Learning and Research
Search tools for research and learning
Use the search tools below to find information on a little bit of everything from finding a new book, learning a new language or skill, prep for tests and resources for small business owners.
A gateway for Idaho residents for free access to online tools for their educational, business, and recreational needs. The LiLI databases provide easy online access to the full text of thousands of magazines, professional journals, reference materials, and newspapers. Also included are databases for personal and professional development, including auto repair, readers’ advisory, health information, language learning, genealogy, scholarly research, computer and software literacy, practice tests for college and occupational entrance exams, and much, much more!
Assisted Living Research Institute is a community organization that prioritizes helping those that are disabled, and the elderly, fully enjoy their healthy years and age gracefully. Visit their website to search for assisted living by location, find resources for veterans and assisted living options for people with disabilities.
A tool from the Idaho Department of Labor to help you identify your ideal career, plus the education and training necessary to realize your goals. CIS username and password are required for login.
DMV Permit Written Test
Resources to help you prepare for the Idaho driver’s license written test. You’ll find study questions with immediate feedback and practice tests for a regular driving permit, and commercial driver’s license (CDL), and a motorcycle permit. Study materials and practice tests are free; no registration required.
A collection of electronic specialized encyclopedias and reference books on a wide variety of subject areas can be searched individually or as a whole.
A resource for learning or refreshing skills in many topics, including math, reading, writing, and computer basics. The College Preparation Center topics include ACT, SAT, AP, and PSAT. The Career Center topics include career preparation topics in allied health, teaching, law enforcement, and many more. Registration required.
Registration and Access: To access a tutorial, test, or eBook, all new users must register by clicking “Register Now” in the lower right corner of the homepage or “Register” to the right of any product title. On the registration window, users provide their name and a valid email address, create a password, and click “Create Account.” These are all required fields. The email address will become the username and be used for a password reset if needed.
Returning users simply enter their username and password in the “Sign in to Your Account” section in the lower right corner of the homepage or “Login” to the right of any product title.
Search for fiction and nonfiction books by author, author read-alikes, series, subject, or title. You’ll also find recommendations based on your search, Book Discussion Guides, Grab and Go Booklists, nonfiction Picture Book Extenders in NoveList K-8, Common Core Connections, Curricular Connection articles, and much more.
Have you thought about learning a new language? Maybe you want to brush up on your language skills for an upcoming trip. Thanks to the Idaho Commission for Libraries you can do just that online, and it’s free! Pronunciator offers self-directed lessons in 98 languages. Give it a try today!
The Idaho Small Business Development Center empowers business success through our no-cost and confidential consulting and affordable training to small businesses throughout our state. Their services are open to current business owners and those planning to start a business.