Digital Reference

mag-animated-smallerWelcome to the library’s digital reference page! You can access these reference materials any time, day or night, with the links below. Some services may require your Villa Park library card number when you access their sites.

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  • Books and Authors
    • Booklist Online

      Read book reviews, create lists of titles you want to read, discover blogs about reading and book groups, and more, with this online version of the American Library Association's trade journal, Booklist.

    • Books & Authors

      Looking for a good book, but not sure where to start? Books & Authors allows readers to search genre fiction and essential non-fiction by character, subject, location, and time period. Based on data from the popular What Do I Read Next? collection, this easy-to-use tool offers readalikes and other recommendations.

    • NoveList K-8 Plus

      Novelist K-8 assists young fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. This resource is filled with recommended reading lists. Check here for lexile levels for most titles.

    • NoveList Plus

      Electronic readers' advisory resource which assists fiction readers of all ages in finding new authors and titles.

    • WorldCat

      WorldCat is the closest thing there is to a nationwide online library catalog. If we cannot find an item for you locally, we can extend the search throughout the State of Illinois, and even beyond Illinois to the entire United States. Note: Some InterLibrary Loans may come with a postage charge, depending on the location of the lending library.

  • Business
    • AtoZdatabases

      The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database. The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business & executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

    • Business Source Premier

      The industry's most used business database for full text business publications.

    • Encyclopedia of Associations

      Available through the Gale Directory Library, the Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S. covers over 25,000 U.S. membership organizations of a national scope.

    • Financial Ratings Series

      Offers online financial strength ratings and financial planning tools covering banks, credit unions, and insurance companies. Provided by Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings

    • Morningstar Investment Research Center

      Includes stock and mutual fund reports and screeners to help find investments by particular criteria. Offers an extensive Online Investing Classroom. The Portfolio X-ray feature enables investors to analyze holdings diversity.

    • Record Information Services

      Scroll through Chicagoland's public records. Real estate transactions, mortgages, foreclosures, and more. Keep an eye on housing values in your community and help safeguard your biggest investment - your home. Sort by name, city, zip code, and more. Record Information Services is a 17 year old data compiler of public records serving the Chicagoland area.

  • Education & Careers
    • AtomicTraining

      A video-based how-to training resource, Atomic Training opens up unlimited access to thousands of short videos covering more than 500 of today's most popular software applications on both PCs and Macs.

    • LearningExpress Library

      Based on official tests, LearningExpressLibrary.com provides online practice examinations for the SAT, ACT, ASVAB, GED, and Civil Service careers, along with Adult Basic Skills quizzes covering reading, grammar, and math. Tests are scored immediately and evaluations highlight strengths and weaknesses.

    • Transparent Languages

      Transparent Language Online offers the most comprehensive language-learning solution for libraries. With this flexible program, you can quickly and easily learn new languages using our wide variety of courses and activities.

  • Genealogy
    • America’s Obituaries

      America's Obituaries & Death Notices consolidates records from hundreds of newspapers nationwide into a single, fully searchable database. This comprehensive resource features more than 34 million listings-approximately 90% of all recent obituaries and death notices published in the United States.

    • HeritageQuest Online

      Combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI Genealogy and Local History collection. This online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical hobbyists and professionals.

    • ProQuest Obituaries

      The ProQuest Obituaries collection is a premier resource for genealogical and historical research. You can use the collection to search obituaries and death notices from prominent newspapers, such as The New York Times (dating back to 1851). Also included is the Atlanta Constitution (1868-1922), Boston Globe (1872-1922), Chicago Defender (1921-1975), Chicago Tribune (1852-1984), Los Angeles Times (1881-1984), and the Washington Post (1877-1950)

  • Health
    • Health and Wellness Resource Center

      Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, numerous reference volumes, over 700 health videos from partner Healthology, Inc., hundreds of pamphlets and health-related articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Gale reference titles. Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

  • Recursos en Español
    • Catalogo en linea

      Localiza, reserva materiales y revisa tu cuenta de la biblioteca para renovar prestamos con nuestro catalogo en espanol.

    • Learning Express Library: Recursos para hispanohablantes

      Desde mejorar su lectura, escritura y habilidades matematicas hasta la preparacion del examen GED, los recursos que encontrará aqui lo ayudaran a lograr sus metas. (Se necesita un usuario y codigo para ingresar al sitio)

    • Spanish Resource Center

      Este portal le ofrece recursos de referencia en español para todas las edades en dos interfaces exclusivos - cada uno con una enciclopedia adaptada al lector: Enciclopedia Universal en Español para High School (edad de 14+) y la Enciclopedia Juvenil para edades de 6-12 años.

