Online Library and Web Resources

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African American Heritage

ProQuest African American Heritage is a groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. 

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Amazing Animals of the World

Based on the print series of the same title, contains thousands of articles and images, as well as links to multimedia items, for a wide variety of animals. You will need to click on the resource link along the left side of the screen in order to directly access it.

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America the Beautiful

State by state history and current event information. Includes timelines, profiles and an almanac. Geared for elementary and middle school studentsYou will need to click on the resource link along the left side of the screen in order to directly access it.

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Article First
OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals. Some full-text available. Articles may be requested through Inter Library Loan.
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Bartlett Quotations

Includes collections of poetry, classic fiction works, nonfiction works, as well as reference works.

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BiblioBoard

eBook collection that is freely available to all Illinois residents - no library card needed. Download the BiblioBoard app for access to the; "Recovering the Classics" collection, "Popup Picks" which change quarterly and will included hand-curated e-books from expert librarian curators, and other titles. 

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Bolingbrook Bugle

Online presence of the print newspaper. Searchable back issues - going back to 2012 - are available using the E-edition link at the website.

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Bolingbrook Park District

Has information about area parks and recreation opportunities. You can register for park district classes and events online.

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Bolingbrook Patch

Online news source covering Bolingbrook and the surrounding area.

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Bolingbrook Reporter

Online presence of the print newspaper. Searchable online E-editions of the newspaper are available going back to the beginning of 2013.

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Brainfuse Help Now!

A full service resource that has live on-line tutors, writing labs, online group collaboration classrooms and much, much more. Resume writing help, Microsoft Office help, high school equivalency prep and U.S. Citizenship preparation are also offered as part of the service. Uses Java applet which can cause browser issues, Chrome recommended, or select the HTML5 option.

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Brainfuse JobNow!

Get career assesment advice, resume writing help, interview coaching and more to help with your career transition or job hunt. Searchable job listings are provided through Indeed.com. Uses Java applet which can cause browser issues, Chrome recommended, or select the HTML5 option.

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Career OneStop

Tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Chicago Tribune

Access to the full text of the Chicago Tribune from 1985 through the present is available through ProQuest.

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Chicago Tribune Historical Archive

Historical access to the Chicago Tribune from 1849 through 1988 is available through ProQuest.

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cloudlibrary

Download the cloudLibrary app (available for iOS (iPad, iPhone or iPod), Android, Nook, PC or Mac) to your e-reader or computer to check out thousands of ebooks.

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Community High School District 99 (Downers Grove)

Information about the high-school district which covers the northeast corner of Bolingbrook, including school information, curriculum, school boundaries and enrollment information.

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Consumer Health Complete

Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Offers full-text articles for hundreds of health reference books, encyclopedias, health reports, as well as medical images and diagrams.

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CultureGrams

Includes World Edition, with reports on more than 200 countries and cultures, focusing on twenty-five categories including history, personal appearance, gestures, family, economy, and more; Kid Edition, a collection of country reports that teaches upper elementary-aged children more about the world around them; and States and Province Editions, featuring colorful, easy-to-read state reports that help upper elementary-aged students understand the diversity and history of each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. Each report includes maps, flags, state symbols, plus sections on history, economy, geography, population, and more.

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Data.gov

The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets. The resource increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets.

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Dictionary.com

Premier online dictionary and thesaurus, as well as other resources like a translator and Spanish language dictionary.

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DuPage Township

Information about township services, including services for at-risk youth and senior citizens. Apply for marriage licenses and get information about property assessments. Also operates a food pantry.

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Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos offers Spanish-language articles, media, and Web sites for Spanish language learners

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Encyclopedia Americana

The online home of the classic resource. Find articles, images, and other multi-media content on thousands of different subjects, people, places and things. After clicking the above link, you can directly access the resource by clicking on the icon along the left side when you get to the Scholastic Go! webpage.

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eRead Illinois - Axis360

When you go to the service and select Fountaindale as your library, you can go to the "App Zone" to download an app for your device: Axis360 for iOS (Apple) or Android. App is also available for Windows PC (not Windows phones). You can also find the apps in the App Store from your device. Once you have found a title available to checkout, you will login with your library card number and PIN. Here is the YouTube channel that has helpful videos on the Axis360 app. Content may also be transferred to basic e-readers (Kobo, Nook Touch Glow, etc.) via Adobe Digital Editions. See note below about Kindle Fire. Content is not compatible with Kindle Paperwhite or other Kindle e-readers.

