Literacy & Education
Any person living or owning property within DeKalb’s city limits pays taxes to support the library and is eligible for a library card at no additional cost. There are additional options for people living outside the city limits.
Look up spelling and definition of words, as well as translating to a variety of different languages. A grammar guide and thesaurus are included.
Search publications for information on education at every level. Full-text is available for some publications.
Search for academic articles on a wide variety of topics. Full text is available for some publications.
Illinois Authors Directory
Browse or search the Illinois Authors Directory for information about published authors, poets, photographers, and illustrators who have lived in Illinois or created content about Illinois.
Library of Congress Digital Collection
View digital documents, art, audio recordings, videos, and maps collected on a wide variety of topics.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Get everything from general writing tips to style guides for MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual of Style.
Science.gov searches over 60 databases and over 2,200 scientific websites to provide users with access to more than 200 million pages of authoritative federal science information including research and development results.
An online visual dictionary, thesaurus, and lexicon, assisting users with better understanding words and how words are related to each other. This may be very helpful to writers and English language learners.
An all-in-one reference tool, Word Hippo defines a word, provides a meaning, provides a word that is opposite, pronounces the word, provides rhyming words, places the word in many different contexts, and translates the word.