To use our online resources, click on a subject area or browse the alphabetical list below. If you have questions about how to use them, please come by or call us at the Reference Desk, 246-0520. If you are using our online resources from home, you will need your Thomas Ford library card number to log in.
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 for Chicago Tribune articles published from 1985 through the present day.
Access Consumer Reports online to find ratings and reviews of consumer products.
Read a selection of popular magazines online or download them to a tablet using Flipster. Both current and back issues look just like paper editions.
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 History Reference Center to find documents from and articles about American and world history.
Search Literary Reference Center to find critical reviews of books and authors.
With Lynda.com you can learn business, technology and creative skills from industry experts that will help you achieve personal and professional goals. You’ll need your library card number and your PIN to access Lynda.com.
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.
WorldCat Discovery helps you find books, DVDs, music, and more in libraries around the world, and request items through your home library.