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Business & Finance

The Library subscribes to these business, finance, and investment resources for its patrons. You will need to use your library card number to use most of them. Our librarians have also selected some fine, free financial websites everyone can use.

Name Description Use At Home?
Crain’s Business Chicagocrains

Business news and analysis.

Financial Ratings Series/Medicare Database

This Financial Ratings Series combines Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings in a single source for financial strength ratings and financial planning tools covering Insurance, Banks, Credit Unions, Mutual Funds and Stocks. A Medigap/Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan buyers guide recommends companies and gives prices customized to the age and place of residence of the person entering the data.


Instant access to the most popular magazines. With Flipster, it's simple to select your favorite digital magazines from the newsstand and start reading on your computer or mobile device.

Gale Courses

Gale Courses offers a wide range of free instructor-led courses. Classes run for six weeks on a variety of topics including technology, health-care training, business/accounting, personal development, law, test prep, and more. Some classes can lead to certification. Niles Library cardholders only.

Gale Directory Library

The Gale Directory Library hosts the following directories:Encyclopedia of Associations,
National Organizations of the U.S.,
Regional, State and Local Organizations,
Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media,
Scholarships, Fellowships & Loans and
Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies. Search, sort and export information from both current directory and prior editions.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Search over 400 reference titles in nearly 20 different subject categories. You may search all at once or search individual titles.


Learn business, software, tech, and creative skills with these top-quality courses taught by industry experts with To log-in you will need your to enter your Niles library card number and Library Card PIN. Your Library Card Pin is the password you use to log-in the Niles Public Library District catalog. If you have not set up an account in the catalog, your password is patron. 

Magazine Articles

Ebsco's MasterFILE Premiere provides full-text articles from over 1,900 magazines, from 1975 through the present. Also includes reference books, biographies, primary source documents, and an image collection of photos, maps and flags.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Search by individual mutual fund or stock or create your own real or imaginary portfolio and find out how the individual securities work together as a portfolio. Identify individual stocks or mutual funds that meet particular investment criteria by using the Morningstar screeners.

New York Times

Each issue of every newspaper back to 1980 is indexed thoroughly, providing not only top news stories but also detailed information on the arts, sports, business, and popular culture. Even such items as editorials, editorial cartoons, obituaries, and letters to the editor from well-known people are indexed. For each article cited in the database, an abstract of up to 75 words helps the researcher know if the complete text will meet his or her needs.

Niche AcademyNiche Academy Logo

Niche Academy provides tutorials for common services like Facebook, Gmail, and Snapchat. Tutorials include instructional videos that may be viewed from your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone as well as printable, step-by-step guides.

ProQuest Super Newsstand

National and international newspapers including: Wall Street Journal, Chicago Sun-Times, Crain’s Chicago Business, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, The Times, and many more.

Public Records Online

Provides public record data for new home sales, new businesses, foreclosures, and bankruptcies for select counties in Illinois, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.


This powerful resource helps you locate detailed information on potential business competitors or clients.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Comprehensive business information on U.S. companies including data and analysis of industries, companies, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and current business news.

Treehousesmall treehouse logo

Learn web design, coding and much more with Treehouse from the library! To obtain or renew an account, please register first by filling out the form by clicking on the link above the logo. If you already have a Treehouse account, log in on the official Treehouse website.

Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is the premiere financial newspaper in the world. This well-indexed database includes complete articles from the present to 1984.


Free Expert Business Advice


Ask an experienced counselor from the Chicago Chapter of SCORE® for advice for your small business or start-up.

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