Plainfield Public Library District

Online Resources

Requires Plainfield Library card to access remotely.

Genealogy History

America’s Genealogy Bank

Easily search and browse more than a billion genealogy records from 1690 to the present, including obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements, casualty lists, military & government documents, and more.

Newspaper

America’s Newspapers

Complete full-text content of local and regional news, including Joliet Herald News.

Genealogy History

AncestryPlus Library Edition

For genealogy research, including census, vital, church, court and immigration records.  This resource is only available in the Library.

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Automate

Do-it-yourself repair and maintenance information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles.

Literature Reading

Biblioboard

Browse digital curated collections on a variety of topics including literature, art, and history as well as self-published works from authors in Illinois and nationwide.

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Biography Reference Center

A comprehensive collection of full-text biographies, as well as thousands of unique narrative biographies.

Business Finance

Business Source Premier

Featuring full text articles from more than 2,200 business journals. Basic tutorial. Advanced tutorial.

Newspaper

Chicago Tribune Current Newspapers

Comprehensive coverage back to 1985 plus the latest news from the Chicago area, the nation and the world every day.

Newspaper

Chicago Tribune Historical Newspapers

Browse complete issues or search full text articles from the Chicago Tribune archives (1849-1989) including obituaries and death notices.

Consumer

Consumer Health Complete

Covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Consumer

Consumer Reports

Provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.

Online Learning

Gale Courses

A wide range of highly interactive, instructor-led courses that you can take entirely online at no cost.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Provides access to the full text of a variety of books and reference materials.

Homework Bus

Grolier Online Passport

Full text online versions of several reference books and encyclopedias. Video tutorial.

Homework Bus

Help Now

A live tutoring service for students of all ages. Tutors are available Monday — Sunday 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM CST. Video tutorial.

Genealogy History

HeritageQuest

For genealogy research including U.S. Federal census records, PERSI Archive, local and family history books and more.

Jobs Careers

JobNow

Features expert resume assistance, live interview preparation and career coaching. Coaches are available Sunday — Saturday, 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM CST except holidays. Video tutorial.

Online Learning

Knowledge City

An online training platform that offers over 12,000 video tutorials taught by experienced college professors and certified instructors in topics such management, compliance & safety, leadership, and more.

Online Learning

LearningExpressLibrary

Features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks, LEL offers job search/workplace skills training; skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science; career certification/licensure exam prep; college, grad school, and GED® test prep; and more.

Law Government

Legal Information Reference Center

Provides full text for legal reference books and thousands of legal forms. Video tutorial.

Literature Reading

Literary Reference Center Plus

Provides information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames. Video tutorial.

Online Learning

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Language Learning

Mango Languages

Online language learning instruction for over 60 languages, many recently expanded, including English Language Learner (ELL) courses.

Homework Bus

MAS Ultra – School Edition

Full text for popular high school magazines covering a wide-range of subject areas including history, science, careers and more.

Homework Bus

MasterFILE Premier

Provides full text for magazines, reference books and primary source documents and an image collection containing photos, maps and flags.

Homework Bus

Middle Search Plus

Full text for popular middle school magazines, biographies and historical essays. Full text entries include reading level indicators (Lexiles).

Business Finance

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Morningstar Investment Research Center offers easy access to comprehensive and independent financial analysis and data on stocks and funds.

Literature Reading

Novelist K-8 Plus

Helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests.

Literature Reading

Novelist Plus

Provides reading recommendations and information about books including reviews, articles, lists, series and more.

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Points of View Reference Center

Contains resources that present multiple sides of an issue. Video tutorial.

Writers

PressBooks

Edit, format, and generate print-ready and eBook formats for your book.

Homework Bus

Primary Search

Full text for popular elementary school magazines.

Law Government

Record Information Services

Public records of real estate sales, new business licenses, foreclosures and bankruptcies for Illinois counties, particularly the greater Chicago area and quick background checks through CheckIllinois.

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ReferenceUSA

Create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, search for jobs/internships and locate people using real-time access to more than 44 million businesses, 270 million consumers, and more.

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Science Reference Center

Full-text coverage for more than 200 science periodicals.

Writers

SELF-e

SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard that enables authors and libraries to work together and expose notable self-published eBooks to readers looking to discover something new.

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Small Engine Repair

Provides detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines such as motorcycles, ATVs, generators, tractors, snowmobiles, outdoor power equipment and more.

Business Finance

Value Line Research Center

Financial information and analytical tools for investment research.

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World Book

Includes World Book Kids, World Book Student, and World Book Advanced. These resources contain full-text articles as well as fun games and activities to enhance the learning experience.