Note for Kindle Fire owners: The apps are not available from the Amazon App Store through your device. You will need to follow the instructions located here to get the Axis360 app on your device.

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Forest Preserve District of Will County

Information about the Forest Preserves in Will County, including Whalon Lake in Bolingbrook. Forest Preserve programs, events, trail maps and other information are all accessible through this website.

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Freegal

Freegal offers access to about 9 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 15,000 music videos. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 28,000 labels with music that originates in over 100 countries. There is no software to download, and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions.

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Gale Courses

Offers a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely online. You can enroll in courses with your library card. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Information on enrolling in a course can be found by clicking here.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

A database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Many of these titles were previously only available in the library as paper bound books.

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Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia

The encyclopedia is derived from the Academic American Encyclopedia database, an 11-million-word repository of text and images maintained by the encyclopedia's editorial and technical staff. Once you get to the Scholastic Go! website, you will need to click the link on the left side to directly search this resource.

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Health Finder

Healthfinder.gov is a government web site where you will find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy. The goal is to provide easy to understand health information so you will have a better understanding of various health and wellness issues.

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Hispanica Saber - Gran Enciclopedia Hispanica

­This comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia includes more than 100,000 articles, more than 8,500 images and maps, and nearly 1,000 videos, animations, sounds, and interactive media. It is designed for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and ESL/ELL program participants.

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines. Content Includes: Full text for more than 2,000 magazines and books, more than 720 videos, more than 180 hobby profiles, and more than 7,800 recipes. Also included: The MakerSpace Spotlight highlights step-by-step projects available in the Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center to promote hands-on learning and creativity. This feature is available on the Home Page in the right-hand column and is rotated on a regular basis. Projects cover a wide range of topics from knitting and crochet to model-building and robotics. Complete, step-by-step instructions and patterns are available for every project, along with detailed, how-to information on related techniques. 

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hoopla

Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service. From Hollywood blockbusters to best selling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche and hard-to-find as well – you’ll soon discover that hoopla provides you the freedom you've been searching for to experience, explore and enjoy what you want, when you want, and where you want. Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you've borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started.

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I-Share

Online catalog featuring the resources of 45 Illinois libraries, mostly academic.

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Illinois Catalog

OCLC catalog of materials held by Illinois libraries. Items may be requested through Inter Library Loan.

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Illinois Driver Tests

Go online to practice for the Illinois driver's licensing exams. The resource features 10 car practice tests, six motorcycle practice tests. three CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, three online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), a FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.

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Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

Information on Illinois history or preservation. Find a museum, a list of historical sites, how to get your building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, or read an article from Illinois History Teacherwhich includes articles about Illinois history as well as lesson plans and other resources to help teachers incorporate information into classroom instruction.

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Illinois Tax Forms

Illinois Department of Revenue website providing access to Illinois state income tax forms, instructions and information.

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Indian Prairie School District 204

Information about the school district which covers the west/northwest corner of Bolingbrook, including school information, curriculum, school boundaries and enrollment information.

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Information Please

Reference source that allows you to search the contents of an encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary and both the TIME and ESPN almanacs. Also has online tools such as conversion tools, distance calculator, spelling checker and calculator.

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Journal of the American Medical Association

Journal of the American Medical Association offers limited searchable access to the current and past issues of this medical journal. Some full text is available.

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Lands and Peoples

An encyclopedia of countries, cultures and current events. Geared for middle and high school students. You will need to click the link on the left side of the Scholastic GO! portal to directly search the resource.

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Library of Congress (Thomas)

Information about legislation currently making its way through the United States Congress. Also information about the library, its services and special collections.

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Literary Reference Center Plus

A searchable and expansive collection of author biographies, plot summaries & title overviews, literary reference books & monographs, literary magazines & journals, book reviews, author interviews and much more.

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Lynda.com

Now Available for Home Use!

This online subscription library teaches the latest software tools and skills through high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized industry experts. Create an account, track your progress and print certificates of completion when you finish a course.

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Mango Languages

Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for a wide variety of popular languages, including English as a second language; Spanish; French; Chinese; and even Pirate!

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MAS Ultra - School Edition

Designed specifically for high school students, this database contains full-text sources for a wide range of subject areas including history, science, careers and much more.

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MasterFile Premier

Full-text of thousands of general reference magazine articles and publications from 1975 to the present. It covers a wide range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.

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MEDLINE

A searchable database of journal articles covering all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing. Some full-text available. Articles may be requested through Inter Library Loan, but there is no guarantee the library will be able to secure the article. Please allow two to four weeks for delivery.