  • Research, Newspapers, and Magazines
    • AtoZdatabases

      The Premier Job Search, Reference, and Mailing List Database. The database includes 2.3 million job listings, 30 million business & executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals, and much more. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!

    • Chicago Sun-Times

      Date Range: (1/1/1986 - Current)

    • Chicago Tribune

      Comprehensive coverage back to 1985 is available for the Chicago Tribune through ProQuest.

    • Chicago Tribune Historical Archive

      Included are:

      • Obituaries and Death Notices (2.5 million) - very unique data covering 1860-1984, including front-page obituaries for notables from Chicago and worldwide.
      • Chicago Tribune Morgue clippings file (nearly 3 million) - major stories covering events and issues clipped and indexed by the Chicago Tribune staff at time of publication. Coverage is from the 1920's through 1984.
      • Front pages (16,614 pages containing over 155,000 articles) - image of entire front page as it appeared when published from the early 1900 through 1984.

    • Chilton Library

      This 24-hour on-call "mechanic" provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today. Ford, Chrysler, GM, Honda, Toyota and numerous other makes are well-represented. With more than 50 years of information on actual auto tear-downs provided in step-by-step procedures, work on the engine, chassis, electrical, drive train, suspension, and more is made easier for mechanics of any experience. Photos, illustrations and repair procedures help to simplify even the most arduous tasks.

    • Consumer Reports

      Known as one of the most trusted resources for information and advice on consumer products, this award-winning website contains information that enables consumers to make better purchasing decisions on the products they are shopping for.

    • Daily Herald

      Date Range: (1/1/1995 - Current)

    • Encyclopaedia Britannica

    • Encyclopedia of Associations

      Available through the Gale Directory Library, the Encyclopedia of Associations: National Organizations of the U.S. covers over 25,000 U.S. membership organizations of a national scope.

    • Explora Public Libraries

      Ensure student and educator success with EBSCO™'s new interface for schools and public libraries databases. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality. Public Library Edition.

    • FirstSearch (OCLC)

      Several separate databases covering fulltext magazine articles, Medline, ERIC educational resources, conference proceedings, and a very large database of library holdings in the United States.

    • InfoTrac Web

      A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface, including Health & Wellness Resource Center, Books & Authors, Chilton Library, and more.

    • MasterFILE Complete

      MasterFILE Complete provides full text for magazines covering an extensive range of subject areas including business, health, education, fitness, sports & leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY, fashion and much more. In addition, MasterFILE Complete also provides full text for thousands of general reference publications, reference books, primary source documents, an extensive image collection and more.

    • Newspapers (Newsbank)

      Chicago Area Newspapers including the Chicago Sun Times, Daily Herald, and Villa Park Suburban Life.

    • Spanish Resource Center

      Este portal le ofrece recursos de referencia en español para todas las edades en dos interfaces exclusivos - cada uno con una enciclopedia adaptada al lector: Enciclopedia Universal en Español para High School (edad de 14+) y la Enciclopedia Juvenil para edades de 6-12 años.

    • Suburban Life (Argus, Villa Park)

      Date Range: (1/26/2009 - Current)

  • Youth and Homework
    • BookFlix

      BookFlix is a fun reading program that you and your child can access from home or at the library. Scholastic BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks. This engaging resource for children in grades PreK-3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration. BookFlix includes 50 books that can be listened to in Spanish.

    • Encyclopaedia Britannica for Kids

      Encyclopaedia Britannica For Kids is an essential homework helper. Find relevant encyclopedia articles, learning activities, games and videos for grades 1 through 9. Subjects covered include Math, English, Science, Social Studies, and the Arts.

    • Explora K-5

      Ensure student and educator success with EBSCO™'s new interface for schools and public libraries databases. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality. Primary School Edition.

    • Explora Secondary

      Ensure student and educator success with EBSCO™'s new interface for schools and public libraries databases. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality. Secondary School Edition.

    • NoveList K-8 Plus

      Novelist K-8 assists young fiction readers in finding new authors and titles. This resource is filled with recommended reading lists. Check here for lexile levels for most titles.

    • Spanish Resource Center

      Este portal le ofrece recursos de referencia en español para todas las edades en dos interfaces exclusivos - cada uno con una enciclopedia adaptada al lector: Enciclopedia Universal en Español para High School (edad de 14+) y la Enciclopedia Juvenil para edades de 6-12 años.

    • TrueFlix

      TrueFlix brings true books on people, places, history, science and nature to life. Each topic on TrueFlix includes an introductory video and a flip-through True Book, filled with information and illustrations. Each topic is supported by links to related content and primary sources. This resource can be accessed from the library or at home.