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African American Heritage

ProQuest┬« African American Heritage is a groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research.  Search for records like:

  • Birth, Marriage, Death Records
  • Federal Census Records
  • Freedman's Bank
  • Military
  • Slaves and Free(d) Persons of Color

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry® Library Edition helps unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

This online database is available from inside the library only.

Bellwood Digital Archive - Yearbooks & Newspapers

Search and read local newspapers Proviso Star-Progress (1937-1956) and Star Sentinel (1956-1973)

Search and read West Proviso High School Yearbooks (The Mural, 1961-1991).

Best viewed with the Chrome browser.

Career International Database

Careers Internet Database Database provides career reports that cover education requirements, positive and negative aspects of each career, and interviews with people working in the field. Includes an interest assessment test, career news, and lists of best colleges and graduate schools specific to each career.

Use the following credentials:

user name "298w" and password "future".

Chicago Tribune

Search for current or historical news articles back to 1849.

Complete Learning Disabilities Directory

Complete Learning Disabilities Directory is for families, educators and students in the Learning Disabilities community. Find associations and organizations, national & state programs, schools & learning centers, camps & summer programs, and much more.

Consumer Reports

Connsumer Reports.org gives unbiased reviews, information and advice on consumer products and services.

Cypress Resume

Resumes and Cover letters made easy! Cypress Resume lets you complete your resume in minutes and create an excellent impression. Quickly create cover letters and reference sheets too. You can download, edit, publish to the web and save your work.

History Reference Center

Curious about the past? History Reference Center is a comprehensive history database of more than 200 history magazines and journals and nearly 2000 history books.

LGBT Events (Great Events from History)



Lynda.com, the premier online learning resource offering more than 4,000 courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more, now available FREE with your library card!

Mango Languages

Learn a new language with Mango Languages through conversations and films.

MasterFILE Complete

MasterFILE Premier: find thousands of searchable full text magazine & journal articles.


NoveList finds you new books and authors based on books you have read or topics that interest you. NoveList recommends books for you.


ReferenceUSA is a directory of U.S. companies.

Salem Online

Search a wide range of resources from a single search box. To access, choose "Library Card Number" and enter your card number.

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center lets you access a multitude of full-text science-oriented content.

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