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Arts & Humanities

Arts & Humanities Resources

Academic Search Premier

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Multidisciplinary research database, providing acclaimed full-text journals, magazines and other valuable resources.

 

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American Book Prices Current

American Book Prices Current

Use at Home? No

Description: ABPC is an essential tool for buying, selling and evaluating books, serials, autographs, manuscripts, broadsides, maps and documents, based on actual auction prices in the U.S. and abroad.

 

American Book Prices Current will stop publishing in early December 2022.

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American History

American History from ABC-CLIO

Use at Home? Yes

Description: From the explorers of the Americas to today’s headlines, investigate the people, events, and themes of our nation’s evolution.

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American National Biography

American National Biography Online

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Info on over 18,700 American men and women–from all eras and walks of life–whose lives have shaped the nation. Only deceased persons are profiled.

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Statewide Illinois Library Catalog

Article First

Use at Home? Yes

Description: OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals.

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AtoZ Food America

AtoZ Food America

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Covers food culture for six US regions, all 50 states, and 33 ethnic cuisines. Contains recipes in all course categories (appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, snacks, and beverages), and articles such as Classic Dishes, State Foods, Top Agricultural Products, Special Occasion Foods, Ethnic and Geographic Influences, Special Ingredients, and Food Trivia.

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AtoZ World Food

AtoZ World Food

Use at Home? Yes

Description: AtoZ World Food is the only food database that contains traditional recipes for 174 countries of the world in all course categories: appetizers, soups, salads, breads, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages.

 

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Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Open Access collection of primary documents from 1790 to the modern day detailing the black struggle for freedom in the United States.

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Booklist

Booklist

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Book review journal of the American Library Association, connecting library and education workers to the books and resources needed to support and enrich their communities.

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Books in Print

Books in Print

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Search the availability of current books, audio and video in a database of millions of titles. Also contains full text reviews from standard magazines.

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Britannica Library

Britannica Library

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Complete encyclopedia with related Internet links, best websites rated by EB editors, Britannica’s Lives and the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary.

 

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Britannica for Children

Britannica Library for Children

Use at Home? Yes

Description: All the resources found in Encyclopaedia Britannica, plus special online learning materials for students, in grades K-8.

 

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Chelsea House

Chelsea House Biographies

Use at Home? Yes

Description: In-depth looks at people who have shaped our world.  World leaders, sports stars, popular icons, writers, legends of the old west, and many more.

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Statewide Illinois Library Catalog

Clase Periodica

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Indexes documents published in Latin American journals covering social sciences and humanities as well as science and technology.

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Core Collections

Core Collections

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Contains six key H. W. Wilson collection development titles – Children’s Core CollectionFiction Core CollectionGraphic Novels Core CollectionMiddle and Junior High Core CollectionPublic Library Core Collection Non-fiction, and Senior High Core Collection in an easily searchable interface.

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Creativebug

Creativebug

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Unlimited access to more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

 

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Credo

Credo

Use at Home? Yes

Description: An online platform that combines reliable, citable reference content with your library’s resources and helps you to do faster, more effective research.

 

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Daily Life Through History

Daily Life Through History

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Discover details about past eras that make historical accounts relevant and meaningful from their modern-day perspectives.

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EBSCO

EBSCO Essentials

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Open Access journals available through EBSCO’s free search engine.

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Statewide Illinois Library Catalog

Electronic Books

Use at Home? Yes

Description: OCLC catalog of online electronic books available through libraries worldwide.

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Statewide Illinois Library Catalog

Electronic Collections Online

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Abstracts and selected full text of scholarly journals from 1995 to present, covering subjects such as business, education, geography and law.

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Statewide Illinois Library Catalog

ERIC

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Contains annotated references to education related articles from 1966 to the present.

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Britannica Escolar

Escolar

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Descripción: Enciclopedia de Britannica para estudiantes de 6 a 12 años de edad.

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FactCite: The Lincoln Library Online

FactCite – American and World Biography

Use at Home? Yes

Description: 10,000 biographies of famous people from around the world. More than 2,000 illustrations.

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FactCite: The Lincoln Library Online

FactCite – American History

Use at Home? Yes

Description: More than 6,000 illustrated articles of people, places, and events in American history.

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FactCite: The Lincoln Library Online

FactCite – Biography for Beginners

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Illustrated biographies written especially for beginning and striving readers.

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FactCite: The Lincoln Library Online

FactCite – Defining Moments in U.S. History

Use at Home? Yes

Description: This resource for middle school students and above explores the historical context and consequences of 30 defining moments in United States history, such as the Battle of Gettysburg, the Great War and the Jazz Age and the Attack on Pearl Harbor. Each event is treated in detail and supplemented with primary source documents, timelines, biographies, reading lists, glossaries, and photographs.

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FactCite: The Lincoln Library Online

FactCite – Greek and Roman Mythology

Use at Home? Yes

Description: 500 articles on Greek and Roman mythological figures with more than 300 illustrations.

