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ABCmouse.com In-library only

3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities. For ages 2-7. From Age of Learning, Inc. Apps are available for iPad and Android and Kindle tablets - for use at the library only.

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Academic OneFile

A comprehensive collection of authoritative periodicals and scholarly journals. View Tutorial

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ACORN TV on HOOPLA

World-class mysteries, dramas and comedies from Britain and beyond. Please note: ACORN-TV is no longer offered through RB Digital. A number of ACORN-TV shows are available on HOOPLA.

Adult Learning Center from HelpNow

Live one-on-one coaching to improve your computer skills on MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Also includes resume writing assistance and practice tests for the GED and U.S. Citizenship Test.

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ALLDATA In-library only

Automotive database covering vehicles from 1982 to the present.

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America’s Obituaries & Death Notices - Now Heritage Hub

HeritageHub provides access to hundreds of years of obituaries and death notices from thousands of newspapers across the United States. This one-of-a-kind collection helps patrons and family historians uncover new family members and understand family relationships on a deeper level than ever before.

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Ancestry Library Edition

This is the library version of Ancestry.com. It allows you to search billions of genealogy records from the U.S. and around the world in a single search. Available from home to DP cardholders through December 31, 2021, thanks to Ancestry & ProQuest.

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ArkivDigital - Swedish Genealogy In-library only

Access to 83 million church records and other historical records for Swedish genealogy research.

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ArtistWorks

Step-by-step instructional videos for learning to play musical instruments. PLEASE NOTE: ArtistWorks has moved to the Libby App. Get the Libby app or use it in your browser. Log in with your library card. Find Artistworks in "Extras"

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BiblioBoard

Illinois residents have access to thousands of e-resources free of charge & no library card is required. Enjoy ebooks, images & videos – the collection includes classic fiction, children’s fiction, graphic novels, Chicago authors and much more. Download the BiblioBoard app (from the iTunes app store for iOS or from the Google Play Store for Android). Create an account profile and be able to access the collections while outside of Illinois. You will also have the ability to download content for offline reading, and to add bookmarks and notes.

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Biography In Context

Meet someone new with Biography in Context Learn about people from all walks of life including athletes, entertainers, politicians, historical figures, authors and many others.

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Black Life in America

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

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BookBrowse

An online magazine for booklovers - including reviews, previews, "behind the book" backstories, author interviews, reading guides, and much more.

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BookFLIX

Explore a variety of classic video storybooks and related nonfiction eBooks in one of nine learning categories. Also includes Spanish titles and educational games. For grades Pre-K – 3.

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Book Index with Reviews

Information on over 5 million book titles from publications including Library Journal, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and others.

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BookPage

Find expert book recommendations for the best books to read in all genres. Free access to current and prior issues. To sign up to receive reading recommendations in your favorite genres, click here

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Britannica Library

Enhanced version of Encyclopedia Britannica with a world atlas, primary source documents, historical highlights and media updates.

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Britannica Library for Children

Enhanced version of Encyclopedia Britannica geared to primary grades. Includes world atlas, primary source documents, and recommended web sites.

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Britannica Library for Young Adults

Includes primary source documents and historical highlights among search results.

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Business eBooks

A collection of business eBooks, including Business Plans.

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Chess Tutoring with Live Tutors from Brainfuse

Learn the basics of chess, strategies, tactics and maneuvers. Click on Expert Help, then Featured Service. Tutors available 3:00pm -9:00 pm

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Chicago Community Collection

Explore and stay informed on local and state topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Includes the Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, Des Plaines Journal and other Illinois newspapers.

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Chicago Sun-Times Collection

Explore Chicago history through local news, events and people with the Chicago Sun-Times Collection from 1986-Current. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Available remotely 24/7 on any device.

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Chicago Sun-Times from PressReader

Read today’s Chicago Sun-Times in full-page format, with photographs and ads. A three-month backfile is included.

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Chicago Tribune

Full text from 1985 to the present. Includes obituaries.

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Chicago Tribune 1849–1994 (Proquest Historical Newspapers)

This digitized, full text version of the newspaper includes photographs, ads and obituaries from 1849–1994.

