Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Welcome to our collection of databases, covering many academic and practical subjects. If you have questions about how to use them, please come by or call us at the Reference Desk, 246-0520. From home, you will need your Thomas Ford library card number to log into any of these great resources.

Use our database Subject Guides if you are unsure where to start.

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In Library Only – The most asked for collection of genealogical databases. Many state, national, and international resources are included.

Biography in Context

Biography in Context includes nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography. Great for biography reports.

Britannica Library (Away from Library)

Britannica Library (Inside Library)

Britannica Library is a respected general purpose encyclopedia. Both adult, teen, and children’s versions of the encyclopedia are available on this site.

Consumer Health Complete

Search Consumer Health Complete to answer questions about your health and medical care.

Consumer Reports

Access Consumer Reports online to find ratings and reviews of consumer products.

Gale Virtual Reference

Need authoritative reference sources? Gale Virtual Reference helps students doing homework, business people needing industrial background, and readers interested in historical facts. Try this source as a scholarly alternative to Wikipedia.

Literary Reference Center

Search Literary Reference Center to find critical reviews of books and authors.

Mango Languages

Mango is a fast, easy, and fun way to learn to speak a foreign language!

MasterFILE Premier

Find articles from almost 1700 magazines, journals, and reference books covering a variety of topics, including business, health, education, and current events. MasterFILE Premier also includes images, maps, and flags. Use this for general information and for researching articles on a specific topic.

NoveList Plus

Tell Novelist an author or a title you enjoyed and it will suggest similar reading. You may search for novels by subject, authors, and titles. Book book club discussion guides and essays are included.

Science Reference Center

If you’re researching scientific topics, try the Science Reference Center. Topics include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Western Springs Newspaper Obituary File

Citations to obituaries in Western Springs newspapers between 2003-2007. Incomplete.

WorldCat via WorldShare

WorldCat identifies books, DVDs, compact discs, and other media in libraries around the world. Thomas Ford card holders may place requests through this version.

WorldCat via the Web

WorldCat identifies books, DVDs, compact discs, and other media in libraries around the world. Easy to use and requires no library card number nor password.