Online Databases - Listed in Alphabetic Order

Access World News

Find current and archived articles on issues, events, people, government and more with the world's largest collection of full-text news sources. Includes local news, editorials, announcements and other sections from more than 4,700 sources.

Ancestry Library

In Library use only. Ancestry is a genealogy database that allows patrons to research their family history. Includes international sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.


The Premiere job search, reference and mailing list database with 30 million business and executive profiles, 1.1 million healthcare professionals and 220 million residents.


Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Brainfuse JobNow!

Use LIVE one-on-one academic coaching, a 24/7 skill message center, and other online resources to help you achieve your learning and career goals.

Brainfuse JobNow! can help adult learners with becoming a United States citizen, passing the GED, writing successful resumes, becoming a Microsoft Office power user, and even connecting you with local career resources.

Chicago's Consumer's Checkbook

A great source for localized consumer information on contractors, plumbers, dentists, mechanics, you name it. You'll find articles on how to look for services, what some common mistakes tradesmen make, and ratings on many individual companies.

Use Chicago's Consumer's Checkbook from home – must have a Prospect Heights Library card.

Consumer Reports

The best source of consumer information, product reviews, and buying guidelines is now online! Consumer Reports is a great tool to help you get the most value from your purchases. Whether you are looking for a new (or used) car, cameras, or treadmills; you will want to look here first. Consumer reports is available outside the Library to all PHPL Cardholders by clicking the link above.

Daily Herald

The Daily Herald is the third largest newspaper in Illinois. The paper has a strong commitment to covering the communities it serves: North West Cook County, DuPage, Lake, McHenry and Kane Counties and Fox Valley. In addition to the paper's daily coverage of the issues affecting these communities, it also produces special sections throughout the year that focus on people and events in the community. Coverage is from 1995 to present


FirstSearch, from OCLC, Inc., provides library staff and end users access to a full collection of reference databases. With FirstSearch, materials in your library's collection are highlighted in search results from an abundance of leading databases.

The Illinois State Library continues to support FirstSearch access for all ILLINET member libraries, which includes the Prospect Heights Public Library. Databases available at no charge include: ArticleFirst, Clase/Periodica, eBooks, Electronic Collection Online (ECO), ERIC, GPO Monthly, MEDLINE, OAIster, PapersFirst, Proceedings, WorldCat, and WorldCatDissertations.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

The Gale Virtual Reference Library lets you search over 300 titles, including multi-volume encyclopedias, biographical collections, business plan handbooks, company history compilations, consumer health references, and specialized reference sources. Subjects covered include Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science.

Illinois Driving Information is a website for learners who want to practice their skills before taking the real DMV test. This site also links to the most current Illinois Driverís and Motorcycle Handbooks.

Video tutorials on software, web design, business/management skills, financial literacy, job/career skills, social networking, etc. Includes Microsoft Office, Windows, and Mac OS. Requires free account creation.

Mango Languages

Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more.

MasterFILE Premier

MasterFILE Premier provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents. This database also provides an Image Collection containing photos, maps & flags. Contains nearly 1,700 full-text periodicals, over 1.1 million photos, maps, and flags,over 55,000 primary source documents and more than 450 full-text reference books.


MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

Merck Manual

The Merck Manual has traditionally provided exclusive, up-to-the-minute information to doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Featuring original illustrations and diagrams, an A-Z listing of brand-name and generic drugs, and an appendix of medical resources.


Search hundreds of local newspapers from across the country, including the Daily Herald, Prospect Heights Journal, Chicago Sun-Times and USA Today. Also includes titles from around the world.


Use NoveList to help you find that next great read.

ProQuest Obituaries

More than 10.5 million obituaries and death notices in full-image format from uninterrupted historical archives of top newspapers. An obituary is often the only biographical sketch that was ever devoted to an individual and can provide valuable clues that significantly advance genealogical research.
You must have a Prospect Heights Library Card.

Prospect Heights Journal

Search local news about Prospect Heights. Coverage begins in 2010 to present.

Rosetta Stone

Learn to speak Spanish, French, Italian, English, German or one of 19 other languages anytime, anywhere. Use the mobile app with instant syncing, downloadable lessons and more useful features, it’s never been easier to learn—whenever and wherever you are!


Scholasticís ScienceFlix provides an in depth examination on more than 30 different scientific topics. Areas of study to include: Earth Science, Space Science, Life Science, Health and Human Body, Physical Science and Technology and Engineering.

This is the official web portal of the US Government for all government online information. You'll find a rich treasure of online information, services and resources. It is designed to give you a centralized place to find information from U.S. local, state and federal government agency websites. Whatever you want or need from the U.S. government, it's here!

Value Line

Value Line is a comprehensive investment tool that enables both new and experienced investors to make timely, better-informed decisions.  Value Line covers over 3,900 stocks and provides objective research, insightful commentary, and advanced analytical tools.  The information is in-depth, but still easily understood through its five-point rating system.  If you’re researching a company for school, your investment club, or you own personal investing, Value Line is the place to start.
Use Value Line remotely – must have a Prospect Heights Library card.

World Book Online

The entire 22 volume set with additional content, including over 9500 pictures and maps and 115 videos. WBO, presented by the Henry F. Levin Memorial Fund, offers reference articles, learning and life skills activities, research and translation tools, multimedia, and interactive video. World Book Discover is designed for differentiated instruction to meet the needs of reluctant readers, ELL, ESL, and adult literacy students, with easy to read articles designed for middle and high-school students, and a text-to-speech feature which allows users to hear articles read aloud, increasing accessibility and comprehension.