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    The reference section has gone digital! You can access these reference materials any time, day or night, with the links below.  Some resources are password protected, so you will need to ask a Media Specialist for the password while you are at school.

    Books and Authors

    Booklist Online
    Read book reviews, create lists of titles you want to read, discover blogs about reading and book groups, and more, with this online version of the American Library Association's trade journal, Booklist. 
    Books & Authors
    Looking for a good book, but not sure where to start? Books & Authors allows readers to search genre fiction and essential non-fiction by character, subject, location, and time period. Based on data from the popular What Do I Read Next? collection, this easy-to-use tool offers readalikes and other recommendations.   
    Contemporary Authors
    Provides complete biographical and bibliographical information and references on all of the more than 120,000 U.S. and international authors whose entries appear in Contemporary Authors and Contemporary Authors New Revision Series. Updated monthly, Contemporary Authors allows users to search for an author by name, title of work, nationality, date and place of birth and death, subject/genre, personal and career information, awards and honors, and more. 
    Contemporary Literary Criticism - Select
    Contemporary Literary Criticism--Select is an extensive collection of more than 11,000 critical essays on contemporary authors. Each CLC--Select entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, a list of principal works, critical essays, and sources for further study. Updated monthly, Contemporary Literary Criticism--Select allows users to search by author name, title of work, nationality, subject/genre, ethnicity, critic name, and more. 
    NoveList K-8 Plus
    Novelist K-8 assists young fiction readers in finding new authors and titles.  This resource is filled with recommended reading lists.  Check here for lexile levels for most titles.
    NoveList Plus
    Electronic readers' advisory resource which assists fiction readers of all ages in finding new authors and titles.
    Online Book Clubs
    Join our Online Book Clubs and start reading books in your email. Each day you will receive a 5-minute portion of a book.  Sign up today and start reading tomorrow.
    Scribner Writers Series
    Scribner Writers Series includes 15-20 page signed essays on more than 2,000 authors and literary genres drawn from the acclaimed Scribner print series. 
    WorldCat
    WorldCat is the closest thing there is to a nationwide online library catalog. If we cannot find an item for you locally, we can extend the search throughout the State of Illinois, and even beyond Illinois to the entire United States. Note: Some InterLibrary Loans may come with a postage charge, depending on the location of the lending library.

    Business

    Encyclopedia of Associations
    Available through the Gale Directory Library, the Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S. covers over 25,000 U.S. membership organizations of a national scope.
    Financial Ratings Series
    Offers online financial strength ratings and financial planning tools covering banks, credit unions, and insurance companies.  Provided by Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings
    Record Information Services
    Scroll through Chicagoland's public records. Real estate transactions, mortgages, foreclosures, and more. Keep an eye on housing values in your community and help safeguard your biggest investment - your home. Sort by name, city, zip code, and more. Record Information Services is a 17 year old data compiler of public records serving the Chicagoland area. 
    Reference USA
    US Businesses/Employers USA: Search for U.S. businesses and employers
    US New Businesses: Search for new businesses
    US Standard White Page: Search the US Standard White pages of over 80 million residents
    Canadian White Pages: Search the Canadian White Pages
    U.S. Consumers/Lifestyle: Search over 203 consumers

    Education & Careers

    LearningExpress Library
    Based on official tests, LearningExpressLibrary.com provides online practice examinations for the SAT, ACT, ASVAB, GED, and Civil Service careers, along with Adult Basic Skills quizzes covering reading, grammar, and math.  Tests are scored immediately and evaluations highlight strengths and weaknesses.
    Mango Languages
    Mango is an online language-learning system teaching practical conversation skills for a variety of popular languages including Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian, Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, and more.
    Tutor.Com
    Connect to a live tutor using Tutor.com. For students in Kindergarten-12th grade, college introduction level students, and adult learners. Available from 2-9 p.m. 7 days a week.
    Tutor.Com: Adult Education and Career Center
    Get help with resume writing and review, job search and interview prep, GED prep, and academic support.
    Tutor.Com: College Center
    For students in community college, four year college or pursuing their GED.  Includes job search and writing assistance.
    Tutor.Com: K-12 Student Center
    Connect to a live tutor using Homework Help.  For students Kindergarten-12th grade, college introduction level students, and adult learners.  Available from 2-9 p.m. 7 days a week.

    Genealogy

    Ancestry Library
    Search from over 2 billion names in US Census and Genealogy records.
    Ancestry Library is only available from within the Library
    HeritageQuest Online
    Combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI Genealogy and Local History collection. This online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical hobbyists and professionals.


