START with these databases:
• Congressional Digest
Turn to this source for an even-handed presentation of opposing views on contentious national questions, Pro & Con.
• CQ Almanac
Congressional reporting in one, easy-to-use resource with original analysis and data on major legislation for each Congressional session back to 1945.
• CQ Researcher
Offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of political and social issues, including overviews, statistics and pro/con reporting.
• CQ Weekly
Up to the minute coverage of the U.S. Congress: status of bills, votes and amendments, floor and committee activity, and backroom maneuvering produced by the largest news team on Capitol Hill.
• Historical Statistics of the US
Online edition of the recently updated five volume print compendium of historical statistics. Contains over 37,000 data series, on wide-ranging topics. Users may create customized tables and spreadsheets.
• Illinois Public Records
Internet source for public records in the Chicago suburbs, including real estate transfers, foreclosures, business licenses and incorporations.
• Statistical Abstract of the United States
The ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the United States
Additional databases to search:
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.
• America's Newspapers
Full-text articles from more than 600 U.S. newspapers.
• 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.
Features cultures of 182 countries, including maps, statistics, photographs, national anthems, recipes and currency converters. Includes information about each U.S. state as well.
• Electronic Collections Online
Abstracts and selected full text of scholarly journals from 1995 to present, covering subjects such as business, education, geography and law.
• 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)
• GPO - Government Printing Office
Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, judiciary materials and documents issued by executive departments.
• Illinois Legal Forms
Illinois Legal Forms includes thousands of business, personal, litigation and federal forms.
• LexisNexis® Library Express
(Access to the legal module is available in-Library only.)
News, consumer, business and legal information.
• Modern World History Online
Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history—from the mid-15th century to the present.
• Oxford Reference Online
Search Oxford's award winning encyclopedias and scholarly reference titles on an easy-to-use site.
• Points of View Reference Center
Two hundred topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).
• Social Explorer
Provides quick and easy access to current and historical census data and demographic information, as well as tools to create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze, and understand demography and social change.
• World Data Analyst Online
Detailed statistical comparisons of countries across the world, using both the most recent and historical figures.