Online Research Tools

A List of All Online Databases Available Through the Library

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AlldataAlldata: Find automotive diagnostic and repair information.

Note: Alldata is only accessible using a library computer or the library’s WiFi.


AncestryAncestry.com: Find census, birth, marriage, and death records.

Note: Ancestry.com is only accessible using a library computer or the library’s WiFi.


A to ZAtoZdatabases: An electronic phone book with listings of over 30 million businesses and 220 million U.S. residents. Create and export marketing lists, research your business competition, and discover information about companies by location or type of business. Great for job seekers!


Audio Book CloudAudio Book Cloud: Collection of online streaming audiobooks. Browse. Click. Listen. It’s that easy!


Basic ESL: Learn English Online.Basic ESL: Learn English quickly and effectively on your computer with an interactive language learning system appropriate for beginner English Language Learners. Lessons are taught in a variety of languages, including Nepali, Farsi, Arabic, Hindi and Urdu.


Biblioboard LogoBiblioBoard: Find digital collections of books, images, articles, audio and video from leading publishers and archives around the world. Access millions of pages of curated primary source content, unlimited multi-user access, and streaming audio and video.


BookFlixBookFlix: Interactive digital stories, true books, and games.

Note: For students grades Pre-K—3. Find more Online Resources for Kids.


BooklistBooklist: Offers a generous selection of content from Booklist Magazine—a book review journal published by the American Library Association. It includes archived reviews and some web-only features.


Chicago Consumer CheckbookChicago Consumer’s Checkbook: An independent, non-profit consumer authority that helps consumers find quality area products and services at competitive prices.


Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune: Search full text articles from 1985—today. Historical archive of articles going back to 1849 is a great place to find primary sources and obituaries.


Consumer ReportsConsumer Reports: Search the full-text of Consumer Reports from 1988—today (through Ebsco’s MasterFile Complete).


Credo ReferenceCredo Reference: An easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 100 videos. Includes health reference books.


Culture GramsCultureGrams: Learn about the history, customs and everyday life of countries around the world. Four editions are available: World Edition, Kids Edition, States Edition and Provinces Edition.

Note: For students in grades 2—8. Find more Online Resources for Kids.


Daily HeraldDaily Herald: Search articles from July 1997—today.


eBooks on EbscohosteBook Collection (EBSCOhost): Read ebooks at your computer. No need for a device! The collection includes classics, nonfiction instruction manuals, psychology, philosophy and more.


Overdrive eMedia LibraryeMediaLibrary (Overdrive): Download ebooks and digital audiobooks to virtually any device, including Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, mp3 players, Android phones and more.


eRead Illinois LogoeRead Illinois (Axis 360): Download ebooks to a tablet, computer or other device.



ERICERIC: Journals, articles and reports in education.


OCLC First SearchFirstSearch: Connects to full-text magazine and journal articles, as well as abstracts, in a wide range of subjects. Includes access to ERIC and Medline.


FreegalFreegal: Download music to any MP3 player. Use your PC or Mac to add five songs a week to your personal collection. Stream music to your device for three hours per day.


Gale Virtual ReferenceGale Virtual Reference Library: Access more than 1,000 electronic reference titles. Subject areas include health, medicine, science, art, history, business, biography and more.


GoGrolierGo! Grolier: Research tool that offers digital content for both teachers and students, including newspaper, magazine and encyclopedia articles organized by level, Lexile, and Core Curriculum Standards.

Note: For students grades K—12 and adults. Find more Online Resources for Kids.


Heritage QuestHeritage Quest Online: A collection of genealogical and historical sources, including U.S. Federal Censuses, books, bank records, unique primary sources, and local and family histories.


HooplaHoopla: Borrow, stream and download an impressive library of movies, TV series, ebooks, audiobooks and comics!

Note: Loan Period Information: 10 Checkouts Per Month; 3 Days for Movies and TV Series; 1 Week for Music; 3 Weeks for Audiobooks.


International Children's Digital LibraryInternational Children’s Digital Library: High-quality digital picture books and chapter books from around the world. Browse by age, genre, book length, character types or even the color of a book’s cover.

Note: For students in grades Pre-K—5. Find more Online Resources for Kids.


Learning Express LibraryLearning Express Library: Offers practice tests, exercises and information to help achieve success at school, at work or in life. Topics include math and reading skills for elementary, middle and high school; college preparation tests, such as the ACT and SAT; computer skills: GED preparation: job search skills: U.S. citizenship; and more.


Little PimLittle Pim: Interactive language learning experience for kids. Covers Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, English, German, Arabic, Russian.

Note: For students in grades Pre-K—2. Find more Online Resources for Kids.


Lynda.Com: Discover the vast video library of engaging, top-quality courses in business, software, technology and creative skills, taught by recognized industry experts.


MasterFILE Magazines-MasterFILE Complete: Search popular magazines and academic journals on a variety of topics for school or personal enjoyment.


