Research Databases A-Z

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Ancestory Plus – AncestryPlus provides access to more than 1.2 billion names, more than 3000 databases, primary source documents and images and a variety of genealogical research features – with new databases added daily. In Library Only.


bicBiography in Context – Biography in Context delivers outstanding research support with nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography.

bnaBooks & Authors – Books & Authors makes exploration of genre fiction and essential non-fiction fun while making suggestions on what to read next.


cartCareer Transitions – Career Transitions is an online career guidance center that walks users through the job-search process from beginning to end.

chllChilton Library – Access repair, maintenance, and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, and vans on the road today.

Consumer Reports – is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services. In Library Only.


Directory of U.S. Colleges – strives to provide helpful information about colleges, universities, community colleges and vocational schools at the local city and state level. Our research indicates that prospective students of the internet age desire clear and accurate information, displayed in a friendly and easy to use interface. We have created data sets, graphs, and Google Maps to help achieve this goal. – offers free Illinois Drivers License permit practice tests, for both automobiles and motorcycles, as well as tips for getting or renewing your driver’s license.


Ebsco Wilson Web OmnifileFull-text articles in science, humanities, education, and business from U.S. and international professional publications, academic journals, and trade magazines.



Family Caregiver Alliance – Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. FCA now offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – Need help paying for college? Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 15 million students paying for college or career school. We are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.

FINRA – FINRA Investor Education Foundation offers a wide range of resources to provide effective, unbiased financial and investor education. These tools will help you understand and meet your investor/financial needs. They offer a wide range of tools, including: Investor Alerts, Investor Tools, Educational Resources and much more.


gvrlGale Virtual Reference Database – Search 24/7 over four hundred and fifty research books and thousands of periodical and newspaper articles for expert information you can count on.



HeritageQuest – HeritageQuest is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, film products, census records and genealogical finding aids. 18th Century or 20th Century. European or Native American. Farm or Factory. East Coast or West Coast. Where does your American past begin?


Illinois State LibraryThe State Library map collection also includes the 2005 Illinois Digital Orthophotos, the 2004 Illinois National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) photos, and the GeoTIFF CD-ROMs, which supplement the Illinois Historical Aerial Photography Project (ILHAP) website.


Job Spider – Job Spider is a completely free internet job search engine and job board in the United States and Canada. Job hunters can search our extensive job / career database and/or post a resume making it viewable to millions of employers for free. Employers and Recruiters can search the extensive resume database and/or post a job opportunity making it viewable to millions of possible employees for free.

Jobvertise – Jobvertise allows you to Search resumes, post jobs free, and get your jobs page for your web site. It also allows you to post your resume and receive fresh job alerts. Free services are subject to certain limitations.


KidSpeak – KidSpeak is an online language learning system specifically for children. KidSpeak offers eleven language choices, with color pictures, sounds, and a cartoon host to make learning fun! Use the link to go to the RBDigital website. Create an account and receive an activation code (this activation code is good for multiple downloads). Download a language to your computer and start learning!


tglfLegal Forms – Gale Legal Forms is an online database that provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, power of attorney, pre-marital agreements, adoption forms, landlord tenant, incorporation, tax forms, law digest, and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen’s language.

litrcLiterature Resource CenterFind up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.


Mango Languages – Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for a wide variety of popular languages. Mango also has an easy to access small film library. Download the Mango app to learn on the go.

MoneytopiaMoneytopia is an immersive game that helps you learn more about managing your money while having fun. The loftier and more costly your big dream, the longer the game will last. Play the game—or, for a quick overview of different topics, check out the Moneytopia Tutorials.


stndNewsstandInfoTrac Newsstand is an innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database which allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields.


Office of E-Government & Information TechnologyThe Office of E-Government and Information Technology (E-Gov), headed by the Federal Government’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), develops and provides direction in the use of Internet-based technologies to make it easier for citizens and businesses to interact with the Federal Government, save taxpayer dollars, and streamline citizen participation.

ovicOpposing Viewpoints In ContextOpposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.


PDRhealth – PDRhealth is part of Thomson Healthcare, which offers a wide range of e-solutions, publications, drug databases, and communications vehicles to pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers, and managed-care organizations.




SeniorNet – SeniorNet’s mission is to provide older adults education for and access to computer technologies to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom.

SILC – Statewide Illinois Library CatalogThe Statewide Illinois Library Catalog (SILC) is a customized, statewide union catalog that combines all the state’s bibliographic records into a single, searchable database.

St. Louis Business Journal-Electronic Newspaper.


tercTesting & Education Reference Center Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries.

Theatre History – Theatre History reviews the highlights of different periods of theater history, including plays, acting styles, staging convention, costuming, and playwrights. Web links have been provided so that students can find additional information on items of interest.


Universal Class – An online continuing education program offering over 500 courses. Continuing Education Units on select courses. – The U.S. government’s official web portal, from Social Security to Medicare, it’s a monumental source of information about federal, state, and local government.


Voter RegistrationFollow the instructions on the Madison County Clerk’s website to submit an online voter registration application, or verify if you are already a registered voter.


The Wall Street Journal – Electronic newspaper. (User: GlenLibrary Pass: abc123)

World Book Online – World Book Online encyclopedia features thorough cross-references, and lists of related articles are included at the end of entries on major subjects.

whicWorld History In ContextWorld History in Context is a comprehensive online collection of articles, audio, primary documents, maps, video and more, using an intuitive, Web-like interface to provide multicultural, global and research-based dynamic content that supports today’s history research requirements. World History in Context moves chronologically over 5,000 years from antiquity to the present and geographically around the globe, to ensure that the events, movements and individuals that defined, informed and shaped world history are covered with a sense of balance.




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