FREE DATABASES

The majority of our databases can be used from your home computer if you have a Rockford Public Library card.
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Databases that require a library card number.
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Databases ONLY available for use at the library.
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Databases that can be accessed from home, but need authorization and a password. This is available by calling the Adult Services Department at (815) 965-7606, option 4.

Homework Help

Biography in Context
Requires a library card
This database contains full-text biographical articles on more than half a million influential people from around the world. Contemporary and historical authors, newsmakers, entertainers, politicians, and athletes are included.
Explora
Requires a library card
Explora offers students and teachers a simple search that delivers relevant full-text articles, essays, and primary source documents. Other features include easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic, topic overviews, Associated Press videos, text-to-speech for HTML articles, reading level indicators, and an English Curriculum Standards Module to help educators find material that meets Common Core and state-specific curriculum standards.
Funk and Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Requires a library card
Over 25,000 encyclopedic entries covering a variety of subject areas.
Gale Literature Criticism
Requires a library card
Print material delivered in a digital format! Dig deeper into literature criticism with the largest, most extensive compilation of literary commentary available with tens of thousands of hard-to-find essays at your fingertips.
Middle Search Plus
Requires a library card
Full-text articles from more than 140 popular magazines for middle school students. Thousands of biographies, historical essays, photographs, maps, and primary source documents are included. Full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
Novelist
Requires a library card
Find a good book to read! NoveList lets you search for fiction by title, author, plot, genre or subject. Retrieve author read-alikes, book recommendations, book lists, and book discussion guides.
Novelist K-8
Requires a library card
Novelist K-8 works just like NoveList, but is geared towards kids in kindergarten through 8th grade.
Primary Search
Requires a library card
Full-text articles from nearly 70 magazines for elementary school students. Encyclopedias, dictionaries, photos, and maps are included. Full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).
World Almanac
Requires a library card
Includes encyclopedia entries, biographies, facts, and statistics from the Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia and four almanacs. *Login using your library card number, then select this catalog from the drop-down list.
World Book Kids
Requires a library card
World Book Kids features content and tools developed especially for young students. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, comparison tools, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources.
World Book Online
Requires a library card
Contains more than 25,000 encyclopedia articles as well as magazine articles, a dictionary, pictures, sounds, and videos.
CQresearcher
Requires a library card
Congressional Quarterly’s online database offers in-depth and unbiased reporting of issues in the news. Find background information on timely topics and access older reports to track how debates have changed over time.
Eyewitness Books
Requires a library card
Access to hundreds of in-depth subject encyclopedias and handbooks covering every major subject from Accounting to Art History and Shakespeare to Einstein