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Online Resources

Our online resources may be accessed using your Oswego Public Library District's 14-digit library card number as your password/user ID, unless otherwise indicatedSome are available for use only in the library.


America's Newspapers

America's News
Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections from 2000 titles across the United States. Find archives for the Aurora Beacon-News, Chicago Sun-Times, Joliet Herald News, Naperville Sun and hundreds of other Chicagoland and Illinois titles.

Learn more about America's News Special Reports, which gathers the most recent and relevant news for several topics, such as education, the environment and world events.

Auto Repair Reference Center Auto Repair Reference Center

Regularly-updated repair and maintenance information for over 37,000 vehicles from 1954 to the present. All of the content has been created by ASE-certified technicians.

Bookflix Bookflix
Pairs classic video storybooks and related nonfiction eBooks. Reinforces early reading skills for ages pre-K through 3rd grade.
Chicago Tribune Historical Archive Chicago Tribune Historical Archive
Full-text Chicago Tribune articles from the 19th and 20th centuries, including obituaries and death notices.
Ebsco publishing EBSCO General Topics & Health Searches (MasterFile Premier)
Access full text articles for nearly 1,750 general reference publications, including Consumer Reports Magazine. Covers virtually every subject area of general interest and contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and 164,424 primary source documents.
Ebsco publishing EBSCO General Topics & Health Searches
(en español)

Índices y resúmenes periódicos, así como los artículos a texto completo de cientos de publicaciones periódicas.
Find information on thousands of subjects in full-text articles and abstracts from scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, reference books, and more.  Also includes 60,000 videos from the Associated Press.

GALE Encyclopedia of Medicine
Provides information on almost 2,000 medical disorders and concepts. Each article includes in-depth discussion of causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, procedures, and other related topics.

Heritage Quest
A genealogy resource that includes U.S. federal census records from 1790 to 1930, Revolutionary War pension records, Freedman's Bank records, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI™), genealogy and local history books, and more.

Home Improvement Reference Center
Features full-text content from leading home improvement magazines and 
How-To videos of popular home repair projects. Topics include remodeling, woodworking, electrical, plumbing, outdoor and decorating. 


Illinois Digital Sanborn Maps

Large-scale plans of Illinois cities and towns between 1867 and 1970, providing detailed property and land-use information.
User name:  oswego; password:  welcome

Legal Self-Help Center: Kendall County

Provides access to Illinois legal information and help for residents regarding legal forms and information on the legal process in Kendall County.  

Covers more than 25 different areas of the law and also provides links to other free legal resources.

Morningstar Investment Research Center Morningstar Investment Research Center
A resource for researching stocks and mutual funds and analyzing your personal investment portfolio.
Muzzy Muzzy
Do you or your child want to learn a new language? Muzzy features video content, interactive games and exercises, and much more. Muzzy is a fun way for all ages to immerse themselves in a new language. The languages currently available are English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish with more languages to be added.
Novelist K-8 Plus Novelist K-8 Plus
All the same features of NovelList geared specifically for the K-8 reading audience.
Novelist Plus

Novelist Plus
Find your next great fiction or nonfiction read here!

Lists of award-winning books and recommended reads, author readalikes, book discussion guides, reviews, series listed in order, and more.

OCLC FirstSearch Databases
A wide range of databases, including indexes, abstracts, online full-text articles, nationwide library holdings, and Web resources. 

All the databases listed below are available via the OCLC FirstSearch Website.


Article First (FirstSearch)
An index of articles from the contents pages of journals, showing libraries that hold the magazines cited.

CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American journals specializing in the social sciences and humanities. PERIÓDICA covers journals specializing in science and technology. Offers access to more than 400,000 bibliographic citations from documents published in 2,600 scholarly journals published in the Spanish, Portuguese, French and English languages

Electronic Books
OCLC catalog of online electronic books available through libraries worldwide


Electronic Collections Online (ECO)
An index of articles from scholarly journals, showing libraries that hold the journals cited

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)
Articles on the subject of education from the U.S. Department of Education, most full text.

GPO Monthly Catalog
Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.). Includes a bibliographic citation in each record.
  MEDical Line (MedJournals Online)
An index of articles in medical journals, showing libraries that hold the journals cited
Union catalog of digital resources. Contains digital resources from open archive collections. Represents multidisciplinary resources from more than 1000 contributors worldwide. Records contain a digital object link allowing users access to the object in a single click.
  OCLC PapersFirst
OCLC index of papers presented at conferences worldwide. Covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre. 
  OCLC WorldCat Dissertations and Theses
OCLC catalog of dissertations and theses available in OCLC member libraries. This database provides fast and convenient access to the dissertations and theses available in OCLC member libraries. Many of these are available electronically, at no charge, directly from the publishing institution.
  Proceedings First
An OCLC index of worldwide conference proceedings. Covers every published congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received by The British Library Document Supply Centre. Contains in each record a list of the papers presented at each conference.
  SILC (State of Illinois Library Catalog)
Contains the records from 100's of local Illinois library catalogs. You can use this database to locate material in most Illinois libraries.
Access the most comprehensive and up-to-date catalog of resources located in U.S. and world libraries.


ProCitizen is a comprehensive citizenship preparation course that contains 100 videos, plus interactive drills and quizzes.


Pronunciator is a fun and easy way to learn any of 80 languages. 

Register for free and start learning at your own pace!

publicrecord.com Public Record
Real estate sales, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and new business licenses in Kane, Kendall, Will, DuPage, and other nearby counties.
Reference USA

Online directory of information on U.S. residences, businesses and healthcare providers. Business listings may include names of executives, number of employees, SIC codes, sales volume, business expenditures, and much more.

Teacher Reference Center Teacher Reference Center from EBSCO
Provides indexing and abstracts for 280 periodicals. In addition, 96% of journals indexed in TRC are peer-reviewed.
Trueflix TrueFlix
Builds knowledge of subject-area content, and cultivate skills through the inquiry process. For 3rd-5th grade.
Universal Class

Universal Class
Over 500 free online continuing education classes, available any time on your schedule. These self-paced, non-credit personal and professional development classes are available in a wide range of subject areas.

Check out the Course Listings for more information on available classes.


Full digital copies of over 130 popular magazines. Read them on your computer, tablet or other mobile devices. Helpful links on how to get started can be found on our eBooks & Downloads page.



Access NewspaperARCHIVE
Searchable full-text articles from historical newspapers dating as far back as the 1700’s.
American Ancestors
A genealogy research tool from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Ancestry Plus Library Edition
Comprehensive online source for genealogical and local history research.
publicrecord.com Public Records - see link above for home use
Real estate sales, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and new business licenses in Kane Kendall, Will, DuPage, and other nearby counties.