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Premium Resources

These resources are available in the library, and can also be used by Morton Grove Public Library cardholders at home or on mobile devices.




Search historical archive collections held by thousands of institutions around the world.


Gale Virtual Reference Library


A collection of over 300 reference books covering art, biography, business, education, environment, history, law, medicine, multicultural studies, religion, science, social sciences and more.

Kids Search / EBSCO

Kids Search provides easy searching for Elementary and Middle School (K through 8) students with results easily sorted by source type - magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.
MasterFILEComplete_100 MasterFILE Complete / EBSCO Full-text articles from over 2,000 general interest magazines and newspapers dating back as far as 1922, in addition to hundreds of full-text reference books and thousands of primary documents, including an Image Collection of over 500,000 photos, maps, and flags.
searchasaurus100 Searchasaurus / EBSCO Searchasaurus makes it easy for Elementary (K through 5) students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results.
studentresearch100 Student Research Center / EBSCO EBSCO's Student Research Center makes it easy for High and Middle School (7 through 12 grade) students to search by keyword or by topic to find the most useful search results. Results can be easily sorted by source type—magazines, reference books, photos, flags, etc.
World Book Online for Kids
World Book Student Discovery Encyclopedia designed for ages K through 3rd grade.


World Book Online Info Finder


A comprehensive site that includes the 22-volume World Book Encyclopedia, more than 20,000 pictures, maps, videos, and sounds, plus learning activities and educator tools.


World Book Online Reference Center


World Book Online Reference Center incorporates all of the content of World Book Online Info Finder with the addition of primary and secondary source materials in a single search.



General Websites

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Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), Chronicling America provides access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages to cover the historic period 1836-1922.
Civil War in Art
Intended to help teachers and students learn about the Civil War—its causes and effects—and connect them to the issues, events, and people of the era through works of art.
Digital History
From the University of Houston, this site provides a look at American history through primary sources, music, art, and other documents that have been digitzed.
Illinois Digital Archives
The Illinois Digital Archives is a repository for the digital collections of libraries, museums, historical societies and other cultural institutions in Illinois.
A one-stop source of American and world history resources including primary sources and timelines.
Library of Congress – American Memory
American Memory provides access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
On This Day in History from the NY Times
Browse important events in history by clicking on each date to see a featured archival New York Times front page and article, as well as a list of other notable events that occurred on that day.
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