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Research & Learning

Find articles for your research using our reference databases. The Matteson Public Library offers a wide variety of research databases and resources. All of the databases are available in the library; most of them are available for home use. You will need an Matteson Public Library card to use these sites outside of the library.

For an a-z list of  research resources go here.

For  subject categories of our research resources go here.

Websites – The websites listed below are useful reliable resources.

Accredited Online Schools, Online Colleges and Online Universities
Offers a searchable directory of online colleges and universities to let you find the online accredited colleges that fit your own educational needs. 

The Affordable HealthCare Act – the health insurance marketplace is coming soon. Go here to learn about your options.

College Affordability Guide
Information on online degrees including how to analyze online programs, affordability, degree requirements, and potential fraudulent practices.                                  

The College Database

The College Database (Illinois):

There is a new health care program for adults in Cook County. This program  is called CountyCare. It is operated by the State of Illinois and the Cook County  Health and Hospitals Systems (CCHHS). It is a Medicaid program available under healthcare reform.

Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.

Edudemic: Connecting Education & Technology

EveryoneOn is a national digital literacy campaign powered by Connect2Compete, in partnership with the Ad Council. Find free computer and Internet training opportunities in your area at or text CONNECT to 30364*.

The EveryoneOn campaign mission is to empower people by giving them the tools and confidence they need to improve their lives through the Internet. Digital technologies open horizons and offer essential tools to unlock opportunities in today’s world.

EveryoneOn connects users to training classes on how to use the Internet to connect with friends and family, discover new employment opportunities, access educational resources and utilize government programs.

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Federal Student Aid
At the office of Federal Student Aid we ensure that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education or training beyond high school. This order site gives you access to a wide range of publications and resources for you or the students you serve.

Journalist’s Resources
Recently named by ALA as a “Best Free Reference Web Site 2013” provides authoritative information on policy and public affairs.

Illinois Legal Aid Online
You can find legal information and sources of free and
low cost legal aid.
You can search for information, and even chat with someone online.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from crashes on the nation’s roads.

Medline Plus
MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from National Library of Medicin, NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health

NSA Declassified
Here is a link to some declassified info on the NSA website. Near the bottom is a link to a large PDF file called “Untangling the Web” which is a recently declassified manual for searching the Internet. It looks pretty comprehensive. Also a lot of other good stuff is on this site like declassified UFO information!

Nobel Laureate
A large amount of information about Nobel Prize winners – and their accomplishments – is available on the site and is easily browsable and searchable.
According to the creator of the site, Michael Kellogg, there are three main goals to “First, continue to  create free online bilingual dictionaries for English to many other languages.   I strive to offer excellent translations for “all” English words, terms, idioms, sayings,  etc. into “all” languages.   Beyond English, I plan to do the same for Spanish, French, Italian  and Portuguese.  Second, provide the world’s best language forums,  dedicated to relatively serious discussion about the meanings and translations  of words, terms and expressions in many languages.  Third, continue to  innovate to produce the best website and reference tools for the world. ”


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