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Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history to cover the American experience.

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More than 3,000 databases and census records with more than 1 billion names.

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  •  Ancestry can help you find the name of the ship your grandparents sailed when immigrating to the U.S.
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Primary sources including speeches and eyewitness accounts of important historical events organized by timeline.

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Access to full page and article images with searchable full text from 1849 to 1989.

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  • You can see how dramatic events unfolded online — such as the sinking of the Titanic and the return of the crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft!
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Articles, maps, and special features from the Chicago History Museum, Newberry Library, and Northwestern University.

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  • The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed 18,000 structures in the city.  However, within one year most visible evidence of the disaster was gone.
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Encyclopedias and other reference resources on a wide range of subjects, from art, business, and history to literature, medicine, and science.

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  • Gale Virtual Reference Library contains full-text entries from the Encyclopedia of World Biography, as well as many other reference resources.
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Genealogy warehouse with U.S. Census data from 1790-1930, family and local histories, Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, and Freedman's Bank records.

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  • You can find out if any of your ancestors filed for a Revolutionary War Pension.
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Full-text information about Naperville's history from primary source materials. Annotated list.

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  • Telephone numbers used to be 1-3 digits! Take a look at the Naperville phone directory from 1910.
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The National Geographic Magazine Archive from 1888, provides full-text searching of every article of the world’s most recognized magazine from its first publication in 1888. This comprehensive archive is an essential tool for researchers of all ages for the study of science, nature, geography and much more.

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Access to full page and article images with searchable full text from 1851 to 2004.

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  • You can look at some real advertising from the era of Mad Men in the New York Times Historical Archive!
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Viewpoint essays, articles, statistics, primary documents, and other reference sources on social issues.

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  • You can read opinion essays about the big political and social issues of the day.
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Expires May 31, 2014
A vast collection of art images, subject indexes, and biographies, with thematic timelines and other learning resources.

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  • You can view the entire content of the Grove Dictionary of Art by using Oxford Art Online!
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Salem History is an online database that covers American history, ancient history, and major historical events.

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With current and relevant content from industry journals, travel guides and magazines this collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field, while also allowing for focused study of specialized aspects of the industry - including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, economic aspects of tourism, and more.

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