Databases & reference
Research everything from genealogy to product reviews, look up newspaper articles, consult reference databases, and more.
Search our online catalog for articles or browse one of the platforms below. Please note that not all material from these databases may be searchable through the catalog.
Reviews & Recommendations
Making a big purchase? Consult Consumer Reports for product ratings, reviews, recommendations, brand reliability, and buying advice.
Hobbies & How-to
Ancestry is now temporarily available from home through June 2021!
Search 4,000 genealogical and local history databases for information on over 4 billion names.
Auto Repair Source
Find information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1974. New repair procedures and updates are added continuously.
AtoZ Food America
AtoZ Food America brings together the vast variety of American cuisine into one easy to use resource. From regional cookbooks to an exploration of ethnic culinary influences, AtoZ Food America has something sure to educate and entertain everyone.
AtoZ World Travel
As you’re planning your next journey, make sure to take look at AtoZ World Travel for information about your destination. Regularly updated with information about numerous travel destinations, AtoZ World Travel is the place to begin planning your trip!
Jobs & Career
JobNow provides live help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job, including acing the interview, building a resume, and personality & career assessments. Live job coaches are available from 2 – 11 pm.
Access test prep and software tutorials, including practice tests for the ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and many career tests. Skill improvement tests for elementary, middle and high school students are also available.
Grow your skills with online training videos and courses in software, photography, business skills development, and much more—all taught by experts. Tutorials are designed for all levels from beginners to experts.
Note: On May 27, Lynda.com will become LinkedIn Learning—same quality content, new name!
Records and Directories
AtoZdatabases is ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities. Research companies, search for the perfect job, and access resume templates and interview tools.
Record Information Services
This database includes lists of new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures and sales, and bankruptcies in DuPage, Cook, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties.
Reference & Articles
Academic Search Complete
Access a scholarly, multi-disciplinary, full-text database including thousands of periodicals and peer-reviewed journals, plus indexing and abstracts for additional publications such as monographs, reports, and conference proceedings.
Business Source Premier
Access full text for scholarly business journals covering management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and much more, plus market research results from Datamonitor.
Consumer Health Complete
Consumer-oriented health content covering health-related topics from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.
History Reference Center
Explore this full-text history reference database featuring reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, and history periodicals, as well as thousands of historical documents, biographies of historical figures, photos, maps, and historical video.
Literary Reference Center
Access a variety of information on authors and their works across literary disciplines and eras. Includes biographies, book reviews, criticism, and synopses from authoritative reference sources, journals, and original analysis.
MasterFILE provides full text for roughly 1700 general interest, business, consumer health, general science, and multicultural periodicals, as well as reference books and primary source documents.
Read full-text newspaper articles and television and radio transcripts. Includes the Associated Press (AP), CNN Wire, PR Wire, UPI (United Press International), Xinhua, The Chicago Citizen, and more.
Points of View Reference Center
Points of View Reference Center provides essays and resources on current issues from multiple points of view, along with questions for discussion and full-text, supporting articles sourced from major publications.
Science Reference Center
Read full-text articles on topics that include biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.
TeachingBooks provides resources for children’s and young adult books, selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities for K-12 students.
Find extensive financial and statistical data from independent analysts. Includes recent news and analysis, plus educational tools and information on building an investment portfolio.