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Reference copies of Valueline are available in print at the Questions Desk and are available for in-library use only.

Premium Resources — for MPLD cardholders only.

NEW! DemographicsNOW: | Business & People - detailed U.S. demographic, business, and residential data.

Financial Ratings Series Online | Using a quick and easy search screen, you will have immediate access to Financial Strength Ratings for more than 21,000 Banks, Credit Unions & Insurance Companies. Plus, get investment ratings for more than 6,000 stocks and 16,000 mutual funds. Requires MPLD card.

Illinois Public Records | provided by Record Information Services. Scroll through Chicagoland’s public records — real estate transactions, mortgages, foreclosures, and more. Keep an eye on housing values in your community and help safeguard your biggest investment — your home. Sort by name, city, zip code, and more. From home: Click on this remote link. You'll be asked to enter your library card number. Requires MPLD card.

NEW! Morningstar Investment Research Center | This database offers analysis on 1,700 stocks, 2,000 mutual funds and 300 exchange traded funds (ETFs). While it is primarily designed as a tool for investors, it is also an excellent place to get quick information on a company. From home: Click on this remote link. Requires MPLD card.

Value Line | the library has an individual subscription that may be used by one patron at a time. The staff at the Questions Desk can help you log in to the website. Requires MPLD card.


Personal Finance

Annual Credit Report | This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. 

Biznar| Deep Web Business Search:  uses a federated search process that scans materials related to business, including periodicals, government resources and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, news sources and social media networks. 

MYMONEY.GOV  | free resources and tools for making more informed financial decisions.

Company Information

NAICS North American Industry Classification System | The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.

SEC Security & Exchange Commission Next Generation Edgar System — find free company information from the Federal Government.


Bank | mortgage rates, home loans, refinancing, credit cards, CD rates with personal finance advice.

Big Charts | free features include current and historical stock quotes.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange | offers the latest market news and futures market data.

CNN Financial News | a service of CNN, Fortune, & Money.

Small Business | the official business link to the U.S. Government.

Illinois Corporate Name Database | You may search the Corporate/LLC Database by file number or name.

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity | Business development.

SCORE Counselors to America’s Small Business | the Service Corps of Retired Executives, consists primarily of retired business professionals offering advice, and counseling. Advice for small business loans, business plans, and business consulting. Training and workshop information is available.

Small Business Administration | programs and services for starting and managing a small business.

State of Illinois Business Portal | information on all aspects of starting and running a business in Illinois.

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