Business & Investing

Reference USA

The premier Business and Consumer reference and research tool offering instant access to over 22 million businesses and 222 million residents.

Consumer & Auto

Auto Repair Reference Center

Auto Repair Reference Center contains information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported vehicles. Database content includes more than 31,660 vehicles covered from 1945 to present; including drawings and step-by-step photographs, technical service bulletins, recalls, enhanced wiring diagrams, specifications and maintenance schedules.

Consumer Reports

Get access to expert, unbiased ratings of over 5,000 products. Plus reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, user reviews and more.

Genealogy

Ancestry Library Edition

The go-to source for genealogy research.Available only on Library computers. 

Heritage Quest

Information, including census records, to help with genealogy research.

O'Fallon Progress Index

The library has archives of the O'Fallon Progress on microfilm dating back to 1898.   Additionally, the O'Fallon Historical Society has indexed the obituaries and marriage announcements to make completing genealogy research much easier.  Once you find the entry you want in the index, stop by the library, or email us your request (send requests to [email protected]).  

Health & Wellness

BrainHQ

Helps people be at their best throughout their lives by providing brain training software clinically proven to improve cognitive performance. Think Faster. Focus Better. Remember More. Login using your Library Card number and PIN (typically the last 4-digits of your phone number). Contact a library staff person if you have trouble accessing.

Consumer Health Complete

Designed for the everyday consumer of health care information. Consumer Health Complete provides convenient access to easily understandable health and medical information. You can search and browse within medical encyclopedias, popular reference books, and magazine articles.

MedlinePlus

For patients, families, and friends, Medline Plus provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.  A go-to resource for reliable, up-to-date health information.

The Children's Page is for kids to find information on how the body works to what happens when you go to the hospital. There are quizzes, games and lots of cool web sites to explore.  The Teen Page has information on health and safety for teens. There are quizzes, games and lots of cool web sites to explore.

MyHealtheVet

MyHealtheVet is a VA sponsored portal that offers you tips and tools to help you partner with your health care team, so together you may work to manage your health. Here you will find useful resources when you need them. The support tools are designed to enrich your experience with MyHealtheVet and help you make informed decisions.

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. Find titles from across the US and Illinois. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.

Local Papers (click to search individual archives for each newspaper):

Wall Street Journal

Stay informed wherever you are with complete digital access to the Wall Street Journal.  To login, use the username: [email protected] and the password Wallstreet1

Reading Suggestions

NoveList K-8 Plus

NoveList K-8 Plus is a comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction. With a fun and intuitive interface, and extensive proprietary content, NoveList K-8 Plus will help you integrate reading across the curriculum and support your young readers. 

Novelist Plus

This is a popular readers’ advisory service that helps readers find fiction and nonfiction books. It includes reviews, book covers, booklists, links to author web pages & much more!

Reference & Research

Biography Reference Center

Biography Reference Center offers a comprehensive collection of more than 450,000 full text biographies, including the complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.

Digital Public Library of America

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. 

EBSCO Discovery Service

EBSCO Discovery Service provides users with an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of an institution's information resources through a single search. Type in your keywords and get results from dozens of resources.  Filter by date, relevance, and format.  The perfect place to start any research project.

Explora

Explora is EBSCO's interface for Schools and Public Libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with the following features:

  • Simple search that quickly delivers relevant results
  • Easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic
  • Topic overviews that provide students with a starting point for research
  • Colorful, mobile-friendly design with feature areas that provide context to students
  • Reading level indicators (Lexile® Measures) to simplify discovery of grade-appropriate content
  • Text-to-speech for HTML articles to assist struggling readers or those learning English
  • Curriculum Standards Module to help educators correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to Common Core, state- or province-specific curriculum standards

History Reference Center

History Reference Center is the world's most comprehensive full text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research. The database features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.

Library of Congress: Digital Collections

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections.  This digital collection makes available thousands of primary source documents to inform, inspire and engage you in your intellectual and creative endeavors.

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 has been specifically designed for public libraries, secondary schools, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research.

Points of View

Designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debating, developing arguments, writing position papers, and developing critical thinking skills.

Science Reference Center

Designed to meet every student's science research needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.

Self-Paced Learning

Driver Education

This resource is dedicated to driver safety and education, and offers free Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practice tests to library patrons. Included are free tests specifically based on Illinois' DMV materials. Accessibility tools are available that let users hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for greater visibility.  

Learning Express

A comprehensive collection of online practice tests. Also includes useful tutorials on popular software packages such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, and many others. A new section provides info on job searching and workplace skills.

Rosetta Stone Library Solution

Choose from over 30 different languages. After logging in with your barcode and last name you will need to choose a user name and password the first time you use this. Some computer updates might be needed.

USA Learns

This free website helps adults learn English. Here you can practice English speaking, reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary and more. With our new USA Learns Citizenship course, you can also prepare for your naturalization interview and prepare to become a U.S. citizen!