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- Accelerated Reader Book Find – www.arbookfind.com
- Online Dictionary and Thesaurus – www.merriam-webster.com
- What Should I Read Next – www.whatshouldireadnext.com – Type in a book you like & this website will analyze the large database of readers’ favorite books to give book recommendations & what to read next
- Find A Book – www.lexile.com/fab/illinois – “Find a Book” learning resource to encourage students to read, promoted by Secretary of State Jesse White and the Illinois State Library.
- These sites are directories of websites which have been selected and recommended by librarians. They are excellent starting points when you need good information about almost anything.
- Sesame Street – www.sesamestreet.org
- PBS Kids – www.pbskids.org/arthur
- Kids Search – kids.prairiecat.info
- Read the Online Tumble Book of the Day – www.daily.tumblebooks.com
- Great Web Sites for Kids – www.ala.org/greatsites – an online resource that contains hundreds of links to outstanding websites for children.
- DK Find Out – www.dkfindout.com/us – A great interactive site for students ages seven to 11
- Use our newest computers for schoolwork. The 30 minute time limit does not apply to these.
- We have many resources for book reports, just ask.
- Check out our many resources including books, magazines, encyclopedias, the internet. Ask one of the librarians for help.
- Practice your driving skills! swww.southbeloit.driving-tests.org
- Games – www.crazymonkeygames.com/QWERTY-Warriors-2.html
- Boys & Girls Club – www.statelinebgc.org
- Art with Words – www.wordle.net
Preparing For College
- www.fafsa.ed.gov U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid
- http://bit.ly/AskFAFSA2 Live streams of Q&A sessions
- www.khanacademy.org/sat SAT Practice
- https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/daily-practice-app SAT Daily Practice App
Reputable sources for information about health and medicine.
- MedlinePlus: A medical super-site from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Includes extensive information and links on hundreds of conditions and health issues, drug descriptions, a medical encyclopedia, surgery videos, and more.
- HealthFinder.gov: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ guide to health information.
- NIH SeniorHealth: Information for older adults, from the National Institutes of Health.
- Illinois Health & Wellness: Official guide to state government programs and resources.
Find product and auto reviews, shopping tips, information about recalls, and consumer-protection agencies.
Buying Guides & General Advice
- Consumer Reports: A lot of free and useful information is available, but a paid subscription is required for product reviews and ratings.
- ConsumerSearch: “Reviewing the reviews.” Compiles and analyzes product reviews from magazines and websites. Great starting point.
- Epinions.com: Products rated by people who bought them.
Cars & Trucks
- Car & Driver: Includes the magazine’s road tests and reviews, interactive vehicle comparisons, and Kelley Blue Book values.
- Edmunds.com: Reviews, comparisons, price and value information, and tips for buying new or used vehicles.
- The Truth About Cars: Detailed reviews, written with a sense of humor.
Consumer Protection & Complaints
- AnnualCreditReport.com: The place to get a no-obligation, free copy of your credit report from all three major reporting companies.
- Better Business Bureau: Includes complaints against companies, fraud alerts, and general tips.
- Consumer Protection Division: Part of the Illinois Attorney General’s office.
- Recalls.gov: Product recalls and safety information from the federal government.
If you have a South Beloit Public Library Card, we’ll borrow items from other libraries for you! Delivery from most Illinois libraries is free.
(Items marked with ** require a library card to login.)
- PrairieCat: Catalog for approximately 200 libraries in northern Illinois and eastern Iowa.
- www.arbookfind.com Accelerated Reader Book Find
- WorldCat via FirstSearch **: A catalog of more than a billion items in libraries worldwide.
- WorldCat.org: An alternate way to search most of the WorldCat catalog, with no login required.
- Every Library in ILLINET (ELI): Directory of hundreds of Illinois libraries, with links to many libraries’ websites and catalogs.
- Digital Illinois: Catalog of electronic collections of documents, photographs, etc., made available online by Illinois libraries.
- Open-Access Text Archive: Thousands of public-domain books and other free books, for online viewing or downloading in plain text or scanned formats. Part of the Internet Archive site.
- Library of Congress Digital Collections: A large number of pamphlets, letters, historic documents, pictures, early films and recordings, and other items are available online.
- National Jukebox: The Library of Congress has launched the National Jukebox, a collection of digitized music and spoken work recordings that includes tools for users to make and share their own playlists, also contains historical recordings.
Search Magazines and Newspapers
Online archives and search engines for finding articles from magazines and newspapers.
- BNET Research Center: (Formerly called FindArticles.com.) Index of magazine articles which doesn’t require a login. Many articles are available online for free, but “premium” articles carry a pricetag. Subjects covered include: arts, autos, business, health, home and garden, news, sports, and technology.
- Google News: Search for articles from newspaper, TV news, newswires, and other reporting websites.
- Topix: Find local news published on websites and blogs.
Find Fast Facts
(Items marked with ** require a library card to login.)
- WorldAlmanac via FirstSearch **: Includes Funk & Wagnall’s New Encylopedia, the World Almanac and Book of Facts, the World Almanac of the U.S.A., the World Almanac of U.S. Politics, and the World Almanac for Kids.
- Infoplease.com: Information Please Almanac, atlases, and more.
- Wikipedia: “The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.”
- OneLook Dictionary Search: Look up words in almost 1000 online dictionaries at the same time.
- IllinoisAtlas.com: A collection of Illinois and U.S. statistical maps.
- World Factbook: The CIA’s book of country profiles.
Illinois and Local History
Online documents, photos, articles, and other information about the history of Illinois and the local area.
- Illinois Digital Archives: A portal to online exhibits and collections from libraries and museums across the state. A project of the Illinois State Library. Additional online collections are searchable through the Digital Illinois catalog.
- Illinois History Resource Page: Dozens of links, compiled by the Illinois State Historical Society.
- Cyndi’s List – Illinois: Directory of genealogy and history websites. Also includes links for specific Illinois localities.
- South Beloit, IL information: www.southbeloit.org
- Local Newspaper: www.beloitdailynews.com
- South Beloit schools: www.sbsobos.org
Encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, statistics, and other sites for quickly looking up facts.