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Online Resources A-Z

Click on the titles below to access FREE online resources for research or homework. Waukegan Public Library cardholders can access these resources at home by entering their library barcode number. Don’t have a library card? Get one!
 
 
For assistance with online resources, please contact the Adult Reference Desk by phone at 847-623-2041 ext. 238 or online.
 
This is your one-stop resource for everything you need to know about the U.S. states and territories. This resource also features sections on prominent Native American tribes, the national wonders of America, and past presidents.
 
Archive Grid
Online access to nearly a million descriptions of archival collections owned by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide. ArchiveGrid is an important destination for searching for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives.
 
CAMIO
The Catalog of Art Museum Images Online, or CAMIO, is a database of art images from around the world. Each entry has at least one high-resolution photograph of the work, and includes a description of the work by the museum that owns the piece. All information on the site is rights-cleared for education use, so teachers can use the images and descriptions without worry.
 
Known as the most trusted source for information and advice on consumer products, this website contains information on making better buying decisions. Users will find advice on saving money, home improvement, personal finances, improving health and more.
 
Encyclopedia Americana
For succinct information on a variety of topics, use Encyclopedia Americana first. This resource contains 45,000 articles in every academic field and curriculum topic.
 
ERIC - US Department of Education
The Education Resources Information Center, or ERIC, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, is the most complete bibliography of educational materials available. This database of peer-reviewed journals and professional magazines is the perfect place for education students to start their research on a new subject.
 
Freading 
Freading is a fun new way to download eBooks in EPUB or PDF format. Freading is a great resource for nonfiction and children’s books. Click here to view step-by-step directions for downloading eBooks using Freading.
 
More than just encyclopedia entries, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia features animations, videos, maps, sounds, and panoramas.  Be sure to check out “This Day in History”.
 
Designed for elementary and middle school students, Lands and Peoples is an encyclopedia of countries, cultures and current events. Be sure to try the Culture Cross to compare facts from two nations.
 
Take online practice tests for over 300 exams, including the GED, SAT, ACT and ASVAB. Users keep their own account, allowing for access to tests that have already been taken. This resource also includes tutorials and full explanations for answers.  When creating an account for the first time, use your library barcode number as your username.
 

Mango 
Mango is an online language learning system that teaches English speakers real conversation skills for practical communication in 38 languages (from Arabic to Vietnamese).  Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective.   Those interested in learning English are taught in 15 languages.

MEDLINE

Access 3,500 professional medical journals. This database covers all areas of medicine and includes journals from 1965 to the present.

Morningstar Investment Research Center
The one-stop tool for collecting financial information, getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about investment options, and getting the most up-to-date financial news commentary.  Go here for free strategies from Morningstar to help with your personal finances.

New Book of Knowledge
Designed for students in grades 3-5, The New Book of Knowledge is the first encyclopedia created just for young users. This online resource includes all the articles and maps of the printed version, plus weekly current events and other special features designed just for students.
 
New Book of Popular Science
This science, medicine and technology encyclopedia is designed for students in grades 3-5. In addition to encyclopedia articles, students can access science news, read biographies of famous scientists and try science experiments.
 
Do you have a favorite author, but you’ve already read everything he or she has written? Maybe you love a certain style of writing? NoveList can help you find the new read you’ve been waiting for.
 
Español
Enciclopedia en español para estudiantes y adultos.
Spanish language encyclopedia for high school students and adults.
 
OAIster is a union catalog of more than 19 million digital resources from over 1,000 organizations developed by the University of Michigan and harvested using OAI-PMH (the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting).
 

Access thousands of Digital Audiobooks (eAudiobooks) in English and some in Spanish. View step-by-step instructions here or view the Getting Started Guide.
 

OverDrive eBooks

Your Waukegan Public Library card is your ticket to a library that’s open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Library’s collection of best-selling and classic eBooks is growing every month, so you can recommend an eBook for purchase or sign up to be notified of the newest additions to our catalog.  Click here to view step-by-step directions for downloading eBooks to your Kindle, EPUB eReader, smartphone or tablet.

Click here to see the Library’s collection of OverDrive eBooks.

 
World Almanac
This resource includes the World Almanac for Kids, the World Almanac of U.S. Politics and the World Almanac and Book of Facts, all in a searchable database.
 
WorldCat
Search a database of 37 million bibliographic records from libraries all over the world. Find obscure books, music recordings, manuscripts and more. If you find it inside the United States, bring your search to the Adult Reference Desk for a librarian to request the item for you.
Read some of your favorite print magazines in digital formatZinio can be used on your laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Download eBooks and eAudiobooks



Your Waukegan Public Library card is your ticket to a library that’s open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Click here to see the Library’s collection of Overdrive eBooks. Click here to view step-by-step directions for downloading eBooks to your Kindle, EPUB eReader, smartphone or tablet.
 

Freading eBooks

Freading
is a fun new way to download eBooks in EPUB or PDF format. Freading is a great resource for nonfiction and children’s books.

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OneClickDigital
is your portal to thousands of digital audiobooks (eAudiobooks) in English and some in Spanish. Check out the Getting Started Guide or step-by-step instructions for more information.

 

Featured Resource

With Learning Express, you can take online practice tests for over 300 exams, including the GED, SAT, ACT and ASVAB. Users keep their own account, allowing for access to tests that have already been taken. This resource also includes tutorials and full explanations for answers.  When creating an account for the first time, use your library barcode number as your username.