• Shawnee Library System

    The Shawnee Library System is a local system including school districts, public libraries, special libraries, and academic libraries.

    Morris Library

    Southern Illinois University Library


    Librarian's Index to the Internet.  Sites chosen by librarians.  Good for school work.

    Internet Public Library

    The first public library of and for the Internet community.

    Library of Congress

    29 million books and other printed materials, 2.7 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, and 58 million manuscripts

    NYPL Reference Desk

    Indexes and reviews quality, credible, and timely reference resources that are free and family-friendly.

    WWW Virtual Library

    A large catalogue of useful web sites.


    This is a virtual library of Internet resources selected by librarians for scholastic uses. It contains databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs and articles. Best used by older students because the material is at a higher reading level than other sites.


    Illinois newspapers.

    Alta Vista

     150 million Web pages and 4 million articles from Usenet news

    Fast Search

     200 million Web pages, ultra quick searches, goal is to index "all the web"


     ranks the sites it finds taking into account how many other sites reference it


     110 million Web pages, as well as Usenet news and mailing lists


    Very famous search engine

    Webster's Dictionary

    Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

    I-Share Online Catalog

    Includes resources of 65 Illinois libraries.

    SIRS Discover

    Subscription based educational resources.


    This site makes a web diagram of your search topic. Web Brain is useful for refining your search, especially if you are a visual learner.


    This site organizes the hits by sub-categories. It is helpful for organizing a paper, and it limits the number of hits.


    This is a site managed by St. Ambrose University . It lists hot paper topics with links to good references selected by librarians. Great for Oral Communications classes.


    This is a search engine from the bookseller, Amazon.  It allows you to search the web, images, and references at the same time.  Really cool.


    Clustering search engine that somewhat takes the place of Boolean searching.


     Use the site to locate other specific-use search engines.