Quick Links

The library will not be receiving any paper forms this year, but here are a few ways to help with your tax preparation.

IL State Income Tax  State tax information
Federal Income Tax  Federal tax information
IRS Tax Forms  Federal tax forms printable
IRS Tax Forms  Federal tax forms to be delivered to your home
H&R Block  File locally, online or chat live with a tax professional
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service  Local tax preparation, tax tools & resources
West & Company  Local tax preparation
Turbo Tax  Tax preparation online

Find your ticket to local recreation with these Arts and Entertainment resources.

RMC Cinemas  Effingham’s movie theater
Internet Movie Database  Information on movies, actors, etc.
Netflix  Order videos and watch instant videos online
Crackle  Watch instant videos online
Hulu  Watch instant videos online
Plugged In  Reviews movies, videos, music, TV and games

Museums, Theatre and Art
Effingham Performance Center  Effingham’s entertainment source for live performances
East Central Illinois Events  Family fun and community events
Illinois Arts Council  Connects Communities with Art
Illinois Association of Museums  Museum events in Illinois
Artcyclopedia.com  Links to 1,200 art sites
Edsitement  Provides lesson plans and websites on Art & Culture
Smithsonian Museums  The World’s Largest Museum and Research Complex

Need to fix your squeaky brakes?  Ready to sell?  Check out these automotive resources.

Chilton  Do-It-Yourself automotive help
CyberDriveIllinois  Illinois Department of Motor Vehicle Information
Illinois Department of Transportation  Road Conditions in Illinois
NADA  Pricing, specs, reviews, etc.
Kelley Blue Book  Pricing, reviews, car values
Carfax Vehicle  Detailed Vehicle History Report

Book lovers, we’ve got you covered! Check out these “book” resources.

Online Book Discussions & Reading Suggestions
GoodReads.com  Book recommendations, track what you’ve read, book discussions
What’s Next  Find books in series
BookBrowse  Book recommendations
Stop, You’re Killing Me!  For lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books
Fantastic Fiction  Best-selling author info with the latest books, covers & descriptions
Compass Book Ratings  Book reviews and content ratings
Cozy Mystery  Cozy Mysteries and other favorite books and DVDs
What Should I Read Next  Enter a book you like and they will provide suggestions

Reading Suggestions for Children
The Best Children’s Books  Teachers’ picks for the best books for kids
Find a Book  Find a book that matches your child’s lexile or grade level
Books for Boys  Book talks – from picture books for toddlers to chapter books for teens
Book Adventure  Free online program: create book lists, take quizzes, and collect prizes
Storyline Online  Streaming videos featuring famous people reading kid’s books aloud.
Open eBooks An app containing thousands of titles that are free for children and can be read without checkouts or holds.

Books & Literature
Google Books  Millions of great books you can preview or read for free
DailyLit  Read books by email or RSS feed
Library of Congress  Information on the world’s published books
Project Gutenberg  Books online
LibriVox  Audiobooks online
Spark Notes  Analysis of popular books
Juvenile Series and Sequels  Book series organized by age group
Based on the book  Books, novels, short stories, and plays made into motion pictures
Illinois Talking Books  Free service for the blind or visually impaired
Book Doctor Book repair advice and resources

Want to start your own business?  Check out these business resources.

Consumer Information
Federal Trade Commission  Receive your free credit report once per year
Better Business Bureau  Consumer and business resources
CardRatings  Compare credit cards
Consumer Action Website  Prevent identity theft, understand credit, and shop smarter
Consumer Search  Product Reviews
Consumer.gov  Managing your money; credit, loans & debt; scams & identity theft
Illinois Attorney General  Identity Theft Hotline

SCORE  Skilled business owners & educators act as mentors to potential owners
State of Illinois Business Portal  Tax incentives for businesses
America’s Small Business Assistance Network  Small Business Help
U.S. Small Business Administration  Resources for starting/operating a small business
All Business  Small business forms, how-to, advice, etc
Bplans  Sample Business Plans
Business Owners’ Idea Cafe  Resources for starting and running a small business

Need help with homework? ACT Prep? Check out these educational resources.

