WPL cardholders may access the online databases from home using their library barcode number and PIN. Please contact a Reference Librarian if you would like help searching a database or need other research help.
Tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, including Illinois newspapers, published between 1759 and 2006. Enter search terms or browse newspapers by country, city, state and year.
Obituaries and death notices from newspapers around the country. Some listings are recent, others historical. Chicago Tribune listings are from 1860, however obituaries from 1985-1999 are missing. To see the list of newspapers, connect to the database then click see a list at the top of the screen.
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! Not available from home.
Descriptions of archival collections (historical documents, personal papers and family histories) owned by libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide.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.
Publication information, book reviews, author biographies, forthcoming books
Articles from more than 2,300 journals in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics
High-quality art images from around the world contributed and described by leading museums. All rights-cleared for educational use.
Text of the newspaper from 1985- ; obituaries from 1985-1999 are missing.
Articles in the Chicago Tribune from 1849-1993
An independent publication whose goal is to present an impartial view of controversial issues.
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 Flipster. Learn 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.
Access income, spending, business demographics and more – all useful tools for ranking and reporting. Also contains individual, company and physician look up.
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.
Events, issues, statistics and people of the last 20 years plus in-depth features on historic events
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 of Consumer Reports and People, 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.
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
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.
Author biographies, plot summaries, book reviews, literary criticism essays; includes contemporary poems and short stories
Over 3,000 video courses includes training for business, marketing, design, education, photography, IT and software instruction (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop and a lot more.)
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.
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
A variety of newspaper articles on current topics in the news.
Text of 300+ U.S. and international news sources. Includes coverage of 150+ major U.S. and international newspapers such as The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and the Times of London, plus hundreds of other news sources and news wires.
A guide to adult, young adult and children's fiction and nonfiction
Join one or more of our online book clubs and start reading books in your email. Each day you'll receive a 5-minute portion of a book. By the end of the first week, you'll have read 2-3 chapters. If you'd like to finish a book, check it out from the library.
(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.
eAudiobooks, including popular titles. Download titles to your mobile device using the RBdigital app or transfer titles from your computer to an MP3 player. Learn more about RBdigital Audiobooks.
Full digital copies of over 80 popular magazines. Includes Us Weekly, Star, HGTV, The Economist and many more. Download titles to your mobile device using the RBdigital app or read online using your computer. Learn more about RBdigital Magazines.
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
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.
eBooks for kids - storybooks, chapter books, graphic novels and more.
Monitor stock and mutual fund performances.
Index to the vital records in Wheaton, Illinois newspapers beginning 1885-
Search for books and other material in libraries worldwide. Request an interlibrary loan for pickup at WPL.