Online Resources - A thru Z
A-B   C-G    H-L    M-Q    R-Z

African-American History Online
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.

America's Newspapers from NewsBank
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.

American History Online
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
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.

Ancestry Library Edition
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.

Ancient and Medieval History Online
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Search for historical documents, personal papers and family histories held in archives throughout the world.

Auto Repair Reference Center
Information about most makes and models of cars and trucks in over 33 maintenance and care categories, plus glossary of automotive terms.

Bloom's Literature
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.

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.

Brainfuse JobNow
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.

Chicago Tribune, Proquest Historical Newspapers
Contains the Chicago Tribune 1849-1992 in full-text PDF format.

Consumer Reports
ConsumerReports.org® — 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, ConsumerReports.org provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

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.

Facts On File
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
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.

Home Improvement Reference Center
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.

Information Technology Collection (eBook Central)
Access nearly 2,000 ebooks with information on computer science, business, technology, and programming. Books can be read in a browser or downloaded to read offline.

LearningExpress Library
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 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 an iPhone app!

MedLine Plus
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.
Easy-To-Read Version

Modern World History Online
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.

Morning Star Investment Research Center
Investment database with data and analysis on over 41,000 investments. Includes reports and ratings, articles on investing, and more.

My Media Mall
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 reference@bloomingtonlibrary.org if you have questions.

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.

Normal Public Library
Link to Normal Library’s website and catalog.

NoveList K-8 Plus
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.

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 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.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

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.

Proquest Newspapers

Phone, address and demographic directory listings for over 12 million US businesses and 100 million US households.

Safari IT eBooks (replaced with Information Technology Collection)
This resource has been replaced with Information Technology Collection (eBook Central).

Teen Health on MedLine Plus
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.

The World Almanac® for Kids Online
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.

Value Line Investment Survey
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.