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Research Resources

General Research

  • Consumer Reports

    Consumer Reports

    Find ratings on hundreds of products, consumer news, and complete issues of Consumer Reports magazine.

  • Explora

    Explora (Contains Masterfile Premier)

    Search popular magazine articles, encyclopedias, subject specific works, primary source documents, and videos. Browse topic areas for research paper ideas. (User-friendly interface for content from MasterFile Complete. Business Source Complete, Legal Reference Research Center and Consumer Health Complete, plus videos from the Associated Press.)

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

    Gale Virtual Reference Library

    Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. 

  • I-Share


    Search the catalog of 76 Illinois libraries belonging to CARLI, the Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries in Illinois.

  • Illinois Catalog

    Illinois Catalog

    Search a catalog of materials in Illinois libraries.

  • Profiles of Illinois 2014-2015

    Profiles of Illinois 2016-2017

    Provides detailed demographic and statistical data on the over 60 Counties and 1,000+ Places in the state of Illinois.  Information includes demographics on each county & individual city or town and detailed data on school districts, and more.

  • SWAN Catalog

    SWAN (System-Wide Automated Network) is the shared online catalog of over 90 suburban libraries.

  • WorldCat


    A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.