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If you need resources for your school projects and papers, look to the Evanston Public Library's resources.


Kids InfoBits is a rich resource geared to elementary school students, covering topics from animals to movies to technology. You can even find experiments in some of the magazine articles you'll find here. 


Research in Context  is perfect for middle school students who need to explore magazines, journals, booksalt, news, and media using powerful search methods.  You can even create your own account to save your research.


Student Resources in Context  offers cross-curricular content aligned to Common Core altState Standards, providing support for papers, projects, and presentations for middle- and high-school students. 


Small Business Resource Center


Are you thinking of starting a small business?  Are you already a business owner?  You can now access Gale's Small Business Resource Center, covering all major areas of starting and operating a business: financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, taxes and more. Startups and established businesses alike can find answers from an easy-to-use interface that even has  a "How To" menu tackling the most frequently asked new business questions -- including "How to start a small business."  In the Small Business Resource Center, you will find sample business plans from hundreds of busineses; trade journal articles; legal forms, including articles of incorporation, employment contracts, bills of sale and more; and directories of resources appropriate to your enterprise.  


Consumer Reports Online


The Evanston Public Library now brings you Consumer Reports Online, in addition to thousands of ratings of consumer products, you can find expert reviews and buying advice; product comparisons and video clips, and even user reviews. New and used car ratings and recommendations are also here.  Information is updated frequently, and quick recommendations are provided on most products.  Search for information about specific products and brands, or browse through the site for valuable information on all kinds of consumer goods.  


Chicago Consumers' Checkbook


Do you want information about Chicago-area service providers, without subscribing to Angie's List?  Use your Evanston Public Library card to access Chicago Consumers' Checkbook, and find ratings, comments and advice on services  from Accountants to Window Washers and everything in between.  You can even find ratings on physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other health care practitioners.  Do you want to rate a firm or leave your own comment?  You can do that, too.  Consumers’ CHECKBOOK/The Center for the Study of Services is an independent, nonprofit consumer organization founded in 1974 with the help of funding from the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs.  Their purpose is to provide consumers information to help them get high quality services and products at the best possible prices.


Morningstar Investment Research Center


Everyone is familiar with Morningstar’s expertise in analyzing mutual funds.  But the Morningstar Investment Research Center provides much more than mutual fund information.  You can find analysis of stocks, ETFs, and the markets in general, including market indexes, market sectors, and specific industries.  You can also access all four of Morningstar’s most popular newsletters: Morningstar DividendInvestor; Morningstar FundInvestor; Morningstar StockInvestor; and Morningstar ETFInvestor.  Back issues are available for one year.

In addition to Morningstar’s powerful stock, mutual fund, and ETF screening tools, you can also use the Portfolio tools to learn about asset allocation and goal-based investing, or to assess the amount of risk in your current investment portfolio.

[Licensing considerations dictate a limited number of simultaneous users of this product.  If you cannot access Morningstar Investment Research Center immediately, please try again later. ]


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