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The Lake Forest Library provides access to many subscription databases with full-text information from magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, and other reference sources.

These databases are available from computers in the library, and many of them are also accessible from outside the library by logging in with your Lake Forest Library card barcode number.

The database lists linked from this page indicate whether or not a database is available remotely. If you have trouble accessing a database remotely, please call the library’s reference desk at 847-810-4610




Access Science No Remote Access
Fully-searchable articles from McGraw-Hill’s Encyclopedia of Science & Technology. Includes illustrations and graphics, research updates, definitions, and science biographies and news.
America’s News Magazines Available Remotely
A small text-only collection of popular business, entertainment, lifestyle, news and science magazines. Includes the most recent ten years of most titles. Searchable by keywords and dates or browsable by magazine title or general topic. Includes the Lake Forester beginning in 1995.

Ancestry Library Edition No Remote Access
Genealogy sources primarily for the U.S. and the U.K. including the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1930; the Social Security Death Index; marriage, birth, court, and military records; and historical maps and photographs. See Ancestry’s search page to browse sources by category or to search the entire collection by name, keyword, years, and location.

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Business Source Elite Available Remotely / App Available
An EBSCO database of full text for over 1,000 business and economics journals plus indexing and article summaries for many more. Dates back to 1985 for some titles. Includes profiles for the world's 10,000 largest companies. Updated daily.

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Career Center Available Remotely
One-to-one help for adults searching for a job, going back to school, preparing for the GED, or taking the citizenship test. Tutors are available from 2:00 to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week. A Resource Library with information on resumes, cover letters, job searching, and more is available 24/7.

Chicago Tribune (1985-present) Available Remotely
The electronic text-only edition of the Chicago Tribune. Available from ProQuest's search page. Select Chicago Tribune from the Newspapers category.

For Chicago Tribune (1849-1989) See Historical Chicago Tribune

Community Cornerstone No Remote Access
Digitized files of about 300 Lake Forest properties during the 1890-1935 time frame. Includes many public buildings as well as some private residences such as Villa Turicum, Ragdale, Fairlawn, Havenwood, the Centaurs, and Mayflower Place. Files include photographs, reports, clippings, and real estate listings. Access from computers in the library.

Consumers' Checkbook Available Remotely
Find consumer ratings, comments, and advice for these categories in the greater Chicago area: Automobiles, Home Care, Finance, Health Care, Leisure & Entertainment, Pets, Repair Services, Stores, and Personal Services. Searches can be narrowed by selected miles from a specific zip code.

Consumer Reports Available Remotely
The trusted ratings from Consumer Reports magazine, with current evaluations of hundreds of products including appliances and electronics, are available in this database.  

CultureGrams Available Remotely
Basic facts and cultural information on countries, U.S. states, and Canadian provinces. Includes flags, photos, recipes, videos, maps, famous people, statistics, and more.

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EBSCO Host Available Remotely
The main page for connecting to these EBSCO databases: Business Source Elite, Health Source (Consumer and Nursing/Academic editions), Masterfile Premier and Regional Business News.

EBSCO Masterfile Premier Available Remotely / App Available
Nearly 2000 full-text general interest magazines and journals with article summaries and indexing for many others. Also has full-text reference books, biographies, primary source documents, photos, maps, and flags. Updated daily. 

Electronic Collections Online (ECO) No Remote Access
A FirstSearch database of scholarly journals with article citations or full text 1995 to the present. 


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FirstSearch No Remote Access
The main page for searching approximately fifteen FirstSearch databases on various topics. Popular and scholarly full-text articles are available from many of these databases. Find the databases listed by title or by topic from this page.
Freegal Music Available Remotely
Downloadable MP3 music tracks from Sony Music Entertainment’s catalog containing thousands of artists and over 100 genres of music.  Each Lake Forest Library cardholder can download 3 tracks per week beginning each Monday.  Once logged in, a usage counter in the upper right corner of the page shows you how many downloads you have used.  Access Freegal Music from the library’s website, enter your Lake Forest Library card number, and then search for your selections.  You can listen to a 30 second clip of a track before deciding to download it.  To download, select “download now,” and save it to your desktop.  Once the track is on your desktop, you can play it from your computer or move it to your iTunes or other MP3 library for transferring to your MP3 player.

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Gale Databases Available Remotely / App Available
The main page for connecting to these Gale databases: Children’s Book Review (Literature Criticism Online), Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, Gale Virtual Reference Library, LitFinder, and Something About the Author.

