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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.

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.

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States: Challenges and Triumphs in the Pursuit of Equality

3,000 documents focused on six different phases of Black Freedom: Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860); The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877); Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932); The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945); The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975); The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)

Britannica Library

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

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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

DMV Practice Tests - Free

Free DMV permit practice tests: car, motorcycle & CDL.

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.

Explora Secondary Schools

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

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.

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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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!

HelpNow (en español)

AYUDA GRATIS EN LÍNEA para estudiantes, Grados 3–12

History Reference Center

Covering both U.S. and world history topics, History Reference Center is a full-text database featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents.

LibraryAware Newsletters

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

Literature Criticism - Gale eBooks

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

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.

Practice tests in SkillSurfer - part of HelpNow from Brainfuse

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

Udemy: presented by Gale - On-Demand Learning for In-Demand Skills

Thousands of online video courses covering business, technology (Office, Windows, coding, etc.,) Test Prep (GMAT, SAT, TOEFL, IT Certifications & more) as well as personal development & foreign language instruction. Courses are available in several languages including Spanish & Polish. You will need a Google or Microsoft account to create an account & sign in to Udemy. Watch Video To learn how to use the "Udemy for Business" app for iOS or Android click here