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Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library features hundreds of reference books in subject areas such as business, history, biography, health, science, religion, education, environment, law, government, and social sciences.


Articles from Magazines and Journals

MasterFILE Complete
Contains general interest articles from newspapers, reference books, and magazines, many with full text and images. Topics include the latest current events, popular culture, business, arts, sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

Student Resources in Context
Contains primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, and full text magazine articles.

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)
Journal articles and reports on education topics.

Illinois Periodicals Online
Provides access to Illinois focused journals regarding topics such as the arts, recreation, politics, commerce, biography, civics, genealogy, education, history, environment, science and other topics.

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Auto Repair and Buying Guide

Auto Repair Reference Center
Contains complete auto repair information from the publisher of the Chilton book series. Includes information for vehicles from 1954 to present, including technical service bulletins, recalls issued, and wiring diagrams.

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Biographies

Biography in Context
Features biographies and full text articles from hundreds of magazines. Search for people based on name or personal facts, such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation, or gender.

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Covers novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of the most studied authors.

Science in Context
Contains articles, reference book materials, and website links to science related topics such as earth science, life science, physical science, and space science.

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Business, Investing, and Job Help

ReferenceUSA
Contains detailed information on millions of U.S. businesses and residents. Data can be sorted by business size, geography, and type of business. Custom lists can be created, printed, and downloaded.

Public Records (In library use)
Public Records (Use from home)
Compiles information about new homeowners, new businesses, new and previously recorded mortgages, bankruptcies, and foreclosures. Covers Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.

Brainfuse JobNow
Get live job coaching, interview, and resume help, upload your resume and receive expert feedback, and more. Live online assistance is available from 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Este servicio está disponible en español.

Business Insights: Global
Includes company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and magazine articles.

Morningstar
Includes stock and mutual fund reports and screeners to help find investments by particular criteria. Offers an extensive Online Investing Classroom. The Portfolio X-ray feature enables investors to analyze holdings diversity.

DemographicsNow
Contains demographic data that is ideal for gaining consumer and market insight. Compile reports to help make informed and accurate decisions.

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Consumer Information

Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports, known as one of the most trusted resources for information and advice on consumer products, contains product ratings and reviews, recommendations, and buying advice that will help consumers make better purchasing decisions. Includes access to Best Car Deals Plus, which contains Consumer Reports Bottom Line Price - including rebates, incentives and holdbacks, price reports on new and used cars, detailed reliability/ownership information, test track notes from expert engineers, side by side model comparisons, and "Best Deal" negotiation advice.

Consumers' Checkbook (In library use only)
A nonprofit magazine dedicated to helping Chicago area consumers find high-quality, reasonably priced services. Find ratings on local businesses and services.


Encyclopedias and Almanacs

Britannica Online
Encyclopedia Britannica plus three other complete encyclopedias, downloadable video and audio clips, and access to hundreds of periodicals and journals.

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Genealogy

Ancestry Library (In library use only)
Comprehensive source for conducting genealogical and local history research. Includes digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1940, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, and Passenger and Immigration Lists Index.

World Vital Records
A collection of genealogy databases that can be searched simultaneously. Contains more than half a billion online names and records.

Heritage Quest
Contains the US Federal Census Records from 1790-1930. Search contents of books to find information on people and places described in family and local histories. Search the article database to find information about people and places.

Fold3
Fold3 provides access to original military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Records date from the Revolutionary War through recent conflicts.

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Health and Medicine

Health & Wellness Resource Center
Health information from leading medical journals, encyclopedias, and pamphlets. Covers health care topics such as disease, fitness, nutrition, and mental health.

Teen Health & Wellness
Teens can find health information on diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, mental health, and much more. All content is reviewed by professionals in medicine, mental health, nutrition, guidance and career counseling.

MEDLINE
Journal article summaries on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences.

Salem Health
Includes Magill’s Medical Guide, Salem Health: Cancer, and Psychology and Mental Health. Magill’s Medical Guide covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, anatomy, and biology. It is suitable for students, as well as general readers, including patients and caregivers. Salem Health: Cancer offers essays on diseases, conditions, symptoms, social and personal issues surrounding cancer, and more. Psychology and Mental Health covers diagnosis, testing, symptoms, social issues, treatment, and more.

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Humanities, History, and Social Studies

MasterFILE Complete
Contains general interest articles from newspapers, reference books, and magazines, many with full text and images. Topics include the latest current events, popular culture, business, arts, sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library features hundreds of reference books in subject areas such as business, history, biography, health, science, religion, education, environment, law, government, and social sciences.

