Articles, videos, pictures, biographies, and definitions covering all major scientific disciplines.
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Use our wide variety of print and online resources to do research—stop at the Reference Desk if you need suggestions for sources to use or help getting started.
Most of our databases are available to use outside the Library when you log in using your Lake Forest Library card number. Some databases, such as Ancestry, are for in-library use only.
Most of our databases are available to use outside the Library when you log in using your Lake Forest Library card number. All databases are available to any patron using the Library's public computers.
Articles from 27 popular magazines in recent years, including titles like National Review, The New Yorker, and Popular Science.
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Search family histories with these census, marriage, death, birth, and military records from the U.S. and U.K.
Search over 1,000 business and economics journals, and read profiles for the world's 10,000 largest companies.
Full text articles (excluding images) from 1985 to the present. Search historical articles from 1849-1989 in the Historical Chicago Tribune database.
Chicago Tribune articles (including images) from 1849–1989, including obituaries and marriage and birth announcements.
Free eBooks and eAudiobooks available through the Cloud Library app. For instructions on getting started, see our user guide.
Expert ratings from Consumer Reports magazine, evaluating hundreds of products from appliances to cars to electronics.
Cultural information on other countries in the world and states within the U.S., including videos, recipes, customs, and lifestyles.
Allows for simultaneous searching of any combination of EBSCO databases including: BIR Entertainment, Book Index with Reviews, Business Source Elite, Health Source (Academic and Consumer editions), Masterfile Premier, Regional Business News, Fiction Core Collection, and AHFS Consumer Medication Information.
Popular and scholarly full text articles from 13 different databases including ERIC and MedLine. Search simultaneously or individually.
Download up to three Sony Music songs each week to your device or computer. For instructions on how to get started, see our user guide.
Comprehensive overview of all major areas of science, engineering, technology, math and health science.
Browse and search dozens of encyclopedias and reference sources. Topics covered: Arts, Biography, Business, Literature, Medicine, History, Science and many more.
Borrow up to 10 free digital movies, music, eBooks, eAudiobooks, comics, and TV shows per month through your device or onto your computer. For instructions on getting started, see our user guide.
On-demand streaming video service. Kanopy offers a wide range of titles including selections from the Criterion Collection, foreign films, classic cinema, documentaries and more. Stream video through the available smartphone or tablet app, or watch in your computer's browser.
Searchable Lake Forester from 1995 to present. See historical editions from 1899–1940 in the Historical Lake Forester database.
Video tutorials from the industry leader in technology training on subjects ranging from coding to photography to graphic design.
Mango Languages is an online language-learning resource teaching actual conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. Also available as an app for your tablet or smartphone.
Full text and abstracts of magazine and journal articles, as well as reference books and primary source documents.
Information on health topics, drugs, and supplements from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
A vast collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks available to download through the Libby or Overdrive apps or onto your computer. For instructions on getting started with the Libby app, see our user guide.
Full text articles (excluding images) from 1980–present. Search historical articles from 1851–2009 in the Historical New York Times database.
New York Times articles (including images) from 1851–2009, including obituaries and marriage and birth announcements.
Access millions of records from over 2,000 organizations, including books, articles, audio, video, and images.
Sign up to sample a new book from the genre of your choice every week. You'll get an email Monday through Friday with excerpts from the same new book, then you can pick up where you left off with the real book if you liked it.
Project Gutenberg offers over 54,000 free eBooks: Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, especially older works for which copyright has expired. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.
Download over 60 magazines to read on your device or computer, including titles like Forbes, Harper's Bazaar, and Martha Stewart Living. For instructions on getting started, see our user guide.
Search public record information such as bankruptcies, foreclosures and auctions, and real estate transactions in Lake and Chicago area counties.
Profiles of companies and organizations in the Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas.
Statistical reference information covering social, political and economic conditions of the U.S. from the 1950s to present.
Live one-on-one online tutor help for K–12 students in math, science, English, social studies and writing available daily from 2:00–11:00 pm. Adults can receive one-on-one career help, GED prep, and citizenship test prep.