Encyclopedias and General Research

Websites for this Topic | Research guides and databases


These databases are available from outside the Library using your Carol Stream Library card and pin number.

America the Beautiful (Grolier)

Learn about the geography, history, people, economy, and government of each state.

Access age-appropriate information for children, young adults, and adults to conduct research, complete homework assignments, and work on special projects.

Access this eBook reference collection covering business, health, history, literature, science, and more.
Access three encyclopedia databases including Amazing Animals of the World, America the Beautiful, and Lands and People.
An encyclopedia of countries, cultures, and current events for middle and high schools. Access through the link on the left hand side of the main page of Grolier Online.
Search millions of digital resources including books and articles, audio files, images, movies, and datasets.
Search for specific publications and see each title’s publisher, online availability, subject area, abstracting & indexing coverage, tables of contents and full-text reviews.
The popular World Book encyclopedia in an online format that includes articles, printable maps, images, and videos.
En Espanol
This beginning-level Spanish encyclopedia, with thousands of articles, illustrations, and maps, has an easy-to-use, bilingual interface.
Use this comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia to search 100,000 articles as well as images, maps, videos, animations, and sounds.
For information on individuals, see Biographies.
For currents events, see also News and Current Events or Magazines and Newspapers.


Wikipedia is a free content encyclopedia that is being written collaboratively by contributors from all around the world." The quality of the content on this site varies dramatically because of the lack of editorial oversight, but it is worth exploring.