Research

These subscription databases are provided for the use of Cook Memorial Public Library District cardholders. Enter your library card number to use them outside the library.

Download a printable brochure listing of our databases.

 

Click on a subject below or browse the databases in alphabetical order.

 

AUTOMOBILE

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 database even more useful than the print magazine. It's a great starting point when you are getting ready to make a major purchase.

Kelley Blue Book
Reports market value prices for new and used automobiles of all types, as well as RVs, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and personal watercraft. It obtains retail pricing by collecting information about actual retail sales.

 

BOOKS & READING

BookPage.com
Monthly book review publication distributed throughout subscribing bookstores and public libraries. BookPage serves as a broad-based selection guide to the best new books published every month. All of the content from the print edition is posted on BookPage.com each month.

Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database
The CLCD is a subscription-based information retrieval service designed to meet the needs of organizations and individuals who work with children's books.

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors and titles from every age and literary discipline.

MyMediaMall- Overdrive eBooks & eAudiobooks
A consortium that Cook Memorial Public Library District belongs to along with more than 60 other Illinois libraries. The ebooks, eaudiobooks and some video found are all supplied by the company OverDrive. With your CMPLD library card, you can check out a license to read the ebook, which expires after two weeks.

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.

Overbooked
An ongoing volunteer project by a public library collection development librarian. Overbooked's mission is to provide timely information about fiction (all genres) and readable nonfiction for ravenous and omnivorous readers.

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.

BIOGRAPHY

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.

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

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors and titles from every age and literary discipline.

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.

American Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Business Visionaries (searchable ebook)

BUSINESS & INVESTING

AtoZdatabases
Useful for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, job-hunting and more. Includes new businesses, new homeowners and recent movers. Allows downloading, emailing or printing up to 250 records per search.


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

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

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..

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

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

Morningstar
Data and analyst reports on mutual funds and stocks.

Public Records
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.

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

Standard & 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.

EXAM PREPARATION

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.

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.

GENEALOGY

Genealogy Page
See all of our genealogy resources including databases, essential websites, vital records, immigration information, ethnic websites, and links to other libraries and societies.

GENERAL REFERENCE

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.

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.

Encyclopedia Americana
45,000 full text articles with hypertext links to guide users to research-oriented web sites.  Recommended for Grades 8 and up.

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.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Search authoritative reference works by keyword, any time, any place.

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.

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

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.

GOVERNMENT & LAW

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.       

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

Encyclopedia of the United States Constitution
Covers terms, court cases, and related historical events.

Encyclopedia of the American Presidency
Guide to the role of the President. Spans the relationship between the executive and the other branches of government, court cases, elections, political opponents, scandals, and more.

Illinois Tax Forms

Federal Tax Forms

Lake County Places Close To Home
Enter your address and find your local elected officials and view government buildings, schools, hospitals, and other places close to your home.

THOMAS
Legislative information from the Library of Congress.

USA.Gov Find Your Elected Officials
Use this website to find your federal elected officials and learn how to contact them.

Illinois State Officials
Use this website to find your Illinois elected officials and learn how to contact them.

HEALTH & MEDICINE

Affordable Care Act Registration in Lake County

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The nation’s premier public health agency. Includes health advisories for international travelers.

Consumer Reports
Click "Health" on the left sidebar to get Consumer Reports health information including rankings of hospitals and health insurance providers and unbiased reviews of healthcare products, with news and tips for consumers.

Gale Encyclopedia of Children’s Health
Provides in-depth coverage of pediatric diseases and disorders, with issues related to physical and cognitive and behavioral development.

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.

Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
Verify licenses and find physician profiles from the agency that regulates Illinois professionals.

Mayo Clinic
Nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education. Search health care information by diseases and conditions, symptoms, tests and procedures, or drugs and supplements.
 
Medline
Citations and abstracts for articles in all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing.

Medline Plus
The National Library of Medicine's site for consumers - includes directories of doctors and dentists as well as in-depth information on diseases, conditions and treatments in multiple languages.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders
Conditions, tests, procedures, treatments and therapies.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
Causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
Detailed information on mental disorders and conditions, including drugs and therapies.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets
Covers popular diets, dietary concerns, nutritional basics.

HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

Access Newspaper Archive
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.

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.       

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

Chicago Tribune
Searchable archive of Chicago Tribune articles from 1986 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.

CIA World Factbook

Country information from the CIA.

CQ Researcher
Topics range from social issues to environment, health, education and science. Charts, graphs, a pro-con feature, a chronology, bibliographies.

Fold3
History and genealogy archives featuring original documents and photographs, including military records, City Directories and Naturalization Records.

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

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

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.

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.

US 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.

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.


HOME IMPROVEMENT & HOBBIES

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

Culinary Arts Collection
Search 150 major cooking and nutrition magazines for recipes and more.

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

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

PriceIt Antiques & 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.

JOBS & CAREERS

Information, including contact names, on over 30 million U.S. companies. To connect with current job openings choose the Find a Job option.

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.

Fresh Start of Illinois
Fresh Start of Illinois at 1512 Artaius Parkway in Libertyville offers assistance with writing resumes, interview preparation, budgeting and money management. Its business center offers free computer use, printing, copying and faxing of resumes and job applications. For more information, including hours and directions, call 847-521-3910.

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

Job Search & Workplace Skills Learning Center
Resources for helping you create resumes and prepare for job interviews.

Lake County Job Center
Learn about the services of the Center's locations in Grayslake and Waukegan and use their resources to search for jobs online.

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

LANGUAGE LEARNING

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.

ESL Classes

LOCAL HISTORY

Local History Page
Research local history using our online resources, exhibits, and blogs.

MAGAZINES & NEWSPAPERS

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.

Access Newspaper Archive (in library use only)
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.

Chicago Tribune 
Searchable archive of Chicago Tribune articles from 1986 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.

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

eLibrary
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.

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

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.

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. 

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.

Zinio Magazines
A collection of more than 100 magazine titles. Zinio for libraries is a partnership between our vendor, RBdigital and Zinio.com, a commercial digital magazine distributor. There are no checkout limits for the magazine titles from our Zinio library, and they are yours to keep as long as you wish. These digital magazines are compatible with a number of smartphones and tablet devices, as well as computers.

SCIENCE

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.

Environmental Encyclopedia
Provides in-depth, worldwide coverage of environmental issues.

Lake County Forest Preserves' Species Database
Learn about animal and plant species found in Lake County.

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

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.

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.

TrueFLIX
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.

US Geological Survey
Science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help provide timely, relevant, and useable information.

TECHNOLOGY

GCFlearnfree.org
Creates and provides quality, innovative online learning to anyone who wants to improve technology skills.

HelpNow from Brainfuse
Use the Skillsurfer to explore the Computers and Technology subject area. Get live Microsoft Office help from experts. Learn computer programming languages.

lynda.com
(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.