Databases

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Ancestry Library Edition

GO TO ANCESTRY for in-library use only.

What you can do with it

Search family histories using census, marriage, birth, death, and military records from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. International records continue to grow.

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Chicago Tribune 1849-1989

GO TO HISTORICAL CHICAGO TRIBUNE.

What you can do with it

Explore articles and images, obituaries, and marriage and birth announcements from 1849–1989.

City of Lake Forest Laserfiche Portal

GO TO CITY LASERFICHE.

What you can do with it

Access thousands of pages of historical City of Lake Forest public documents including agendas, minutes, ordinances, and resolutions.

How to access

Works in the browser on iOS, Android, smartphones, tablets
Works in computer browser
DPLA logo

GO TO DIGITAL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF AMERICA.

What you can do with it

Explore the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions, including photographs, museum objects, government documents, and more!

Ethnic Diversity Source logo

GO TO ETHNIC DIVERSITY SOURCE.

What you can do with it

Research and explore the culture, traditions, social treatment, and lived experiences of ethnic groups in America using full text from peer-reviewed journals, magazines, Associated Press videos, biographies, speeches, interviews, and letters. Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of high-quality eBooks on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

EXPLORA General Search logo

GO TO EXPLORA GENERAL SEARCH.

What you can do with it

Simultaneously search a topic across any combination of EBSCO databases available through Lake Forest Library.

Hein Online

GO TO: HEINONLINE: SOCIAL JUSTICE SUITE for in-library use only

WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH IT
This collection of databases provides information about social justice movements throughout history, including the fight for civil rights and racial justice.

Databases included: Civil Rights and Social Justice, Gun Regulation and Legislation in America, LGBTQ+Rights, Open Society Justice Initiative, Slavery in America and the World

Heritage Quest

GO TO HERITAGE QUEST.

What you can do with it

Search this genealogical database for census, military, and immigration records, in addition to city directories, agricultural and industrial schedules, and more .

History Reference Center logo

GO TO HISTORY REFERENCE CENTER.

What you can do with it

Explore topics in U.S. and world history from the earliest civilizations through the 21st century using this research database containing full-text journals, magazines, reference books, and thousands of primary source documents. Includes support for Google Drive and Classroom, text-to-speech, a citation tool, personal folders for saving and sharing, and more.

inkie logo

eBooks

GO TO INKIE.ORG.

What you can do with it

Explore a suite of free resources that supports local authors with online creation and publishing tools and allows readers to access locally-produced content.

For authors

  • Create an eBook from your manuscript
  • Share your eBook through libraries
  • Enter your work in the Inkie annual contest

For readers

Free eBooks on ...

Indie Illinois

Indie Author Project Select

Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Project

Arcadia Publishing / The History Press featuring history and culture enthusiasts who write local stories for local audiences

Lake Forester 1995-Present

GO TO LAKE FORESTER.

What you can do with it

Search the Lake Forester from 1995 to present. For earlier content, use the Historical Lake Forester database.

Lake Forester logo

GO TO HISTORICAL LAKE FORESTER.

What you can do with it

Search and read issues of the Lake Forester from 1899–1947.

This resource is provided with support from the Friends of Lake Forest Library.

Los Angeles Times black and white logo

GO TO LOS ANGELES TIMES.

What you can do with it

Explore full text articles (excluding images) from 1985 to the present.

Middle Search Plus logo

GO TO MIDDLE SEARCH PLUS.

What you can do with it

Access popular middle school magazines, reference eBooks, and thousands of primary source documents and videos on subjects including history, current events, science, and sports. Publications include Cobblestone, Ranger Rick, Scholastic Science World, Time for Kids, US News and World Report, and more. Compatible with Lexiles reading measures.

New York Times 1980-Present

GO TO THE NEW YORK TIMES.

What you can do with it

Read full text articles (excluding images) from 1980–present. For articles from 1851–2009, use the Historical New York Times database.