Search the Catalog:
Encyclopedias, Directories & Almanacs
Select a database by a subject category listed below,
then enter your Glenview Library card number as prompted.
Most databases are available remotely. Databases available only in the Library
are noted in red.
Research databases are arranged by subject or A-Z by title.
Ancestry Library Edition

Available only in the Library. Genealogy and local history research: digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index.

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

BGMI provides citations to biographical dictionaries, who's whos, subject encyclopedias, and literary criticism as an index to reference indexes.

Biography in Context

Full text biographies from over 130 reference sources and access to biographical articles from more than 265 magazines.

Chicago Tribune Archive

Useful for finding obituaries and news stories from 1849-1984.

E-Journal Index

A research tool for finding full-text electronic publications (magazines, journals, newspapers) available through Glenview Public Library’s databases. Search by title, keyword or browse by subject heading.

Facts On File World News Digest since 1940 with a live news feed from Reuters® to answer questions about events, people, issues, facts, and figures of the last 60+ years.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Search e-reference books on multiple topics. A Gale research database.

Heritage Quest

Research materials for tracing family history and American culture for beginning or professional genealogists.

History Study Center

Digitized primary and secondary sources with documents and articles organized under widely-studied topics, with reference works, images, video clips and links to 2,000 websites.

Illinois Statewide Catalog

SILC is the Illinois catalog of materials for libraries throughout the state.

Newsbank: Illinois News Sources

Electronic editions of the Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald, Glenview Announcements and other local news magazines and sources.


Search The Chicago Sun Times, The Daily Herald, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and several other Midwest regional newspapers, as well as nationally known magazines and journals.(Library app available)

Reference Library

Search e-reference books on multiple topics. A Gale research database. (Library app available)

SIRS Knowledge Source

Excellent database for student assignments on social, scientific, health, historic, economic, business, political, and global issues with graphics, charts, maps, and diagrams.

Student Edition INFOTRAC

Provides access to age-appropriate content from magazines, newspapers and reference books. Authoritative content that is updated daily.

Student Resources in Context

An integrated media resource of curriculum-targeted primary documents, biographies, essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text of over 450 magazines and newspapers, with 20,000 photographs and illustrations, and many hours of audio and video clips.

World Book Encyclopedia

Designed for school-aged students, this encyclopedia contains every article from the 22-volume print set plus state-of-the art multimedia and editor-reviewed websites. (Library app available)

World Book Online Reference Center

Encyclopedic, multimedia, e-book and primary source database integrated in a single search. Individual accounts let users create and save their work. 7th grade through adult.

World News Digest

Facts On File World News Digest since 1940 and a live newsfeed from Reuters® to answer questions about events, people, issues, facts, and figures of the last 60+ years.

The WorldCat library catalog lets you search for books and audio visual materials in library collections in our community, throughout Illinois and in thousands of libraries around the country and the world. (Library app available)

Please email the Reference Services Staff
call 847-729-7500 x 7700, or visit the Reference Desk for database assistance.