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Chicago Tribune from PressReader

Read today’s Chicago Tribune in full-page format, with photographs and ads.

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Chicago Tribune Historical Archives from NewsBank

Search historical national and local issues and events, prohibition, the Great Depression, and Chicago as the center of the Progressive movement.

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Comparative Guide to American Suburbs

Profiles of suburban communities within each of the 80 largest U.S. metropolitan areas in the United States.

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Consumer Reports

We offer free access to ConsumerReports.org to anyone at the library and to Des Plaines residents from home. You'll find ratings and recommendations on appliances, electronics, cars, travel and more.

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Consumers’ Checkbook

This is a good source for local consumer information for the home, cars, health care (including physicians & dentists) personal services and more. It includes Chicago Consumers' Checkbook. You'll be asked to register with Consumers' Checkbook for home use. Watch our video Help With Finding Good Service Providers!

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Contemporary Authors

Entries on thousands of authors with full text articles.

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Crain’s Chicago Business

Full text from 1986 to the present.

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Creativebug

Stay Crafty with Creativebug More than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

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Daily Herald

Full text from 1997 to the present. Includes obituaries. https://search.proquest.com/chicagodailyherald?accountid=34048

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Data Axle Reference Solutions - formerly ReferenceUSA

A directory of information on U.S. and Canadian companies including job listings and new businesses. Also has residential listings and a physician/dentist directory.

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Des Plaines Journal from NewsBank

Search full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of the Des Plaines Journal 2010 - current.

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Des Plaines Memory

An online collection of photographs, postcards, letters and more all detailing Des Plaines' rich history. A great tool for doing historical and genealogical research.

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Driving-Tests.org

Free DMV permit practice tests.

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Experiment Central

Detailed information on more than 300 science experiments for upper elementary and older students. Search by key word or by alphabetical list of science topics.

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Explora

Browse topics of interest or search for a topic of your choice to find articles, primary source documents and videos. Search results can be limited to magazines, news, biographies and more.

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Explora Educator’s Edition

Lesson plans, curriculum standards, student tools and valuable sites for teachers.

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Explora Primary Schools

An easy way to find out about everything from animals to current events. Search by keyword or topic. Perfect for research projects!

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Explora Secondary Schools

Articles, videos, images, primary source documents and more. For high school research projects and homework.

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FamilySearch.org - DPPL is now an affiliate library! In-library only

As an affiliate library, DPPL is able to offer access to FamilySearch’s two billion digitized records plus about 400 million original records not available to the public outside the library. These digital records include images and names indexes. Users must create an account to use this database. FamilySearch

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FindMyPast

Millions of genealogy records with a focus on the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland) and Ireland.

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FirstSearch

13 databases, including ArticleFirst, ERIC, WorldCat, GPO and MEDLINE.

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Fold3

Convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Historical documents like the National Archives Holocaust Records are also included. A useful tool for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families and teachers.

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Freegal Music

Download and keep five MP3 songs per week for free! You can download tracks and store them on your device.

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Gale Courses

Online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, computer applications, accounting, law, web design, healthcare and personal enrichment. Foreign language courses for Spanish, French, Italian & Japanese are also offered. New classes begin every month and last for six weeks. To get started, create an account with your Des Plaines library card. Certificates of completion are available for some courses.

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Gale eBooks - formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Thousands of specialized reference sources. Search the entire collection or a particular subject area.

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Gale in Context: Elementary

Helps elementary school children gain comfort with research by delivering age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content. Covers a broad range of subjects taught in the classroom, including animals, arts, music, social studies, and more.

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Gale In Context: Middle School

Provides engaging reference, periodical and multimedia content supporting national and state curriculum standards for grades 6 to 12. Subjects covered include language arts, social studies and science to support middle school assignments and coursework.

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Gale PowerSearch

Search for articles and book excerpts in Biography in Context, Gale eBooks and Academic OneFile at the same time using PowerSearch.

Global Newsstream

Search hundreds of national and international newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times at the same time.

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Health Care from Data Axle Reference Solutions (formerly Reference USA)

Information on 650,000 U.S. physicians and dentists.

