Research a Topic By Category

Most of our online learning resources & databases may be accessed by Glen Carbon patrons from home. Please have your library card number ready when logging in from outside the library. Those that are not available at home are marked, “In Library Only.”

Pick a topic to see databases that can help you with your research. Prefer this list in alphabetical order?


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


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


Better Business Bureau – BBBs are nonprofit organizations encouraging honest advertising and selling practices and are supported primarily by local businesses.  They provide ratings (A, B, C, D, or F) of local companies to express the BBB’s confidence that the company operates in a trustworthy manner and demonstrates a willingness to resolve customer concerns.

Small Business CollectionSearch by keyword, subject, or publication title for business information by selecting Gale Virtual Reference Library and using the Business Link on the left.


Career Builders – Career Builders lets you apply to jobs faster, even from your mobile phone, post a resume to be found by registered employers, and create a Job Alert and more for free.

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

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. – provides you with  thousands of relevant articles on resume advice, job-hunting guidance, career planning tips and more. Post your resume and let employers find you to apply for jobs faster.


Bibliomania – Over eight hundred texts of classic literature, drama, and poetry together with detailed literature study guides. Large reference book and non-fiction section.

gvrlGale Virtual Reference Library – Always open. Always available. With electronic reference books from Gale and our publishing partners, researchers can instantly access thousands of eBooks on virtually any subject.

Library2Go – This digital catalog allows you to check out and download over one thousand titles including the latest Kindle Books, EPUB eBooks, PDF eBooks, OverDrive WMA Audiobooks, and OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks on virtually all your electronic devices.

Project Gutenberg – There are nearly 30,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog.


Coindexter – is an online, virtual world that parents will be glad for their child to visit. In the world of Coindexter, children learn about money by exploring and participating in one fascinating adventure after another. sets the new standard for financial literacy among 5-12 year olds. By teaching children how to earn, save, spend, manage and even invest money, they’ll learn to be financially responsible adults. Basic accounts are free, just click the Create Account link to get started.

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

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 AlertsInvestor ToolsEducational Resources and much more.

Moneytopia – Moneytopia 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.


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.

Family SearchFamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history.

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 Archives Databases – Illinois Statewide Vital Records Databases.

Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) – A website created to enhance your passion for genealogy. It not only features links to ISGS projects and quarterlies, but also links you to other records and resources throughout Illinois including those individual genealogical home pages that have an Illinois connection!


Core Documents of U. S. Democracy – Contains the cornerstone documents of the U. S. political system (The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the commentary/auxiliary materials like the Federalist Papers.) Also links to the Library of Congress’s excellent web source for page image of early American sources.

Fedstats – This one site simultaneously queries 14 federal agencies for specified statistics and numeric data.

FedWorld – Fedworld provides a comprehensive central access point for locating and acquiring government information. It offers online dissemination services to more than 60 federal agencies, bureaus, and programs as well as provides gateways to more than 400 government servers.

GPO Access – GPO Access is the web-page and online access point to the United States Government Printing Office. GPO Access features include online versions of many core government publications, especially those related to law and legislation.

Illinois Department of Revenue – State tax code, tax return forms and booklets.

Internal Revenue Service – Federal tax code, tax return forms and booklets.

Office of E-Government & Information Technology – The 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.

Thomas: U.S. Congress on the Internet – Congressional bills, bill status, historical documents, etc. Thomas is a very useful web site for legislative-history research on relatively recent Congress. – 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.


Find-It Illinois – Illinois Government Information provides advanced search of the current State of Illinois Web sites.

Get Covered Illinois  – Get Covered Illinois gets consumers to the right place to access plans from the eight insurers offering coverage in Illinois or to determine if they are eligible for low-cost Medicaid program.

Illinois Compiled Status Information maintained by the Legislative Reference Bureau, whose primary task of the Bureau is the drafting and preparation of legislation, including bills, amendments, resolutions, and conference committee reports. Updating the database of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) is an ongoing process.

Illinois Court Rules & Procedures – The U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois website provides an essential resource for attorneys practicing in Illinois local and state courts.

SIU Self Help Law Center – The Self Help Legal Center of Southern Illinois is more than a website. It is a law student on the phone who cannot give you legal advice, but can assist you in finding information that will help you if you can’t afford an attorney.


