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Academic OneFile

This article database includes full-text and abstracts of scholarly, trade, and general-interest periodicals covering topics in the areas of current events, general sciences and technology, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

Access Newspaper Archive

This unique archive spans more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more. A great resource genealogy or historical research.

ALLDATA Repair Manuals

With ALLDATA Repair, you have access to direct diagnosis, repair, and maintenance information. ALLDATA offers you information covering more than 33,000 engine-specific vehicles. Repair procedures, diagrams and TSBs are specific to each vehicle for fast, factory-correct repairs. Available at the Main Library only.

Ancestry Library Edition

Genealogy research tool, including census records, military records, probate records, directories, and more.

In library use only. Please see a staff member to login. is a genealogy research website.The company provides access to approximately 12.7 billion records, including census records, military records, probate records, directories, and more. User-generated content included 191 million uploaded photos and more than 16 million uploaded stories. 


OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals. An OCLC database.

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Authorization number: 100107379

Password: palatine

Basic ESL

Basic ESL is an online English as a Second Language learning course, class software, and study tool to learn English online. Create an account to track your progress.

Big Interview

Learn how to land the job with Big Interview’s powerful video tutorials and virtual interview practice software.

Biography in Context

Find biographies from Gale sources along with full-text articles from magazines and newspapers, as well as images and links to vetted websites. Search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as keyword and full text.

BrainFuse - HelpNow Online Tutoring Service

Brainfuse provides affordable online homework help through its HelpNow service -- a unique blend of one-to-one homework help, skills building, test preparation, and writing assistance. LIVE tutoring assistance is available daily from 2-9 PM.

BrainFuse - JobNow Online

JobNow provides live interactive online help combined with online resources to guide you through the necessary tasks to get a job including a LIVE Interview Coach service.

Business Insights: Global

Gale Business Insights: Global uses case studies, statistical data sources, news articles, academic journals and topical reference materials organized by country, company and industry to engage users in the global business environment.

Chicago Tribune

Full text from 1985 to the present.

Chicago Tribune Death Notices

Find obituaries and death notices for individuals within the last 150 years. (1860 - Current). 

Chicago Tribune Historical (1849-1990)

This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

Chilton Library

All the information from the Chilton Auto Repair manuals in a easy to search and print location that you can use from home.

Consumer Reports

Find ratings and recommendations on a variety of products. An Ebsco Research Database.

Daily Herald

Full text from 1995 to the present.

Daily Herald Archive

Arlington Heights Newspapers are an incredible resource when tracing your family tree to uncover treasures from the past about your ancestors. The archives cover Arlington Heights history from 1901-2016 and allow you to further understand an ancestor's place within their local community to research your genealogy. 


Unlimited access to demographic maps and reports for all U.S. geographies and addresses

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Work smarter to obtain your Illinois driver's license. Get the latest Illinois Rules of the Road, take Permit Practice tests, get answers to your questions. Included in this service are 10 car practice tests,  6 motorcycle practice tests, 1 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice test,  2 driver’s manuals (car and motorcycle) and a FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.


An index of articles from scholarly journals. An OCLC database.

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Password: palatine


Journal articles and reports in education. An OCLC database.

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Fold3 provides access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Gale Business Courses

Sign up for the next round of online courses, starting every six weeks. Palatine cardholders can enroll in courses ranging from accounting & finance to starting your own business. Courses are offered once a month, span 6 weeks, and are led by an expert instructor who will be responsive to each student's learning needs. There are classes related to business, entrepreneurship, leadership, management, technology, and so much more.

GALE Courses

Gale Courses offers programming with over 350 courses in personal and professional development. All courses start fresh monthly and run for six weeks. Lessons, discussion boards, assignments, and tests are available to users 24/7. Topics include: computer programs, health, career exploration, college prep, writing, ESL, business, leadership, family, and more.

Gale LegalForms

A collection of simple forms which can be downloaded, edited, printed, and saved. The information entered is held in absolute privacy. From Gale / Cengage Learning.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is an online library of reference titles for research in a variety of fields. Chapters can be downloaded to your tablet or other reading device.

GenealogyBank Library Edition

GenealogyBank provides access to millions of genealogical records from 1652 to the present day. Find and browse digital images of American obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements, casualty lists, military and government documents and other primary sources. 

General OneFile

A 'mega-content' database indexing over 6,000 periodicals, newspapers, and newswires with backfile coverage from 1980 to present, updated daily. The database includes full text articles for 3,000 periodicals, 89 wire services and business press releases. OneFile offers single source searching for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.

Health and Wellness Resource Center

Includes journals and magazines, many of which are full text. It contains nursing and allied health journals, other medical journals, newsletters and consumer health magazines.

HelpNow Online Tutoring Service

Brainfuse provides affordable online homework help through its HelpNow service -- a unique blend of one-to-one homework help, skills building, test preparation, and writing assistance. LIVE tutoring assistance is available daily from 2-11 PM.

HeritageQuest Online

Resource for census data, family records, and local histories.

Illinois Library Catalog

Access various online resources including ArticleFirst, MedLine and the Illinois Catalog. 

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Offers live interview and job skills coaching, a resume lab, 24/7 access to career resources and a skills learning center. Coaches are available Monday - Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm.

Learning Express Career Center

Prepare for a career exam, explore occupations, and improve your workplace skills here.

Learning Express College Center

Strengthen your academic skills and prepare for placement tests and graduate school entrance exams here.

Learning Express College Prep

Practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks to help you prepare for college success. Includes ACT, SAT, AP Exams, PSAT, TOEFL, iBT and college admissions essay writing.

