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Databases & Guides

Name Description Use At Home?

American Book Prices Current

ABPC is an essential tool for buying, selling and evaluating books, serials, autographs, manuscripts, broadsides, maps and documents, based on actual auction prices in the U.S. and abroad.

No

American History from ABC-CLIO

From the explorers of the Americas to today's headlines, investigate the people, events, and themes of our nation's evolution.

Yes

American Indian History Online

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Access to more than 600 Native American groups and over 15,000 years of American Indian culture and history.

Yes

American National Biography Online

Info on over 18,700 American men and women--from all eras and walks of life--whose lives have shaped the nation. Only deceased persons are profiled. (Guided Tour)

Yes

Annals of American History Online

American history through primary documents, including speeches, writings, memoirs, poems and interviews.

Yes

Artemis Literary Sources

One-stop shopping for literary assignments and information. Contains criticism, primary sources, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies.

Yes

ArticleFirst

Scholarly journal article citations covering a wide variety of topics including business, humanities, science, and technology

Yes

Biography in Context

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More than 300,000 biographies from respected sources, for individuals from around the world, throughout history to the present. (Guided Tour)

Yes

CQ Researcher

Offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, including overviews, statistics and pro/con reporting.

Yes

Credo Literati

An online platform that combines reliable, citable reference content with your library's resources and helps you to do faster, more effective research.

Yes

Daily Life Online

Discover details about past eras that make historical accounts relevant and meaningful from their modern-day perspectives.

Yes

Electronic Collections Online

Abstracts and selected full text of scholarly journals from 1995 to present, covering subjects such as business, education, geography and law.

Yes

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Contains the full text of hundreds of reference books on a wide variety of subjects, including history, business, medicine, science and humanities. Includes tables of content, indexes and illustrations. (Guided Tour)

Yes

General OneFile

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General interest articles on current events, science, entertainment, the arts, etc.

Yes

History Study Center

Primary and secondary sources on global history from ancient times to the present day, perfect for student reports.

Yes

Hobbies & Crafts

Has patterns, articles, and information on everything from amateur radio to knitting to woodworking.

Yes

Illinois Digital Archive

St. Charles, Kane County and Illinois local history documents, maps and photos.

Yes

Literature Online

Provides summaries and criticism of books, as well as literary periods, genres, and movements. Includes author biographies.

Yes

Modern World History Online

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

Yes

Naxos Music Library

Streaming music that includes over 85,000 tracks, including Classical music, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music.

Yes

Naxos Sheet Music Library

Find 45,000 classical sheet music titles. Some titles may be transposed online.

Yes

OAIster

Millions of digital resources including books, audio files, images, movies and datasets and texts.

Yes

Oxford Art Online

The access point for renowned Grove Art Online and other Oxford art reference resources, covering all aspect of visual arts from prehistory to the present day. Includes biographies of artists and select images of art.

Guided Tour

Yes

Oxford Dictionaries Online

Do you care about the language you use? How often have you needed to know the meaning of a word, wondered about its origin, or thought about how you might use it most effectively? At Oxford Dictionaries, we have just one thing in mind: improving communication through an understanding and passion for our living language.

Yes

Oxford English Dictionary

Search the authority on the English language. An unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 500,000 words, both present and past.

Yes

Oxford Reference Online

Search Oxford's award winning encyclopedias and scholarly reference titles on an easy-to-use site.

Yes

Points of View Reference Center

Two hundred topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).

Yes

Pop Culture Universe

An irresistible yet authoritative digital database on popular culture in America and the world, both past and present. Great for decades or history projects.

Yes

Salem History

Includes Milestone Documents, the Great Lives biography series, Great Events from History, The Decades, and more.

Yes

Salem Literature

Includes the full text of Critical Surveys and Masterplots.

Yes

Shakespeare Survey

A great resource from Cambridge University Press for students and Shakespeare lovers. Since 1948 Survey has published the best international scholarship in English, and many of its essays have become classics of Shakespeare criticism. Each volume is devoted to a theme, or play, or group of plays. The books are illustrated with a variety of Shakespearean images and production photographs.

Yes

Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged

Comprehensive dictionary that includes definitions, pronunciations and histories of the words.

Yes

Wilson OmniFile Full Text, Select Edition

A 100% full-text database. Retrieve complete articles from thousands of publications in science, the humanities, art, business, and law.

Yes

World Book Online

Start here for background research on any topic. Articles are updated with current events information, useful links on the Internet, a monthly calendar of important dates and a Today in History feature.

Yes

World Book: La Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

World Book's Spanish Student Discovery Encyclopedia: features include articles, maps and interactive databases.
Características incluyen articulos, secuencia (fechas) de eventos, mapas y bases de datos interactivas (recursos electrónicos).

Yes