Library of Congress: LOC.gov lets you not only ask a librarian for help but also search catalogs of libraries from all over the world. This is truly a huge resource that should be on your Top 10 best research sites list. Anything from Academica Sinica in Taiwan to Yale University in the U.S. is here and ready to be searched.
ReferenceDesk.org: Dubbed "The Internet's Best Reference Source," this web directory is an extremely useful site that provides everything from business and finance information to federal government resources, scholarship details, links to newspapers and calendars, search engines, and more.
NASA's Ask An Expert: NASA's source for space and science research help; search the archives of answered questions to see if your question has been addressed, or use the drop-down menus to browse through missions, topics, etc.
Reference.com: Extremely simple to use with a basic layout, this reference website lets you browse by category or search by keywords to research everything from food and health to history, beauty, education, technology, vehicles, art, and more.
Refdesk.com: Billing itself as the internet's fact-checker, this reference site includes in-depth research links to breaking news, editorials, Today in History, Word of the Day, Daily Pictures, and other references.
Encyclopedia.com: The number one online encyclopedia that lets you search over 200 reference books and encyclopedias at once.
Encyclopedia Britannica: One of the world's oldest encyclopedias online; has featured posts and category listings.
LibrarySpot.com: A research site that has indexed hundreds of sources. Includes a Must-See Sites list and a reference desk for a variety of topics.
Free Online Dictionary of Computing is a detailed computing dictionary for researching the meaning behind computer-related tools, standards, jargon, languages, and more.
Discover 37,107,457 images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States.
Find businesses, brands, and charities you can trust.
Cars: Buying or Selling
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.
AtoZ World Food: World's largest database of global food culture & recipes. Requires a VWPL Library Card.
AtoZ Food America: World's Largest database of Amerian food culture & recipes. Requires a VWPL Library Card.
Check out the Homework Help Section for Children, Young Adults, or Teachers & Parents!
How-To & DIY
The DIY Network: From remodeling to gardening to crafts, the all-new DIYNetwork.com provides resources and knowledge through step-by-step photos and videos to get any project done right.
Do It Yourself: DIY Projects, Craft Ideas & Tutorials To Make In 2020
Find information on job hunting and volunteer opportunities.
Just For Kids
Find informational, educational, and recreational links for Children & Young Adults!
Worldcat Search Page: To request items through WorldCat, please call the library at 217-935-5174 or email
I-Share Search Page: Search for items at Illinois colleges and Universities. Includes digital collections.
Local History & Genealogy
Find databases, websites, and local information on our Local History & Genealogy Page!
Magazines / Newspapers
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link to obits
Find staff picks, best sellers, award winners, and book reviews organized by age level!
Databases & Websites
eBooks & More
Instantly borrow digital movies, music, eBooks and more, 24/7 with your library card.
Overdrive, Library On The Go, & Libby all offer eBooks and eAudiobooks
cloudLibrary is being offered to our patrons through May 31st. cloudLibrary allows you access to ebooks & audiobooks. You will enter Illinois Heartland Library System for your local library.
What is eContent?
eContent includes books, audiobooks, and magazines you can download, in electronic format, to a device from any internet connection. Some examples of devices include Kindles, Nooks, iPads, and smartphones.
Do I have to have a library card to access eContent?
Yes, you must have a valid Vespasian Warner Public Library card in good standing to download eContent.
Can I use a card from a different library to download eContent from this site?
No. Because the library's contracts with eContent vendors are based on the library's service population, only Vespasian Warner Public Library patrons may download eContent from this site. Many more libraries are adding eContent. Check to see if yours does too.
What is Library-on-the-Go?
Library-on-the-Go is a library eBook cooperative. As a Vespasian Warner Public Library patron, you have access to thousands of eBooks on your tablet, eReader, or smart phone. For more information, click Library-on-the-go. You can also call the library at 217-935-5174 or email for help setting up you account.
What is the Hoopla?
With Hoopla you can instantly borrow movies, music, audiobooks, eBooks, comics, and more, 24/7 with your library card!!
I need help!
If you need help with eContent, or have an eReader (Kindle, Nook, iPad, smartphone, etc) or other device and need help in setting it up, the library is here to help! You can call
217-935-5174 or email to ask questions or to set up a one-on-one tutoring session with one of our staff members.