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Below is a list of our subscription databases. To access these from home, click on "Go to this resource" and enter your Highland Park Library card number, without spaces, when prompted.

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"The Fine Art Search Engine."  A comprehensive database of more than 6,500 different artists represented by 19,000 links directly to an estimated 75,000 works at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources.  Search by artist, artwork or museum, or browse artists by movement, medium, subject, nationality or name.


High-quality art images from leading museums around the world, all rights cleared for educational use. Sound, video, and notes are also included in many cases. Images include photographs, costumes, paintings, posters, sculpture, jewelry, prints, and more.

Books and Literature

Bloom's Literary Reference Online

Hundreds of Bloom's essays, which examine the lives and works of great writers throughout history and the world. This database also contains an archive of more than 38,000 characters, as well as extensive entries on literary topics, themes, movements, and genres.

Literature Resource Center

Biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline... covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.

NoveList Plus

Use this readers' advisory tool to find a good book by topic, authors similar to your favorites, and book discussion guides. Also includes Novelist K-8.


Virtual Reference Library

Suite of “reference” ebooks arranged by subject: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Information & Publishing, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation & World, Religion, Science, Social Science, and Technology.

Encyclopedias and Almanacs

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

A World Book encyclopedia in Spanish for elementary and middle school students. La Enciclopedia estudiantil hallazgos en lnea es una enciclopedia de conocimientos generales. Continene informacin sobre gente, lugares, objectos, acontecimientos e ideas

Historical Statistics of the United States

Quantitative facts of American history including statistics from over 1000 sources including over 37,000 data series.

The World Almanac

This compendium of information is an authoritative source for entertainment, reference, and learning needs.

World Atlas

Reproducible maps plus statistics and data on more than 200 nations, territories, regions, and continents. Click on "geography" after the Facts on File logo appears.