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Databases vs. Websites

Databases and eBooks: Authoritative Content from Respected Sources

  • Paid for by the library. (Think of them as premium cable channels.)
  • Cannot be easily searched in Google.
  • Includes sources written by professors, scholars, journalists, etc.
  • Authority of information is verified by editors and publishers.

Websites : Onus Is on You to Verify the Content  

  • Access is free. No one is paying for the content.
  • Anyone can publish a website. The information included is often not verified by anyone.
  • Must examine with a critical eye. You need to spend time determining if content is correct.

What about this website? Or this one? This one really works!


Encyclopedia of Chicago

U.S. Census Fact Finder (look at 2010 census info to determine current stats for ethnicity you are researching)

  • Be sure you select the button: race/ancestry.
  • In the first field enter the ethnicity you are researching.  Use the option provided in the drop-down menu.
  • In the second field type Chicago, and choose Chicago city, IL from the drop down menu.
  • From the search results choose the following tables:  DP01, DP02, DP03

Choose Chicago: Neighborhoods

PBS: City of the Century Immigrants

Andersonville History

Wikipedia's Neighborhoods in Chicago

Dreamtown's Chicago Neighborhoods




NY Times first-time user Account Creation (must use oprf email)