    Recursos en Espanol

    Catálogo en línea
    Localiza, reserva materiales y revisa tu cuenta de la biblioteca para renovar préstamos con nuestro catálogo en español.
    Enciclopedia Juvenil
    Bienvenido a la Enciclopedia Juvenil. Utiliza este recurso para investigar o navegar en busca de información en la enciclopedia o para encontrar palabras en el diccionario.
    Homework Help
    Recursos académicos e instrucción particular para estudiantes K-12 con tutores certificados.  Ayuda con la tarea, el estudio, proyectos, preparación para exámenes en los temas de base: Ingles, matemáticas, y ciencias.  
    Homework Help: Centro de carreras
    Instrucción particular para adultos con tutores certificados.  Si quiere regresar a la escuela, si necesita ayuda con el examen de la ciudadanía, o consejos sobre su currículum vitae el centro de carreras le ayudara cumplir sus objetivos.      
    Learning Express Library: Recursos para hispanohablantes
    Desde mejorar su lectura, escritura y habilidades matemáticas hasta la preparación del examen GED, los recursos que encontrará aquí lo ayudarán a lograr sus metas. (Se necesita un usuario y codigo para ingresar al sitio)

    Research, Newspapers, and Magazines

    Argus, Villa Park
    Date Range: (1/26/2009 - Current)
    Chicago Sun-Times
    Date Range: (1/1/1986 - Current)
    Chicago Tribune
    Comprehensive coverage back to 1985 is available for the Chicago Tribune through ProQuest.
    Chicago Tribune Historical Archive
    Included are * Obituaries and Death Notices (2.5 million) - very unique data covering 1860-1984, including front-page obituaries for notables from Chicago and worldwide. * Chicago Tribune Morgue clippings file (nearly 3 million) - major stories covering events and issues clipped and indexed by the Chicago Tribune staff at time of publication. Coverage is from the 1920's through 1984. * Front pages (16,614 pages containing over 155,000 articles) - image of entire front page as it appeared when published from the early 1900 through 1984.
    Consumer Reports
    Known as one of the most trusted resources for information and  advice on consumer products, this award-winning website contains  information that enables consumers to make better purchasing  decisions on the products they are shopping for. 
    Daily Herald
    Date Range: (1/1/1995 - Current)
    Encyclopaedia Britannica
    Encyclopedia of Associations
    Available through the Gale Directory Library, the Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S. covers over 25,000 U.S. membership organizations of a national scope.
    FirstSearch (OCLC)
    Several separate databases covering fulltext magazine articles, Medline, ERIC educational resources, conference proceedings, and a very large database of library holdings in the United States.
    General Reference Center
    A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center to find articles from magazines, reference books, and newspapers, many with full-text and images. Find articles on current events, popular culture, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.
    InfoTrac Web
    A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface, including Contemporary Authors; Contemporary Literary Criticism; Scribner Writers Series; Health & Wellness Resource Center; and General Reference Center.
    Newspapers (Newsbank)
    Chicago Area Newspapers including the Chicago Sun Times, Daily Herald, and Villa Park Argus.
    Spanish Resource Center
    Este portal le ofrece recursos de referencia en español para todas las edades en dos interfaces exclusivos — cada uno con una enciclopedia adaptada al lector: Enciclopedia Universal en Español para High School (edad de 14+) y la Enciclopedia Juvenil para edades de 6-12 años.

    Youth and  Homework

    BookFlix
    BookFlix is a reading resource that pairs 90 high-quality videos of storybooks with related nonfiction books.  This resource,for children in grades PreK - 3, can help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills while also enjoying themselves.  A Spanish-language version of 44 books is included.   Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Villa Park.
    Enciclopedia Juvenil
    Bienvenido a la Enciclopedia Juvenil. Utiliza este recurso para investigar o navegar en busca de información en la enciclopedia o para encontrar palabras en el diccionario.
    Encyclopaedia Britannica for Kids
    Encyclopaedia Britannica For Kids is an essential homework helper. Find relevant encyclopedia articles, learning activities, games and videos for grades 1 through 9.  Subjects covered include Math, English, Science, Social Studies, and the Arts.  
    NoveList K-8 Plus
    Novelist K-8 assists young fiction readers in finding new authors and titles.  This resource is filled with recommended reading lists.  Check here for lexile levels for most titles.
    Spanish Resource Center
    Este portal le ofrece recursos de referencia en español para todas las edades en dos interfaces exclusivos — cada uno con una enciclopedia adaptada al lector: Enciclopedia Universal en Español para High School (edad de 14+) y la Enciclopedia Juvenil para edades de 6-12 años.
    Tutor.Com
    Connect to a live tutor using Tutor.com. For students in Kindergarten-12th grade, college introduction level students, and adult learners. Available from 2-9 p.m. 7 days a week.
Last Modified on November 29, 2018