Services for Adults

1st Way Life Center: Pregnancy Support Service | Provides assistance, emotional and financial support for women and girls who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy. Offers pregnancy testing and limited ultrasound screening as well as many other services.

Administer Justice | combines legal services, educational services, conflict resolution services, and financial education services as part of a comprehensive community justice center.

Adult and Child Therapy Services | Provides physical, occupational and speech therapy to McHenry County residents of all ages. Also provides free developmental screenings and free fall risk screenings

Blessing Barn | Provides basic life need items (clothing, household, kitchen, misc. other items) to those who consider themselves in need.

CARE Center | The only rape crisis center serving the McHenry County area. All services are FREE. 24/7 crisis intervention, 24/7 medical and legal advocacy, and counseling by appointment.

Centegra Health Systems | Full-service health system with emergency rooms and acute medical services. Outpatient services include laboratory services, physician services, wound care, diabetes education, physical, occupational and speech therapies, dietary consultations, sleep disorders center, back and spine center.

Centegra Behavioral Health Services | Inpatient Psychiatric unit located at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock. Partial Hospitalization and Intensive outpatient programs for adults with mental health and substance use disorders located at Centegra South Street in Woodstock.

Community Health Partnership of Illinois | Community Health Clinic for the community at large with a special focus on migrant and seasonal agriculture workers. Primary health care, insurance enrollment services, patient assistance services. Sliding scale fee based on income and household size.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northeern Illinois, Inc. | Credit and debt counseling and education, mortgage default and foreclosure prevention counseling and education, bankruptcy pre-filing counseling and pre-discharge education, debt management program to repay unsecured debt, pre-purchase housing education, and credit report analysis.

Diaper Bank of Northern Illinois | Provides diapers for infants and children of low-income families, disabled children and adults, the sick, and the elderly, in an effort to improve the daily health, safety, and conditions of their lives.

Direct Assistance Program | Provide a process that clients in need may seek emergency financial aid. Can assist with Pace passes, gas, food, clothing, and some prescribed medications.

Epilepsy Foundation | Telemedicine, clinics, medical navigation, support groups, case management for McHenry County residents with epilepsy or concerns of epilepsy.

Family Health Partnership Clinic | The Clinic provides primary health care to people without health insurance. These services are provided through a small a staff and 29 volunteers.

Free Government Cell Phones | Do you qualify for a free government cell phone?

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers | Illinois' largest provider of substance abuse treatment with 10 treatment sites across the state of Illinois, Gateway gives individuals the tools and knowledge they need to overcome addiction and get life back on track.

Home of the Sparrow | Provides transitional and affordable housing and supportive services to homeless women and children. Supportive services include: financial management/budgeting, life skills instruction, career planning,/job readiness training, parenting skills education, and trauma recovery.

Illinois Department of Employment Security | To file for unemployment and search for jobs. 

Illinois Department of Human Services | Local Office receives applications for Cash, SNAP, and Medical Assistance by fax, mail or in person.

Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs | File claims for veterans and dependents.

Illinois Migrant Council | "The Illinois Migrant Council or "IMC" is a community-based non-profit organization with the primary mission of promoting employment, education, health, housing and other opportunities for migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFW) and their families to achieve economic self-sufficiency and stability."

Informed Choices Pregnancy and Parenting | Offers many services provided at no charge by a full staff of peer counselors and medical staff. Services include but are not limited to: pregnancy testing and verification, peer counseling, parenting classes, obstetrical ultrasound examination.

Lake County Center for Independent Living | "A non-residential, cross-disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities."

License Plate Discount | Formerly part of the Circuit Breaker Program. The Secretary of State's office sends eligible seniors a notification after they are accepted into the Illinois Department on Aging's program. When you buy license plates or renew your license plate sticker, you must submit the notification to verify that you are qualified for the discount. If you have already renewed your license plate sticker and paid full price, and are now part of the Benefit Access Program, you may be eligible for a refund. Call the Secretary of State's Office at 800-252-8980 for more information. Click here for assistance with your application.

Main Stay Therapeutic Farm, Inc. | Provides equine and animal-assisted therapeutic activities including therapeutic horseback riding.

Marengo Area OutReach Enterprises | Offers assistance with food, clothing, and emergency financial assistance, especially those facing eviction or utility shut-offs. A Salvation Army extension branch.

