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Research resources let you find accurate information online. Some are focused on specific subjects like genealogy or authors. Others have general information, including newspaper and magazine articles. Learn more about these resources below.
Please note: QPL purchases these valuable resources just for our patrons. Most require that you enter your library card barcode number when accessing. Don’t have a library card? Click here to learn how to sign up for one.
Residential and business listings of addresses and telephone numbers, plus company information such as officers, sales, etc. You can do custom searching to locate the businesses you need, nationwide, or in a particular location. Available from anywhere, just enter your library barcode number when prompted.
Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls. Available from anywhere, just enter your library barcode number when prompted.
This database offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines. Available from anywhere, just enter your library barcode number when prompted.
Prepare to get your license with practice tests for autos, motorcycles, and CDL. Review Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles information. Available from anywhere, no library card required.
LearningExpress Library provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You’ll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. Includes practice modules for ACT and GED exams. Available from anywhere. When prompted for a Username and Password, you must enter your library card number as your Username, then make up your own unique Password. Remember it for use the next time!
World Book Web provides a reference center for encyclopedia articles, historical timelines, and research tools as well as child-friendly options for games, activities, science projects, maps, dictionary and people. Available from anywhere, just enter your library barcode number when prompted.
GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records. Available from anywhere, just enter your library barcode number when prompted.
Consumer Health Complete supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine. Available from anywhere, just enter your barcode number when prompted.
LingoLITE helps you learn basic vocabulary in 30 languages, using images, text, and native speaker video to help you learn vocabulary up to four times faster than any other method. Available from anywhere, just enter your library card barcode number when prompted.
Provides resources for genealogy research, including census, immigration, military, and other vital records. Searches may be conducted by name, location, and range of dates. Available from library computers only.
Discover your family’s military history with records from the Revolutionary War to recent conflicts.
HeritageQuest Online includes Genealogy and Local History information such as census records, Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, Freedman’s Bank records, family genealogies, county, town histories, church and school histories, PERSI index to articles, and more.
Historical Quincy photographs from about 1850 through 1950, most from the collection of the late Carl Landrum, have been digitized and loaded onto the Illinois Digital Archives. You can browse or search all collections available there, or choose a particular collection. To search only one collection, go to Advanced Search, select the collection, then enter your search words. Available from anywhere, no library card required.
Historical Quincy newspapers published in the years 1835 to May 1926 are now available online. The newspaper archive can be searched by date, name or keyword, or even using a combination of search terms. Articles can be viewed and printed, saved to a jump drive, pasted into a document, or even emailed to yourself or a friend. Available from anywhere, no library card required.
OCLC has the ideal databases to find books, films, videos, computer software, magazines, business journals. Use FirstSearch to find full-text articles in databases such as ArticleFirst, and ECO. Use WorldCat for books and other materials available from libraries all over the world. Available from anywhere, just enter your library card barcode number when prompted.
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s. Available from anywhere, just enter your library card barcode number when prompted.
Discover your next great read with NoveList! Scan through recommended lists, or build your own list with the appeal mixer – select the tone, character, and pacing you like and see the results immediately! NoveList offers themed lists for all ages, book club resources, and even curriculum helpers for teachers. Available from anywhere, just enter your library card barcode number when prompted.
Be an informed global citizen with Global Road Warrior’s information on 175 countries. Research culture, history, language, education, and travel requirements. Available from anywhere, just enter your library card barcode number when prompted.
AtoZ Maps Online is the world’s most comprehensive collection of royalty-free downloadable maps for schools, academic institutions, and public libraries. Students, teachers, library patrons, and businesses can use our more than 100,000 maps in school reports, school lesson plans, personal research projects, and business reports. Available from anywhere, just enter your library card barcode number when prompted.
AtoZ the USA provides students, teachers, and library patrons with an unmatched resource for understanding the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society. Available from anywhere, just enter your library barcode number when prompted.
People have been connecting with other cultures through food for thousands of years. Knowledge of local food and food culture is a fun, exciting, and essential ingredient in understanding people of another country. AtoZ World Food is a comprehensive database of recipes and food culture articles for 174 countries. Think of it as a world cookbook for 174 countries, although it’s much more. Available from anywhere, just enter your library barcode number when prompted.