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You can use most of these eResources outside the library. Log in with your Homewood Library bar code number.

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Academic Search PremierAcademic Search Premier

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[You'll use EBSCOHost to search.]This scholarly resource contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, many peer-reviewed, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

Newsbank 2 America's Obituaries & Death Notices 

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An easy-to-use resource allows you to search for an obituary or death notice by searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc. 

Ancestry LE logoAncestry Library Edition

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In Ancestry Library Edition you will find literally billions of records in census data, family histories, vital records, directories, legal documents, photos, maps and more. There is new content added continually along with ongoing updates.



Auto Repair Reference Center iconAuto Repair Reference Center

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Auto Repair Reference Center contains repair and maintenance information on more than 37,000 domestic and imported vehicles from 1945 to present. The information you can find here includes millions of drawings, step-by-step photographs, videos, diagnostics, enhanced wiring diagrams and repair procedures, technical services bulletins and recalls.  All of the content has been created by ASE certified technicians.

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Biography Reference CenterBiography Reference Center

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Use Biography Reference Center to search for the biography of a specific notable person or browse by categories, including occupation, nationality, publication, and more than 30 genre categories, including actors, artists, authors, current world leaders, explorers, religious leaders and many more.



Briticannica Library Britannica Library  

Three sites in one: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for older students and adults. Choose the level that works best for you, and you will find it easy to conduct research, complete homework assignments, and work on special projects. Start with the encyclopedia and then move on to current magazines, recommended Web sites, an atlas, biographies, news, and more. Instantly define words with Merriam-Webster’s pop-up Dictionary and Thesaurus. You can even store your research in a personal My Britannica account.

If you prefer, you can go directly to one of the three sites, use these links:



Business Source PremierBusiness Source Premier

Use Business Source Premier to browse and search full text articles and reports for country economic data, company profiles, industry information and market research. In this resource you will find articles on all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. [You can also use this resource through EBSCOhost.]

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Consumer Health Complete icon Consumer Health Complete

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Consumer Health Complete  provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Here you can find full-text articles on topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health, etc.


Consumer Reports.org ConsumerReports.org

Make better purchasing decisions on the products you are shopping for. Whether you are looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top-recommended used vehicles, ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services. In addition, you will find in-depth advice, tips and trends. The information is updated frequently, providing reliable data, unbiased information and more than 1000 ratings, reviews, product comparisons and video clips.

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Search one or more of these eResources from EBSCOhost:

  • Academic Search Premier
  • Business Source Premier
  • eBook Collection
  • ERIC - Educational Resource Information Center
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
  • History Reference Center
  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
  • Home Improvement Reference Center
  • Legal Information Reference Center
  • Literary Reference Center
  • MasterFILE Premier
  • Regional Business News
  • Science Reference Center
  • Small Business Reference Center

Explora Grades K-5

Explora Grades 6-12

Explora offers the following content and features:

Simple search delivers primary source documents, news articles, and Associated Press videos
Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic
Topic Overviews that provide you with a starting point for research
Text-to-Speech for HTML articles
Password-protected personal folders that allow you to save search results in a secure and organized holding area
Citation help, including the ability to export citation information to online bibliography generators

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OCLC FirstSearch logo FirstSearch --OCLC

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Heritage Quest logoHeritageQuest Online   

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Research materials for tracing family history and American Culture. Included are images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1930, plus family genealogies, local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage and death records, genealogical and local history articles and more.

History Reference CenterHistory Reference Center

History Reference Center offers the full text of reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, and leading history periodicals. It also contains historical documents, biographies of historical figures, historical photos and maps, and historical videos. [You can also use this resource through EBSCOhost.]



Hobbies & Crafts Reference CenterHobbies & Crafts Reference Center

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Use Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center to browse or search for detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas. This database includes books, magazines, videos, recipes and hobby profiles. The categories covered include: arts and crafts, collecting, home and garden, indoor recreation, kids' crafts, model building, needlecrafts and textiles, outdoor recreation, performing arts, science and technology, scrapbooking and papercrafts, and much more. [You can also use this resource through EBSCOhost.]


Home Improvement Reference CenterHome Improvement Reference Center

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Use Home Improvement Reference Center to search or browse through reference books, magazines, images and videos for detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering all manner of home improvement/repair projects such as maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, decorating home and garden, outdoor improvements, plumbing, wood projects and many more.  [You can also use this resource through EBSCOhost.]



Borrow digital video, music and audiobooks with your Homewood Public Library card.  For FREE ebooks, graphic novels and more, go to hoopla now!

