The majority of our databases can be used from your home computer if you have a Rockford Public Library card.
Databases that require a library card number.
Databases ONLY available for use at the library.
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.
Journals and Magazines
Index of articles from the contents pages of journals covering medicine, business, humanities, popular culture, science, technology, and social science. *Login using your library card number, then select this catalog from the drop-down list.
This database provides access to archived magazines, newspapers and books.
Electronic Collections Online is a collection of scholarly journals, including topics such as agriculture, history, literature, and psychology.
Master FILE Premier
Contains full-text articles from nearly 1,700 publications, covering all disciplines; some articles date as far back as 1975. Includes reference books, primary source documents, and over half a million photos, maps, and flags.
Middle Search Plus
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).
An index of papers presented at conferences worldwide. *Login using your library card number, then select this catalog from the drop-down list.
Full text of nearly 70 magazines for elementary school research.
An index of worldwide conference proceedings. *Login using your library card number, then select this catalog from the drop-down list.
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.
Access full digital copies of your favorite magazines, and view them on a computer or mobile device. Zinio offers unlimited access to thousands of magazines.
RPL's Zinio Checkout and Usage Guide
RPL's Zinio for Libraries Account Set Up and Checkout Guide.