Digital Learn
Digital Learn If you are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

Webucator Do you want to learn how to use Microsoft Word or Excel? What about Adobe Photoshop?
Effingham Library patrons can use Webucator to access over 100 free online courses.

Homework Help
AR BookFinder  Accelerated Reader book levels, points, and descriptions of books
Practice Language Arts K-12  Practice questions for children according to grade level
Grammar Girl  Helpful tips on grammar and punctuation
GCF Learn For Free  Tutorials for adult learners from computers to math to money

Illinois Christian Home Educators  Dedicated to the success of homeschooling in Illinois
Homeschool World Illinois Groups  Illinois homeschool groups
Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience  Statewide network of support groups
Homeschool World  Articles, experts, events, groups, forum, etc
Homeschooler’s Curriculum Swap  Buy or sell homeschool curriculum
Homeschoolingbooks.com  Homeschool curriculum packages

College Funding
Federal Student Aid  Free Application for Student Aid
FinAid  Find funding for your college education
Scholarship Help  A variety of scholarship opportunities
FastWeb  Find scholarships you qualify for with a questionnaire
America’s Career InfoNet  Scholarships, fellowships, loans and financial aid opportunities
College Savings Plan Network  Information on 529 college savings plans

Finding the Right College for you
Campus Tours  Virtual college tours
College Navigator  Find colleges based on location, setting, test scores, athletics, etc
Community College Review  Detailed profiles of US community colleges
Gradschools.com  Information on graduate school programs
Vocational Schools Database  Vocational schools across America
Kiplinger  Find the best value in public colleges
U.S. News & World Report  Ranks universities & Colleges by region

College/Test Prep
Peterson’s  Test prep and admission guidelines
The ACT  Learn what to do before, during and after the ACT
Educational Testing Service  Online test prep for GRE, SAT, AP, & TOEFL exams
Smartteaching.org  SAT test prep
Adventures in Education College planning resources & career guidance
College Answer  College selection, application & financing
FreeTestPrep  Test prep for SAT, ACT & GED with flash cards and practice tests

For Teachers
Illinois State Board of Education  Illinois learning standards, required skills by grade level
U.S. Department of Education  Federal site on education
Illinois PBS Learning Media Explore blogs written by teachers
Edsitement  Lesson plans on art, culture, language arts, foreign language, history & more
Education World  Lesson plans, etc.
Confusing Words  Collection of troublesome words
Online Writing Lab  Writing resources & instructional materials
Teacher Tube  Educational videos

Looking for your ancestors? Check out these genealogy resources.

Effingham County- Did you Know?  Effingham cemeteries, veteran’s & Effingham history
Illinois Vital Records  Illinois birth, marriage, civil union, dissolution & other records
Illinois State Archives  Illinois birth, marriage, death and land records
Illinois Public Record  Illinois property, death/birth, divorce/marriage records
Department of Veteran Affairs  Search for burial locations of veterans
Cyndi’s List  A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources
The Statue of Liberty- Ellis Island Foundation  Information on the Ellis Island Immigrants
US Gen Web Project  Volunteers providing free genealogy websites for all of the US
Find a Grave  Find the graves of ancestors or famous people from around the world

Need a government agency? Check out these government and nonprofit resources.

