Business & Jobs

Reference USA

Search for US Businesses, US Standard White Pages in the directories.

Use US Jobs & Internships, powereed by indeed.com, to look for new oportunities.  

Use Historical Businesses to find out about past performance of businesses back to 2003.

Consumer & Auto

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports.org gives unbiased reviews, information and advice on consumer products and services.

Health & Wellness

Medline

This database provides full-text for many of the most-used biomedical and health journals indexed in MEDLINE. Many journals are available with no embargo, allowing doctors, nurses, health professionals and researchers to access to the information as soon as it is published.

History & Genealogy

African American Heritage

Site exclusively devoted to African American family history research.  Search for records like:

  • Birth, Marriage, Death Records
  • Federal Census Records
  • Freedman's Bank
  • Military
  • Slaves and Free(d) Persons of Color

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry® Library Edition helps unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

This online database is available from inside the library only.

Bellwood Digital Archive

  • Read local newspapers Proviso Star Progress (1937-1950) Star Sentinel (1956-1974) Proviso Star Sentinel (1975-1981) and West Proviso Herald (1978-1982). 
  • See the yearbooks of Proviso West High School (1961-1991).
  • Read about the early history in "Bellwood History 1900-1976" or the program for Bellwood's 50th anniversary, "The Golden Jubilee"

History Reference Center

This is a comprehensive full text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research. History Refernce Center includes full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books.

K-12 Student Resources

ABCMouse.com

Young learners, ages 2 and up, can play and learn at the library with interactive books, educational games, puzzles and other activities.

abcmouse.com

EXPLORA - Primary School

Explora Primary is a database for young students.

  • Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results
  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic
  • Topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research
  • Colorful, mobile-friendly design with feature areas that provide context to student

NoveList K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 Plus is a comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction. With a fun and intuitive interface, and extensive proprietary content, NoveList K-8 Plus will help you integrate reading across the curriculum and support young readers. 

Newspapers and Magazines

Bellwood Newspapers & Yearbooks

This collection includes:

Proviso West High School Yearbooks, "The Mural," (1961-1991) 
Newspapers Covering Bellwood: The Star Progress (1937-1956), Star Sentinel (1956-1973)
Village Histotry Titles: Bellwood's Golden Jubilee program booklet celebrating 1900-1950, Bellwood History: 1900-1975 (1975)

More years of the newspapers are coming soon!

Chicago Tribune

Search for current or historical news articles back to 1849.

Online Classes & Learning

Gale Courses

Gale Courses offers instructor-led online courses for some of the most requested adult education topics. Courses are self-paced and led by a real instructor who can give feedback, answer questions, and offer personalized guidance. The quality of instruction is similar to online courses offered by an accredited college, with most instructors having advanced degrees and extensive teaching experience in a university setting.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com, the premier online learning resource, offers more than 4,000 courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more, now available FREE with your library card!

Mango Languages

Mango offers access to over 70 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™.  Once you have created your free account, you can download the Mango app and learn on the go too!

Reference & Research

Magazine MasterFile Complete

Full-text articles from 1,700 periodicals, 500 reference books, and 100,000 primary source documents.

MasterfileComplete includes reference, business, health, education, science, and multicultural issues and an image collection of photos, maps, and flags.

Novelist Plus

This is a popular readers’ advisory service that helps readers find fiction and nonfiction books. It includes reviews, book covers, booklists, links to author web pages & much more!

Science & Technology

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center is a full-text database that covers earth science, life science, technology, health and other popular topics discussed by today's science researchers.

Designed specifically for junior and senior high schools, Science Reference Center is an excellent source of reliable information on life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, technology and more.