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Newspaper, magazine, and academic articles on biology, economics, communications, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts and literature, and medicine. Tutorial

Over 30,000 genealogical and local history databases. This resource is only accessible from inside the library. Tutorial

Thousands of international recipes and fascinating culture and ingredient articles!

Information for most vehicles from 1974 to the present.


Read and interact with classic picture books for preschoolers to third grade readers. Tutorial

More than 130,000 book reviews for librarians, book groups, and book lovers—from the trusted experts at the American Library Association.

Live homework help from tutors 7 days a week, from 2:00–11:00 p.m.

English Tutorial 1

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Spanish Tutorial

Text from over 2,100 business journals on topics such as management, marketing, economics, finance, accounting, and international business.


Look up public records in northern Illinois.

Reviews and recommendations for service and retail providers throughout Chicago. Charts showing service quality and prices charged accompany each article.

Full text of the newspaper 1849 to the present.

Images, videos, and full-text articles. Tutorial

Product ratings, reviews, recommendations, brand reliability, and buying advice. Tutorial

Creativebug is an all ages crafting resource with video tutorials on everything from knitting and crocheting to art and design for crafters of all experience levels. There are also downloadable patterns, templates, and recipes at your fingertips. Tutorial

*Creativebug requires you to make a free user profile. This will allow you to participate in discussion forms. Your posts will be visible to other users and the general public. Creativebug will also display your profile in a list of users who have taken a course. The creation of your user profile is the acceptance of these terms. For more information, review Creativebug's privacy policy.


Interactive map of properties identified as historic landmark homes in Downers Grove.

Our oldest newspapers are now viewable online. Search the archive by name, place, or keyword.

Illinois specific car, motorcycle, and CDL practice tests.


Articles and conference papers related to all areas of education.

Comprehensive library from the U.S. Department of Education. Tutorial

Resources for educators.

Research tool for grades K - 5.

Research tool for grades 5 - 8. 


Historical records maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Includes Medline for health and ERIC for education research.

Read 75 popular magazines from cover to cover on your computer or mobile device. No limits or wait times! Tutorial


Explore more than 300 full-text reference books with one search. Tutorial

Provides periodical and news information from 12,000 titles through an intuitive, user-friendly search interface. 

Biographical information on people from around the world and throughout history. Includes all entries from Contemporary Authors.

History, literature, science, and social studies articles aimed at middle and high school students.

Customs, religion, language, dress, diet, and lifestyle on people of many countries


Genealogical and historical records for more than 60 countries.

Full-text articles, biographies of historical figures, photos, and documents.


Legal forms and full text of Nolo books on popular legal topics.

LexisNexis is now Nexis Uni.

Literary criticism, plot summaries, book reviews, author biographies, literary journal articles, and full-text poems and short stories.

Renowned software training tool. Learn to retouch photos, design websites, record songs, create spreadsheets, animate 3D graphics, and more. Tutorial.

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Teaches over 60 languages. Tutorial

Full-text articles from 1,700 periodicals, 500 reference books, and 100,000 primary source documents. Includes reference, business, health, education, science, and multicultural issues and an image collection of photos, maps, and flags.

Independent and in-depth recommendations on mutual funds, stocks, and exchange traded funds. Tutorial

Genealogical records from all over the world.

Genealogical records from all over the world.


Search Chicago Tribune 1849-current, The Wall Street Journal 1984-current, The Washington Post 1987-current, The New York Times 1980-current, and Los Angeles Times 1985-current full text at once. Or click Publications in the top menu to browse individual newspaper content.

Formerly LexisNexis Library Express. Legal and business information, as well as news resources and trade publications.

In-library access

Remote/at-home access

Find good reads for kids by searching age, subject, plot summary, and more.

Book reviews, recommendations, and read-alikes for your favorite titles and authors. Tutorial


Learn to use library online resources.


Full-text essays representing opposing viewpoints on important social and medical issues. Use for debates and developing argumentative reports.

Interactive source with reliable information for grades 3-6.

Interactive source with reliable information for grades 3-6.

Interactive source with reliable information for grades 3-6.

New homeowners, businesses, foreclosures, sales, and bankruptcies in DuPage, Cook, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties.

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Directory of 13 million businesses, residential listings, and telephone numbers in the US. Tutorial



Animals, science, US states, and more. Grade articles and reference material, images, videos, and websites. For students in grade 2 to 8 with a search engine interface. 

Covers more than 30 subjects in all areas of science using video, articles, and interactive content including experiments.

Articles on biology, chemistry, earth and space, environment, health and medicine, life science, physics, technology, and wildlife.


Offers info about science and social science content with videos, audio clips, images, and related websites.



Explore hundreds of animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. Tutorial


Statistics and forecasts for investors on stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertible securities. Tutorial


A personalized Medicare Supplement Insurance Planner with step-by-step guidance on how to select a Medigap insurance plan, which plans are right for you, and which insurance company has the lowest rates. Tutorial

Global information and current events.

Catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.