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Teen eResources


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Get your research done quickly by using these eResources. You’ll find journal articles, reference books, primary sources and current research on history, literature, controversial issues. Need help? Ask a Librarian.  For standardized test prep, check out the practice tests at Learning Express Library.


All eResources require a 14-digit Northbrook Public Library card number for access. Questions? Call the library at (847) 272-6224.

  • Access 15,000 years of Native American culture, history, and heritage. View timelines, images, videos and maps.
  • Need a primary document for U.S. History? Get speeches, letters, quotes and more.
  • Browse topics or research specific issues related to agriculture, computers, engineering, and space science. Find photographs, definitions, and great background information.
  • Access learning tutorials for numerous resources, including iMovie, Photoshop and PowerPoint. Atomic Training has the essential training you need to develop and increase technology skills, proficiency, and productivity. Users must create an account.
  • Studying a famous historical figure? Get full-text articles here for hundreds of thousands of individuals spanning history and geography.
  • Get live online homework help and writing assistance from Brainfuse-certified tutors.
  • It's the new and improved Encyclopedia Britannica just for teens. Research all your interests, get help with presentations and papers, feed your curiosity.
  • Full-text form 1986-present.
  • Full-text from 1985-present.
  • Ideal for Chicago history projects, get cover-to-cover access from 1849-1986.
  • Core Concepts: Biology is a content-driven, visually stimulating, and media-rich online science resource. Interactive activities, timelines, and science experiments provide opportunities for hands-on learning and help students see science in context.
  • This eResource makes complex scientific concepts easy to understand and highly engaging. Its intuitive, interactive interface encourages hands-on exploration to develop a deep understanding of the 118 elements that make up our world.
  • This archive gives weekly in-depth articles on current, controversial issues. Pros & cons, background information and much more is included for each issue.
  • Quick cultural facts of every country recognized by the United Nations. Find recipes, flags, pictures, videos, national anthems, and more.
  • Award winning database that navigates across topics, time periods, and cultures.
  • Studying the Roaring Twenties or the Civil Rights Movement? Research 20th Century North American history by decade to find summaries of events, key historical figures, and more.
  • Over 125 essays on basic topics, provides an introduction to our latest understanding of the Earth.
  • Full-text articles from thousands of periodicals.
  • This 4 volume set includes the history of energy, it's resources, and technology and has photos, charts and graphs to illustrate.
  • Presents articles showing the math behind our daily lives. Explains how and why math works, and allows readers to better understand how disciplines such as algebra, geometry, calculus and others affect what we do every day.
  • This is a master index to the major print literature series published by The Gale Group. It combines and cross references more than 130,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and more than 140,000 titles into one source. Use this index to locate biographies on authors and critical essays on their writings.
  • Events and people of North America in the 20th Century. Includes Encyclopedia of American Immigration, Decades Series 1950s-1980s, Great Events from History, Great Lives from History, Milestone Documents in American History, Milestone Documents in world History.
  • Find lessons and tests for elementary and middle school students plus practice tests for the ACT and SAT for high school students. Must register a username and password for access.
  • Read or listen, cover-to-cover, the news of the day from any corner of the world. Access 2,200 newspapers from 97 countries, written in 54 different languages.
  • Literature Criticism Online includes: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, Short Story Criticism and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Critiques of authors of short fiction and major dramatists that span all time periods.
  • Want to learn the latest Photoshop or Mac software? Access a variety of video tutorial classes divided into short segments. From MS Office to Auto CAD and everything in between.
  • Learn a language in its cultural context! Choose from 35 different languages and work your way through self-paced lessons and tutorials.
  • Get analyses of the most important works in all genres - fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction.
  • Compiled by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), MEDLINE is the world's most comprehensive source of life sciences and biomedical bibliographic information.
  • New additions! Have complete access to the archives and current issues of the National Geographic Magazine and National Geographic Kids plus books, 500 downloadable images and videos. One search term yields results from all aspects of the National Geographic Virtual Library!
  • Comprehensive coverage from 1980 to the present.
  • Find a plethora of Fiction and Non-Fiction summaries and readalikes.
  • For current events projects, access a balanced selection of materials from all viewpoints, including more than 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents, and reference books.
  • Full-text resource for 2350 full-text periodicals and regional newspapers, including USA Today and the Wall Street Journal.
  • Find a comprehensive, authoritative overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, definitions, diagrams, videos, animations, illustrations, images, biographies, experiments, activities, and current news articles.
  • Access full-text, full-color digital magazines online or from your phone using the app. You must create an account with your 14-digit library card.






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