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Research Databases Alphabetically

Aurora Public library provides access to selected subscription based resources with quality content. Databases may include full-text newspaper, magazine and journal articles for research, or facts and answers on topics ranging from business and health to reading recommendations and test preparation. Most of these databases are accessible from home using your library barcode and PIN; some are designated for in-library use only.

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A-Z Maps Online: World's most useful online database of downloadable maps for university, grade school, and public libraries. Large database of static maps, animated maps, real-time maps, scientific maps, and historic maps in one place.
 
Ancestry Library Edition*: Powered by Ancestry.com, the number 1 Source for Family History Online.
 
Article First: An OCLC index of articles taken from the table of contents pages of journals. For most items, the database provides a list of libraries that own that title.
 
Atomic Training: A video-based how-to training resource, Atomic Training opens up unlimited access to thousands of short videos covering more than 300 of today's most popular software applications on both PCs and Macs.
 
AtoZdatabases: Premier Reference and Marketing Database including 30 million business profiles and 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, or finding friends and relatives.
 
Aurora Beacon News: Full text articles (1997-current)
 
Aurora Card Catalog: View Aurora Library holdings for all library locations (Main, Eola Road, and West). View your library card account information, place holds and view items you have out. PIN number and Library card number may be required.
 
Auto Repair Reference Center: Automotive repair information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles, with repair information for most vintage makes starting as far back as 1954.
 

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Biography Reference Center: Information in this database is gathered from more than 130 reference sources and articles from over 265 magazines.
 
Book Browse: Find your next great read using BookBrowse's Reviews, recommendations, author bios and interviews. Bookbrowse also has resources for book clubs and thousands of "read-alike" suggestions.
 
Brainfuse -- Live Homework Help: Online access to expert tutors through the HelpNow program from Brainfuse, Inc. one of the nation?s leading providers of online tutoring services. From 2-10pm CST. 7 days a week. This service may not be available on certain holidays.
 
Brainfuse JobNow: Get expert resume assistance, live interview preparation and career coaching and more.
 
Business Searching Interface: Industry's most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications. This database provides full text back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998.
 
Business Source Premier: Provides company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.
 

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Check Illinois: Do a quick, free background check online in less than 60 seconds. Search by name, property address, property PIN, or business name. See foreclosures, mortgage records, real estate transactions, building code violations, DUIs, misdemeanors, felonies, tax liens, and more.
 
Chicago Tribune: Chicago Tribune full-text articles (1985-present).
 
Chicago Tribune - Historical: Content includes articles between 1849-1987. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
 
Children's Literature Review: eBook collection of book reviews, criticism, and commentary.
 
ClasePeriodica: Clase Periódica contiene bibliografías de documentos en español publicados en revistas latinoamericanas de ciencias, humanidades y tecnología.
 
Consumer Health Complete: CHC provides full-text articles covering topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietics, children's health, men & women's health, etc.
 
Consumer Reports: Product reviews and Ratings on cars, appliances, electronics and more from Consumer Reports.
 

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Electronic Collections Online: from OCLC FirstSearch A collection of over 4,800 scholarly journals from 1995 through the present, many of which are full-text.
 
Encyclopedia Americana: Online version of the standard reference source used in print by thousands of students in school, academic, and public libraries. This database helps middle- to upper-grade students find a wealth of information to assist with homework and research project
 
ERIC: ontains almost 1 million journal articles, records and reports going back to 1966 for information in the field of education.
 

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FirstSearch: Provides access to 14 databases containing over 50 billion library records, magazine articles, proceedings, and more.
 
Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia: Provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.
 

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Gale Virtual Reference Center: eBook collection with topics including business, health, history, literature, science, and more.
 
General OneFile: A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.
 
GPO Monthly Catalog: Provides access to U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.). Includes a bibliographic citation in each record, and direct full-text online access for most documents.
 
Grolier Multimedia Search: Quick reference tool, rich with visuals and media, and suitable for students in Middle School and High School. It features over 40,000 quick-reference articles, over 7,500 photographs and illustrations, videos, animations, dynamic maps and sound.
 

