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African-American History Online is a comprehensive reference database, covering more than 500 years of African-American history—from the slave trade to the Civil Rights movement to the present day. Thousands of extensively hyperlinked and informative entries include topical entries, biographies, primary source documents, images, timelines, and maps and charts.
Provides electronic editions of record for local, regional, and national U. S. newspapers from the 1980s-present.
American History Online has combined with American Women’s History Online to provide a comprehensive reference database on important individuals, events, experiences, and topics in U.S. history. The thousands of entries—topical, biographies, maps, timelines, primary source documents, and images—are hyperlinked and show related entries. Overview essays also provide detail on each time period.
American Indian History Online is an authoritative reference database that provides in-depth coverage of more than 5,000 years of culture, legends, and leaders. More than 500 Native American groups are covered in hyperlinked entries, including topical entries, primary source documents, biographies, maps, images, and timelines. The content is also searchable by tribe and culture area.
This resource is only available in the library.
One of the most popular resources for genealogical information, with family history data for over 500 million names, including census information for 1790-1930, city directories, military records, and much more.
Focusing on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia, Ancient and Medieval History Online gives a balanced, global view of the world in ancient and medieval times. Thousands of entries on events, people, and primary source documents are hyperlinked and allow users a comprehensive and comparative view of the pre-modern world.
Search for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives throughout the world.
Information about most makes and models of cars and trucks in over 33 maintenance and care categories, plus glossary of automotive terms.
Explore critical analysis, thematic content, biographies, synopses, and full length videos about important works and authors in world literature. Bloom’s provides authoritative information from hundreds of literary journals and scholarly works.
Need help with a homework problem? Struggling with an essay? Try live homework help! Brainfuse is available directly to students, as well as schools, libraries, businesses, and community colleges to help K-12 and adult learners succeed. Live Homework Help is available 2pm to 11pm every day in English and in Spanish.
JobNow is available directly to library customers to help job searchers prepare for interviews, receive resume help and to search for local jobs. Live help is available 2pm to 11pm every day in English and Spanish.
OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online — is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms.
Contains the Chicago Tribune 1849-1992 in full-text PDF format.® — the largest paid-publication subscription-based website in the world — enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. Whether a user is looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top-recommended used vehicles, provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.
These publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the State Department's regional bureaus.
eBooks from EBSCO (formerly NetLibrary) gives you complete text and graphics of well-known reference books such as the "Idiot" guides. Search from hundreds of titles. Netlibrary eBooks can be read online, or checked out for a period of 1-3 weeks.
Facts On File is one of America’s leading publishers of print and online reference materials for the school and library market. Known to librarians worldwide as "the Information Publisher," Facts On File has been publishing quality reference titles since 1941. Our list has grown to more than 1,300 titles and spans a multitude of subject areas such as U.S. history, world history, language and literature, science and technology, careers, social issues, and many others. Our publishing program covers five reading levels: elementary (grades 3-6), middle school (grades 6-8), high school (grades 9-12), college/academic, and general adult.
Freading offers fiction and nonfiction eBooks that are always available. You never have to place a hold! These titles are from publishers not often found in other eBook collections. Each patron receives a checkout limit of three Freading books per week. Unused book allotments will roll over to the next week for up to three subsequent weeks.
Freegal is a free music downloading service providing MP3 music for Bloomington Public Library cardholders. These MP3s are free and yours to keep forever! Each cardholder can download up to three songs per week. If you get the message "This account is already active" while trying to access Freegal please click here and try again.
Grolier Online is published by Scholastic Library Publishing, Inc., a division of Scholastic Inc. It includes seven encyclopedia databases: Encyclopedia America, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, The New Book of Knowledge, La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre, America the Beautiful, Lands and Peoples, and The New Book of Popular Science. Click here for comprehensive information on the many features available from within each of these encyclopedia databases.
Family history resource that includes U.S. federal census, family genealogies, local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage and death records, genealogical and local history serials, and more.
