Online Library and Web Resources

  • Available only on computers in the library building.Available only in the library building.
  • Log in anywhere with your Fountaindale library card.Log in with your Fountaindale library card.
  • Website recommended by library staff.Website recommended by library.
  • Online Tutorial AvailableOnline Tutorial Available.
African American Heritage

ProQuest African American Heritage is a groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. 

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America the Beautiful

State by state history and current event information. Includes timelines, profiles and an almanac. Geared for elementary and middle school studentsYou will need to click on the resource link along the left side of the screen in order to directly access it.

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Chicago Tribune

Access to the full text of the Chicago Tribune from 1985 through the present is available through ProQuest.

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Chicago Tribune Historical Archive

Historical access to the Chicago Tribune from 1849 through 1988 is available through ProQuest.

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CultureGrams

Includes World Edition, with reports on more than 200 countries and cultures, focusing on twenty-five categories including history, personal appearance, gestures, family, economy, and more; Kid Edition, a collection of country reports that teaches upper elementary-aged children more about the world around them; and States and Province Editions, featuring colorful, easy-to-read state reports that help upper elementary-aged students understand the diversity and history of each U.S. state and the District of Columbia. Each report includes maps, flags, state symbols, plus sections on history, economy, geography, population, and more.

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FreedomFlix

History comes to life with dynamic e-books of the Children's Press best-selling Cornerstones of Freedom series, complete with embedded popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos and audio clips.

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Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

Information on Illinois history or preservation. Find a museum, a list of historical sites, how to get your building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, or read an article from Illinois History Teacherwhich includes articles about Illinois history as well as lesson plans and other resources to help teachers incorporate information into classroom instruction.

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Lands and Peoples

An encyclopedia of countries, cultures and current events. Geared for middle and high school students. You will need to click the link on the left side of the Scholastic GO! portal to directly search the resource.

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Something About the Author

Brings you comprehensive online access to all volumes of Gale's award-wining reference set, Something About the Author, the main series, and Something About the Author: Autobiography Series. You'll find thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators, all in an easy-to-use interface

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World Vital Records

World Vital Records is designed for guests who are either just beginning their family research or who after years of work want to discover more of their past. Search over 5 billion Family History and Genealogy records, and 28 million family treesAccess key collections: U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; birth, marriage and death records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; one billion newspaper articles, including full text of modern U.S. newspaper obituaries.  This database has unique and exclusive local and world collections. 

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WorldShare (formerly WorldCAT)

This is the brand new interface for searching library collections from around the world. Items less than a year old cannot be requested, but Fountaindale will investigate purchase. Some libraries charge for certain types of items; we will inform you if we can only get the item you want from one of these and get authorization from you before placing the request. Items held by libraries located internationally will not be requested.

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