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Biographical Information

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.

Biography Virtual ReferenceBiography Virtual Reference Library - Find information from full-text biographical reference sources. Search through biography encyclopedias and other resources such as The Encyclopedia of World Biography, The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Newsmakers, and more.

Business & Economics

barron'sBarron's (1988-current) - A weekly publication for investors. Provides in-depth articles examining companies and industries to spotlight possible investment opportunities.

Crain's businessCrain'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 investmentsMorningstar 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. 

ReferenceUSA - 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.


Contemporary Authors - 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.

Gale 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.

Novelist - An extensive database of fiction for adults, teens, and children, offering subject acess 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 AuthorSomething About the Author An easy-to-use source for teachers, 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.


health referenceHealth Reference Center - The Facts on File health reference database provides clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body.

MEDLINEMEDLINE - The U.S. National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database containing references to articles in thousands of medical, dental, and nursing journals. Corresponds to the print indexes Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature, and International Nursing Index.

Language Learning

mango languagesMango Languages - Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian, and more.

Mango Languages has an app available for Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users. Anyone with an Ela library card can access language courses free directly from their mobile device. To use the Mango app, you must first have an account with Mango set up (click the link above to set up an account if you don't have one). Download the free app for your device, enter your Mango Languages login information, download a course and start learning at your own pace with or without an internet connection!

Social Studies

Culture Grams - Country reports deliver an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people. Also, includes information about the 50 states, a photo gallery, famous people section, and recipe collection.

Daily Life Online - Information about domestic, economic, intellectual, material, political, recreational, and religious life for the ancient world, medieval world, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, & 19th centuries, and the modern world.


Geography Online - Learn about key ideas, such as a country's culture, population, government, and religions, important to the study of geography and gain an understanding of the world.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.

global issuesGlobal Issues in Context -  Offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Each of these gateway pages includes an overview, unique "perspectives" articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source and statistical information. Rich multimedia - including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs - enhance each portal. Use Browse Issues and Topics, Country Finder, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.

history referenceHistory Virtual Reference Library - Find information from full-text history reference sources. Search through history encyclopedias and other resources such as The Gale Encyclopedia of World History, American Decades, The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, and much more.


sources in U.S. historySources in US History Online:The American Revolution - Explore primary source documents, maps, congresses, pamphlets, and speeches, personal first hand accounts, and a wealth of material detailing the European point of view from the time when the US was born.


Science in Context - Includes thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations, as well as the latest scientific developments covered in articles from dozens of magazines and academic journals and links to websites. Covers curriculum-related science topics and offers teachers an easy-to-use tool to identify content directly correlated to state and national standards.

Science Virtual Reference Library - Find information from full-text science reference sources. Search through science encyclopedias and other resources such as The Gale Encyclopedia of Science, Science in Dispute, Science and Its Times, and much more.

ZooniverseZooniverse - Zooniverse is a free service that allows everyone to take part in real cutting edge research in many fields across the sciences, humanities, and more. With citizen science research of all kinds, from classifying galaxies to counting penguins to transcribing manuscripts, there’s a project for every interest. Sign up today - registration requires a parent/guardian's approval for children under 16. 

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