Online Databases with Descriptions

Below is detailed list of searchable databases available for use at the library or from home.

AtoZ databases
Premier Reference and Marketing Databases including 30 million business profiles & 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

AtoZ The USA
Important facts about all 50 states and 5 U.S. territories. Flags, maps, history, climate, symbols, crossword puzzles, historic photos, and so much more.

AtoZ World Travel
Online travel guides for 202 world cities accessible anywhere and reports customizable to your needs. Palos Heights Public Library patrons will need to put in your bar code number starting with 21965.

Academic Search Premier
This resource provides full-text scholarly content for major college courses.  Designed specifically for academic institutions, this database provides full-text and peer-reviewed journals essential for undergraduate and graduate studies.

Amazing Animals
This is a wonderful resource for children to learn about all of the species of animals.
More than one and a half billion names in over 4,000 databases. It includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists; and more. This can only be accessed in the library.

Auto Repair Reference Center
This database contains do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added to the product on a regular basis. All of the content has been created by ASE certified technicians.

Biography Reference Center
Containing many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines, this database offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies, as well as thousands of unique narrative biographies. This resource provides superior coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography (both dating back to the first issue published). In addition to keyword searching, users can locate biographies of interest by browsing key categories, including occupation, nationality, publication, and more than 30 genre categories, including actors, artists, authors, current world leaders, explorers, religious leaders and many more.

brainhqlogoBrain HQ
BrainHQ is an online suite of 27 exercises with 840+ levels of training organized around the 6 core cognitive areas of Attention, Brain Speed, Memory, People Skills, Intelligence and Navigation. Exercises are delivered in short 2 minute or less segments, adapting speed and delivery to your performance. A private, personal dashboard visualizes your performance and provides feedback and suggestions on areas of focus.

Business Source Premier
Business Source Premier is the industry's most popular business research database, featuring the full text for more than 2,200 journals. Full text is provided back to 1965, and searchable cited references back to 1998.

Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Tribune (1985-current) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

Consumer Health Complete
Consumer Health Complete is the single-most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.
The largest paid-publication subscription-based website in the world, this resource enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for. Whether a user is looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV, or researching the top-recommended used vehicles, provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

CultureGrams Online
A database that provides great information about countries throughout the world from what they eat and wear to climate and government. It is especially useful for students and travelers. The login is palos and the password is cgrams.

Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.

Driver Education Program
Free DMV Pratice Tests. 10 car practice tests, 6 motorcycle practice tests, 1 CDL (Commercial Driver's License) practice test, 2 online driver's manual (car and motorcycle) and an FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.

eRead Illinois
Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 is a digital media platform, providing libraries and their patrons with a state-of-the-art system for circulating digital ebooks from the eRead Illinois shared collection for Illinois libraries. Patrons can download ebooks across a number of devices including iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows, NOOK® and Sony ReaderTM devices, and many more.

Explora Primary Schools
Aimed for the primary school student, this is a user-friendly interface for content found in Searchasaurus and Kids Search, including top videos from the Associated Press.

Explora Secondary Schools
Aimed for the secondary school student, this is a user-friendly interface for content found in the Student Resource Center, including top videos from the Associated Press.

Explora Public Libraries
Search popular magazine articles, encyclopedias, subject specific works, primary source documents, and videos. Browse topic areas for research paper ideas. (User-friendly interface for content from MasterFile Complete. Business Source Complete, Legal Reference Research Center and Consumer Health Complete, plus videos from the Associated Press.)

Find a Book
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and Illinois School Superintendent Christopher Koch are urging libraries to promote “Find a Book,” a free online book search tool that allows children and their parents to quickly and easily select books that will match a child’s reading level and interests and find their selections at their local library.

Find a Book is located at and is designed to make reading and libraries part of our children’s summertime fun. One review of the impact of summer reading loss found that children can lose up to 60 percent of their skills during a summer vacation. Children who read during the summer months, however, can sustain their reading gains and are better prepared when school resumes in the fall.

The Find a Book tool uses a child’s Lexile® measure, a measure of reading ability and text complexity derived from state standardized tests, including the ISAT. Information about Lexile® is also available at .

Families are also urged to participate in the Illinois Library Association’s iRead Summer Reading Program . This year’s iRead theme is “Have a Book — Will Travel.” Learn more at .

A group of 14 databases which helps you locate periodical articles, books, and conference proceedings. Seven of the databases have full-text articles available: ABI Inform, PeriodicalAbstracts, ArticleFirst, ECO, ERIC, MEDLINE and WilsonSelectPlus. Illinois Residents may access FirstSearch from home through the internet. Authorization: 100109095 | Password: palos2008

Freegal Music
Freegal is a downloadable music service that provides access to the catalog of artists in Sony Music Entertainment. To begin using this new service, go to our website at and enter your Palos Heights Public Library barcode. Cardholders can download three songs each week (Monday through Sunday). Starting on Monday morning each week your count will be set back to zero.

When you’re ready to download a track, click the ‘Download Now’ link, select ‘Save’ at the prompt, and designate where you want to save the song. Remember, anytime you click on the ‘Download Now’ link, even if you cancel the download, the download counts toward your weekly limit. You will be able to keep track of your downloads in the upper right corner of the site.

