Database Categories


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Car Repair

Consumers & Investors

Genealogy, History & Newspapers

Geography & Social Studies

Health & Wellness

Homework Resources

Language Resources




Complete List A-Z


A to Z Maps Online

Find modern outline, political, thematic, topographic, scientific and animated maps, as well as thousands of antique maps of places throughout the world. Download, modify, and use any of the maps however you wish.


A to Z the USA

A great resource for travelers and students in grades five and up, find historical and current information about all 50 states and five territories.


A to Z World Travel

Covering more than 200 cities worldwide, this database is perfect for travelers and students that need quick and accurate information. A to Z World Travel also includes local recipes and language tips.


Academic OneFile

Including more than 13,000 titles, this database offers peer-reviewed articles, full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present, podcasts and more.


Academic Search Premier

Find thousands of scholarly articles in full-text on a broad range of topics.



Provides comprehensive information for car repair and services (1982-to-current).  In Library Use only.


America’s Genealogy Bank

Search and browse millions of genealogies, obituaries, marriage, and birth announcements from 1652 to the present. Includes historical newspapers, books, along with modern obituaries and the Social Security Death Index.


America’s News

Find diverse perspectives on business, economics, health, controversial issues, the environment, crime, education, the arts, literature, and more from a variety of current and historical newspapers and other news sources.


America’s Obituaries & Death Notices

The largest and most comprehensive newspaper collection of obituaries and death notices with an easy-to-use interface. Use your library card number to log in from home.


Ancestry Library Edition

For in-library use only. Search United States census records, military records, directories, passenger lists and more with the library edition of the popular genealogy resource.




Biblioteca TumbleBook

The full TumbleBookLibrary, including animated TumbleBooks and ReadAlongs in Spanish.


Biography Reference Center

A comprehensive collection of full-text biographies with keyword searching and browsing by categories, including occupation, nationality, publication, and more than 30 genre categories.


Biography Resource Center with Lives and Perspectives

Contains biographies on more than 300,000 people, including scholarly overviews.



Looking for a good book to read? Try BookBrowse! Find latest releases, what other readers thought about them, and then search the library catalog, all from one place.


Books & Authors

Discover a new favorite author or title with the “if you like” function or find an in-depth analysis of an old favorite.


Business Insights: Essentials

One of the most comprehensive databases on business research, this database contains company profiles from around the world, articles on people, industries and finance, as well as company histories.


Business Source Premier

Packed with thousands of full-text articles from leading business publications, this database also contains business profiles, industry rankings, and more.




Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook Online

Looking for a good plumber, lawn care service or contractor? Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook can help you find these and many other local service providers, along with user ratings. To access Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook from outside the library, click here.


Chicago Sun Times: 1986-Current

Full-text articles from The Chicago Sun-Times.


Chicago Tribune & Historical Chicago Tribune

Search The Tribune all the way back to 1849 and through to the present.


ChiltonLibrary Automotive Repair

ChiltonLibrary will give you step-by-step instructions to make repairs to your vehicle, offer maintenance schedules, provide information regarding recalls and much more.


Consumer Health Complete

Find full-text information on health conditions, diseases, holistic remedies, and more.


Consumer Reports

The online version of the popular consumer magazine.



Start here to find out about people in other countries! Learn about each country’s history, customs, and government, and see what everyday life is like. Listen to the national anthem, look at pictures, and try recipes.




Daily Herald (Arlington Heights Edition) 1995-Current

Full-text articles from the Arlington Heights edition of The Daily Herald, which covers news in the Harwood Heights and Norridge area.




Education Research Complete

This database provides information for professional development and for educators and administrators. This massive file offers a robust collection of full-text education journals.


Encyclopedia Britannica Online

Enjoy this classic encyclopedia in its online form in the library. Use the main search screen if you’re in middle school or older, or switch to the kids view for younger searchers. Click here to access from outside the library.


English Language Learner Reference Center

This multi-purpose information resource is designed for middle and high school students and anyone that is new to the English language.




Footnoted provides reports on the news items that companies put in the fine print of the reports they submit to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Useful information for financial professionals and serious investors alike.



Gale Virtual Reference Library

Imagine searching hundreds of reference books all at once on almost any topic imaginable. Now you can, with Gale Virtual Reference Library. You can print, e-mail or download entries.


General OneFile

One of the largest general reference online resources available, it includes about 80 million records that are updated daily.


Global History and Culture

This database is designed for grade school through undergraduate students. Find articles from hundreds of highly-reviewed reference sources on economic history, ancient and modern worlds, native peoples, and world terrorism.


