Research & Reference: Learning, Exams & Education

Subscription-Based Library Resources:

The following resources are available from GHPLD remotely or within the Library.  A Library card is required.

Academic Search Premier
Full-text articles to support research in science, engineering, physics, technology, religion, and philosophy.  Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).

Career Online High School
Looking to advance your career, prepare for workforce entry, and/or continue your education?  Find out more about Career Online High School, a new program from GHPLD that offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate.

Creativebug hosts thousands of award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.  Courses include sewing, painting, paper crafts, cooking, digital art, jewelry making, and more.
Free DMV practice tests for drivers of all ages, written specifically based on the state DMV materials.  Includes accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests.

Education Research Complete
Full-text articles to support research in curriculum instruction, administration, policy, funding, and related social issues.

History Reference Center
Full-text articles to support research in history and genealogy and lesson plans to support student learning.

Kanopy is an award-winning video streaming service that provides access to more than 30,000 of the world’s best film titles.  This resource also includes The Great Courses, college-level courses taught by professors who are experts in their field.

Literary Reference Center
Novels, short stories, poems, plot summaries and synopses, and literary criticism.  Research guides, lesson plans, and citation tools support student learning.

MasterFILE Premier
A good place to start for research and homework.  Includes full-text articles, reference books, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags.

Newspaper Source Plus
Full-text newspaper articles and television and radio transcripts.  Includes the Associated Press (AP), CNN Wire, PR Wire, UPI (United Press International), Xinhua, The Chicago Citizen, and more.

Points of View Reference Center
Resources for students to understand issues, develop critical thinking skills, and develop persuasive arguments.  Includes essays, overviews, articles, and transcripts on citizens’ rights, earth and environmental issues, global issues, health and medicine, and media and communications.

Science Reference Center
Full-text articles to support research in applied sciences, biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and energy.  Includes the Science Image Collection, a database of high-quality science images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA, and Nature Picture Library. Adult Education Center
Find GED and citizenship preparation tools.  Going back to school after a long (or short) break?  Brush up on basic education skills.  Tutors are available everyday from 12pm-12am. College Center
Get help with college assignments, papers, and exams on a number of subjects including Math, English, Science, and Social Studies.  Tutors are available everyday from 12pm-12am. ProofPoint Writing Center
Real-time help on reports, essays, and papers.  Tutors explain the writing and proofreading process.  Get your document reviewed by a live English tutor.  Tutors are available everyday from 12pm-12am. Test Preparation 24/7
Prepare for the SAT, ACT, standardized tests in all 50 states, graduate school entrance tests, civil service, GED, and much more.

Free Resources:

The following resources are recommendations that may be helpful to you.  These resources are not created or controlled by GHPLD.

College Navigator
Find the college that’s right for you!  College Navigator consists primarily of the latest data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES – the National Center for Education Statistics.

Take college courses entirely online!  Classes can be accessed 24/7 from home.  Anyone can take them, you can learn on your own time, and most classes provide you with a certificate of completion.

Federal Student Aid
Provides straightforward and easy to understand information about planning and paying for college.  The site combines content and interactive tools from several websites.

Moraine Valley Community College Lifelong Learning Project
This student-centered project, from Moraine Valley Community College, includes critical thinking and reflective learning activities.  It is a useful self-paced and workshop instruction tool. Individuals can also use it to explore credible sources.  For example, it includes activities from the website, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.  The activities can be printed and organized into useful career portfolios for job seekers.

Moraine Valley Community College Placement Tests
Find out about Moraine Valley Community College’s ACCUPLACER placement test, upcoming workshops, online test preparation, and other helpful information for new students.