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Access thousands of global recipes from more than 174 countries, plus food culture information covering six categories: National Cuisine, Regional Cuisine, Daily Meals, Dining Etiquette, Special Occasion Foods, and Food Trivia. You can also search for vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, Kosher, and Halal recipes. Log into A to Z World Food with your Northbrook Library card number.

Quick background checks on individuals and businesses in the State of Illinois.

This independent, non-profit, consumer authority rates local service firms.

Contains full-text journals, magazines, health reference books and evidence-based health reports, medical images and diagrams, Magill's Medical Guide, drug information, Merriam-Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary and more.

One of the most trusted resources for information and advice on consumer products.

Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit member organization that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace.

From the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Look up licensing for healthcare professionals and companies in Illinois.

This tool will help discover which Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan to choose, how much it will cost, and will compare rates & plan benefits.

Tutorials to help become more comfortable using eBooks apps, language learning tools, streaming movies, and research databases as well as social media tutorials for Facebook, Linked-In, Goodreads, Twitter, etc.

Weiss Financial Ratings valuable financial literacy tools to help you track stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs; find the right banks, insurance, or financial products for you. Includes Medigap Reports.

These financial literacy tools include:

  • Conservative buy-hold-sell ratings of thousands of stocks, mutual funds & exchange-traded funds
  • Independent, unbiased financial strength ratings of banks, credit unions & insurance companies
  • Medicare supplement insurance (which plan to choose, how much it will cost, compare rates & plan benefits)