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FirstSearch »

Access to 14 databases, including both indexes to articles and books and some full text.


Foundation Directory Online (FDO) (access available at the Main Library only) »

Candid’s grant-seeking tool, which includes 232,000+ funder profiles, 18.4+ million grants, 900,000+ grant recipient profiles, and 1+ million key grant decision-makers and leaders, along with contacts, maps, charts, federal grants, requests for proposals (RFPs), and more.

As a Funding Information Network partner, the library provides access to Candid’s websites: Foundation Directory Online and Grants to Individuals, both offering information and resources to assist and strengthen nonprofit organizations.


Fresh Air [NPR]: current (2008-present)

Current full-text issues of Fresh Air. Read the latest issue »


Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia »

Images, maps, and full-text articles on a wide variety of subject areas.


Gale eBooks »

Reference ebooks for multidisciplinary research.


Gale in Context: Biography »

Authoritative biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study.


Global Newsstream »

The most recent global news content, as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s, featuring content from newspapers, newswires, and news sites—including Barron’s, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Daily Herald, Financial Times, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and more—in active full-text format.


Grants to Individuals (GTI) (access available at the Main Library only) »

Candid’s tool for students, artists, researchers—and other individual grant seekers—with profiles on 10,000 foundations that provide grants, and details on scholarships, fellowships, and other grants available to individuals.

As a Funding Information Network partner, the library provides access to Candid’s websites: Foundation Directory Online and Grants to Individuals, both offering information and resources to assist and strengthen nonprofit organizations.


GreenFILE »

Articles from scholarly and general interest titles focused on the environment, with the ability to limit to full-text or peer-reviewed.


HeritageQuest Online »

Genealogical and historical records, including images of US federal census documents.


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