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Permit TestsIllinois Driver Permit Practice Tests

Tests for automobile, motorcycle, and CDL along with the Driver Handbook for each, are available, along with an FAQ section addressing questions about Illinois Driver's Licenses.  No library card number or personal information is required.

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LearningExpress square LearningExpress Library  

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Sharpen your skills and improve your scores with free online practice tests, instant scoring, personalized evaluations and self-paced courses. Includes tests for basic skills, GED, SAT, GRE, Teacher Certification, Real Estate, U.S. Citizenship, EMS, ESL, Civil Service Careers and more. Includes a module for learning and improving computer skills.
To set up an account: As a New User, register using your Homewood Library card barcode number. Then create an account using your barcode number as your username and select a password of your choice.  As a Returning User, use this account information to login to continue where you left off.

Legal Information Reference Center logo Legal Information Reference Center

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Legal Information Reference Center
offers the necessary tools and detailed how-to instructions covering a wide-range of legal issues. It also includes full-text Nolo legal reference books and a ‘Legal Forms by U.S. State’ feature, where you can search thousands of state-specific legal forms which are searchable by subject areas including Adoption, Bankruptcy, Name Changes and more.

Literary Reference CenterLiterary Reference Center

Literary Reference Center has the full text of major respected reference works, books, and literary journals. In addition it contains full-text plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, articles/essays of literary criticisms, author biographies, literary journals,book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, classic and contemporary short stories, author interviews, classic texts and much more.  [You can also use this resource through EBSCOhost.]  

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This resource is a multidisciplinary eResource which provides full text for periodicals dating back to 1975 and covering virtually every subject area of general interest. MasterFILE Premier also contains full text reference books, primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of photos, maps & flags. MasterFILE Premier is updated daily.



Media on Demand (Overdrive)Media on Demand


Digital library ebooks and audio books to download for your mobile device or computer.


Newsbank 2 NewsBank:  

Includes: America's Obituaries & Death Notices 

and Chicagoland News Sources:

U.S. news from local, regional, and national sources including print and online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos. Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints from across the country on topics such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people.



Full text reviews, annotations, publication information, and more for more than 120,000 works of fiction. Search for books by author, title, series or even by plot descriptions. Find recommendations for similar titles and authors,  guides for book discussions and more.  

NoveList K-8 Plus NoveList K-8 Plus

A version of NoveList Plus (see above) designed especially to help elementary and middle school students select fiction and nonfiction titles for school-related or pleasure reading.



Online Book Club Online Book Clubs

Sign up for any of the twelve free Online Book Clubs and Monday through Friday you'll receive a portion of a chapter from a popular book by email. Each day's mailings should take about five minutes to read.




Media on Demand (Overdrive) Overdrive

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Going mobile? 

Digital library ebooks and audio books to download for your mobile device or computer.

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Points of ViewPoints of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center contains a balance of materials from all viewpoints, including more than 1300 main essays, leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. This resource has hundreds of topics, each with an overview, point, counterpoint and Critical Thinking Guide. It also has guides to debate, develop arguments and write position papers.     



Use your Homewood Library card to check out digital audiobooks.  RBdigital supports downloads to your tablet, smart phone, or computer so you can enjoy them at home, in the library or on the go.



Regional Business NewsRegional Business News

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Regional Business News provides full text for nearly 100 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications (including titles from Crain Communications). [You can also use this resource through Business Source Premier.]

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Science Reference CenterScience Reference Center

Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research eResource that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. It contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. [You can also use this resource through EBSCOhost.]

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Universal Class Universal Class

Over 500 free online continuing education classes are available. These self-paced, non-credit personal and professional development classes are led by real instructors who will give you continuous feedback on your progress. Register with your Homewood barcode number. You'll then create a user name and password to use each time you log in so you can pick up where you left off.

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New World Book LogoWorld Book

Quick and easy access to these World Book products:

  •  Kids -- Fun, easy-to-read articles, illustrations, and activities.
  • Timelines -- Discover the dynamic way to experience events from history.
  • Early World of Learning -- Play a game, read a story, and learn about the world! For preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades.
  • Info Finder  -- Homework and research help for elementary and middle school students. 
  • Reference Center -- A robust multimedia reference tool that includes encyclopedia, eBook, and primary source databases for older teens and adults
  • Discover -- Engaging reference resources for reluctant readers.
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos -- A colorful, fun reference site for Spanish-language beginners.


World Cat logoWorldCat Discovery 

A searchable worldwide database of electronic, digital and physical resources.  



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Newspaper Archives

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Family Tree ChartIf you are doing research in the Chicagoland area, the South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society (SSGHS) may have the information you are looking for!

An Introduction to Genealogy Resources. What one librarian found useful in her search for her family history

Tax Information

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