Online Resources (Public Databases)

The library subscribes to several online resources that are available at no charge to you anywhere and anytime with a personal computer and Internet access. The following key explains how patrons may access these sites outside the library:

Your library card number can be found under the barcode on the back of your library card, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN) is the last four digits of your card number.

Typingweb Tutor

This is a web-based resource to help develop and refine typing skills through the use of lessons, tests, games, and more. It is available to anyone with a computer.

Science Reference Center

Contains full-text for science encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology, and wildlife.

PrairieCat Online Library Catalog

PrairieCat is the library online catalog. PrairieCat will help you locate all types of materials quickly and easily. Millions of items are listed in one shared catalog. It can be used to locate materials, place holds on materials from any library in the regional system, or check on your library account.

OMNI Libraries

Download great e-book or e-audio book titles day or night – your library never sleeps! Listen to them on your MP3 player or transfer them to a compatible e-reader. Omnilibraries is a consortium of Northwest Illinois libraries offering a combined collection of e-book and e-audiobook downloadable resources. These are only available to Freeport library cardholders.

Novelist Plus

Looking for a good book? NoveList Plus includes thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, author readalikes, award winners, book discussion guides, articles, recommended reads, and features that allow you to search by author, title, series, plot, and genre.

Novelist K-8 Plus

Novelist K-8 Plus offers lots of ways for young readers to find great fiction titles, with thousands of book reviews and features that allow them to search by plot, setting, series name, and favorite authors and titles. The “Teacher Resources” tab includes lots of useful material for teachers and media specialists.

MasterFILE Research Database

Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE™ Complete contains over 1,700 full-text periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text for more than 450 reference books, 55,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 1.1 million photos, maps & flags. This database is updated daily.

Legal Information Reference Center

Provides hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis. With the “Legal Forms by U.S. State” feature, you can search thousands of state-specific legal forms – searchable by top subject areas including adoption, bankruptcy, name changes and more.

Legal Aid Online

Illinois Legal Aid Online is a nationally-recognized center for legal services. Geared toward civil cases under $10,000, it provides quality legal help, including tutorials, forms and articles.

Learning Express Library

Prepare for academic or professional exams with online practice tests and tutorials. The tests provide instant scoring, complete explanations of right and wrong answers, and an individualized analysis of results. Tutorials on topics such as computer skills, workplace skills improvement, and occupation practice tests are included in the “Learning Centers.” Use the “Job & Career Accelerator” to take a career assessment test, explore occupations, write resumes and cover letters, and search for jobs.

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