The downloads on this site are all in MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including the iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs. Mobile apps are also available for iOS and Android devices! 

Be sure to check out the browsing areas, especially artists A to Z (on the ‘See all Genres’ page) and the genre lists (menu bar). Click on ‘See all Genres’ to view dozens of categories. Find bands that begin with ‘The’ in their name, alphabetized under the letter ‘T.’

Heritage Quest Online
A genealogy database that enables you to search over 25,000 local history books, the U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1930, PERSI, and the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files. When accessing Heritage Quest from home, you will be asked to type in the barcode from your library card to confirm you are a Palos Heights Public Library patron.

Historical Newspapers
Trace the Revolutionary War patriot cause, Reconstruction after the Civil War, learn about a breakthrough medical discovery, the inauguration of a world leader, both world wars, the civil rights movement, experiment with a tasty new recipe, laugh at a comic strip, and experience the birth of freedom—all from one source.

History Reference Center
Designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges and undergraduate research, this database features full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.

Home Improvement Reference Center
Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering all manner of home improvement/repair projects. Home Improvement Reference Center features full-text content from leading home improvement magazines images not found anywhere else online, and videos of popular home repair projects. All of the content is organized in a powerful, easy-to-use manner so that users can quickly gain the information they need.

Homework Help Illinois (or
Connects users to Live Homework HelpR, an online tutoring service that links students in grades K-12, those in introductory-level college courses, and adult learners to expert tutors (at no charge) in math, science, social studies, and English via the Internet. This service is available seven days a week, from 2pm to 9pm. Login by using your Palos Heights Library card number.

IRS on the Web
Get tax forms and information from the IRS website.

An online catalog that includes the resources of 65 Illinois libraries belonging to CARLI, the Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries in Illinois. Materials found on I-Share can be interlibrary loaned by contacting the library.

Learning Express Library*
Each Learning Center offers practice test, exercises, skill building courses and information you need to achieve the results you want - at school, at work, or in life. You can also find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.
*Please note: URL has changed and you must re-register to use this source.

Literary Reference Center
This comprehensive, full-text database provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes—to give students, professors, and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.

Mango Languages and Little Pim
Mango Languages’ PhD-created and linguist-approved software teaches real conversations in over 60 languages and makes it fun; no snoozefests here. And with free mobile apps, learning through film, and the coolest promotional materials around, it's no wonder Mango is the most popular language-learning resource in public libraries. Little Pim is the same amazing resource, but for kids!

MasterFILE Premier
Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE Premier provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents. This database also provides an Image Collection containing photos, maps & flags. Subject areas include business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.

Media on Demand
Choose from thousands of e-books and audiobooks from Media On Demand that can be read or listened to on a PC or a variety of devices. Apps are available for the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, Android devices, and the Kindle Fire.

Morningstar Investment Research Center
Provides investment research, including stock and fund analysis, reports, and tools, as well as company, investing and financial news.

Newspaper Source
Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for more than 330 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full-text television and radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc.

NoveList Plus
NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.

Physicians Desk Reference PDR
Offers helathcare information for consumers.

Points of View Reference Center
Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides the basis from which students can realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

The Regional News Historical Database
Contains searchable copies of The Regional dating from 1941 through June of 2012.

Scholastic Go
Scholastic Go is an online encyclopedia and news magazine designed with different entry points for elementary, middle and high school students. Includes links to other web sites, clickable maps, and dictionaries.

Science Reference Center
A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text, science-oriented content. Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Tuition Funding Sources
Tuition Funding Sources is a private website designed to help students find scholarships, college and career information.  TFS offers students the largest scholarship database in the world with over $41 Billion in scholarship awards along with a career personality test and detailed college and career information.

TumbleBooks Library
TumbleBook Library is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books). TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which we have licensed from children's book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format. [user name: palosheights password: libra]

Universal Class
A comprehensive service offering access to continuing education courses covering a broad range of topics from accounting, and computer classes to reiki and gardening. Classes are self-paced and instructor-led with certified instructors available to answer questions and assess your performance. You have 24/7 access to courses by logging on through the library’s website with your library card barcode.

Value Line Research Center
Value Line is the most trusted and prestigious name in the investment field. For more than seventy-five years Value Line has been synonymous with trust, reliability, objectivity, independence, accurate information and proven performance for investors.

           Value Line Current Issue
           Publication as it appears weekly.

           Value Line Company Reports
           Company name, Ticker or Industry Lookup Tool.

Vocational & Career Collection
Designed to meet a wide variety of vocational and technical research needs, this collection provides full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals including Modern Machine Shop, Pediatric Nursing, Wireless Week, Drug Store News, Reeves Journal, Restaurant Business, Advertising Age and many more.

World Book
This database includes both the World Book Encyclopedia and Research Libraries. Many documents are primary source (e.g. eyewitness accounts speeches, Supreme Court rulings, treaties.) Downloadable versions of classic books are also available through this source.

Zinio Magazine Collection
Zinio has partnered with Recorded Books to allow libraries to offer their patrons a special edition of the Zinio service. Zinio allows you to download popular magazines to your computer, tablet or mobile device. You can view Zinio magazines via a web browser or via an app.


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