Research & Resources

A growing list of places to begin your search for answers.

All resources on this page are free, can be accessed anywhere, and do not require any sort of special library login to access.

Need more help? You can always ask a librarian.

ABA Free Legal Answers— Online pro bono program that matches low-income clients with volunteer lawyers, who agree to provide brief answers online for free.

Administer Justice— A Christian legal services nonprofit that provides low cost or pro bono legal services to those who cannot afford an attorney.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid — This criminal records program aims to clear or mitigate clients’ criminal records through expungement and sealing, petitions, pardons, certificates and waivers.

IL Court Help— Illinois Court Help is a free service from the Illinois Courts that helps connect you to the information you need to go to court.

Illinois Legal Aid Online— Learn about Illinois law and take action with free legal forms, referrals and clear information on issues dealing with family, housing, debt, work, and more.

Legal Aid Chicago— (Cook County) Legal Aid Chicago provides free civil legal services to people living in poverty in Cook County.

Prairie State Legal Services – (Will County) Prairie State Legal Services is an organization that offers free legal services for low income persons and those age 60 and over who have serious civil legal problems and need legal help to solve them.

Health & Sciences

EBSCO COVID-19 Information Portal— A team of healthcare professionals and evidence-based medical experts at EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has launched a COVID-19 portal which aggregates real-time information updates from authoritative sources to provide information on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BioMed Central— Publisher of dozen of open-access peer-reviewed scientific research.

ClinicalTrials.govA registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.

Medline Plus — MedlinePlus is an online information service produced by the United States National Library of Medicine. The service provides curated consumer health information in English and Spanish.

Merck Manual: Consumer Edition— Find information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written in everyday language.— searches over 60 databases and over 2,200 scientific websites to provide users with access to more than 200 million pages of authoritative federal science information including research and development results.

General Reference & Research

Directory of Open Access Journals— DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to over 5 million articles from high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Digital Public Library of America — An enjoyable and browsable site featuring online exhibits about a variety of topics. It’s like visiting a museum online.

Google Scholar— Search for scholarly articles online.

GovInfo— GovInfo provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.

Library of Congress Digital Collection— A collection of historical documents, photographs, and more.

National Archives— Explore US history through historical records, including documents, photographs, and military records. Also includes primary source lesson planning for educators.

Art, Writing, & Content Creation

Inkie – is a free suite of resources that supports writers and local authors with online e-book creation and publishing. also provides access to locally produced content.

Adobe Spark– an online and mobile design app. Easily create social graphics, short videos, and web pages. Free version available.

GIMP – a free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image manipulation and image editing, free-form drawing, transcoding between different image file formats, and more specialized tasks. A free alternative to Photoshop.

Purdue OWL Writing Lab – an excellent resource for writing research papers, workplace technical writing, resumes and CVs, and more.