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Over 60 databases exclusively for our patrons that include
information 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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Comprehensive US state and territory resource with 56 US state and territory guides of 146 topics each. USA country data covers 104 categories. [From home, type your library card number in the box on the upper right where it says Library Login.]

AtoZ The World
Current information on world cultures, covering everything from childhood, dating, marriage, family and funerals to cultural faux pas.  Includes up-to-date and standardized statistics, allowing you to more easily compare one country to another. [From home, type your library card number in the box on the upper right where it says Library Login.]

Academic OneFile
A collection of full-text articles with extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, and other subjects.
Try our new tutorial to help you use Academic OneFile.

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.
Try our new tutorial to help you use Ancestry Library Edition.
Remote Access is not available

Automotive Repair Information from Chilton
Provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams and more

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.

Books & Authors
Powered by Gale's popular What Do I Read Next? series, Books & Authors combines both browseable menus and visual search technology to guide readers to books that match their interests.

Books in Print
Database of book, audiobook, and video titles which also contains books out of print, bestseller database (over 100 years) and a database of author biographies.

Business Insights: Global
Business Insights: Global is a unique source for international business intelligence offering the most comprehensive and convenient way to find case studies, in-depth statistical data coupled with deep research, and the ability to compare global economies, countries and industries.

This resource evaluates the quality and prices of local service firms and stores, such as auto repair shops, plumbers, dentists, banks, and insurance companies.

Chicago Tribune (1985 - present)
Full-text of the newspaper from 1985 - present.

Historical Chicago Tribune (1849 - 1990)
Full-text of the newspaper from 1849-1990. The collection provides access to every page from every available issue.

Chicagoland Newspapers
Daily Herald (1995-present), Park Ridge Journal (2011-present) and Park Ridge Herald Advocate (1995-present) full text articles.

Consumer Reports
Expert product reviews and product ratings including Cars Best Deals Plus

Current Biography Illustrated
Current Biography Illustrated has more than 15,000 full text biographies, more than 9,400 obituaries and more than 19,500 images from 1940 to the present

Daily Herald
Find information on chicago area and national news coverage for business, education, government,politics, sports and more.

Demographics Now
Demographics Now is a robust and highly-detailed demographic data. Ideal for gaining consumer and market insight as you consider opening a business, finding an untapped audience for your products, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and more.

eRead Illinois
A new service that offers additional eBooks for checkout. Limit 5 checkouts at a time. Visit the eRead Illinois Digital Catalog to browse the collection and check out eBooks. eRead Illinois is supported by the Illinois Secretary of State through the Illinois State Library. Try our new tutorial to help you use eRead Illinois.

Journal articles and reports in education. Part of OCLC FirstSearch.

eSequels helps identify the books in a series in the correct reading sequence. It can be searched by author, title, character, location, subject, or keyword. Each title has a short summary included.

Combines Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings to offer a single source for financial strength ratings and financial planning tools covering Insurance, Banks, Mutual Funds and Stocks Generously provided by the Bruce A. Michel Library Trust.

A digital magazine service similar to Zinio (in the listing below).  You’ll find popular magazines you can read on a computer or a device with an Internet connection and your Park Ridge Public Library card.

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 Directory Library
Contains a variety of electronic versions of print directories with company information, directories in print, and consultants.

Gale's Literary Index
Master index to the major literature products published by Gale

Gale Virtual Reference Library
More than 200 full text reference sources including arts, biography, business, history, literature, medicine, and more. Try our new tutorialto help you use Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Health and Wellness Resource Center
Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos including Alternative Health

Heritage Quest
Census records, family and local histories, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and more.

Hoopla Digital Music, Movies and More!
Borrow free digital movies, TV shows, ebooks, audiobooks, comic books and music with your Park Ridge library card. Ten checkouts are allowed per card per month. Visit the Hoopla site to sign up and browse the collection. Try our new tutorial to help you use Hoopla.

Thousands of legal forms for Illinois with more forms being added daily. Official, State Specific, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.

Learning Express Library
LearningExpress Library 3.0 features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests,and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED ® test prep, and more. Registration with an email address is required.
Try our new tutorial to help you use LearningExpress Library.

Lexis Nexis Library Express
This resource provides access to full-text news, business, and legal publications, using a variety of flexible search options. The Legal information is available in the library only.

