Research Databases

A database is usually defined as a collection of information organized in such a way that it can easily be searched, managed, accessed, and updated. Databases may require a valid library card.

Americasnewsicon America’s News
Allows users to search topics related to business, careers, economics, the arts, education, health, homework help, politics, sports, and more from a variety of news media, including newspapers, newswires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, periodicals, videos, and web-only content.  Includes access to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Pantagraph, and the Peoria Journal Star.

dearreadericon DearReader
Allows users to select books to try in fiction, nonfiction, mystery, romance teen, business and more. Each week via email or smartphone, users receive excerpts from featured books. is a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practice tests to library patrons. The new service includes free tests specifically based on the state’s DMV materials. It is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools 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 on the practice tests.

Obituary-Birth-Marriage-Anniversary Newspaper Index 

Provides access to microfilmed copies of The Woodford Sentinel newspaper (from January 1887 to December 6, 1889), The Metamora Herald newspaper (from December 20 1889 to July 7, 2011), and the Washburn Leader newspaper (from December 11, 1902 to December 30, 1920). The newspapers cover the nearby towns of Benson, Cazenovia, Germantown Hills, Low Point, Roanoke, Spring Bay, and Washburn.

FOFIssuesCon_icon Facts on File Issues and Controversies
Facts on File provides access to online databases that contain over 70 years’ worth of authoritative, critically acclaimed content for students of any age. This Facts on File database allows users to search through materials discussing current issues and controversies.

FOFIssuesConAmHistory_icon Facts on File Issues and Controversies in American History
This Facts on File database focuses on information related to American History.

FOFTodaysScience_icon Facts on File Today’s Science
This Facts on File database focuses on discoveries and research in the scientific field.

FOFWorldNews_icon Facts on File World News Digest
This Facts on File database allows users to search through materials discussing world news issues.

illinoistalkingbookcentericon Illinois Talking Book Center

Provides a FREE audio library service to central Illinois residents whose low vision, blindness, or physical limitation makes it difficult to read. Reader advisors provide personalized service to every patron and the machine department is always ready to assist with replacements or questions.

learningexpressicon LearningExpress Library

Provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice test and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on academic or licensing tests. Provided also are immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and and individualized analysis of sample test results.


Offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™ and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

An easy to navigate database to help both novice and veteran investors reach their investment goals.  It’s the one-stop tool for collecting financial information, getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about investing, and getting the most up-to-date financial news commentary.

heraldicon Metamora Herald Newspaper Image Collection

Allows access to wedding announcements, engagement announcements, anniversaries, sports teams, community activities, 4-H Fair activities, school activities. Published from December 20, 1889 until July 7, 2011, the newspaper covered the Illinois towns of Spring Bay, Washburn, Roanoke, Benson, Germantown Hills, Cazenovia, and Low Point as well as the village of Metamora.


For assistance with any of the above resources, please contact the librarian by calling (309) 367-4594 or by clicking here.