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Ancestry (In Library Use Only) -  Access valuable census records, birth and death records, and family history.

Axis 360- Access thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks. Read on your home computer, or go to your app store to download the Axis 360 app. (Library Card Required)

Chronicling America - Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1770-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.  Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Directory of Open Access Journals - An online directory that provides access to thousands of high quality, free peer-reviewed academic articles.

Encyclopedia of the Continental Congress - Comprehensive coverage that includes both the first Continental Congress in 1774 and the first Federal Congress in 1789.

Family Search - Operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, this site provides government records and user-generated information.
Freegal - Access to millions of songs from new and classic artists. You can download 5 free MP3s per week, stream 5 hours of music a day, and download current music videos. (Library Card Required)
GED Prep - Universal Class GED prep allows you to work at your own pace and communicate with an instructor. (Library Card Required)

Heritage Quest - (In Library Use Only) Search census records, government records, books and much more to discover your family history.

Illinois Compiled Statutes - Codified statutes of Illinois.

Illinois Department of Revenue - State tax forms and information about tax filing.

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections - The Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections are free to search, free to browse, and free to download.

Illinois Legal Aid - Free information on legal rights and responsibilities, referrals to free and low-cost legal services, forms and instructions for common legal problems. Information is available in English or Spanish. If you need a tutorial to print off legal forms, please click here. 

Illinois State Board of Elections - Find the contact information for your local Election Authority or find information about the candidates running for office.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission - A trusted source of college planning information for Illinois students and their parents, as well as the higher education community professionals who serve them. Library - Features content by Illinois authors, creators, and communities. Collections include the Indie Illinois e-book collection and multimedia anthologies. All content is available simultaneously to Illinois residents. 

IRS - Federal tax forms and information about tax filing.

Kanopy - Free on-demand film streaming of four films per month for Jacksonville Public Library card holders. Kanopy offers more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, indie and classic films, PBS, and the work from thousands of independent filmmakers. For a video tutorial about how to use this resource, click here.  (Library Card Required)

Khan Academy - Free online classes and tools for parents and teachers.

Land of Lincoln Legal Aid - Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, Inc. is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. We provide free civil legal services to low-income individuals and senior citizens in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois.

MedLine Plus - learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary - Definitions of common and uncommon words and phrases. Also, word games and trivia.

Merriam-Webster Thesaurus - More than 275,000 synonyms, antonyms, related words, and idiomatic phrases.

National Council on Aging - Resources to assist older adults who wish to live independently, plan their finances, and take charge of healthcare.
Newspaper Archive - Search historic Jacksonville and Morgan County newspapers.
If you are inside the library you may access Newspaper Archive here.
If you are outside the library you may access Newspaper Archive here (Library Card Required).

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Find career information on duties, education, and training, pay, and the outlook for hundreds of occupations.

Open Stax -  Access free textbooks.

Overdrive - Access thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks. Read on your home computer, or go to your app store to download Libby, the best way to use Overdrive. (Library Card Required)

SAT Prep - College Board and Khan Academy partnered for this online SAT prep course.

Tech Boomers - is a free educational website that teaches older adults and other inexperienced Internet users with basic computer skills about websites that can help improve their quality of life.

Universal Class - With your library card access free online continuing education courses on over 500 topics. For a video tutorial about how to use this resource, click here. (Library Card Required)

Career Assistance resources

Genealogy and Local History resources

Helath resources

Legal assistance resources

Music and Movies resources

Newspapers resources