General Reference

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General Reference Databases

Database Name Description Click to use at home Click to use at the library
Ancestry A subscription-based genealogy research website with over 5 billion records online and more being added almost daily.
AtoZdatabases

A business reference and marketing database containing details on businesses and households across the US. Ideal for sales leads mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and more.

Bookflix

Watch a story, read a book! This online literacy resource pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction from Children’s Press and other trusted Scholastic imprints. Geared towards ages 4-8.

Brainfuse HelpNow!

Live online tutoring service for homework and writing assistance. Includes Spanish language tutoring, practice tests for AP and college entrance tests, and more. Grades K-12. Available every day from 2:00-11:00 p.m.

Chicagoland News Newspapers from the Chicago area including The Mundelein Review, Daily Herald, and Chicago Sun-Times.
Fold3

Fold3, a product by Ancestry.com, provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

GenealogyBank Discover your family history. This database offers access to over 3,600 fragile, rare newspapers, books and documents.
Healthcare.gov - US Healthcare Information The official government website for information on the Affordable Care Act, the Healthcare Marketplace, and more.
Heritage Quest Online A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources including U.S. census data, PERSI, Revolutionary War records, bank records, and more.
Illinois Driving Practice Tests

Free driving practice tests for Illinois permits, road signs, fines and limits, and sights and situations. Available in Español.

Lynda.com

On-demand video classes for learning business, software, technology, computer literacy, and creative skills.

MedlinePlus Health information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Useful for answering health-related questions with plenty of easy to understand information and resources.
Merck Manuals

One of the world’s most widely used medical information resources. The Merck Manuals are available for free in multiple languages to professionals and patients around the world.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context Pro/Con views for over 13,000 subjects, court cases and other topics, biographies and profiles.  Includes pictures, graphs, references, and more.
ProCitizen Available through Pronunciator, ProCitizen is a resource that prepares you for U.S. Citizenship.
ProCitizen (Espanol) Preparación para obtener la ciudadanía estadounidense.
Small Business Builder

A step-by-step engine for completing a business plan for new entrepreneurs, experienced business owners, and nonprofits.

U.S. History in Context Contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History. Sources include full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files, and more.
Value Line Investment Survey

 The online edition of Value Line Investment Survey includes full-page reports and analyst commentaries for 1,700 companies as well as TimelinessTM and SafetyTM Ranks. Access within the library or from home with your library card. 

World Book Encyclopedia

Use this encyclopedia to access a world of information anytime, anywhere, for kids, teens, and adults.

World History in Context Contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History. Sources include full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files, and more.
WorldCat

This online catalog lets you search the collections of libraries in our community and thousands more around the world.