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A-Z Resources

Library Databases

American Indian History Online

Funded by the Brian D. Slavenas Center for Cross-Cultural Understanding
The two Facts on File databases, African-American History Online and American Indian History Online, each focus on the history and culture of their respective population group. Information includes articles, videos and photographs, primary source material, biographies and maps. Both databases include curriculum tools for students and teachers. The databases can be searched separately or together as one resource.

African-American History Online

Funded by the Brian D. Slavenas Center for Cross-Cultural Understanding
The two Facts on File databases, African-American History Online and American Indian History Online, each focus on the history and culture of their respective population group. Information includes articles, videos and photographs, primary source material, biographies and maps. Both databases include curriculum tools for students and teachers. The databases can be searched separately or together as one resource

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library is available only in the library and no library card is needed. Databases are worldwide and cover censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, court and legal documents, military records from the colonial to the Vietnam era; directories, photos, maps, and more. Search results can be sent to your home email.

Brainfuse HelpNow

Brainfuse HelpNow is a database designed for test preparation and learners of all ages.

It includes:

  • Live online homework help and writing assistance from Brainfuse tutors
  • A study suite of assessment and learning tools such a skills tutoring, practice tests, and flashcards
  • Features to help users for online study groups, share knowledge, and collaborate with others
  • A Unique center for adult learners featuring live online tutoring, writing assistance, and test preparation

Brainfuse JobNow

Brainfuse JobNow is a database designed for individuals researching careers and looking for jobs.

It includes:

  • Carefully-selected job resources, including an exclusive partnership with eParachute
  • The ability to connect to a expert JobNow Coach to learn efficient job search strategies
  • Expert resume and cover letter writing assistance, including resume templates available for download and resources for producing better resumes.
  • Live online job interview practice from JobNow coaches
  • Foundational, career-enhancing skills, along with test preparation (including the High School Equivalency and the US Citizenship tests) and a unique academic skills center featuring live, online tutors.

Business Source Premier

The industry’s most widely used business research database, Business Source Premier features full text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines.

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

Consumer Reports

Doing research takes time. Choosing the wrong product wastes money. Provide trusted information for making the smart choice. Enable thorough product comparisons with Consumer Reports’s comprehensive archive of expert, unbiased product reviews.  Please click the link then click “consumerreports.org” to access the site.

EBSCOhost Research Databases

Search or browse one or all of our research databases for up-to-date, factual information on a variety of topics. Databases include Business Source Premier, Current Biography Illustrated, EBSCOhost eBook Collection, Literary Reference Center, MasterFILE Elite, MasterFILE Premier, and Regional Business News.

FirstSearch Databases

FirstSearch is a group of thirteen databases, some of which are available in full-text with images. The most popular of these is WorldCat, used for searching library materials worldwide. Searchable among some of the other databases are scholarly journals and Latin American journals in science and the humanities, government documents, papers and dissertations from worldwide conferences and the educational articles of ERIC.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a collection of many reference books brought together in one database. There are reference books in the subjects of biography, business, education, environment, general reference including sports, history, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nation and world, religion, science, and social studies. You can search by subject or you can search the reference book of your choice in its entirety, using the chapter headings or the index.

Health Reference Center

Funded by Northwestern Medicine.
Health Reference Center is a Facts on File database that allows you to search by subject information on things like body systems, diseases and disorders, drug abuse and addiction, mental health and developmental disorders, nutrition and wellness, or even by medical test. There are specific health centers with health information specific to teen’s, women’s, men’s, children’s and senior’s health.

Heritage Quest Online 

Heritage Quest is available only in the library and no library card is needed. Records include: city directories from 1821-1989; U.S. censuses; Freedman Bank records, an important African American genealogy resource; Revolutionary War records; the U.S. Congressional Serial Set with all House and Senate reports and documents published since 1817; and PERSI, a comprehensive index of local history and genealogy periodicals articles. Search results can be sent to your email.

Lawcheck Online

Lawcheck is designed for both the layperson and the attorney, offering simple answers to everyday legal questions. Currently, the site covers eleven areas of the law: Bankruptcy, Contracts, Corporations, Criminal Law, Domestic/Family Law, Education, Intellectual Properties (Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks), Landlord/Tenant, Real Estate, Trial/Litigation, and Wills/Estates.

Learning Express Library

Learning Express Library helps libraries improve the lives of their patrons every day through a highly-acclaimed eLearning solution that provides support to students and professionals for academic skill-building, standardized test prep, career certification test prep and more.

Legal Self-Help Center

The Legal Self-Help Center is for Illinois residents who need help in solving their legal problems. The site offers forms, videos, and all sorts of different resources to help residents with their legal questions

Literary Reference Center

This rich full-text database provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames. It gives students, teachers, and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs. Learn about authors, read critical analyses of many works, and get full-text access to many classics.

Mango Languages

Reach conversational proficiency in 72 languages, including English as a Second Language, good for tourists or beginners. Free app for iOS and Android available.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Morningstar Investment Research Center is a comprehensive resource for financial information on stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and market overviews. Morningstar includes an Investment Classroom offering courses to strengthen your investment skills.

Novelist

NoveList is the premier database of reading recommendations. It provides intuitive book suggestions that inspire adult and young readers’ love of the written word.

NoveList K-8

NoveList K-8 gives intuitive book suggestions specifically for readers in the elementary and middle grades.

OMNI Overdrive Portal

A large selection of popular fiction and nonfiction eBooks and eAudiobooks.

PressReader

PressReader provides full text, full color access to over 4000 newspapers and magazines from 100 countries in 60 languages. The issues are current and archived for one to two weeks. Included are the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and USA Today. Managed by ProQuest.

RBdigital

Downloadable and streaming eAudiobooks.

ReferenceUSA

Reference USA is an online database that provides data for 24 million U.S. businesses searched by company name or custom searched by specific criteria. Reference USA includes additional databases for searching U.S. jobs and internships, U.S. healthcare professionals, and white pages for locating over 89 million U.S. residents.

TumbleBook Library

TumbleBook Library is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world.

Over 1100 titles for grades K-6, including unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, graphic novels, math stories, national geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French.

TumbleBookCloud

eBooks and educator resources for middle schoolers and high schoolers.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

An online collection of eBooks and read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books specifically for kids in grades three to six.

Value Line Database

Value Line specializes in financial data for over 6,000 stocks, 18,000 mutual funds, 200,000 options and other securities. Search by company name or ticker symbol for an interactive, customized report including a link to the traditional Value Line print edition report as a PDF.