DATABASES
 
Databases are online resources that provide essential research information on various subjects. With your library card, you have free access to the listed online databases and tools. Click on the database logo to gain access. Some online databases can be accessed from home, but a few can only be accessed from a computer at the Library.
 
The Research Databases page has the three following sections:


ADULT DATABASES
 
The adult databases are geared more towards adults, seniors, college students and possibly high school aged students. They include newspaper archives, financial databases, medical databases, genealogy resources, an auto repair database and more.
 


NEWSBANK
America's News
 
America's News provides access to information on people, issues and events in the local area and around the country. This comprehensive resource offers hundreds of millions of current and archived full-text articles from news sources nationwide in a single, fully searchable online database. It includes the electronic editions of more than 2,700 U.S. news sources with more than 79% of these sources not available in any other library database. Local newspapers include the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Southtown, and the Suburban Life.

Just browsing? Click on the Find a Topic icon in the top-right corner to look for something that catches your eye.

To access NewsBank from home you will need to enter your Library card barcode number.
 
 


GALE POWERSEARCH
Log-In: Library Card Number and PIN
 
Gale PowerSearch has 19 separate databases including Adult Resources such as Business and Company, Health and Wellness, Literature Research Center, Biography, and Opposing View Points.

There are also Youth Resources such as KidsInfoBits and Student Resources in Context.
 


ALLDATA Repair
Library & Educational Version
 
With ALLDATA Repair you can:
  • Look up vehicle specific repair and maintenance information
  • View Technical Service Bulletins
  • View and print vehicle schematics and diagrams
ALLDATA Repair can only be accessed from library computers. It is not available to access from home.
 


CYPRESS RESUME BUILDER
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Create a custom resume, cover letter, or reference list by inputting your information. The service will allow you to save work in a variety of formats and is also available in Spanish.

You can access Cypress Resume from any Library computer or from home with your Library card barcode number.



NOVELIST PLUS
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Perhaps you are looking for your next book? Check out NoveList Plus; the online readers’ resource that helps you uncover your next great read. Browse by genre or search for a favorite author or title and find books that are similar. Create a free NoveList account to save search results, searches, persistent links to searches, and search alerts in a personal folder for future access.

Novelist also offers a K-8 version that is useful for kids as well as teachers and parents.
 



 
ANCESTRY & HERITAGE QUEST
 
Looking to research your family tree? At the library, you can access the genealogical research sites Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest.

                        

You can also access  Heritage Quest remotely from home. Click the link and enter your library card number.
Heritage Quest Online
 
ProQuest has a number of tutorial videos available for Ancestry Library Edition.
 



YOUTH DATABASES
 
The youth databases are geared more towards children, young adults, and their care givers and educators. They include basic learning databases with activities, online e-books, and more.
 


TUMBLEBOOK LIBRARY
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TumbleBooks Library is an online collection of TumbleBooks, animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music, and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.
 


NOVELIST K-8 PLUS
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NoveList K-8 Plus is a 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.
 


GALE KIDS INFOBITS
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Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
 


WORLD BOOK ONLINE
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World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites. Click the icon above to go to the main World Book Online page, or select a specific database below.

 

WORLD BOOK DISCOVER
 
World Book Discover offers engaging reference resources for students reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties, with content and tools specifically developed for these students.
 
 
WORLD BOOK STUDENT
 
Tailored for students in elementary and middle schools, World Book Student includes all the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles, learning resources, and research tools. World Book Student is also optimized for tablets for the ultimate mobile research experience.

 
WORLD BOOK KIDS
 
World Book Kids is the premier online resource developed especially for young students. The site has been optimized for tablets and features image-based navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of images and videos as well as a wealth of engaging games, science projects, and activities

 
WORLD BOOK ADVANCED

World Book Advanced is a powerful reference tool that includes full encyclopedic and multimedia databases supplemented with online books, primary sources, website links, back in time articles, special reports and more.
 
 
WORLD BOOK TIMELINES
 
World Book Timelines is optimized for tablets and offers hundreds of pre-generated timelines across eight broad topics, which cover various time periods in history or span the life of historical public figures.

 
WORLD BOOK EBOOKS

World Book’s ebook collection includes highly illustrated, engaging titles that support a span of curriculum areas and reading levels. With your Library card you have unlimited simultaneous access to all of the books in the collection. Search by keyword or filter by subject or grade range.

 
WORLD BOOK ENCICLOPEDIA ESTUDIANTIL HALLAZGOS
 
The redesigned Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos is the optimal beginner’s Spanish language reference tool. The site offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and engaging features in Spanish.
 



FREE GENEALOGY WEBSITES
 
These free websites are popular among people doing research into their family trees and other genealogical research. Some are provided by the government. Others are run by non-profit organizations. And some are commercial websites.

If you would like to suggest a genealogy website, please email reference@sfvpld.org.
 


NATIONAL ARCHIVES

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. page.
 


USGENWEB PROJECT

Volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone. Part of the WorldGenWeb Project.
 


FAMILY SEARCH

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services each year to learn more about their family history.
 


FIND A GRAVE

Find a Grave's mission is to find, record and present final disposition information from around the world as a virtual cemetery experience. Find A Grave is a resource for anyone in finding the final disposition of family, friends, and 'famous' individuals.
 



OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES
 
These useful websites and online resources are freely available to anyone using the Internet. We have gathered them together here for your convenience.
 


GOODREADS

Goodreads is a social networking site where you can friend other readers, follow their reviews, and rate books. You can also add our online catalog to your Goodreads Book Link list, so when you are looking at a book in Goodreads you can quickly see if it is available at our Library or at one of the other libraries in the SWAN system. You can also download the Goodreads app to your smart phone or tablet. For more information about Goodreads, check out our Reading Resources page.
 


NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLERS LIST
 
The New York Times Best Sellers List offer a weekly national listing of popular books, including fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, Young Adult, and children's titles.
 
 


 
KELLEY BLUE BOOK
 
The "Kelley Blue Book" website provides a Fair Market Range and Fair Purchase Price for both new and used vehicles, based on actual transactions of what others are paying for a vehicle and adjusted regularly as market conditions change.
 


OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC
The Old Farmer's Almanac is a reference book that contains weather forecasts, tide tables, planting charts, astronomical data, recipes, and articles on a number of topics including gardening, sports, astronomy and farming. The book also features anecdotes and a section that predicts trends in fashion, food, home decor, technology and living for the coming year.




 

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