Online Databases - Listed in Alphabetic Order

Access World News

Find current and archived articles on issues, events, people, government and more with the world's largest collection of full-text news sources. Includes local news, editorials, announcements and other sections from more than 4,700 sources.

America’s GenealogyBank

This database provides Web-based access to nearly 249 million of United States core genealogical records from 1690 to the present day. Most of these sources are unique to this collection and are difficult to find on microfilm or in print.

America’s Obituaries and Death Notices

The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices for the USA.

Ancestry Library

In Library use only. Ancestry is a genealogy database that allows patrons to research their family history. Includes international sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

AtoZ Food America

Contains cookbooks from all 50 states, including historic cookbooks dating back to the late 1700’s. 3,200 original TV food commercials dating back to the 1940’s. Also includes food preparation instruction videos.

AtoZ Maps Online

Over 145,000 maps at your fingertips, world, continent, country, state, antique, historical and outline maps included. Also contains Geography quizzes and lesson plans.

AtoZ The USA

Provides information about all 50 states and U.S. territories. Includes official state animals, plants, symbols, historical timelines, current and historical maps. Also includes demographic, government, political, cultural and social information about each area.

AtoZ World Culture

Featuring in-depth information on 175 countries. Includes details about culture, society, food, recipes, national symbols, music, education and language. Maps and images are available to use without copyright concerns..


The Premiere job search, reference and mailing list database with 30 million business and executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals and 220 million residents.


This newspaper is a leading source of financial news, providing in-depth analysis and commentary on stocks, investments and how markets are moving across the world. Access to complete issues of this resource from 1988 to the most recent issue.

Brainfuse HelpNow!

Brainfuse provides one-on-one tutoring for students grades K-12, offering HelpNow! in math, science, social studies and English/Language Arts. Certified tutors are available daily from 3:00 - 10:00 pm.

Brainfuse JobNow!

Use LIVE one-on-one academic coaching, a 24/7 skill message center, and other online resources to help you achieve your learning and career goals.

Brainfuse JobNow! can help adult learners with becoming a United States citizen, passing the GED, writing successful resumes, becoming a Microsoft Office power user, and even connecting you with local career resources.

Chicago Sun Times Collection

Explore current and archived issues of The Chicago Sun Times with full-color newspaper pages and individual articles, as well as content only published online.

Chicago Tribune

This newspaper keeps readers informed of the latest news from the Chicago area, the nation and the world every day. The Tribune has a reputation for investigative and public service journalism earning 24 Pulitzer Prizes since 1932. Access to complete issues of this resource from 1985 to the most recent. You may also access this newspaper using PressReader.

Chicago's Consumer's Checkbook

A great source for localized consumer information on contractors, plumbers, dentists, mechanics, you name it. You'll find articles on how to look for services, what some common mistakes tradesmen make, and ratings on many individual companies.

Use Chicago's Consumer's Checkbook from home – must have a Prospect Heights Library card.

Consumer Reports

The best source of consumer information, product reviews, and buying guidelines is now online! Consumer Reports is a great tool to help you get the most value from your purchases. Whether you are looking for a new (or used) car, cameras, or treadmills; you will want to look here first. Consumer reports is available outside the Library to all PHPL Cardholders by clicking the link above.


More than 1,000 on-trend arts and crafts video tutorials such as hand-lettering, sewing, and knitting taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Daily Herald

The Daily Herald is the third largest newspaper in Illinois. The paper has a strong commitment to covering the communities it serves: North West Cook County, DuPage, Lake, McHenry and Kane Counties and Fox Valley. In addition to the paper's daily coverage of the issues affecting these communities, it also produces special sections throughout the year that focus on people and events in the community. Coverage is from 1995 to present


FirstSearch, from OCLC, Inc., provides library staff and end users access to a full collection of reference databases. With FirstSearch, materials in your library's collection are highlighted in search results from an abundance of leading databases.

The Illinois State Library continues to support FirstSearch access for all ILLINET member libraries, which includes the Prospect Heights Public Library. Databases available at no charge include: ArticleFirst, Clase/Periodica, eBooks, Electronic Collection Online (ECO), ERIC, GPO Monthly, MEDLINE, OAIster, PapersFirst, Proceedings, WorldCat, and WorldCatDissertations.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

The Gale Virtual Reference Library lets you search over 300 titles, including multi-volume encyclopedias, biographical collections, business plan handbooks, company history compilations, consumer health references, and specialized reference sources. Subjects covered include Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science.

