Research, Consumer & Legal Databases

Visit the Genealogy page for family-specific resources. See every online resource the Library has to offer at A–Z Online Resources.

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American Bar Association Free Legal Answers

Find the most appropriate legal resources for you. Legal information is presented in plain language and in a variety of ways, including video, text, foreign languages, and interactive formats.

Free Legal Answers for Civil Appeals is the first-ever legal help desk for civil appeals in Illinois. This virtual help desk is staffed by attorneys with appellate experience and it will present an opportunity for litigants to ask questions of a lawyer about their civil appeal.

If this interests you, you may also be interested in the Will County Justice Access Corps.

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Illinois Legal Aid

Illinois Legal Aid

Find the most appropriate legal resources for you. Legal information is presented in plain language and in a variety of ways, including video, text, foreign languages, and interactive formats.

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Consumer Guides

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AtoZ Food America

If you think that spice is the variety of life and love American cuisine in its many forms, AtoZ Food America is for you. Recipes in all course categories (appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, snacks, and beverages) for six US regions, all 50 states, and 33 ethnic cuisines.

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A to Z World Food

AtoZ World Food

Cookbooks from 174 countries in one online resource! Explore food culture and traditional recipes from around the world. It’s a movable feast in a digital cookbook.


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Auto Repair Source

Auto Repair Source

Formerly AutoMate, Auto Repair Source is the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information.

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Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete

Full texts for more than 250 health reference books and encyclopedias.

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Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports serves consumers through unbiased product testing and ratings, research, journalism, public education, and advocacy.

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Records & Archives

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AtoZdatabases – Business, Person, and Job Reference Data

AtoZdatabases is the premier job search, reference, and mailing list resource, which includes over 30 million business and 220 million residents.

Businesses can inform their decisions by using the Map and Data Matrix tools to determine where to expand, or identify competitors and easily create mailing lists to inform the public of their product or location.

But, AtoZdatabases is more than a business tool. You can search for relatives or friends and create a contact list for reunions or use a job search tool powered by Indeed.


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Chicago Tribune Historical Archive

Chicago Tribune Historical Archive

Covers news stories of both local and national issues and events occurring over the past 150 years, from 1849 to 1984.

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Coronavirus Research Database by ProQuest

ProQuest built this database in response to the rapidly growing need for authoritative content related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The company is working together with institutions all over the world to offer support as they navigate through the coronavirus pandemic. This launch of the Coronavirus Research Database is the latest in a series of programs to help librarians, faculty and students.

Your Barcode is your library card number.

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FirstSearch provides access to over 50 billion library records, magazine articles, proceedings, and more. Much of the information is full-text. FirstSearch is only accessible in the library.

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Masterfile Premier

MasterFILE Premier

MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.

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Press Reader

Top newspapers and magazines from more than 120 countries, no paywalls. Download and save titles to read offline whenever, wherever. With the press of a button, translate foreign language content in up to 18 languages.

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Record Information Services

Record Information Services

A public records database that covers new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures and sales, and bankruptcies.

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Reference Solutions

Reference Solutions

Reference Solutions helps library patrons access the most accurate and reliable business and consumer data for reference and research purposes. No other big data provider goes to the lengths we do to ensure the data your patrons rely on is relevant, comprehensive, and up-to-date.

Google Translate is now embedded into Reference Solutions, so you can read in 9 different languages.

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