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Academic OneFile contains peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Includes extensive coverage of the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature, and other subjects.


Access Business News contains over 600 business sources from a local, national, and international perspective. Set up an alert to be notified of new articles on a particular topic.


Access World News features diverse global perspectives on issues and events related to business, economics, health, the environment, crime, education, science, the arts, literature, and more from a variety of current and retrospective news media including newspapers, newswires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, periodicals, videos, and web-only content.

AllData is a comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information. In library use only.

Ancestry Library Edition is a premier genealogy resource. Includes U.S. Census records, immigration files, plus much more. In library use only.


Biography in Context contains biographical information on more than 525,000 individuals from around the world and throughout history. Includes articles from books, magazines, and newspapers.

BookBrowse features reviews, recommendations, readalikes, author bios and interviews, resources for book clubs, and much more.

Books & Authors includes What Do I Read Next? print series, book reviews, and bibliographies. Create reading and search lists in the user accounts.


Brainfuse HelpNow provides live online tutoring from 2pm-11pm, plus a writing center (get individualized feedback on your papers) and a test center with practice tests for kids, teens, and adults (AP, ACT, GED, and much more!).


Brainfuse JobNow provides practical tools for job seekers. Use the Resume Lab to receive expert analysis of your resume, get live interview coaching from 2pm-11pm daily, plus browse other career, resume, and interview resources.


Brainfuse LearnNow provides live help from 2pm-11pm, plus lessons and practice tests for kids, teens, and adults on school and career topics (AP, ACT, GED, ASVAB, NCLEX, and much more!).

Brands and Their Companies contains directory information on brands and who makes them.


Business Insights: Essentials contains company profiles, brand and industry information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, and articles.

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Chicago Area Newspapers contains the full text of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1986 to the present, plus The Doings, Suburban Life, Daily Herald, SouthtownStar, and much more.

Chicago Consumers' Checkbook contains consumer ratings on businesses and services for the Chicago Metro area. Search for plumbers, roofers, doctors, dentists, and more. Now available from home! Note: registration is required.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archives contains the full text of the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to 1985. Browse front pages by date, search obituaries by name, and explore the news archive by date, era, or presidency.

Consumer Reports contains expert product reviews and ratings of cars, appliances, electronics, and more.

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Demographics Now contains census data plus demographics info to analyze population and marketing trends. Find data by town or create a custom region. 


Educator’s Reference Complete is a selection of more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education.

ERIC contains magazine articles on education topics.


Financial Ratings Series is a premier resource which provides independent ratings of life and annuity insurers, property and casualty insurers, plus health insurers. It also rates banks and credit unions, plus stocks and mutual funds. From Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings.

FirstSearch is a collection of 14 databases made possible by the Illinois State Library. Includes WorldCAT, ERIC, MEDLINE, and more.

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Gale Power Search provides simultaneous searching of all Gale products. Find reference books plus newspaper and magazine articles, academic journals, images, audio, and more.

Gale Virtual Reference Library contains over 400 full-text reference eBooks including encyclopedias, almanacs, and more. Use Power Search to find reference books from this database plus articles from Gale's Academic OneFile and General OneFile.


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Health & Wellness Resource Center contains up-to-date material on diseases and conditions, alternative medicine, drugs, and herbal remedies.

HeritageQuest Online is a genealogy and local history collection with access to the federal census 1790-1940, PERSI, Revolutionary War files, Freedman's Bank Records, and more.



Informe is a Spanish collection of full-text magazines. Covers business, health, technology, culture, current topics, and other subjects.

InfoTrac Newsstand is a collection of state and country newspapers, including The New York Times from 1985-present.

Investor's Business Daily contains stock market news and analysis. In library use only.

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Kids InfoBits is for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Features a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper, and reference content.



Legal Forms contains a wide selection of Illinois legal forms covering bankruptcy, divorce, landlord-tenant, wills, and more. Also includes a law dictionary.

LegalTrac contains major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals, and international legal journals. Included materials are selected based on criteria from the American Association of Law Libraries.

Literature Resource Center contains literary criticism, biographies of authors, bibliographies, work overviews and explanations, websites, and journal articles.

Literature Resources from Gale contains literature criticism, biographies, work/topic overviews, reviews, and full text of many literary works.

LitFinder contains poems, short stories, essays, plays, and speeches. Includes some full-text works, analysis, and criticism, plus author biographies. logo is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Course topics include Microsoft Office products, Adobe Photoshop, 3D printing, web design, social media marketing, and much more.

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Mango Languages is a language-learning system for foreign languages and ESL.

Medline via FirstSearch contains articles on medicine, dentistry, and nursing.

Morningstar Investment Research Center is a resource which provides real-time access to comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds. Visit the Help & Education section for the investment classroom and guides, video tutorials, glossary, and more.


NoveList Plus is a resource that helps readers discover what to read next and includes book discussion guides and series lists.


Opposing Viewpoints in Context contains topic overviews, primary source documents, statistics, images, plus full-text magazine, academic journal, and newspaper articles on today's hottest social issues.

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Public Records is a database of new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures, and bankruptcies for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties.



ReferenceUSA is a telephone directory of over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses (including historical data) and 89 million residential phone numbers. Search by industry or yellow page heading and limit by sales, business size, or geographical location. Also explore consumer and lifestyle data. Great for creating marketing lists or searching for a new job.



S&P NetAdvantage is a comprehensive source of business and investment information, offering online access to popular Standard & Poor’s research products such as Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Corporation Records, Company Profiles, The Outlook, Mutual Fund Reports, and more.

Science in Context contains articles from science journals and reference books covering all the sciences, including biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

Small Business Resource Center is a place to learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles, and websites.

Student Resources in Context is a resource for all core curriculum areas from history to literature to science. Content includes reference books, magazines, newspapers, academic journals, primary sources, and video and audio content.

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U.S. History in Context contains reference books, images, primary sources, academic journals, and more.


Value Line Investment Survey contains information about stocks, including small and large cap companies.


WorldCat is the online catalog to search for books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

World Book Online contains over 10,000 biographies, science experiments, a section in Spanish, and one for kids, and information on how to do research.

World History in Context contains reference books, images, primary sources, academic journals, and more.

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