young man doing researchReference & Research Databases

  • Academic Search Premier

    Academic Search Premier

    Full-text articles to support research in science, engineering, physics, technology, religion, and philosophy. Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).

  • Banco de Contenidos aulaPlaneta

    Banco de Contenidos aulaPlaneta

    From World Book, a comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia that includes more than 140,000 articles, and thousands of images, maps, videos, animations, sounds, and interactive media. 

  • Biography Reference Bank

    Biography Reference Bank

    Full-text articles, images, and abstracts with biographical information. Good for homework help and research.

  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

    Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

    Spanish-language articles, media, and websites for Spanish language learners from the World Book. 

  • ERIC


    Contains journal articles and reports on education topics. From the Institute of Education Sciences.

  • FirstSearch


    A collection of databases available via the Illinois State Library. Search IllinoisCatalog for materials available throughout our state or WorldCat for materials from libraries across the country. 

  • History Reference Center

    History Reference Center

    Full-text articles to support research in history and genealogy and lesson plans to support student learning.

  • L'Encyclopédie Découverte

    L'Encyclopédie Découverte

    Offers World Book's excellent editorial content and rich media in French. 

  • Literary Reference Center

    Literary Reference Center

    Novels, short stories, poems, plot summaries and synopses, and literary criticism. Research guides, lesson plans, and citation tools support student learning.

  • MasterFILE Premier

    MasterFILE Premier

    A good place to start for research and homework. Includes full-text articles, reference books, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags.

  • Medline via FirstSearch

    Medline via FirstSearch

    Contains articles on medicine, dentistry, and nursing.

  • Middle Search Plus

    Middle Search Plus

    Resources to support middle school students, including biographies, magazines, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags. Includes Sports Illustrated Kids, Scholastic News, National Geographic and dozens more. Articles include reading level indicators (Lexile).

  • Points of View Reference Center

    Points of View Reference Center

    Resources for students to understand issues, develop criticial thinking skills, and develop persuasive arguments. Includes essays, overviews, articles, and transcripts on, citizens' rights, earth and environmental issues, global issues, health and medicine, and media and communications.

  • Primary Search

    Primary Search

    Resources to support elementary school students, including encyclopedias specifically for kids, articles from children's magazines including Highlights and Junior Scholastic, and a large image collection.

  • Science Reference Center

    Science Reference Center

    Full-text articles to support research in applied sciences, biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and energy. Includes the Science Image Collection, a database of high-quality science images from National Geographic, UPI, Getty, NASA, and Nature Picture Library.