A number of online databases are accessible on the library computers or from home with your Hillside Public Library card.

Reference Databases


The award-winning curriculum is 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. Best of all, kids love it. And it’s free to use in this library! From Age of Learning, Inc. Website (In-Library Access Only)

Online Learning, Youthonline-learning youth
Academic Search Premier

A scholarly resource that contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, with full text for more than 46,000, PDF backfiles to 1975 for over 100 of the journals. The of the subjects the database covers are biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, religion, theology and more.

Academic Search Premier Website

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.

Ancestry Library Edition Website (In-Library Access Only)

AtoZ Food America

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

AtoZ Food America Website

Consumer Informationconsumer-information
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.

AtoZ World Travel Website

Consumer Information, Social Science, Youthconsumer-information social-science youth

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!

AtoZdatabases Website

Consumer Informationconsumer-information
Auto Repair Reference Center

The Auto Repair Reference Center contains repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles.  New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added to the product on a regular basis.

Auto Repair Reference Center Website

Consumer Informationconsumer-information
Black Life In America

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

Black Life In America Website

Social Sciencesocial-science
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 the highly refined tools they need, in order 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.

Business Searching Interface Website

Articles, Business & Investingarticles business-investing
Business Source Premier

A full text business database with topics that include marketing, management, accounting, finance, economics and more.

Business Source Premier Website 

Articles, Business & Investingarticles business-investing
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 Community Collection Website

Local History, Newspaperslocal-history newspapers
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 Chicagoland area.

Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook Website 

Consumer Informationconsumer-information
Chicago Defender Historical Archive

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

Chicago Defender Historical Archive Website

Local Historylocal-history
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 Sun Times Website

Chicago Tribune

Search full-text articles from 1985-present.

Chicago Tribune Website

Chicago Tribune Historical Archive

Search full-text articles from 1849-1993.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archive Website

Local History, Newspaperslocal-history newspapers
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.

Comics Plus Website

Books and Reading, Youthbooks-and-reading youth
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.

Consumer Health Complete Website

Health & Medicinehealth-and-medicine
Consumer Reports provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.  In addition to product ratings and reviews, users will find in-depth advice, tips and trends written by Consumer Reports experts.

Consumer Reports Website

Consumer Informationconsumer-information

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.

Creativebug Website

Crafts, Online Learningcrafts online-learning
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.

EBSCO Discovery Service Website

Online Learningonline-learning
Educate Station

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

Educate Station Website

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.

Education Research Complete Website


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.

ERIC Website

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia Website

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.

Gale Virtual Reference Website


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.

HeritageHub Website

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.

Hillside Suburban Life Website

Local Historylocal-history
Hispanic Life in America

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

Hispanic Life in America Website

Social Sciencesocial-science
History Reference Center

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

History Reference Center Website

Education, Historyeducation history

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.

Hiveclass Website

Health & Medicine, Online Learninghealth-and-medicine online-learning
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.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center Website

Online Learningonline-learning
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 gain the information they need.

Home Improvement Reference Center Website

Consumer Information, Online Learningconsumer-information online-learning

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.

Website Kanopy 

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.

Legal Information Reference Center Website

Consumer Information, Online Learningconsumer-information online-learning
LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an online library of instructional videos that can help anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Choose from thousands of online courses to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts.

LinkedIn Learning Website

Online Learning, Technologyonline-learning technology
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.

Literary Reference Center Website

Books and Reading, Literaturebooks-and-reading literature
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.

Little Pim Website

Languages, Online Learning, Youthlanguages online-learning youth
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.

Mango Languages Website

Languages, Online Learninglanguages online-learning
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.

MasterFILE Complete Website


MEDLINE provides authoritative medical 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.


Health & Medicinehealth-and-medicine
Middle Search Plus

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

Middle Search Plus Website

Articles, Youtharticles youth
Morningstar Investment Research Center

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

Morningstar Investment Research Center Website

Business & Investingbusiness-investing
New York Times Historical Archive

Search full-text articles from 1851-2019.

New York Times Historical Archive  Website

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 K-8 Plus Website

Books and Reading, Youthbooks-and-reading youth
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.

NoveList Plus Website

Books and Readingbooks-and-reading
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.

Points of View Reference Center Website

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.

Primary Search Website

Articles, Youtharticles youth
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.

Public Records Electronic Database Website

Consumer Informationconsumer-information
Publication Finder Interface

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

Publication Finder Interface Website

Regional Business News

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

Regional Business News Website

Articles, Business & Investingarticles business-investing
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 BookFlix Website

Online Learningonline-learning
Scholastic TrueFlix

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

Scholastic TrueFlix Website

Online Learning, Youthonline-learning youth
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.

Science Reference Center Website

Articles, Sciencearticles science
Value Line Investment Research

Whether you’re a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can position you for financial success quickly and easily. The uncontested authority in reliable, unbiased information, Value Line puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence. Make smarter, more profitable decisions with Value Line.

Value Line Investment Research Website

Business & Investingbusiness-investing
Wall Street Journal Historical Archive

Search full-text articles from 1889-2011

Wall Street Journal Historical Archive Website

Washington Post Historical Archive

Search full-text articles from 1877-2007.

Washington Post Historical Archive Website