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FactCite: The Lincoln Library Online

Fact Cite – The Lincoln Library

Use at Home? Yes

Description: American History – More than 6,000 illustrated articles of people, places, and events in American history.

 

Biography for Beginners – Illustrated biographies written especially for beginning and striving readers.

 

Greek & Roman Mythology – 500 articles on Greek and Roman mythological figures with more than 300 illustrations.

 

U.S. & World Biography – 10,000 biographies of famous people from around the world. More than 2,000 illustrations.

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Statewide Illinois Library Catalog

First Search (OCLC)

Use at Home? No

Description: Scholarly and general content covering a wide variety of topics including health, education, technology, business, and the social sciences.

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FreedomFlix

FreedomFlix

Use at Home? Yes

Description: This American History resource includes e-books from Scholastic’s Cornerstones of Freedom series. Each is paired with nonfiction videos and links to related websites. Topics include: Revolutionary Era, Our Democracy, Westward Expansion, Immigration, Slavery and the Civil War, Economy, the 20th Century, Today’s World and War.

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Freegal

Freegal

Use at Home? Yes

Formats Available: Music

Description: Free unlimited streaming of music from the entire Sony Music catalog plus thousands of independent artists; also download up to 5 DRM-free tracks per week

 

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Gale eBooks

Gale eBooks

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Contains the full text of hundreds of reference books on a wide variety of subjects, including history, business, medicine, science and humanities. Includes tables of content, indexes and illustrations.

 

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Gale General OneFile

Gale General OneFile

Use at Home? Yes

Description: General interest articles on current events, science, entertainment, the arts, etc.

 

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Gale In Context Biography

Gale In Context: Biography

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Authoritative reference content, magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure researchers have access to the very latest information.

 

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Gale In Context Opposing Viewpoints

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Use at Home? Yes

Description: More than 19,600 pro/con viewpoints, plus 300+ profiles of federal agencies and special-interest groups and special coverage of the annual debate topic determined by the National Speech and Debate Association; content includes full-text newspapers and periodicals from multiple perspectives, including National ReviewThe New York TimesThe Washington PostCommentary, and CNN Wire

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Gale Literature

Gale Literature

Use at Home? Yes

Description: One-stop shopping for literary assignments and information. Contains criticism, primary sources, literary and cultural analysis, and biographies.

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History Reference Center

History Reference Center

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Covering both U.S. and world history topics, History Reference Center is a full-text database featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents.

 

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History Study Center

History Study Center

Use at Home? Yes

Description: This targeted collection of full-text journals and popular magazines provides expansive coverage of a wide range of global historical topics and themes.

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Has patterns, articles, and information on everything from amateur radio to knitting to woodworking.

 

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Hoopla

Hoopla Digital

Use at Home? Yes

Formats Available: Audiobooks, eBooks, Magazines, Music, Video

Description: Stream or download up to 10 titles per month in a variety of forms. Videos check out for 3 days, Binge Passes and Music for 7 days, eBooks and Audiobooks for 21 days.

 

The library has a daily allotment of checkouts from Hoopla. If you receive a message that the daily limit has been reached, all available checkouts have been used for the day. The next day’s allotment resets at midnight.

 

If you receive an error message from Hoopla about your account settings, please visit the Hoopla settings menu and re-enter your library card number and PIN. If you do not know your PIN, please contact the reference department at 630-584-0076 x1.

 

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Illinois Digital Archive Jesse White Secretary of State

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Use at Home? Yes

Description: St. Charles, Kane County and Illinois local history documents, maps and photos.

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WorldCat Discovery

Illinois Libraries Group Catalog

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Use WorldCat Discovery to search the holdings of libraries across the state of Illinois.

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Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy

Journal of Intellectual Freedom & Privacy

Use at Home? Yes

Description: From the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, keep up to date with news of book bannings and censorship, new policies and reports from the Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Freedom to Read Foundation, and read peer-reviewed articles on privacy and intellectual freedom.

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Kanopy

Kanopy

Use at Home? Yes

Formats Available: Video

Description: 10 play credits per month to view movies (checkout for 3 days) or series (checkout for 7 days); a mix of award-winning feature films, documentaries, and educational content, including Criterion Collection titles and The Great Courses.

 

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Literary Reference Center powered by EBSCOHost

Literary Reference Center

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Full-text literary database covering all genres and timeframes, including thousands of synopses, critical essays, book reviews, literary journals and author biographies, plus full-text classic novels, short stories and poems.

 

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EBSCO

Magazines & Newspapers Publication Finder

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Find out what magazines, journals, and newspapers the Library subscribes to online, and then link to the correct database to read articles or issues.

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MasterFILE Premier

MasterFILE Premier

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.