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Health & Medicine Collection

A collection of eBooks on health & medicine.

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HelpNow

FREE online help for kids, teens, and adults. All core subjects offered (grades 3-12): math, science, social Studies, writing assistance, English/language arts, reading assistance & help filling out the FAFSA application for Federal Student Aid. Resume and cover letter review for job hunters too!

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HelpNow (en español)

AYUDA GRATIS EN LÍNEA para estudiantes, Grados 3–12

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Heritage Hub

HeritageHub provides access to hundreds of years of obituaries and death notices from thousands of newspapers across the United States. This one-of-a-kind collection helps patrons and family historians uncover new family members and understand family relationships on a deeper level than ever before.

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Heritage Quest Online

Explore local histories, mine census data and search thousands of other records to find your ancestors and build your family tree.

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History Collection

A collection of history eBooks.

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History Online from Salem Press

Online version of print reference titles including, Great Lives from History, Great Events from History, The Decades in America and The Value of a Dollar - 1860-2014 * The Colonial Era.

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Hoopla

Borrow digital movies, music and audiobooks with your Des Plaines library card. No holds, no fees. Stream through your internet.

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IndieFlix

Access to pop culture favorites, box office hits, award-winning feature films, documentaries, and shorts.

inkie.org

A suite of resources available to everyone in Illinois at no charge. It offers local authors and creators an outlet to format and publish their books and provides access to self-published materials.

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Investment Newsletters

The library receives several investor newsletters. Many of these may be accessed online, but only while in the library.

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Kanopy

This streaming service includes independent, foreign, classic & documentary films. Over 30,000 films are offered, including The Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation, The Great Courses, New Day Films and more. A Des Plaines Library card number is required to sign up.

Kanopy Kids

Includes Oscar® nominated family films, PBS kids favorites, literary classic adaptations: Where The Wild Things Are, Johnny Appleseed, Little Red Hen & more.

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Legal Forms Library

Free forms for divorce, leases, wills, power of attorney, name changes, leases and more.

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LibraryAware Newsletters

Sign up for LibraryAware newsletters on your favorite genre or topic and get new book suggestions delivered directly to your inbox.

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Life Magazine Archive (1936-2000)

More than 2,200 issues. Covers international & American current events.

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LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)

Thousands of online video tutorials that can help you learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goal. Log in with your Des Plaines Library card and the password linked to you library account. No LinkedIn account is necessary to access LinkedIn Learning. You can also use the LinkedIn Learning app for iOS & Android by entering our library code "DPPL" (all uppercase) & then your library card number & pin (password.) Please call the Reference Desk: 847-376-2841 or email: referenceservicesdesk@dppl.org with questions.

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Literature Criticism - Gale eBooks

Resources on a variety of topics in literary criticism and individual works.

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Literature - Search Modern Novelists, Poems, Short Stories & more

A collection of eBooks and other resources on literature and literary criticism. From Gale Cengage Learning.

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Lynda.com - See LinkedIn Learning

PLEASE NOTE: Lynda.com was upgraded to LinkedIn Learning on April 29, 2021. You will now log onto LinkedIn Learning using your library card number and PIN/password. All of your Lynda.com data should have transferred to LinkedIn Learning, including your course history and certificates of completion. Along with the existing content from Lynda.com, you will have access to thousands of additional courses, available in several languages. No LinkedIn account is necessary to access LinkedIn Learning. Please call the Reference Desk: 847-376-2841 or email: referenceservicesdesk@dppl.org with questions.

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Magill’s Literary Annual

Reviews of significant fiction and nonfiction dating back to 1977.

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Mango Languages

Mango offers a variety of fun ways to help you learn another language, including English. A voice comparison feature compares your pronunciation to a native speaker’s. Use it on your computer or tablet or on your cellphone, by downloading the mobile app.

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MasterFILE Premier

Full text for periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education and science. Links to video files including television shows like the Today Show and Meet the Press. Full text from reference books and more.

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Masterplots

Analyzes the most important works in all genres - fiction, short stories, poetry, drama, and nonfiction - throughout history and around the world.

