When working on homework assignments, there's no better place than the Library. When you need help, don't hesitate to ask! You can ask a librarian in the Library, by phone, via email, or online.
The Web can be a great source of information, but remember, Web sources are not all of equal value, accuracy, and authority. Questions to Ask When Evaluating Websites will help you to distinguish among sources.
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Check out Britannica when you begin research for basic information about people and events. Britannica offers good web links, video clips, pictures and even Spanish translations about many topics too.
CAMIO is an online museum collection of paintings, photographs, sculptures and other works of art. Search the site to see if has what you need. Students are welcome to use the images in school projects—just include credit.
Like the title says, GVRL is an online collection of encyclopedia-like books on many topics. Use GVRL for quality articles on topics ranging from science, health and medicine, literature, history, arts and much more. The book covers are shown on the opening screen. You can “open” each book online and see the different sections.
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Use Infoplease when you need quick, easy-to-look up facts such as population statistics, sports records, data about the economy, and much more.
This is a great source for practice tests like the ACT, SAT and several other standardized tests. Learning Library Express provides immediate scores and feedback. Register to create a user name and password (in addition to your Skokie Library login).
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netTrekker gathers more than 330,000 teacher-approved websites and digital resources for students. Each learning resource is reviewed and tagged by experienced educators to help quickly find the most relevant content to engage students in learning. Results may be refined by school level (elementary, middle, or high), reading level, or subject (social studies, science, etc.).
This resource provides basic introductions to topics, similar to Britannica. Note the collections of primary sources and timelines that could be helpful for your projects. World Book also has a Spanish version.
Learn how to research and write a paper using library and Internet resources. A special section called Citing Sources includes information on how to cite print and electronic resources in a bibliography.
WorldCat is a handy “world catalog” that you can use to check thousands of other libraries to find books Skokie Library may not have. Ask a librarian to order the book/s or fill out an online request form.
Use the Magazine and Newspaper Locator to find databases containing a specific journal title or to locate titles by subject area.
Chicago Tribune – 1849 to the present via ProQuest
Search the Chicago Tribune back to 1849 right up to the present. Up to 1987 everything that appeared on the original pages is included, including photos, cartoons and ads. After 1987 only the written articles are available.
Try Factiva for business news articles and also as a general newspaper and magazine source. Factiva shows articles in Spanish, French, Italian and other languages besides English.
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JSTOR has academic—or scholarly—articles on a variety of subjects. Use JSTOR when you need more detail and depth than typical newspapers and magazines offer.
MasterFILE Premier from EBSCOhost
MasterFile Premier is another good place for news and magazine articles. Plus, it contains a great collection of images and primary sources.
The New York Times via LexisNexis Library Express
Start here when you need a New York Times article for an assignment. The selection goes back to 1980.
Literary Research 101 from Skokie Public Library
Use this helpful Skokie Public Library guide to print and online resources when you are doing literary research. The guide includes sources for literary criticism, information on authors, summaries and texts of literary works, and information on how to cite your sources.
Cross search two major sources at once here when you need information about authors and their work.
If you thought you had no time to practice learning a new language, try Mango. Mango offers online foreign language courses and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
The online version of the Oxford English Dictionary, which covers the language from the earliest times to present day, explains the current meanings of words and their development through time.
Rosetta Stone is a language learning resource that provides lessons in thirty languages, from Arabic to Vietnamese.
Please note: Only Level 1 lessons are available and a microphone is required.
This site includes information on the current Chicago Metro History Fair and much more.
These two government web sites offer frequently updated statistics and maps on more than 200 countries. For more detailed historical background on several countries, try the Library of Congress Country Studies.
This government web site is a good source for historic and economic background about many countries. The Country Studies were originally published as books.
This Skokie Public Library bibliography lists chronologies, timelines, yearbooks, video recordings, and other resources for students working on decades projects.
Find quality articles and photos for past and present individuals from all walks of life. The articles once appeared in the print version of Current Biography magazine.
Learn about all the U.S. presidents here on this section of the White House web site.
This easy-to-use web site offers explanations of, like the title says, “how things work.” Think hybrid car engines, satellite radio and robotic surgery, for example. The site also has lots of ads, so be sure you are looking at your search results, not the ads, for information.
Get help with algebra and even some precalculus. There are worked-out examples, explained clearly, for each topic.
Science Online from Facts on File
Use Science Online to find science experiments, videos, diagrams, articles, and biographies of famous scientists.
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.
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High School Textbooks Available in Adult Services from Skokie Public Library
A selection of Niles North and Niles West textbooks are available for in-Library use. Check this list and then stop at the Adult Services Reference Desk on the second floor to borrow what you need.
Instant Message (IM) a reference librarian
Chat with a librarian from Skokie Public Library live online during Library business hours using your chat program or through the Library's chat box.
Lynda.com provides access to over 8,000 video courses in technology and business.
Please note: First time users should click the "Create a profile" link to set up a password.
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