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Databases for Biographies

We have 60+ databases to give our patrons access to information  that is not easily found on the Internet. 
You will need your Library card to use them from home. Some of our databases have mobile apps!

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Some of our databases have mobile apps!

America's Obituaries & Death Notices
Online collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices from around the United States. Generously provided by the Bruce A. Michel Library trust.
Ancestry Library Edition
Online source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research.
Remote Access is not available
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Enables you to quickly determine which publication to consult for biographical information. You can choose the most convenient source or locate multiple sketches to compare and expand information furnished by a single listing.
Biography Resource Center
This resource combines Gale biographies with related full-text articles from magazines and newspapers, thousands of images, and links to websites.
Chicago Tribune (1985 - present)
Full-text of the newspaper from 1985 - present.
Historical Chicago Tribune (1849 - 1992)
Full-text of the newspaper from 1849-1992. The collection provides access to every page from every available issue.
Chicagoland Newspapers
Daily Herald (1995-present), Park Ridge Journal (2010-present) and Park Ridge Herald Advocate (1995-present) full text articles.
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.  
Gale's Virtual Reference Library
More than 200 full text reference sources including arts, biography, business, history, literature, medicine, and more.
Heritage Quest Online
Census data, local histories, city directories, land and probate records, vital records, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and more.
Literature Resource Center
Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.
Historical New York Times (1851-2012)
Digitized cover to cover from 1851-2012 The collection includes access to every page from every available issue.
Student Resources in Context
Information on hundreds of topics with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, and videos.
World Book Online
The online multimedia version of the popular print encyclopedia for adults and children.  


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Some of our databases have mobile apps!