Research Databases
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Academic Search Premier - a leading multidisciplinary research database. It provides acclaimed full-text journals, magazines and other valuable resources.


Ancestry Library Edition - This site is the premier source of information for genealogists and contains an extensive genealogy collection of censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.


Auto Repair Source - Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.

Business Source Premier - The industry's most widely used business research database, Business Source Premier features full text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines.

Complete Directory for People With Disabilities – Access resources for disabilities through G.O.L.D Grey House Online Database. Find information for associations and agencies, rehab and independent living, support groups and assistive devices for the disabled community.

Consumer Reports - A guide for consumers looking for price comparison, quality and safety reports and what-to-look-for-when-buying tips on products and services.


Consumer Health Complete - Supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

FirstSearch - A world wide collection of research resources designed to locate books and articles. Please contact the Palos Park Public Library during regular business hours for login information at (708) 448-1530 or

HeritageQuest Online - An essential collection of genealogical & historical sources including U.S. Federal Censuses, books, bank records, local & family history, unique primary sources such as Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank Records and more.

History Reference Center - Covering both U.S. and world history topics, History Reference Center is a full-text database featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents.

Illinois Public Records (choose from library or home below)- Handles all of your self-service public record needs with the ability to build a marketing list, watch a person or property, perform quick background checks, and real estate comps and sales:

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Literary Reference Center Plus - The definitive literary database covering all genres and time frames. It includes thousands of full-text poems, short stories, synopses, critical essays, literary journals, reference books and author biographies, plus lesson plans and literary study guides. It gives students a complete foundation of literary reference works.


Newspaper Source Plus - Provides a full-text digital collection of the world's major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.

Novelist Plus - A reader’s services tool for finding works of fiction and non-fiction, characters, book reviews, excerpts, reading recommendations and guides for book discussions.

Novelist K-8 PlusA trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.

NUWAV Legal Documents - Online tool that lets you create professional-quality documents in three simple steps:

1. Search for the document specific to your situation.
2. Answer the questions in the web input form.
3. Review and print your document.

Points of View Reference Center – Contains resources that present multiple sides of an issue.

Primary Search – a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection.

Science Reference Center – Contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images.

SWAN – Search the library’s on-line catalog for books, movies, music and more to place holds, renew items or pay online.

WorldCat lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. WorldCat grows every day thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information professionals.