Research Resources

Below are resources for research and homework help. Although we try to provide sites that are current, the Internet is a constantly evolving resource. Therefore, there are no guarantees for the types of materials accessible via these sites.

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Book links
Consumer links
Genealogy links
Health and Medicine links
Homework Help & Kids games links
Job, Career, and Small Business links
Local & Travel links
Tax links
Technology & Adult learning links


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BOOK LINKS

Bartelby.com – Online literature, reference texts, and books of poetry

Book lists: Monarch Award – Illinois grades K-3 readers’ choice book award

Book lists: Bluestem Award – Illinois grades 3-5 readers’ choice book award

Book lists: Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award – Illinois grades 4-8 readers’ choice book award

Book lists: Abraham Lincoln Award – Illinois grades 9-12 readers’ choice book award

Book lists: Read for a Lifetime – Illinois statewide reading program to target high school students, designed to promote the enjoyment of reading

Fantastic Fiction – Bibliographies for over 40,000 authors – includes series order and some author readalikes

Folklore and Mythology – Electronic texts of folktales, myths, and fables from many cultures

International Children’s Digital Library – Scanned pages of childrens’ books from around the world

Project Gutenberg – Thousands of free eBooks, available to download

Reading Group Guides – Discussion guides for book groups

Stop, You’re Killing Me! – Find mysteries by geographic region, historical period, job title of main character, genre of mystery, character name, and author

What’s Next: Books in Series – Find books in a series by author, series name, title, or genre

 

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CONSUMER LINKS

Better Business Bureau – Reports on businesses, charities, and links to regional BBBs

Catalog Choice – Sign up to reduce the number of repeat and unsolicited catalog mailings

Charity Navigator – Independent charity evaluator

Consumer.gov – Advice for managing money, understanding credit and loans, and avoiding scams and identity theft

Do Not Call – National registry to limit telemarketing calls

Federal Trade Commission – Advice on avoiding scams and rip-offs, as well as tips on other consumer topics

Fuel Economy – Gas mileage, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution ratings, and safety information for new and used cars and trucks

Household Products Database – Healthy and safety information on common household products

Kelly Blue Book – Price guide for new and used cars, motorcycles, and personal watercraft

NADA Guides – Values for new and used cars, motorcycles, boats, recreation vehicles, and manufactured homes

Illinois Consumer Protection – Consumer help and complaint forms from the Attorney General

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse – Nonprofit consumer organization with information on identity theft and privacy issues

Annual Credit Report – Request a free yearly credit report from each of three consumer credit reporting companies, Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion

Consumer Affairs – ConsumerAffairs is a consumer news and advocacy organization founded in 1998. Their website includes consumer news, recall information and tens of thousands of pages of consumer reviews

 

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GENEALOGY LINKS

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors – Database of servicemen and regiments of the Civil War. Includes selected prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records

Ellis Island Records – Database of immigrants processed through Ellis Island

Find A Grave – Index of cemetery and grave information

LaSalle County – Historical and genealogical resources in LaSalle County

Illinois State Genealogical Research Archives – Information on birth, census, databases, death records, fees, land sale, marriages, military service, etc.

Rootsweb: Illinois – Illinois surnames, vital records, and census records

LaSalle County’s page on USGenWeb Archives – Some recorded information on: Bibles ~ Biographies ~ Births ~ Cemeteries ~ Census ~ Court ~ Deaths ~ History ~ Marriages ~ Military ~ Newspapers ~ Obituaries ~ Penny Postcards ~ Wills/Estates

Tombstone Transcription Project for LaSalle County – Many cemeteries need more information

Vital Records – How and where to obtain vital records in the United States

Cyndi’s list – A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet

 

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HEALTH AND MEDICINE LINKS

The American Cancer Society – Helpful information for cancer patients and family

American Dietetic Association – Links to nutrition and health

American Medical Association – General medical information

Centers for Disease Control – Statistics, health topics, and current awareness about public health issues

CenterWatch – Information source for the clinical trials industry

Clinical Trials – A comprehensive registry of all clinical trials for serious illnesses provided by the National Institutes of Health

Healthfinder – From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this searchable site links consumers to health publications, groups, organizations, and information on medical conditions (includes a Spanish version and a kid’s section)

Healthy.net – This site is a “virtual health village” where you can access information, products, and services to help create a wellness-based lifestyle, includes an extensive alternative medicine section

Drug Information – Information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications

Mayo Clinic – More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise to empower you

MedlinePlus – The National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families with reliable, up-to-date health information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand

Merck Manual – Find information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written in everyday language

WebMD – Searchable information on diseases and conditions, genetics, drugs and herbs, pregnancy, and healthy living issues such as nutrition and exercise

 

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HOMEWORK HELP & KIDS GAMES LINKS

50States.com – Quick access to a variety of state facts and other useful information

