Subject Guides and Online Resources

Below is a list of our subscription databases. To access these from home, click on the database and enter your Highland Park Library card number, without spaces, when prompted. To find out whether a specific title is included in a particular article database, use the e-journal search.

A-Z listing of all databases

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 .

Art

Archive Grid

Nearly a million descriptions of archival collections owned by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives.

Artcyclopedia

"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.

CAMIO

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.

OAIster

A catalog of digital resources from over 1000 organizations. Includes books, born-digital texts, audio files, images, movies, and datasets.

Price It! Antiques and Collectibles

A comprehensive resource for identifying, researching and pricing art, antiques and collectibles.

Automotive

ChiltonLibrary.com

Automotive Repair Information for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) People. Includes photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules 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.

Business and Investing

Business Insights

Company and Industry information, investment reports, financial information, Index and full-text business periodicals. 

General Business File

Company profiles, Investext brokerage reports, and magazine articles on companies, industries, and business topics. This database contains the same periodicals as the Business and Company Resource Center with an older interface.

Lexis Nexis Library Express

Over 6,000 news, business, and legal sources including the New York Times, law reviews, legal cases and hundreds more. Use the Company Dossier module to retrieve detailed company information and financial performance measures or identify and compare companies matching specific criteria. Legal information is available in-library only.

Morningstar.com

Find a stock or fund, research current or prospective holdings, x-ray your portfolio.

Record Information Services - Illinois Public Records

Search real estate transactions, foreclosures & auctions, new businesses and bankruptcies in Illinois.

Record Information Services - Illinois Public Records (REMOTE ACCESS)

Search real estate transactions, foreclosures & auctions, new businesses and bankruptcies in Illinois.

Reference USA

Look up addresses, phone, numbers, and information about U.S. companies. Also good for creating mailing lists.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Including Standard & Poor's Stock Reports, Industry Reports, Mutual Fund Reports, Daily News, CreditWeek, and more.

Virtual Reference Library Business Collection

Electronic editions of 12 business reference sources including Business Plans Handbooks, Company Profiles for Students, Encyclopedia of American Industries, Encyclopedia of Business and Finance, Encyclopedia of Management, Encyclopedia of Small Business, Gale E-Commerce Sourcebook
Gale Encyclopedia of E-Commerce, and International Directory of Business Biographies.

 

 

Wall Street Journal

Full text  of national and international financial and hard news. Coverage: 1982-current. Note: Stock quotes and charts are not included.

Company Research

Business Insights

Company and Industry information, investment reports, financial information, Index and full-text business periodicals. 

Reference USA

Look up addresses, phone, numbers, and information about U.S. companies. Also good for creating mailing lists.

Consumer Resources

Chicago Consumer's Checkbook

Reviews and ratings of local service providers and products including automobiles, health care, home care, pets, stores, and much more.In-Library use only.

Chicago Consumer's Checkbook (REMOTE ACCESS)

Reviews and ratings of local service providers and products including automobiles, health care, home care, pets, stores, and much more.

Consumer Reports Online

The last 4 years of reports from Consumer Reports including autos. Includes reports not found in the printed magazine.

Price It! Antiques and Collectibles

A comprehensive resource for identifying, researching and pricing art, antiques and collectibles.

e-learning

Atomic Training

A video-based how-to training resource, Atomic Training opens up unlimited access to thousands of short videos covering more than 500 of today's most popular software applications on both PCs and Macs.

Universal Class

Over 500 continuing education classes sponsored by Highland Park Public LIbrary.

The classes meet online, at your convenience, with a real instructor.

Classes are available in a diverse range of subjects including computers, business, home & garden, health and medicine, hobbies, and more.  View a listing of class topics.

Click "go to this resource" to find out how to sign up!

ebooks

3M

The 3M Cloud Library is a new way Highland Park Public Library cardholders can checkout eBooks.   Now you can check out a book on an iPad, take notes while reading on a PC, and finish the book on an Android phone or Nook HD. 

My Media Mall

Download e-books, audiobooks and video. Play them on your computer or transfer to portable devices such as iPods, MP3 players, Sony readers, and more.

Virtual Reference Library

Electronic editions of over 200 encyclopedias and other reference books for children and adults. May be searched individually or together. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Information and Publishing, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, Social Science.

Education

ERIC

Index of journal articles and reports in education. Some full-text.

Encyclopedias and Almanacs

America the Beautiful

Information on US states and territories.  In-Library use only.

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

Encyclopedia Americana

45,000 articles covering all academic fields and curriculum topics. In-Library use only.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia

Multimedia encyclopedia featuring animations, videos, and more. In-Library use only.

Historical Statistics of the United States

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

Lands and Peoples

Encyclopedia of countries, cultures, and current events that is geared to student readers. In-Library use only.

The Statesman's Yearbook 2007-

The full text of the current edition of The Statesman's Yearbook, with country profiles, essays, event chronologies, and information about international organizations and people.1 user only. Please logout when done. In-Library use only.

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.

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.

Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition

Genealogy research.  Census records, social security death index, military records, slave narratives.... In-Library use only.

Chicago Tribune Historical Newspaper

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

HeritageQuest

Search U.S. federal census, banking and military records, genealogies, local histories, primary source materials, and genealogical and local history serials.

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

Artcyclopedia

"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.

Health

Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module

New interface to Health Reference Center.  Magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories and information on topics of health and wellness.   online tour 

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. 

