|| Accessible from home with a
Downers Grove Public Library card
History and Geography
African American Almanac
Offers a wide range of historical and current information on African American history, society and culture. It includes important documents, biographical profiles, photographs and timelines.
Full text of newspaper 1985 to the present.
Chicago Tribune Historical Archive
Full text of newspaper 1849 – 1987.
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
Offers comprehensive coverage of the history and culture of Latin Americans.
Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History: Government and Politics
A comprehensive source that discusses the key issues in the origins of forms of government in the history of the United States, and covers the political parties, events and social movements that have influenced American politics.
Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History: War
“Each chapter provides a brief overview of one major conflict, its causes, biographies of major figures, key battles, impact on the home front and nonmilitary events at home, the war in an international context, and its aftermath.”
Gale Encyclopedia of World History: Governments
Includes over 270 political entities, their background, type of government and accounts of their downfall or the issues confronting those currently in existence.
Gale Encyclopedia of World History: War
Offers discussion and analysis of each significant war and conflict world-wide .
Gale Library of Daily Life: American Civil War
This treatment is organized by themes such as “a soldier’s life,” “family and community,” “popular culture” and more.
Gale Library of Daily Life: Slavery and America
“This comprehensive survey of slavery in the United States between 1619 and the Civil War emphasizes its effects on the daily lives of slaves, slaveholders and others.”
History Reference Center
Full-text articles from history magazines and books as well as biographies of major historical figures and photos and documents of interest to the history student or reader.
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 Native American Tribes
Covers the history, culture, oral traditions and current tribal issues of 88 American and Canadian tribes.
U*X*L Encyclopedia of U.S. History
Targeted for middle and high school students, this source covers the cultural, political, economic, and social events that shaped American history from pre-colonial times to the present.
U.S. History in Context
U.S. history information from full-text articles, reference books, primary sources and historic documents.
World History Collection
Articles from leading journals in the field of world history for students and history buffs.
World History in Context
Research topics on world history by searching full-text articles from journals and magazines from around the world as well as reference books and primary sources.
American history from the Library of Congress. Offers
a storehouse of information. Search the collections,
go to the learning page or access the global gateway
with links to cultures and additional resources.
Best of History Websites
Links to over 1000 history websites. Narrow your search by historical period (Medieval History, World War II history) and by place (American History) and then by time period.
Comprehensive site for American History. Includes primary
sources, online textbook and encyclopedia.
Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago
This free new resource offers a wealth of information
on Chicago's past. It is the electronic version
of the highly acclaimed book and is sponsored by the
Chicago Historical Society, the Newberry Library, and
History Link 101
Many links to the history of ancient world cultures.
Also covers the Middle Ages and World War II.
In-depth historical analysis available for free for students.
Timelines of periods, events, places and people.
Cities of the United States
Especially helpful to those considering moving to another area, this source examines statistical data for 199 American cities and rates them by demographic, economic, cultural, geographic, social, and recreational conditions.
Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook 2009
Timely information about countries, including recent events and current leaders.
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.
Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
Covers more than 500 cultural groups in Asia and Oceania, Europe, the Americas and Africa.
Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations
Information on 194 countries of the world, with sections on the physical, historical, social, economic, governmental, and political environments of each country.