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MedLine Plus

The National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

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Metra Information Center

Information about the Metra train service into Chicago including schedules, fares and station parking information.

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Middle School Search Plus

Designed specifically for middle school students, this databases contains full-text sources for a wide range of subject areas including history, science, careers and more.

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Naperville Community Unit School District 203

Information about the school district which covers the north/nortwest part of Bolingbrook, including school information, curriculum, school boundaries and enrollment information.

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National Automobile Dealer Association Guides

This site covers new and used cars, recreation vehicles, classic cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, sailboats, aircraft, and manufactured housing. Prices are given for a range of years. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) checks are available for free.

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New Book of Popular Science

Includes news and current events on popular science topics. Full-text articles covering a wide range of the sciences, geared to middle school and high school students. Once you get to the Scholastic Go! webpage you will need to click on the link for the resource located on the left side.

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NoveList K-8 Plus

Covers fiction and non-fiction for grades pre-K through 8. This helpful database will show you lists of books for different ages, tell you the order of books in a series, and suggest the right name for a book you describe. The lists of "Recommended Reads" suggest good choices for nonfiction topics or fiction genres.

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NoveList Plus

Search for fiction books by author, title, series title, plot, or genre. Searches can be done by Lexile score or grade level. Based on a book or author, the system can suggest read-a-likes. Reviews on most titles are also availble.

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Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre Un Linea

A database of more than 18,500 articles and associated media, including factboxes, tables, pictures, maps, and sounds. The text includes the revised contents of the print version of La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre (1999) in addition to hundreds of articles translated from the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia as well as other newly added and revised material. Once you get to the Scholastic Go! webpage, you will need to click the link to the resource on the left side to directly search. You might need to scroll down the page to get to it.

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Oaklee's Family Guide

Oaklee's Family Guide was started in 1999 by suburban Chicago moms who wanted to know the activities for kids around town. On the site you can search for places, services and events. The library also receives a quarterly paper magazine that you can pick up in the Children's Department.

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OnePlay

OnePlay from Recorded Books is a service for unlimited PC and Android games. Over 1000 games. No holds. No fees. No waiting. Free access to the OnePlay VIP subscription service is provided with your library card. Apps are made available once you create and log into your OnePlay account from the library portal. Once you have the PC App or the Android App (the OnePlay App is not found in the Google Play store), you can "rent" games, and play the games through the App and skip the library portal. Note the word "rent". Since Oneplay has its roots in the retail world, the word "rent" is used. Really you are just "borrowing" like all library materials.

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OverDrive PinDigital Library

Ebook and eAudiobook collection with thousands of items available for checkout for use on ereaders, tablets, PCs and portable audio devices. Access also available through Overdrive Media Console app that is available for Apple iPad, iPod and iPhone; Android compatible devices including tablets and phones with access to the Google Play Store; Barnes & Noble Nook HD and Amazon Kindle Fire.

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Pace Suburban Bus Service

Site for the suburban Chicago bus service. Find schedules, fares and Park-and-Go locations.

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Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202

Information about the school district which covers the west/southwest corner of Bolingbrook, including school information, curriculum, school boundaries and enrollment information.

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Points of View Reference Center

Offers background resources for developing persuasive arguments and essays. Understand controversial issues and write or debate an effective argument on a topic.

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ProQuest Newstand

Access to the full text of over 1300 newspapers, news websites and blogs from leading publishers throughout the world. Major newspapers include the New York TimesWall Street Journal,Chicago TribuneWashington PostUSA TodayLos Angeles Times,Boston GlobeThe Guardian, and many other national and regional titles.

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RBdigital

RBdigital (formerly OneClickdigital) has the largest collection of digital audiobooks, including exclusive content from Recorded Books, as well as titles from all major publishers. App available for iOS devices (iPad, iPhone and iPod) as well as Android devices. To transfer titles to other devices, you will need to download the RBdigital Media Manager to your PC or Mac.

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RBdigital Magazines

RBdigital Magazines, the world's largest newsstand, offers full-color digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. Your library's collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limits. Online reading: Instantly read all current and backlist magazines on desktop and mobile browsers. Mobile apps: Download and read magazines on 95% of today's mobile devices, including iOS (Apple®), Android™, and Kindle Fire™/HD/HDX. Backlist: Grow your collection and build a digital backlist for anytime checkout and reading. Easy browsing and checkout: Browse your library's collection by newest issue, keyword search, genre and language to find your favorites and to discover new reading interests. Two ways to read: Check out magazines and read them instantly on your desktop or mobile browser — or check out and download magazines through mobile apps. Helpful notifications: Sign up for weekly email reminders about your favorite magazines. No limit and permanent checkout: Check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you wish.

