Online Resources

We offer a range of free online resources. Use them for your research, learning, and information needs.

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Catalogs & Book Reviews

Library's Catalog
Look through the library's selection

Literary Reference Center 
Literary criticism, author biographies, short stories, poetry, book reviews and more.

NoveList Plus
Reviews, recommendations and discussion guides.  Search 120,000+ works of fiction and non-fiction.

NoveList K-8 Plus
NoveList Plus, just for kids and teens.

Online Book Clubs
Excerpts of popular books via email, Monday through Friday.  Choose by genre from twelve different clubs.

WorldCat Discovery
A world-wide catalog of books and other materials.

 

 

 

 

 

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Consumer Information

AutoMate DIY Auto Repair From EBSCO
Repair and maintenance information for most domestic and imported vehicles.

Consumer Health Complete
Health and wellness content from mainstream medicine as well as perspectives from complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

ConsumerReports.org
Ratings, reviews and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center 
Hobbies, collections and crafts of all sorts, with detailed instruction and creative ideas.

Home Improvement Reference Center 
How-to information for home maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, decorating, outdoor improvements, plumbing, wood projects.

Regional Business News
Full text for nearly 100 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications.

 

 

 

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eBooks/Streaming Movies/TV

Hoopla 
Stream movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks through your web browser.  Download to your mobile device.

Kanopy
A film and documentary streaming service with over 30,000 offerings including foreign and classic films, and PBS documentaries.

Media On Demand (Overdrive)
Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and streaming video.  Mobile app available.

Overdrive (Media on Demand)
Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and streaming video.  Mobile app available.

RBdigital
Download digital audiobooks to your tablet, phone or computer with your Homewood Library card.

TumbleBooks
Downloadable ebooks and audiobooks for children.

 

 

 

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Encyclopedias

Explora K-5 
Topic overviews to jump-start your research, citation help, primary source documents, news articles and videos.  For primary students.

Explora 6-12 
Topic overviews to jump-start your research, citation help, primary source documents, news articles and videos.  For secondary students.

World Book 
Online version of the encyclopedia, plus access to all World Book study and research products.

 

 

 

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Genealogy

America's Obituaries & Death Notices   
Death notices by name, date range or text.

Ancestry, Library Edition (in library use only)   
Census data, vital records, family histories, legal documents and more.

HeritageQuest Online
Research materials for tracing family history.

 

 

 

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Learn a Language

Hoopla Language Learning Materials
eBook, audiobooks, and streaming videos accessible through your web browser. Download to your mobile device.

Downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video. Mobile app available. 
 
Video streaming service. Mobile app available. 

 

 

 

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Legal Information

Cook County Law Library
Print and electronic resources for legal needs.

Legal Information Reference Center
Full text Nolo legal reference books and state-specific legal forms.

 

 

 

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Newspapers

Newsbank 
U.S. news from local, regional and national sources.

Area Newspapers

 

 

 

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Online Training

DigitalLearn
Learn how to use a computer and its programs. 

Universal Class 
Over 500 free online continuing education classes. Self-paced, non-credit, personal and professional development.

Kanopy Great Courses
A film and documentary streaming service with over 30,000 offerings including foreign and classic films, and PBS documentaries.

 

 

 

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Research a Topic

Academic Search Premier
Indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 scholarly journals, many peer-reviewed and full text articles.

AutoMate DIY Auto Repair From EBSCO
Repair and maintenance information for most domestic and imported vehicles.

Biography Reference Center 
Search for a specific person or browse by category.

Business Source Premier
Search full text articles for economic data, company profiles, industry information and market research.

Consumer Health Complete
Health and wellness content from mainstream medicine as well as perspectives from complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

ConsumerReports.org
Ratings, reviews and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

EBSCOhost
Access to all EBSCO Reference Centers listed on this page, plus Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, MEDLINE, ERIC, and more.

Explora K-5 
Topic overviews to jump-start your research, citation help, primary source documents, news articles and videos.  For primary students.

Explora 6-12 
Topic overviews to jump-start your research, citation help, primary source documents, news articles and videos.  For secondary students.

Gale Biography in Context
Biography In Context is a biography database covering over 4,500 famous people from the historical to the current, with source materials in both print and multimedia formats.

History Reference Center 
Access to historical documents, photos and videos, as well as full-text articles from books and periodicals.

Home Improvement Reference Center 
How-to information for home maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, decorating, outdoor improvements, plumbing, wood projects.

Legal Information Reference Center
Full text Nolo legal reference books and state-specific legal forms.

Literary Reference Center
Literary criticism, author biographies, short stories, poetry, book reviews and more.

MasterFILE Premier
Full text for periodicals dating back to 1975 and covering virtually every subject area of general interest.  Primary source documents and an image collection.

Newsbank
U.S. news from local, regional and national sources.

Points of View Reference Center
Overviews, points/counterpoints and critical thinking guides for hundreds of topics.

Science Reference Center 
Full text science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, and reference books, with images, videos, and animations.

Regional Business News
Full text for nearly 100 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications.

World Book
Online version of the encyclopedia, plus access to all World Book study and research products.

 

 

 

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Resume Help

Create a resume from scratch is less than 20 minutes. Select professional templates and designs with a single click.
 
Professional service for creating a resume specifically targeted at retirees.

 

 

 

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Test Prep

Hoopla
Test Prep e-books through your web browser. Download to your mobile device.

Illinois Driver Permit Practice Tests 
Tests for auto, motorcycle and CDL plus FAQs about Illinois Driver's Licenses.

Learning Express Library
Free practice tests for GED, SAT, Teacher Certification and more.  Create an account to save your progress.

Media On Demand (Overdrive)
Test Prep e-books and audiobooks through your web browser. Download to your mobile device.