R&R – History & Geography

U.S. History in Context Variety of historical information from primary sources and reference documents. Also includes photographs, illustrations, and maps.

World History in Context From antiquity to the present day, search a broad collection of scholarly analysis and full-text periodicals, reference works and primary documents that cover the events, movements, and individuals that have shaped world history.

History Reference Books Online Gale Virtual Reference Library – use reference books in the library or from home 24/7. This database contains a wide variety of history reference books. Find authoritative information on a large number of topics. It’s like having a tall stack of reference books at your fingertips!  Try these tutorials: 1) Basics, 2) Browse & Search, 3) Download PDF to Your eReader

Amazing Animals Nearly 1,200 articles on all kinds of animals, complete with information, photographs and Web links.

America the Beautiful Information on each of the 50 states, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories, including maps, fast facts, history, geography, economy, culture, government, cities, and timelines. For students in grades 4 – 8.

Chicago Tribune Historical Archive The full-text of the Chicago Tribune from 1849-1993, includes front pages, time lines, this day in history, obituary searching. It offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

CultureGrams Find information on 190 countries or investigate the 50 states of the USA. You can find information from politics, religion and language to cultural recipes and photographs.

Elmhurst Local History/Newspaper Index This is an index of several local Elmhurst, IL newspapers. With this tool you can find a citation for a specific newspaper article. The following newspapers are covered: Elmhurst Doings (April 2001-12/23/2010), Elmhurst Independent (September 2001-September 21, 2017), Elmhurst Press (June 1985-2013), Elmhurst Suburban Life (Oct 2013-September 22, 2017), Suburban Life (March 1997-September 2000).

Encyclopedia Americana Brimming with all of the informative articles and insights you’ve come to expect in the print encyclopedia, plus thousands of revisions not published in print! 45,000 articles, with tables of contents for longer entries, are updated quarterly.

Lands and Peoples This encyclopedia for students in grades 3 – 6 includes full-text articles, maps, photos, graphs and more, including up-to-date news.

Local History Files This is an index of PDF files of clippings collected over the years by Elmhurst Public Library staff. As such, authors and publishing dates may be unavailable.

Mail Order Homes This site provides a look at the homes that are thought to be mail order homes (or catalog homes) along the Old Chicago and Northwestern Railroad.

New Book of Knowlege Encyclopedia Lands and Peoples is published by Scholastic Library Publishing, Inc., from the Lands and Peoples database, a 1.1-million-word repository of text and images maintained by the encyclopedia’s editorial and technical staffs.

Reference Books Online Gale Virtual Reference Library – This database contains a wide variety of books including such diverse sources as: World War II Reference Library, Middle East Conflict Reference Library, Library of Daily Life: Slavery and America, Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. Find authoritative information on a large number of topics. It’s like having a tall stack of reference books at your fingertips!   Try these tutorials: 1) Basics, 2) Browse & Search, 3) Download PDF to Your eReader

World Book Encyclopedia More than 25,000 encyclopedia articles for students from grades 4-12.


Biography & Genealogy Resources

Encyclopedias & Almanacs

General Newspaper & Magazine Articles

BBC News Country Profiles Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions. They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives.

CIA – The World Factbook Lists population, government, military, and economic information for nations recognized by the United States.