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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  • 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.

    • Literary Reference Center

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

    • 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
    • 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).

    • 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.

    • 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 The Street 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.

    • ReferenceUSA

      ReferenceUSA 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Education & Careers
    • 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).

    • Creativebug

      Creativebug has more than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. New classes are added daily and a free account with your library card also provides access to downloadable templates, patterns, and recipes to inspire the maker in you.

    • 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.

    • 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

      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

      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

      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.

    • 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.

    • Vocational & Career Collection

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

  • 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.

    • Ancestry Library

      Search from over 2 billion names in US Census and Genealogy records. Ancestry Library is temporarily available from home!  Please enter your library card number on the next page.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Health
    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

    • Gale Virtual Reference Library

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

    • Home Improvement Reference Center

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

    • MasterFILE Complete

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

    • Newspapers (Newsbank)

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

    • Press Reader

      Read current and back issues of popular newspapers and magazines!

    • Small Engine Repair Reference Center

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

    • 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)

    • US Newsstream

      U.S. Newsstream enables users to search current U.S. news content, as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s. It features top newspapers, wires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, and news sites in full-text format. U.S. Newsstream provides key national and regional news sources from the U.S. and includes exclusive and preferred access to top titles, including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, and Chicago Tribune. All titles are cross searchable on the ProQuest platform.

  • Youth and Homework
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • MasterFILE Complete

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

    • 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).

    • 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.

    • 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

      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.

    • 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.

    • 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.