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An online collection of talking books, puzzles, and games for kids.

Virtual Reference Library

Suite of “reference” ebooks arranged by subject: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Information & Publishing, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation & World, Religion, Science, Social Science, and Technology.


Brainfuse HelpNow

Live tutoring, virtual study rooms, diagnostic test center and more. Tutors are available every day from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM CST.

Free Learning Tools - Varsity Tutors

Free online practice for standardized tests such as Common Core, GED, AP, ACT, SAT, LSAT, MCAT and more.

Encyclopedias and Almanacs

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

A World Book encyclopedia in Spanish for elementary and middle school students. La Enciclopedia estudiantil hallazgos en lnea es una enciclopedia de conocimientos generales. Continene informacin sobre gente, lugares, objectos, acontecimientos e ideas

Historical Statistics of the United States

Quantitative facts of American history including statistics from over 1000 sources including over 37,000 data series.


An online dictionary of definitions that explain the online world of business, technology, and communication, including the largest list of text and chat acronyms.

The World Almanac

This compendium of information is an authoritative source for entertainment, reference, and learning needs.

World Atlas

Reproducible maps plus statistics and data on more than 200 nations, territories, regions, and continents. Click on "geography" after the Facts on File logo appears.

World Book Online Reference Center

31,000 encyclopedia articles, 6,000 web links, 25,000 periodical articles, 800 videos, animations, and sounds, 400 interactive maps, 100 3-D bubble views, and much more.


Book Talks