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Medigap from Weiss Ratings

Build Your Own Customized Medicare Supplement Insurance Planner. Get step-by-step guidance on how to select a Medigap insurance plan, which plans are right for you and which insurance company has the lowest rates. CLICK HERE to watch a video presentation from Weiss ratings.

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Medline

You'll find article citations for all areas of medicine, mainly for the medical profession. Produced by the National Library of Medicine.

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Morningstar.com Library Edition

Stock and mutual fund research database for the individual investor.

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MyHeritage Library Edition

Birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, the complete US and UK censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 1.5 billion family tree profiles. More than 5 million records are added each day.

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National Geographic

This searchable archive of over 100 years of National Geographic magazine (1888–present) includes every page and every photograph from the iconic, award winning magazine.

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National Geographic Kids

Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Best for children aged 6–14.

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Newspapers.com - Library Edition

Historical newspapers archive from the 1700's - 2000's - 4,000+ news titles from the U.S. and around the world. For researchers, historians, genealogists, teachers and students.

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Newspaper Source Plus

Full text from hundreds of U.S. and international newspapers.

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Newswires

Near real-time access to top world-wide news from Associated Press, United Press International, PR Newswire, Xinhua, CNN Wire, and Business Wire on a continuous basis.

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New York Times

Full text from 1980 to the present.

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New York Times Cooking - Paywall-free access

An inspiring cooking guide, innovative and interactive kitchen tool, and diverse recipe collection that helps home cooks of every level discover, save and organize the world’s best recipes. To activate your access, click on "Redeem," then log in or register. You'll have 24 hours of unlimited access before you will need to reactivate your "subscription."

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New York Times - free, unlimited access to NYT.com In-library only

Unlimited access to the NYTimes.com on any device during your visit. To activate your "subscription," you’ll need to log in or register first.

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New York Times - free, unlimited access to NYT.com outside the library

To activate your access, click on "Redeem," then log in or register. You'll have 72 hours of unlimited access before you will need to reactivate your "subscription."

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Niche Academy Tutorials

Tutorials on how to use several library databases, how to get a library card and more.

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NoveList Plus

Helps you find new fiction and nonfiction books to read by searching favorite authors, titles, subjects, and genres.

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NoveList Plus K–8

Helps you find new fiction books to read by searching favorite authors, titles, subjects, and genres. For children in grades K-8.

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Overdrive/Digital Library of Illinois

Downloadable audiobooks, ebooks and videos. Available with your DPPL card. Play/view items on your computer or see the list of compatible devices. mp3 audiobooks will play on Apple iPods. Quick reference guide.

Overdrive Magazines

Read full digital copies of your favorite magazines with the Overdrive service. Download the Overdrive Libby App or read on your computer.

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Practice tests in SkillSurfer - part of HelpNow from Brainfuse

Practice tests for ACT, SAT, AP, GED, TOEFL, ASVAB and more.

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PressReader

You'll find current newspapers and magazines in several languages, presented in full-page format with photographs, advertisements, crossword puzzles and cartoons. This is a great way to read international news or develop your skills with another language. To create an account, click on Sign in, then Library or Group & select DP Public Library.

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ProCitizen | Preparación para obtener la ciudadanía estadounidense

Si ya tienes un nombre de estudiante y contraseña de Pronunciator, puedes iniciar sesión a continuación. De lo contrario, regístrate donde dice "¿Es tu primera vez aquí?" y recibirás un nombre de estudiante y contraseña que funcionán tanto para Pronunciator como ProCitizen.

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ProCitizen | Preparing you for U.S. Citizenship

If you already have a Pronunciator student name and password, you can log in below. If you don't, register under "First time here?" and you'll receive a student name and password that will work for both Pronunciator and ProCitizen!

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Pronunciator

Pronunciator is a fun way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. ESL courses are available for speakers of several languages. For adults and children. Our subscription also includes Bluebird, so you have free access to the Bluebird app! Download the Bluebird app and enter the "Institutional PIN" when you register.

