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A to Z The USA

A to Z The USA

All about the US and states: history, geography, culture, food, etc.


Access to over 2 billion records from the the UK, Ireland and the British Commonwealth. (In-library use only.)
Gale in Context Environmental Studies

Gale in Context: Environmental Studies

Topical overviews and reference, magazine and journal articles covering environmental issues.


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Career Center (

Live resume reviews. Articles on job search tips and interview preparation.

CFRA MarketScope Advisor

CFRA Research produces industry surveys, stock reports, mutual fund reports, The Outlook newsletter, and much more (and is the provider of these products to S&P).

Check Illinois

Look up public records in northern Illinois across communities quickly by personal or business name. Part of Public Records Online.

Chicago Community Coverage

Formerly "Chicago Community Collection." From Newsbank. Extensive full-text for many Chicago-area newspapers, including some with full-image titles. Includes full-image content from the Daily Herald.

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Chicago Sun-Times (via Newsbank)--Full Image

Full-page image access to the latest 3 months of the Sun-Times.

Chicago Sun-Times (via Newsbank)--Text Only

Articles from 1/1/86-present.

Chicago Tribune (via ProQuest)

Search the complete text of The Chicago Tribune from 1849-present, including full-image content from 1849-2011 and online-only articles. The most recent four days' daily issues are also available via PressReader. Additional full-page-image access (similar to microfilm) for articles from 2008-3 months ago available through Proquest Recent Newspapers. Browsable text-only issues of the Tribune 1985-present are available here.

Note: Learn more here about Chicago Tribune obituary & death notice coverage in HeritageHub vs ProQuest.

The online edition of Chilton's auto repair manuals, with at-home access. Includes ASE Test prep exam quizzes.

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Thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks for your smartphone, tablet, eReader or computer. Apps include "Kids' Mode" to feature age-appropriate content more easily.

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CloudLibrary Read-alongs

Hundreds of read-alongs, many based on popular movies, comics and children's books. (Children with a Kids' World-only card will need to use a parent's/guardian's cloudLibrary account for access.

Arlington Heights cardholders only

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Company Dossier (from Nexis Uni)

Part of Nexis Uni. After opening the database, use the "Menu" drop-down menu at the upper left of the page and select "Company Dossier." Millions of public and private companies, with contact information, analysis and news/industry links. No download limit.

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer-oriented information and articles on health conditions, medications and alternative treatments.


Reviews of health, wellness and nutritional products, based on test results published by an independent laboratory.

Product reviews for home, health, electronics, etc. You can also browse individual CR issues (2009-present).

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Consumers' Checkbook

Consumer reviews of local services for home/construction, auto repair, medical services/hospitals and more. Includes consumer guides to help you with the decision-making process. (NOTE: Once on the homepage, use the "I'm looking for..." search box at upper right or the "Services We Rate" drop-down menu at upper left.)


More than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Includes sewing/quilting/knitting, paper crafts, food, jewelry, holiday crafts and more. | Privacy note

Free online events: 
Blotted Line Portraits of Inspiring Women: March 13, 3 p.m.
Crafting Conversations (Creativity, Inspiration and Marbling): March 27, 3 p.m.
See previous online events here, or under Resources > CBTV on the Creativebug menu. 

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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


Daily Herald (via Newsbank)--Full Image

NEW:  Full-image (full-page) version of the Daily Herald, 2/22/21- .

Note about the timing of same-day full-text Daily Herald articles.

Daily Herald (via Newsbank)--Text only

Articles from 2/23/1995-present. For historical articles (1901-present) search the Arlington Heights listings in the Access Newspaper Archive.

Note about the timing of same-day full text Daily Herald articles.

Daily Herald (via Proquest)--Text only

Articles from 2/23/1997-present. For historical articles (1901-present) search the Arlington Heights listings in the Access Newspaper Archive.

Note about the timing of same-day full text Daily Herald articles.

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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Free online tech training on topics like basic PC/Mac skills, Word, Excel, using the web, job searching, etc.

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.

Practice tests and FAQs to help get and renew your driver's license.


Ebsco eBook Collection

Hundreds of eBooks covering a wide variety of topics. Books downloadable in PDF or ePub format.

Ebsco Explora

Updated interface allows simultaneous searching of MasterFile CompleteAcademic Search CompleteBusiness Source Premier and others, with additional browsing tools.

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Resources for teachers, administrators, and parents from the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

Encyclopedia of Associations: National

Part of the Gale Directory Library. Comprehensive source of detailed information concerning nonprofit American membership organizations of national scope. Covers more than 23,000 organizations.

Encyclopedia of Associations: Regional

Part of the Gale Directory Library. Information on associations and societies that are organized and function at the regional (both interstate and intrastate), state, county, city, neighborhood, and local levels.

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