Gale Encyclopedia of Science Available Remotely

Covers all major areas of science, engineering, technology, as well as mathematics and the medical and health sciences, while providing a comprehensive overview of current scientific knowledge and technology. Entries typically describe scientific concepts, provide overviews of scientific areas and, in some cases, define terms.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Available Remotely / App Available 
Encyclopedias and reference sources on many topics . Search individual titles or the entire collection at once. From the Gale databases page, select Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Good Reads Available Remotely
Book reviews, information on hundreds of authors, and book lists for all ages, including best sellers and award-winning titles. Receive reviews of recommended books in your favorite genres delivered to your inbox by signing up for BookLetters email newsletter service.

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Health Source: Consumer Edition Available Remotely
An EBSCO database with many full-text consumer health magazines, pamphlets, reference books, and reports. Updated weekly.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition Available Remotely / App Available
An EBSCO database of over 500 full-text scholarly medical journals plus article summaries and indexing from many more. Updated twice weekly.

Heritage Quest Available Remotely
The U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1930; family and local histories; Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant files; the U.S. Serial Set of memorials, petitions, and relief actions by congress from 1789 to 1969; and the records of depositors from 1865 to 1874 in the Freedman’s Bank established for freed slaves. Also includes the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) to genealogy and local history articles dating back to 1800 and updated annually.

Historical Chicago Tribune (1849-1989) Available Remotely
The complete text and images of the Chicago Tribune from 1849 to 1989. Includes obituaries and marriage and birth announcements. Select the Chicago Tribune from the Historical Newspapers category on ProQuest’s search page.

Historical New York Times (1851-2009) Available Remotely
The complete text and images of the New York Times from 1851 to 2009. Includes obituaries and marriage and birth announcements. Select the New York Times from the Historical Newspapers category on ProQuest’s search page.

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Lake Forester (9/28/1995-present) Available Remotely
The electronic text-only edition of the Lake Forester. Search by keywords and dates or select entire issues by date for browsing.


Lexis Nexis In Library Use
Lexis Nexis Available Remotely
Use Lexis Nexis to access company and investment information, search through legal cases, and see news stories from hundreds of major sources, both foreign and domestic. To access Lexis Nexis remotely, just enter your library card number when prompted. Note: Legal case information is only available in the library.

Live Homework Help ® Available Remotely / App Available
Connects K-12, college, and adult learners with online tutors for live, one-to-one help in math, science, English, social studies, and writing. Adults can also receive one-to-one career help, citizenship test prep, and GED prep. Tutors are available from 2:00 to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week. A Resource Library with practice in core academic subjects, citizenship and standardized tests, and job search preparation is available 24/7. Available Remotely

Access online tutorials from the industry leader in technology training from any computer with an internet connection. Topics range from Microsoft Office to Adobe Creative Cloud. You can even learn to build a website using HTML 5 and CSS in's built in web developer environment.  

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MedlinePlus Available Remotely
Health information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Find information on health topics as well as drugs and supplements. Useful for answering health-related questions with plenty of easy to understand information and resources.
Morningstar Available Remotely
An investment analysis tool with three main features: Screeners that use your criteria to create short lists of stocks, funds, and ETFs;Reports & Returns with comprehensive information on stocks, funds,and ETFs plus analyst guidance for some of them; and a PortfolioX-Ray tool to assemble stocks, funds, and ETFs into a portfolio to reveal asset allocation, sector weightings, and more. The Help & Education section has courses on 150 investment topics.

MUZZY Available Remotely
A BBC language learning tool for children.  Courses  available in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.”


My Media Mall Available Remotely / App Available
A digital collection of books, audiobooks, and videos for downloading to a computer (excluding Library computers) or a portable device, including MP3 players, Pocket PCs, Smartphones, PDAs, and CDs. Titles available include best sellers, classics, popular fiction and non-fiction reference materials, study aids, young adult, and children’s materials. Some titles are compatible with the iPod. Access the collection with your Lake Forest Library card number.

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New York Times, East Coast ed. (Jun 1980-present) Available Remotely
Text only of the East Coast late edition of the New York Times. To select this title from the ProQuest search page, select New York Times from the Newspapers category.

For New York Times (1851-2009) See Historical New York Times

NewsBank Databases Available Remotely
America’s News Magazines: Large collection of news resources such as blogs, journals, print and digital newspapers, newswires, etc. Search for any subject through sources such as Air & Space, the Atlantic, Newsweek, Science News, and Slate. Also includes the Lake Forester from 9/28/95 to present. (Text only resource)

NextReads Available Remotely
Choose favorite subjects and genres from more than 20 fiction and non-fiction reading lists. Lists will be sent directly to your inbox with titles linked to the library’s catalog for ease in checking availability. Frequency of lists varies from bi-monthly to monthly. Find NextReads by selecting the “Lake Forest Library Information” link from the library’s web page.

NoveListPlus Available Remotely
An EBSCO database about novels and popular nonfiction titles. Includes summaries, reviews, popularity ranking, and links to similar titles. Many different award lists and title lists by genre, theme, and series name. Book discussion guides for some titles and author read-alike articles for many popular authors.

