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Now called HeritageHub!  Explore your family history with U.S. obituaries and death notices from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. 

The New England Historic Genealogical Society provides vital records, church records, town records, cemeteries and more from most of the New England states, England and Ireland.  Not available from home.

Federal and state census records, military and immigration records, birth, death and marriage records, and other reference sources.  Look for your high school yearbook!  Available from home temporarily through December 31.

Descriptions of archival collections (historical documents, personal papers and family histories) owned by libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide.

If you love international cuisine, AtoZ World Food has you covered. Includes traditional recipes, ingredient search, food culture for 174 countries, plus reference topics such as a beer glossary and food quotes.

In-depth coverage of businesses, including company profiles, industry profiles, products and brands, financial reports, company rankings, histories, and full-text articles. Find case studies and other data to compare global economies, countries, and industries.

Articles from more than 2,300 journals in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics

Search a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from throughout the Chicagoland area, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, Naperville Sun and more.

Read today's newspaper by selecting the Image format. Search current and archived issues from 1986-

Text of the newspaper from 1985- ; obituaries from 1985-1999 are missing.

Articles in the Chicago Tribune from 1849-1998

Ratings, reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services; in-depth advice, tips and trends in a variety of formats including articles and videos.  Read the current issue of Consumer Reports plus back issues using FlipsterLearn more about Flipster.

Ratings of local auto repair shops, plumbers, veterinarians, banks, doctors, dentists, carpet cleaners, and many more. In-depth articles with advice. A nonprofit consumer information and service resource. Create an account if you would like to add ratings and reviews.

Thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

Read today's newspaper by selecting the Image format. The previous 2 months of daily newspapers are available in this format. Select the Text format to search current and archived issues from 1995-

Practice tests for car, motorcycle and CDL; Rules of the Road handbook, Motorcycle Manual and CDL Handbook

eBooks and eAudiobooks from OverDrive.  Includes popular titles and foreign language materials.  Download titles to your mobile device using the OverDrive app or transfer titles from your computer to an ebook reader or MP3 player.  Kindle format available.  Learn more about eMediaLibrary.

eBooks and eAudiobooks from Axis360.  Includes popular titles and foreign language materials.  Download titles to your mobile device using the Axis360 app.  Learn more about eReadIllinois.

Articles arranged by topic:  Arts and Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History and Social Science, Science and Math. Search for magazine articles, videos and primary documents. 

WPL is a FamilySearch affiliate library.  Affiliate libraries have privileges through an agreement with FamilySearch to offer limited-access FamilySearch databases. When searching from outside the library, some databases show an icon with a key above a camera lens, indicating they are locked to the user. Affiliate status allows us to offer access to many of these extensive, locked records.  Limited-access FamilySearch databases not available from home.

Full digital copies Better Homes & GardensConsumer Reports, Do It Yourself, Family Circle, Martha Stewart Living, People, Pioneer Woman and Shape, plus back issues of each title.  Download titles to your iOS device using the Flipster app or read online using your computer or tablet.  Learn more about Flipster.

Magazine and newspaper titles accessible from the library, both online and in print.  Click a title to see available issues and read articles online.

Begin or continue your journey as a business owner using easy to follow steps. Develop a complete business plan using step-by-step guided tools.

Text of 3,000+ U.S. and international news sources with coverage back to the 1980's. Includes coverage of major U.S. and international newspapers such as The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Times of London, plus local newspapers such as the Daily Herald.  Search by topic or browse an issue of a specific newspaper.

Census records, family histories, genealogical serials, local histories and primary sources in full image; resources on towns and families from all 50 states, Canada and the British Isles

Explore your family history with U.S. obituaries and death notices from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. (Formerly America's Obituaries and Death Notices.)

Practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want at school, at work, or in life. Includes scored licensing, certification and aptitude practice tests, online career preparation, and vital information for a wide variety of occupations as well as tests for elementary, middle and high school students.

(Formerly Lynda.com) Over 3,000 video courses includes training for business, marketing, design, education, photography, IT and software instruction such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop and a lot more.  Learn more about LinkedIn Learning

A language learning program that teaches practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world’s most popular languages. Includes English language lessons for foreign speakers.  Learn more about Mango Languages
 

Articles from magazines, reference books and primary source documents

Identify stocks or mutual funds that meet your needs; read analysts' reports; input two or more stocks and/or mutual funds to see how they work together as a portfolio

Read issues by selecting the Image format. Search current and archived issues from 1997-

A variety of newspaper articles on current topics in the news.

Tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, including Illinois newspapers, published between 1607 - present. Enter search terms or browse newspapers by country, city, state and year.

A guide to adult, young adult and children's fiction and nonfiction

Provides materials to support differing points of view on current issues in the forms of primary source documents, statistics, websites, and multimedia. Topics include business and economics, health and medicine, law and politics, society and culture, and national debate subjects.

(Formerly Press Display) Read today's newspapers from around the world in 37 languages. Many newspaper articles can be translated into other languages. Listen to articles on interactive radio. Access up to 60 days of back issues.  Learn more about PressReader.

Search public records for transactions on new homes, new businesses, foreclosures and auctions and bankruptcies in 7 Illinois counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will

US and Canadian businesses; US and Canadian residences; doctors and dentists

Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, chart the growth and development of towns and cities. They are large scale plans of a city or town drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch.

Magazine articles on social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues as well as information on music, literature, film, performing arts, culture, architecture, philosophy, religion and visual arts

eBooks for kids - storybooks, chapter books, graphic novels and more.

Monitor stock and mutual fund performances.

For research or just for fun! Early Learning area has interactive coloring activities, games and video; Kids section has easy-to-read articles for elementary-aged users, science projects and experiments, World of Animals; Student area includes encyclopedia articles, biographies, trivia quizzes and citation builder and the Advanced section integrates articles, media and primary source documents. View timelines in the arts, sciences, sports and history or build your own to match your family history.

Search for books and other material in libraries worldwide.  Request an interlibrary loan for pickup at WPL.  
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