A-Z List

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Academic Search Premier

This multi-disciplinary database provides active full text for more than 3,100 journals, including active full text for nearly 2,750 peer-reviewed journals.

Access World News
Article and topic search drawing from newspapers around the world.

America’s Historical Newspapers
Historical newspaper articles and obituaries search.


Search for ancestors in census and other genealogical records from around the world. NOTE: Ancestry is only available within the library.

APS Journals

American Physical Society journals. NOTE: APS Journals is only available within the library.


Full text and citations from journal articles.

Auto Repair Source

Repair manuals for foreign and domestic cars. Depending on the model these go back to 1974. Manual pages are printable or view on a screen.


BBC Landmark Video Collection

HD collection of BBC nature documentaries including Planet Earth and Blue Planet. Currently only available in the library.


Chicagoland News Sources
Articles from Chicago area papers.

Chicago Sun-Times
Text archives from 1986, image edition 2018 to current.

Chicago Tribune Historical
Archives from 1849 to 1984.

ClasePeriodica (español)

Science and humanities from Latin American journals.

Consumer Health Complete

Provides access to health and medical information from medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.


Web friendly reviews and ratings for consumer products. For printer friendly version please search Explora.


Tutorials for DIY crafters, creators and artists. Includes patterns and some project lists.


Driving Tests
Rules of the Road and sample driving tests for cars, motorcycles, and the CDL.

Language learning tool.



Scholarly journals


Education and teaching journals


One-stop, first-step in a research project. Simultaneously search six sources. Full text Consumer Reports.


Examine.com analyzes and summarizes the latest scientific research to help you be healthier.



In library use only access to FamilySearch’s genealogical records. Note: you will need to create a personalized account to use this resource.

First Search

Includes ArticleFirst, ClasePeriodica, Eco, Eric, Government Publications Office, Medline and WorldCat

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

25,000 entry general encyclopedia.


Gale Courses
Six-week online continuing education classes. Classes cover many topics from computer software and COMPTIA preparation to Genealogy, PMP and more.


Explore your family history with U.S. obituaries and death notices for genealogical research from 1704-today. Coverage includes all 50 states and original obituary images.

Heritage Quest

Search for American ancestors.

History Reference Center

Comprehensive full text history source featuring content from more than 1620 reference books and encyclopedias, 150 history focused periodicals, 57,000 historical documents. Provides biographies, photos, maps, and historical videos.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Articles and videos about 140 different hobbies from Antiques to Wreathmaking.

Home Improvement Reference Center

Magazine and reference book articles to help home-owners with thousands of projects including plumbing, outdoors, woodworking, electrical, and decorating.


Learning Express Library

Books and sample tests for SAT and ACT test preparation, GED, workplace skills and citizenship exams.

Lerner Maker Lab

Kid friendly projects, crafts, and recipes using commonly available household supplies.

LinkedIn Learning
Learn technology, creative and business skills. Was Lynda.com. Access through the app requires that you enter an invitation link, please use ‘www.linkedin.com/learning-login/go/indiantrails’.

Literary Reference Center

Provides book reviews, author interviews, and critical essays on authors from Edward Abby to Timothy Zahn and their works.


Mango Languages

Learn to speak over 70 languages with self-paced lessons.


Watch classical music concerts, operas, ballets, and Jazz performances. Includes some live events so make sure to look at the calendar.


Medicine, dentistry and nursing journals; most aimed at medical professionals.


Newspaper archives including the Daily Herald, Post-Tribune, Wheeling Countryside and more.


Updated Associated Press news.

Novelist Plus

Find read-alikes for your favorite books, book discussion guides, lists of award-winning novels and more.

Novelist K-8

Read-alikes, award-winning titles and more.


Points of View Reference Center

A guide for debating, developing arguments, writing position papers, and devloping critical thinking skills by providing full scope discussions of controversial subjects.


Hundreds of current newspaper issues from around the world.

Proquest Newsstand

Articles from many U.S. major dailies, including Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.


Record Information Services

Chicago area information on real estate transactions, new businesses, foreclosures and bankruptcies. Includes Fast Background Check. Note: Does not work with mobile phones, please use a computer or tablet.

Reference Solutions

A national directory with powerful search tools built in. Was called Reference USA.


Scholastic Teachables
Ready-to-use worksheets and forms for parents and teachers to use with their K-8 students.

Science Reference Center

Biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife are all covered in this database of hundreds of full text science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.


Tumble Book Library
E-books, puzzles, videos and games for youth.


One-on-one homework help from certified tutors in a variety of subjects. Also includes personalized resume reviews and career coaching for non-students.


Value Line

Investment data, tools, and analysis;
How to find company reports



Catalog of library holdings from around the world.