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Value Line

Value Line Research Center ›

Investment advice on the stock market industries and the economy.
Wiess Financial Ratings Series

Weiss Financial Ratings Series ›

Insurance, banks, credit unions, insurers, stocks and mutual funds and Medigap plans.


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A to Z Food America

Recipes and cultural background of US regional food and traditions.

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A to Z The USA

A large-scale encyclopedia of US state and country information. Topics include history, geography, demographics, education, food and recipes, government, crime, maps, media outlets, symbols, sports, and more.

A to Z World Culture

Information about the culture, language, history, food, religion, and much more, for 175 countries.

A to Z World Food

Recipes and overviews of food from around the world.

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A to Z World Maps

Thousands of detailed international maps (countries, regions, states, etc.), as well as topographic maps, climate maps, and more.

Academic Search Complete

Articles from thousands of magazines/journals, covering all topics. 

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Access Newspaper Archive

Historical access to scanned pages from hundreds of newspapers. Coverage varies by paper. Includes the Daily Herald, 1901-present. [Note: and Access Newspaper Archive both cover different sets of newspapers, with some overlap.]

AHML Online Newsstand

NEW: A single page for quick access to the library's online magazine and newspaper collections. 

Alldata Pro

Automobile repair information and diagrams. In-library use only. The library’s Tech Help Desk now lends OBD scanners for reading diagnostic trouble codes. Contact us for details.

During the library's closure, this product will be available to library cardholders from home.

America's Newspapers (Chicagoland Edition)

NOTE: Replaced by Newsbank's new, more comprehensive Chicago Community Collection database.

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America's Obituaries & Death Notices

This product has been replaced by the new, larger HeritageHub database, also from Newsbank.

From newspapers across the U.S. Note: Chicago Tribune obituaries are in ProQuest Newsstand/Global Newsstream.

American Ancestors

Extensive genealogical searching for census, vital and military records. From the New England Historic Genealogical Society. 

NOTE 6/22/20: Full remote access will be available to cardholders while the library building has limited public access.

Non-cardholders outside the library still have limited access to some records here.

Ancestry Library Edition

Family history data, census information, immigration, etc.

NOTE: Starting January 1, 2022, Ancestry Library Edition will only be available inside the library. Please consider using HeritageQuest or other genealogy databases that are available via remote access.

Database accessible only from within the library.

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Source for Swedish genealogy. Contains millions of historical documents, including church records, court records and estate inventories. | Login Tips

During the library's closure, you can ask for at-home access to ArkivDigital, which is normally only available inside the library. Use the library's contact form and specify "research" as the option for how to direct the feedback.

Arlington Day

Local daily newspaper Covers January 1966 to June 1970.

Auto Repair Source

NEW: Accurate, authoritative and up-to-date “do-it-yourself” service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.

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Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

Historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

Bluebird by Pronunciator

NEW: Bluebird is a new app from Pronunciator for learning languages through quick audio lessons via your mobile device. Read these sign-up instructions to get started!



Interactive stories, true books and games to play (preschool-3rd grade).

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More than 120,000 book reviews. Includes the new monthly digital edition of Booklist magazine. 

Booklist Reader

NEW: From the publishers of Booklist, this new magazine for library users features monthly themed issues, top 10 lists, author interviews and more.


Monthly magazine highlighting new book releases and author interviews. Current freely available issues available online for January 2020-present. Also visit their YouTube channel for additional features and interviews.

Books & Authors

Recommends books for readers. Explore by author/title/genre. Reviews included.

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Britannica Library--for Children

Kids' edition of the world's most famous encyclopedia. Includes a world atlasstate profilesbiographiesanimal profiles and much more.

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Britannica Library--for Young Adults

Young adult edition of the world's most famous encyclopedia. Includes a world atlasstate profilesbiographies, and more, as well as "how-to" guides for research projects, presentations, etc.

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Britannica Library--Reference Center

The world's most famous encyclopedia. Includes a world atlasstate profilesbiographies and much more.

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Business Insights: Global

A one-stop source for company profiles and analysis, including SWOT Analysesinvestment reportsindustry overviewsmarket informationcase studies, in-depth news & articles and more. For Plunkett Reports, look under Industries > Plunkett Reports.

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Business Plans Handbook (from Gale Ebooks)

Help develop your own business plan by using examples from entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America. Browse for plans or use the "Search within series" box to find by keyword.