List of Librarian Recommended
 Internet Resources

A to Z

–No library card required–

Includes Free Language Learning Sites


“The Library is an open sanctuary. It is devoted to individual intellectual inquiry and contemplation. Its function is to provide free access to ideas and information. It is a haven of privacy, a source of both cultural and intellectual sustenance for the individual reader. Since it is thus committed to free and open inquiry on a personal basis, the Library must remain open, with access to it always guaranteed.”

Robert Vosper



’’Digital Collections of the Library and Archives of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. This online collection has recently been started, so please check this website frequently, as additional images will be added continually. The images in the Academy Library and Archives Digital Collection were captured and presented using funds provided by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation.’’

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“Archival Collections.” The Art Institute of Chicago. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Sept. 2016.


“AllMusic is a comprehensive and in-depth resource for finding out more about the albums, bands, musicians and songs you love.”

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“Welcome.” Allmusic. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Sept. 2016.


“The AAPB website provides three layers of searching and browsing: Users can access the AAPB Online Reading Room, which provides online access to some of the digitized collection for private research, educational and informational purposes. Users can search metadata records for all 40,000 hours of digitized content, including content that is available in the Online Reading Room and content that is only available for viewing and listening on location at WGBH and the Library of Congress. Users can search and browse the 2.5 million million metadata records that document public radio and television assets existing at more than 120 public media stations and archives across the country. Most of these assets have not been digitized.

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“American Archive of Public Broadcasting.” About the AAPB. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Sept. 2016.

ANKI (Language Learning)

A useful supplement to other language learning tools. Anki is a free cross-platform flashcard program and one of the best when it comes to language learning software. You can also use it for memorizing equations, diagrams, names and faces, and more. It is content-agnostic and supports images, audio, video and scientific markup. There are a lot of shared decks available in the app that you can download and start memorizing, or you can build your own. Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish

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 Find thousands of e-books! You’ll find ravishing romances, quirky kids books, sensational sci fi, glorious graphic novels and comics from indie publishers, as well as craveable classics and more!

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“The Western Michigan University Libraries United States Civil War Collection was launched in 2007 with 8 diaries of men with connections to Michigan or the Midwest. In 2009 the Collection expanded to include a selection of letters by Samuel Hodgman from Climax, Michigan, who served with the 7th Michigan Infantry. The addition of the letters was made possible by a donation from the Friends of the Western Michigan University Libraries in honor of Bettina Meyer, retired Associate Dean. The current collection represents diverse military experiences, ranging from a musician to a prisoner of war. The handwritten originals have full transcriptions that are searchable with subjects.”

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“DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP LAB.” Digital Scholarship Lab. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Sept. 2016.


– Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States   

“Many of these beautiful maps are animated to show change over time or made clickable to view the underlying data— maps produced eight decades ago with the functionality of the twenty-first century.”

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“DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP LAB.” Digital Scholarship Lab. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Sept. 2016.


“DOAJ is a community-curated list of open access journals and aims to be the starting point for all information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material. “

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Doaj. “Directory of Open Access Journals.” Directory of Open Access Journals. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.


Clickable List:

Low-Cost or No-Cost Home Modifications
How to check the structural integrity of your elderly parent’s home
Financial Help for the Disabled
Finding Wheelchair-accessible Homes in the City
How to Get a Service Dog: A Complete Guide
How to Set Up a Disability-friendly Home Office
Career Guide for People With Disabilities
Home Security Measures that Will Help People with Disabilities Stay Safe at Home


What’s included?

- 14 car practice tests

- 9 motorcycle practice tests

- 27 CDL (commercial driver’s license) practice tests

- 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)

- An FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 questions is a privately owned website that is not affiliated with or operated by any state government agency.

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DUOLINGO (Language Learning)

A free language learning platform that includes a language learning website and an app. Users can also take a digital language proficiency exam. The languages are taught through drills that require a mix of reading, writing, listening and speaking. There is also an ‘immersion’ section with authentic reading materials for those who want to go beyond the lessons. Learners can translate webpages, sentence by sentence, or correct and improve other people’s translations. Courses can teach upwards of 2,000 words. Languages: At the time of writing, 20 language courses were available for English speakers: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Irish, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, Esperanto, Ukrainian, Welsh, Hebrew, Vietnamese, Hungarian and Greek. And 7 courses for English speakers are currently in development.

