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All databases can be accessed within the library, and most can be used from home 24/7.

For remote use, you will need a valid MPLD library card; click on the name of the database and enter your library card number.

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Arts & Music
Biography & Genealogy
Books & Literature
Business & Investing
Careers & Employment
Cars & Consumer Information
Encyclopedias & Almanacs
Health & Wellness
History & Geography
Languages
Learning Resources
Magazines & Newspapers
Phone Numbers
Science & Technology
Social Issues

 

Arts & Music

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.

Gale Virtual Reference Library | Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources.

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

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Biography & Genealogy

American Ancestors  | In Library use only. New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). NEHGS is the country's leading resource for family history research. 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.

Ancestry.com Library Edition™ | In library use only. Complete U. S. Census records for 1790-1940, including military records, court, land and probate records, vital and church records, directories, passenger lists and more.

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

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.

Gale Virtual Reference Library | Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources.

Heritage Quest Online | HeritageQuest Online is a rich storehouse of American genealogical and historical information. 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.

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

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Books & 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.

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

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.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library | Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources.

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

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

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Business & Investing

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

Gale Virtual Reference Library | Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources.

Illinois Public Records | Public records for Chicago area real estate transactions, mortgages, foreclosures. Sort by name, city, zip code.
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Issues and Controversies | Explores hundreds of hot topics in politics, government, business, society, education, and popular culture.

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.
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Value Line | In-library use only. Inquire at the Questions Desk. Comprehensive, investment research tool used by individuals and professionals to conduct basic research, formulate investment strategies, identify opportunities and make investment decisions.

Weiss Financial Ratings Series | Financial strength ratings for more than 21,000 institutions, including banks, savings & loans, credit unions and insurers. Investment ratings for more than 6,000 stocks and 16,000 mutual funds.

Recommended Sites- Business

Biznar: Deep Web Business Search | scans all kinds of resources, including periodicals, government resources, news sources, and social networks.

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Careers & Employment

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

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center | Provides profiles of nearly 3,400 jobs and 94 industries, invaluable advice on career skills, thousands of resource entries, and more!

LearningExpress Library 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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Car & Consumer Information

Chilton Library | DIY car repair, 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.

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.

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.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center | step-by-step maintenance and repair procedures for hundreds of small engine machines and their components

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Encyclopedias & Almanacs

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.

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Encyclopedia Britannica | Full-text articles from the complete encyclopedia. This is the library edition.
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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

Gale Virtual Reference Library | Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources.

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

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.

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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Health & Wellness

Materials contained in these resources are intended for informational purposes only.

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.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library | Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources.

Health Reference Center | Gives clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body.

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

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History & Geography

Culturegrams | 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 lives.

From home: Click on this remote link.

Gale Virtual Reference Library | Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources.

Historic Map Works Library Edition | This resource, great for genealogists, historians, and researchers, offer 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.

History Databases from Infobase Learning -- Assists educators and students in their research needs. Fully revised, cross-searchable, citable and seamlessly integrated for complete history coverage:

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.

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


Recommended Websites - History

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.

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Languages

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.

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Learning Resources

LearningExpress LibraryTo 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.

 

newMiss Humblebee's AcademyMiss 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.

 

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Magazines & Newspapers

The McHenry Public Library subscribes to approximately 400 magazines and newspapers in the Adult and Young People Services areas combined. Search our Online Catalog to find an individual title. Choose "Advanced Search", then "Title” from the drop-down menu. Type the name of the periodical in the search field and choose "Magazine or Journal" from the Format menu. Click Search

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.
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General Reference Center Gold | A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to 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.

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 the U.S. and other countries.
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World News Digest | All major political, social, and economic events since November 1940.

Zinio Digital Magazines | Includes premiere magazines. For tablet, iPad, computer or Wi-Fi enabled devices.

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Phone Numbers

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

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Science & Technology

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.

Gale Virtual Reference Library | Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources.

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

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.

Recommended Sites - Science Websites

BASE - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine | sponsored by the Bielefeld University Library in Germany, selected resources that meet academic quality standards including more than 30 million documents in several languages.

Directory of Open Access Journals | A database searchable by keywords, offers access to full-text articles from online scholarly publications covering all subjects, favoring research and scientific publications.

Plants Database | Sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, this database covers anything to do with plants. Search by common or scientific name, characteristics or region.

Scitation | Scitation offers online access to a robust collection of close to 1 million articles from leading physical sciences publications including journals, conference proceedings, standards, and magazines published by AIP Publishing and AIPP's publishing partners.

World Wide Science | This database is the product of an alliance among international scientific institutions and is operated by the US Department of Energy. Includes conference papers, articles, and other documents not readily found on the surface web.

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Social Issues

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.

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

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

Recommended - Social Issues

Social Science Research Network | Scholarly abstracts and full text papers in subject areas such as accounting and other business fields, music, philosophy, literature, and politics.

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