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Library Databases

EBSCO – Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier focuses on all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. This database is updated daily on EBSCOhost. Business Source Premier provides full text for more than 2,300 journals, including more than 1,100 peer-reviewed titles dating back to 1886, with searchable cited references back to 1998.

EBSCO – Regional Business News

Regional Business News provides comprehensive full text coverage for more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Foundation Directory Online

Partially funded by the Dekalb County Community Foundation.
Access detailed information about grants including requirements, profiles on granting institutions, information about key decision makers and leaders. In-library use only. Training is available by request by calling (815) 756-9568 ext. 2150.


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.

Lawchek Online

Lawchek 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.

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 answer legal questions.


Reference USA provides data on 24 million U.S. businesses, white pages for locating over 89 million U.S. residents, and resources for locating jobs and internships, and healthcare professionals.


Wealth Engine provides information to help non-profit organizations or businesses identify potential donors. In-library use only. Training is available by request by calling (815) 756-9568 ext. 2150.


Other Resources


The only association in Illinois that represents grantmakers, nonprofits, and their advisors, along with their allies. Visit the ForeFront website for a complete calendar of programs for grantmakers and nonprofits.

Foundation Directory Online Quick Start

FDO Quick Start includes basic profiles of nearly 90,000 U.S. foundations. Users can search by name, EIN, and location (state, county, city, metro area, congressional district, and ZIP code). Profiles include a foundation’s background, purpose and activities statement, program area(s), fields of interest, financial data, and 990-PFs. The programs and interests fields are not searchable, but those fields appear in the profiles. Keyword searching across all 990-PFs is included. FDO Quick Start is free although users will need to register and create their own account.


A service of the Foundation Center, GrantCraft is a collection of resources for anyone who works for a foundation including board members, executives, program staff, and grants managers.


A free service of The Foundation Center. It offers information and resources to meet the needs of nonprofits including tutorials on nonprofit funding, grant writing and non-profit management.

Purdue Online Writing Lab – Job Search Writing

Get advice on job applications, as well as step-by-step guidance for crafting effective résumés and cover letters.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The government’s premier source of career guidance, featuring hundreds of occupations. Revised every 2 years. Learn what training, education, and/or experience is required, see projections for job opportunities, and research salary ranges.

Illinois workNet

Illinois workNet seamlessly connects people to local and statewide in-person and online services and is open to all Illinois’ citizens, employers, and education and workforce partners. Connect to resources and tools for job searching, resume building, career preparation and exploration, adult career transition, and referrals for work support such as financial aid, child care and much more; and programs for veteran and disability resources, assistance for dislocated workers and resources and guidance for laid off workers.

(Job Opportunities with DeKalb Public Library)[link to internal job page]

Job Opportunities with Northern Illinois University

Job Opportunities with the City of DeKalb

Job Opportunities with DeKalb County

Job Opportunities with the State of Illinois

Job Opportunities with the Federal Government