General Research


    At, you get free access to nearly 200,000 reference entries from sources you can cite.

  • ERIC 

    Access to full text, peer reviewed articles.


    Open access journals, information searches for quality, peer reviewed open access material.


    Free reference site for students, teachers, and parents. A broad range of content includes an encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, a homework center, and educational games.


    Google Scholar includes articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.


    Parents, teachers and librarians turn to for factual information on an array of topics, including current events, pop culture, science, government and history.


    Each controversial issue contains collections of questions about the issue. After an introductory overview, the topic is then broken into subcategories and sub questions which are organized into “pro” and “con” columns.[19] The columns list the quoted arguments of different experts on that particular subject.

  • WORLDCAT Connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide 

Computer & Other Tutorials

  • GFC Learn
  • Techboomers

 Consumer Info


GreenFILE covers the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. This free research database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 850,000 records and open access full text for nearly 13,000 records.



State Symbols

Information on state and national symbols and icons, cities, towns, parks, landmarks, local historic markers, and historic and iconic figures.

UNICEF Country Information


  •  MedlinePlus  https://medlineplus.govMedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.


    Providing credible health information, WebMD is the leading source for trustworthy and timely health and medical news and information.


Drivers Ed

  •  DRIVERS ED practice test for Illinois drivers.

 Constitution Study Guide

  • CONSTITUTION STUDY GUIDE website presents information about the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the Illinois Constitution, and the U.S. flag.  The GED Constitution test includes questions about all of these documents.


 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

The University Park Public Library complies with all of the State of Illinois public access laws, including the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)and the Open Meetings Act (OMA).
The Library’s Board of Trustees has designated a FOIA officer and an Open Meetings Act Officer.
All FOIA requests should be directed to the FOIA Officer.  The OMA Officer will ensure that the library
is operating within the guidelines of the Open Meetings Act.
FOIA Officer: Tracy Ducksworth
OMA Officer: Sonja Lee