Databases A to Z


Use one of the library's subscription databases to explore stores of reliable information on almost any topic. Access them for free from any computer.

If using a database outside the library, you'll be prompted to enter your library card number. 




































Use for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, job-hunting, and more.

Access Newspaper Archive (in-library use only)
Use this archive to view, save, and print articles published in smaller newspapers between 1759 and 1977. The collection is far from complete, but is a rich resource for some areas. Use the Advanced Search to see if a newspaper from a specific city is included.

Amazing Animals of the World
A comprehensive resource offering students of all ages reliable access to information about the animal kingdom with 1,200 articles complete with animal sounds, maps, and photos of animals in their natural habitats.

America the Beautiful
Designed for all grade levels, this resource includes detailed information on the economies, culture, history, and government of each of the states and major territories of the United States of America.

American Ancestors; formerly New England Ancestors (in-library use only)
Hundreds of searchable databases including vital records, cemetery transcriptions, marriage and death indexes, family histories, and more.

American National Biography
Profiles of thousands of men and women who have influenced United States history. Includes illustrations, useful links, and a powerful search engine.

America's News
Comprehensive news collection, ideal for exploring issues and events at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Includes the Libertyville Review, Vernon Hills Review, Daily Herald, and Chicago Sun-Times.

Ancestry Library Edition (in-library use only)
Access to more than 4,000 databases and 1.5 billion names. Included are the digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward; vital, church, court, and immigration records; as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.

Annals of America
Primary source material on American history including transcripts of speeches, articles, memoirs, poems, and images.

Arkiv Digital (in-library use only)
For Swedish genealogy research. Access this resource from the Other Programs folder on the desktop of the public computers at the library.

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Biography in Context
Biographical information on more than 185,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Scholastic pairs favorite and familiar picture books with informative nonfiction books. For pre-K through grade 2. Read, listen, watch, enjoy!

Brainfuse (see HelpNow or JobNow)

Britannica Online 
Information from the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the Britannica Book of the Year, and selected websites. Recommended for high school age and up.

Britannica Online for Kids
Encyclopedia, dictionary, and magazine articles for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Business Insights Global
Articles, press releases, investment reports, company histories, product information, industry and company rankings, as well as financial and industry overviews.

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Chicago Tribune
Searchable archive of Chicago Tribune articles from 1985 to the present.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archive
This Newsbank resource contains 2.5 million obituaries and death notices, front pages from 1900 through 1984, and selected articles from the newspaper's clipping files. Paid ads are excluded.

Chicago Tribune Historical Database
Search the full newspaper, including advertisements, from 1849 through 1985.

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
A resource to help educators, librarians, and parents find just the right book for a child. Search by reading level, age, grade, and/or interest level.

Chilton Library
Online automotive repair manuals covering thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks from 1940 onward. Includes wiring diagrams, videos, animations, and photographs. Updated monthly.

Consumer Reports
Research before you buy, using this helpful information source. Interactive features and frequent updates make the online version even more useful than the print.

CQ Researcher
From Congressional Quarterly, this resource allows you to do in-depth exploration of selected current events. Topics include social and teen issues, the environment, health, education, and science. Features comments from experts, lawmakers, and citizens on all sides of every issue. Charts, graphs, a pro-con feature, a chronology, bibliographies, and a list of contacts round out each report.

Culinary Arts Collection
Search 150 major cooking and nutrition magazines for recipes and other food-related information.

CultureGrams States Edition 
Information about each state's climate, geography, resources, economy, history, population, and government.

CultureGrams Kids World Edition
A resource designed to help children of all ages learn about cultural and historical information, including climate, population, languages, holidays, education, and government for 50 countries.

CultureGrams World Edition
Concise, reliable cultural information for teens and adults on more than 175 countries of the world.

Cypress Resume
Effortlessly create professional resumes. Features a library of professional statements and resume templates designed to grab the attention of employers. This database covers virtually all professions, grouping job types by core tasks. Once a resume is created, it can be published online in order to maximize visibility.

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Daily Herald
Newsbank's Daily Herald database is a searchable archive of articles dating back to 1995.

