Databases A to Z

These subscription databases are provided for the use of Cook Memorial Public Library District cardholders. You will need to enter your library card to use them outside the library.

A database is a collection of information organized for efficient retrieval. Cook Memorial Public Library District pays for subscriptions to a variety of databases that contain articles from periodicals as well as material from well-respected reference sources. Every article has been checked by professional editors, and the text content is identical to the print versions of the publications.

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

Access Newspaper Archive (only accessible in the library)
Use this archive to view, save and print articles dating from 1759 to 1977 from smaller newspapers. The collection is far from complete, but 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 reference 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
America the Beautiful is designed for all grade levels. It 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 level. Includes Libertyville Review, Vernon Hills Review, Daily Herald and Chicago Sun Times.

Ancestry Library Edition (only accessible in the library)
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 speeches, articles, memoirs, poems and images.

Arkiv Digital
For Swedish genealogy. In library use only. Access it 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.

From Scholastic, favorite and familiar picture books paired with informative nonfiction books. For grades preK-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 web sites. Recommended for high school age and above.

Britannica Online for Kids
Encyclopedia, dictionary and magazine articles for students in Kindergarten through 5th 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
From Newsbank - contains 2.5 million obituaries and death notices, front pages from 1900 - 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 - 1985.

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
CLCD helps educators, librarians and parents find just the right children’s book.  Results can be filtered by reading level, age, grade and interest level.

Chilton Library
Online automotive repair manuals. Covers thousands of domestic and imported models of cars and light trucks from 1940 onward. Content, which includes wiring diagrams, videos, animations and photographs, is updated monthly.

Consumer Reports
Interactive features and frequent updates make this online version even more useful than the print magazine.

CQ Researcher
Explores a single "hot" issue in the news in depth each week. Topics range from social and teen issues to 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 more.

CultureGrams Kids States Edition 
Introduces elementary-age children to all 50 states, with 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 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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eLibrary is a comprehensive research tool designed for the novice user. Results can include journal articles, popular magazines, newspaper articles, TV and radio transcripts, photographs, maps, and reference and historical sources. Now includes the New York Times, the Washington Post and the 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
45,000 full text articles with hypertext links to guide users to research-oriented web sites. Recommended for Grades 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 going back to 1966. Journal articles you find in ERIC can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

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Includes WorldCat, an international catalog of library holdings; ERIC for education; Medline for medical journal citations.

History and genealogy archives featuring original documents and photographs, including military records, City Directories and Naturalization Records.

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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 authoritative reference works by keyword, any time, any place.

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

Genealogy Page

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. Strengths include biographical information and coverage of American cities. Recommended for Grades 5 through 8.

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H - I - J - K

Health & Wellness Resource Center
Use this Resource Center to 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, join classmates/colleagues in virtual meeting rooms for collaborative learning.

HeritageQuest Online  
Census data, family records, local histories and the PERSI magazine index. 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, search for a job.

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Lands and Peoples 
Online encyclopedia on countries and cultures with special features for students. 

Learning Express Library
Track your progress and scores as you take any of the practice tests offered. Tests include the SAT, ACT, GED, LSAT, GMAT, ASVAB, GRE, career tests for many jobs, and U.S. citizenship tests.

Legal Forms
Official, State Specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors and titles from every age and literary discipline. (only accessible in the library)
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 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 is now available with Advantage titles available only to Cook District card holders. Sign in at with you library card number and access titles compatible with a variety of operating systems and devices.

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New Book of Knowledge
This online encyclopedia for children in grades 3-5 includes pictures, facts, Internet links, magazine articles, projects, and experiments.

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

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

New York Times
Browse by date or search all New York Times articles from January 1, 1984 to the present.

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 2007. 

NoveList Plus
Enter your favorite authors or titles, 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, browse hundreds of theme-oriented book lists for readers at all grade levels through Explore Fiction, and look for award-winning and recommended titles in Best Fiction.

La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre
The Cumbre Encyclopedia is a complete online encyclopedia in Spanish.

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O - P - Q - R

PriceIt! Antiques and Collectibles
Data and images for art, antiques and collectibles in over 100 categories and subcategories from eBay, online antique dealers (GoAntiques and TIAS) and land-based auction houses.

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 (only accessible in the library)
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.

SIRS Discoverer
Intended for middle and elementary school students, this database is made up of selected magazine and newspaper articles and U.S. government documents on a wide variety of subjects and current events.

SIRS Researcher
SIRS Researcher is intended for high school age students. It 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
S & P Net Advantage combines 11 of 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 paired with books about exciting true topics: disasters, space, the human body, and more. Each book can be listened to as well as read. For grades 3-6.

U.S. History in Context
Complete overview of U.S. history, full-text articles from respected reference sources,video and audio clips, over 5000 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 in grades one through twelve 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 Web sites.

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

World Book Online Reference Center
World Book Online is 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 Web sites.

World Cat
OCLC catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide, featuring holdings in Illinois libraries and beyond.

World History in Context
Multicultural and global content that moves chronologically over 5,000 years from antiquity to the present and geographically around the globe.

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