Mango LanguagesMango Languages: Learn a language with a language-learning system that teaches actual conversation skills for over 60 languages from around the world, including English as a new language. Learn grammar, the culture of the country, and compare your speech to a native speaker.


Medigap Buyers Guide & Premium CalculatorMedigap Buyers Guide: Provides step-by-step guidance to learn how to select a Medigap insurance plan, which plans are right for you, and which insurance company has the lowest rates. By entering your name, age, gender and zip code, get immediate access to your own 80+ page, information-packed Buyer’s Guide & Premium Calculator.


MedlineMedline: Abstracts for all areas of medicine.


MuzzyMuzzy: Online training system for language learning for children, offering Spanish, French, German and Italian.

Note: Accessible via the free Puffin Browser on mobile devices. For students in grades Pre-K—8. Find more Online Resources for Kids.


MorningstarMorningstar Investment Research Center: Get comprehensive financial information on stocks, mutual funds and exchange traded funds, as well as market overviews. Includes portfolio tools and calculators to determine your optimal asset mix.


The New Book of Knowledge from Scholastic GoNew Book of Knowledge: Research tool that offers both students and educators digital nonfiction texts, articles, experiments and homework help resources across a wide range of core content areas for research and reference organized by topic, grade, level and Lexile.

Note: For students grades 3—8 and adults. Find more Online Resources for Kids.


New York TimesNew York Times: Covers full text from June 1980—today. Includes abstracts from January 1969—May 1980.


NovelistNoveList Plus: A comprehensive source of information about books that provides expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more. Includes audiobook recommendations and read-alikes.


Novelist K-8NoveList K-8 Plus: Find Lexile Measure, which is a number indicating the reading level, demand, difficulty and complexity of the sentences. Retrieve suggested reads, book lists, discussion guides and more.

Note: For students in grades 4—12 and adults. Find more Online Resources for Kids.


OneClickDigital Downloadable Audio LogoOneClickDigital Audiobooks: Instantly access over 4,000 audiobooks!


Online Book ClubOnline Book Clubs: Get a five-minute selection from a chapter of a book and by the end of the week, you will have read 2-3 chapters. Every Monday starts a new book. Choose from fiction, nonfiction, business, mystery, romance, just published titles and more.


ProQuest NewsstandProQuest Newsstand: Contains fully searchable electronic copies of articles from over 1,500 state, regional, national and international newspapers. Find back issues of the Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Daily Herald, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and more.


Public Records Database LogoPublic Records Database: Search public and marketing-oriented data for the Chicago-land area, including New Homeowners, New Business, Foreclosures and Sales, and Bankruptcies.

Note: On-Site Library Members Use This Public Records Database Link.


Science in ContextScience in Context: An in-depth science database. This resource focuses on key concepts taught in school classrooms, including Earth Science, History of Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Science and Technology, Science as Inquiry, Space Science and more.


ScienceFlixScienceFlix: Offers a mobile-ready interactive resource perfectly designed for those interested in science, technology and engineering, with an emphasis on the latest STEM thinking and the newest science standards.

Note: For students in grades 3—8. Find more Online Resources for Kids.


Self-e LogoSelf-e: Submit your indie-published book for free and share your ebook with GEPL members and libraries throughout Illinois.


TrueFlixTrueFlix: Online resource with digital books and videos that helps students build knowledge of subject-area content, cultivate 21st Century Skills, and meet Common Core Standards through the inquiry process.

Note: For students in grades 3—8. Find more Online Resources for Kids.


TumblebooksTumblebooks: Collection of animated, talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign-language titles. Includes read-alongs, chapter book ebooks, audiobooks, online puzzles and games.

Note: For students in grades Pre-K—5. Find more Online Resources for Kids.


TumbleBookCloud LogoTumble Book Cloud: Collection of videos and chapter books, such as Shakespeare, poetry, non-fiction, science, history and geography. Categories include ebooks, read-alongs, graphic novels, National Geographic videos, and audiobooks.

Note: For students in grades 6—12. Find more Online Resources for Kids.


Tumble Book Cloud JrTumble Book Cloud Junior: Collection of read-along, online titles in categories, such as early readers, chapter books, classics and poetry. Have the book narrated aloud, turn the page automatically, and customize the screen for font size, text and screen color.

Note: For students in grades 3—6. Find more Online Resources for Kids.


Value LineValue Line: Investment advice on stocks, industries and the economy.


Wall Street JournalWall Street Journal: Search articles from January 1984—today.


WorldCatWorldCat: Find items in the catalogs of over 10,000 libraries worldwide.


ZinioZinio: Download the latest issues of popular magazines, including Cosmopolitan, The Economist, ESPN, Esquire, Forbes, National Geographic, New Yorker, Newsweek, Oprah, OK!, RollingStone, US Weekly, Vanity Fair and many more.