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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Auto Repair Source

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.

Business Finance

Business Source Premier

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

Law Government

Check Illinois

Find contact information, criminal arrest records, information on properties, and more for these Illinois counties: Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, Dupage, Kankakee, Kane, Kendall, Lake, Madison, McLean, Mchenry, Peoria, Rock Island, St. Clair, Tazewell, Will and Winnebago.

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

Creativebug

Offers 1000+ online art and crafts classes with expert step-by-step instructions plus patterns, templates and recipes from Joann Fabrics.

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Driving Tests

Practice tests, resources and FAQs to help obtain or renew your driver's license. Does not require a library card to use.

Genealogy History

FamilySearch

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. PPLD is designated as a FamilySearch affiliate library, which grants researchers onsite access to billions of digitized records, including millions of images that are only available to Affiliate Libraries and FamilySearch Family History Centers (Affiliate Library digital images are only available in the Library).

Business Finance

Financial Literacy Basics

Designed for those who are just starting, this series gives you the necessary tools to make sure you are fully equipped to manage your finances. 

Genealogy History

Fold3

Historical documents and personal histories from the National Archives and other institutions that provides access to U.S. military records including stories, photos and personal document of the men and women who served.

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Gale eBooks

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

Homework Bus

HelpNow!

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.

Literature Reading

Literary Reference Center Plus

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

Language Learning

Little Pim

Make a free profile for your child and get started learning Chinese, French, German, Spanish and more.

Online Learning

Lynda.com

Learn the latest business, technology, management, writing, creative skills and much more through instructional videos taught by industry experts.

Language Learning

Mango Languages

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

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.

Writers

PressBooks via Inkie.org

Edit, format, and generate print-ready and eBook formats for your book through the Inkie. org site which also includes eBooks from local, self-published authors.

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.

Homework Bus

Scholastic Go

Explore videos, pictures, newspaper and encyclopedia articles on everything from animals to current events.

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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.

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.