Digital Reference

Welcome 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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  • 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).

  • Auto Repair Source

    Offers a wealth of information to help you diagnose, repair, and maintain cars and vehicles. Includes service and repair procedures, diagrams, recall information, specifications, labor estimates, and parts pricing.

  • Beanstack

    This is a fun, free, easy-to-use online program, also available as an app for iOS or Android devices. Get ready to start tracking reading and activities, collecting badges, and earning drawing tickets. All are welcome to join, from babies to seniors, and enjoy our reading challenges!

  • 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.

  • Business Source Premier

    Full-text articles to support research in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, and operations management. Includes access to video from the Associated Press (AP).

  • Chicago Sun-Times

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

  • 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.

  • Consumer Health Complete

    Full-text articles to support research in aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, and nutrition. Includes teen health topics for teens and parents.

  • Consumer Reports

    Buying advice, product ratings, reviews, recommendations, money-saving advice and tips, and videos for products including appliances, electronics, food, and more.

  • CultureGrams

    CultureGrams is an insider's perspective on daily life and culture, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.  It contains concise, reliable, and up-to-date reports on more than 200 countries, each U.S. state, and all 13 Canadian provinces and territories.

  • Daily Herald

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

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica

    Britannica Library is an encyclopedic resource with content for learners of all ages, making it easy to find authoritative, age-appropriate reference materials.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Financial Ratings Series

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

  • 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.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

    A general interest database that integrates a variety of reference sources in one easy-to-use interface.

  • GenealogyBank

    Climb beyond the names and dates on your family tree to the recorded details of their daily lives.  Find the facts in over 3,600 fragile, rare newspapers, books and documents.

  • HeritageHub

    HeritageHub is the largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. Extensive editorial review of all newspaper sections ensures thorough selection of obituaries for easy access. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.   View video tutorial  

  • 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.

  • History Reference Center

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

  • Home Improvement Reference Center

    Detailed, user-friendly how-to information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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

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

  • Medigap Buyer’s Guide

    Use this tool from Weiss Rating & Grey House Publishing to find out if you are paying too much for Medicare Supplement Insurance. Download a customized buyer's guide to examine Medigap plans, find insurers, and compare supplement insurance plan prices.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Newspapers (Newsbank)

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

  • Niche Academy

    Niche Academy provides tutorials and online learning tools for common digital materials including eBooks, research databases, and language learning tools.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Press Reader

    Read current and back issues of popular newspapers and magazines!

  • 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.

  • Public Library Video Online by Alexander Street

    This video collection represents content from more than 500 leading distributors, producers, and filmmakers, and more than half is available nowhere else. Content includes documentaries, performances, news programs and newsreels, adult and life-long learning content and 360/virtual reality titles.

  • 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.

  • Reference USA (now known as Data Axle Reference Solutions)

    Reference USA offers the most in-depth & up to date information for US businesses and residents. Mapping & Data Visualization allows users to gain in-depth insights into content. Also includes databases: Job Seekers, Healthcare, New Businesses, New Movers/Homeowners, Historical Businesses, Canadian Business, and Canadian White Pages. View video tutorial

  • 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.

  • Small Business Reference Center

    Full-text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. Includes business videos, a help and advice section, and details on how to create business plans.

  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center

    Detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines.

  • Spanish Resource Center Britannica

    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)

  • 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.

  • TumbleBook Library

    TumbleBook Library is a curated database of children’s eBooks, with over 1100 titles for grades K-6. It includes animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, Graphic Novels, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, and playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. There are no check-out times or wait lists: books are always available to everyone with a VPPL card! TumbleBook Library is also available as an app for iOS and Android devices.

  • TumbleMath

    TumbleMath is the most comprehensive collection of math stories available anywhere--all in the TumbleBook format with animation, narration, and sound that creates a compelling book for students of all ages. Every book is accompanied by supplementary materials such as lesson plans and educational games, plus quizzes in order to test and track progress.

  • Value Line Investment Survey

    Whether you’re a beginning investor or a veteran looking for high-impact ideas, Value Line can position you for financial success quickly and easily. The uncontested authority in reliable, unbiased information, Value Line puts you in the driver’s seat with accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. From the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence. Make smarter, more profitable decisions with Value Line.

  • Vocational & Career Collection

    Full-text coverage for trade and industry-related periodicals for high schools, community colleges, trade institutions. and the general public.

  • 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.