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.
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.
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.
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.
Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.
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.
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'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.
ChiltonLibrary’s dynamic search engine helps users find specific procedures quickly and more. Auto repair manuals for thousands of makes and models are available digitally for routine maintenance or diagnostic information. Includes service and repair procedures,wiring diagrams, troubleshooting guides, and diagnostic trouble codes. Photos, illustrations, diagrams and videos are also included.
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.
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.
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
Driving-Tests.org 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.
Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more.
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.
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.
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.
Prospect Heights Journal
Search local news about Prospect Heights. Coverage begins in 2010 to present.
Learn to speak Spanish, French, Italian, English, German or one of 19 other languages anytime, anywhere. Use the mobile app with instant syncing, downloadable lessons and more useful features, it’s never been easier to learn—whenever and wherever you are!
Testing and Education Reference Center
Confidently map out your future with a dependable online tool for test prep, college planning and career development. Includes full-length, timed practice exams that simulate the actual testing experience for AP, ACT, SAT, PSAT, GED, HiSET, and TASC exams.
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 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.
Rates safety and financial stability for banks, credit unions, insurers, stocks and mutual funds. Includes a Medigap Plan selection tool.