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Most databases are available remotely. Databases available only in the Library
are noted in red.
Research databases are arranged by subject or A-Z by title.
Biography in Context

Full text biographies from reference sources and articles from magazines.


Use our catalog to search for all materials in the Glenview Public Library and our consortium.

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online

Biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.

E-Journal Index

A research tool for finding full-text electronic publications (magazines, journals, newspapers) available through Glenview Public Library’s databases. Search by title, keyword or browse by subject heading.

First Search

A gateway to multiple databases for articles and publications in business, management, science, humanities, education, health and medicine including Clase Periodica, ERIC, and Medline. An Illinois State Library database.

Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia

This database provides over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Search e-reference books on multiple topics. A Gale research database.

Illinois Statewide Catalog

SILC is the Illinois catalog of materials for libraries throughout the state.

Literary Index

An online index, searchable by author, title, or nationality, to all of the Gale print literature publications shelved in the Glenview Public Library reference collection.

Literature Criticism Online

Modern and historical articles on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres.

Literary Resources

Literary criticism, primary sources, full-text poems, short stories, speeches, plays, reviews, analysis, author biographies and overviews for world literature from all time periods in a single search. Includes LitFinder, Literature Resource Center, Literature Criticism Online, and Literary Index.


Stories, poems, plays, speeches and essays searchable by genre, subject, or author.


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NoveList® Plus

A readers' resource that assists fiction and non-fiction fans in finding authors, titles, genres, or "read-a-likes" by subject or plot description. Book titles for all ages includes picture books, children's "chapter" books, and young adult books, with reviews, reader comments, book discussion guides, and links to author websites. (Library app available)

NoveList® Plus K-8

Reading recommendations for K-8 students by lexile reading level with reading tips for parents. Popular title lists and titles for classroom assignments by geographical location, culture or historical time period, as well as titles to help students develop their appreciation of literature.

Reference Library

Search e-reference books on multiple topics. A Gale research database. (Library app available)

Something About the Author

Landmark reference set covers the lives and works of authors and illustrators of books for children and teens. A complete searchable archive digitized from the over 200 volume print set.

TumbleBook Library

Animated talking picture books with puzzles and games. Books are also in Chinese, French, Italian, Russian, & Spanish.

The WorldCat library catalog lets you search for books and audio visual materials in library collections in our community, throughout Illinois and in thousands of libraries around the country and the world.(Library app available)

Please email the Reference Services Staff
call 847-729-7500 x 7700, or visit the Reference Desk for database assistance.