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Research

The library purchases subscriptions to over 50 online resources to provide you with reliable information on a variety of topics.

Featured

  • ConsumerReports.org - Ratings, reviews, buying advice
  • InfoTrac Newsstand - Search for news and articles, from 1980-2012
  • Mango Languages - Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more.
    Use your library card number to create an account.
  • MasterFILE Premier - Full-text for nearly 1,700 periodicals, 1975-present
  • Oxford English Dictionary - The definitive record of the English language
  • Science Reference Center - Full-text for nearly 640 science reference works
  • Zinio Digital Magazines - 24/7 access to full digital copies of almost 100 popular magazines. Pick as many as you wish and keep them as long as you want.  Create your personal Zinio account and use the same information to create your account for the online Zinio magazine reader. You can also download magazines to your computer or use apps to bring the issues right to your handheld device. Check out the helpful user guide and video on the Zinio site.
     

All of Our Resources/Databases

Browse the topics below for recommended resources, or view an alphabetical list.
 

Classic Reference

Magazine/Newspaper Articles

Books & Reading

Homework Help/Tests

Just for Kids

Job Hunting/Careers

Consumer Information

  • ALLDATA Online - Car repair, diagnostics and repair, diagrams, technical service bulletins [in-library use only]
  • ConsumerReports.org - Ratings, reviews, buying advice
     

Language

  • EBSCO Mas Ultra - Machine-translated text, 9 languages
  • Gale Virtual Reference - Machine-translated text, 11 languages
  • Mango Languages - Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more.
    Use your library card number to create an account.
  • MUZZY Online - A fun way for kids to learn Spanish, French, English, German, and Italian
     

Downloadable/Audio

Local History & Genealogy

  • America's Genealogy Bank - Over 300 years of historical newspapers (incl. obituaries), books, pamphlets and government reports
  • Ancestry Library Edition  - Over 4,000 genealogical databases and census records, [in-library use only]
  • eBlack Champaign-Urbana - Collaborative portal providing a centralized repository for local African-American culture and history. Users are encouraged to contribute their stories and photographs.
  • Fold3 - Over 46,000,000 historical documents and photos
  • Heritage Quest - Federal census records and more
  • Illinois State Archives - Illinois birth, death, marriage, and veterans records
  • InfoTrac Newsstand - Search for news and articles from 1980-2012
  • Local History Online - Local history and genealogy resources at the Champaign County Historical Archives of The Urbana Free Library
  • News-Gazette - Full-text articles of local news, June 1997 to present
  • Urbana Courier - Local newspaper (1903-1935)
  • World Vital Records - Genealogy databases and tools, from 12+ countries
     

Local Interest

  • Daily Illini - University of Illinois campus newspaper (1916-1945)
  • Helpsource - Social service resources for East Central Illinois
  • Local History Online - Local history and genealogy resources at the Champaign County Historical Archives
  • News-Gazette - Full-text articles of local news, June 1997 to present
  • Urbana Courier - Local newspaper (1903-1935)
     

Library Catalogs

  • CU Catalog - The shared catalog of The Urbana Free Library and Champaign Public Library
  • OCLC FirstSearch - Search holdings of other libraries

 

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