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BlueCareer--Training and Job Matching for Skilled Trades

BlueCareer--Training and Job Matching for Skilled Trades

Explore the skilled trades industry, get the training you need, connect with prospective employers, and start your career.
Gale Books and Authors

Gale Books & Authors

Recommends books for readers. Explore by author/title/genre. Reviews included.

Detailed reports on nonprofits. (In-library use only.)


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NEW: Especially for parents, ParentTV offers hundreds of on-demand videos to support the parenting and care of children from birth to teens.

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Path to Career Readiness

Self-paced, self-directed set of online and in-library activities designed to help new and returning job seekers develop effective resumes/cover letters, interview skills and workplace competencies.

Arlington Heights cardholders only

PERSI (Periodical Source Index)

The premier subject index for genealogy and local history periodicals, produced by the staff of The Genealogy Center of the Allen County (Indiana) Public Library. Provides more than 3 million citations to readily-available periodical sources.

Peterson's Test Prep

Prep/practice tests for GED, ACT, GRE, GMAT, SAT, AP, job-related tests, TOEFL, citizenship and more. Search for colleges/scholarships or use the online resume builder and career exploration tools. Full list of tests & courses.

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Physical Review Journals

Published by the American Physical Society. High-end journals on physics, astrophysics, optics, etc.

Points of View Reference Source

Provides rich pro/con content to help assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.


Choose from thousands of U.S. and international newspapers and magazines on your PC or mobile device. NOTE: PressReader's authentication process has recently changed. See details here.

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Prices for Antiques (P4A)

Antiques collectibles and fine art database of U.S. auction prices.

Primary Search

Search for full text for the most popular children's magazines, eBooks, and easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids.


U.S. citizenship preparation course from the makers of the Pronunciator language-learning product.


UPDATE: Lessons in over 315 languages, including English, from dozens of source languages. Also try Pronunciator's new Bluebird app for quick audio-based lessons on mobile devices. Those preparing for the US Citizenship test can also use the ProCitizen preparation course by Pronunciator. Now offers an AI-based multilingual conversation partner for language practices, enhanced grammar tools and a high-quality translator from English to dozens of other languages.

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ProQuest Global Newsstream

Search over 2,800 news sources including newspapers, newswires, transcripts, video, and digital-first content in full-text format. Access Chicago Tribune (1851-present), Wall Street Journal (2009-present), New York Times (1980-present), etc.

Proquest Recent Newspapers: Chicago Tribune

(Formerly Proquest Digitized Newspapers) Full-page scans of recent Chicago Tribune issues (2008-3 months ago).

Proquest Recent Newspapers: New York Times

(Formerly Proquest Digitized Newspapers) Full-page scans of recent NY Times issues (2008-3 months ago).

Proquest Recent Newspapers: Wall Street Journal

(Formerly Proquest Digitized Newspapers) Full-page scans of recent Wall Street Journal issues (2008-3 months ago).

Public Records Online

Illinois home sales business licenses foreclosures, mortgages, bankruptcies and more. Now includes access to CheckIllinois (quick searching by personal/business name, across communities and record types).


Read It (English Language Learning)

NEW: Designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects.

Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1980

Historical index for magazine and journal articles.

Reference Solutions

Business directory, residential listings, demographics and health care listings. Records can be downloaded for mailing/contact lists. Use the "Consumers & Lifestyles" module for a powerful analytics tool. Includes job listings from ZipRecruiter.

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  • Reference Solutions: Beyond the Basics: July 15, 1-2 pm (Zoom) | Register

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Rules of the Road / Traffic Safety Publications

From the Illinois Secretary of State. Includes a link to the most recent Illinois Rules of the Road booklet.

Rules of the Road Review Course Workbook

From the Illinois Secretary of State. Prepare for your written driving test with this helpful review booklet (PDF).


Sanborn Maps (Library of Congress)

Searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company housed in the collections of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress.

Scholastic Teachables

Online tool offering unlimited access to award-winning activities and printable skills sheets, lesson plans, clip art, games, and other resources for teaching kids grades Pre-K to 8.

Science Reference Source

Provides full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, reference books and high-quality videos, as well as science experiments, images, and curriculum-aligned lesson plans.

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NEW: A comprehensive mapping, analytics, and data visualization tool with 100,000+ variables. It includes US Census and ACS demographic data, Consumer Expenditure Survey insights, D&B's premium business directory (30 million profiles), and the premium MRI-SimmonsLOCAL dataset covering 8,000+ brands, 450 categories, and detailed psychographics. Users also have access to the Community Lifestages dataset based on Age, Income, and Family Status, along with Claritas PRIZM Premier for marketing segmentation data. Additionally, CDC PLACES health data with 27 diverse health measures is available. Users may log in as a Guest, or create an account to save their work.


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SizeUp Arlington Heights

SizeUp Arlington Heights provides business owners, start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs with market research and business insights to help them make smarter decisions with data to effectively grow their business.

Attend a biweekly virtual "SizeUp Open House" | Register

See the video tutorial link below for an in-depth product demo for Arlington Heights users.

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Small Business Source

NEW: Offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to understand and address a wide variety of small business topics. The database includes business videos, case studies, help and advice, a start-up kit and tips for writing business plans.

Small Engine Repair Source

NEW: Provides detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines, from motorcycles and ATVs to generators and outdoor power equipment.

Social Media & Internet Tutorials

Simple, straightforward tutorials from Niche Academy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, GMail, Google Drive/Docs/Sheets and more. Use these as a "quick start" before trying more in-depth tutorials from GCFLearnFree.orgUdemy or Gale Courses.

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