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Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, offers free Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practice tests. The practice tests are based on Illinois’s actual DMV materials. Driving-Tests.org is the only site of its kind to provide accessibility tools that let users hear selections read aloud, convert them to MP3, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for greater visibility on the driving practice tests.

Information Databases (in alphabetical order)

Ancestry® Library Edition includes billions of records from around the world, including from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos, and more. (For use inside the library only) Click Here to print forms to use to record information about your family history.

First Search searches for books and other materials in libraries worldwide, articles in all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing using MEDLINE, scholarly journals, and the World Almanac.

Flipster offers instant access to the magazines you know and love in an easy-to-read digital format. Magazines can be downloaded to any iOS or Android devices via a native app for offline reading anytime anywhere. Use the Flipster LibGuide for general information, tutorials, FAQs, and other helpful tips on getting started.

Gale Virtual Reference Library contains full-text articles on almost any topic, from business and law, to medicine, social science, and religion. This is a good source for biographical information, too. The Gale Virtual Reference Library is the online version of over 300 multi-disciplinary reference sources. (The password for outside of library access is “remote”)

Heritage Quest accesses census records, a genealogy book collection, the Periodical Source Index, Revolutionary War Pension Applications, and more.

Illinois Legal Aid contains information about your legal rights and responsibilities, referrals to free and low cost legal aid offices, and forms and instructions for representing yourself.

LearningExpress Library contains job search information, testing and review courses, and practice tests to help you succeed on Firefighter, Nursing, TOEFL, GED, citizenship exams, and more. LearningExpress Library provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses.

Literary Reference Center includes information about authors and works of literature, reviewed critical analyses, and brief plot and character summaries. This full-text database includes information from major respected reference works, books, literary journals as well as original content.

MasterFILE Elite accesses articles from over 1000 current, popular magazines. This database provides full-text for more than 1,050 general publications with coverage dating as far back as 1984, covering virtually every subject area of general interest.

NoveList Plus contains book reviews, discussion guides, plot summaries for over 135,000 fiction titles. This is a good tool for finding all the titles in a particular series. Parents and teachers, this is a great tool for finding books for kids based on reading level.

Universal Class offers patrons a unique online education experience. With a growing catalog of over 540 courses, Universal Class is committed to providing only the most affordable and highest quality online training. Over 300,000 students around the world have benefited from Universal Class’ unique instructional technologies.