USA.gov  US government’s official web portal
Social Security Administration  Apply for benefits or locate the closest SS Office
The White House  President’s Weekly Address, the National budget and more
Federal and State Institutions  Governmental departments and offices
Central Intelligence Agency  History, economy, geography and people
Federal Citizen Information Center  Contact information for federal programs or services
United States House of Representatives  Find your representative

State & Local
City of Effingham  Police, Fire, city departments and City Council Meeting agendas
Illinois Government  Illinois Government Facts & Information
Illinois Attorney General’s Office  Health care assistance, consumer alerts and more
Illinois Governor’s Office  Government directory & state agencies
Illinois General Assembly  Members and committees of the Illinois House and Senate
Illinois Blue Book  Illinois courts, congress, legislature, education, state and local facts
Library of Congress  State and local government

Voter Information
Illinois State Board of Elections  Voter Registration, polling places, voters guide
Project Vote Smart  Find your representatives & information on candidates
FactCheck  Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players
League of Women Voters  Encourages informed and active participation in government
OpenSecrets  Resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis

Need a list of presidents or a map? Check out these history and geography resources.

Science.gov  12 federal science agencies & 50 million pages of scientific research
Best of History  History websites and lesson plans
EuroDocs  Online source for European history
University of Oklahoma College of Law  Chronology of US historical documents
The American Presidency Project  Documents related to the study of the Presidency
BBC News  History, economy, and politics of countries and territories
Chronicling America  Historic American Newspapers
Edsitement  Lesson plans and websites on History & Social Studies
Constitution Study Guide  Study guide for the GED Constitution test

U.S. Department of State  Facts about the land, people, history & government
World Gazetteer  Comprehensive set of population data and related statistics
Population Reference Bureau  Population trends including aging, education & health
Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory  Unbiased travel information to the public

Lost your job? Need a new career path? Check out our career resources.

Occupations, Labor Market Information & Career Exploration
IDES workforce & career information  Illinois career and labor market information
Occupational Outlook Handbook  Find earnings, job prospects, and working conditions
O*NET skills search  Identify occupations for exploration
Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Exploration  Explore careers related to your interests

Job Loss
Illinois Worknet  The library is an IL Worknet Partner – ask staff for assistance
Illinois Department of Employment Security  Unemployment services and guidance
One-Stop Career Center  Unemployment benefits, update your resume and more

Local Job Information

Effingham Daily News  Classified advertisements for local jobs
Job Match Personnel Services  Professional recruiting, office staffing, light industrial
Innovative Staff Solutions  Temporary & temp-to-hire staffing, professional recruiting
Westaff  Temporary staffing, career counseling, job alerts
Indeed  Job listings from major job boards, newspapers, and company HR pages
Simply Hired  Search by keyword, location, job category, industry, or company

Specialized Job Sites
Government Jobs  Matches applicants with state and local government job listings
Employment with a Criminal Record  Helping unemployed people with criminal records
Absolutely Health Care  More than 275,000 health care jobs
Civilian Jobs  Specializes in placing military candidates into civilian careers

Online Networking & Interviewing

Linked in  Create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments
Facebook  Join a network that shares your interests or career goals
Monster.com Interview Information  Informative articles on the art of being interviewed
TechBoomers Tutorials on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more

Resumes & Cover letters
Illinois Worknet  The library is an IL Worknet Partner – ask staff for assistance
eResumes Resume help, tips, formats, examples, cover letters

Military Careers
ASVAB Career Exploration Program  Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery help
Careers in the Military  Careers by job family and info from active military personnel
Military.com  ASVAB prep, military scholarship database, and deployment prep
My Future  Sign up to receive information on branches of the service that interest you

Need some legal self-help or a legal form? Need to find a lawyer? Check out our legal resources.

Illinois Legal AidEffingham Legal Self Help Center gives you access to legal information and provides help for Illinois residents.  Access to online documents, automated forms, and a complete library of self-help materials.  No username or password is needed.

Illinois Courts  The Illinois court system

Southern Illinois University Self Help & Referral Sites  Information/forms on legal issues Lawyers.com  Over 1 million lawyers and law firms searchable Nolo  Lawyers, Legal forms, law books, legal software and more

AVVO Free legal advice from top rated lawyers

Going on a trip? Need to know the weather? Check out our resources.

