurus

Search by keyword or browse by subject for articles from magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias. Subjects include animals, art and music, health, history, people and places, science and math, sports, and stories. A dictionary, encyclopedia, and picture collection are also available. Designed for students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

Web resourceSkokie Newspaper Index

The Skokie Public Library newspaper index contains citations to articles which appeared in the Skokie Review (from 1984 to the present), The News (from 1978 to 1984, when it ceased publication), and Life: Skokie edition (from 1978 to October 2004, when it ceased publication). When the full text of an article appears on the newspaper's website, a link is provided from the index to the article. You can also view the full text of indexed articles by consulting back issues of the newspapers found on microfilm in the Library. A card file housed in the Library's reference department contains citations to articles which appeared in Skokie newspapers between 1960 and 1977.

More information about the Skokie Newspaper Index is available online.

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