E-Books to download or read on-line

Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/

Bibliomania: http://www.bibliomania.com/

Cornell Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/index.php


Local colleges and universities

Rend Lake College: http://www.rlc.edu/

Southwestern Illinois College: http://www.swic.edu/

Eastern Illinois Community Colleges: http://www.iecc.edu/

Southern Illinois University: http://www.siu.edu/


Free on-line college courses

OpenCourseWare is part of a new educational movement initiated by MIT that provides free access to course content for everyone online. You won’t receive college credit for these courses, but you get the benefit of their content. A few of their websites are listed here. Some allow you to download lectures to read; others provide links to audio or video. Check it out!

Huge list of open courses, eBooks, eEncyclopedias


MIT: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses

Tufts University: http://ocw.tufts.edu/

University of California/Irvine: http://ocw.uci.edu/courses/

University of California/Berkeley: http://webcast.berkeley.edu/

Carnegie Mellon University: http://oli.web.cmu.edu/openlearning/

Open University (UK): http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/


Nearby public libraries

Sparta Public Library: http://www.sparta.lib.il.us/

Chester Public Library: http://www.chester.lib.il.us/


Federal government

Social Security: http://www.ssa.gov/

Medicare: http://www.medicare.gov/

IRS (Internal Revenue Service): http://www.irs.gov/

Federal Student Aid: http://www.fafsa.gov

Funding Education Beyond High School: http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/guide

Federal Student Aid at a Glance: http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/pubs


State and local government

State of Illinois: http://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Randolph County: http://www.randolphco.org/gov/

Village of Steeleville: http://www.steeleville.org/


Illinois information

FindIt Illinois: http://www.finditillinois.org/

Illinois Statutes: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs.asp

Illinois Self-Help Law: http://www.law.siu.edu/selfhelp/

Illinois Legal Aid: http://www.IllinoisLegalAid.org



FamilySearch: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp

Illinois Genealogical Society: http://www.ilgensoc.org/

Illinois State Genealogy Records: https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/home.html

Randolph County Genealogy Society: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilrcgs/



Illinois Topographic Maps: http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/maps/

Illinois Township Maps and Plats: http://landplats.ilsos.net/



Health Topics: http://www.healthfinder.gov/

MedLine Plus: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

Drug Information: http://www.pdrhealth.com/home/home.aspx
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