Library Catalogs & Collections

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  • PrairieCat: Catalog for approximately 200 libraries in northern Illinois and eastern Iowa.
  • WorldCat.org: An alternate way to search most of the WorldCat catalog, with no login required.
  • Digital Illinois: Catalog of electronic collections of documents, photographs, etc., made available online by Illinois libraries.
  • Open-Access Text Archive: Thousands of public-domain books and other free books, for online viewing or downloading in plain text or scanned formats. Part of the Internet Archive site.
  • Library of Congress Digital Collections: A large number of pamphlets, letters, historic documents, pictures, early films and recordings, and other items are available online.

 

Magazines and Newspapers.

  • Illinois Periodicals Online (IPO): Specific Illinois journals are available. The goal of this project is to scan a magazine's entire backrun through current time.
  • BNET Research Center: (Formerly called FindArticles.com.) Index of magazine articles which doesn't require a login. Many articles are available online for free, but "premium" articles carry a pricetag. Subjects covered include: arts, autos, business, health, home and garden, news, sports, and technology.
  • Google News: Search for articles from newspaper, TV news, newswires, and other reporting websites.
  • Topix: Find local news published on websites and blogs.

 

Illinois & Local History

Online documents, photos, articles, and other information about the history of Illinois and the local area.