Demographics Now
Robust and highly detailed demographic data. Ideal for gaining consumer and market insight and creating reports.

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The eLibrary database  is a comprehensive research tool designed for the novice user. Results may include journal articles, popular magazines, newspaper articles, TV and radio transcripts, photographs, maps, and reference and historical sources. Now includes The New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos 
Está organizada de modo que los estudiantes puedan encontrar información rápida y fácilmente. Pulse en la primera letra del título del artículo para ver el artículo.

Encyclopedia Americana
More than 45,000 full-text articles with hypertext links to guide users to research-oriented websites. Recommended for grade 8 and up.

ERIC Education Resources Information Center
The premier database for education research. See also this version: ERIC for more than 1.1 million citations dating back to 1966. Journal articles you find in ERIC can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

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FirstSearch *ending 2016*
Includes WorldCat, an international catalog of library holdings; ERIC, the, Education Resources Information Center; and Medline for medical journal citations.

History and genealogy archives featuring original documents and photographs, including military records, city directories, and naturalization records.

Research American History topics from the Jamestown Colony through today's world. Based on Scholastic's Cornerstones of Freedom books, with additional content, including images, video and audio. For grades 4 and up.

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Gale Courses
Six-week instructor-led online courses with quizzes and final exam. Enhance your skills in business, computer applications, medical and legal topics, personal development and more. A passing grade merits a certificate of completion.

Gale Directory Library
Online versions of the following directories: Brands and Their Companies, Consultants and Consulting Organizations Directory, Encyclopedia of Associations (National and International), and Market Share Reporter.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Search 75 authoritative reference works by keyword. Topics include antiques, business, the environment, gardening, history, law, literature, medicine, religion, and science.

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection
Search major periodicals that specialize in these topics.

Genealogy Page
Links to genealogy information on the library's website.

General OneFile
Full-text periodicals, newspapers, major reference sources, audio and video files focusing on business, current events, popular culture, sports, and entertainment. 

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia
Based on the Academic American Encyclopedia and updated monthly, this online encyclopedia contains articles, bibliographies, and hyperlinks. Especially good for finding biographical information and information about American cities. Recommended for grades 5 through 8.

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H - I - J - K

Health & Wellness Resource Center
Find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, and prescription drugs. 

HelpNow from Brainfuse
Take practice tests, get live online tutoring, access a rich library of study tools, submit written work for review, and/or join classmates/colleagues in virtual meeting rooms for collaborative learning.

HeritageQuest Online  
Census data, family records, local histories, and the Periodicals Source Index (PERSI). This collection assembles every extant U.S. federal census, banking and military records, genealogies, primary source materials, and genealogical and local history serials.

Historical Newspapers Extra Edition
Newspaper articles about people and events from 1880 to 2002.

Home Improvement Collection
Search nearly 100 home improvement-focused titles.

Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure Collection
Content from industry journals, travel guides, and magazines.

JobNow from Brainfuse
Practice interviewing with an online coach, submit your resume to be reviewed by an expert, and/or search for a job.

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Lands and Peoples 
Online encyclopedia covers countries and cultures; includes student-oriented features.

Learning Express Library
Practice standardized tests including the SAT, ACT, GED, LSAT, GMAT, ASVAB, GRE, career tests for many jobs, and U.S. citizenship tests. Allows you to track your progress and scores.

Legal Forms
Official state, federal, business, personal, real estate, and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Literature Resource Center
Access biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors and titles from every age and literary discipline.
A leading online learning resource that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills through top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

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Mango Languages 
Learn another language by listening to and repeating phrases from real-life conversations. Languages include Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Russian, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Polish, and Japanese. 

Citations and abstracts for articles in all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing.

Data and analyst reports on mutual funds and stocks.

Our digital downloadable eBook and eAudiobook collection now includes titles available only to Cook Memorial Library District cardholders. Sign in at with your library card number to access titles compatible with a variety of devices and operating systems.

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New Book of Knowledge
This online encyclopedia for children in grades 3 through 5; includes pictures, facts, links to reliable online resources, magazine articles, projects, and experiments.

New Book of Popular Science
Online science encyclopedia geared toward students; includes maps, illustrations, and tables.