McHenry Community Health Center | Provides quality, affordable health care for all, including any person who is publicly insured, underinsured or uninsured. The Health Center offers a wide variety of services including: pediatric care, adult medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, chronic disease management, immunizations, physicals, WIC, public benefits enrollment, etc.

McHenry County 2016 Resource Directory - English | People in Need Forum.

McHenry County 2016 Libro De Recursos - Espanol | People in Need Forum.

McHenry County Court Services | Probation officers provide assistance and guidance to the offender so that he/she may be reintegrated into society in a productive and meaningful manner.

McHenry County Crisis | A 24 hour/7 days a week program designed to assist individuals who require mental health resources/referrals or a face-to-face consultation with a crisis counselor. Hotline: 1-800-892-8900

McHenry County Department of Health | Offers immunizations, family health, dental exams, lead screening, early ID of develpmental disabilities, pregnancy testing and prenatal case management.

McHenry County Housing Authority | Provides rental assistance, public housing, senior housing, energy assistance, weatherization, home rehab, homeless prevention, dental vouchers, past due rent assistance and first month rent and security deposit assistance.

McHenry PADS | is a charitable not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide emergency, transitional and preventative measures for homeless individuals and families of McHenry County.

Shelter locations | To learn about the various shelters throughout McHenry County click here.

McHenry Township General & Emergency Assistance | General Assistance is available through the township for residents with very low or no income. The township also may provide Emergency Assistance based on the situation and need. In addition to assistance for shelter, food, clothing and medical, the staff of the supervisor’s office will work with residents to find employment and other sources of assistance. 815-385-5605.

Old Firehouse Assistance Center | offers hot showers, snacks and meals, quiet places to rest, free hair cuts, housing opportunity information, individualized assistance. Located at 120 W. South St. Woodstock, IL 60098. The Old Firehouse is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 3pm.

Pioneer Center for Human Services | Pioneer Center for Human Services serves persons with developmental disabilities, mental illness, traumatic brain injury and provides early intervention therapies for children from birth to age five.  It also serves victims of sexual assault through the VOICE program and homeless men, women, and children through the PADS program.

Ride Free Transit Benefit | Formerly known as the Circuit Breaker Program. Determine if you are eligible here.

Rosecrance | alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers.

TLS Veterans | Transitional Living Services of McHenry is dedicated to helping veterans find a job, reintegrate into society and assisting him or her with finding affordable housing.

Veterans Commission of McHenry County | The Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County Provides services to the local veterans community in the areas of Financial Assistance, VA Claims & Advocacy, Transportation to the North Chicago VA Medical Center, and Referrals Assistance.

Services for Seniors

Services for Youth

Transportation & Maps

IDOT Current Road Construction | road condition reports, current road construction projects, closures, etc.

Illinois Department of Transportation | Bicycle Maps

Metra | system map and schedules.

allows older adults, age 65 and older, and qualified people with disabilities and Medicare recipients to ride all RTA fixed-route services (regularly scheduled CTA, Metra and Pace buses or trains in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties) at a reduced fare.

Pace  | Schedules & Maps. City of McHenry Reservations: 1-800-451-4599.

Pace Dial-a-Ride Service Directory

 

Databases     |      Websites      |      Books

Databases

You need an MPLD card to access these databases.

Financial Ratings Series Online | Using a quick and easy search screen, you will have immediate access to financial strength ratings for more than 21,000 institutions, including banks, savings & loans, credit unions and insurers. Plus, get investment ratings for more than 6,000 stocks and 16,000 mutual funds. Requires MPLD card.

Consumer Reports Online | offers independent test results and ratings of thousands of products, including appliances, cars, baby & kid products, electronics, foods, health & family recreation & home improvement Information that empowers consumers to make the best purchasing decision. Requires MPLD card.

Tuition Funding Sources | The largest source of scholarships in the world.

Websites

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau |Congress established the CFPB to protect consumers by carrying out federal consumer financial laws. They write rules, supervise companies, and enforce federal consumer financial protection laws and enforce laws that outlaw discrimination and other unfair treatment in consumer finance.

Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft | find out what to do about identity theft.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration | information on driver and vehicle safety.

Recalls | To provide better service in alerting the American people to unsafe, hazardous or defective products, six federal agencies with vastly different jurisdictions have joined together to create www.recalls.gov -- a "one stop shop" for U.S. Government recalls.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission | is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Find out about recalls and report an unsafe product.

