Find links to Library databases and services that can help teens with homework assignments. When using this page outside the Library please be aware that some databases may require an Ela Library card number for access. Several databases are in-library access only.
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Biography Resource Center
Combines thousands of biographies on people from hundreds of respected reference sources, with full-text articles from numerous magazines. Search for people based on name, birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria.
History Database Center
Includes information about American history, American women's history, African-American history, Native American history, modern world history, and ancient and medieval history.
Provides access to biographical details on thousands of modern novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists and scriptwriters. Includes current writers, as well as literary figures of the 20th century, and authors from around the world.
Literature Resource Center
Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Covers thousands of novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of hundreds of authors.
MOTOR Online "Mentioned on T.V. or Radio" (In-Library Access Only)
Monitors titles mentioned on nationally broadcast radio and television programs. Includes a 90 day archive of listings. Searchable by date, show, publisher and more with an easy to use report generator and updated throughout the day. Includes book, music and video information featured in dozens of television and radio programs, daily newspapers and weekly, bi-weekly and monthly periodicals.
An extensive database of fiction for adults, teens and children, offering subject access and full-text reviews, Author Read-alikes, awards, theme-oriented book lists, Book Discussion Guides, Book Talks, and Feature Articles for a wide range of reading interests.
Something About the Author
An easy-to-use source for librarians, students and other researchers, each volume in this series provides illustrated biographical profiles of approximately 75 children's authors and artists. This critically acclaimed series covers more than 12,000 individuals, ranging from established award winners to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers.
Barron's (1988 - current)
A weekly publication for investors. Provides in-depth articles examining companies and industries to spotlight possible investment opportunities.
Crain's Chicago Business (In-Library Access Only)
Offers daily Chicago-area business news, plus links to public records and hundreds of local and national business-oriented sites. Throughout the day, you will find news headlines generated using the combined resources of Crain's Chicago Business, WBBM-AM NewsRadio78 and Reuters Business News. Check with librarian for login and password information required for access to premium content.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Identify and research stocks and mutual funds, and create and analyze portfolios. Includes reports and exclusive Morningstar Ratings on stocks and mutual funds. You can also download the The Morningstar Guide to Alternative Investments booklet which features Morningstar's approach to investments such as options, exchange traded funds (ETF's) and closed end funds.
Public Records Online
Information about recent local new home sales, new business licenses, foreclosures and bankruptcies. Includes Lake, Cook, McHenry, DuPage, Kane, Will, Kendall, and DeKalb counties.
Directory information for publicly and privately owned companies in the United States, as well as information about individual consumers. The database is compiled from hundreds of Yellow page directories, Business White Pages, Corporate Annual Reports, SEC 10K reports, Chamber of Commerce Directories, state directories, and other public information sources. It is searchable by: Company or Executive name, and Ticker symbol; SIC & NAICS codes; city, MSA's, state, area code or zip code; business size (sales, numbers of employees, etc.).
Wall Street Journal (1984 - current)
The financial newspaper of record offering in-depth coverage of national and international finance as well as first rate coverage of hard news. factory-correct automotive diagnostic and repair information. Includes diagnostic flowcharts, maintenance schedules and tables, daily technical service bulletins, wiring diagrams and images, and parts.