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Literary Reference Center is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It contains full text for more than 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticisms, more than 253,000 author biographies.
NoveList Plus allows you to search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and readable nonfiction titles, and also retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more.
Explore food culture and traditional recipes from around the world. It’s a movable feast in a digital cookbook with recipes from 174 countries. Learn to make classic dishes from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
Consumer Reports features ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services in categories including appliances, cars, electronics and computers, home and garden, health and fitness, babies and kids, food, personal finance, and travel. The database provides access to product buying advice, blogs, safety alerts, recalls, as well as Consumer Reports' unbiased product and service Ratings and recommendations, selections from the latest issue of Consumer Reports, a searchable archive of the past four years of Ratings, Consumer Reports' exclusive product- and car-reliability reports, comprehensive decision guides, the ability to participate in expert Discussions, access to consumer/user reviews, and much more.
America's Genealogy Bank provides web-based access to millions of genealogical records from 1652 to the present day, including obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements, casualty lists, military and government documents, and other essential primary sources.
Ancestry Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.
This FREE site provides access to a growing collection of databases of digitized records for genealogical research. Users are required to create an account, which is free. Using the website in the Library allows access to many digital images that cannot be viewed at home.
This comprehensive news collection is ideal for exploring issues and events at the local, regional, national and international level. Its diverse source types include print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos. Use it to explore a specific event or to compare a wide variety of viewpoints on topics.
Our subscription to First Search provides access to approximately fifteen databases, several of which are full-text (including Article First and Wilson Select Plus). Please contact the library for the username and password to access this database from home.
Online full-text version of the State Journal-Register newspaper, with coverage from July 1, 1985 to the present.
Read the digital SJR, but in the familiar format of the physical paper. We have coverage of this user-friendly format from August 31, 2018 to present.
Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary article database containing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study.
To access this database from home, enter your Chatham Area Public Library card number for the Patron ID.
This curation covers a wide range of topics—including Literature, Philosophy, History, Geography and Science—with each collection containing corresponding middle and high school common core guides.
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
SIRS Knowledge Source (SKS) provides a portal to relevant, credible information designed to support student research, study, and homework in key curricula subjects, including contemporary social issues, arts, and humanities.
Locate books, periodicals, computer programs, films, maps, sound recordings, videotapes and other formats in thousands of libraries worldwide. Access to books outside of the Illinois Heartland Library System is also available.