Research Databases

Glen Carbon patrons may access 24/7 unless marked “In Library Only.”
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Chilton Library – Access repair, maintenance, and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, and vans on the road today.


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


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.

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


Gale 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.


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.

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.


Ancestry 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.

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!

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.


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.

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.

Voter Registration – Register to vote up to 30 days before an election.  You will need a valid form of identification, such as a driver’s license or state I.D. card to register.


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.


Legal 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.


Literature 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.

Opposing Viewpoints

Opposing 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.


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

Gale 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.

NewsstandInfoTrac 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.

St. Louis Business Journal– Electronic newspaper.

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

Reader’s Advisory

Books & 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.


A to Z World Foods –  – Explore food culture and recipes from around the world. Topics include full recipes, measurement conversions, dining etiquette, and more.

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

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

Gale 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.

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.

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.

BrainHQ – Exercise your brain by playing games that work on attention, memory, brain speed, and more, to sharpen your cognitive abilities.  BrainHQ is a peer-reviewed resource with proven data that its use can benefit brain functionality.  You will need to set up login information that is tied to your library card the first time you use this resource.

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.

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.

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.

Testing & 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.

World History

World 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.