Learning Express GED Preparation Center

Earning a high school equivalency credential shows that you have high-school-level academic skills. It can help open the door to a better job or career, and a college education.

Learning Express Recursos Para Hispanohablantes

Este centro ofrece práctica para mejorar las habilidades básicas, práctica para el examen de GED® o ser ciudadano estadounidense.

Learning Express School Center

Practice, lessons, and study aids to help you do your best in school. Serves Elementary, Middle and High School.

Learning Express Software Skills

Keep up or stay competitive with these popular computer programs. These easy-to-use courses will teach you everything you need to know. All are designed to fit your current skill level and schedule.

LearningExpress Library

Features more than 300 practice tests including ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB, Firefighter, Police Officer, Paramedic, EMT Basic, U.S.Citizenship, Postal Worker, Cosmetology, and Real Estate Sales Agent & Broker exams. Also includes practice, lessons, and study help in school subjects.  Job seekers can use the Job & Career Accelerator and Career Center modules to find resources for choosing a great career, job searching, resume and cover letter building, and much more.

Literature Resource Center

Research authors and their works, literary movements and genres. Search across several major Literature databases to find full text of literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews. Business Tutorials

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Learn techniques for promoting your small business. Our tutorials show how to develop a website and track its performance with Google Analytics, grow your business's social media presence, craft effective email campaigns, write blogs that engage your audience, and more. Library

Whether you want to learn web design, photography, or Microsoft Word, has a training video for you. With over 53,000 tutorials providing detailed instruction, you are sure to find exactly what you need to succeed. 

Mango Languages

An on-line language learning system that offers courses in Spanish, Russian, French, Mandarin, ESL, and more.


All areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing. An OCLC database.

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Authorization number: 100107379

Password: palatine

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Access Morningstar financial reports, screening, analyst reports and portfolio screening. Use the Help & Education link to access information about this database and online course modules on investing.

MyHeritage Library Edition

Discover, preserve and share your family history. MyHeritage searches more than 5 billion historical records from all around the world, including birth, death, marriage, immigration, military, gravestone photos and much more. Searches includes the complete US Census, from 1790 – 1940 and are available with all document images. MyHeritage Library Edition offers remote access so you can search from the comfort of your own home. Available in 40 different languages. 

National Geographic Kids

Watch videos, learn about animals, and places, and get fun facts. Designed for kids ages 6 years and up. 

Natural Medicines

 Natural Medicines was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine including dietary supplements and integrative therapies.

Netadvantage from Standard & Poors

Includes Standard & Poor's Bond Guide, Corporation Records, Dividend Record, Earnings Guide, Industry Surveys, Mutual Fund Reports, The Outook, Standard & Poor's Register, Stock Guide and Standard & Poor's Stock Reports. 

New York Times

Full text articles from June 1, 1980 - current.

New York Times Magazine

Full text coverage from January 5, 1997 - current.

NewsBank Newspapers

Full-text content of local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, people in the community and special reports on current events.

In library use only. Please see a staff member to login. offers the largest collection of historical newspapers from the 1700s–2000s with over 80 million pages from more than 3400 newspapers across the United States for genealogical and historical research.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Search K-8 fiction and non-fiction by author, title, series name, and subject.

NoveList Plus

Online reader's advisory database for fiction and non-fiction.

Nursing & Allied Health

This collection's current and authoritative content will be of use to both nursing professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.

Plunkett Research

Plunkett Research offers access to industry data, competitive intelligence and technology analysis. Information available online includes: Industry analysis, Market research, Profiles of thousands of leading companies, public and private, U.S. and international, Industry statistics, Industry contacts, Industry glossaries, Search, Print and Export capabilities, and a powerful Build-A-Report tool

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ProQuest Newsstand

Search for full text-articles in hundreds of newspapers and periodicals, including national and leading regional papers such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal- Constitution, Barron's, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington Post. Issues may go back as far as 1984.

Public Records

Find new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures and bankruptcies for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry & Will Counties.


Contains detailed information on more than 12 million U.S. businesses; 102 million U.S. residents; 683,000 U.S. health care providers; and now 1.5 million Canadian businesses.  Job seekers can use the U.S. Jobs / Internships module to research companies and access 2.5 million job postings.

Science in Context

Science in Context features information for assignments and projects, and provides detailed coverage of popular subjects, from earth science and life science, to space, technology, mathematics and science history and biography.

Small Business Resource Center

Covers major areas of starting and operating a business. Includes sample business plans, directories, including the Encylopedia of Business Information Sources, Encyclopedia of Management and Small Business Management, and more.

Student Resources in Context

Covering the major subject areas, including history, literature, science, social studies and more, Student Resource Center provides a selection of reference, thousands of full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary documents, creative works, and multimedia, including video and audio clips and podcasts. From Gale / Cengage Learning.


TumbleBooks is an online collection animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.


Valueline has a newly redesigned website. For training videos, please click here.

Valueline is an investment management tool to help you make informed decisions. Current and historical market and financial data is available. Includes over 1,700 actively traded US stocks.

Wall Street Journal

Full text from 1984 to the present.

Weiss Financial Ratings Online

Weiss is among the nation’s leading providers of independent ratings on more than 8,000 U.S. banks and thrifts and the only provider of independent ratings on the nation's 4,200 insurance companies. Weiss Ratings also distributes independent ratings on the shares of thousands of publicly traded companies, mutual funds, closed-end funds and ETFs.


Zinio let's you read full magazines on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. You won't miss any of the colorful images or graphics. Some magazines even feature enhanced content like videos. You will need:

  • Your Palatine library card
  • A Zinio account for the library
  • A Personal Zinio account
  • The App for your tablet or smartphone (or you can use your computer!)