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“First Monday is one of the first openly accessible, peer–reviewed journals solely devoted to research about the Internet. First Monday has published 1,594 papers in 244 issues, written by 2,217 different authors, over the past 20 years.

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“First Monday.” First Monday. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.


“Correspondence and Other Writings of Six Major Shapers of the United States: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. Over 176,000 searchable documents, fully annotated, from the authoritative Founding Fathers Papers projects.”

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“Founders Online: Home.” National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Web. 07 Sept. 2016.


“ Free, online portal—sponsored by the Reaching Across Illinois Library System—offers lesson plans, presentations, handouts, and surveys that librarians can use to teach classes ranging from Microsoft Word to LinkedIn. The portal also offers an online bibliography of training resources for those who want to learn more about instruction.”

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"Gail's Toolkit." Gail's Toolkit. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.


“The Getty Search Gateway allows users to search across several of the Getty repositories, including collections databases, library catalogs, collection inventories, and archival finding aids.”

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“About the Getty Search Gateway.” Getty Search Gateway About. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.


” Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.”

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“About.” Google Scholar. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Sept. 2016.


A great tool for people with legal problems, and finding pro bono legal professionals, legal advocates and much more.

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“ IMDb offers a searchable database of more than 185 million data items including more than 3 million movies, TV and entertainment programs and more than 6 million cast and crew members. Consumers rely on the information IMDb provides — including local movie showtimes, ticketing, trailers, critic and user reviews, personalized recommendations, photo galleries, entertainment news, quotes, trivia, box-office data, editorial feature sections and a universal Watchlist – when deciding what to watch and where to watch it.”

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“About.” IMDb., n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.

A suite of resources - available to everyone in Illinois at no charge - that supports local authors with online creation and publishing tools and allows readers to access locally-produced content.

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The main source for tax forms, business deductions and individual credits/deductions and more.

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Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

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“Top Collections at the Archive.” Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.


A guide to the finding the value of a vehicle and expert reviews on what car you should purchase.

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“Librivox’s prime objective is to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet. Librivox donates all its recordings to the public domain and accepts volunteers with all different backgrounds.”

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“Menu.” LibriVox. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.


“Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.”

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“Lit2Go.” Welcome to ETC. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2016.

MEMRISE (Language Learning)

Memrise focuses heavily on learning words and phrases. Lessons begin usually with a couple of new words or phrases. These are pronounced, translated, and you may add your own "mem" to them to better memorize the word or phrase.

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“NGA Images is a repository of digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. On this website you can search, browse, share, and download images. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts. More than 45,000 open access digital images up to 4000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use. NGA Images is designed to facilitate learning, enrichment, enjoyment, and exploration.”

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“NGA Images.” National Gallery of Art. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Sept. 2016.



“The Research Center holds the printed material, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, architectural drawings, and assorted ephemera of the Chicago History Museum.”

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“Chicago Historical Society – ARCHIE.” Chicago Historical Society – ARCHIE. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Sept. 2016.


“The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.”

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“A Leader in Shaping a Receptive Climate for Poetry.” Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.


“Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 ebooks. Digitized and proofread with the help of volunteers, recommended for readers that enjoy Epub books, Kindle books or like to read online.”

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“Project Gutenberg.” Project Gutenberg. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.


”The Ryerson & Burnham Archives collect artists’ and architects’ papers that complement and extend the permanent collections of the museum’s curatorial departments. The collections contain a wide range of media, including correspondence, published and unpublished writings, scrapbooks, architectural drawings and prints, business papers, photographs, slides, audio recordings, films, video, and ephemera.”

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“Archival Collections.” The Art Institute of Chicago. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Sept. 2016.


“The WDL makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures. The principal objectives of the WDL are to: Promote international and intercultural understanding; Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet; Provide resources for educators, scholars, and general audiences; Build capacity in partner institutions to narrow the digital divide within and between countries.”

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“World Digital Library.” WDL RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Sept. 2016.


“The What’s Next®: Books in Series database helps you search series fiction.”

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KDL What’s Next® Database.” KDL What’s Next® Database. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Oct. 2016.

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