Databases at Your Library
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offers searchable full-text electronic editions of the Chicago Sun-Times (1986-current), the Joliet Herald News (1997-current), and the Chicago Tribune Historical Archive (1849-1984), along with over one hundred other Chicago-area newspapers.
is a collection of databases containing genealogical information for individuals from North America, the UK, Europe, and Australia. In-Library use only
Auto Repair Reference Center
contains do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added to the product on a regular basis. All of the content has been created by ASE certified technicians.
Business Source Premier
provides full text business journals, market research reports, industry reports, country reports, and company profiles.
provides online access to repair, maintenance and service information on automobiles and light trucks.
Consumer Health Complete
is a resource for consumer-oriented health content, including medical reference works, drug information, and instructional videos.
enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. In addition to product ratings and reviews, users will find in-depth advice, tips and trends written by Consumer Reports experts.
offers cultural and statistical information for countries and peoples of the world.
provides coverage of the arts, society, geography, history, philosophy, religion, sports, science, and technology as well as current international events and newspapers through the Americana Journal.
Global Road Warrior
is a comprehensive social, cultural, and travel resource for both students and travelers.
provides American genealogical resources including the United States Federal Census, local history books, Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, and Freedman's Bank records.
History Reference Center
features full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers, such as Branden Publishing, Compass Point Books, Houghton Mifflin, Lerner Publishing Group, Mason Crest Publishers, Morgan Reynolds Inc., Oliver Press, Oxford University Press, Rourke Publishing LLC., Salem Press, Stackpole Books, Toucan Valley Publications and more.
Home Improvement Reference Center
features full-text content from leading home improvement magazines images not found anywhere else online, and videos of popular home repair projects. All of the content is organized in a powerful, easy-to-use manner so that users can quickly gain the information they need.
offers comprehensive courses in a variety of subjects and practice tests based on the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB, and others. It also offers computer tutorials, job searching resources, and skill-builders for students from elementary school through college.
Legal Information Reference Center
contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms. The full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo, the nation’s oldest and most-respected provider of legal information for consumers and small businesses. The database also offers the everyday user the necessary tools and detailed "how-to" instructions to independently address a wide-range of legal issues.
Literary Reference Center Plus
is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. LRC is a full text database that combines content from major respected reference works, monographs, classic books and anthologies, literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing.
contains full text for hundreds of popular high school magazines covering a wide-range of subject areas including history, science, careers and much more. It also provides full text for biographies and primary source documents, hundreds of reference books (including the CIA World Fact Book), an Image Collection containing photos, maps & flags, color PDFs.
provides full text access to general reference publications, reference books, and primary source documents.
Middle Search Plus
contains primary source documents including Essential Documents in American History, reference books such as the Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia; New Oxford American Dictionary, 2nd Edition; Encyclopedia of Animals; and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
offers financial resources for all experience levels with information on reports and analysis of stocks, mutual funds, and exchange traded funds, as well as tools for managing investments.
New Book of Popular Science
covers the worlds of science, technology, and medicine with articles and photos, maps, and technical illustrations.
provides recommended reads, book discussion guides, and author read-alikes for fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and teens.
Novelist K-8 Plus
provides Grab and Go Book Lists, recommended reads, Award Lists, and Lexile scores for fiction and non-fiction titles for children age Kindergarten through 8th grade.
provides access to downloadable Audibooks and eBooks and contains both fiction and non-fiction titles for adults, teens, and children.
Aggregates billions of public records into one easy-to-use interface and manages the information with cutting-edge privacy technology.
Points of View Reference Center
contains resources that present multiple sides of an issue. This database provides the basis from which students can realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.
Pop Culture Universe
is an authoritative digital library of information on American and world popular culture, past and present.
ProQuest Chicago Tribune
offers searchable full-text electronic editions of the Chicago Tribune (1985-present) and Historical Chicago Tribune (1849-1987).
Public Records Electronic Database
compiles public information from Will, Cook and surrounding counties and includes new homeowners and mortgages, new business licenses and incorporations, tax liens, tax sales for property, and foreclosures and bankruptcies.
contains details of businesses and consumer households in the United States and is useful for finding people and businesses as well as compiling business mailing lists.
Science in Context
provides access to science titles and full-text articles from science magazines.
Science Reference Center
covers topics that include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.
contains full text access to magazines and encyclopedias for elementary school age students.
is an online collection of animated, talking picture books for children.
Tumble Book Cloud
is an online high school and middle school collection. This collection contains a vast array of Young Adult/Teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, audiobooks, popular graphic novels, and world class educational videos from National Geographic.
Tumble Book Cloud Junior
is a great option for adventurous young readers who wish to go beyond the picture book collection in Tumble Book Library. Tumble Book Cloud Junior contains early reader chapter books, children's classics, graphic novels, children's audio books, and new National Geographic videos.
Virtual Reference Library
is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference books on subjects such as History, Business, and Health.