Online Resources


  • Library – This portal brings all the best library and reference sites together in one user friendly spot.
  • Virtual Reference Desk – Links to dictionaries, thesauri, acronyms, almanacs, information technology, maps, travel information, telephone information, reference sources, science data, government data, and more.


  • Council of Better Business Bureaus – Contains information about scams targeting business and consumers as well as prevention tips.
  • Entreworld – This content-only site comes from the reputed non-profit Kaufman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. It is organized into three main sections: Starting your Business, Growing Your Business and Supporting Entrepreneurship.
  • Security & Exchange Commission – Great advice can be found in the “enforcement division” sections of the SEC’s site. Contains releases about enforcement actions and civil and criminal proceedings involving securities fraud, as well as sections covering on-line newsletters, bulletin boards and e-mail spans.
  • Small Business Administration – Valuable leads and resources for investors and entrepreneurs. The SBA site links the users to the opportunities.

Estate Planning

  • E$Planner – Download a new planning program developed by three leading economists and designed to prevent you from over-saving and under-saving.
  • Finaid – The most comprehensive source of objective, reliable information on college financial aid.
  • Internal Revenue Service – Top spot for garnering information forms and publications about income tax.
  • Social Security On-Line – Download a program that calculates benefit estimates. Downloadable forms for changes in personal information and other routine issues.

Legal Research

  • American Bar Association News Release Section – American Bar Association; Division of Media Relations and Communication Services -News Releases.
  • American Law Sources Online – Comprehensive, uniform, and useful compilation of links to all on-line sources of American law that are available without charge.
  • Federal Court Locator – Provides citizens a means to access information related to the federal judiciary, including slip opinions. This information can be viewed on-line or it can be downloaded.
  • Hieros Gamos – A comprehensive worldwide law and government information site.
  • Illinois State Library – Source for information about the Illinois State Library, Illinois Library Systems, and the more than 3,300 ILLINET libraries in the state of Illinois.
  • Illinois Bar Association – Illinois court bulletins, legislative news and information, Illinois administrative code, online links to other services, court rules, ethics opinions and more.
  • Illinois Real Estate Lawyer Association – The Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association is comprised of experienced attorneys dedicated to assisting individuals and businesses in connection with real estate transactions of all types.
  • The Law Journal Extra! Legal News Page – The national daily legal newspaper; current and comprehensive legal news source. The days court decisions and legal news.
  • Library of Congress – The Library Today internet magazine, catalogs, collections, research services, U.S. legislative information, historical collections, exhibitions on-line, forms and data from the Copyright Office, the Library’s Bicentennial (1800-2000) and general information.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory – A nationwide attorney directory, legal news, a Q&A forum to ask attorneys general questions, information on hiring a lawyer, and brief descriptions of several areas of law.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
    United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Jurisdiction over Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin
  • U.S. Government Information – U.S. Federal Government Agencies Directory.
  • The U.S. House of Representatives – Internet Law Library – National Archives and Records Administration for U.S. Government.
  • U.S. Supreme Court – Decisions from 1990 to the present. This archive contains (or will soon contain) all opinions of the court issued since May of 1990. In addition, our collection of 610 of the most important historical decisions of the Court is available on CD-ROM

Real Estate

  • Chicago Tribune Homes – A complete guide to the Chicago area and its housing market, including thousands of listings of homes for sale or rent, real estate closing prices back to 1993, detailed profiles of every Chicago community, extensive advice and information on buying a home, and weekly real estate coverage from the Chicago Tribune.
  • Cook County Assessor’s Office – Information regarding assessments. Assessor’s office locations, telephone numbers and office hours. Taxpayers who have recently received increased assessment notices can compare neighboring property assessments.
  • Finance Center – This site has calculators to help you answer specific financing questions.
  • NewHomeNetwork.Com – Its national map shows communities with available (and soon-to-be-available) listings. Offerings are listed by builder community, with various models offered in descending price order.
  • MSN Homeadvisor – The largest home search sites, boasting over one million listing nationwide, along with data on neighborhoods, such as average house price, lot size, crime and SAT scores. No For Sale by Owner listings.