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Public Records from Record Information Services

Contains public record data for new businesses, real estate transactions, home foreclosures, bankruptcies and more in Illinois.

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RBdigital

Read magazines on your mobile device or computer. Many popular titles. Free and always available. The RBdigital magazine service has been transferred to Overdrive. Enjoy your favorite magazines on the Libby App or read in your browser.

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ReferenceUSA/Data Axle Reference Solutions

A directory of information on U.S. and Canadian companies including job listings and new businesses. Also has residential listings and a physician/dentist directory.

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ScienceFlix

Includes Earth Science, Space Science, Life Sciences, Health & Human Body, Physical Science, Technology & Engineering. For 4th – 9th grades.

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Teachables from Scholastic

Printables, lessons, mini-books & more. Teaching resources for every subject K-8. Search by grade level, subject, state standards, theme and/or genre. Includes classroom management tools and clip art.

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Teacher Reference Center

Indexing and abstracts for 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.

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Time Magazine Archive (1923-2000)

Over 4,000 issues of the popular magazine.

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TrueFLIX – People, Places, and History

Includes American Indians, Ancient Civilizations, The Civil War, Continents, U.S. Government, U.S. Regions, Westward Expansion. For 3rd – 6th grades.

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TrueFLIX: Science and Nature

Includes Disasters, Earth Science, Ecosystems, Experiments, Extreme Nature, Human Body, Space. For 3rd – 6th grades.

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TumbleBook Library

A collection of animated, talking picture books, puzzles and games. Includes books in Spanish and French. For best results, use Chrome on desktop computers.

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Universal Class

Access to over 500 video-based courses - everything from ABC's of Algebra to Yoga 101. First time users need to create an account. Once you're logged in you will have access to the course catalog and be able to start a class. CEU (Continuing Education Units) Certificates are available. Please note: Universal Class is also accessible on the Libby App - Get the Libby app or use it in your browser. Find Universal Class in "Extras."

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US Hispanic Newsstream

Access to a large collection of leading Hispanic newspapers, news wires, websites and blogs in full text from US publishers in both Spanish and English including El Diario/La Prensa (New York City), La Opinión (Los Angeles), La Prensa (San Antonio) and Extra (Chicago).

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U.S. Jobs/Internships from Data Axle Reference Solutions/Indeed.com

Data Axle Reference Solutions and Indeed.com have partnered to provide access to over 2.5 million job listings that include Data Axle business profiles & mappings tools. Searchable by job title, company name, business type, job type and more.

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Value Line Dividend Select: Income & Growth

Monthly recommendations for companies with a high-quality dividend paying growth stock.

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Value Line Research Center

The latest information on stocks, mutual funds, special situation stocks, options and convertible securities. Research reports from the various Value Line Survey publications may be viewed, printed and downloaded.

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Wall Street Journal

Full text from 1984 to the present.

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Wall Street Journal - Paywall-free access to WSJ.com

From home, enter your DPPL card number and click ‘Login’ to begin your free access. Create a wsj.com account, or log in to an existing account. Please note: Your access will be available for the next 3 days. After 3 days, simply come back and click the above link again and login as an existing user with the same username and password you originally created. Four year backfile. This service does not include WSJ mobile app access nor WSJ+ content.

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Washington Post

Full-text from 1987 to the present.

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Web News

Near real-time access to thousands of top news feeds from around the globe. This collection includes over 14,000 feeds covering a range of business and general news topics. End users can immediately access the full text of the web content, by following the link in the record.

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Weiss/Financial Ratings Series

Find out how your bank or credit union is doing by checking its financial strength rating. You can also find ratings for mutual funds and stocks. Consumer guides for auto, health, homeowner's and long-term care insurance are also included.

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Working remotely - free courses from LinkedIn

A free learning path to help individuals and organizations manage and work remotely. Some of the courses included are: Working Remotely - 1 hour Time Management: Working From Home – 1 hour 25 min Being An Effective Team Member – 31 min Leading at a Distance – 36 min Balancing Work and Life – 28 min Well Being and Productivity - 41 min Managing Stress for Positive Change – 57 min

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WorldCat

Millions of library records in 400 languages.

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