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.
US Small Business Administration: Resources to assist small businesses
Consumer Reviews and Information
Better Business Bureau: Find businesses, brands, and charities you can trust.
Cars: Buying or Selling
Government Consumer Support
The Consumer Guide provides Federal government consumer reports on food, product safety, health, technology, transportation and more.
Recalls.gov: an online resouce for product recalls
Media Reviews: sites to help families make informed choices about the media they consume
Common Sense Media: Reviews of movies, video games, television shows, books, music, apps and websites
Parents' Television Council: Detailed descriptions of TV shows and movies
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
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 2020 (when the paper stopped)
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 is a University of Illinois library site that provides digital resources about Illinois that are 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.
State of Illinois Websites
Illinois.Gov: a "front door" to searching the web sites and publications of the State of Illinois
U.S. Government Websites
USA.gov: a "front door" to searching the web sites and publications of the U.S. Government
The U.S. 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 and Medicine
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.
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
Lexile.com: 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
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