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Online Encyclopedias and Magazines

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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Encyclopedias and Almanacs

World Book Online Reference Center

31,000 encyclopedia articles, 6,000 web links, 25,000 periodical articles, 800 videos, animations, and sounds, 400 interactive maps, 100 3-D bubble views, and much more.

Foreign Languages

Mango Languages Online Language Learning

Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language.


Chicago Tribune Historical Newspaper

Full page and article images with searchable full text. Coverage: 1849-1984.

New York Times Historical Newspaper

The New York Times in its entirety from 1857 through 1999. Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. Advertisements and photos included.

General Art


"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.

History and Biography

ABC-Clio American History

Explore an era or analyze an event in American History.

African American History Online

Includes primary source documents, images, timelines, biographies and thousands of entries on African American history.

American Indian History Online

Contains tribe Index, culture area index, biographies, events, primary sources, images and learning centers.

Ancient and Medieval History Online

This database covers six civilizations: Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, and Mesoamerica from the early Hominids 3 to 5 million years ago to flourishing cultures in 600 CE.

Chelsea House Biographies Online

Chelsea House Biographies Online is the one-stop online resource for all the biography needs of middle and high school students, or anyone interested in discovering the lives of these fascinating people.