Automobiles

Autotropolis | information about researching and purchasing cars, loans, insurance, buying advice, dealers, rebates, forums and more. Find car reviews, car prices, incentives and rebates.

Consumer Guide Automotive | buying guides and vehicle history reports on new and used vehicles.

Consumer Privacy

Consumer Privacy Guide | from the Center for Democracy & Technology. Top things you can do to protect your privacy.

Vote

Project Vote Smart | find information about political candidates at all levels. Citizen's organization dedicated to serving all Americans with accurate and unbiased information for electoral decision-making.

External links may be used as starting points in your research and are not intended to be exhaustive lists of all available external sites related to these topics. The library does not endorse or profit from these websites and external links are provided for use at your own discretion. For suggestions, comments, or to report broken links, you may contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Books

Selected titles available at the McHenry Public Library
Scam-proof your life: 377 smart ways to protect you & your family from rip-offs, bogus deals and other consumer headaches, by Sid Kirchheimer.
362.88 KIRCHHEIMER

Gotcha capitalism: how hidden fees rip you off every day – and what you can do about it, by Bob Sullivan.
381.34 SULLIVAN

Access Anytime, Anywhere

All databases can be accessed within the library, and most of them are available 24/7 from home.

For remote use, you will need a valid MPLD library card; click on the name of the database and follow the instructions for remote access.

 

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African American History | A comprehensive examination of more than five centuries of the African-American experience. One of Infobase Learning's History databases to assist educators and students in their research needs. Fully revised, cross-searchable, and seamlessly integrated for complete history coverage.

American Ancestors | In Library use only. New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). NEHGS is the country's leading resource for family history research. Whether your family came to this country in the 17th century or the 20th century, NEHGS offers access to an incredible collection of primary materials and other resources that can make your research productive and rewarding.

American History Online | Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history covering the American experience. One of Infobase Learning's History databases to assist educators and students in their research needs. Fully revised, cross-searchable, and seamlessly integrated for complete history coverage.

American Indian History Online | 15,000 years of American Indian history and culture.  One of Infobase Learning's History databases  to assist educators and students in their research needs. F ully revised, cross-searchable, and seamlessly integrated for complete history coverage.

Ancestry Library Edition™ | In Library use only. Complete U. S. Census records for 1790-1930, including military records, court, land and probate records, vital and church records, directories, passenger lists and more.

Ancient and Medieval History Online | An extensive exploration of world history, from pre-history through the 1500s. One of Infobase Learning's History databases to assist educators and students in their research needs. Fully revised, cross-searchable, and seamlessly integrated for complete history coverage.

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Bloom's Literary Reference Online | Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.

Book Index with Reviews | Provides information on more than 5 million book titles in a wide range of formats, and also contains 800,000 full-text searchable book reviews from sources like Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and others.

BIR Entertainment | Find music or videos featuring a favorite artist or performer, or a specific genre. Currently information about 450,000 music titles and 200,000 DVD/video titles.

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Chilton Library | Information for Do-It-Yourself-ers. Chilton's provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks.

Consumer Reports | Provides ratings, reviews, recommendations and buying advice for cars, appliances, electronics, home and garden, baby products, and more.

Culturegrams | Want to know more about the world’s people? Start here! Learn about each country’s history, customs, government, and general attitudes. Listen to the national anthem, view photos, and try recipes. Read interviews in which people from around the world describe their challenges, ambitions, and everyday.

From home: Click on this remote link.

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DemographicsNOW | Business & People | Detailed U.S. demographic, business, and residential data

Encyclopedia Britannica | Full-text articles from the complete encyclopedia. This is the library edition.
From home: Click on this remote link. You'll be asked to enter your library card number.

Facts on File Reference Suite Brings together six different reference resources: American History Online, Modern World History Online, Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Science Online, World News Digest, and Issues and Controversies on File. 

First Search | All topics. Search for books, music, movies as well as full-text articles from magazines, medical journals, and government publications. Includes 16 different databases.

From home: Click on this remote link.

Fold3 Library Edition | Fold3 Library Edition provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library | Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources.

General Reference Center Gold | Find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

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Health Reference Center | Gives clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body. Materials contained in this resource is intended for informational purposes only.

Heritage Quest | With coverage dating back to the late 1700s, HeritageQuest Online is a rich storehouse of American genealogical and historical information. It features U.S. federal census records, family histories, published genealogies, historical books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, memorials and petitions from the U.S. Serial Set, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) article citations, and more. Amateur to professional genealogists can use this resource to trace the paths of their ancestors across America.
From home: Click on this remote link.