Designed with the do-it-yourself homeowner in mind, this resource provides information on home repair, maintenance and remodeling projects. There are thousands of articles from magazine and reference books as well as step-by-step instructions for plumbing, landscaping, wood working, electrical and decorating projects.
Practice tests and tutorial course series to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic, basic skills or licensing tests. Immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and analysis of your results. Grade school through adult learners. Registration required.
Streaming video-based resource containing over 2,400 courses on software, computer, business, and creative skills taught by industry leaders.
Mango is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you're learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in 72 different language courses. Now 21 English courses are offered in the user’s native tongue.Also available as an iPhone app!
Extensive information on over 650 diseases and conditions from the National Institutes for Health and other trusted sources. Also available: lists of hospitals and physicians; a medical encyclopedia and dictionary; health information; in Spanish; information on prescription and nonprescription drugs;and links to thousands of clinical trials.
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Modern World History Online covers the important people and events of world history from the age of exploration in the mid-15th century through the modern era. Topical entries, biographies, maps, primary source documents, and timeline entries provide a detailed and comparative view of the people, places, and events that have defined world history.
Investment database with data and analysis on over 41,000 investments. Includes reports and ratings, articles on investing, and more.
Browse for and download best-selling eBooks and digital audiobooks to your computer or mobile device. Sign in using your BPL card. Stop by the Reference Desk or contact us at 309-828-6093 or at if you have questions.
Access dozens of historical Illinois newspapers, including the Daily Pantagraph 1857-1985, the Weekly Pantagraph 1848-1954, and the Bloomington Observer 1838.
Link to Normal Library’s website and catalog.
A "what do I read next" resource for fiction readers in grades K-8. Search by plot or browse genre and award lists. Teacher resources including book talk examples and reading lexiles.
A "what do I read next" resource for young adult through adult fiction readers covering more than 120,000 titles. Search by subject heading, plot description, read alikes and more. Includes discussion guides, booktalk ideas, and feature articles.
Index of millions of articles and reviews from thousands of magazines, journals and newspapers covering a world of topics, many full-text. Middle school through adult use.
Phone, address and demographic directory listings for over 12 million US businesses and 100 million US households.
The library is no longer offering access to Safari eBooks. A replacement service, Ebook Central, will be available soon. Please call 828-6093 for more information.
Health and wellness information aimed specifically at teens. This site from MedLine Plus offers links to dependable articles on health issues facing teens, including nutrition, development, mental health, and resources for help.
Handouts, maps, experiments and diagrams for elementary teachers and students seeking material to supplement their lessons. Coverage includes people and events in history, maps and flags, timelines, science diagrams, science projects, career ideas and other handouts.
The TumbleBook Library is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) TumblePuzzles, and TumbleQuizzes, as well as TumbleResources for teachers. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which we have licensed from children's book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format.
Weekly updated investment resource. Year-ahead and three- to five-year probable relative price performance, projections of key financial measures, and concise, objective commentary on current operations and future prospects.
Worldwide library catalog that includes books, manuscripts, maps, computer programs, musical scores, film, newspapers, journals and magazines, and everything else found in a library.
Zinio provides access to free electronic magazines for Bloomington Public Library cardholders. These magazines appear exactly as their physical counterparts, though some include extra features such as clickable links and printing capabilities.
Who can use Online Resources?

If you're at the library, you can access them from our Catalog Computers. From home, you need to have a Bloomington Public Library card in order to access online resources.

What does it cost to use Online Resources?

Nothing, as the library pays for the license fees. You just need to be a Bloomington Public Library cardholder to access them from home, or visit the library. Due to some of the licenses you might not be able to access the resource from home.

Where can I find the Online Resources?

Here on our website, or on the catalog computers at the library.

When can I use Online Resources?

With your Bloomington Public Library card you can access the online resources 24/7.

Why does the library have Online Resources?

Because the Bloomington Public Library provides high quality information in support of research and homework. These resources are not simply "Google" searches. The information you can access includes medical, professional and recreational. You can find full text articles from magazines and journals, as well as newspapers.

How do I search the Online Resources?

Use the same techniques you use with web search engines. The more words you use the more specific your results will be. The less words you use the more general your results will be.

The trick is to pick the best online resource for your question.

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