CNN student news, now CNN 10 – A 10-minute news show where CNN identifies stories of international significance and then describes why it is news, who is affected, and how the events fit into international society

Cybersleuth Kids – A comprehensive educational search engine, directory and homework helper for the K-12 student

Discovery Kids – Science-related videos and games

Discovery Education – Homework Help – A collection of links provided by the Discovery Channel to help you with English, Health, Math, and lots more

Disney games – games

FunBrain.com – Kids games

History Fair – Link to the pdf list of everything in Oglesby Library’s Local History collection (they can only be used in the library)

Kids.gov – Government information for kids, parents and teachers

KidsClick! – A web search site designed for kids by librarians, with kid-friendly results

Learn4Good – Game site for kids games with learning activities, brain puzzles, and more

National Geographic for Kids – Explore nature with National Geographic

PBS Kids – Games created and organized by PBS

Professor Garfield – Free interactive activities for reading, creating, and exploring with Garfield

Prongo – Educational games to help children explore their minds and exercise their imagination

Science Fair Project Resource Guide – This Internet Public Library site links kids to all kinds of science resources

 

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JOB, CAREER, AND SMALL BUSINESS LINKS

ASVAB on Military.com – The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test is a required test administered to those who have an interest in enlisting in any of the US Armed Service branches

Bankrate.com – Rate information on mortgages, credit cards, auto loans, bank accounts, retirement, and financial planning

BigCharts – Interactive stock charts, quotes, industry analysis, and market news & commentary

Business & Industry Economic Statistics – Monthly, quarterly, and annual measures of industrial activity, from the U.S. Census Bureau

CareerOneStop – Explore careers, find training, and search for jobs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor

Currency Converter – Exchange rates for dozens of currencies

Federal Reserve Board Statistics – Current and historical data for daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual rates

Employment & Training Administration – U.S. Department of Labor site with information about job seeking, applying for unemployment compensation, laid-off workers retraining programs, federal job openings, apprenticeship training, the Job Corps (training for youth ages 16 to 24), and America’s One-Stop Career Centers

Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce – Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and
Economic Development

Licensed Occupations – Information on licenced careers and addresses for licensing boards in the United States

Occupational Outlook Handbook – The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations

Resume Templates – Downloadable resume templates designed for different career paths

Small Business Administration – Sections on writing a business plan, legal issues, taxes, buying a business, online training, and financial assistance

Small Business Information Center – Links to publications and forms for starting a small businesses in Illinois

 

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LOCAL & TRAVEL LINKS

City of Oglesby – The official website for the City of Oglesby

Illinois Valley Animal Rescue (IVAR) – IVAR’s mission is to rescue, provide care and comfort for abused, neglected and homeless animals in the Illinois Valley Area through our care center, foster homes and veterinarian sources.

Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce – Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and
Economic Development

LaSalle County – Links to County Board, departments, services, etc.

NewsTribune – Local newspaper

Schools: Oglesby Elementary School District – Oglesby Public Schools

Schools: Holy Family School – Oglesby pk-8 private school

Schools: LaSalle-Peru Township High School – Local High School

Schools: St. Bede Academy – Local private High School

Schools: Illinois Valley Community College – Local Community College

Starved Rock State Park – Looking for something to do? Check out the website of our beautiful local state park, and then make plans to visit!

WLPO/WAJK/WKOT – Local radio stations

Local weather.com weather – Oglesby weather on Weather.com

Local weatherunderground weather – Oglesby weather on Weather Underground

Travel: Google Maps – On Google maps you can check traffic conditions, get & print directions, and view anywhere in the world from satellite imagery

Travel: MapQuest Maps -This site allows you to receive printable directions to anywhere in the U.S

Travel: Winter Road Conditions – Illinois Department of Transportation’s website showing if Illinois roads are reported to be clear of ice and snow, covered with patches of ice and snow, or snow or ice covered.

 

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TAX LINKS

Federal taxes – IRS.gov

Federal tax filing information – Links about filing taxes on IRS.gov

Federal tax forms – Use the Forms & Publications Search to quickly find and download current forms, instructions and publications

File federal taxes online – Link on the IRS.gov website to E-File options for individuals

File IL state taxes online – Link to file the IL-1040 in MyTax; Illinois electronic filing of the 2016 Form IL-1040 will be available on MyTax Illinois beginning January 23, 2017

Illinois Department of Revenue – Illinois Department of Revenue

IL state tax forms – Illinois state tax forms

 

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TECHNOLOGY & ADULT LEARNING LINKS

DigitalLearn.org – Simple, free online tutorials for computer basics, from starting an email address to buying a searching for a job

Digital Public Library of America – Brings together the digital riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

GCFLearnFree.org – For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.

Driving Tests.org – Review and take practice tests for Illinois driver’s tests for cars, motorcycles, and Commercial Driver’s License.

 

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