Subscribed Databases

EBSCOhost (Academic Search Premier): Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary article database containing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study. To access this database from home, click here and then enter your Chatham Area Public Library card number. Click on 'Search magazines here' and select 'Academic Search Premier.'

Access World News: This comprehensive news collection is ideal for exploring issues and events at the local, regional, national and international level. Its diverse source types include print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos. Use it to explore a specific event or to compare a wide variety of viewpoints on topics. To access this database from home, click here and then enter your Chatham Area Public Library card number.

America’s Genealogy Bank: America's Genealogy Bank provides web-based access to millions of genealogical records from 1652 to the present day, including obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements, casualty lists, military and government documents, and other essential primary sources. Use your Chatham Area Public Library card number to access this database from home.

Ancestry Library Edition: (IN LIBRARY USE ONLY) Ancestry Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

Auto Repair Reference CenterTo access this database from home, click here and then enter your Chatham Area Public Library card number. Auto Repair Reference Center contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and important vehicles, covering more than 35,000 vehicles from 1945 to the present. New repair procedures, TSBs and updates are added to the product on a regular basis. All of the content in ARRC has been created by ASE certified technicians.

AtoZ World Food: Explore food culture and traditional recipes from around the world. It’s a movable feast in a digital cookbook. RECIPES FROM 174 COUNTRIES Learn to make classic dishes from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Consumer Reports: To access this database from home, click here and then enter your Chatham Area Public Library card number. Consumer Reports features ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services in categories including appliances, cars, electronics and computers, home and garden, health and fitness, babies and kids, food, personal finance, and travel. The database provides access to product buying advice, blogs, safety alerts, recalls, as well as Consumer Reports' unbiased product and service Ratings and recommendations, selections from the latest issue of Consumer Reports, a searchable archive of the past four years of Ratings, Consumer Reports' exclusive product- and car-reliability reports, comprehensive decision guides, the ability to participate in expert Discussions, access to consumer/user reviews, and much more.

First Search: First Search will be migrating to a new interface and database; please use the new database, WorldCat Discovery. Please contact the library with any questions. Our subscription to First Search provides access to approximately fifteen databases, several of which are full-text (including Article First and Wilson Select Plus). Please contact the library for the username and password to access this database from home.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Use your Chatham Area Public Library card number and the password “Chathamarea” to access this database from home.

Kanopy: Kanopy specializes in thoughtful entertainment and showcases 30,000 of the world's best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard to find titles, film festival favorites, and world cinema collections. Stream from any computer, mobile device, or download the Kanopy app for AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Patrons have 5 checkouts per month.

Literary Reference Center: Literary Reference Center is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It contains full text for more than 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticisms, more than 253,000 author biographies. To access this database from home, click here and then enter your Chatham Area Public Library card number.

NoveList PlusTo access this database from home, click here and then enter your Chatham Area Public Library card number.  NoveList Plus allows you to search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and readable nonfiction titles, and also retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more.

SIRS Knowledge Source: SIRS Knowledge Source (SKS) provides a portal to relevant, credible information designed to support student research, study, and homework in key curricula subjects, including contemporary social issues, arts, and humanities. Contact the library for login infromation or use your Chatham Area Public Library card number to access this database from home here.

State Journal-Register: Online full-text version of the State Journal-Register newspaper, with coverage from July 1, 1985 to the present. Use your Chatham Area Public Library card number to access this database from home.

State Journal-Register (Image Version): Read the digital SJR, but in the familiar format of the physical paper. This user-friendly view is a trial and only available for a few weeks.

WorldCat Discovery: This is the new interface for our First Search database. Our subscription to WorldCat Discovery provides access to approximately fifteen databases, several of which are full-text. Access to books outside of the Illinois Heartland Library System is also available.