Points of View Reference Center
Contains comprehensive sources that present multiple sides of today's hottest social issues. Good resource for pro/con assignments.

History Reference Center
Covers both U.S. and world history topics, featuring historical reference books, full-text magazines, and thousands of primary source documents.

Student Resources in Context
Contains primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, and full text magazine articles.

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)
Journal articles and reports on education topics.

Fold3
Fold3 provides access to original military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Records date from the Revolutionary War through recent conflicts.

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Legal Forms

Gale Legal Forms
Provides legal forms for business and personal use, including a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord/tenant forms, and many others.

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Literature and Reading

NoveList Plus
Helps readers locate new authors and books based upon their personal favorites. Also includes author read-alikes, feature articles, book discussion guides, and booktalks. Contains materials for all ages including picture books, children's chapter books, young adult titles, and books for adult readers.

NoveList K-8 Plus
Find books that meet almost any criteria using NoveList's full text book reviews. Browse hundreds of theme-oriented book lists for readers at all grade levels through Explore Fiction, and look for award-winning and recommended titles in Best Fiction. Many titles have direct links to sites with information about the author or with teacher resource materials.

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every era and literary discipline.

TumbleBookCloud
An online collection of ebooks and read-along chapter books, YA/teen novels, classic literature, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books for middle school and high school students. Books are always available with unlimited access from any device with an internet connection. Features adjustable online text and complete audio narration.

Twayne's Authors Series
Find books that meet almost any criteria using NoveList's full text book reviews. Twayne World, US, and English Authors each contains the full text of 200 frequently used Twayne Literary Masters books on individual World, US, or English authors, for a total of 600 individual full-text titles.

Scribner Writers Series
Scribner Writers Series includes 15-20 page signed essays on more than 2,000 authors and literary genres drawn from the acclaimed Scribner print series.

LitFinder
Contains over 150,000 full-text poems and 800,000+ poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, and plays. Also includes biographies, images, and more.

BookBrowse
Provides excerpts of recommended books and reviews from newspapers and magazines. Also offers hundreds of author interviews and reading guides to aid book club discussions.

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Newspapers

Chicago Tribune
Full text of the Chicago Tribune from 1985 to the present. Paid advertisements are excluded.

Historical Newspaper: Chicago Tribune
Historical articles from the Chicago Tribune from 1849-1988.

Daily Herald
Full text of the Daily Herald newspaper from 1997 to the present. Includes obituaries. Paid advertisements are excluded.

Global Newsstream
Full text database of thousands of newspapers, trade journals, and wire feeds. Includes international, national, and regional papers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Washington Post.

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Online Learning

Brainfuse HelpNow
Live online tutors for homework help in math, science, English, and social studies for students in grades K-12 and college intro classes, 3:00-10:00 pm daily. 24/7 Writing Lab, Homework Question Center, and Skills Building available. Este servicio está disponible en español.

Gale Courses
Explore your interests with Gale Courses. Courses support business professionals, teachers, health care workers, aspiring writers, artists, and musicians, genealogists, as well as people interested in health, wellness, technical skills, and lifelong learning. Six-week long courses are taught by college instructors and experts in the field, ensuring a high-quality, high-impact educational experience. Certificates of completion are offered when you successfully complete a class.

lynda.com
Thousands of high quality video tutorials taught by respected authorities in their fields. Topics include graphic and web design, business and career skills, photography, audio and video production, software, and job search tools. Courses are available for all learners of all levels.

Pronunciator
You can learn 80 languages using Pronunciator. English language learners can learn using 50 non-English languages. Also includes downloadable phrasebooks for travel. Download the app for mobile use.

ProCitizen
Prepare for the U.S. Citizenship Test with over 100 videos, drills, and quizzes. Covers the civics, reading, and writing portions of the exam.

Learning Express Library
Online test preparation materials and interactive practice exams based upon official tests such as the ACT, SAT, GMAT, and more. Also includes online computer tutorials, tests for various professions, U.S. citizenship preparation, and much more.

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Science & Technology

MasterFILE Complete
Contains general interest articles from newspapers, reference books, and magazines, many with full text and images. Topics include the latest current events, popular culture, business, arts, sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

Science in Context
Contains articles, reference book materials, and website links to science related topics such as earth science, life science, physical science, and space science.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library features hundreds of reference books in subject areas such as business, history, biography, health, science, religion, education, environment, law, government, and social sciences.

Student Resources in Context
Contains primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, and full text magazine articles.

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WorldCat - Worldwide Library Catalog

WorldCat
Library catalog containing millions of records of all types of materials (books, journals, videos, cassette tapes, etc); records contain lists of which libraries own these materials.

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