Literary Reference Center is a rich full-text literary database covering all genres and timeframes. It includes thousands of synopses, critical essays, book reviews, literary journals and author biographies, plus full-text classic novels, short stories and poems.
The industry's most widely used business research database, Business Source Premier features full text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines.
Search for US Businesses, US Standard White Pages in the directories.
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Use Historical Businesses to find out about past performance of businesses back to 2003.
Small Business Reference Center offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.
Designed to meet a wide variety of vocational and technical research needs, this database provides full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals for high schools, community colleges, trade institutions and the general public.
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Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.
This 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.
Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.
Through a service provided by RAILS, every library in Illinois has access to free, simultaneous use e-books via the BiblioBoard Library. Select "BiblioBoard Library of Illinois" for instant access to their collection.
Access to high-quality e-books covering a wide range of topics such as self-help, fitness, games, hobbies and cooking.
eRead Illinois is a cooperative program that expands access to e-books for Illinois residents.
You can stream titles instantly through your desktop browser or our mobile app. Titles are automatically returned and removed from your device at the end of the lending period.
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Check out up to 20 ebooks, audiobooks or movies at a time.
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Read It! is designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills.
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Consumer Health Complete offers a unique search interface that organizes results by source type so users can easily find the content they're looking for. Source types include journals, magazines, reference books, encyclopedias, pamphlets, images and videos.
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.
Search more than 63 million obituaries and death notices from over 4,100 U.S. sources. Updated daily, this collection contains valuable genealogical information such as occupation, avocation, education, military service, religious affiliation, family members, colleagues and more. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.
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.
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- Read local newspapers Proviso Star Progress (1937-1950) Star Sentinel (1956-1997) Proviso Star Sentinel (1975-1981) and West Proviso Herald (1978-1982).
- See the yearbooks of Proviso West High School (1961-2017).
- Read about the early history in "Bellwood History 1900-1976" or the program for Bellwood's 50th anniversary, "The Golden Jubilee"
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.
Young learners, ages 2 and up, can play and learn at the library with interactive books, educational games, puzzles and other activities.
Explora Primary is a database for young students.
- Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results
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- Colorful, mobile-friendly design with feature areas that provide context to student
Designed for middle school libraries, Middle Search Plus is a full-text database providing popular middle school magazines and reference books. Covering subjects such as history, current events, science and sports, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags.
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.
Designed for elementary school libraries, Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness and space exploration.
The Early World of Learning was created for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. Developed with the help of experts in early childhood education, the site provides playful and interactive features through a visual encyclopedia, colorful games, a Welcome To Reading feature, and a plethora of videos, photos, and activities.
Make learning more fun! World Book Kids was developed especially for younger users with a wealth of engaging games, science projects, and activities. It features an intuitive user interface, simple navigation and browsing capabilities, and thousands of easy-to-read articles packed with stunning illustrations, videos, and interactive maps.
Tailored for elementary and middle school users, World Book Student is a comprehensive site that includes a collection of content, features, and tools specifically developed to make online knowledge accessible and easy to integrate into school assignments. The site features the entire World Book Encyclopedia with high-interest content written at an age-appropriate level to engage students in learning. Student is loaded with practical features to help users develop their research skills and enhance their projects.
Legal Information Reference Center is an online database designed to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds. It includes exclusive full text for many top consumer legal reference books, as well as thousands of legal forms.
Easily compose legal documents in categories like Divorce, Wills, Power of Attorney, Lease Agreements, Bankruptcy, Landlord/Tenant disputes and more. You have the option to edit documents, print a blank version, or enter the required information. In minutes, you’ve completed a ready-to-use copy.
Covering a century and a half of the African American experience from 1827 to 1998, featuring 280 newspapers from 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles.
A one-of-a-kind record of African American history, culture and daily life from 1835-1956. Covers life in the Antebellum South through the Civil Rights movement and more.
This collection includes:
Proviso West High School Yearbooks, "The Mural," (1961-2017)
Newspapers Covering Bellwood: The Star Progress (1937-1956), Star Sentinel (1956-1997), West Proviso Herald (1978-1982)
Village History Titles: Bellwood's Golden Jubilee program booklet celebrating 1900-1950, Bellwood History: 1900-1975 (1975)
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Collection of full-text, fully searchable articles from a wide variety of news sources throughout the Chicagoland area. Access this easy-to-use collection in the library or from anywhere with your library card. Mobile responsive. Includes an easy Citation Tool, Email and Link Sharing Capability from within the resource.
Access the Chicago Sun Times in full text back to 1986 AND full color format 2018-current. Use your library card to log in to see full-page newspaper images, individual articles, and content only published online. Search anywhere, any time and on any device using this mobile friendly resource 24-7 with your library card.
Search for current or historical news articles back to 1849.
Search The Daily Southtown newspaper back to 2004. Use your library card to log in to see full-page newspaper images, individual articles, and content only published online. Search anywhere, any time and on any device using this mobile friendly resource 24-7 with your library card.
Flipster, the digital newsstand, offers magazines across all of your favorite devices. With access to the top magazines combined with an easy to use interface, Flipster offers users a unique reading experience that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere.
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.
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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!
Academic Search Premier is a leading multidisciplinary research database. It provides acclaimed full-text journals, magazines and other valuable resources.
Consumer Reports.org gives unbiased reviews, information and advice on consumer products and services.
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.
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!
Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.
World Book Advanced
A powerful reference tool designed to meet the research needs of users at the high school level and above, World Book Advanced is chock-full of facts and features to help users conduct research projects. The site features the entire World Book Encyclopedia, an atlas, a dictionary, world newspapers, and local and country research guides. Advanced integrates all primary and secondary source databases and up to 18 different content types in a single search.
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.