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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.


Access Business News
Consolidates current and archived content from the complete, full-text electronic editions of more than 350 business and law journals, local and regional business news weeklies, and other news sources across North America.  The collection features extensive coverage of industries, markets, companies, executives and products to meet a wide range of business needs.

  Access World News
Find information on topics related to current issues and events, education, government, politics, and more from a variety of news media including newspapers, videos, and web-only content. 
America's News

America's News
Complete electronic editions of more than 2,700 news sources nationwide. Includes the Aurora Beacon-News, Chicago Sun-Times, Joliet Herald-News, and the Naperville Sun. 

Auto Repair Reference Center Auto Repair Reference Center 
Repair and maintenance information for vehicles from 1954 to 2015. All of the content has been created by ASE-certified technicians.

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and 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.

  Beacon News (1997-Current)
Find information on Aurora area community issues and events, business, education, government, sports and more. 


Pairs classic video storybooks and related nonfiction eBooks. Reinforces early reading skills for ages pre-K through 3rd grade.


Check Illinois
Check Illinois allows consumers and businesses alike the opportunity to perform quick background checks on individuals and businesses - quickly, easily, and affordably

Chicago Tribune Historical Archive

Chicago Tribune Historical Archive 
Full-text Chicago Tribune articles from the 19th and 20th centuries, including obituaries and death notices.



Demographics Now: Business and People
Provides highly-detailed demographic data, ideal for gaining consumer and market insight, finding an untapped audience for products, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and more.  Business and residential lists as well as detailed demographic reports can be compiled by users



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 Spanish


EBSCO General Topics & Health Searches 
(en español)

Índices y resúmenes periódicos, así como los artículos a texto completo de cientos de publicaciones periódicas.

 Explora Public Libraries


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

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.

Gale Small Business Builder
A step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. Formerly known as Intercept® Library Edition.


 Heritage Quest


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.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center 
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.
 Illinois Digital Sanborn Maps 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.

Legal Forms

Legal Forms
Provides a wide selection of Illinois legal forms, including real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Morningstar Investment Research Center
A resource for researching stocks and mutual funds and analyzing your personal investment portfolio.



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.

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

RB Digital (formerly Zinio)                                      
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.


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

Small Business Resource Center

Small Business Resource Center
Includes resources for learning how to start, finance, or manage a small business, with sample business plans, how-to guides, articles, and websites.  Among the topics covered are accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, taxes, and more.


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.




Access NewspaperARCHIVE
The largest historical newspaper database, containing tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1607 to the present.
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.