Business & Investing

Business eBooks

A collection of business eBooks, including Business Plans.

Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide and Checklist

A guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help your small business through the process.


Crain’s Chicago Business

Full text from 1986 to the present.

Encyclopedia of Associations

This is a good source for detailed information on international, national, state and local organizations

Encyclopedia of Business Information Sources

Live, print and electronic sources of information listed by subject and type of resource (directories, databases, newsletters, indexes, research centers, etc.). Many entries also provide e-mail addresses and URLs for online resources.

Gale Courses

Online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, computer applications, accounting, law, web design, healthcare and personal enrichment. Foreign language courses for Spanish, French, Italian & Japanese are also offered. New classes begin every month and last for six weeks. To get started, create an account with your Des Plaines library card. Certificates of completion are available for some courses.

Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media

Over 57,000 listings for radio, television stations, cable companies and print media.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Thousands of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources. Search the entire collection or a particular subject area.

Industry Surveys in MARKETSCOPE ADVISOR from CFRA (formerly S&P)

CFRA's Industry Surveys provide investors with broad fundamental overviews, recent performance statistics,and analysis of trends, supplying the facts needed to quickly identify the key drivers of an industry.

Investment Newsletters

The library receives several investor newsletters. Many of these may be accessed online, but only while in the library.

Thousands of online video tutorials that can help you learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals. You will be asked to Create a Profile using your Des Plaines library card. Use in Firefox or Chrome.

Market Scope Advisor (CFRA - formerly S&P)

Industry Surveys, Stock Reports, Mutual Fund Reports, Thematic Research, the Outlook newsletter, market news and commentary and more.

Favorite Library Edition

Stock and mutual fund research database for the individual investor.

Outlook: Intelligence for the Individual Investor (CFRA, formerly S&P)

Advisory resource for timely guidance on market behavior and its driving forces. Drawing from the expertise of CFRA’s staff of strategists, researchers and analysts, The Outlook identifies the developments and trends that affect stock performance and makes recommendations on when to buy, hold, and sell.

Profiles of Illinois

Information on Illinois cities and counties.


Public Records from Record Information Services

Contains public record data for new businesses, real estate transactions, home foreclosures, bankruptcies and more in Illinois.



A directory of information on U.S. and Canadian companies including job listings and new businesses. Also has residential listings and a physician/dentist directory.

Tradeshows Worldwide

Detailed information on thousands of international and U.S. trade shows and exhibitions, including sponsoring organizations, facilities, and services.

Value Line Dividend Select: Income & Growth

Monthly recommendations for companies with a high-quality dividend paying growth stock.


Value Line Research Center

The latest information on stocks, mutual funds, special situation stocks, options and convertible securities. Research reports from the various Value Line Survey publications may be viewed, printed and downloaded.

Wall Street Journal

Full text from 1984 to the present.


Wall Street Journal (ProQuest Historical Newspapers 1889-2002)

Digitized version of the WSJ from 1889-2002. Use this for older stock quotes.

Ward’s Business Directory of U.S. Public and Private Companies

Current company and industry information.

Weiss/Financial Ratings Series

Find out how your bank or credit union is doing by checking its financial strength rating. You can also find ratings for mutual funds and stocks. Consumer guides for auto, health, homeowner's and long-term care insurance are also included.

Working remotely - free courses from LinkedIn

A free learning path to help individuals and organizations manage and work remotely. Some of the courses included are: Working Remotely - 1 hour Time Management: Working From Home – 1 hour 25 min Being An Effective Team Member – 31 min Leading at a Distance – 36 min Balancing Work and Life – 28 min Well Being and Productivity - 41 min Managing Stress for Positive Change – 57 min