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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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

  • Catalogo en linea

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

  • 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 Health Complete

    Consumer Health Complete supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.