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Research and Information

Accelerated Reader (AR)  Students, teachers, parents, and librarians can search in English or Spanish using criteria such as ATOS book level or a Lexile™ measure, interest level, title, author, fiction/nonfiction, subject, award-winners, state lists, CCSS Exemplars, and more. 
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This genealogy Website gives you access to a wide variety of databases; census records, military records, immigration records, and much more. No remote access as of 12/30/2021.

Connect with a tutor to get FREE online homework help in math, writing, reading and so much more! Live help is available for all ages – kindergarten through adult learners.
Brianfuse Job Now Get free help with all stages of your job search. Connect with a FREE live job coach to get a professional resume review, practice interviewing, and so much more!
Business Source Features full text for more than 2150 journals.
Chronicling America  


This database provides access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). 

City of Joliet webpage The City of Excitement. When we say Joliet is the City of Excitement, we really mean it! Where else can you find so many great attractions?
Comics Plus Access to more than 20,000 comic books, graphic novels and manga for all ages.
 Consumer Health Information for patients about  health-related topics.
 Consumer Reports This database has "expert, unbiased ratings" for more than 5,000 products. You will also find reviews, product ratings and buying advice.
 Digital Learn Videos and course materials on basic computer skills. Also available in Spanish.
 Family Search We are now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library! Free genealogy database maintained by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Fold 3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

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 Fox Valley Score A nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide.
  Guided Reading Leveled Books Database to search thousands of books leveled for guided reading, Reading Recovery, and Accelerated Reader.  
IDHP Each year records about a half million vital record events -- births, deaths, marriages, divorces, adoptions and abortions -- as mandated by state statutes and federal uniform data collection requirements.
Illinois.gov This system significantly expands access to state employment while increasing transparency, accessibility, accountability, and consistency in the state hiring process. The State provides job opportunities in a wide range of occupations and titles.
City of Joliet Planning Dept. The Planning Department is part of the city's full-time professional staff and is responsible for administering most ordinances relating to new and existing development within the City.
Joliet History The Joliet Public Library offers the researcher of genealogy and local history a variety of materials and collections.
Kelley Blue Book Check car prices and values when buying and selling new or used vehicles. Find expert reviews and ratings, explore latest car news.
Lexile Measures All you need is a book’s author, title or ISBN number to find the Lexile text measure of that book, or you can search for book lists by Lexile Measure.  
Mango Languages An online language learning resource, prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English.
Masterfile This database provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents.

Information for investors in stocks and mutual funds. Library Card Required for Home Access.

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Explore your family history and discover key historical events with NewspaperArchive.com, one of the world's largest online newspaper archives.

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The largest online newspaper archive, established in 2012. Used by millions for genealogy and family history, historical research, crime investigations, journalism, and entertainment. Search for obituaries, marriage announcements, birth announcements, social pages, national and local news articles, sports, advertisements, entertainment and more. 

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Novelist K-8 A trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading age.
Novelist The secret to finding your next great read. NoveList Plus is a trusted source of expert read-alike recommendations.
Occupational Handbook A publication of the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics that includes information about the nature of work, working conditions, training and education, earnings and job outlook for hundreds of different occupations in the United States.
OCLC Article First Search OCLC FirstSearch for articles in 16,000 plus periodicals, with coverage from 1990 to present.
Record Information Services

Record Information Services/CheckIllinois-Helpful for employers, business owners, marketers, realtors, homeowners, landowners, city officials, lawyers, and beyond to search Illinois Public Records by type of public record, county and through customized searches.

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 Safer car.gov Some tips to ensure a safer road trip
Small Business Reference Center Browse business areas, basics and business plans. 
State of IL The State of Illinois Home Page is a portal with links to other websites. These include links to web sites operated by Illinois agencies and officials.
Tumble Library Check out the TumbleBookLibrary for access to children’s e-books and read alongs for grades K-6. 
USA.gov Search for government information by topic and agency.
US Census Bureau Learn how the U.S. Census Bureau serves America as the leading source of quality data about our people, business and economy.  
Will County Will County, Illinois website.
Workforce Division of Will Co Provides services to job seekers throughout Will County. From developing or updating your resumé to brushing up on interviewing skills.

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Comics Plus

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Brianfuse Job Now

Lexile Measures

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