The Library is excited to bring you DemographicsNow, an online business and residential reference tool that provides detailed demographic data on more than 23 million businesses and 206 million consumers.  DemographicsNow can help you create a sales lead list, size your market, find your competition, and more!

The following databases are available only to Frankfort Public Library District cardholders.
You will be asked to provide your 14-digit library card number in order to access the following resources. Additional online resources are available in the library.

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)

Multi-disciplinary database providing full text for more than 4,600 journals

Access World News

Find information on topics related to business, careers, economics, the arts, education, health, homework help, politics and more from a variety of news media including newspapers, newswires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, periodicals, videos and web-only content including the Chicago Sun-Times, Southtown Star and USA Today.

America's Obituaries and Death Notices (Newsbank)

Easily search a collection of over 22 million recent records from hundreds of U.S. newspapers. Updated daily, it incorporates over 75 million records from the Social Security Death Index (1937-present), organized by state.


Geneological collection of more than 4,000 databases and 1.5 billion names.
-Available for inhouse use at the library only

Article First (FirstSearch)

Index of articles from the contents pages of journals (1990 - Present)

Biography Reference Center (EBSCO)

A comprehensive collection of hundreds of thousands of full-text biographies of prominent figures.


Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

The industry's most popular business research database

Career Transitions

The ultimate resource in career exploration, Career Transitions will help you create cover letters, and resumes, conduct job searches, and prepare for interviews.

Chicago Sun-Times (Newsbank)

Selected articles, obituaries, and front pages from January 1, 1986 - Current

Chicago Tribune Historical Archive (Newsbank)

Selected articles, obituaries, and front pages from 1900 - 1984.

Now patrons can access Chilton’s car manuals from library, home, garage or anywhere they have Internet access — including smartphones and tablets — when they “favorite” your library via the AccessMyLibrary free app. What an advantage for the on-the-road breakdown or the need to share information quickly.

Chilton - A How-To Video - View this short (1:25) screencast to quickly learn how to use Chilton!

ClasePeriodica (Firstsearch)

Index of Latin American journals in the sciences and humanities

Consumer Health Complete (EBSCO)

The single-most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content.

Consumer Reports (EBSCO)

Get expert, unbiased advice on product ratings and reviews! We test over 3,000 electronics, appliances, home & garden, baby gear, and food products including over 80 cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans each year. Find out which products are the best buys and the worst performers.


Access detailed cultural, economic, political, and geographic information on more than 200 countries, all 50 U.S. States, and all 13 Canadian Provinces. Includes maps, charts, photos, video, interviews, recipes, and more!

Daily Southtown

Full-text coverage [07/31/2004-11/17/2007] of Chicago's south suburban newspaper.

Demographics Now for Libraries: Business & People

Entrepreneurs and business owners need to know, “Who are my customers?” “Where do they live?” “What do they do?” and perhaps most importantly, “Who are my competitors?” DemographicsNow is a comprehensive database offering a wealth of consumer and business information or anyone who needs to identify cultural patterns or sociological trends. This tool will help users:
■ Identify household buying patterns
■ Create and analyze trade areas
■ Evaluate market penetration
■ Identify business locations
■ Target messaging, media buys and direct marketing campaigns
■ Find new customers — and reach them more effectively
■ Reveal untapped markets
■ Select the right merchandise mix
■ Expand into appropriate markets
You'll have access to demographic information such as:
■ Population
■ Income
■ Housing
■ Race
■ Age
■ Education
■ Businesses
■ Retail sales
■ Consumer expenditures
■ And more


Collection of articles from scholarly journals (1995 - present)

eRead Illinois

A robust collection of ebooks and audiobooks! Use your FPLD library card number and your SWAN password to login to your account.

ERIC (FirstSearch)

Index of education articles for teachers and students.

Frankfort Area Obituary Index

An index maintained by the Library and the Frankfort Area Historical Society. Data entry began in June of 2013. The index is anticipated to hold approximately 7,000 obituaries from various earlier newspaper publications from the surrounding area.

Frankfort News Editions Online 1973 - 1996

The Frankfort News, a community paper, published monthly by volunteers, was delivered to every address in the Frankfort area free of charge from 1973-1996. All 276 issues, 3300 pages total, of community news and information have been digitally reproduced and are available online for convenient viewing.

Gale Courses

Connect to: Life Skills | Personal Enrichment | Lifelong Learning. Convenient online access to hundreds of courses for professional and career development, computer skills, and personal enrichment. Let the learning begin! - Sponsored by the Friends.