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Kids Search: The Kids Search interface combines a state-of-the-art search engine with a child-friendly, graphically-rich design that is both powerful and fun to use.
 

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Learning Express Library: Provides unlimited access to interactive skill-building courses in math, reading and writing as well as a broad range of practice tests based on official exams such as the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB, Firefighter, Police Officer, Paramedic, EMT Basic, U.S. Citizenship, Postal Worker, Cosmetology, Real Estate Agent & Broker Exams.
 
Literary Reference Center: Includes critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline, reviews, plot summaries, biographies, interviews, and thousands of full-text poems and short stories.
 

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MAS Ultra: Provides a full-text for nearly 350 periodicals covering general reference topics, including health, science, and other areas.
 
MasterFile Premier: Searches 1000+ newspapers, magazines, and journals. The Consumer Reports can be found using this database.
 
Medline: Produced by the National Library of Medicine and corresponds to the following print resources: Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature, and International Nursing Index. Use it to find studies and articles on all areas of medicine.
 
Medline Plus: Produced by the National Library of Medicine and corresponds to the following print resources: Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature, and International Nursing Index.
 
Middle Search Plus: Contains full text for more than 150 popular, middle school magazines. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 200 magazines.
 

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NextReads: E-newsletters tool deliver to your inbox with reading recommendations based on your interests.
 
Novelist: Search categories listing Best Sellers, Awards, Mysteries, Inspirational, Younger Readers, Article Archive, NoveList Letters.
 
Novelist K-8: Contains information on fiction books for all K-8 grade levels and includes picture books, children's "chapter" books and young adult titles.
 

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OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson): Access to full-text articles on various subjects.
 

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Papers First: Includes every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Center. Contains almost 5 million records for materials presented at conferences world-wide.
 
Primary Search: Provides full text for more than 70 popular, magazines for elementary school research. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), and full text information dates as far back as 1990.
 
Proceedings First: This index of worldwide conference proceedings complements the PapersFirst database. Each record contains a list of the papers presented at each conference.
 
Pronunciator: Pronunciator is a fun and easy way to learn any of 80 languages. Its free at your library and start learning at your own pace!
 
Public Records: provided by Record Information Services (Illinois): 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.
 

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Regional Business News: Supplies full text articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers.
 

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Searchasaurus: Exciting and easy way for young researchers to experience online searching. It is an animated interface with a dinosaur theme that encourages students to enhance and develop basic search methodologies.
 
Sirs Discoverer: Award-winning, general reference resource for younger students that makes learning fun and intuitive. The database includes carefully selected full-text articles and images from more than 1,600 domestic and international newspapers, magazines and government documents.
 
Sirs Researcher: The perfect place to start for research on position papers or to investigate hot topics and current events. This database contains thousands of full-text articles exploring social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues. Articles and graphics are carefully selected from 1,500 domestic and international publications according to strict criteria with regard to content and age appropriateness.
 
Something About the Author: eBook collection of author biographies and their works.
 

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Teacher Reference Center: Provides access to 270 periodicals and peer-reviewed journals.
 
Tumblebooks: TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.
 

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Wilson Select Plus: Provides full-text articles in science, humanities, education and business from around the world.
 
World Almanacs: Online version of Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, plus four almanacs. It is a basic reference source for students and general users. It includes biographies, encyclopedia entries, facts, statistics.
 
World Vital Records: Search over 5 billion Family History and Genealogy records, and 28 million family trees. Access key collections: U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; 1 million newspaper pages; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; unique, exclusive local and world collections.
 
WorldCat: Online catalog containing over 50 million records for materials in over 400 languages held in libraries across North America, Europe, Asia and much of the rest of the world. You can place you InterLibrary Loan requests directly through this catalog. Please see our InterLibrary Loan Instructions for more information.
 

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Zinio magazines: Checkout digital magazines on your computer, tablet or smartphone for free @ your library.
 

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