Library Online Databases

The Crete Public Library subscribes to a number of quality electronic databases that cover a wide range of content for all ages and interests. Access to databases requires cardholders to enter their 14 digit Crete Public Library card number, and most databases can be accessed from home with this number. Patrons who do not have a Crete Public Library card can request access to databases while in the library building. Some exceptions are noted below.
For additional information or for questions on how to use our databases, please contact the Information Desk at 708-672-8017 or Library staff is happy to give patrons a brief tutorial as time allows. Appointments are welcome for more in-depth instruction.

Database NameDescriptionCategory
Academic Search PremierFor 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.Magazines & Newspapers (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.

* is available for in-library use only.
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.Automotive
Business Source PremierArticles, market research, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.Business
Consumer Health CompleteFor the health-conscious consumer. Covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.Health
Consumer Reports1,000+ ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, consumer user reviews, and product video clips from
EbscoHostA list of all EbscoHost offerings, including MasterFile and Academic Search Premier.Magazines & Newspapers
Enciclopedia Estuantil HallazgosEnciclopedia 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.Spanish
Family SearchFamilySearch 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 services online.Genealogy
Funk & Wagnalls New EncyclopediaThis database provides over 25,000 encyclopedia entries about various subjects.Encyclopedia
GFC Learn FreeFree online educational website focusing on technology, job training, reading, and math skills. Provides step-by-step instructions, along with videos.Technology
GoodreadsGoodreads 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.Books & Literature
Heritage Quest OnlineCensus 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.Genealogy
History Reference CenterFor 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.History
Hobbies and Crafts Reference CenterThis 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.Arts
I-ShareI-Share is the online public catalog for the 86 CARLI member libraries, most of which are college and university libraries. Use I-Share to search for library materials in Illinois, especially when seeking academic works. See the Crete Public Library Information Desk staff for information on how to request I-Share items.Books & Literature
Illinois Public RecordsThousands of the most current Illinois public records on real estate transactions, foreclosures & auctions, bankruptcies, business licenses, and incorporations.Legal
Internet Movie DatabaseThe 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.Arts
Literary Reference Center PlusFind 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. Books & Literature
MasterFILEFull text magazines, journals, and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers, covering virtually every subject area of general interest.Magazines & Newspapers
Medline PlusAbstracts of articles in medicine, dentistry, and nursing.Health
Middle Search PlusFor 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.Magazines & Newspapers
NoveList PlusNoveList provides summaries and reviews for fiction and many nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and children, as well as reading recommendations and series lists. Try NoveList if you are wondering what to read next. Also includes "read-alike" lists, book discussion guides, and teaching materials for educators.

Books & Literature
NoveList K-8Provides summaries and reviews for fiction and nonfiction books for children through eighth grade, as well as book lists for children, award-winning titles, and books by grade-level or Lexile score.Books & Literature
Poetry & Short Story Reference CenterThis fulltext 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.
Books & Literature
Points of ViewProvides essays for students on more than 300 topics, presenting multiple 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 debates, developing arguments, and writing position papers.Research
Primary SearchContains more than 80 popular elementary school magazines. Articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexile). Also contains the American Heritage Children's Dictionary and thousands of photos, maps and flags.Magazines & Newspapers
Regional Business NewsIncorporates 50 business journals, newspapers and newswires covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.Business
Science Reference CenterFor the student doing scientific research. Contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals. Also provides teachers with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards.Science
Virtual Reference (Gale)Contains full text for hundreds of reference books on a wide variety of subjects, including history, business, medicine, science, and humanities.Research
World BookOnline version of the popular World Book Encyclopedia. Find encyclopedia articles, primary source documents, ebooks, and multimedia resources in one search.Encyclopedia
WorldCat Firstsearch (contact Library for password)OCLC WorldCat is a free catalog that shows the holdings of more than 72,000 libraries worldwide. See the Crete Public Library Information Desk staff for information on how to request OCLC/WorldCat items.
Books & Literature
World Book DiscovervFor middle school and high school students. Easy to read articles with a text-to-speech feature.Encyclopedia
World Book Early LearnerPremier 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.Encyclopedia
World Book KidsFor both pre-school and elementary school students. Easy-to-read articles along with engaging images, illustrations, interactive games, and activities.Encyclopedia
World Book StudentIncludes all the articles from the print version of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools.Encyclopedia