Historic Map Works Library Edition | This resource, great for genealogists, historians, and researchers, offers 1.5+ million high-res, full color historic maps, including property & antique maps, directories & illustrations.The core of the collection consists of land ownership (cadastral) maps illustrating the geographic and developmental history of the United States. This unique content allows users to track the "residential genealogy" of families and locations.

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Illinois Public Records | Scroll through Chicagoland’s public records — real estate transactions, mortgages, foreclosures, and more. Keep an eye on housing values in your community and help safeguard your biggest investment — your home. Sort by name, city, zip code, and more. 
From home: Click on this remote link. You'll be asked to enter your library card number.

Issues and Controversies | Explores hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.

Job & Career Accelerator | Get detailed information on occupations that suit your interests. Access current job listings from more than 5 million job postings, which are collected from all major job boards. Create professional resumes and cover letters, master interviewing and networking techniques, and plan, tailor, and track your progress for multiple job searches. This database is part of LearningExpress Library (below), which can help you aquire the skills and take practice tests needed for your new job.

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LearningExpress Library | Check out LEL's new look! To access a tutorial, take a test, or download an eBook for the first time, you'll need to register a personal account by confirming your library, providing your first name and email address, and by creating a password. Your email address will become your username. After registration, all you have to enter is your username and password. LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests,and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.

Legal Forms | A comprehensive collection of the most common legal forms for Illinois, including Wills, Trusts, Divorce, Bankrupcty, Power of Attorney, and much more! You'll need your library card number if using outside the library. From Gale Cengage.

Mango Languages | Includes Spanish, French, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese and ESL courses for those learning English and a translation tool for written text. Create a Mango account to keep track of your progress in the lessons.

Miss Humblebee's Academy Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an award-winning, online curriculum for children preschool through kindergarten.The curriculum lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning success, providing strength in core subject areas: math, science and social studies, language and literacy, art, and music.The curriculum is theme-based and fully interactive with sound cues. It also offers weekly progress reports, mobile access and downloadable printables.

Modern World History Online | Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from the mid-15th century to the present.

Morningstar Investment Research Center | This database offers analysis on 1,700 stocks, 2,000 mutual funds and 300 exchange traded funds (ETFs). While it is primarily designed as a tool for investors, it is also an excellent place to get quick information on a company. 
From home: Click on this remote link.

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Newspapers.com Library Edition | Newspapers.com Library Edition is an extensive online database of 3,000+ historical newspapers from the early 1700s into the early 2000s. Distributed by ProQuest, it contains a diverse blend of well-known regional and local newspapers in Illinois.
From home: Click on this remote link

NoveList Plus | A comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction for adult readers.

NoveList K-8 Plus | A comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction for younger readers. It has a fun and intuitive interface.

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Scholastic Go! | Contains three encyclopedia databases: The New Book of Knowledge, The New Book of Popular Science, and Amazing Animals
From home: Click on this remote link. Enter your library card number for the user name; no password is needed.

Science Online | Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, videos, diagrams, definitions, biographies, and experiments.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center | A full-text database that provides step-by-step maintenance and repair procedures for hundreds of small engine machines and their components.

Sources in U.S. History Online: The Civil War | A series of archival digital collections. The Civil War digital collection contains nearly 500 significant documents of the time -- personal narratives, monographs, regimental histories, collected essays, sermons, songs, legal tracts, and political speeches -- enabling users to study one of the key events in American history.

Value Line | Available only in the library, and staff must log you in. Value Line is the most comprehensive, multifaceted investment research tool used by both individuals and professionals to conduct basic research, formulate sound investment strategies, identify timely opportunities and make smart investment decisions.

Weiss Financial Ratings Series  | Using a quick and easy search screen, you will have immediate access to financial strength ratings for more than 21,000 institutions, including banks, savings & loans, credit unions and insurers. Plus, get investment ratings for more than 6,000 stocks and 16,000 mutual funds.

World News Digest | Brings together and enhances more than seven decades of news from the renowned Facts On File World News Digest in print.

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Search by Subject

 

Access Anytime, Anywhere

All databases can be accessed within the library, and most of them are available 24/7 from home.

For remote use, you will need a valid MPLD library card; click on the name of the database and follow the instructions for remote access.

