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American National Biography Library Card Required.

Biographies of more than 18,000 deceased American men and women from all eras and walks of life, as well as selected non-nationals who had a profound influence on American history. Each article ends with a bibliography to guide you in further research. Found In:


Ancestry Library Edition

U.S. and U.K. census records and indexes, the Social Security Death Index, World War I draft registration cards, Civil War service records, immigration records and many more sources for genealogical research. Found In: Is in libraryIn library only


ArchiveGrid

An index of personal papers, organizational records and more housed at archives throughout the world, including Chicago Public Library, Evanston Historical Society, Newberry Library and University of Illinois at Chicago.


Art Index/Art Index Retrospective Library Card Required.

An index of articles back to 1929. Full text is available online for some recent articles (1997-present). Find earlier articles in the print journal collection in the Harold Washington Library Center's Visual and Performing Arts Department. Found In:


ARTbibliographies Modern Library Card Required.

An index of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, doctoral dissertations and exhibition reviews covering all forms of modern and contemporary art with entries back to 1974. Most of the titles included in the index are available in the Harold Washington Library Center's Visual and Performing Arts Department. Found In:


Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals Library Card Required.

An index of articles on architecture and design. Coverage begins in the 1930s, with selected journals indexed back to the 1860s. Most of the titles included in the index are available at the Harold Washington Library Center. Found In:

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Biography in Context Library Card Required.

Biographies of more than half a million people from all periods of history and from every geographical region. Search for a specific person by name or use the Person Search to create lists of people based on nationality, ethnicity, occupation, gender or date of birth or death. Recommended for grades six and up. Found In:


Black Newspapers Newspaper Library Card Required.

Articles from a number of African American papers, including the Afro-American (Baltimore/Washington, D.C.), Chicago Defender, Los Angeles Sentinel, Michigan Chronicle (Detroit) and New York Amsterdam News.


Booklist Online Library Card Required.

Expert advice on great fiction and nonfiction reads from the editors and reviewers of Booklist. Read the latest reviews and columns or search for reviews by topic, audience, date, etc. Found In:


Books in Print Library Card Required.

Publisher-verified information on all U.S. books in print. Find in-print and forthcoming books, and books declared out-of-print or out-of-stock since 1979. Found In:


Brainfuse Library Card Required. is iphone is android

Get help with your homework online from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. Available in English and Spanish for early elementary through advanced college prep students in core subjects. Get expert help with writing assignments, Spanish homework and English as a second language lessons. Use test prep tools for the ACT/SAT, GED and U.S. citizenship test. Found In:


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CultureGrams Library Card Required.

Information on countries and territories including customs, lifestyles and social conditions. Elementary school students, try the Kids Edition (which covers 78 countries), States Edition (which covers the 50 states) and Provinces Edition (which covers Canada’s 13 provinces and territories). Find recipes from all countries as well as biographies of famous citizens. Photographs are available for some countries.


CultureGrams World Edition Library Card Required.

Information on over 200 countries and territories, including customs, lifestyles and social conditions. For junior high and high school students and adults. Find recipes for all countries as well as biographies of famous citizens. Photographs are available for some countries.

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Design & Applied Arts Index Library Card Required.

An index of more than 500 journals in all areas of design, from fashion to web design, back to 1973. Find articles in the print journal collection in the Harold Washington Library Center's Visual and Performing Arts Department. Found In:

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Encyclopedia of Chicago

A project of the Chicago History Museum, the Newberry Library and Northwestern University, this online version of the award-winning print encyclopedia is a first stop for research into any topic on Chicago's past.


ERIC Library Card Required.

A guide to research published in the field of education. Search more than a million short descriptions of journal articles and other education-related publications back to 1966. Found In:

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Film & Television Literature Index Library Card Required.

An index of 300 publications, with selective coverage of 300 additional titles. For some titles, indexing begins as early as the 1940s. Find articles in the print journal collection in the Harold Washington Library Center's Visual and Performing Arts Department.


FirstSearch Library Card Required.

Search a wide range of databases from FirstSearch, including ArticleFirst, ClasePeriodica, PapersFirst and Proceedings.

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Gold Rush Magazine & Journal Newspaper

Use Gold Rush to discover which of Chicago Public Library's magazine and newspaper databases tracks a given title and whether or not the full text is available.


Government Printing Office Monthly Catalog Library Card Required.

A catalog of publications of the U.S. government, including congressional reports, hearings, debates and records, as well as materials produced by the federal courts and documents issued by other federal agencies. It includes a description of each document, but most are available in the Harold Washington Library Center's Government Publications Department, and many are available online. Coverage begins in 1976. Found In:


GreenFILE Library Card Required.

Articles from research journals, trade magazines and consumer magazines in environmental studies. Topics include global warming, green building, pollution, renewable energy, recycling and sustainable agriculture. Found In:

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HeritageQuest Online Library Card Required.

Digitized images and indexes for exploring family and local history. Includes full text of more than 25,000 family and local histories, images of selected records from Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land-warrant application files, images of the registers of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, and selected congressional documents and reports from the American State Papers and U.S. Serial Set. Found In:



History Database Search Library Card Required.

Access six resources on specific aspects of history:

Search all six at once or browse them individually. Each includes articles from reference works, primary sources, biographies, timelines, images, and maps, charts and tables. Recommended for grades six and up. Found In:


hoopla eBook New! Library Card Required. is iphone is android

Access streaming movies, television, music and audiobook titles, or download them to your device.


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Illinois Catalog Library Card Required.

A catalog of items held by libraries in Illinois. Search the holdings of libraries in Chicago, Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, or all of Illinois.






Industry Overviews Library Card Required.

