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Here are the best databases for college age and adult students. It includes a variety of research tools including full-text magazine, newspaper, and journal articles.

Name Description Use At Home?
Article First

Look up magazine and journal articles from 1990 to the present with selected full text, in this database from OCLC.

Yes
Biography in Context

Contains nearly a million biographical entries spanning almost every course of study. This resource also includes the full text of Contemporary Authors and Authors and Artists for Young Adults.

Yes
Chicago Tribune

Search for articles from the Chicago Tribune from 1985 to the present.

Yes
Chicago Tribune Historical Archive

Complete page images of the Chicago Tribune dating back to the first issue in 1849.

Yes
CQ Electronic Library

CQ Press Library - the place to search or browse resources on American government, current affairs, history, politics, public policy, and data analysis for the social sciences. Available Resources CQ Researcher
CQ Weekly

Yes
CQ Historic Documents

Historic Documents is an annual compilation of primary research material, keyed to approximately 70 important events for the United States and the world. Each primary document with full citation and relevant web links is set in context with supporting history and background, providing a valuable resource to students for current events back through 1972.

Yes
CQ Researcher

CQ Researcher provides authoritative and unbiased, weekly essays treating today’s headlines in-depth. In addition, older reports going back to 1923 offer valuable perspective on American social and political issues.

Yes
CQ Weekly

CQ Weekly provides detailed updates on the activities of the U.S. Congress. The weekly online magazine helps students and citizens keep up with the latest legislative proposals as well as the voting records of their legislators. Historical coverage is available back through 1983.

Yes
Encyclopedia Americana

Authoritative, in-depth information on a wide variety of topics for high school and higher.

Yes
Ethnic NewsWatch

Includes historical journals, magazines, and newspapers from ethnic and independent presses published from 1959-1989. It includes unique and rare coverage of the following ethnic categories: African American/Caribbean/African; Arab/Middle Eastern; Asian/Pacific Islander; European/Eastern European; Hispanic; Jewish; Native People.

Yes
Facts.com

Research tool for middle and high school students that includes a collection of national and world news coverage from 1940 through today; the World Almanac and World Almanac Encyclopedia; Issues & Controversies, in-depth pro and con coverage of today’s top issues; and Today’s Science, science news written especially for students.

Yes
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.

Yes
Grolier Online

Allows you to search through several online encyclopedias at once: Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, New Book of Knowledge, New Book of Popular Science, America the Beautiful, Amazing Animals of the World and Lands and Peoples.

Yes
La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre

Una enciclopedia para hispanohablantes y estudiantes españoles. Simplemente haga clic en el enlace de al lado. An encyclopedia for Spanish speakers and Spanish students.

Yes
Lands and Peoples

Countries and cultures of the world for middle school, high school and up.

Yes
LearningExpress Library

Find interactive test preparation guides for the ASVAB, GRE, SAT, ACT, civil service, military, law enforcement, real estate, U.S. Citizenship Test, and other exams. Use for career exploration and workplace skill-building. Find essentials to building a resume or cover letter. Includes test prep for elementary school and high school students.

Yes
Literary Criticism Online

Read what the critics and reviewers said about thousands of books in this invaluable resource for students and readers.

Yes
Live Homework Help

Students in Grades K-12 or college-intro or adult learner can talk with a tutor online between 3PM - 10PM seven days a week.  Get help with math, grammar, science and other subjects.  This service is also available en Español.

Yes
Lynda.com

Lynda.com offers access to a vast library of high quality, current and engaging video tutorials taught by great teachers who are also working professionals. Users outside of the Library building will need to use their Niles library card numbers. 

Yes
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.

Yes
National Geographic Magazine Archive

The National Geographic Magazine Archive provides full-text searching of every article of the world’s most recognized magazine from its first publication in 1888. This comprehensive archive is an essential tool for researchers of all ages.

Yes
New Book of Popular Science

Science and technology plus science in the news for middle school, high school and up. Great for science project research papers.

Yes
New World Encyclopedia

This encyclopedia from Funk & Wagnalls contains over 25,000 entries is a good general resource covering an array of topics.

Yes
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.

Yes
Novelist

This fiction database will help you find author Read-alikes, book discussion guides, complete series lists, reviews and other invaluable information for over 120,000 titles.

Yes
OmniFile

Full text articles in science, humanities, education and business from 1994 through the present. Provides indexed and abstracted records with accompanying full-text magazine articles.

Yes
Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

Yes
Readers Guide Retrospective

This is an online index to thousands of articles from journals and magazines from 1890-1982. Contact the Niles Public Library if you wish to locate the full text of any particular article.

Yes
Salem History Library

Search these history resources at once: The Decades (American history), Great Events from History (worldwide events), Great Lives from History (worldwide biographical resource), Milestone Documents (primary sources).

Yes
Salem Literature Library

Need to know the plot and characters of a book? This resource includes Masterplots, along with literary criticism for writing papers.

Yes
Science Reference Center

This great source for science fair research includes science encyclopedias, reference books, magazines, and other resources.

Yes
Test Practice from Tutor.com

Practice worksheets and tests for all grade levels.

Yes
TumblebookCloud

TumbleBookCloud (Grades 5+) Contains over 600 middle school and high school titles, including graphic novels, short stories, teen fiction, classics, audiobooks and National Geographic videos.

Yes
Wall Street Journal Historical

Search for articles published by the Wall Street Journal between 1884-1994.

Yes
World Book Online Reference Center

A great general encyclopedia for researchers and information-seekers.

Yes