Research Databases

Articles for Research

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America’s News

Find global information on topics related to business, education, the environment, health, international issues, jobs and careers, politics and government, social issues, sports, STEM and more including newspapers, videos and web-only content featuring the Freeport Journal-Star, Chicago Sun-Times, Rockford Register Star, USA Today, and international sources.

Science Reference Center

Contains full-text for science encyclopedias, reference books, and periodicals. Topics covered 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.

MasterFILE Research Database

Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE™ Complete contains over 1,700 full-text periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text for more than 450 reference books, 55,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 1.1 million photos, maps & flags. This database is updated daily.

Legal Information Reference Center

Provides hundreds of full-text publications and thousands of legal forms, with more content being added on a regular basis. With the “Legal Forms by U.S. State” feature, you can search thousands of state-specific legal forms – searchable by top subject areas including adoption, bankruptcy, name changes and more.

Legal Aid Online

Illinois Legal Aid Online is a nationally-recognized center for legal services. Geared toward civil cases under $10,000, it provides quality legal help, including tutorials, forms and articles.

Illinois State Archives

This is a free site on Illinois history or genealogy. It lists Civil War and other Military Records, Public Domain Land Tract Sales, IL Statewide Marriage Index 1763 – 1900, IL Statewide Death Index Pre-1916, IL Statewide Death Index 1916 – 1950.

HeritageQuest Online

HeritageQuest OnlineTM combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with access to selected U.S. Federal Census Records (1790-1930); thousands of family and local history books; and a comprehensive subject index of over 1.6 million genealogy and local history articles.

Journal Standard Archives

Search the archives of the Freeport Journal-Standard from 2002 – current. You can browse today’s news or search for stories, obituaries, sports, columns, and more. Available from home or inside the library.


FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. The records span billions of names across hundreds collections – including birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military, IGI extracted, and more. It is a service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.