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                      Home Access Research Databases

Following is a description of the online research databases you Matteson Public Library patrons may
access from home.

EBSCOhost-MasterFILE Select Full Text
This database provides abstracts and indexing for more than 2,700 periodicals, plus full text for more than 750 titles. Subjects covered include general reference, business, health, multi-cultural and more. Full text back files go as far back as January of 1990, while indexing and abstract back files go as far back as January of 1984.

Heritage Quest  provides libraries with a unique collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture.

Science Resource Center  contains thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations.  The latest scientific developments are covered in articles from over 200 magazines and academic journals and links to quality web sites. The database covers curriculum-related science topics and offers teachers an easy-to-use tool to identify content directly correlated to state and national standards.

Thompson Legal Forms Online  Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

Learning Express Library
LearningExpressLibrary provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass.  You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

Important! In order to use the LearningExpressLibrary from home, Matteson Public Library patrons must first register from a computer in the library as a "new user" at   Register using your Matteson library card number as your username, and create a password of your choice.  Then you can access LearningExpressLibrary from home.   See Reference Desk for assistance.

World Book Online Reference Center
SIRS (Social Issues Resources Series) is a reference tool that contains full-text articles on a wide variety of science, social science and world affairs topics; capsules of major news events tied to a timeline; and background information for more than 1,100 publications.

The Statewide Illinois Library Catalog, known as SILC, is Illinois' first all inclusive statewide union catalog that integrates WorldCat and the Illinois Library Systems' local consortial OPACs, to provide both shelf status and interlibrary loan capabilities in a single searchable interface. SILC resides on the familiar FirstSearch platform as an additional WorldCat database that allows users to scope to regional groups within Illinois, as well as by type of library. 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.

OCLC FirstSearch provides access to indexing, abstracting, and full-text of articles in magazines, journals, books, encyclopedias, and directories in more than 15 different databases, covering topics including Health, Medicine, Business, and Education. Also included is WorldCat® Database (the OCLC Online Union Catalog)--OCLC The world's most comprehensive bibliography, with more than 52 million bibliographic records representing 400 languages. Covers information from 2100 B.C. to the present. Includes holdings information from libraries across the world.   OCLC FirstSearch is provided to the public by a grant from the Illinois State Library.

Chicago Tribune (1985-current)

Chicago Tribune Red-Eye Edition

Chicago Sun-Times (1985 - current)
Complete full-text content of local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community. Paid advertisements are excluded.

Daily Southtown  (2004-present)

The Star  (2004-present)

Daily Herald    (1995- current)

ILLINET Online is a resource sharing system for the 56 ILCSO Libraries. 

Public Records Electronic Database