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Barron’s: current (1988-present) & online edition (2018-present)

Current and online full-text issues of Barron’s. Read the latest issue »

Biography Reference Bank »

Full-text articles, images, and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals, including in-depth profiles from Current Biography and World Authors, the periodical coverage of Biography Index, and the specialist content of Junior Authors & Illustrators. 

Bloomberg Wire Service: historical (2017-2020)

Historical full-text issues of the Bloomberg Wire Service.

Boston Globe: current (1997-present) & historical (1980-1996)

Current and historical full-text issues of the Boston Globe. Read the latest issue »

Brainfuse HelpNow »

On-demand, anytime, anywhere learning resources for all ages, including:

  • Live online help from tutors (available daily from 2 to 11 pm)
  • Practice tests for college entrance exams, live assistance filling out FAFSA applications (select Live Tutoring and then choose FAFSA assistance from the Select Grade dropdown)
  • Expert writing assistance
  • A test center with customized study plans
  • A flashcard creator
  • A private virtual study room to share
  • And more

Free app for iOS and Android available. Need help getting started with the app? Watch a video tutorial »

Brainfuse JobNow »

Live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide jobseekers.

Business Source Premier »

Full-text content and peer-reviewed business journals covering all disciplines of business.

Catalog »

Oak Park’s shared public catalog of more than 8 million items from 90 libraries throughout the suburban Chicago area.

Check Illinois »

Background checks with search by name, property address, property PIN, or business name, including foreclosures, mortgage records, real estate transactions, building code violations, DUIs, misdemeanors, felonies, tax liens, and more.

Chicago Defender: historical (1999-2019)

Historical full-text issues of the Chicago Defender.

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