Daily Life Online

A social history resource; how others lived and live their lives, and how their lives shaped ours

Popular Culture Universe

An authoritative, digital library of information on American and world popular culture from the 1900s to the present.  Browse by decade or search by item or event.

Homework Helpers

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.

Chicago Tribune Article Database

Full-text articles from 1985 to the present

Chicago Tribune Digital Microfilm

Browse the full content of the Chicago Tribune, from 2008 onward.  Not searchable.

Chicago Tribune Historical Newspaper

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

CultureGrams

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.

Daily Life Online

A social history resource; how others lived and live their lives, and how their lives shaped ours

eLibrary Elementary

Features a colorful, graphical search interface for elementary school students to find the answers they need from more than 130 magazines, newspapers, books, transcripts, maps, images, and educator-approved websites.

eLibrary Plus

Full-text newspapers, magazines, international newswires, maps, photographs, and television and  radio transcripts.

General Reference Center Gold

Magazines, reference books, and newspapers for information, book reviews, and research.

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia

Multimedia encyclopedia featuring animations, videos, and more. In-Library use only.

InfoTrac Power Search

Search multiple sources simultaneously. The General Reference Center Gold, General Business File, Health Reference Center Academic, Opposing Viewpoints Reference Center, and the Virtual Reference Library are all included in this multiple search tool. Search them all together, or one at a time, and retrieve journal and magazine articles, reference book articles, and multimedia material.

New Book of Popular Science

A science encyclopedia geared to students. In-Library use only.

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.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Primary source information about important social issues. Explore issues from all perspectives with newspaper and magazine articles, essays, biographies, court case overviews, podcasts, and more.

Popular Culture Universe

An authoritative, digital library of information on American and world popular culture from the 1900s to the present.  Browse by decade or search by item or event.

Virtual Reference Library

Electronic editions of over 200 encyclopedias and other reference books for children and adults. May be searched individually or together. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Information and Publishing, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, Social Science.

Legal

Lexis Nexis Library Express

Over 6,000 news, business, and legal sources including the New York Times, law reviews, legal cases and hundreds more. Use the Company Dossier module to retrieve detailed company information and financial performance measures or identify and compare companies matching specific criteria. Legal information is available in-library only.

Library Catalogs

WorldCat

Books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Local

Record Information Services - Illinois Public Records (REMOTE ACCESS)

Search real estate transactions, foreclosures & auctions, new businesses and bankruptcies in Illinois.

Music

American Song

The history of American music in an online music listening service. The collection contains the African American Song collection.

Classical Music Library

Classical music recordings for listening and learning. You can browse by Composer, Artist, Conductor, Ensemble, Instrument, Genre, Period, or Label.

Contemporary World Music

Music from all regions from every continent such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and more.

Freegal

 A downloadable and streaming music service. Highland Park library card required.  

hoopla

A downloadable and streaming music service that provides access to music as well as movies, television shows, and audiobooks. A Highland Park library card is required.

Music Online

Music Online is an interface to the following databases American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, and Smithsonian Global Sound.

 
Smithsonian Global Sound

This collection features American Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Old Time Country, American Indian, World, Jazz, Classical & Broadway, Spoken Word & Sounds, & Children's music.

Newspapers and Magazines

Chicago Tribune Article Database

Full-text articles from 1985 to the present

Chicago Tribune Digital Microfilm

Browse the full content of the Chicago Tribune, from 2008 onward.  Not searchable.

Chicago Tribune Historical Newspaper

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

eLibrary Plus

Full-text newspapers, magazines, international newswires, maps, photographs, and television and  radio transcripts.

General Business File

Company profiles, Investext brokerage reports, and magazine articles on companies, industries, and business topics. This database contains the same periodicals as the Business and Company Resource Center with an older interface.

General Reference Center Gold

Magazines, reference books, and newspapers for information, book reviews, and research.

InfoTrac Power Search

Search multiple sources simultaneously. The General Reference Center Gold, General Business File, Health Reference Center Academic, Opposing Viewpoints Reference Center, and the Virtual Reference Library are all included in this multiple search tool. Search them all together, or one at a time, and retrieve journal and magazine articles, reference book articles, and multimedia material.

Lexis Nexis Library Express

Over 6,000 news, business, and legal sources including the New York Times, law reviews, legal cases and hundreds more. Use the Company Dossier module to retrieve detailed company information and financial performance measures or identify and compare companies matching specific criteria. Legal information is available in-library only.

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.

Wall Street Journal

Full text  of national and international financial and hard news. Coverage: 1982-current. Note: Stock quotes and charts are not included.

Zinio

Access 60 + popular magazines cover-to-cover on your computer or tablet. Visit Zinio to get started or take a look at our step-by-step instructions.Read more.

 

Download the app:​

iOS | Android | Kindle Fire | Blackberry | Windows Phone | Windows 8

Science

National Geographic Magazine Archive 1888-current

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

New Book of Popular Science

A science encyclopedia geared to students. In-Library use only.

Science Resource Center

An in-depth, curriculum-oriented database that provides a one-stop resource for all science-related research needs. Includes full-text articles, reference books, and more.

Teen Health

Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module

New interface to Health Reference Center.  Magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories and information on topics of health and wellness.   online tour 

Telephone-E-mail Directories

Reference USA

Look up addresses, phone, numbers, and information about U.S. companies. Also good for creating mailing lists.

Travel

CultureGrams

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.