Mapquest  Maps and driving directions
Yahoo Maps  Maps and driving directions
Google Maps  Maps and driving directions
University of Texas at Austin  Maps of countries
Global Gazetteer  Maps of countries
Google Earth  Satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings
David Rumsey Map Collection  Historical map collection

National Weather Service  Weather info – National Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin
Weather Channel  National and local weather forecast, hurricane, radar and report
SpaceWeather.com  News and Information about the sun and earth environment
Weather Underground  Maps, radar and local weather

Road Conditions
Illinois Department of Transportation  Illinois travel info – road conditions and closures
Indiana Department of Transportation  Indiana travel information
Iowa Department of Transportation  Iowa travel information
Ohio Department of Transportation  Ohio travel information
Wisconsin Department of Transportation  Wisconsin travel information

Need to find a doctor or info about a specific disease? Try these medical resources.

General Medical
St. Anthony Memorial Hospital  Effingham’s local hospital
Mayo Clinic Medical information and tools for healthy living
American Medical Association Doctor finder, medical terminology, prescription info
WebMD  Symptom checker, drugs & supplements, health news
Kids Health Answers, advice, homework help & how the body works
Physicians’ Desktop Reference  Drug dosage and side effects
World Health Organization Info on diseases and health issues affecting the globe

Government Health Websites
Illinois Department of Public Health Health Care Report Card
U.S. Food & Drug Administration  Protects and promotes public health
Medline Plus U.S. National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health
Genetics Home Reference Your Guide to Understanding Genetic Conditions
Centers for Disease Control  Provides information to enhance health decisions
NCAM  National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Cancer Institute  Types of cancer, statistics, clinical trials

Affordable Care Act
Healthcare.gov  Health insurance marketplace, affordable care act
GetCoveredIllinois.gov  Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace
Effingham County Health Department – Call 217-342-9237 to make an in-person counseling appointment for assistance with the application process.
IRS.gov  Affordable Care Act tax provisions
U.S. Department of Labor  Patient protection and the ACA
Medicaid.gov  ACA and Medicaid
Healthbill Details  Detailed summary about the ACA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources  ACA and HRSA programs
AARP  ACA health law fact sheets

Want to sing along with your favorite tune? Check out our music resources.

The X Radio-Premier Broadcasting  Effingham stations 97.9 and 102.3 FM
Talk Radio AM 1090  Effingham news talk
95.7 FM All American Country  Effingham country music station
Radio-Locator  Links to over 10,000 radio station web pages and audio streaming
National Public Radio  Radio station finder
Pandora  Free internet radio

Lyrics and Songs
Am I Right  Misheard lyrics
Billboard  Music charts, news & videos
Who does that song  Searchable database of songs
E-lyrics  One of the largest song lyrics destinations online

Want to know what’s happening in the world? Check out our news resources.

Effingham Daily News  The local Effingham paper
Teutopolis Press  The local T-town paper
The Altamont News  The local Altamont paper
NewsWealth.com  Online newspapers, magazines, tabloids, blogs and more
Fox News  Current news and video
BBC News  World and international news
CNN  Breaking news on the latest top stories
Reuters  Business & Financial News
Today’s Front Pages  802 Front pages from 85 countries

Need help with grant writing or finding another non-profit?  Try these non-profit resources.

Grant Writing
Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation  Connects donors to those needing funding
Lumpkin Family Foundation  Provides grants to meritorious nonprofit organizations
GoodWorksConnect  Online community connecting nonprofits in East Central Illinois

Data Gathering
Illinois Interactive Report Card  Test results and other accountability information
Nutrition and Wellness Programs  Free and Reduced-Priced Meal Eligibility
Illinois State Board of Education  Data Analysis and Accountability
National Center for Educational Statistics Data related to education in the U.S.
U.S. Census Bureau  Statistical information form the U.S. Department of Commerce
FedStats  Statistics from more than 100 government agencies
Kids Count National, county, school district and city data from across the country

Need info about copyright, patents, or trademarks? These resources are your ticket!

