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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
General encyclopedia articles, images, maps, videos and more in Spanish for upper-elementary and high school students as well as adults.
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.
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.
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.
Browse the American Library Association's monthly magazine for readers of all ages. Each issue features a different genre as well as general book recommendations.
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.
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Search public records by name or address. Covers a wide variety of records from select Illinois counties: real estate transactions, business licenses, evictions, arrests, etc.
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Full text of the Chicago Examiner from 1908 to 1918.
Photographs from Chicago Public Library's special collections. View photos of Civil War artifacts, Millennium Park's construction, Mayor Harold Washington and Chicago neighborhoods. Search the Chicago Examiner newspaper and playbills from Chicago's early theaters.
Articles from the Chicago Sun-Times from 1986 to the present.
Research Chicago history through the Chicago Sun-Times Historical and Current Collection with coverage from 1929 through current. Study trends, issues, events, advertisements, companies, and more through historical and current full newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online.
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Search or browse page images (as you would on microfilm) of the Chicago Sun-Times back to October 10, 2018. Earlier page images are available on physical microfilm at Harold Washington Library Center.
Full text of all articles in all editions and sections (including the RedEye) of the Chicago Tribune from 1985 to present.
Full text of the Chicago Tribune, including classified and display advertisements, from 1849 to 2012.
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Full text of more than 500 U.S. newspapers from 1836 to 1922. Chicago-area papers are The Broad Ax, an African American newspaper digitized from 1895 to 1922; The Day Book, E.W. Scripps' experiment in advertisement-free newspaper publishing digitized from 1911 to 1917 and The Chicago Eagle, a publication with a strong focus on municipal political affairs digitized from 1894 to 1920.
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Information on the lives and writings of current authors, as well as those no longer publishing but who were active within the past 50 years.
COPA, Chicago's independent police oversight agency, is part of Chicago's public safety reform efforts. File a complaint against a member of the Chicago Police Department and review cases and summary reports of COPA investigations.
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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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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.
Online reservation system for passes and discounts for museums, zoos, and more cultural attractions. Log in with library card number and PIN to view all attractions and current offers. Available to Chicago Public Library adult cardholders in good standing. Reservations cannot be canceled after printing or downloading the digital pass. Visit the FAQ page for details.
Find digital photographs, maps, oral histories, personal letters and more from libraries, archives and museums across the United States.
Articles from general-interest magazines and scholarly journals. Search two separate databases (MasterFILE Complete and OmniFile Full Text Select) covering more than 3,500 publications.
Encyclopedia articles in Spanish for students in grades two through five.
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.
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.
Locate archival collections and digital images from archives and libraries with Chicago history collections.
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.
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Find encyclopedia articles in a variety of subject areas from more than two hundred reference titles.
Find encyclopedia articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in art, health, history, music, religion, science and the social sciences.
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. Most are available in the Harold Washington Library Center's Government Publications Department, and many are available online. Coverage begins in 1976.
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.
Search for ancestors in the U.S. Federal Census, family and local histories and city directories, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records, genealogical periodicals and selected congressional documents and reports from the American State Papers and U.S. Serial Set.
Access five resources on specific aspects of history:
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Search all five 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.
The largest African American video oral history archive in the world features interviews with African Americans who have made significant contributions in American life or culture.
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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.
Search and download high-definition, color fire insurance maps, including Sanborn maps, real estate atlases, plat books and other historical maps. Additional 20th-century fire insurance maps can be found in Illinois Sanborn Maps.
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Includes the Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights), News-Gazette (Champaign), Pantagraph (Bloomington), Peoria Journal Star and State Journal-Register (Springfield).
Articles from Illinois newspapers including the Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights), La Raza, News Gazette (Champaign), and Pantagraph (Bloomington).
Create lists of new homeowners, new businesses, recent foreclosures, etc. based on public records from select Illinois counties.
Digitized fire insurance maps for the state of Illinois, including over a hundred volumes for the city of Chicago. If looking for a location in Chicago or a nearby suburb, start with the Chicago Sanborn Maps Index and note the series (1894-1897 or 1905-1951) and volumes for the neighborhood or suburb. For 19th-century maps, use Illinois Fire Insurance Maps online instead.
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.
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.
Older issues of more than 2,000 scholarly journals in a wide range of interest areas. Coverage begins with the first issue, but recent issues are not included. Recent issues of some of these journals are available in EBSCO Magazines & Journals.
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Articles from magazines for elementary school students.
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Information on authors, their works and literary topics. Find author biographies, plot summaries, character information, critical essays, book reviews and overviews of literary topics.
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An index of articles from more than 5,000 journals in medicine and related fields. Primarily aimed at doctors and medical researchers.
Find answers to health questions, including overviews of conditions and diseases, information on staying healthy, drug information and the latest news from the world of medicine. MedlinePlus in Spanish is also available.
Analysis of stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds and markets.
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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.
Identify articles of interest in the field of music. Some articles are full text. Others may be obtained from other CPL online resources or from the print journal collection in the Harold Washington Library Center's Visual and Performing Arts Department.
Find articles from the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
Articles from the New York Times back to 1980. Includes the New York Times Book Review and New York Times Magazine.
Full text of over 180 historical Illinois newspapers, including Chicago Daily News, The Inter Ocean, News Journal and The Daily Herald.
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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.
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.
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.
Online version of the Physicians' Desk Reference, a drug information source for physicians and others who write prescriptions. For articles written for consumers/patients, consult the articles in the Drugs & Supplements section of MedlinePlus.
Index to articles on circus performance, dance, drama, film, magic, musical theater, opera, pantomime, performance art, puppetry, television and theater. Some articles are full text. Others may be obtained from other CPL online resources or from the print journal collection in the Harold Washington Library Center's Visual and Performing Arts Department.
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.
Search or browse page images (as you would view on microfilm) of over 40 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.
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).Find additional newspapers in America's News.
Full-text information from leading nursing and related publications.
Search a wide variety of business content, from newspapers, magazines and journals, to company and industry reports, to eBooks and videos.
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.
Encyclopedia articles, definitions, charts and illustrations, experiments, biographies and timelines. Recommended for grades six and up.
Magazine and newspaper articles on social, scientific, health, historic, economic, political and global issues specifically chosen for upper-elementary and high school students.
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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.
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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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Articles from the nation’s financial newspaper of record back to 1984.
More than 40,000 encyclopedia articles, as well as an online atlas, online dictionary, research tools and more. Recommended for high school students and adults.
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.
More than 40,000 encyclopedia articles, as well as an online atlas, online dictionary, research tools and more. Recommended for grades three and up.
Discover which of Chicago Public Library's magazine and newspaper databases includes the full text of a journal or article that you're looking for.
Discover books and articles at Chicago Public Library--and beyond. Search the world's largest catalog, with titles from CPL as well as thousands of other libraries.
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.