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!

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.


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.


Illinois State Library – The 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.


Empowered Doctor – Empowered Doctor has thousands of articles and stories about all areas of medicine, including many specific types of Cancer.  Empowered Doctor also provides the latest and most breaking news articles for the daily health and cancer sections in The Chicago Tribune and Arizona Central. – Simplifies your search for health coverage by gathering the options available in your area in one place. You can compare plans based on price, benefits, quality, and other features important to you before you make a choice.  Find the latest Affordable Health Care Act information here.

Health Finder – Your source for reliable prevention and wellness information.

Medicare – Medicare is a social insurance program administered by the United States government , providing health insurance coverage to people who are aged 65 and over, or who meet other special criteria.

Medline PlusMedlinePlus is a free Web site that provides consumer health information for patients, families, and health care providers.

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.

Opposing Viewpoints

ovicOpposing Viewpoints In Context – Opposing 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.


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

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

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.

SILC – Statewide Illinois Library Catalog – Connecting you to a wide range of subjects in 14 databases.

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

Reader’s Advisory

bnaBooks & Authors – Books & Authors makes exploration of genre fiction and essential non-fiction fun!

What Should I Read NextEnter a book you like and the site will analyse our database of real readers’ favorite books (over 65,000 and growing) to suggest what you could read next. 


bicBiography in Context – Virtually every course of study – from history to science to literature – is ultimately tied to the study of people.

Congressional Directory – The Congressional Directory is the official directory of the U.S. Congress, prepared by the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP).

Ebsco – Full-text articles in Science, Humanities, Education, and Business from U.S. and international professional publications, academic journals, and trade magazines.

Encyclopedia of Life – The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a free, online collaborative encyclopedia intended to document all of the 1.8 million living species known to science.

litrcGale 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.

Old Farmer’s AlmanacThe Old Farmer’s Almanac is a reference book that contains weather forecasts, tide tables, planting charts, astronomical data, recipes, and articles on a number of topics including gardening, sports, astronomy, and farming.

Statistical Abstract of the United StatesThe Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

United States Government Manual – As the official handbook of the Federal Government, the United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions, and committees.

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.

Senior Services

AARP – AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps senior citizens turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning.

Administration for Community Living – The Center for Disability and Aging Policy advises and supports the ACL Administrator and Principal Deputy Administrator in developing effective Federal policies and programs to address the needs of individuals with disabilities and the aging of the nation’s population. The Center supports, plans, coordinates and oversees the implementation of policies, programs and special initiatives designed to overcome barriers that prevent older Americans and persons with disabilities from fully participating and contributing in an inclusive community life.

Benefits Check Up – BenefitsCheckUp is free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. There are over 2,000 federal, state and private benefits programs available to help.

Eldercare Locator – The Eldercare Locator, a public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services.

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.

Meals on Wheels – Meals on Wheels provide well over one million meals to seniors who need them each day. Some programs serve meals at congregate locations like senior centers, some programs deliver meals directly to the homes of seniors whose mobility is limited, and many programs provide both services.

Medicare – Medicare is a social insurance program administered by the United States government, providing health insurance coverage to people who are aged 65 and over, or who meet other special criteria.

National Council on the Aging – The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC.  NCOA is a national voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them. We bring together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults.

Senior Living Map – Senior Living Map is a map to view senior and assisted living facilities in a particular area, simply enter the city or zip and click search. The map will zoom into that area and provide an aerial view of facilities located there. Each senior living facility will be marked with a pin on the map.

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.

Testing & Education

Accredited Online Schools and Colleges – Accredited Online Schools and Colleges is a searchable directory of online accredited colleges and universities for your educational needs.

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.

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.

Free Test Prep – is a free online resource for students to prepare for the ACT, SAT, and GED.  Featuring over 700 practice questions all with video solutions, over 1100 flashcards, over 1500 real college admissions essays, and over 100 articles and guides, is designed with students and educators in mind.

Learn A Test – Learn A Test provides customized test-preparation materials for students and adults to improve their performance on academic, licensing, and certification exams. Learn A Test provides both online and print resources, with special emphasis on career guidance and preparation, academic and career test preparation, and basic skills improvement.

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 –  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.

World History

whicWorld History In Context – World 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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