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Legal Forms and Resources @ your library

Ask us at the Info desk if you need help downloading the forms or finding articles. The Legal Forms database allows you to find forms you need from the library computers and at home with your library card.  You can use Legal Forms to design your own forms for business and personal uses. [Click the image below for links to access – you may need your library card number from home]



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Practice makes perfect!

If you are planning to take the SAT, GRE, GED or other career qualifying exam, click here to practice the exams using the Testing & Education Reference Center. Your library card allows you to spend time focusing on the tests and sample questions to prepare you for the best scores! You can take the tests over and over again to get it just right!

Practice taking your entrance and qualifying exams on the Testing & Education Reference Center

Testing & Education Reference Center

Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) is designed to help students — in high school, graduate school, and specialty school and beyond — make their future education decisions easier. TERC is provides easy access to information on colleges, technical schools, practice entrance exams, and certification and professional license exams that show students what to expect and how to prepare for — and excel at — the next level. Plus, the resume Builder and Virtual career library make TERC perfect for job seekers by providing specific examples and tips for the job search. It also provides provides a vast collection of information on two- and four-year institutions across the United States to help students (and parents) screen potential schools.  This resource is available in the library or from home 24/7.  Contact us if you need help.

HSPT (High School Placement Test)
ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam)
SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test)
SHSAT (Specialized High Schools Admission Test)
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
Academic Skills Question Banks
Mathematics, Grades 6-8
Mathematics, Grades 9-12
Reading, Grades 6-8
Reading, Grades 9-12
Science, Grades 9-12
Writing, Grades 6-8
Writing, Grades 9-12
AP (Advanced Placement)
AP Biology
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Chemistry
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP European History
AP Human Geography NEW
AP Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics
AP Physics B
AP Physics C
AP Psychology
AP Spanish Language
AP Statistics
AP U.S. Government and Politics
AP U.S. History
AP World History
COOP (Cooperative Entrance Examination)
HSPT (High School Placement Test)
ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam)
SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test)
SHSAT (Specialized High Schools Admission Test)
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
Nail Technology
Esthetics Fundamentals
Esthetics Advanced
Firefighter Exam
Law Enforcement Exams
Border Patrol
Corrections Officer
Court Officer
Parole Officer
Police Officer
Police Promotion
Probation Officer
State Trooper
Medical/Nursing Exams
Medical Assistant Course
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
Ethics in America
Introduction to Computing
Management Information Systems
Principles of Supervision
Substance Abuse
SAT Subject Tests
Biology E/M
Math Level 1
Math Level 2
U.S. History
World History
International Tools
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
TOEFL Reading Comprehension
TOEFL Vocabulary
TOEFL Writing and Grammar
TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication)
U.S. Citizenship
Accountant/Auditor Exams
ACT WorkKeys
Reading for Information
Applied Mathematics
American Foreign Service Officer
Basic Computer Skills
Microsoft Windows 7 NEW
Microsoft Word 2010 NEW
Microsoft Excel 2010 NEW
Microsoft Access 2010 NEW
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 NEW
Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)
Postal 473/473-C Exams
Postal 710/711 Exams
Real Estate
Court Officer
Parole Officer
Probation Officer
Treasury Enforcement Agent


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New Resource for Readers

We’ve just added a new online reference for popular book club selections called “Twenty First Century Novels.”   It’s an encyclopedia of background information and analysis for better understanding new “literary” titles from the past ten years.

Examples of titles discussed include “Empire Falls,” “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” “The Kite Runner,” “Prodigal Summer,” and the Harry Potter series, among dozens of others.

If you’ve enjoyed these books and would like to learn a little more about the book’s themes, writing style, what the critics thought, and more, you’ll enjoy this database.  If you’re looking for a good book to suggest for your book group, or want to prepare for a discussion, you can really impress everyone with your knowledge of the book!

Also handy for school reports, so let the students in your life know about this.

Click here for the link to all of our literature and reading resources.

Other books included:


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Homework Help Myths

We continue to hear about people who think they can’t use the public library because they have to pay non-resident fees.  We’d like to dispel that myth and assure parents, teachers and students that the resources are available even if they can’t afford a card to check out materials. 

There is no charge to use library materials in the library for studying or taking a test, for using our public or homework computers for writing, or for asking for homework help from our staff.  The public library is open Saturdays and 4 evenings a week, so they can use a library when the school library isn’t open.  We have many new resources—in traditional print format and online.

 The policies about library cards are listed on our website and you may want to know that library cards are available to staff of the Burlington-Edison School District No. 100, local private schools, child care centers and other educational facilities located in Burlington without charge!

 Here are some highlights of our online resources.  They can be used in the library, or, if you have a library card, you can access them 24/7 from the comfort of your home!

 BESD Curriculum, CBA book lists, and new materials are listed in the Online Catalog.

  • Advance your prospects with Learning Express database.  Here you can find practice tests and ebooks for GED, college entrance exams, license exams, civil service skill testing, job-hunting help, etc.
  • Find articles, or research subjects from popular and academic magazines with ProQuest, Expanded Academic Index, and General One file.
  • Researching a specific subject?  Different databases you can use are listed on Reference and Homework A – Z page – look for Opposing Viewpoints In Context, Biography In Context, History In Context, and the Literature Resource Center.
  • Interested in learning another language?   Powerspeak  is an online resource that uses a fun multimedia approach to teach you Spanish, French, ESL, German or Mandarin.
  • Help your younger children enjoy books online with Tumblebook Library.  Listen and watch stories read out loud; use ebooks and audiobooks; see children’s books in French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Russian; and play games and puzzles to learn word, memory, and spelling skills.
  • Questions ? – Ask Us !



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Long-distance reference question

My husband Martin just took a trip to Minneapolis/St.Paul related to his recently published historical novel, Vis Major. He was presenting an author reading at the James Hill House in St. Paul, and then planned a side trip to Wisconsin to find the graves of some of the real-life characters in his novel.

He called me after he landed in St. Paul to ask me a long-distance reference question:  a little research using the library’s geneaology database Heritage Quest. He wanted me to check the 1880 census for the names of his character’s parents and siblings. It just took a minute or two, and I had the information he wanted.

We’re always happy to help people with phone reference questions!  Of course, if he’d had his library card with him, he could even have done the research himself on a public computer at his hotel or a local library (though that may be a lot to ask of a man who can’t remember what goes where when he empties the dishwasher).

Your Burlington Public Library card: don’t leave home without it.

Author Martin Burwash in train-chasing mode.


PS  Happy Birthday, Martin!


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And speaking of technology…

A patron came in this morning looking on information about Santeria, a rather little-known religion with East African and Caribbean roots.  She’s doing a research paper on it, and hadn’t been able to find in-depth information anywhere.   I showed her how to go to our library website, and then to our (amazing) collection of databases, where we opened “Extended Academic Index” and… zap! Zowie!  We found 116 links to professional journal articles, 43 links to popular magazine article, and 36 news articles.  I felt like SuperLibrarian: able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…

 You may not be interested in Santeria, but if you don’t know about our database collection, ask.   Whatever your interests, they are a fast ticket to current, authoritative information that you can’t find for free on the Internet.  Plus, using them is so fun.  Ask us!
                                                                                    –Mary Beth


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