Databases By Subject

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Art + Literature

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.

Internet Movie Database
The Internet Movie Database (abbreviated IMDb) is an online database of information related to films, television programs and video games, including cast, production crew, fictional characters, biographies, plot summaries, trivia and reviews.

Literary Reference Center Plus
Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
This full-text database provides a historically rich collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques — including contemporary content from the finest publishers.

Automotive Repair

Auto Repair Reference Center (AARC)
Provides coverage of more than 37,000 domestic and imported vehicles from 1945 to present. Contains millions of drawings and step-by-step photographs. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added on a regular basis.

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 web site supplies a solution for the “do-it-yourselfer” that is easy to use no matter the skill level. Repair, maintenance and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks from 1940 onward.

Books & Reading

Gale Virtual Reference
Gale Virtual Reference Library is your single source for eReference aimed at the needs of students, researchers, professionals and general readers. Now you can offer more than 7,000 authoritative, full-text titles—from Gale and a host of premier publishing partners —within 18 subject areas researchers study most.

Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future.

Use I-Share to search for library materials in Illinois, check the availability of items, and place requests.

A fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 125,000 fiction titles. Includes pre-made reader advisory lists divided into several categories, “read-alike” lists, prepared book discussion guides, and teaching materials for educators. Searchable by title, author, keyword, plot description and series name. Search results can be limited by reading and age level.

Scholastic BookFLIX
For grades preK-3, including 80 fiction-nonfiction pairs build background knowledge and introduce content-area learning. Read-along option for both fiction and nonfiction develops listening and reading comprehension. Interactive educational games assess learning. Educator resources, including lesson plans and activities, support teachers, librarians, and parents.

WorldCat Firstsearch (contact Library for password)
OCLC WorldCat is a free catalog that shows the holdings of more than 72,000 libraries worldwide.

Business & Legal

Business Source Premier
Articles, market research, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.

Illinois Public Records
Thousands of the most current Illinois public records on real estate property, foreclosures, bankruptcy, divorce, death, criminal, probate, tax lien and more.

Legal Forms Library
Thousands of official, state specific, federal, business, personal, real estate and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Regional Business News
Incorporates 50 business journals, newspapers and newswires covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Encyclopedias & Almanacs

Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia
This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedia entries about various subjects.

World Book
Find encyclopedia articles, primary source documents, e-books and multimedia resources in one search!

Genealogy (in-library use only)
Search for your ancestors, check U.S. Census Records, Birth/Marriage/Death records, and more. Ancestry Library is the largest family history site online with over 4 billion names in worldwide historical records, family tree services and genealogy learning materials.

Family Search
FamilySearch maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. FamilySearch gathers, preserves, and shares genealogical records worldwide. It offers free access to its resources and service online.

Heritage Quest Online
Census data, family records, local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage and death records, etc. All documents include original page images.

Health & Medicine

Consumer Health Complete
For the health-conscious consumer, covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Medline Plus
Abstracts of articles in medicine, dentistry, and nursing.

History & Biography

Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia
This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedia entries about various subjects.

History Reference Center
For high school and college students as well as the general public; features full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books.

World Book
Find encyclopedia articles, primary source documents, e-books and multimedia resources in one search!

Hispanic & Latino

Enciclopedia Estuantil Hallazgos
Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is the optimal beginner’s Spanish language reference tool. The site offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and engaging features in Spanish.

Youth Resources

Middle Search Plus
For middle school students, contains full text for more than 150 popular magazines. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Also contains biographies, photos, maps and flags.

NoveList K-8
Fiction and nonfiction book lists for children, award-winning titles, books by grade-level or Lexile score.

Points of View
For students, provides essays on 290 topics, presenting multiples sides of a current issue, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide. Also offers guides to debate, developing arguments, and writing position papers.

Primary Search
For kids, contains more than 80 popular elementary school magazines. Articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Also contains the American Heritage Children’s Dictionary and thousands of photos, maps and flags.

World Book Discover
For middle school and high school students, easy to read articles with a text-to-speech feature.

World Book Early Learner
Premier online resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. Developed with experts on early childhood education, Early World of Learning offers rich resources designed for easy integration into the classroom curriculum.

World Book Kids
For both pre-school and elementary school students. Easy-to-read articles along with engaging images, illustrations, interactive games and activities.

World Book Student
Includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools.

Magazines & Newspapers

Academic Search Premier
For the serious researcher, provides full-text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals.

Consumer Reports
1,000+ Ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, consumer user reviews, and product video clips from

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Full-text magazines, journals, and other highly-regarded sources from the world’s leading publishers, covering virtually every subject area of general interest.


Science Reference Center
For the student doing scientific research, contains the full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books and periodicals. Also provides teachers with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards


GFC Learn Free
Free online educational website focusing on technology, job training, reading, and math skills. Provides step by step instructions, along with videos. is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile.