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.
In Library Only – The most asked for collection of genealogical databases. Many state, national, and international resources are included.
Biography in Context includes nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography. Great for biography reports.
Britannica Library is a respected general purpose encyclopedia. Both adult, teen, and children’s versions of the encyclopedia are available on this site.
Search Consumer Health Complete to answer questions about your health and medical care.
Access Consumer Reports online to find ratings and reviews of consumer products.
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.
Search Literary Reference Center to find critical reviews of books and authors.
Mango is a fast, easy, and fun way to learn to speak a foreign language!
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.
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.
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.
In Library Only – Use US News College Compass to narrow down your college search. Find a variety of “top ten” and “best of” lists for colleges and universities and read useful articles from the well respected US News and World Report. Ask at the Information Desk for access.
Citations to obituaries in Western Springs newspapers between 2003-2007. Incomplete.
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 identifies books, DVDs, compact discs, and other media in libraries around the world. Easy to use and requires no library card number nor password.