Research Databases, Local Resources & More


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Peterson’s Test and Career Prep – (formerly Testing & Education Reference Center) Need to build a resume? Looking for a new job? Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this database to search millions of job listings and create resumes, as well as thousands of college and graduate school entries.

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.



Gale Books (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Database) – 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.

Health & Wellness

Gale Health and Wellness – Authoritative, up-to-date information on health topics.  This database offers 24/7 access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more.


Global Issues – International academic perspectives on global issues


U.S. History – International academic perspectives on issues in the United States.


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.


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.


Gale 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.

Illinois Legal Aid: Madison County – This site is a place to help you learn how to represent yourself in court in simpler legal matters when you cannot find an attorney to represent you, get free legal information about Illinois law, and find out about free or low-cost legal services in your area.

Illinois Court Help – Going to court can be stressful, especially if you don’t have a lawyer. Illinois Court Help makes the court process less confusing – whether you’re facing eviction, getting a divorce, dealing with a DUI, or something else.  These court guides provide legal information about the court system, they don’t give legal advice.


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.

Local Resources

Village of Glen CarbonFind information on Glen Carbon, including the municipal code, Village Board minutes, and upcoming events.

Edwardsville Community Unit School District 7 The Edwardsville District 7 serves the communities of Glen Carbon, Edwardsville, Hamel, Worden, Midway, Moro, Dorsey, and Prairietown, Illinois.

Glen-Ed Pantry – The Glen Ed Pantry provides regular, emergency and referral services to people whose household income falls below the Illinois Department of Human Services eligibility guidelines. These services can include: food, clothing, rent and utility assistance, school supplies. They serve residents of Edwardsville School District #7.

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.


America’s News (Newsbank) – Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible news sources spanning the U.S., including the Belleville News-Democrat, Edwardsville Intelligencer and more.

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 Books (formerly 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.

Gale News(Formerly InfoTrac Newsstand) is an innovative Web-based full-text newspaper database that 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

Gale 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 analyze our database of real readers’ favorite books (over 65,000 and growing) to suggest what you could read next.


A to Z World Travel – A comprehensive travel guide providing practical information for experiencing the world and its wonders, for travelers and students alike.

Academic OneFile – Find peer-reviewed articles from hundreds of journals on a myriad of different subjects.


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 Books (formerly 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.

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 to pay 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.

Peterson’s Test and Career Prep – (formerly 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.

Gale Udemy  Choose from thousands of courses to learn skills from how to use Microsoft Word, to taking beautiful photographs, to meal preparation.  Go to Udemy to learn and explore.


A to Z World Travel – A comprehensive travel guide providing practical information for experiencing the world and its wonders, for travelers and students alike.

Global Road WarriorAn extensive country-by country resource for learning about culture, travel, history, customs, and language.