Online Reference Materials

Use online catalogs to find library materials such as books, magazines, A-V materials and other resources.

 

Art and Music

Oxford Art Online - Grove Art Online is the most comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day. Database includes the entire print edition of The Dictionary of Art, a fully searchable text, thousands of images, and links to other sites.

Oxford Music Online - Online version of the excellent print resource. Search for musicians, groups, genres and much more.

Cultures, Geography and History

Annals of American History - A definitive resource of over 2,000 primary documents chronicling every era in United States history from 1493 to modern times. Documents in the Annals are written by U.S. Presidents and other key political figures, and each entry is selected for its historical significance. Included are: historical accounts, speeches, memoirs, poems, editorials and cultural criticisms. Multimedia includes: more than 500 photos, over 100 video clips, and audio clips. Users may browse by era, by author’s name, or by topics, such as: Education, Exploration and Expansion, Government, Law, Labor, Religion and more.

American Government - This database explains how the historical origins and structure of American government affects current issues and elucidates the strengths and weaknesses of the political and economic systems of the United States by comparing them to those of other countries.

American History - Survey of American history from 1350 to the present day. Database includes primary and secondary source materials, video clips, photographs and illustrations, Supreme Court cases, maps and timelines, and much more.

CultureGrams- Reports for 182 countries and territories with categories such as: land and climate, history, personal appearance, greetings, gestures, family, diet, holidays, economy, education, health, and events and trends. Additional features include photo gallery, recipe collection, as well as an index of famous persons.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context - Covers today’s hottest social issues in-depth with more than 5,000 topic overviews, 14,000 pro/con essays and over 5 million periodical articles.

The Statesman's Yearbook- Published continuously since 1864, is an essential resource for diplomats, politicians, and any one who is interested in international affairs. Articles inlude the history, politics, economics, trade and infrastructure of each country.

United States Geography - This interactive database delivers an unbeatable combination of authoritative research sources, reference entries and primary documents for all 50 U.S. states. 

U.S. History in Context - Spans United States History from its origins until today. Provides overview articles, viewpoint essays; reference articles, newspaper and periodical articles, and primary source documents.

World Geography - Overviews on over 200 countries. Coverage includes: location and people, recent political history, and economy. Includes primary and secondary source information, maps, holidays and cultural celebrations and statistical information.

World History: Ancient - Covers human history in all corners of the globe, from prehistoric times to the beginnings of the Renaissance. Easy to navigate, users can browse eras, or search for specific places, people, or events. Articles contain links to related entries, maps, images and a glossary. 

World History: Modern - Coverage on the history of all regions of the world from 1500 to the present. Includes primary and secondary sources such as treaties and proclamations, illustrations of people, places and events, graphical timelines, and specialized maps.

World History in Context - Contains comprehensive global history overview articles from antiquity to the present from a wide variety of sources: reference books, newspapers and periodicals; primary source documents as well as maps and images.

African American Almanac - Online version from Gale provides historical and current information on African American history, society, and culture. Includes a chronology; primary documents; directories of organizations and businesses; a bibliography; annotated lists of crucial court cases; a filmography; hundreds of brief biographies; and more than 650 photographs, illustrations, maps, and statistical charts.  EPL Resource 

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Encyclopedia of African-American Culture & History- Gale's online version of a  five-volume set and supplement covering all aspects of the African-American experience from 1619 to the present day. Contains over 2,300 articles detailing the cultural roots, American life, and current condition of the African-American community.  EPL Resource 

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Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations - Electronic version from Gale, presents easily accessible information on 200 countries and dependencies from around the world. In-depth coverage on a variety of topics including: banking and securities; climate; government data;  and demographic statistics. Also includes biographical essays on national leaders.  EPL Resource

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Latino American Experience- A full-text digital resource exploring all aspects of history and culture of Latinos living in the United States. Content spans from the pre-Columbian Indigenous civilizations, through Spanish and Mexican settlement, to issues pertinent to U.S. Latinos. Resources include: title list; timeline; image and primary sources indices; documents; origins; and links to viewing content in Spanish.

 

 

Current Issues

Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society - This database helps students understand how society shapes and is shaped by controversy, providing authoritative historical context, a breadth of balanced, expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources on today's most important issues.  Topics such as climate change, poverty and gun control as well as many others are covered.

 

Literature and Poetry

Books In Print - The first place to go to find books, audio, and video materials. Multiple search options allow users to locate various materials, publisher information, and title reviews.

Columbia Granger's World of Poetry - Searchable by author, subject, words in a poem, as well as by title, and first and last line, Granger’s Poetry Online is an excellent source for critical content, poetry (some in full text), biographical information, and a glossary.

Literature Resource Center LRC- Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Combining Gale Group's core literary databases in a single online service, this also covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.

NoveList - Your complete guide to fiction. This database allows users to locate works of fiction, reviews, and author and plot information by use of both quick and advanced searching features. Users can also access information on author read-alikes, book discussion guides, book talks, and feature articles concerning fiction in general. Various links also connect to websites with excellent teacher resource materials. An additional database, Novelist K-8, provides the same features but for works of fiction geared at the elementary through middle school audience. EPL Resource

Science and Health

Science - This site provides full text articles, news stories and research reports from Science Magazine with additional online information, links and multimedia.

Teen Health & Wellness - Comprehensive fully cited articles, written by medical professionals on topics including: diseases, drugs, alcohol, nutrition, fitness, mental health, diversity, family life, and more. Also contains a glossary; interactive polls and quizzes; and first-person teen narratives.

Professional Education

ERIC - The world’s largest source of education information, contains abstracts of documents and journal articles on education research and practice. Database also covers descriptions and evaluations of programs, research reports and surveys, curriculum and teaching guides, instructional materials, position papers, and resource materials. Search options allow users to check availability of items in other libraries across Illinois.

ProQuest Professional Education - Gives users access to over 790 top educational publications, including more than 615 of the titles in full-text. Offers complete information on hundreds of educational topics. PDF imaged articles include charts, tables, and diagrams.

Use the online encyclopedias to locate quality general information on a number of different topics.

 

Encyclopedia Americana - An online encyclopedia for high school students. Includes online newspapers from around the world as well as biographical profiles. Americana is part of the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia.

Encyclopædia Britannica - Britannica Online includes Britannica Elementary and Compton’s by Britannica, which cover three different student reading levels. All encyclopedias are fully searchable and provide links to related quality websites.  ( Spanish Reference Center)  ( ImageQuest)

Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia - An interactive online encyclopedia that includes countless pictures, maps, sounds and video footage. Great supplementary material for projects.

La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre - The Cumbre is a Spanish language online encyclopedia with over 18,000 articles, pictures, maps, and sounds. Also includes valuable material such as recipes, a calendar of country festivals, and information on Spanish grammar. The Cumbre is part of the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia.

The New Book of Knowledge - NBK is a very user-friendly online encyclopedia with authoritative articles and great pictures. NBK is part of the Grolier Multimedia. Encyclopedia.

African American AlmanacEPL Resource

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Encyclopedia of African-American Culture & HistoryEPL Resource

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Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine  EPL Resource

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Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology  EPL Resource

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Gale Virtual Health Collection   EPL Resource

Gale Virtual Reference Library  EPL Resource

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations  EPL Resource

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Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum- Information on the museum, exhibits and events; includes online astronomy information.

Art Institute of Chicago- Includes special exhibitions, museum collections, visitor information and the latest news.

Chicago History Museum - Current exhibitions, programs and events, collections, and particular events in Chicago history.

DuSable Museum of African-American History - General information, exhibits, cinema series information, Chicago history makers, and a calendar of events.

Field Museum of Natural History - Calendar of events and exhibits, research and collections information, plus general information.

National Museum of Mexican Art- Information on collections, performing and visual arts; and student, school and community programs.

Museum of Contemporary Art - Includes exhibits/collections, performance information, educational programs, and other general information.

Museum of Science and Industry- Temporary and permanent exhibits, collections data, teacher/student resources and general information.

Shedd Aquarium - Explore exhibits, view 32,500 marine animals, videos; blogs, and educational opportunities for all age groups.  

Spertus Museum - Acquaints visitors with the beauty and customs of Jewish religion and culture around the world.

ProQuest Newsstand- Full-text articles from nearly 800 local, regional, national and international newspapers. Search the entire collection at once, all papers from a particular state, an individual paper or any combination of papers.EPL Resource

Chicago Defender (Historical)- Articles from the years 1905-1975. Primary source materials for researching African-American history in Chicago and the nation.

Chicago Tribune (Historical)- Articles (not clippings) from the years 1849-1984. Primary source materials on Chicago's history as well as the nation.

CQ Researcher- Weekly reports written by journalists, experts, lawmakers and citizens exploring both sides of an issue. Reports include statistics, charts, chronologies, bibliographies and a list of contacts and organizations. Remote access available from ETHS library.

eLibrary - Full-text magazines, journals, newspapers, books, maps and transcripts (radio and tv). Available in Spanish.

FirstSearch- Citations and full-text articles from academic journals. WorldCat, a library catalog in and outside of Illinois is included.

Hartford Courant (Historical)- Articles from the years 1764-1984. Primary sources from colonial, revolutionary, and post revolutionary years in the United States.

Illinois Periodicals Online - Searchable full-text of Illinois Issues, Illinois History, Illinois Municipal Review, Illinois Parks and Recreation, and other magazines published by the State of Illinois.

New York Times Historical- Search and print the complete text and images from "the American newspaper of record" from 1851-2003. EPL Resource

Shorefront - African-American history on Chicago's NorthShore. Full-text of the only publication devoted to the history of Evanston's African-American community. Also has a map of Evanston African-American historic sites.

UMI / ProQuest - Resources indexed: articles from 800 (many scholarly) periodicals, many with full-text; text and images from 50 newspapers, all full-text; articles from the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and the last 90 days of The New York Times.

SIRS Researcher - Full-text newspaper, journal, magazine and government publication articles on issues of social, scientific, historic, economic political and global significance. Also contains information about global regions in contention formerly found on the database  World Conflicts Today.

Washington Post (Historical)- Articles from the years 1877-1988. Coverage and analysis of American politics from many time periods.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - Court actions, bills in Congress, and fights for free speech, reproductive rights, religious freedom.

Amnesty International - Upates on worldwide human rights abuses and ways in which those wanting to counter abuses can help.

Auschwitz History - From the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. This site offers easy to read articles which chart the history of the rise of Nazism to the building of the death camp. Also included are: categories of prisoners, fate of children; life in the camp, medical experiments, and more. There are several photo galleries, and virtual tours of both Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau.

Bartleby.com - An Internet storehouse of Great Books in public domain that is a must-see for any research project. Here you will find plays, poems, short stories, unabridged novels; religious works, quotations, English usage and grammar books; and non-fiction works by notable historic authors.

CIA World Fact Book - The Factbook provides a summary of the demographics, geography, communications, government, economy, and military of 266 U.S.recognized countries, dependencies, and other areas in the world.

Encyclopedia of Chicago - The Encyclopedia of Chicago is a dynamic and unprecedented metropolitan history. Thousands of historical resources, including articles, photos, maps, broadsides and newspapers, related to Chicago's colorful and complex history are at your fingertips.

 


 

Holocaust Encyclopedia- Created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, this online encyclopedia has articles on all aspects of the Holocaust: history, biographies; Third Reich, ghettos, Nazi camps; Mosaic of Victims, Resistance movements and the aftermath of the Holocaust, among many others. Included are links to personal testimonies of Holocaust survivors; photo galleries of artifacts and of historical events. The Education tab has materials for teachers to use in their classrooms.

National Public Radio - News and a variety of other programming. Search transcripts, book /music reviews and recent and past interviews.

Library of Congress Country Studies

Occupational Outlook Handbook - From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This online version is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. It is updated every two years.

Poets.org - A database of poetry and poets.

Pros and Cons - Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format.

Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) - Programming and air dates. A list of headings about shows on a particular topic.