Reference Databases let you find accurate information online. Some are focused on specific subjects like auto repair or genealogy. Others have general information, including newspaper and magazine articles going back about thirty years. Learn more about these databases below.
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Provides additional resources for genealogy research, including census, immigration, military and other vital records. Searches may be conducted by name, location, and range of dates.
Available from library computers only.
OCLC has the ideal databases to find books, films, videos, computer software, magazines, business journals. Use FirstSearch to find full-text articles in databases such as ArticleFirst, and ECO. Use WorldCat for books and other materials available from libraries all over the world.
Prepare to get your license with practice tests for autos, motorcycles, and CDL. Review Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles information.
General OneFile is a one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. The site is updated daily and contains millions of full-text articles.
GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.
HeritageQuest Online includes Genealogy and Local History information such as census records, Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, Freedman’s Bank records, family genealogies, county, town histories, church and school histories, PERSI index to articles, and more.
Historic Quincy Area Photo Collection on Illinois Digital Archives
Historical Quincy photographs from about 1850 through 1950, most from the collection of the late Carl Landrum, have been digitized and loaded onto the Illinois Digital Archives. You can browse or search all collections available there, or choose a particular collection. To search only one collection, go to Advanced Search, select the collection, then enter your search words.
LearningExpress Library provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You’ll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. Includes practice modules for ACT and GED exams.
When prompted for a Username and Password, you must enter your library card number as your Username, then make up your own unique Password. Remember it for use the next time!
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.
Historical Quincy newspapers published in the years 1835 to May 1926 are now available online. The newspaper archive can be searched by date, name or keyword, or even using a combination of search terms. Articles can be viewed and printed, saved to a jump drive, pasted into a document, or even emailed to yourself or a friend.
Residential and business listings of addresses and telephone numbers, plus company information such as officers, sales, etc. You can do custom searching to locate the businesses you need, nationwide, or in a particular location.
Now available from anywhere! Just enter your barcode when prompted!
An easy-to-use source for librarians, students and other researchers, this series provides illustrated biographical profiles of thousands of authors and artists. This critically acclaimed series covers more than 12,000 individuals, ranging from established award winners to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers. Entries typically cover: personal life, career, writings, works in progress, adaptations, additional sources. A cumulative author index is included in each odd-numbered volume.
Omnifile/ WilsonWeb is a multidisciplinary database providing abstracts and some full-text articles. It covers more than 2,200 periodicals: business, humanities, science, education, & social science journals, plus popular magazines. Full text of nearly 900 periodicals as far back as January 1994. Abstracting of more than 2,200 periodicals as far back as September 1984. Indexing of more than 2,200 periodicals as far back as August 1982.
World Book Web provides a reference center for encyclopedia articles, historical timelines, and research tools as well as child-friendly options for games, activities, science projects, maps, dictionary and people. A QPL library card is required for access from any computer or to download the app to your device.