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.

Acceda Noticias
Periódicos en español, cables de noticias y contenido solo web de los EE. UU y de todo el mundo, incluido Argentina, Chile, Colombia, México y España.

Spanish language newspapers, newswires and web-only content from the U.S. and around the world including Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Mexico and Spain.

Access World News
Explore and stay informed on local, national and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from around the world to around the corner, including the Chicago Sun-Times and more.  Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.


America’s GenealogyBank
Easily search and browse more than a billion genealogy records from 1690 to the present, including obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements, casualty lists, military and government documents, and more. Includes historical newspapers, books and documents, as well as the Social Security Death Index.


Ancestry Library Edition (Remote access currently available)
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.


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 Finance Resource
Compare auto loan rates for new and used vehicles from local and national banks. Use the loan calculator to estimate your monthly payment and the learning center to learn more about the loan process.

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.

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.

Black Freedom Struggle in the U.S.
Visitors will find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


EBSCO’s Newswires provides near real-time access to top world-wide news from Associated Press, United Press International, PR Newswire, Xinhua, CNN Wire, and Business Wire on a continuous basis. This content is monitored by EBSCO and relevant results are provided when users enter searches in EBSCOhost. This collection includes AP Financial News, AP Top News, AP WorldStream, AP U.S. Politics & Government, AP 50 State Reports, UPI Security Industry, UPI Emerging Threats, UPI Business, UPI Entertainment, UPI Sports, UPI Top News, Arabia 2000, and more. Users can immediately access the full text of the web content, by following the link in the record. The index to the full text content in EBSCO Newswires is held for a rolling 30-day archive by EBSCO, so users can enjoy the previous 30 days of news relating to their search interests.

  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.

Read It!
Read It! promotes reading success for English language learners. It is designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects.

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.

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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.


Scholastic GO!
Providing credible, accurate, reliable content on almost every core-curricula subject, Scholastic GO! offers endless resources for research in a multitude of media. Explore nonfiction texts, world newspapers, videos and more with this easy-to-navigate digital resource designed to strengthen content knowledge, vocabulary, and core proficiency skills.

scholastic Trueflix

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.

Wall Street Journal Historical Archive
  Washington Post Historical Archive