 

A         B          C          D-F          G            H           I-J        K-M      N-P      S-Z

 

A

African American History | A comprehensive examination of more than five centuries of the African-American experience. One of Infobase Learning's History databases to assist educators and students in their research needs. Fully revised, cross-searchable, and seamlessly integrated for complete history coverage.

American Ancestors | In Library use only. New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). NEHGS is the country's leading resource for family history research. Whether your family came to this country in the 17th century or the 20th century, NEHGS offers access to an incredible collection of primary materials and other resources that can make your research productive and rewarding.

American History Online | Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history covering the American experience. One of Infobase Learning's History databases to assist educators and students in their research needs. Fully revised, cross-searchable, and seamlessly integrated for complete history coverage.

American Indian History Online | 15,000 years of American Indian history and culture.  One of Infobase Learning's History databases  to assist educators and students in their research needs. F ully revised, cross-searchable, and seamlessly integrated for complete history coverage.

Ancestry Library Edition™ | In Library use only. Complete U. S. Census records for 1790-1930, including military records, court, land and probate records, vital and church records, directories, passenger lists and more.

Ancient and Medieval History Online | An extensive exploration of world history, from pre-history through the 1500s. One of Infobase Learning's History databases to assist educators and students in their research needs. Fully revised, cross-searchable, and seamlessly integrated for complete history coverage.

Top

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Bloom's Literary Reference Online | Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.

Book Index with Reviews | Provides information on more than 5 million book titles in a wide range of formats, and also contains 800,000 full-text searchable book reviews from sources like Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and others.

BIR Entertainment | Find music or videos featuring a favorite artist or performer, or a specific genre. Currently information about 450,000 music titles and 200,000 DVD/video titles.

Top

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Chilton Library | Information for Do-It-Yourself-ers. Chilton's provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks.

Consumer Reports | Provides ratings, reviews, recommendations and buying advice for cars, appliances, electronics, home and garden, baby products, and more.

Culturegrams | Want to know more about the world’s people? Start here! Learn about each country’s history, customs, government, and general attitudes. Listen to the national anthem, view photos, and try recipes. Read interviews in which people from around the world describe their challenges, ambitions, and everyday.

From home: Click on this remote link.

Top

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DemographicsNOW | Business & People | Detailed U.S. demographic, business, and residential data

Encyclopedia Britannica | Full-text articles from the complete encyclopedia. This is the library edition.
From home: Click on this remote link. You'll be asked to enter your library card number.

Facts on File Reference Suite Brings together six different reference resources: American History Online, Modern World History Online, Ferguson's Career Guidance Center, Science Online, World News Digest, and Issues and Controversies on File. 

First Search | All topics. Search for books, music, movies as well as full-text articles from magazines, medical journals, and government publications. Includes 16 different databases.

From home: Click on this remote link.

Fold3 Library Edition | Fold3 Library Edition provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Top

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Gale Virtual Reference Library | Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources.

General Reference Center Gold | Find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

Top

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Health Reference Center | Gives clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body. Materials contained in this resource is intended for informational purposes only.

Heritage Quest | With coverage dating back to the late 1700s, HeritageQuest Online is a rich storehouse of American genealogical and historical information. It features U.S. federal census records, family histories, published genealogies, historical books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, memorials and petitions from the U.S. Serial Set, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) article citations, and more. Amateur to professional genealogists can use this resource to trace the paths of their ancestors across America.
From home: Click on this remote link.

Historic Map Works Library Edition | This resource, great for genealogists, historians, and researchers, offers 1.5+ million high-res, full color historic maps, including property & antique maps, directories & illustrations.The core of the collection consists of land ownership (cadastral) maps illustrating the geographic and developmental history of the United States. This unique content allows users to track the "residential genealogy" of families and locations.

Top

I-J

Illinois Public Records | Scroll through Chicagoland’s public records — real estate transactions, mortgages, foreclosures, and more. Keep an eye on housing values in your community and help safeguard your biggest investment — your home. Sort by name, city, zip code, and more. 
From home: Click on this remote link. You'll be asked to enter your library card number.

Issues and Controversies | Explores hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.

Job & Career Accelerator | Get detailed information on occupations that suit your interests. Access current job listings from more than 5 million job postings, which are collected from all major job boards. Create professional resumes and cover letters, master interviewing and networking techniques, and plan, tailor, and track your progress for multiple job searches. This database is part of LearningExpress Library (below), which can help you aquire the skills and take practice tests needed for your new job.

