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Studying & test prep

Hi, I'm Kylie. Your library card gives you 24/7 access to a variety of extremely helpful databases. (You can also access these in the library even if you don't have a GPLD Card!) Below are a selection of tools specifically geared toward studying and test preparation, but you can see our complete list of resources here. Also included are a few resources to help first-time job seekers prepare resumes, get ready for interviews, and get help with planning their career path. Contact us at or call us at 630-232-0780 if you have questions.

Homework Help Resources

Access science

Up-to-date scientific information, articles, biographies and reference material. Includes access to primary sources, videos, and more.


Get detailed information on over 200 countries, including a country's history, customs, economics and traditions.

gale Virtual reference library

450+ research eBooks and thousands of articles you can search, highlight, take notes on, and save for later.

issues & controversies

In-depth discussion, analysis, and pro/con arguments to current topics in business, polotics, pop culture, and world news.

Literature Criticism online

Access literary criticism, author biographies, and literary analysis for contemporary literature.

Literature resource center

Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers from all time periods and from around the world.

today's science

Scientific news specifically geared towards students. Updates weekly and contains an archive of 25 years of scientific development.

world news digest

View current events, read up on hot and trending topics, and discover what happened on this day in history.

College and test prep

College Preparation Center

Prepare for your SAT, ACT, or PSAT; get help with your college admission essays; practice for your AP exams and more tools you'll need to get ready for college application time. Includes interactive tutorials, ebooks, and video help guides.

LearningExpress Library

Features preparation centers for career, school, college prep, and college assistance. Each center has a variety of resources including video tutorials, practice exams, samples of resumes or essays, and other tools to prepare you at all stages of your education and career.


HelpNow! offers live one-on-one tutoring every day except Saturday from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM. They also provide a writing lab to help with your essays (although they need 48 hours of lead time, so no last minute work!), video tutorials, a language lab to help your verbal and writing skills, study plans, flash cards, and a library of skill building lessons.

job searching

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

Contains information on on jobs, industry overviews, internships and scholarships to help get you on the career path you want. Watch live Q&A sessions with professionals, find out how to plan your college career for the best possible advantage, look at resume examples and get advice on applications and interviews.


The career-focused equivalent of HelpNow!, featuring live resume advice, templates and resources; interview coaches and tips; and career assessment. Live job coaches are online to help you with your questions Monday through Friday from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM.