Alphabetical List of Reference Databases 
Designed to help young children (ages 2–7+) build a strong foundation for academic success. is 100% educational, with more than 4,000 learning activities across all major subject areas-reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. (In-Library Access Only)


Academic Search Premier
A scholarly resource that contains more than 8,500 journals, full text for more than 46,000 articles, and PDF backfiles to 1975 for over 100 of the journals. 


Ancestry Library Edition
Provides access to over a billion names in hundreds of databases, including records from the complete U.S. Federal Census (1790-1950), military records, court, land and probate records, vital and church records, directories, passenger lists, and more. (In-Library Access Only)


AtoZdatabases is the premier job search, reference & mailing list database including 30 million business & executive profiles and 220 million residents. 

AtoZ Food America
Visit AtoZ Food America to learn about foods from around the country.

AtoZ World Travel
AtoZ World Travel is a comprehensive
travel resource with information about points of interest, security, transportation, food and recipes, culture, language, and more. 

Auto Repair Source
The Auto Repair Source contains repair and maintenance information for most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, technical service bulletins (TSBs), and updates are added to each product on a regular basis.

Black Life In America
The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media from 1783 to today. 

Business Searching Interface

Business Searching Interface
The Business Searching Interface (BSI) provides business researchers with highly refined tools to conduct sophisticated searches for the business content that they require. Access the full text business content of Business Source® Premier and Business Source® Complete.

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Business Source Premier
A full text business database including topics like marketing, management, accounting, finance, economics and more.

Chicago Community Collection
This database includes archived material from the following local newspapers: Hillside Suburban Life (2007-2013), Maywood Herald (1995-2006), Melrose Park Herald (1995-2006), Proviso Herald (2006-2011), and West Proviso Herald (1995-2006).

Chicago Defender Historical Archive
Search full-text articles from the National Edition from 1909-1975 and the Daily Edition from 1973- present.

Chicago Sun Times
Explore Chicago history through local news, events and people with the Chicago Sun-Times Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. 

Chicago Tribune
Search full-text articles from 1985-present.
Chicago Tribune Historical Archive
Search full-text articles from 1849-1993.

Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook
Provides consumer ratings on service providers in the Chicagoland area.  

Comics Plus
Comics Plus gives you unlimited access to thousands of digital comics, graphic novels and manga from a variety of publishers – no holds or wait lists required.

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Consumer Health Complete
This full-text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children’s health, men & women’s health, etc.

ConsumerReports.org_button_200x100 provides ratings, reviews, recommendations, and buying advice for thousands of products and services. 

Creativebug is a crafting resource for all ages with video tutorials on everything from knitting and crocheting to art and design for crafters of all experience levels.  Downloadable patterns, templates, and recipes are available at your fingertips.  

Educate Station
Access printable materials and curriculum for homeschool students and supplementary materials for teachers or parents seeking practice materials for their children.  

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EBSCO Discovery Service
EBSCO Discovery Service brings together the most comprehensive collection of high-end full text content from the library’s EBSCO collection.  


ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. 

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Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Access over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

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Gale Virtual Reference
Keyword searchable encyclopedias and reference books related to the arts, biographies, business, education, general reference, multicultural studies, religion, social sciences and more. These titles are online versions of the same Gale print reference sources.

Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704-today. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images.

Hillside Suburban Life
Search full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from archived issues of the Hillside Suburban Life from 2007-2013.  Available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Hispanic Life in America
The experience and impact of Hispanic Americans as recorded by the news media from 1704 to today.

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History Reference Center
A full-text history reference database designed for secondary school students and above. The database has full text reference books, encyclopedias, and history journals.

Hiveclass is the Digital Encyclopedia for youth sports training, a platform that makes it easy for families
to access high quality, educational videos in various sports and activities. 

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Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
This database offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. 

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Home Improvement Reference Center
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. 

Kanopy provides patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.

Legal Information Reference Center
Navigate legal matters of all kinds with reliable “how-to” information and thousands of federal, multi-state and state-specific legal forms. Legal matters covered include: business, corporations, patents, copyrights, trademarks, family affairs, divorce, property, real estate, immigration, financial planning, wills, estates and more.

LinkedIn Learning
Choose from thousands of online courses and video tutorials to learn business, software technology and creative skills from real-world industry experts. 

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Literary Reference Center
This is a full-text database that combines information from reference works, books and literary journals. Included are plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, articles/essays of literary criticism, author biographies, book reviews, poems and short stories, and author interviews.

Little Pim
Language learning for kids, pre-K to Grade 2.  Languages covered:  Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, English, German, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese and Korean.  Access Little Pim through Mango Languages. 

Mango Languages
Mango is an online language-learning system to help you reach proficiency in over 70 foreign language, including English as a second language.

MasterFILE Complete

MasterFILE Complete
This database provides full text for more than 2,000 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1922. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest. 


Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE provides authoritative information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. 

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Middle Search Plus
Middle Search Plus contains full text for more than 150 popular middle school magazines and reference books. There are thousands of biographies, historical essays, photos, maps and flags.

Morningstar Investment Research Center
Up-to-date and in-depth recommendations on mutual funds, stocks, exchange traded funds, companies and investment portfolio tools.  

New York Times Historical Archive
Search full-text articles from 1851-2019.
NoveList K8 Plus

NoveList K-8 Plus
This fiction and nonfiction database is aimed at helping readers find the books they want to read. Full text reviews and read-alikes are available for many titles. NoveList k-8 allows users to search by author, title, series, theme, or topic.

NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus
An extensive database of fiction and nonfiction for adults, teens, and children offering subject access and full text reviews. Author read-alikes, awards, theme-oriented book lists, book discussion guides, book talks and feature articles for a wide range of reading interests.

Points of View Reference Center
Gain a balanced perspective on current issues. This full-text database contains essays and articles that present multiple sides of an issue. 

Primary Search

Primary Search
A database that contains full text for more than 80 popular elementary school magazines, in addition to reference books. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator.

Public Records Electronic Database
Search for real estate transactions, new businesses, foreclosures, auctions, and bankruptcies in Cook County and a growing number of Chicago-land counties.


Publication Finder Interface
Publication Finder Interface allows users to search the various resource publications featured in the library’s collection.

Regional Business News

Regional Business News
Articles from 80 regional business publications, including Crain’s Chicago Business, can be searched and viewed on this database.

Scholastic BookFlix
The online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks. An engaging way to link fact and fiction. BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and provides an introduction to a world of knowledge and exploration.

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Scholastic TrueFlix
Scholastic TrueFlix is an online Whiteboard resource focusing on engaging science and social studies content for students spanning grades 3-5.

Science reference center

Science Reference Center
A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. It also contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.

Value Line

Value Line Investment Research
Value Line covers over 3,500 stocks across 100 industries and represents 90% of the market capitalization of all stocks traded in the U.S. markets. 

Wall Street Journal Historical Archive
Search full-text articles from 1889-2011.
Washington Post Historical Archive
Search full-text articles from 1877-2007.