Gale General OneFile

Gale's largest general interest periodical resource, General OneFile, provides periodical and news information through an intuitive, user-friendly search interface for researchers at all levels. Content includes more than 12,000 titles in all with nearly 30 years of coverage - putting approximately 80 million (updated daily) records at users' fingertips with a single search query, including: Fodor's titles, NPR programs and the New York Times.

Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context

From immigration to stem cells to textingwhile-driving, Opposing Viewpoints in Context delivers 13,000+ pro/con views, 1,000+ court case overviews, and thousands more topic overviews, biographies and profiles. This relevant content helps patrons understand and evaluate hot debate topics.

Gale Science in Context

Science in Context integrates pure information with today’s headlines and videos – showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity. With authoritative content, Science in Context is continuously updated with video, audio and podcasts; eye-catching image galleries; F=full-text articles from national and global newspapers, magazines and journals. You can start your research with broad categories like, Chemistry, Math & Technology; Physics & Astronomy; Health & Medicine, Earth & Environmental Science, Biology, and General Science.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Powerful database of encyclopedias, almanacs, & specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Research art, history, sports, law, science, film, literature, and more.


Covers all types of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor, Office of the President, etc.).

GreenFile - Available for inhouse use at the library only

GreenFILE is a freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology. Drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology, GreenFILE will serve as an informative resource for anyone concerned about the issues facing our planet.

Heritage Quest

Genealogy resource with U.S. census records from 1790 - 1930. HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources - rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. The collection consists of six core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy & Local History Books, Periodical Source Index [PERSI], Revolutionary War Records, Freedman's Bank Records, and LexisNexis U.S. Seriel Set.

Illinois Catalog

The online catalog of materials in Illinois. Find books, magazines, music, movies, archival materials, musical scores, and more.


IndieFlix brings the Film Festival home. Watch award-winning independent movies, shorts, documentaries, and web series from around the world. IndieFlix - another great resource brought to you by the Friends of the Frankfort Public Library District. Join Us!

Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits more than 100 full-text, age-appropriate magazines, more than 6,400 searchable, indexed images, Merriam-Webster®’s Elementary Dictionary and 1,200 maps, flags & seals and over 1,700 colorful charts and graphs. It features a developmentally appropriate and visual graphic interface. Broad subject categories include animals, arts & entertainment, geography, health, history & social studies, inventions & technology, plants, people, science & math, sports, stories & literature, and transportation.

Legal Forms

With Gale LegalForms, you have access to thousands of customizable online legal documents that are available anytime, any place. The forms are state-specific to Illinois. Categories include Divorce, Small Business, Landlord Tenant, Real Estate, Trusts, Guardianships, Wills, and much more.

Literary Reference Center (EBSCO)

Find information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes

MasterFILE Premier (EBSCO)

Full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. This database also contains full text more than 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags.


All areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing. Corresponds to the print indexes: Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature, and International Nursing Index.


Morningstar Investment Research Center enables users to get data and guidance on mutual funds, stocks, and exchange-traded funds; determine how their investments fit into a portfolio; or obtain data on a particular industry. Investing for the Long Run A free guide with strategies and solutions to help you shape up your personal finances. Compliments of your library and Morningstar.

National Geographic Kids

Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take tstudents on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. National Geographic Kids includes: National Geographic Kids magazine 2009 to present (3 month embargo), 200 National Geographic Kids books, 500 kid-friendly, downloadable images.


Main index to one of the world’s premier information providers!

NoveList K - 8 Plus

School media specialists, teachers and parents interested in helping kids locate age-appropriate books in the library will appreciate the features and depth of content contained within NoveList K-8 Plus. Designed especially for elementary and middle school students, NoveList K-8 Plus is an online database with fiction and nonfiction titles chosen specifically to support the school curriculum as well as the pleasure reading needs of students.

NoveList Plus

With over 150,000 fiction titles, over 4000 custom created lists & articles, and over 50,000 nonfiction titles, NoveList Plus is the source for recommended reading.

Oxford Islamic Studies Online

This authoritative, dynamic resource brings together the best current scholarship in the field for students, scholars, government officials, community groups, and librarians to foster a more accurate and informed understanding of the Islamic world. - Encompassing over 5,000 A–Z reference entries, chapters from scholarly and introductory works, Qur'anic materials, primary sources, images, maps, and timelines, Oxford Islamic Studies Online offers a multi-layered reference experience designed to provide a first stop for anyone needing information and context on Islam.
The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.


