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Research and Databases A-Z

To access our online databases from home, you must be a Winfield Library cardholder.  Please call (630) 653-7599 for password information or pick up our "Research @ Home" brochure at the library's main desk.

The library has new cards with 14-digit barcodes. If your card number begins with the letter P, please come in to the library with your card and an ID to get a new card.

  • Ancestry.com Library Edition
    • Access the largest online family history resource available. Full access to this site is available only from within Winfield Library; there is no home access option.
  • Business Source Premier
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • Company and industry profiles, market research reports and more.
  • Chilton Library
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • Chilton, the trusted name in automotive research, offers repair, maintenance, and service information on cars, vans, trucks, and SUVs.
  • Chicago Consumers' Checkbook
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • Consumers' Checkbook is an independent, nonprofit consumer organization that evaluates the quality and prices of local service firms and stores, such as auto repair shops, plumbers, dentists, banks, and insurance companies.
  • CIA World Factbook
  • Computer and Internet Basics Center
    • Log in using your 14-digit barcode.
    • The fastest and easiest way to learn how to use a computer is with video courses. Learn computer basics fast and get comfortable with everything your computer has to offer
  • Consumer Reports
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • Consumer Reports has been testing, rating and reviewing products since 1936. Get buying advice and product comparisons for more than 5,000 products.
  • Country-Background Notes
    • Contains "facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations" of countries. Information on this site is from the U.S. Department of State.
  • Daily Herald (1995-present)
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • Access the archives, including obituaries, for free with your Winfield Library card. No pictures or ads are included.
  • DPLA
    • The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
  • Driving-Tests.org
    • This service includes free tests, written specifically based on Illinois DMV materials. Practice tests for cars, motorcycle, and CDL, as well as handbooks with pertinent traffic laws are available for free.
  • EBSCOhost Web
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • MasterFILE Premier features full text articles from more than 1,700 magazines and journals.
    • Includes access to several databases, including Business Source, Health Source, and Academic Search Premier.

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online Public Library Edition
  • Encyclopedia of Chicago
  • Explora for Young Learners
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • Designed for primary and middle school students with a simple search, topic overviews, and easy to browse categories.
  • Explora for Public Libraries
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • Perfect for general research for high school age and above, Explora includes high quality articles, citation help, topic overviews, and multimedia resources.
  • Explore Chicago Collections
    • An online tool for accessing or locating over 100,000 maps, photos, letters, and other archival materials on Chicago's great history and culture.
  • First Search Databases
    • Databases include a variety of topics including science, humanities, education, and business.
    • Please call (630) 653-7599 for our password for home access.
  • GreenFILE
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • Covering all aspects of human impact to the environment.
  • HeritageQuest
    • This comprehensive database of American genealogical sources is rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and US Census data.
    • Log in from home using your 14-digit library bardode number.
  • History of the Great Lakes States
    • A free online history library for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The historical era covered starts in the 1600s - with French colonization of the region - and ends about 1860. 
  • History Reference Center
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
  • Job & Career Accelerator
    • Resume builder, tools to get hired, job postings, and more.
  • LegalForms
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • Access dozens of state-specific, customizable legal forms.
  • Mango Languages
  • Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary and Thesaurus
  • Newsbank
    • Log in u sing your 14-digit barcode.
    • Click America's News Magazines to access more than 25 national magazines.
    • NewsBank’s Special Reports are news articles, images, videos, maps and other useful content grouped under today's most important topics and themes. Click here for a helpful video about Special Reports.
  • NoveList Plus
    • Log in with your 14-digit library card number.
    • Search by title, author, or series, and view a brief summary of the book, professional reviews, and title and author readalikes. Now including fiction and nonfiction!
  • NoveList Plus K-8
    • Log in with your 14-digit library card number.
    • Search by children's book title, author, or series, and view a brief summary of the book, professional reviews, and title and author readalikes. Now including fiction and nonfiction!
  • Popular Software Skills Center
    • Log in using your 14-digit barcode.
    • Learn how to use today's most popular computer programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office, and more with these video courses.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab
  • ReferenceUSA
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • Find residential, business, and health care information for the U.S.A. and Canada.
  • Science.gov
  • Science In Context
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • If you’re looking for homework help, the latest science news, or hands-on projects and experiments, Science In Context can help! Continuously updated content ensures that you will be getting the newest information available, and carefully curated links and multimedia combine to make your research well-rounded.
  • SIRS Discoverer - Juvenile (Full Text)
  • SIRS Knowledge Source - High School and Adult (Full Text)
  • Testing and Education Reference Center
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • Take sample tests like the SAT and Civil Service Exam, and view in-depth information about college, graduate, and professional programs
  • Universal Class
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number to create an account.
    • Offers more than 500 non-credit online courses, free with your Winfield Library card.
  • Webopedia
    • An "online computer dictionary for computer and internet terms and definitions."