Find overviews, including history, current conditions and leading firms, for over a thousand industries from The Encyclopedia of American Industries, The Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries and The Encyclopedia of Global Industries. Found In:


International Index to Music Periodicals Library Card Required.

Index of articles on a wide variety of topics in music. Find articles in the print journal collection in the Harold Washington Library Center's Visual and Performing Arts Department. Found In:


International Index to the Performing Arts Library Card Required.

Index to articles on circus performance, dance, drama, film, magic, musical theater, opera, pantomime, performance art, puppetry, television and theater. Find articles in the print journal collection in the Harold Washington Library Center's Visual and Performing Arts Department. Found In:


Issues & Controversies Library Card Required.

Overviews of current public policy issues and other controversial topics. This resource is great for students working on persuasive essays or debates, or anyone wanting authoritative background information on the issues making today’s headlines.

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Literary Reference Center Library Card Required.

Information on authors, their works and literary topics. Find author biographies, plot summaries, character information, critical essays, book reviews and overviews of literary topics. Found In:


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MEDLINE Library Card Required.

An index of articles from more than 5,000 journals in medicine and related fields. Primarily aimed at doctors and medical researchers. Found In:




Music Index Library Card Required.

An index of articles from more than 800 music periodicals back to 1975. Find articles in the print journal collection in the Harold Washington Library Center's Visual and Performing Arts Department. Found In:

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National Newspapers Library Card Required.

Find articles from dozens of newspapers from around the country. Papers covered include the Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post.


New York Times Newspaper Library Card Required.

Articles from the New York Times back to 1980. Includes the New York Times Book Review and New York Times Magazine.



NoveList K-8 Library Card Required.

Find picture books, easy readers, chapter books or books for teens by picking what types of people should be in the story, what happens in the story, and where and when the story takes place. Look up a book you like and find others similar to it. Found In:

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Oxford Art Online Library Card Required.

Articles and definitions from several sources: Grove Art Online (based on the Dictionary of Art), Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Scholarly and authoritative, this resource is great for background information on a wide variety of topics in art. Found In:


Oxford English Dictionary Library Card Required.

Definitions of English words and phrases as they have been used over time and throughout the world. It aims to present the English language as it is actually used rather than how it ought to be used. Entries include pronunciations, etymologies, definitions and quotations.


Oxford Music Online Library Card Required.

From scholarly encyclopedia articles to quick definitions, this resource is great for those studying music or those who simply want a deeper understanding of the music they listen to. Find material from The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, The Oxford Companion to Music and The Oxford Dictionary of Music. Found In:

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ProQuest Congressional Library Card Required.

Information about contemporary policy issues, including congressional publications and Congressional Research Service reports, non-partisan policy and legal analyses written by Library of Congress staff. Especially helpful for students working on persuasive essays or debates. Found In:


ProQuest Digital Microfilm Newspaper Library Card Required.

Page images (as you would view on microfilm) of over 80 newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, The Guardian, Indianapolis Star, New York Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Coverage for most papers begins in 2008 and ends about three months prior to the present.


ProQuest Newspapers Newspaper Library Card Required.

Articles from hundreds of newspapers and newsfeeds from around the world, including the Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights), New York Times, USA Today, Globe and Mail (Canada), The Times (London), The Times of India and Daily Yomiuri (Japan). Coverage varies by title, with full text for some titles available back to the 1980s. Found In:




ProQuest Statistical Insight Library Card Required.

Statistics on a wide variety of topics in publications from the U.S. government, state governments, major international intergovernmental organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations and universities. Microfiche of most publications is available at the Harold Washington Library Center, and many of the publications are available online. Found In:

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Science Online Library Card Required.

Encyclopedia articles, definitions, charts and illustrations, experiments, biographies and timelines. Recommended for grades six and up. Found In:


SIRS Researcher Magazine & Journal Library Card Required.

Magazine and newspaper articles on social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political and global issues specifically chosen for upper-elementary and high school students.


Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage

Company directory and financial and investment information from numerous Standard & Poor’s publications, including the Bond Guide, Industry Surveys, Register of Corporations, Directors and Executives, Security Dealers of North America and Stock Reports. Found In: Is in libraryIn library only


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Information about the activities of the U.S. Congress. Find text of legislation, as well as summaries and status, voting records, the Congressional Record, committee reports, and legislative actions on presidential nominations and treaties. Found In:

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Ulrichsweb Library Card Required.

Information on magazines, newspapers and journals published throughout the world. Based on information supplied by publishers, the resource lists publisher’s name and contact information, circulation figures, price, intended audience, advertising rates and more.

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World Book for Adults Encyclopedia Library Card Required.

More than 40,000 encyclopedia articles, as well as an online atlas, introduction to computers and the Internet, and “how to…” guides on employment, personal finance and more.


World Book for Kids Encyclopedia Library Card Required.

Short, easy-to-read introductions to thousands of topics as well as maps, pictures, games, word definitions and more. Recommended for grades two through five.



WorldCat Library Card Required.

A catalog of titles held by libraries throughout the world. The description for each title links to a list of “Libraries Worldwide” that own that title. Use this resource to discover materials beyond the Chicago Public Library. Found In:

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Zinio eBook Magazine & Journal New! Library Card Required. is iphone is android

Read the latest issues of more than a hundred popular magazines, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Cosmopolitan, The Economist, Good Housekeeping, National Geographic, O, The Oprah Magazine, Prevention, Reader's Digest, Us and Vanidades. (This resource requires two registrations/logins: one at the RBdigital site, where you'll browse and check out magazines, and one at the Zinio site, where you'll read the content you check out.) Found In:

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