Students K-12

A comprehensive, multidisciplinary reference resource, ABC-CLIO contains over 140,000 primary and secondary source materials covering a variety of subject areas, including ancient to modern world history and geography, current events, pop culture and much more. Users can easily search across any one or all of these areas, uncovering a variety of sources as they do so, from brief “overview articles,” to in-depth essays, multimedia materials, and timelines.

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From Age of Learning, Inc., the award-winning curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. is 100% educational, with 3,500+ learning activities across all major subject areas—reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it!

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Receive expert, personalized help from HelpNow tutors in:

Live Help – One-on-one assistance for K-College students in a variety of subjects
Skills Building – Brush up or catch up on specific skills with a live tutor
Writing Lab – Submit written assignments to receive feedback from tutors
Question Point – A 24/7 service; submit a question and receive a response from a tutor within 24 hours
Language Lab – Live help for with your Spanish class. More language choices are on the way, but see Mango Languages for more comprehensive language learning!
(Live Tutors are available Mon – Sun 2:00-11:00 PM CST)

Test Center – Prepare for state and national exams using official practice tests
FlashBulb – Create and share study games, from traditional flash cards to more unique study games, like Hangman, Bug Match, Crossword, and more!
CloudPack – Compile and store notes, links, and other study materials in your own virtual backpack (saved in the cloud with a free Learning Account)

• Meet classmates in Brainfuse chatrooms to study or work on group projects remotely
Brainwave – Create and share movie-like notes and ideas
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A powerful, all-in-one reference resource (atlas, news, biographies, statistics, homework help, etc.), Britannica Library offers all of its traditional coverage and a great deal more, including videos and multimedia collections and links to recommended websites, and even audience-specific portals that help connect users with articles and tools appropriate for their reading or general grade level.

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General Databases
WorldCat – Books and other materials in libraries worldwide.
Article1st – Index of articles from nearly 12,500 journals.

Specialized Databases
Clase Periodica – Index of Latin American journals in science and humanities.
Ebooks – Catalog of online electronic books available through libraries worldwide.
ECO – A collection of scholarly journals.
ERIC – Journal articles and reports in education.
GPO – U.S. Government publications.
MEDLINE – Abstracted articles from medical journals.
OAIster – A union catalog of more than 19 million digital resources.
PapersFirst – An index of papers presented at conferences.
Proceedings – An index of conference publications.
World Almanac – The World Almanacs.

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The Peoria Journal Star is the major daily newspaper for Peoria and the surrounding area. You can search current and archived issues (back to 1991) remotely. Older Journal Star articles can be accessed in person in our Local History Department at Main Library. Call 497-2000 for assistance.

LOTE4Kids is our new online database of digital books in World Languages,
that allows kids to enjoy the magic of books in LOTE (Languages Other Than English).

Each book also comes with English translations to help kids learn languages.
LOTE4Kids has over 2,000+ digital picture books in 50+ languages, with new books and languages
released each month – helping libraries to engage immigrant, refugee, and multilingual families
in their communities.

Discover LOTE4Kids here.

MasterFILE Premier contains full text for general reference magazines and publications covering a wide range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science and multicultural issues. It also includes an extensive image collection of more than 2 million photos, maps and flags.

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Peterson’s Test Prep is a multi-purpose educational resource, helping students and professionals with:

Test Preparation
Peterson’s Test Prep offers study guides and practice tests covering a wide variety of standardized student and professional certification tests, like: AP tests, GED, ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, ASVAB, NCLEX-RN, Clerical, Postal worker, and TOEFL, U.S. Citizenship, and many others.

Career Guidance and Preparation
In addition to test prep resources, Peterson’s Test Prep offers several professional tools, like the Virtual Career Library and Resume Builder. These resources can help you find the right career path, prepare for interviews, and succeed in your chosen position.

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Please use your Peoria Public Library Card for remote access. This resource is case sensitive, so be sure to capitalize the “D.”

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Need help with a research project or homework assignment? The library has magazine articles, books, primary source documents, images, videos and more! Use Explora to find reliable information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects, including: • Arts and Literature • Biography • Business and Government • Current Issues • Geography • Health • History • Science and Math

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From finding old friends and planning vacations to conducting market research and choosing a health care provider, this extensive database offers the information you need – in a fast, convenient format. Search for U.S. and Canadian businesses and residents, U.S. healthcare providers, and more. Take advantage of the unique result display options, such as the mapping function. NEW search over 2.5 million U.S. jobs and internships!

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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.  This resource also includes unique tools designed for students and teachers, like the MyAnalysis and iThink interactive research guide or Common Core Writing Guide. See the Teacher Page for more information.

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