Top

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LearningExpress Library | Check out LEL's new look! To access a tutorial, take a test, or download an eBook for the first time, you'll need to register a personal account by confirming your library, providing your first name and email address, and by creating a password. Your email address will become your username. After registration, all you have to enter is your username and password. LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests,and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more.

Legal Forms | A comprehensive collection of the most common legal forms for Illinois, including Wills, Trusts, Divorce, Bankrupcty, Power of Attorney, and much more! You'll need your library card number if using outside the library. From Gale Cengage.

Mango Languages | Includes Spanish, French, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese and ESL courses for those learning English and a translation tool for written text. Create a Mango account to keep track of your progress in the lessons.

Miss Humblebee's Academy Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an award-winning, online curriculum for children preschool through kindergarten.The curriculum lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning success, providing strength in core subject areas: math, science and social studies, language and literacy, art, and music.The curriculum is theme-based and fully interactive with sound cues. It also offers weekly progress reports, mobile access and downloadable printables.

Modern World History Online | Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from the mid-15th century to the present.

Morningstar Investment Research Center | This database offers analysis on 1,700 stocks, 2,000 mutual funds and 300 exchange traded funds (ETFs). While it is primarily designed as a tool for investors, it is also an excellent place to get quick information on a company. 
From home: Click on this remote link.

Top

N-P

Newspapers.com Library Edition | Newspapers.com Library Edition is an extensive online database of 3,000+ historical newspapers from the early 1700s into the early 2000s. Distributed by ProQuest, it contains a diverse blend of well-known regional and local newspapers in Illinois.
From home: Click on this remote link

NoveList Plus | A comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction for adult readers.

NoveList K-8 Plus | A comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction for younger readers. It has a fun and intuitive interface.

Top

S-Z

Scholastic Go! | Contains four encyclopedia databases: The New Book of Knowledge, The New Book of Popular Science, and Amazing Animals
From home: Click on this remote link. Enter your library card number for the user name; no password is needed.

Science Online | Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive essays, videos, diagrams, definitions, biographies, and experiments.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center | A full-text database that provides step-by-step maintenance and repair procedures for hundreds of small engine machines and their components.

Sources in U.S. History Online: The Civil War | A series of archival digital collections. The Civil War digital collection contains nearly 500 significant documents of the time -- personal narratives, monographs, regimental histories, collected essays, sermons, songs, legal tracts, and political speeches -- enabling users to study one of the key events in American history.

Value Line | Available only in the library, and staff must log you in. Value Line is the most comprehensive, multifaceted investment research tool used by both individuals and professionals to conduct basic research, formulate sound investment strategies, identify timely opportunities and make smart investment decisions.

Weiss Financial Ratings Series  | Using a quick and easy search screen, you will have immediate access to financial strength ratings for more than 21,000 institutions, including banks, savings & loans, credit unions and insurers. Plus, get investment ratings for more than 6,000 stocks and 16,000 mutual funds.

World News Digest | Brings together and enhances more than seven decades of news from the renowned Facts On File World News Digest in print.

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Primary Source Materials

ALA - Using Primary Sources on the Web | finding, evaluating, and citing primary sources.

Find Sounds | finds sound effects on the web. Enter a textual description or approximation to produce a list of sources of the sound which can be downloaded to hear.

Making of America | is a collaborative endeavor among libraries, pricipally the University of Michigan Library and the Cornell University Library. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.

NYPL Digital Gallery | More than 700,000 digitized images from the New York Public Library, including historical documents, photographs, art pieces, and maps are featured.

Yovisto | is a video search engine specializing in educational video content, including online lectures.

Literary Analysis

Bloom's Literary Reference Online | Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature. MPLD cardholders only.

Gale Virtual Reference Library | includes several resources including American Women Writers, Contemporary Novelists, Contemporary Poets, Literary Themes for Students, and Major 21st Century Writers. MPLD cardholders only.

Internet Public Library IPL2 Literary Criticism | contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period.

Internet Public Library | Online Literary Criticism Guide.

Writing the Paper

Purdue OWL – online writing lab | writing resources and instructional material and information to assist with many writing projects.

Citation Machines

  1. EasyBib | free bibliography generator.
  2. KnightCite | MLA, APA, & Chicago Style; all formats.


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