CyberDriveIllinois  Illinois Trademark Applications
United States Copyright Office  News, forms and laws relating to copyrights
Copyright Website  Copyright of digital materials
University of Maryland University College  Copyright in the classroom & internet
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  Patents, trademarks, intellectual property
SumoBrain  Search major world patent collections

Need to find someone? These resources are a good starting point.

Phone Numbers and Addresses
411.com  Free directory assistance
Yellowbook.com  Business, people search, coupons, reverse lookup
Yellowpages.com  Yellow pages online
Reverse Phone Directory  Reverse phone directory

Zip Codes
USPS Zip Codes  Look up a ZIP code
United States ZIP Codes  Maps of area codes & search by address, city or county

Need an image or a place to store your pictures? Check out these handy resources!

Flickr  Photo management and sharing
Shutterfly Create photo books, photo cards and stationary, share photos with friends
Photobucket  Offers image hosting, free photo sharing and video sharing
Snapfish  Create customized digital prints and gifts using your favorite photos
Digital Librarian  A librarian’s choice of the best of the web
Google Images  Find images through the Google search engine
Yahoo Images  Find images through the Yahoo search  engine
Microsoft Clip Art  Clip art, photos, and animations

Need some information for your next paper? Check out our research resources.

Scholarly Journal Articles & Magazines
Directory of Open Access Journals  Full text journal articles
Old Magazine Articles  Online library of magazine articles
Google Scholar  Scholarly literature in books, abstracts and articles
Futurity Research from universities published in scholarly journals

Searching the internet for resources
Reference, Facts, News  Indexes/reviews quality, credible & current web-based resources
Internet Public Library  Subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites
Library of Congress Research  LOC collections and research tools
Virtual Chase Checklist and examples of websites that demonstrate good/bad qualities
Valparaiso University Criteria and links to other sites that evaluate web resources
Multnomah County Library  How to evaluation the information given on websites
Internet search tips  Top 10 internet search tips

Encyclopedia, Dictionary and Thesaurus
Encyclopedia.com  Over 100 encyclopedias and dictionaries
How Stuff Works  Thousands of topics, from engines to lock-picking to ESP
Yahoo Reference  Encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, Spanish dictionary
Wikipedia  The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit
InfoPlease  Encyclopedia, atlas, dictionary and thesaurus facts & stats
Dictionary.com  World’s most popular free online dictionary
YourDictionary.com  Easy to understand dictionary with example sentences
Diccionarios Translation between Spanish and many other languages
Lexicool Online bilingual and multilingual dictionaries
Google Translate Translate text, webpages and documents

Need info on geology, chemistry, weather? Check out our science resources.

Pub Chem  Compounds, Substances, and BioAssays
Encyclopedia of Life  Information and pictures of all species known
Science Books Online  Free science ebooks, textbooks, lecture notes
National Geographic  Articles and features about animals and the environment
NASA  Solar system, weather, space and more from America’s space agency
Geology.com  Geology news and information
National Ocean Service  Ecology info from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  Info on air, climate changes, ecosystems, water
NASA weather laboratory  Cool facts and fun games about the science – for kids

Staying home to shop?  Try these deals, coupons and unique websites.

Coupons, Discounts, and Deals
Coupon Cravings  Coupons, freebies, and shopping deals
Price Grabber  Price comparison, reviews, ratings & merchant coupons
Slick Deals  Coupons and discounts on laptops, TVs, and other gadgets
Retail Me Not  Coupon codes, promo codes and discounts for online stores
Woot  Deal of the day

Unique Shopping
Etsy  Handmade and vintage items available from artisans
Hatch  Made-to-order custom gifts
Mark & Graham  Accessories & home goods that can be personalized
Oompa  Top quality wooden toys
Zappos  Shoes and clothes available with free shipping both ways