Children’s Research

Scholastic GO!

A great place to start your research! Scholastic GO! is a single, combined resource that allows users to search all of the content that was included in many resources before; it provides information on a huge variety of topics, and also features animations, videos, maps, sounds, and panoramas.

High School and Adult Research

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 ArchiveGrid is an important destination for searching for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives.


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.

Consumer Reports

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.

Driving Tests has information about Illinois driver’s licenses and permits, and several practice tests for the Illinois car, motorcycle, and CDL tests.  The CDL section includes practice tests for hazardous materials, school buses, double/triple trailers, tankers, and other endorsements.  Illinois DMV handbooks for cars, motorcycles, and CDL are also available.  Road sign practice tests and a copy of the Illinois DMV handbook for cars are available in Spanish, and a practice test of the rules of the road is available in Russian

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.


GreenFILE is a research database of peer-reviewed journals and popular articles on all aspects of ecology. Learn more about humanity’s impact on the environment by searching through almost 5,000 full-text articles.


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.


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


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.


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).

Teacher Reference Center

Find information about assessment, best practices, curriculum development, and much more related to teaching, from over 200 peer-reviewed journals.




Mango es un sistema de aprendizaje de idiomas en línea que enseña habilidades de conversación reales para la comunicación práctica en inglés e otros lenguajes. A través de la diversión y lecciones atractivas e interactivas, Mango hace que el aprendizaje de un nuevo idioma sea rápido, fácil y muy eficaz.


Free Resources Available Online

CIA World Factbook

Information about history, people, government, economy, and other facts about nearly every country in the world.

Directory of Open Access Journals

Search over 10,000 scholarly, peer-reviewed articles covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science, and humanities.

Citation Guides from Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab

Use these when writing research papers to make sure your citations and format style are correct. For MLA or APA citations.

Khan Academy

Local teachers and students use this site to do practice exercises and view instructional videos in math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. The personalized learning dashboard allows learners to track their progress and study at their own pace.