Product Evaluation

  • Chicago Consumers' Checkbook

    Chicago Consumers' Checkbook

    Contains consumer ratings on businesses and services for the Chicago metro area. Search for plumbers, roofers, doctors, dentists, and more. Now available from home! Note: registration is required. 

  • Consumer Reports

    Consumer Reports

    Contains expert and unbiased product reviews and ratings of cars, appliances, electronics, and more. You'll also find buying guides and news articles.

  • Consumer Search

    Provides evaluations from many different sources of a variety of products.

  • Epinions

    Opinions from consumers on products and services.

  • Smarter House

    Consumer guide to home energy savings. Includes top-rated energy-efficient appliances.

Automotive

  • AllData

    AllData

    A comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information. In library use only.

  • Edmund's Automobile Buyer's Guide

    Become an informed buyer of a new or used car here.

  • Illinois Driver's Licensing Tests Online

    Illinois Driver's Licensing Tests Online

    Illinois specific driving exams, including 11 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 12 CDL (commercial driver’s license) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and a FAQ  section with detailed answers to over 100 DMV-related questions.

  • IntelliChoice

    Search for new or used cars, get advice on ownership, financing, etc.

  • Kelley Blue Book

    New and used car values plus motorcycle prices and new car previews.

  • NADA Used Vehicle Values and Appraisal Guides

    Provides price information for new cars, used car prices back to 1987, RV prices back to 1989, and classic cars back to 1926.

 

Consumer Protection

  • AnnualCreditReport.com

    This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

  • Better Business Bureau

    Lists business, consumer, and charity alerts. You may also file a complaint online.

  • CardRatings.com

    Sponsored by the U.S. Citizens for Fair Credit Card Terms. Provides consumer ratings of credit cards.

  • CharityNavigator

    Evaluates over 5,000 charities as an aid for consumers in their charitable giving. 

  • Citizens Utility Board (CUB)

    Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created by the Illinois General Assembly to fight utility rate hikes and promote tougher consumer protection laws.

  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: FAQs

    Get the answers to your financial questions on topics ranging from mortgages and student loans to bank accounts and credit scores.

  • Federal Trade Commission - Consumer Protection

    Consumer protection information on credit and loans, identity theft, telemarketing and the Do Not Call registry. File a complaint.

  • GetHuman

    Connect to a live customer service agent faster with these direct phone numbers and shortcuts for thousands of companies worldwide.

  • Illinois Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division

    Offers assistance with consumer fraud and unfair business practices. Provides a downloadable complaint form as well as consumer protection information and alerts.

  • Illinois Commerce Commission

    Resolves consumer complaints with utilities and other entities. Also licenses household movers.

  • Internet Crime Complaint Center

    If you've been a victim of an Internet crime, report your complaint online and learn more about cybercrime activities.

  • USA.gov - Consumer Protection

    Your everyday guide to prevent identity theft, understand credit, and smart shopping. Get information on filing a complaint regarding banks, credit card companies, student loans, and more.

Databases

  • Business Insights: Essentials

    Business Insights: Essentials

    Contains company profiles, brand and industry information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, and articles.

  • Financial Ratings Series

    Financial Ratings Series

    Independent ratings from Weiss and TheStreet. Covers life and annuity insurers, property and casualty insurers, plus health insurers. Rates banks and credit unions, plus stocks and mutual funds. 

  • Investor's Business Daily

    Investor's Business Daily

    Contains stock market news and analysis. Includes research, charts, and videos. In library use only.

  • Morningstar Investment Research Center

    Morningstar Investment Research Center

    Access comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, ETFs, and closed-end funds. Visit Help & Education section for an investment classroom.

  • Public Records

    Public Records

    Search public records for new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures, and bankruptcies for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties.

  • Value Line Investment Survey

    Value Line Investment Survey

    Contains information about stocks, including small and large cap companies.

Calculators & Tools

  • BankRate.com

    Use calculators for mortgage, retirement, car loans, investment, and more.

  • Kiplinger.com

    Investment tools for stocks and bonds, taxes, family finance, retirement, and living.

  • SmartMoney.com

    Worksheets on cars, college, debt, insurance, retirement, and much more.

Sites

Databases

  • Access Business News

    Access Business News

    Contains over 600 business sources from local, national, and international perspectives. Set up an alert to be notified of new articles on a particular topic.

  • Business Insights: Essentials

    Business Insights: Essentials

    Contains company profiles, brand and industry information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, and articles.

  • Chicago Consumers' Checkbook

    Chicago Consumers' Checkbook

    Contains consumer ratings on businesses and services for the Chicago metro area. Search for plumbers, roofers, doctors, dentists, and more. Now available from home! Note: registration is required. 

  • Demographics Now

    Demographics Now

    Contains census data plus demographics info to analyze population and marketing trends. Find data by town or create a custom region.

  • Financial Ratings Series

    Financial Ratings Series

    Independent ratings from Weiss and TheStreet. Covers life and annuity insurers, property and casualty insurers, plus health insurers. Rates banks and credit unions, plus stocks and mutual funds. 

  • Glassdoor

    Glassdoor

    Glassdoor holds a growing database of millions of company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more. Unlike other jobs sites, all of this information is entirely shared by those who know a company best — the employees.

  • Investor's Business Daily

    Investor's Business Daily

    Contains stock market news and analysis. Includes research, charts, and videos. In library use only.

