Research Tools and Homework Help

Mahomet Library Subscription Services

To use these resources, you will need to login with a valid Mahomet library card or use the patron computers or public Wi-Fi in the library.

Students, take note!

The articles in these databases are not considered to be "internet resources" for your research papers. They are digital versions of print resources and you can cite them just like the original print articles. Citation information is provided at the end of each article. 


Confused about where to start? PowerSearch searches OneFile and all "In Context" resources for print articles, videos, images and podcast content.



Our General OneFile database has millions of full-text digital version of articles from print magazines and newspapers.


World Book Web

The full suite of World Book online tools

  • Kids for young students
  • Studentr for grades 5-8
  • Discover with special resources for students reading below grade level or with language learning difficulties
  • Timelines to view or create historical timelines
  • Spanish version of WorldBook


"In Context" databases provide full-text content from magazine and newspaper articles; primary source documents, images, videos, and audio files; and links to vetted websites.

Practice tests and prep materials:

  • High school and college entrance: AP, ACT, SAT
  • Graduate school: GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT
  • Professional certification: teaching, nursing, postal workers, firefighters, law enforcement, and many more

Help with Career Transitions:

  • Explore careers and occupations
  • Assess your strengths and interests
  • Create a resume and cover letter



Other Online Research and Homework Help Sources

These free online resources have been determined by librarians to be reliable sources of information. You do not need a library card to use these sites.

Homework Help Sites
  • cK-12: lessons and practice exercises for math and science

  • Crash Course: John and Hank Green's YouTube channel covering a wide range of topics

  • Discovery Education: instructional videos and learning games for math, English, science, and social studies

  • EasyBib: bibliography generator

  • book searches by lexile score

  • Kahn Academy: a library of thousands of instruction videos on math, science, economics, history, and more

  • Science and Arts Gateway for Education by Cornell University: links to learning resources in science, mathematics, and the arts

Business Resources

US Small Business Administration: Resources to assist small businesses.

Consumer Reviews and Information

Better Business Bureau:  Find businesses, brands, and chairities you can trust.

Cars: Buying or Selling

Media Reviews

Sites to help families make informed choices about the media they consume.

Product Reviews and Information

  • Consumer Search: Product-review editors pick the best electronics, appliances, and services by comparing professional product reviews with consumer reviews.

  • cNet: Professional reviews of technology products.

Government Consumer Support

The Consumer Guide provides Federal government consumer reports on food, product safety, health, technology, transportation and more. an online resouce for product recalls.

Consumer Product Safety Commission

Genealogy and Local History

Mahomet Library Archives

The Mahomet Library archive materials are available for in-library use only. The library maintains the following archive materials:

  • Sucker State newspapers from 1968 through 1974 (when the paper closed)

  • Mahomet Citizen newspapers from 1975 to the present

  • A partial collection of yearbooks from Mahomet High School and Mahomet-Seymour High School.

Champaign County Archives

The Urbana Free Library maintains the Champaign County Archives, including their Local History Online resources.

Illinois Harvest

Illinois Harvest is a University of Illinois library site that provides digital resources about Illinois, written by Illinois authors, or included in the University Library's digital collections. The site includes maps, books, photographs, journal articles, posters, and manuscripts from libraries and museums around the world.

Illinois Distributed Museum

The Illinois Distributed Museum provides information about innovations and inventions that resulted from University of Illinois research.

Government Information

State of Illinois Websites

Illinois.Gov: a "front door" to searching the web sites and publications of the State of Illinois

Illinois Tax Forms

US Government Websites a "front door" to searching the web sites and publications of the US Government

Federal Tax Forms

The US Census Bureau

The US Patent and Trademark Office provides information on patents and patent applications.

Use the USPS Zip Code Lookup to find zipcodes for U.S. addresses

Health & Medicine

PDR Health

The Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) provides trusted and authoritative drug and clinical explanations of disease states and conditions, as well as the safe and effective use of prescription and non-prescription drugs as well as herbal medicines.

Medline Plus and the National Library of Medicine

Medline Plus directs users to information to help answer health questions by bringing together authoritative information from several government agencies and health-related organizations.

Medline Plus is provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health. The library's main website provides access to a wealth of medical information for researchers, doctors, and the general public.

Government Sites

Centers for Disease Control

Health Insurance Marketplace


Job Resources

DigiLearn: The Public Library Association's online hub for digital literacy support and training.

Occupational Outlook Handbook by the US Department of Labor.

Other Useful Sites

Domestic Violence Resources - information on the rights of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Day Care Licensing Standards - resources related to child care in Illinois including licensing standards and contact information for child-related state agencies.

University of Illinois Extension: Provides practical, research-based information and programs to help individuals, families, farms, businesses and communities in Illinois.