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ReferenceUSA

ReferenceUSA is a premier database research tool providing access to information on businesses and consumers. Used by entrepreneurs, businesses, students, job-seekers, or anyone wanting access to information on tens of millions of businesses and hundreds of millions of consumers in an easy to search format.

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Scholastic GO! High School

Geared for high-school aged students, this gives access to the complete collection of Grolier online resources along with highlighted items that may be of interest to high-schoolers. Click the High School tab along the top of the screen.

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Scholastic GO! Middle School

Geared toward middle-school aged students, this is the access point for all the Grolier online resources the library subscribes to, with highlighted items that may be of interest to the targeted audience.

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Science Reference Center

Designed specifically for junior and senior high schools, Science Reference Center is an excellent source of reliable information on life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, technology and more. Includes biographies, science reference books and other sources, science experiments, images, videos and more. For teachers and parents, included are lesson plans, worksheets and curriculum standards.

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Science.gov

Science.gov is a gateway to government science information and research results. Currently in its fifth generation, Science.gov provides a search of over 55 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to over 2100 scientific websites.

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Something About the Author

Brings you comprehensive online access to all volumes of Gale's award-wining reference set, Something About the Author, the main series, and Something About the Author: Autobiography Series. You'll find thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators, all in an easy-to-use interface

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TIPP 10 Typing Tutor

TIPP10 is a free 10-finger touch typing tutor. You can use TIPP10 directly in your browser or you can download the software version. You will be able to learn touch typing quickly and efficiently with the program’s intelligent practice lessons, useful support functions and an extensive progress tracker. You can also play a typing game and expand the program with open lessons or make your own to meet your specific needs.

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TypeFaster Typing Tutor

This free typing tutor teaches you how to touch-type. Once you can touch-type you will not need to look at the keyboard to find the letters you want to type. The program comes in three versions: Standard, Accessible and Spanish. Free download of the fully functional standard version typing tutor software.

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United States Congress (beta site)

Find information on current legislation, House and Senate calendars, Congressional leadership and other members, as well as access the Congressional Record, the official record of the proceedings and debates of the U.S. Congress.

The site is currently in beta so some features or components may not work at all times.

See also: Library of Congress in this resource list.

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Universal Class

Over 500 online continuing education courses with real instructors. Available subjects include: Computer Training, Personal Finance, GED Training, Business, Pet and Animal Care, Professional Development, Health Services Training, Music and Painting, and many others.

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Valley View School District 365-U

Information about the school district which covers most of Bolingbrook, including school information, curriculum, school boundaries and enrollment information.

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Video ETA

Use this resource to find out when a movie or TV show is scheduled to be released to Bluray or DVD.

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WebMD

Provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information.

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Woodridge School District 68

Information about the elementary school district which covers the northeast corner of Bolingbrook, including school information, curriculum, school boundaries and enrollment information.

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World Book Discover

World Book Discover includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research and translation tools, multimedia, and interactive video to draw students into curriculum-related topics and subjects relevant to older students

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World Book E-book Suite

World Book’s ebook collection includes highly illustrated, engaging titles that support a span of curriculum areas and reading levels. Sign in for unlimited simultaneous access to all of the books in the collection, and to read the ebooks in World Book’s customized online viewer.

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World Book Kids e-Learn

The premier general reference Web site uniquely developed for young Arabic speaking students. The site features simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, videos, special localized content and resources, and a wealth of engaging games and activities.

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World Book Online Info Finder

World Book Online Info Finder contains content and features designed for childrens' homework and research needs. Based on the World Book Encyclopedia, the site features rich collections of multimedia on a variety of topics, science fair projects; a Biography Center; links to world newspapers, correlations to curriculum standards, 21st century research guides, and much more.

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World Book Online Reference Center

World Book Online Reference Center is a powerful reference tool for advanced researchers and information seekers. The site features thousands of e-books, tens of thousands of articles, and hundreds of thousands of primary source documents and features designed especially for public library patrons, such as Computer and Web tutorials, How to... documents on skills for living, and collections of links to government Web sites customized to your location.

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WorldShare (formerly WorldCAT)

This is the brand new interface for searching library collections from around the world. Items less than a year old cannot be requested, but Fountaindale will investigate purchase. Some libraries charge for certain types of items; we will inform you if we can only get the item you want from one of these and get authorization from you before placing the request. Items held by libraries located internationally will not be requested.

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