New England Ancestors; now called American Ancestors (in-library use only)
Hundreds of searchable databases include vital records, cemetery transcriptions, marriage and death indexes, and family histories.

New York Times (1851-1922, 1982-present)
In Library Access
Home/Remote Access
Read the current day’s paper or search for articles. Includes obituaries, book reviews, and “Times Topics” that combine articles and outside sources. Requires a one-time account set up with library card, email address and password. Click for In Library Access or Home/Remote Access. See New York Times (Historical) database for dates not covered here.

New York Times (Historical)  
The complete paper, cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in downloadable PDF, from its first issue in 1851 up to 2011. 

NoveList Plus
A tool to help you find what to read next: enter your favorite author/s and book/s or describe the type of books you like to read and NoveList will provide a list of suggested titles with full-text reviews and summaries.

Novelist K-8 Plus
Discover fiction titles popular with young readers: Use the Explore Fiction tool to browse hundreds of theme-oriented book lists for readers at all grade levels or look for award-winning and recommended titles in the Best Fiction section.

La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre
Complete online encyclopedia in Spanish. Una enciclopedia completa en español.

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O - P - Q - R

PriceIt! Antiques and Collectibles
Information on art, antiques, and collectibles in more than 100 categories and subcategories from eBay, online antique dealers (GoAntiques and TIAS), and land-based auction houses. Includes images.

Public Records Electronic Database
Search public records for new home purchases, new business starts, foreclosures, sales, and bankruptcies for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties in Illinois.

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Sanborn Maps (in-library use only)
Large scale plans of a city or town drawn to the scale of 50 feet to an inch. Search the archive of maps from 1867-1970.

Science in Context
Supports high school curricula and university coursework with authoritative information for assignments and projects. Provides detailed coverage of popular subjects from obesity to endangered species.

A Scholastic resource with STEM materials on earth science, space, life science, health & human body, physical science, and technology & engineering. Provides text as well as interactive media, videos, audio, images, plus science news, career resources, and experiment ideas. For grades 4 and up.

SIRS Discoverer
For middle and elementary school students; includes thousands of selected magazine and newspaper articles and U.S. government documents on a wide variety of subjects and current events.

SIRS Researcher
For high school students; includes thousands of full-text articles from newspapers and magazines on social, scientific, historical, political, and economic issues, plus World Almanac excerpts, maps of the world, and current event information. 

Small Business Resource Center
Information on starting, financing, and managing a small business; includes sample business plans.

Standard and Poor's Net Advantage
Combines eleven Standard and Poor’s investment products including Stock Reports, the Outlook, Industry Surveys, Bond Guide, and Mutual Funds.

Student Resources in Context
Essays; full-text magazine, journal, and newspaper articles; as well as photographs and other resources for students in grades 6 through 12.

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T - U - V 

Videos are paired with books about real-life events and topics, including disasters, space, and the human body. Each book can be listened to as well as read. For grades 3 through 6.

U.S. History in Context
Complete overview of U.S. history, full-text articles from respected reference sources, video and audio clips, and more than 5,000 primary source documents. 

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W - X - Y - Z

World Book Discover
Easy-to-read articles on topics of interest to middle and high school students with text-to-speech feature and automatic translation into 14 languages. Recommended for those reading below grade level.

World Book Dramatic Learning
Everything a teacher of grades 1 through 12 needs to incorporate theater into classroom learning.

World Book Early World of Learning
For pre-schoolers and children in early grades; uses narrated stories and interactive games to help youngsters build vocabulary, comprehension, and phonics fluency.

World Book Info Finder
For older students; includes the articles of the World Book Encyclopedia, a Biography Center, dictionary, atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, and thousands of editor-selected websites.

World Book Online for Kids
Suitable for elementary students, with easy-to-read articles, engaging illustrations, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.

World Book Online Reference Center
A suite of research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites.

The world's largest catalog of books and other materials held by libraries around the globe, including holdings in Illinois libraries. From the nonprofit Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) in Ohio.

World History in Context
Multicultural and global content that moves geographically around the globe and chronologically, from antiquity to the present.

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