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Online Encyclopedias, Magazines & More

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.

Problems? Call the Reference Desk at 847-681-7031, or email us at hppla@hplibrary.org.

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Newspapers and Magazines

National Geographic Kids

Online version of the popular children's magazine.

New York Times Articles via Lexis Nexis

Search the New York Times from the Lexis Nexis interface  The database contains articles from 06/01/1980 to present .

New York Times Historical Newspaper

The New York Times in its entirety from 1851 -2013. Full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. Advertisements and photos included.

RBDigital (formally Zinio)

Read digital editions of your favorite magazines with RBDigital. To check out magazines, log in with your library card number and then create a user name and password. To download checked out issues to mobile devices, get the RBDigital app. 

Download the app:​

App Store | Google Play 


National Geographic Virtual Library 1888 - Present

Explore the articles and photographs that made National Geographic famous!  Search by topic, photograph, or issue. 


Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix® is transforming the way students access science topics, acquire scientific knowledge, and build an abiding interest in science, technology, and engineering.

Special subjects

Discovering American Women’s History Online

Contains primary-source digital materials concerning women in American history.

The American Presidency Project

Documents (including audio and video links) relating to the American presidency.



Includes World Edition (182 country reports), Kids Edition (66 country reports), and States Edition (50 states and District of Columbia)--plus photos, recipes, biographies, data tables, maps, and more.


Free Learning Tools - Varsity Tutors

Free online practice for standardized tests such as Common Core, GED, AP, ACT, SAT, LSAT, MCAT and more.