Index of papers presented at conferences worldwide

Powerspeak Languages

Powerspeak Languages online learning program provides a rich language learning experience that uses audio, video, and interactive lessons to take users beyond rote memorization to a deep understanding of how to communicate with confidence in a new language. Languages include:
Spanish, French, German, Mandarin, and Ingles (ESL).

Price It! Antiques & Collectibles

Price It! Antiques & Collectibles is a comprehensive database for identifying, researching and pricing art, antiques and collectibles. Data sources include online auction sources (eBay® and GoAntiques), online retail (GoAntiques and TIAS) and land-based auction houses. You'll also find information on cleaning paintings, how to hire an appraiser, spotting a fake antique, and more.


Index of worldwide conference proceedings

SouthtownStar: November 18, 2007 - Current

The SouthtownStar newspaper debuted November 18, 2007, after the merger of the Daily Southtown and the Star Newspapers.

Testing & Education Reference Center

Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) is designed to help students — in high school, graduate school, and specialty school and beyond — make their future education decisions easier. TERC is loaded with information on colleges, technical schools, practice entrance exams, and certification and professional license exams that show students what to expect and how to prepare for — and excel at — the next level. Plus, the resume Builder and Virtual career library make TERC perfect for job seekers by providing specific examples and tips for the job search. Test Prep includes: AP, ACT, SAT, Real Estate, Cosmetology, Firefighter, ASVAB, GRE, MCAT, GMAT, and more!

World Book Discover

World Book Discover is designed for differentiated instruction to meet the needs of reluctant readers, ELL, ESL, and adult literacy students. Key features include: Easy-to-read articles on topics of interest to middle through high-school students, combined with reading comprehension questions to help students focus on key concepts. An uncluttered interface, easy-to-understand content, and useful activities help older students grasp important concepts and succeed at their grade level. Text-to-speech feature allows students to hear articles read aloud, increasing accessibility and comprehension. Timeline and citation builders engage users and develop research skills. Individual accounts allow students to save and annotate their research. A section on life skills helps students negotiate financial, health, housing, and employment issues. World Book Explains videos series features World Book editors and expert partners answering students' questions on high interest topics. Correlations to state and provincial curriculum and achivement standards make World Book Discover ideal for classroom work, homework projects, and general inquiry.

World Book for Kids

This site offers easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities for younger children. Key features include: thousands of easy-to-read articles, engaging images and illustrations, interactive games and activities, interactive maps, outline maps and flags, a biography center, science projects, and teacher resources.

World Book Info Finder

World Book Online Info Finder contains content and features designed for homework and research needs. Based on the World Book Encyclopedia, the site features rich multimedia, a collection of age-appropriate science fair projects, a biography center, virtual tours, video showcases, links to current events and world newspapers, 21st-century research skills, and much more.

World Book Online Reference Center

A powerful reference tool for advanced researchers and information seekers. In addition to the entire World Book Encyclopedia, the site features hundreds of thousands of complete e-books and primary source documents along with features developed especially for public library patrons. Tailored to the needs of patrons of high school age and above - computer and web tutorials provide help for novices. How To... documents offer information on skills for living, including applying for jobs, budgeting, transportation, and understanding health care issues. Research tools include: dictionary, Citation Builder, local and country research guides, Government Resources, Interactive Earth, and interactive maps and atlas. Individual accounts within the site offer users the ability to create and save content to their own research folders for later use.

World Book Spanish Language Encyclopedia

This comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia includes more than 100,000 articles, more than 8,500 images and maps, and nearly 1,000 videos, animations, sounds, and interactive media. It is designed for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and ESL/ELL program participants. Key features include: Broad coverage of all fields of knowledge, content is written from a Latin American perspective. Interactive world atlas with up-to-date information on all countries of the world for a true global perspective. More than 9,000 illustrations, videos, animations, and sounds contribute to comprehension. Thousands of links to editor-reviewed Web sites provide additional sounces of quality information. Content updated monthly ensures accuracy and currency.


OCLC catalog of books, web resources, and other material worldwide. Contains all the records cataloged by OCLC member libraries. Offers millions of bibliographic records.


Zinio - Get your favorite magazines online! The Library has access to over 50 magazine titles including Consumer Reports, Martha Stewart Living, mental_floss, and Rolling Stone! View the list of available magazines. Need help getting started - check out our Zinio Patron User Guide. Zinio - another great resource brought to you by the Friends of the Frankfort Public Library District. Join Us!