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One of the largest food databases, AtoZ Food America contains over 2,000 state, regional, and ethnic recipes as well as historical and reference articles related to American cuisine. 

One-stop shop for maps with over 145,000 different maps. Also includes geography quizzes and lesson plans for teachers, and antique maps that can be printed.

Information about all 50 United States and 6 territories. Find maps, flags, photos, and facts about states, counties, and cities. Everything you need for your next report is here.

Learn about the countries of the world. A to Z World Culture is an excellent resource for student projects and a great companion for international travelers.

Before your next trip, make sure you check out this database! Provides up-to-date, reliable travel information for over 175 world cities and 14 U.S. cities.

Includes full-text and abstracts of scholarly, trade, and general-interest periodicals covering topics in the areas of current events, general sciences, technology, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

The premier resource for academic research providing access to acclaimed full-text journals, magazines, and other valuable resources.

Access to over 600 business newspapers from around the world.

Quickly find your ancestors in over four centuries of rare documents and records. Search thousands of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and genealogies. Plus, selected material from the American State Papers and U.S. Serial Set, the complete Social Security Death Index and more than 29 million obituaries.

Find information for research assignments relating to controversial issues, current events, business, economics, and more.

(Available inside the library only) - Access the U.S. Federal Census (1790-1930), the U.K. Census Collection (1861-1901), the U.S. Immigration Collection, Vital Records, Social Security Death Index, military records, and more.

Online access to nearly a million descriptions of archival collections owned by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives worldwide.

An index that allows you to search for journal articles from over 12,000 journals including the name of the library that owns the title.

Powered by MOTOR, Auto Repair Source (formerly AutoMate) provides the most accurate and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. Includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Check out great story books and "true" books. Great for young readers!  You will need your Library Card to log in.

Check out great story books and "true" books. Great for young readers!

Helps improve cognitive performance through a variety of clinically-proven brain training exercises developed by Posit Science. Sign up using your web browser and then download the Apple or Android app for use on your mobile device.

Provides company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.

Live, online career coaching and adult learning service. Login for resume and cover letter review, job search assistance, GED and other high school equivalency exam prep, access to ESL tutors, U.S. citizenship exam help, and more.

A complete, self-paced application that walks job-seekers through the entire process from assessing strengths and interests, to exploring new opportunities, to ultimately improving the chances of landing a job.

Covering Chicago, the nation, and the world from the past 150 years including: the Civil War, Chicago Mayors, U.S. Presidencies, WWI, WWII, and much more.

ChiltonLibrary provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use website.

An index of journals, articles, book reviews, technical reports, and more published in over 20 Latin American counties, specializing in science, technology, social sciences, and the humanities.

Contains health and wellness information from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine.

Known as one of the most trusted resources for information and advice on consumer products, this award-winning website contains information that enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. It includes Cars Best Deals Plus™, a resource that can help users negotiate the best car deal possible by giving them the information dealers don't want them to see.

A list of all eBooks cataloged by OCLC member libraries.

An index of full-text articles available through OCLC member libraries.

Trusted research from World Book in Spanish.

Journal articles and reports in education from FirstSearch. 

An online reference tool that provides quality content from WorldCat and other quality, respected databases.

Search business & finance reference titles from Gale.

Monthly catalog of U.S. Government publications.

Access census records, a genealogy book collection, the Periodical Source Index, Revolutionary War Pension Applications, and more.

Historical documents and journal articles covering United States history from pre-Colonial times to the present.

Reference and journal articles, primary sources, images, maps and charts covering all aspects of world history.

Step-by-step instructions for thousands of projects in the areas of plumbing, outdoor, woodworking, electrical, and decorating are provided in high-quality PDF files. Additionally, thousands of articles from magazines and reference books provide tips and suggestions to supplement the step-by-step project instructions.

Find records of items in Illinois and libraries worldwide.

Provides access to car, motorcycle, and CDL practice tests as well as driver's manuals and an FAQ specifically for Illinois DMVs.

Thousands of free legal forms, with more added daily. Great source for Illinois legal forms.

Provides a computer skills section that includes instructional how-to videos on Windows 10, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office products and more!

Thousands of legal forms available with more forms being added daily. Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate, and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

In-depth literary collection perfect for student or the casual researcher.

Little Pim is part of Mango Languages, an online language learning system, with easy, fast and fun interactive lessons

This renowned database offers an extensive video library complete with courses in computer education & programming, 3D animation, graphic design, music, video, web design, marketing, and more!

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for business communication. The system is completely web-based and remotely accessible, so you can learn anywhere you have an internet connection.

Contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business and more.

A database of life science and biomedical information.

Contains full text articles for popular middle school magazines, assigned to Lexile reading level indicators. Find biographies, historical essays, reference books, photos, maps, flags and primary source documents. Designed for middle school students.

Full-text articles to many USA and international newspapers. The Brookfield/Riverside Suburban Life is included.

Find book reviews, discussion guides, plot summaries, and more information about 120,000 fiction titles here!

Search authors and titles, find reading recommendations, and connect to curriculum requirements for ages 0 through the teens.

Find listings of digital resources from OCLC member libraries.

Provides access to every published congress, symposium, conference, and meeting information received by the British Library Document Supply Center.

Start your research here on position papers and controversial topics. Points of View can be used as a guide to debating, developing arguments, writing position papers, and developing critical thinking skills.

Geared towards elementary students, this database provides full-text articles complete with Lexile levels as well as encyclopedic entries, photos, maps and flags to aid kids in learning.

An index of worldwide conference proceedings.

Search information listings for 13 million U.S. businesses and 120 million households.

Designed to meet every student's science research needs.

Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking, ScienceFlix is transforming the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering.

Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.

Fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy to quickly explore historical content.

Offers animated, talking picture books that help kids learn to read. Play games, do puzzles, and much more!

Live, online tutoring service. All tutors are certified and background-checked. Log in for help with math, social studies, English, and science. Use ProofPoint to have your papers proofread before you turn them in.

Access to over 540 online courses with real instructors guiding the learning, including business, accounting, human resources, and office skills.

Four complete almanacs: Funk & Wagnall's New Encyclopedia, The World Almanac and Book of Facts, The World Almanac of the U.S.A., The World Almanac of U.S. Politics, and The World Almanac for Kids.

The premier online resource developed especially for kids. The site features thousands of articles, images, and videos, as well as fun and educational games, science projects, and activities.

Catalog of books, movies, and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Provides access to dissertations and theses available in OCLC member libraries. Most theses are available, at no charge, directly from the publishing institution.


A listing of free genealogy search engines.

Historical Quotes

Your Window Into U.S. Federal Statistics

Vehicle fuel economy statistics from the EPA and the Department of Energy

Genealogy resources for the UK and Ireland

Find out what book comes next in your favorite series

A list of sites for genealogy research.

Web Sites for Book Lovers

40,000 free e-books

The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal

The online encyclopedia created by users