General Onefile

Access magazine and periodical articles across a wide range of topics. Many are PDF & HTML full-text. Gale’s largest general-interest periodical resource allows users to find the information they want quickly, with intuitive searching that ensures they tap into quality sources.

Illinois Driving Information is a website for learners who want to practice their skills before taking the real DMV test. This site also links to the most current Illinois Driver’s and Motorcycle Handbooks.

Video tutorials on software, web design, business/management skills, financial literacy, job/career skills, social networking, etc. Includes Microsoft Office, Windows, and Mac OS. Requires free account creation.

Medigap Plan (from Weiss Ratings)

Our Medicare Supplement Insurance Planner saves you both time and money. With your Personalized Medicare Supplement Insurance Planner you get 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.


MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

Merck Manual

The Merck Manual has traditionally provided exclusive, up-to-the-minute information to doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Featuring original illustrations and diagrams, an A-Z listing of brand-name and generic drugs, and an appendix of medical resources.

New York Times

This newspaper is considered the official U.S. newspaper because it publishes the complete text of important documents, speeches, and presidential press conferences. The paper's reporters have won scores of Pulitzer Prizes throughout the publication's 150-year history. Access to complete issues of this resource from 1980 to the most recent issue.


Search hundreds of local newspapers from across the country, including the Daily Herald, Prospect Heights Journal, Chicago Sun-Times and USA Today. Also includes titles from around the world.


Use NoveList to help you find that next great read.

Nuwav Legal Documents

This user friendly database offers a wide variety of document categories like Divorce, Wills, POAs, Bankruptcy, Personal Credit, and more! The categories are also designed to direct you to documents and forms for other issues you may need help with that you did not intend on pursuing. Also, you can choose to create a profile to store information that will be automatically inserted into future documents you wish to create.


If you want to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must take the Naturalization Test. This course will help you prepare for the Civics, Reading, and Writing portions of the Naturalization Test. Through a series of 100 informative videos, plus practice exercises and quizzes, you will learn everything you need to know to successfully pass the Naturalization Test.

ProCitizen En Español

Si ya tienes un nombre de estudiante y contraseña de Pronunciator, puedes iniciar sesión a continuación. De lo contrario, regístrate donde dice "¿Es tu primera vez aquí?" y recibirás un nombre de estudiante y contraseña que funcionán tanto para Pronunciator como ProCitizen.


Over 105 languages to learn AND 88 courses taught in your home language to learn English. They also offer feature films with integrated drills and quizzes; video phrases where you can see the native speaker clearly speaking each instructional phrase.

Pronunciator En Español

Pronunciator es una manera divertida y fácil de aprender cualquiera de los 120 idiomas disponibles.

Prospect Heights Journal

Search local news about Prospect Heights. Coverage begins in 2010 to present.

Public Records

Home sales business licenses foreclosures and bankruptcies. Now includes access to CheckIllinois (quick searching by personal/business name, across communities and record types).

Use Public Records from home – must have a Prospect Heights Library card.

U.S. Major Dailies Newspapers

Provides access to the five most respected U.S. national and regional newspapers: The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal..

This is the official web portal of the US Government for all government online information. You'll find a rich treasure of online information, services and resources. It is designed to give you a centralized place to find information from U.S. local, state and federal government agency websites. Whatever you want or need from the U.S. government, it's here!

Value Line

Value Line is a comprehensive investment tool that enables both new and experienced investors to make timely, better-informed decisions.  Value Line covers over 3,900 stocks and provides objective research, insightful commentary, and advanced analytical tools.  The information is in-depth, but still easily understood through its five-point rating system.  If you’re researching a company for school, your investment club, or you own personal investing, Value Line is the place to start.
Use Value Line remotely – must have a Prospect Heights Library card.

Wall Street Journal

This newspaper is considered the preeminent publication for business news and information on financial markets worldwide. Access to complete issues of this resource from 1984 to the most recent issue.

Weiss Ratings

Rates safety and financial stability for banks, credit unions, insurers, stocks and mutual funds. Includes a Medigap Plan selection tool.