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For the serious researcher, provides full-text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals.

A genealogy database devoted to African American family history research, this collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.

Discover 600,000+ biographical entries on more than 528,000 individuals spanning history and geography, and paired with multi-media content like videos, images, magazines, and newspapers. The included Lives & Perspectives Collection supports high-school curricula and university coursework by providing multidisciplinary content on notable figures and the societal forces that have shaped their lives.

A comprehensive collection of full-text biographies, as well as thousands of unique narrative biographies, this resource provides keyword searching, as well as browsing by key categories, including occupation, nationality, publication, and more than 30 genre categories, including actors, artists, authors, current world leaders, explorers, religious leaders and many more.

Full-text coverage 1849-current

Start here to find out about people in other countries! Listen to the national anthem, look at pictures, and try recipes. Learn about each country’s history, customs, and government, and see what everyday life is like. 

Search encyclopedias and specialized reference sources that once were accessible only in the library! Our collection ranges from art to technology resources.

For high school and college students as well as the general public; features full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books.

For high school and college students as well as the general public; a full-text database containing plot summaries and synopses, literary criticism, author biographies, literary journal articles, poems and short stories.

Video tutorials on software, web design, business/management skills, financial literacy, job/career skills, social networking, etc. Includes Microsoft Office, Windows, and Mac OS. Requires free account creation. 

Good for tourists or beginners, provides easy interactive tools to reach conversational proficiency in 72 languages, including English as a Second Language. A free app for iOS and Android is available.

Full-text magazines, journals, and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers, covering virtually every subject area of general interest.

Search multiple Chicagoland newspapers at the same time including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Herald and the Oak Leaves.

Access historical issues of hundreds of Illinois newspapers, including the Oak Park Oak Leaves (1902-1977). For the family genealogist, local history buff, and anyone looking for local articles, advertisements, editorials, classified ads, and obituaries.

For readers of fiction and non-fiction, contains book reviews, annotations, read-alikes, discussion guides, and book lists.

For students, provides essays on 290 topics, presenting multiples sides of a current issue, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide. Also offers guides to debate, developing arguments, and writing position papers.

For the student doing scientific research, contains the full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books and periodicals. Also provides teachers with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards.

Ace the test! From college prep to graduate school to career tools, practice for the SAT, GRE, Real Estate Exams, and much more. 

Not just for students! Find encyclopedia articles, primary source documents, e-books and multimedia resources in one search!