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OAIster No Remote Access
A collection of digitized resources from more than 1,000 organizations. Includes digitized books and articles, born-digital texts, audio files, images, movies, and statistics files. From FirstSearch’s home page, select OAIster as the database to search.

Online Book Clubs Available Remotely
Join this service to receive a daily book excerpt by email Monday to Friday with a new book beginning every Monday. A link to an audio excerpt (Real Media format) is also available. Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, Business, Good News, Teen, and Mystery Book Clubs are available.

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ProQuest Newspapers Available Remotely
Chicago Tribune(1985-current): Text only.
Historical Chicago Tribune (1849-1989): Text and images.
Historical New York Times (1851-2009): Text and images.
New York Times, East Coast Ed. (Jun 1980-present): Text only.
New York Times Magazine (1997-present): Text and images.
New York Times Book Review (1997-present): Text and images.
ProQuest Newstand (300+U.S. and international newspaers plus)
Wall Street Journal (1984-present): Text (images from 8/9/2006 on)

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Record Information Service No Remote Access
Record Information Service Available Remotely
This database of public information gathered from Lake and other Chicago-area counties includes the following records (dates apply to Lake County records): Real Estate (from 6/21/1998); New Businesses (from 12/31/1998); Foreclosures & Auctions (from 9/11/1997); and Bankruptcies (from 1/02/2002).
Reference USA Available Remotely
A business directory searchable by company name, executive name, business type, sales volume, number of employees, year established, geographic area, and more. Most company profiles include executive lists, links to subsidiaries/parent companies, a list of competitors, links to recent news articles about the company, and links to stock information and SEC reports. Search criteria can be combined to create company lists in either full or brief format.
Regional Business News Available Remotely
An EBSCO database of business journals, newspapers and news-wires covering metropolitan and rural areas of the United States. Full text of most titles with article abstracts for others. Updated daily. 

Rosetta Stone Available Remotely
Learn a foreign language online with Rosetta Stone. You will need to create a free account when first using this service, this will help track your progress. At this time, only level one for each language is available.

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Something About the Author Available Remotely
Examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults. Browse by author or search by keyword. Entries include biographies (with photographs), autobiographies, and obituaries. From the Gale Databases page, select Something About the Author.

Sorkins Directory of Business & Government No Remote Access
Profiles of companies and organizations in the Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City metropolitan areas. Searchable by company, person’s name, industry, location, phone number, or a combination of terms. Includes titles and names of company executives, industry codes, and narrative descriptions. Mini-profiles called “Prospects” are also available.

Standard & Poors NetAdvantage In Library Use
Standard & Poors NetAdvantage Available Remotely
An investment tool with analysts’ news and commentary on financial markets and inStandard and Poor’s NetAdvantage is an investment tool with analysts’ news and commentary on financial markets and industries; searchable publications such as industry surveys, stock and mutual fund reports; and a Learning Center that covers smart investing basics, retirement planning, and more.

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T Available Remotely / App Available

Connects K-12, college, and adult learners with online tutors for live, one-to-one help in math, science, English, social studies, and writing. Adults can also receive one-to-one career help, citizenship test prep, and GED prep. Tutors are available from 2:00 to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week. A Resource Library with practice in core academic subjects, citizenship and standardized tests, and job search preparation is available 24/7.

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Value Line Research Center Available Remotely
Value Line Research Center No Remote Access
Online access to Value Line’s Investment Survey (including Small and Mid-Cap Edition), Fund Advisor PLUS, Daily Options Survey, Special Situations Service, Convertibles Survey, Analyst Supplements, plus stock quotes, company news, graphing, market updates, and tutorials. Value Line also includes historic stock data for the past ten years.

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Wall Street Journal (1984-present) Available Remotely
Eastern edition of the Wall Street Journal. Text from 1/2/1984 on and text with images from 8/9/2006 on. Also, Wall Street Journal Online. Text from Jan. 8, 2010-current. To select this title from the ProQuest search page, select Wall Street Journal from the Newspapers category

World Book Online Reference Center Available In Library and Remotely
Includes World Book Advance, Student, and Kids encyclopedias, all fully-searchable with pictures. Also includes World Book Discover with a dictionary, atlas, timelines, and more. Fench and Spanish encyclopedias are also available at this site. Illinois articles and resources are available at the "Explore Illinois" link from World Book Advance page.

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Zinio Available In Library and Remotely / App Available
The library provides unlimited digital access to 90+ magazines with just your library card number and a Zinio account. Sign up and download the newest editions of Newsweek, Forbes, and Cosmo each month! Enjoy your magazines in your web browser on the go with apps for Apple and Android devices. Zinio, Indieflix, and Atomic Training use same login.

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