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Research Databases and Magazines

Your library provides you with online access to complete articles from thousands of magazines and journals, and that's just the beginning. Also available are biographies, reports, pamphlets and additional reference materials. (You will need a valid Fairview Heights Library card to access many of these from home. Contact us with questions).  REPORT A DATABASE PROBLEM by clicking here and briefly describing your access issue.

We have several Database Training Tutorials available to help you get the most out of these resources.

Library Catalogs

SILC - Statewide Illinois Library Catalog The Statewide Illinois Library Catalog, known as SILC, is Illinois' first all-inclusive statewide union catalog that integrates WorldCat and the Illinios Library Systems' local consortial OPACs to provide  both shelf status and interlibrary loan capabilities in a single searchable interface. From a single WorldCat record, users will be able to link to a local shared catalog record to see if and where an item is available for loan.


Zinio for Libraries  Offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment.
Browse from your library's collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.

Belleville News Democrat (NewsBank)  Serving Southwestern Illinois, the News-Democrat is a regional daily newspaper that provides local, national and international news coverage. December 1994-current.

Database Power Search Search across 10 databases covering a variety of subject areas using this tool.

General One File  General OneFile is a one-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and academic disciplines. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text, General OneFile serves a wide audience of readers.

New York Times Archives If you are looking for a New York Times article published since Jan. 1, 1981, search the Article Archive: 1981-Present.  Articles are free back to 1987.


Health and Wellness Resoure Center  24/7 access to thousands of full-text medical jouranls, magazine, newspapers, reference works multimedia and much more.  Includes information on alternative medicines.

HealthFinder Health and wellness, includes encyclopedia of health topics, free interactive tools, latest news and a doctor/health center/organization finder.


Biography in Context   Covers people in the news and a full range of history makers featuring biographical profiles, interviews, essays, book reviews, speeches and obituaries.

Cindi's List of Genealogy Sites If you plan on doing family history research this is the place to start with over 126,600 links.

Heritage Quest Online resource for census data, family records and local histories.


Small Business Resource Center  Covers starting and operating a business, includes business journals and a wide selection of sample business plans. 

Illinois Legal Aid Legal information and help for Illinois residents. Focus is on self help for simple divorce, child support/visitation, domestic violence, landlord/tenant plus links to other free legal advice and forms.


Books & Authors   A searchable database of fiction and non-fiction titles. Contains book reviews, recommended reading lists and books discussion guides.

Literature Resource Center    Contains biographical information about 120,000 authors and critical analysis of their works.

Opposing Viewpoints    Read opinion essays about the big political and social issues of the day.  Includes its own multimedia gallery of still images, film clips, and sound bites.  Great for class assignments.

U.S. History in Context  Provides a complete overview of U.S. history that covers the most-studied events, issues and current information.  This source includes a broad collection of full-text periodicals, reference works, primary documents, scholarly analysis and multimedia content.

Illinois Municipal Guide  One stop source for Illinois government information on its municipalities, as well as state and federal elected officers.  



CareerOneStop Sponsored by the Dept. of Labor. Explore careers, resume and interview skills, locate jobs.

Cypress Resume  An Online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in three quick and simple steps.

Testing & Education Reference Center Over 300 online practice tests.  Includes the Computer Skills Tutorials. (ACT, ASVAB, GED, LSAT, AP tests and more)


Language Learning Library A free website where you can learn a foreign language. Another good website is LiveMocha. Not only does it have self paced lessons, but also interactive tools and a community of native speakers.


CAMIO Catalog of Art Museum Images Online. Images are from around the world. Includes photos, paintings, posters, sculpture, prints, jewelry, costumes and more.

Chilton Library Entire content of all the Chilton automotive repair manuals through current model year. Includes diagrams, photos, troubleshooting, diagnostics, maintenance and more.