START with these databases:
Historic Map Works
This high quality, full color digital collection of historic maps is one of the most extensive available. The core of the collection consists of over 1.5 million maps of the United States and the world.
LiveMocha offers accessible and engaging online language courses in 35 languages. With more than 9 million members from 195 countries, LiveMocha's online learning community allows people around the world to help each other learn and communicate with native speakers in a fun and friendly way.
• National Geographic Kids
Contains National Geographic Kids magazine 2009-present (3 month embargo), 200 National Geographic Kids books, and 500 kid-friendly and downloadable images.
• National Geographic Virtual Library
Contains National Geographic magazine 1888-Current, National Geographic Traveler magazine 2010-Current, as well as hundreds of videos, maps, atlases, and other downloadable images.
• Sanborn Maps, Illinois
Sanborn maps are large-scale plans of a city or town from 1867-1970. The maps list street blocks and building numbers in use at the time the map was made and previous numbers.
• Social Explorer
Provides quick and easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information, as well as tools to create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze, and understand demography and social change.
Additional databases to search:
• Credo Literati
An online platform that combines reliable, citable reference content with your library's resources and helps you to do faster, more effective research.
Features cultures of 182 countries, including maps, statistics, photographs, national anthems, recipes and currency converters. Includes information about each U.S. state as well.
• Mango Languages
Easy and fun online language-learning system teaches conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Great for travelers, beginners and ESL students. Listen, repeat, and learn using material designed from native conversations.
• Transparent Language Online / Byki
Allows library patrons to follow a simple, linear, learning progression, or jump right in and explore the many, exciting language and culture resources. With 80+ languages to choose from, there is something for every language learner.
Those familiar with Byki™ Online can rest assured; Transparent Language Online contains the entire collection of Byki material and much more.
• World Geography and Culture
Reproducible, full-color maps, flags, statistics, images, and information about a location's geography, government, history, society, and culture.