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The Library subscribes to over 50 special resources for our patrons that include information not easily found on the Internet. Everyone can use them inside the Library, but to use them at home you will need to have your Niles Library card ready.

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Name Description Use At Home?
Adult Career Center

Consult an expert for one-to-one assistance online, or work independently in the SkillsCenter™ Resource Library using one of the thousands of videos, tutorials, or templates in this comprehensive database.

Yes
ALLDATA

Car problems? ALLDATA includes manuals for diagnosing, repairing and maintaining cars. Includes recalls and auto service department Technical Service Bulletins. Find-a-Shop lets you search for automotive repair services in your area.

No
Amazing Animals

Learn about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and arthropods in a resource that includes pictures, maps, and information. Great for reports or for browsing.

Yes
Ancestry (Library Edition)

Genealogy database which includes census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, maps, the Social Security Death Index, WWI Draft Card images, and more.

No
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
Career Cruising

Interactive career guide featuring in-depth occupational profiles and information on colleges. Use assessment tools to determine which careers are the best fit for you, explore education and training options, and build an online portfolio. Also available en Español.

Yes
Chicago Consumers' Checkbook

Check the customer ratings of local auto shops, lawn care services and much more.

No
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
Consumer Reports

Expert product reviews and product ratings including cars.

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
Dun & Bradstreet Million Dollar Directory

Over 160,000 public and private U.S. companies are included in this database. Company listings include addresses, lines of business, officers and directors, sales, number of employees, and year founded.

Yes
Encyclopedia Americana

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

Yes
ERIC

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) has journal articles and reports in education.

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
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.

Yes
Flipster

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.

Yes
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.

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
GPO (Government Printing Office)

Coverage 1976-present of US government documents including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments.

Yes
Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia

Includes articles, photos, an interactive atlas, magazine articles, videos, animations, primary source documents, and major news stories. Of special interest to students in grade 4 and up.

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
Heritage Quest

Genealogy database from ProQuest which includes the US Census 1790-1940, page images of family and local history books, the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, and PERSI™ - The PERiodical Source Index.

Yes
Illinois Catalog

Look up items in hundreds of libraries across Illinois with First Search from OCLC.

Yes
Illinois Legal Forms

Thousands of legal forms from Gale Publishing for Illinois with more forms being added daily. Official, State Specific, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Yes
Issues & Controversies

This Facts on File resource analyzes and explains hundreds of controversial topics, in a language and format that students can understand.

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
Mango Languages

Mango teaches 60 languages step-by-step from the very widely spoken (Spanish, Chinese, Russian, French, Italian) to the more unusual (Irish, Swahili, and even Pirate) as well as Angielski Dla Polaków (ESL Polish), Inglés Para Hablantes De Español (ESL Spanish), and others.

Yes
Medline

Index of medical research articles from 1965 through the present. Includes extensive abstracts and selected full text. Inquire at the Adult Services desk about locating articles identified by this database.

Yes
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.

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
Natural Standard

Natural Standard was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine, including dietary supplements and integrative therapies.

Yes
New Book of Knowledge

General encyclopedia for students in elementary grades. Includes timelines, homework help, games, quizzes, maps, photos, and newScoops for current events.

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
Niles Bugle

Coverage: 1957-2007.

Yes
Niles Herald-Spectator

Coverage: 2008-2012.

Yes
Niles Public Library Catalog

The Niles Public Library Catalog is where you can check to see if we own something and if it is currently available. If it's not, you can place a hold on it and pick it up at the Library when it's ready. It is also the catalog for our computer consortium, including 23 other suburban libraries.

Yes
Non-Fiction Connection

You can find book suggestions based on books you have already read or topics of interest. Easily create a personalized list of recommended titles based on characteristics you enjoy.

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
Novelist K-8

NoveList K-8 Plus allows you to discover the fiction titles that are popular with young readers as well as titles to use in your classroom. NoveList K-8 Plus contains materials for all K-8 grade levels and includes picture books, children's "chapter" books and young adult titles. The NoveList Learning Center provides a complete introduction to the product and shows you how to use NoveList to meet the reading needs of your students.

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
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.

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
referenceUSA

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

Yes
Rosetta Stone

Learn a new language using the world's most trusted language-learning software. Rosetta Stone features 50 hours of foundational instruction to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in 30 different languages.

Yes
Salem Health Library

The Salem Health Library includes Magill’s Medical Guide (a general medical resource), Cancer (covers more than 800 topics on the subject of cancer) and Genetics & Inherited Conditions (essays written for non-specialists on diseases, biology, techniques, methodologies, genetic engineering, biotechnology, ethics and social issues.

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
Searchasaurus

Look up magazine articles for children. Searchasaurus can be filtered by Lexile reading levels as well as subjects.

Yes
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.

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
TumblebookCloud Junior

TumbleBookCloud Junior (Grades 3-8) Contains early readers, chapter books, graphic novels, audiobooks, classics and National Geographic videos. Great for English Language Learners because you can listen and read along.

Yes
Tumblebooks

Online picture books that move and talk!  The Tumblebooks collection also includes read-alongs for early readers, puzzles, games, book quizzes, audiobooks for older readers, and a collection of foreign language books.

Yes
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.

Yes
Wall Street Journal Historical

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

Yes
WestlawNext

This legal research site searches by case, motion, briefs, statutes, regulations, and other terms to locate current legal information.

No
World Book Online Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Excelente contenido de World Book editorial, multimedia y funciones interactivas en español. World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and interactive features in Spanish.

Yes
World Book Online for Kids

Reliable information on a wide variety of subjects, written at a level that young students can read and understand.

Yes
World Book Online Info Finder

Reliable information for school-aged students to help with their homework.

Yes
World Book Online Reference Center

A great general encyclopedia for researchers and information-seekers.

Yes
WorldCat

The OCLC catalog containing all the records cataloged by OCLC member libraries. Offers millions of bibliographic records for books, audiovisual material, etc.

Yes