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.

Little Pim
Award-winning online language learning program for children that offers ten languages
Video tutorials on software, web design, business/management skills, financial literacy, job/career skills,social networking, etc. Includes Microsoft Office, Windows, and Mac OS. Try our new tutorial! Does not work with Internet Explorer at this time.
Requires creating a free account with your Library card number and a password of your choosing.

Mango Languages
Offers language learning in Spanish, French, German, Greek, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Russian. There are also ESL courses for Spanish, Polish and Brazilian Portuguese speakers. Try our new tutorial to help you get started!

Morningstar Investment Research Center
Online financial information for stocks, funds and much more! Generously provided by the Bruce A. Michel Library Trust.

Motor/AllData Online
Online automotive repair database with technical service bulletins, wiring diagrams and more.
Remote Access not available

Historical New York Times (1851-2010)
Digitized cover to cover from 1851-2010. The collection includes access to every page from every available issue.

Novelist Plus
Database that can help you search through over 100,000 fiction titles to find books that you would like to read. Try our new tutorial to help you use Novelist Plus.

Novelist K-8
Database that can help you search through over 100,000 fiction titles to find books that you would like to read.

OCLC FirstSearch
Over a dozen databases including WorldCat, ERIC, and MEDLINE provided by the Illinois State Library.

OmniFile Full Text Select
Full text articles in science, humanities, education and business.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Contains information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues

Hundreds of digital books, audiobooks and now digital videos to download and enjoy anytime, anywhere.   Try our new tutorial to help you use Overdrive.

Park Ridge Herald Advocate
Find information on community issues and events, education, government, local sports and more

Park Ridge Public Library Academy
Tutorials to help you use some of our most popular resources like Overdrive, Zinio and Hoopla!

Price It! Antiques & Collectibles
With more than 60 million images and 127 searchable categories, Price It! Antiques & Collectibles is the ultimate identification, research and pricing tool for collectors, dealers, appraisers and anyone in between.

Proquest Newsstand
Search for full text-articles in hundreds of newspapers and periodicals, including national and leading regional papers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal- Constitution, Barron's, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington Post.

Public Records Online
Public records of new homeowners, new business licenses, foreclosures, and bankruptcies in Cook County and the surrounding area.

This database contains detailed information on U.S. businesses, U.S. residents, U.S. health care providers, Canadian businesses, and Canadian households. Try our new tutorial to help you use Reference USA.

Science In Context
Information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, and videos. Generously provided by the Bruce A. Michel Library Trust.

Scribner Writers Series
Access to more than 2,000 original, comprehensive, scholar-signed essays on the lives and works of more than 1,400 important authors from around the world and from all time periods. Part of GVRL.

This database allows students to search for articles designed specifically for their grade level

Small Business Resource Center
Small Business Resource Center allows you to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.

Student Resources in Context
Information on hundreds of topics with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, and videos.
Travel eBook Collection
Over 250 popular travel ebooks for destinations across the globe.

Interactive picture books for children to listen to online, along with related games to play. Tumblebooks will work in most tablet and mobile devices web browsers. Try our new tutorial to help you use Tumblrbooks.
Twayne's Authors Series
Features the content of nearly 900 books from six print series — U.S. Authors Series Classic, English Writers Series Classic, World Authors Series Classic, Masterwork Studies, Studies in Short Fiction, and updated editions of U.S. Authors, World Authors, and English Authors. Part of GVRL.

Value Line
Online investment research service including stocks and mutual funds. Generously provided by the Bruce A. Michel Library Trust.[Limited to 3 simultaneous users. Please logoff when finished!]  Note: If you get an error message, try refreshing the browser. Works best with Firefox or Internet Explorer. May not be accessible through the Safari browser..

World Book Kids
A more colorful version of the online multimedia version of the popular print encyclopedia for children.  

World Book Online
The online multimedia version of the popular print encyclopedia for adults and children.  

Catalog of books, web resources, and other material worldwide with millions of bibliographic records representing 400 languages. Part of OCLC FirstSearch.

Read full digital copies of magazines on your computer, tablet or mobile device! Choose from 150 popular titles, with no check out limits and no due dates. For more digital magazine choices, see Flipster above. Try our new tutorial to help you use Zinio

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