 

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Merriam-Webster Britannica Digital Learning Unabridged

Merriam-Webster Unabridged

Use at Home? Yes

Description: The largest, most comprehensive American dictionary currently available in print or online, built on the solid foundation of Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged and containing new and revised entries while staff are actively engaged in creating an entirely new edition of the Unabridged.

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Middle Search Plus

Middle Search Plus

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Full-text database providing popular middle school magazines and reference books. Covering subjects such as history, current events, science and sports, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags.

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Britannica Moderna

Moderna

¿Usar en casa? Sí

Descripción: La enciclopedia más comprensiva de la lengua española, con los artículos, fotos e imágenes, mapas y tablas.

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Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library

Use at Home? Yes

Formats Available: Music

Description: Unlimited streaming of classical, jazz, world, and folk music.

 

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Naxos Sheet Music

Naxos Sheet Music Library

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Find 45,000 classical sheet music titles. Some titles may be transposed online.

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NoveList K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 Plus

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Search for picture books through chapter books by author, title, series name or subject. Includes helpful educator’s tools.

 

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NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Fiction and nonfiction guide for all ages. Find read-alike books and authors, book reviews, book group discussion questions and author websites.

 

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Statewide Illinois Library Catalog

OAIster

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Millions of digital resources including books, audio files, images, movies and datasets and texts.

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Britannica Original Sources

Original Sources

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Thousands of primary source documents in history, literature, science, law, politics, religion, and more.

Original Sources
Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Offers access to the most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today including the Grove Dictionary of Art and Benezit Dictionary of Artists.

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Oxford Dictionaries

Oxford Dictionaries Online

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Includes reference works on English grammar and usage as well as translation dictionaries for languages such as Italian, Chinese, and Russian.

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OED Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Search the authority on the English language. An unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 500,000 words, both present and past.

 

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Oxford Reference

Oxford Reference

Use at Home? Yes

Description: In-depth, specialist content from Oxford’s award-winning Encyclopedias and Companions, as well as a critical selection of partner publishers’ scholarly works – over 300,000 free Overview pages, 275 free Timelines, and featured topical entries available on Oxford Reference providing you with a full research pathway.

 

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Statewide Illinois Library Catalog

Papers First

Use at Home? Yes

Description: OCLC index of papers presented at conferences worldwide.

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PebbleGo

PebbleGo

Use at Home? Yes

Description: PebbleGo Biographies, PebbleGo Earth and Space and PebbleGo Social Studies are resources designed especially for students in grades K-3. They include photographs, videos and educational games.

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Points of View Reference Center

Points of View Reference Center

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

 

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Pop Culture Universe

Pop Culture Universe

Use at Home? Yes

Description: An irresistible yet authoritative digital database on popular culture in America and the world, both past and present. Great for decades or history projects.

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Primary Search

Primary Search

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Designed for elementary school libraries, Primary Search is a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness and space exploration.

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Statewide Illinois Library Catalog

Proceedings First

Use at Home? Yes

Description: An OCLC index of worldwide conference proceedings.

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Salem History

Salem History

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Contains great historical reference books including: Great Lives From HistoryThe Decades In America, and Milestone Documents. A great place to start your research.

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Salem Literature

Salem Literature

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Contains the series Critical Survey and Masterplots, great resources for plot summaries, author biographies, and outlines of the major themes discussed in literary works.

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Scholastic BookFlix

Scholastic BookFlix

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Online literacy resource that pairs classic fictional video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks. Reinforces core reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration. Includes helpful educator’s tools.

 

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Scholastic go!

Scholastic Go!

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Incorporates Grolier Online databases, including Amazing Animals, America the Beautiful, American Heritage Children’s Dictionary, American Heritage Children’s Thesaurus, Lands and People, New Book of Knowledge and New Book of Popular Science.

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Shakespeare Survey

Shakespeare Survey

Use at Home? Yes

Description: A great resource from Cambridge University Press for students and Shakespeare lovers. Since 1948 Survey has published the best international scholarship in English, and many of its essays have become classics of Shakespeare criticism. Each volume is devoted to a theme, or play, or group of plays. The books are illustrated with a variety of Shakespearean images and production photographs.

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World Book Online

World Book Online

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Start here for background research on any topic. Articles are updated with current events information, useful links on the Internet, a monthly calendar of important dates and a Today in History feature.

 

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World Book Online

World Book: La Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

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Descripción: Características incluyen artículos, secuencia (fechas) de eventos, mapas y bases de datos interactivas (recursos electrónicos).

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World History The Modern Era

World History: The Modern Era

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Latest update of electronic history reference materials for high school and high-level middle school coursework covering history from the Renaissance to day.

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WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery

Use at Home? Yes

Description: Locate books, periodicals, computer programs, films, maps, sound recordings, videotapes, dissertations and other formats in thousands of libraries worldwide.

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Statewide Illinois Library Catalog

Worldcat Dissertations and Theses

Use at Home? Yes

Description: A database of all dissertations and theses available in WorldCat

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