Global Road Warrior

Love to travel? Global Road Warrior can help you find your bearings and feel at home in over 150 different countries. Find information on local customs, currency, health care and more.


Google Scholar

This free resource brought to you by the creators of Google allows you to search for scholarly documents across multiple disciplines.




Health & Wellness Resource Center & Alternative Health

Designed for the layperson, this database contains useful information about health conditions and alternative health practices.


Heritage Quest

Allows you to search through census records, genealogy books, over a million genealogy articles and more. Also available for use outside the library Contact us if you need help. 708-867-2299


History Reference Center

Find full-text articles from reference books, encyclopedias, and non-fiction books, as well as full-text articles from leading history magazines.




Illinois Digital Archives

Access local history files of the area.


Illinois Public Records

Scroll through Chicagoland’s public records, either within the library or from the comfort of your own home. Real estate transactions, mortgages, foreclosures, and more.



Full-text articles from Spanish-language and bilingual magazines and newspapers. Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.




Kids InfoBits

This resource is geared towards students in kindergarten through 5th grade who need good information and want a fun way to find it.




Legal Information Reference Center

Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books.


Literary Reference Center

Students looking for literary criticism for school assignments need look no further. This database contains full-text articles from hundreds of well-established reference works and periodicals.


Literature Resource Center

A must for literature students. Find critical articles, biographical information, timelines and more.




Mango Languages

Mango Languages allows you to interactively learn 60 different languages online, including English for Polish speakers.


MasterFILE Premier

Designed specifically for the public library user, this database contains full-text articles from magazines, reference books, and primary sources.


Morningstar Investment Research Center

For both the savvy investor and the newbie, Morningstar provides stock and mutual fund information as well as classes on the stock market and portfolio building. Users outside the library can log in here.




New York Times & Historical New York Times

Search The Times all the way back to 1851 and through to the present.


Norridge News: 2002-Current

Full-text articles from the Norridge News.


NoveList K-8 Plus

Have a favorite book and looking for read-alike? NoveList K-8 Plus can help! Find book reviews, recommendations, and more for the K-8 crowd.


Novelist Plus

Do you love a book and want to find more like it? Novelist Plus will help you do just that, as well as provide you with complete series information, reading levels, and more.


Nursing and Allied Health

This database covers all aspects of the Nursing profession – from direct patient care to health care administration.




Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Based on the popular Opposing Viewpoints print series, this database offers point and counterpoint articles on hundreds of topics.





For the job seeker, the small business owner, or the general public, this directory provides information on more than 20 million business and directory information on 222 million consumers.




Science In Context

Another great science database, Science In Context offers access to over 2 million articles on math, chemistry, biology, astronomy and much more. You can also find ideas for science fair projects.


Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center contains full-text access to hundreds of reference books and periodicals.


Sharpe Online Reference

A collection of homework resources designed for grade school through undergraduate students, find articles from hundreds of highly-reviewed reference sources.


Small Business Resource Center

Designed for the entrepreneur, this database offers users information on creating business plans, franchising and marketing.


Student Resource in Context

This resource, aimed at high school students, offers articles from sources such as journals, reference books, maps and primary sources.





Directory of industrial product information covering 650,000 distributors, manufacturers and service companies within 67,000-plus industrial categories.



A collection of animated, talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), TumbleTV which consists of pre-set playlists of a sequence of books, and Tumble Puzzles & Games.




U.S. History and Culture

This database, designed for grade school through undergraduate students offers articles from hundreds of reference sources on the settlement of America, the Civil War era, Postwar America, as well as culture wars, social issues, and sports in America and Latino history and culture.


U.S. History in Context

A great index for information specifically related to United States history.




WorldCat lets you search the collections of libraries around the world. Residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights can request items to be sent to the library from anywhere in the world by speaking to a Librarian.


World Book Discover

Contains content in a format designed specifically for students reading below grade level due to language or learning difficulties.


World Book For Kids

This kid-friendly database is intended for the younger elementary grades, and offers the valuable information from World Book Encyclopedia with hundreds of pictures and illustrations.


World Book Info Finder

This database contains all the articles from the beloved World Book Encyclopedia in addition to thousands of articles from other trusted sources.


World Book Online Reference Center

High school students and older can use this online version of World Book for general information about the world and its inhabitants.


World Book Spanish Language Encyclopedia

Find the valuable information of World Book Encyclopedia online and in Spanish for elementary school students. Busque en la Internet la Enciclopedia Mundial Hispanica par estudiantes de primaria.


World History in Context

The world version of History In Context. Another excellent online history index.