  • Lynda.com

    Lynda.com

    Learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve professional and personal goals. Course topics include Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, 3D printing, web design, and much more.

  • Public Records

    Public Records

    Search public records for new homeowners, new businesses, foreclosures, and bankruptcies for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties.

  • ReferenceUSA

    ReferenceUSA

    Directory of over 25 million U.S. and Canadian businesses (including historical data) and 89 million residential phone numbers. Search by industry or yellow page heading and limit by sales, business size, or geographical location. Explore consumer and lifestyle data. Create marketing lists.

    This resource supported through a generous donation from the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation.

Websites

General Resources

  • Health & Wellness Resource Center

    Health & Wellness Resource Center

    Contains up-to-date material on diseases and conditions, alternative medicine, drugs, and herbal remedies.

  • Medline via FirstSearch

    Medline via FirstSearch

    Contains articles on medicine, dentistry, and nursing.

  • Needy Meds

    Needy Meds lists pharmaceutical companies that offer programs to assist patients unable to buy necessary medicines.

  • Wellness House

    Community-based independent organization that offers psychosocial support, education, and information as a complement to medical treatment to cancer patients, their families, and friends. Located in Hinsdale.

Doctors & Hospitals

Government Resources

  • Access DuPage

    Access DuPage is a collaborative effort whose mission is to provide access to medical services to those people in DuPage County who lack access because of economic reasons.

  • DuPage County Health Department

    Provides information about ACA (Affordable Care Act) resources, and links to community ACA events.

  • DuPage Rx

    An RX card may be used by all DuPage County residents regardless of age, income, or existing health coverage. There is no enrollment form, no membership fee, and no restrictions or limits on frequency of use. Cardholders and their families may use the card any time their prescriptions are not covered by insurance. Stop by the Ask Us Desk for a card or call 630/887-8760 ext. 240 for more information.

  • GetCovered Illinois

    The Illinois Healthcare Marketplace website provides information about health care coverage, plans, and free, in-person help choosing a plan.

  • HealthCare.gov

    Learn about the Affordable Care Act, and find local help for the nearest application assisters, Medicaid or CHIP, small business, or non-English resources.

  • Medicare.gov

    Use the official website to sign up, access forms, and learn what Medicare covers.

  • Nursing Home Compare

    This tool provides detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country. Also includes a Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home and a Nursing Home Checklist to help you with your nursing home choice.

  • The U.S. Administration on Aging Online Eldercare Locator

    By entering a zip code, caregivers and older persons can locate local information and referral organizations. These organizations can help them locate appropriate services. The Eldercare Locator can also be reached by calling 800/677-1116.

Health Sites

  • Centers for Disease Control

    Supplies information on health related travel warnings, cruise ship inspection scores, and other health topics.

  • FamilyDoctor.org

    The American Academy of Family Physicians provides information on a wide variety of topics related to health and medicine.

  • Medline Plus

    The National Library of Medicine provides reliable information on diseases, health topics, prescription and nonprescription drugs, clinical trials, and medical terms.

  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

    The National Institutes of Health created the NCCAM division to study complementary medicine and to educate both practitioners and consumers on these therapies.

Getting Started

  • Ancestry Library Edition

    Ancestry Library Edition

    A premier genealogy resource. Includes U.S. and worldwide census, immigration, military and vital records collections. In library use only. To search census records and public directories from home, try HeritageQuest Online.

  • FamilySearch

    Free access to worldwide genealogical and historical records.

  • HeritageQuest Online

    HeritageQuest Online

    A genealogy and local history collection with access to the federal census 1790-1940, PERSI, Revolutionary War files, Freedman's Bank Records, and more. 

  • NCHS - Where to Write for Vital Records

    Use the National Center for Health Statistics' free website to learn how to order vital records from state vital records offices.

  • One-Step Web Pages

    Find immigration, census, and vital records using Steve Morse's one-step search pages.

  • USGenWebProject

    Search volunteer-maintained county pages to discover genealogical records and depositories.

Death & Cemetery Records

  • Chicago Area Newspapers

    Chicago Area Newspapers

    Contains the full text of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1986 to the present, plus The Doings, Suburban Life, Daily Herald, Southtown Star, and much more.

  • Chicago Tribune Historical Archives

    Chicago Tribune Historical Archives

    Provides full text obituaries and death notices from 1860-1984; contains major stories of events and issues from 1920s-1984.

  • Find a Grave

    Search 105 million volunteer-transcribed grave records by surname or by cemetery. Entries may include names, birth and death dates, and possibly a photo of the deceased.

  • Interment.net

    Search records of 1,800 cemeteries worldwide by location or by burial record. Also has links to obituaries online.

  • ObitsArchive.com

    Free indexes to U.S. newspaper obituaries. You can pay to view the full text of the obituary or inquire at the Ask Us Desk about borrowing microfilm of the newspaper containing the obituary.

  • Obituary Index, 1972-2016

    searchable index of obituaries (.pdf) of people who resided in Burr Ridge, Darien or Willowbrook. The index also includes obituaries of individuals whose funeral servies were held in Burr Ridge, Darien or Willowbrook. Gaps exist in the index due to missing newspaper issues. The index is updated throughout the year, but published annually online.

  • Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records (USA)

    Handy directory to websites with online death indexes.

Illinois & Chicagoland Resources

Immigration & Ship Passenger Records

Naturalization Records