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Get access to accurate information not easily found on the Internet for your research project. Please note, you will need your Library card to use them remotely from home.

 

 


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 tutorial to help you use Academic OneFile.

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Ancestry Library Edition

The online source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research.
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Biography In Context

This resource combines Gale biographies with related full-text articles from magazines and newspapers, thousands of images, and links to websites.

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Boundless

Locate and access eRead Illinois eBooks directly from the Boundless app. Check out and read EPUB and PDF eBooks with ease using your library card.  You can download it in the Apple app store or the Google Play store. Try our tutorial for using Boundless!

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Gale Business: Insights

Gale Business: Insights 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.

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Check Illinois

Find Illinois home sale, business license, foreclosure, and bankruptcy records. Perform background checks.

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Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook

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

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Chicago Community News Coverage

Daily Herald (1995-present), Park Ridge Journal (2010-present), and Park Ridge Herald-Advocate (1995-present) full-text articles.

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Chicago Sun-Times Collection (1986 – present)

Explore Chicago history through local news, events, and people with the Chicago Sun-Times Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles, and content only published online.

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Chicago Tribune (1985 – present)

Full text of the newspaper from 1985 – present.

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Historical Chicago Tribune (1849 – 1997)

Full-text of the newspaper from 1849-1997. The collection provides access to every page from every available issue.

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Consumer Reports

Expert product reviews and product ratings including Cars Best Deals Plus. Try our tutorial to help you navigate Consumer Reports!

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Creativebug

1000+ online art and crafts classes with expert step-by-step instructions plus patterns, templates, and recipes from Joann Fabrics. These tutorials are perfect for crafters of all skill levels, and are accessible at home, at the library, or on the go. Try our tutorial to get started!

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Daily Herald (1995-present)

Find information on the Chicago area and national news coverage for business, education, government, politics, sports, and more. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online.

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ERIC

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

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Flipster

A digital magazine service where 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. Try our tutorial to help you use Flipster!

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Gale Directory Library

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

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Gale eBooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Thousands of full-text reference sources including arts, biography, business, history, literature, medicine, and more. Try our tutorial to help you use Gale eBooks.

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HeritageHub (Formerly America’s Obituaries & Death Notices)

A library resource to help genealogists and family historians explore and learn more about their lineage. HeritageHub provides comprehensive coverage of obituaries and death notices from 1704 through today. Manually indexed obituaries enhance search accuracy for deeper family connections. Coverage from all 50 U.S. states and territories.

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Heritage Quest

Census records, family and local histories, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and more. Try our tutorial to help you get started.

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Hoopla Digital Music and Movies

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 tutorial to help you use Hoopla.

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Illinois Legal Forms

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. Try our tutorial to help you use Illinois Legal Forms!

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Kanopy

The Kanopy collection offers a broad selection of more than 30,000 feature films, documentaries, foreign language, and training videos, including the Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, the Frontline series, and international films. Verify you are a library patron by entering your library card number when creating an account and films can be watched from anywhere, anytime, on smartphones, tablets, PCs, and smart TVs. You can watch 8 videos per month! Try our tutorial to help you get started!

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LinkedIn Learning

Video tutorials on software, web design, business/management skills, financial literacy, job/career skills, social networking, etc. Includes Microsoft Office, Windows, and Mac OS. (This database uses your online catalog password. Any questions, please contact Reference Staff. ) Mobile apps and a tutorial are available.

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Lote4Kids

LOTE Online for Kids has over 1350+ digital picture books in 45+ languages, with new books and languages released each month. Library Access coming soon; use your library card number to access this remotely.

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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 tutorial to help you get started!

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Morningstar Investment Research Center

Online financial information for stocks, funds, and much more! Try our tutorial to help you get started!

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Historical New York Times (1851-2017)

Digitized cover to cover from 1851-2017. The collection includes access to every page from every available issue.

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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 tutorial to help you use Novelist Plus.

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Novelist K-8 Plus

Database that has reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, for kids in grades K-8. Use it to find just the right books for every reader.

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OCLC World Discovery Services

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

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Overdrive/Libby

Hundreds of digital books, audiobooks, digital videos, and now magazines to download and enjoy anytime, anywhere. Try our tutorial to help you use Overdrive. There’s a new even easier app called Libby available now! You can download it here for Apple, Android, and Windows devices!

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Digitized Park Ridge Newspapers

Full text, including advertisements and classified ads, fully searchable Park Ridge newspapers. Coverage: full run from 1929-1935 and 1937-2023 of the Park Ridge Advocate, Park Ridge Herald, and Park Ridge Herald Advocate, including scraps of the Park Ridge Herald from 1889-1923. Generously provided by the Harold E. Schefdore Gift Fund.

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Park Ridge Herald-Advocate (1995-current)

Find information on community issues and events, education, government, local sports and more

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Park Ridge Journal (2010-current)

Find information on community issues and events, education, government, local sports and more

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Park Ridge Public Library Academy

Tutorials to help you use some of our most popular resources like Overdrive, Reference Solutions and Kanopy!

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PressReader

Read hundreds of newspapers and magazines from across the U.S. and in foreign languages from around the world. Try our tutorial to help you use PressReader.

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Proquest Newsstream

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.

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Public Records Online

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

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Reference Solutions by Data Axle (formerly Reference USA)

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

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Teachables

Scholastic Teachables offers teaching resources for every subject such as lesson plans, mini-books and activity sheets to help educators and families plan for the school year. Ideal for teachers, homeschool families, and anyone looking for enrichment for the young learners in their lives. Teachables content extends from Pre-K to 6th grade.

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Tutor.com

Live one-to-one homework help from tutors is available 3 p.m. – 10 p.m or use the Skills Center 24/7. Try our tutorial to help you get started with Tutor.com!

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Value Line

Online investment research service including stocks and mutual funds. [Limited to 3 simultaneous users. Please log off when finished!] Note: If you get an error message, try refreshing the browser. May not be accessible through the Safari browser. Try our tutorial to help you get started with Value Line!

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World Book Kids

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

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World Book Online

The online multimedia version of the popular print encyclopedia for adults and children. Try our tutorial to get started with World Book!

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World Book Timelines

Timelines offers hundreds of pre-generate timelines across eight broad topics, which cover various time periods in history or span the life of historical public figures. Users can also create their own timelines from scratch, adding events, descriptions, and media.

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WorldCat

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

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