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Resources below are subscription databases.
You will need your library card to access these databases. If a pin is required, it is either the last 4 digits of your library card number, or the last 4 digits of your home phone number. If you have difficulty logging in, please contact the library.
Ancestry Library Edition
With 10 billion genealogical records from across the globe and millions of family
trees, Ancestry is the world’s largest online family history resource. This database can only be accessed from within the library.
Auto Repair Reference Center
This database contains do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information
on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. All of the content has been created by ASE certified
AtoZ World Culture
AtoZ World Culture is an engaging country-by-country culture resource database. Over 175 countries are highlighted with in-depth coverage on a rich array of topics, including cuisine, national symbols, and travel information.
A to Z Maps Online
AtoZ Maps Online consists of more than 145,000 maps—static maps, animated maps, real-time maps, scientific maps, and historic maps—all in one place. Most maps are available for download in jpg, tiff, and PDF formats.
Biography Reference Center
Containing many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and
magazines, this database offers a comprehensive collection of full-text
biographies, as well as thousands of unique narrative biographies.
Business Source PremierThis database
provides full-text coverage for nearly 2,200 business periodicals, ranging from general magazines to trade
publications and top management journals. Content includes company profiles, industry reports, and market research reports.
Consumer Health Complete
This database provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from
mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic
and integrated medicine.
This resource provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.
Access the most comprehensive and up-to-date catalog of resources located in U.S. and world libraries.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
This database offers reference books in an ebook format. Titles include Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations
, Encyclopedia of Religions
, American Decades
, and many more!
Grolier OnlineHome AccessLibrary AccessGrolier Online consists of
three comprehensive encyclopedias, selected educational magazines, newspaper articles, and
teacher resources for the classroom.
Heritage QuestHome AccessLibrary Access
HeritageQuest Online provides a unique and growing collection of research materials for genealogists and historians.
Home Improvement Reference Center
Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database
provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information
covering all manner of home improvement/repair projects.
Legal Information Reference Center
Providing exclusive online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books, this database contains hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms.
Literary Reference Center Plus
This comprehensive, full-text database provides the most relevant
information on thousands of authors and their works across literary
disciplines and time frames.
Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE Premier
provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source
documents. This database also provides an Image Collection containing
photos, maps & flags.
Full-text, electronic version of the Joliet Herald News.. Covers 1997 to present.
Novelist Plus is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.
Novelist K-8 Plus
All the same great offerings of Novelist, geared toward a K-8 audience.
Opposing Viewpoints covers the worlds hottest issues and topics through13,000+ pro/con views, court case overviews, biographies, and profiles.
Points of View Reference Center
Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this
database provides the basis from which students can realize and develop
persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues
and develop analytical thinking skills.
Reference USA is a top source for business and residential information. Create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, and locate people.
Science Reference Center
Designed to meet every
student researchers needs, Science Reference Center
contains full text articles for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources.