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Adult Learning Center

Whether you are going back to school, switching jobs, or just want to brush up on academic skills, BrainFuse Adult Learning Center is here to help. Access practice tests, study materials, and live tutors to prepare you for GED, High School Equivalency, and Citizenship tests. Resources are available in English and Spanish. Live tutors are available for help in reading, writing, and math from 2 pm to 11 pm daily.

Brainfuse HelpNow

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.

Duolingo

Duolingo is the world's most popular way to learn a language. It's 100% free, fun and science-based. Learn on a computer, or download the app. NO LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED!

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. NO LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED!

Mango Languages

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 a mobile app for iPhone and Android!

Testing & Education Reference Center

Use this tool to find online practice tests, test prep courses, tuition assistance, research about undergraduate and graduate programs, and career assistance.

Research Sources

African American Heritage

A dedicated resource that brings together records critical to African American family research. Search primary sources devoted specifically to African American family history. It also includes exclusive partnership with AfriGeneas -- a popular networking site devoted to African American genealogy -- for direct access to expert advice, moderated forums, chats, mailing lists, surname registry, and more. Available from home with your BPL library card. For more information about this resource, please view this video.

America's News

Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Find titles from across the US & Illinois. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.

Country Background Notes

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.

eLibrary

Need sources for your research paper? Interested in finding current information about topics in the news? Start with eLibrary, a comprehensive collection of magazines, newspapers, books, video, audio, and weblinks that will connect you to the information you need.

Newspapers.com, Pantagraph Archive 1857-1985

Access dozens of historical Illinois newspapers, including the Daily Pantagraph 1857-1985, the Weekly Pantagraph 1848-1954, and the Bloomington Observer 1838.

NoveList Plus

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.

Pantagraph -- full issues starting Jan. 1, 2019

This resource is only available in the library.
Read full issues of this daily newspaper from Jan. 1, 2019 through the present. Earlier dates are available on microfilm. To search the Pantagraph for specific articles, use the Pantagraph Online (Newsbank) database.

Pantagraph Negative Collection: 1933-1944

Nearly 37,000 photos taken between 1933-1944 by photographers for The Pantagraph have been digitally restored and preserved and can be viewed online at no charge. An additional 50,000 photos from 1930-2000 are being restored and preserved and will likely be available for viewing in 2021.

Pantagraph Online

Click here to search the Bloomington Pantagraph archives from 1989 - today. Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of the Pantagraph. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections. Available from inside the library or from home.

Scholastic GO

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.

World Book Online

The World Book web site offers an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides.