Online Reference Materials

Academic Video Online (Alexander Street) - - Academic Video Online provides over 70,000 video titles spanning a wide range of subject areas. making it the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. Included are films, documentaries, clips of historic events, newsreels and more.

eRead Illinois - a cooperative program that expands access to ebooks and audiobooks for Illinois residents. The collection contains thousands of titles for quick and easy download. To login to Eread Illinois, click on "Login" in the upper right hand corner of the start page and use your Chromebook username and password (without

Sora - The Sora app allows library users to locate and download ebooks and audiobooks on their computer, tablet or phone. This is a direct way to access the ebook collection at ETHS and allows users to link to their local public library.

Swank K12 Streaming (Teacher Access) - The Swank video library includes thousands of films for educational support, including the top feature films, documentaries and foreign titles. Teachers will assign videos/films as applicable and send students a direct link. Once students receive a link to the film, they will use their Chromebook login information to view the film.

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

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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

Accessible Archives - Accessible Archives include availability to eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, and commerce as seen through advertisements. African American newspapers and many other periodicals from the 18th, 19th and 20th century figure prominently in this amazing collection.

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.

History Reference Center - Covering topics in U.S. and world history from the earliest civilizations through the 21st century, History Reference Center is a research database containing full-text journals, magazines, reference books and thousands of primary source documents.

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.

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 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.

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.

General Resources

Biography in Context - Biography in Context is a comprehensive database of biographical information on people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Explora for High School Students - Look up topic overviews, magazine and academic journal articles, facts and primary sources for research papers, class projects or homework. Get information from trustworthy sources that you can cite in your papers. Designed with students and educators in mind.

Literature and Poetry

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.

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED)- Known as the “definitive record of the English language,” the OED is an ongoing masterwork which shows both the historical development of words as well as modern usage (and much more).

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 News - Science News is the official magazine of The Society for Science & the Public. It includes a wide range of scientific articles and also offers a large archive of back issues. A great resource for students and teachers alike! Please ask a librarian for a password slip to access current articles and the Science News archive.

Science Reference Center - Science Reference Center provides full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, reference books and high-quality videos. The database also contains science experiments, curriculum-aligned lesson plans, and a vast image collection.

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. (Authorization: 100-107-105, Password: wildkits)

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


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)

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Chicago Tribune (Current)- Full text coverage and citation/abstract coverage from the years 1989-present.

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

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. (Authorization: 100-107-105, Password: wildkits)

Global Newsstream- Offers over 800 titles, local, regional, national and international. Included are the full text of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and LA Times, These national titles are highly regarded and cover the nation’s news daily. EPL Resource.

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 Full access to the New York Times is available to all faculty, staff, and students when using a device on the ETHS network. Limitations: Our subscription to is not available outside the school building, by accessing the school’s intranet from off-site or via NYTimes apps. It does not include e-reader editions, Premium Crosswords or digital versions of The New York Times Crossword.

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

Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core–aligned quizzes, with new articles every day. Sign in with your eths202 Google account to get access to Newsela PRO. 

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.

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.

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 - Updates 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. - 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. - 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.

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