History

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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.


Access Newspaper Archive

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


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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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.


Black Life in America

NEW: The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today.


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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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CultureGrams

Learn about the world's countries and peoples.


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Curiosity Stream BingePass (via Hoopla)

Seven days' unlimited web access (no app/Roku/smart TV, etc.) to documentaries and nonfiction series. Watch award-winning original and curated factual films, shows, and series covering science, nature, travel, history, technology, and more.

Arlington Heights cardholders only

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Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

Collection of millions of scanned historic images, documents and media from libraries, museums and universities across the country.


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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Collection (Gale Archives Unbound)

A collection of primary source archives supporting African American, LGBTQ, Women’s Studies and Civil Rights research.


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Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes

Current and past U.S. and Canadian tribes, large and small.


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Fold3

Historical documents and personal histories from the National Archives and other institutions. Includes the Fold3 Holocaust Archives.


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Gale eBooks

Formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library
Reference eBooks on biographybusinessenvironmenthistorylawliteraturemedicinemulticultural studiesnations/worldreligionsciencesocial science, and more. See also Access My Library app.


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Gale in Context: Elementary

Articles from magazines, newspapers and reference sources to help students with projects and exploring their own interests.


Gale in Context: Global Issues

Covers news, global viewpoints, reference, country information, primary source documents, videos, statistics and more.


Gale in Context: High School

Magazine, news and reference articles for middle school through undergraduate. Covers science, literature, history, social sciences, arts, etc.


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Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Pro/con articles on major issues:  gun control, drug legalization, immigration, etc. Especially useful for debate preparation, gaining context for election issues, etc.


Great Courses (via Kanopy)

Binge-watch selected Great Courses on science, history, art, culture and more via Kanopy for 30 days.

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Green File

Covers global climate change, green building pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.


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Hispanic Life in America

The experience and impact of Hispanic Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today.


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History Reference Center

NEW: Reference books, magazine/journal articles and multimedia focusing on U.S. and world history.


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Milestone Documents in American History

Primary source documents pertaining to the history of the United States, with commentary.


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National Geographic

Full-text issues of National Geographic (1880-present) and  National Geographic Traveler (2010-present).  Hundreds of maps, videos and images.


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