|Listed below are reference databases you can
use to assist with homework assignments using your Downers
Grove Library card. The links to the left are websites that
may help you as well.
Biographical information on people from around the world and throughout history.
Read, view and interact with a selection of classic picture
books for preschoolers to third grade readers.
Live homework help from tutors 7 days a week, from 2–11 p.m. each day. Students can receive help with subjects such as English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Foreign Languages and Writing.
Contains in-depth and accurate information on all chemical elements.
Full text Chicago Tribune newspaper articles from 1985 to the present.
Literature Comprehensive Database
Find reviews, reading levels, and other useful information
for juvenile and young adult literature.
Consumer product ratings, reviews, recommendations, brand reliability, and buying advice from Consumer Reports.
Learn what life is really like for people in every country of the world. Includes customs, courtesies, attitudes, religion, language, dress, diet, lifestyle, and more.
Daily Life Through History
Helps students and researchers to discover the details of everyday life of past eras--from Aboriginal Australia of 10,000 BCE to the modern world.
Experiment Central, Understanding Scientific Principles Through Projects
Students can use for examples of science projects and experiments as well as for suggestions on ways to design their own science fair project.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
One search locates information in more than 300 full-text
Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations
Information on history, politics, and geography of 193 countries. Also includes maps, flags, and photos of people and places.
Contains full-text articles from magazines along with biographies and historical essays, primary source documents, reference books, photos, maps, and flags. For grades 4 - 8.
Online practice tests for many exams including the ACT, SAT, GED, and ASVAB.
Full-text articles from 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues, and more. Also contains full-text from more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an image collection of photos, maps and flags.
This award winning language instruction will help children ages 2–12 learn a second language in a friendly, fun environment. Languages include English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
NoveList K–8 Plus
Looking for a good fiction or nonfiction book? Search by age, subject, plot summary, and more.
Points of View Reference Center
Contains full-text essays representing opposing viewpoints on important social and medical issues. Use this resource as a guide to debate, develop arguments, and write position papers.
Science Reference Center
Full-text of articles from science magazines, encyclopedias, reference books, and other sources. Topics covered include biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology, and wildlife.
Student Resources In Context
Aimed at middle school and high school students, this source has information on many topics including history, literature, science, and social studies from articles and reference books.
U*X*L Encyclopedia of Biomes
Offers detailed comparative essays on Earth's 12 major biomes and their component ecosystems.
World Book Online
Five different World Book Encyclopedia sites including content geared to primary students, Spanish Language speakers, students with research projects, and the those looking for the latest edition of the encyclopedia.
World Book Spanish Language Encyclopedia
Thousands of easy-to-read encyclopedia, newspaper, and magazine articles on a broad variety of topics from the latest edition of Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.