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Research and Databases

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 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.
  • 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 Archives (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.
  • 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 Britannica Online School Edition
    • The perfect resource for homework help! Britannica School lets users choose from targeted results on an Elementary, Middle, or High School level.
  • Encyclopedia of Chicago
  • 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.
  • Kids Search
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • Designed for students in grades K-8.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Oxford English Dictionary
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number. In the righthand column, click the "Sign In" button under the phrase "Already a subscriber?" and then use the library card login to sign in.
    • More than 600,000 meanings of words, using more than 3 million quotations to show how words, phrases and idioms have been used over the entire history of the English language. Covers British, American, and all varieties of global English, and all types of usage from formal to slang.
  • Price It! Antiques and Collectibles
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
  • 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
  • Searchasaurus
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • Designed for the youngest researchers.
  • SIRS Discoverer - Juvenile (Full Text)
  • SIRS Knowledge Source - High School and Adult (Full Text)
  • Student Research Center
    • Log in using your 14-digit library card number.
    • Perfect for middle and high school research.
  • 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."