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Britannica Library is not the hardbound encyclopedia of the past. This evolving online resource includes trusted articles, primary sources, a world atlas and even videos on almost any topic you can imagine. Britannica also has a pre-research planner to help guide your critical thinking, as well as explanations on the difference between oral presentations, book reviews and research papers.

SIRS Issues Researcher is a general reference database containing thousands of full-text articles exploring the different sides of controversial social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues.
Encyclopedia of Chicago is a free online resource including historical articles and essays, advertisements, photographs, maps from the 1830s on. Joint project of the Chicago Historical Society, The Newberry Library and Northwestern University.


Infoplease is a reference and learning site, combining the contents of an encyclopedia, a dictionary, an atlas and several almanacs into one website.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac: Since 1792, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has spoken to all walks of life: planting charts for those who grow their own food; recipes for those who live in the kitchen; Moon and sunrise times for those who watch the skies; and forecasts for those who don’t like the question of weather left up in the air.

You can also check out previous years of the The Old Farmer’s Almanac through OverDrive.