Learn about people from all walks of life including athletes, entertainers, politicians, historical figures, authors and many others.
Enhanced version of Encyclopedia Britannica with a world atlas, primary source documents, historical highlights and media updates.
This digitized, full text version of the newspaper includes photographs, ads and obituaries from 1849–1994.
An online collection of photographs, postcards, letters and more all detailing Des Plaines' rich history. A great tool for doing historical and genealogical research.
Convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Historical documents like the National Archives Holocaust Records are also included. A useful tool for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families and teachers.
Explore local histories, mine census data and search thousands of other records to find your ancestors and build your family tree.
A collection of history eBooks.
Online version of print reference titles including, Great Lives from History, Great Events from History, The Decades in America and The Value of a Dollar - 1860-2014 * The Colonial Era.
Documentaries on Women's Suffrage, Voting Rights & Democracy Around the World.
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Historical newspapers archive from the 1700's - 2000's - 4,000+ news titles from the U.S. and around the world. For researchers, historians, genealogists, teachers and students.
Access to over 500 video-based courses - everything from ABC's of Algebra to Yoga 101. First time users need to create an account. Once you're logged in you will have access to the course catalog and be able to start a class. CEU (Continuing Education Units) Certificates are available.