Alphabetical List of Reference Databases (In-Library Access Only)
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Academic Search Premier
A scholarly resource that contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, full text for more than 46,000 articles, and PDF backfiles to 1975 for over 100 of the journals. The database covers biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, religion, theology and more.


Ancestry Library Edition
Provides access to over a billion names in hundreds of databases, including records from the complete U.S. Federal Census (1790-1930), 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. Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

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. With 202 World City Travel Guides covering
67 topics each, plus an additional 57 travel resources, AtoZ World Travel provides the
knowledge you need to experience the world and all its wonders.

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.

Business Searching Interface

Business Searching Interface
EBSCO Publishing has created a business-specific interface for use with appropriate Business Source® databases. The Business Searching Interface (BSI) provides business researchers with highly refined tools to conduct sophisticated searches for the business content that they require. Through the use of the BSI, the full text business content of Business Source® Premier and Business Source® Complete can be located and retrieved more quickly and with greater precision than ever before.

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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

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. Available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune Historical Archive

Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook
Provides consumer ratings on local service firms and stores, such as auto repair shops, plumbers, dentists, banks, and insurance companies, covering the entire Chicago-land 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. In addition, users will find in-depth advice, tips, and trends written by Consumer Reports experts.

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EBSCO Discovery Service
EBSCO Discovery Service brings together the most comprehensive collection of content—including superior indexing from top subject indexes, high-end full text, and the entire library collection—all within an unparalleled full-featured, customizable discovery layer experience.

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Education Research Complete
Education Research Complete is the definitive online resource for education research. Topics covered include all levels of education, from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Education Research Complete provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals, and includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs.


ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. The database contains more than 1.3 million records and provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index.

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Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
This database provides 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. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members.; Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images.; Access is available 24/7.


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, 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.

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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. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter’s World and many more.

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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. All of the content is organized in a powerful, easy-to-use manner so that users can quickly find the information they need.

With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” 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 to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts. Online courses include from basic computer courses to the most advanced. Get started with your library card.

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

Mango Languages
Mango is an online language-learning system to help you learn a foreign language. Some of the languages you can learn are: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and more. Mango also has a module for learning English as a second language.

MasterFILE Complete

MasterFILE Complete
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary 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, MasterFILE Complete also contains full text for more than 1,000 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.


MEDLINE provides authoritative information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 5,400 current biomedical journals.

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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.

New York Times Historical Archive
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. There are hundreds of topics, each with an overview, point, counterpoint, and Critical Thinking Guide.

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 (From Home)
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. Some of the topics covered include biology, chemistry, health and medicine, history of science, scientists, technology, wildlife, and much more.

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. Backed by over 80 years of powerful thinking, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence.

Wall Street Journal Historical Archive
Washington Post Historical Archive