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Research Databases

A complete list of the digital databases that the Six Mile Regional Library District subscribes to. Some of the databases cannot be searched from home. If the database is accessible from home, be sure and have your library card number and your PIN. Your PIN, if needed, is the last four digits of your phone number.
African American History (1896-Present)The significant people, events, sociopolitical movements, and ideas that have shaped African American life from earliest contact between African peoples and Europeans through the late 20th century.
American Decades (1900-1999)A cross-disciplinary source for researchers who need a single, consistent reference to document and analyze periods of contemporary American social history.
Ancestry LibraryFree access to the library edition of the popular genealogy website  This is our most popular database.
Antiques ReferenceA reference database including thousands of individual records, updated daily, with pictures and reference notes. It is a completely independent reference service used by America's leading appraisers, auctioneers, dealers and collectors throughout the United States.
Chilton Auto RepairManuals that offer repair and maintenance information for everyone from students and DIY to professional mechanics.
Chronicle Career LibraryChronicle Occupational Briefs present information on more than 2,000 occupational titles, including 650 comprehensive occupational descriptions, ranging from those that require a high school diploma or less, through professional careers; that's more than 95% of the jobs in the workforce.
Consumer ReportsSearch ratings for thousands of consumer products from an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.
Ebsco Research DatabasesSearch thousands of books, magazines, and newspapers with OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson), Science Reference Center, and MasterFILE Premier.
FirstSearchProvided by the Illinois State Library, FirstSearch offers many databases covering business, health, education, and government documents in either full text article or magazine citation format.
Encyclopædia BritannicaEncyclopædia Britannica Public Library Edition, including Britannica For Kids and Merriam-Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus.
FirstSearch's WorldCatA cooperative database of bibliographic records contributed by more than 72,000 libraries, making it the world’s largest, most complete, and most consulted library union catalog. Your users can quickly find what they’re looking for among the 257 million global information sources in all formats—books, full text, electronic books and journals, Web-based articles, and audio and video recordings—from the full range of recorded history.
Heritage QuestProvides access to U.S. Federal Census records, local histories, PERSI, Freedman's Bank, Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty Land Warrant Application files, and the U.S. serial set.
Library CatalogSearch the entire catalog of items available for loan to patrons of the Six Mile Regional Library District.  The catalog may also be used to request items from libraries all over Southern Illinois and place books on hold.  Over 9 million items!  Includes books, DVDs, VHS cassettes, and CDs.
Magill's Medical GuideIn its various editions, this guide has been glowingly reviewed by every major reference reviewer. It is a staple in high school, college, public and medical school libraries.
Morningstar Investment Research CenterThe online version of the Morningstar financial guide.
Mitchell Auto Repair ManualsThe online version of the Mitchell automotive repair guides.  Click after clicking the link, click Login at the top left corner of the web page.
NewsbankAccess to newspapers all over the country, including the Granite City Press-Record, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Belleville News Democrat.
NoveList PlusAccess information about authors, books, and book recommendations.
NoveList K-8 PlusAccess information about children's authors, books, and book recommendations.
ReferenceUSAHelps small business owners and entrepreneurs create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds, and locate people. Also helpful for job seekers who are researching potential employers.
Salem Press HistoryA robust online database that includes the complete content of printed history reference sets.
Salem Press LiteratureA robust online database that includes the complete content of printed literature reference sets.
Salem Press ScienceA robust online database that includes the complete content of printed science reference sets.
Student Research CenterResearch thousands of topics with resources aimed at students grades 1-12.