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Chicago Region Research Guide

The Chicago Metropolitan Region is a huge and ethnically area. This guide will provide resources for doing research for both the Northeastern Illinois region, and Chicago itself.

The City of Chicago has long been divided into many diverse neighborhoods, which are officially known as Chicago Community Areas (CCA). These all have numbers assigned to them by the city government, although they are not mentioned in journal or news articles. So you need to know the number of the community area in order to do effective research in many databases and reference publications. To find out where ethnic groups are concentrated, look in The Ethnic Handbook, located in the Reference Collection at F 548.9 .A 1 E 87 1996.

Table of Contents

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Library Catalogs

Reference Works

Article Indexes and Databases

Internet Sites for Organizations

Statistical Data


Maps and Atlases

DuPage County Information Resources

Chicago Community Areas by CCA number, with map. Many types of information are organized by the official Chicago Community Area name or number.

Chicago Neighborhoods - C.O.D. Library Online Research Guide.

C.O.D. Library Geography Research Guide

C.O.D. Geography Program home page

Evaluating Web Sites

Interlibrary Loan

Citing Sources Help

Contact Information


Library Catalogs

Look in the following catalogs for government publications, books, videos, Internet sites, maps, and other types of audiovisual items:

Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to shelve its books).


Reference Works

Some appropriate reference books are also included with each section of Internet sites listed below.

Article Indexes and Databases

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Internet Sites for Organizations



Maps and Atlases


DuPage County Information Sources

The Wheaton Public Library has a big collection of local history resources.

The other local public libraries in the county may have some materials on the local region also.

A list of other public libraries in DuPage County can be found here: http://www.publiclibraries.com/illinois/dupage.htm


The DuPage County Historical Museum is another place to check out in Wheaton .

A list of other historical societies in DuPage County can be found here: http://www.dupagehistory.org/others.html

Books at the C.O.D. Library

The general call number for books about DuPage County is F 547 .D 9. Click HERE for a list of materials in this call number range.

Combination Atlas map of DuPage County . Reference G 1408 .D 8 T 4 1874. Also online.

DuPage County : a descriptive and historical guide . General F 547 .D 9 F 4 1951. Also online.

DuPage County cultural and historical sites inventory. Reference F 547 .D 9 D 87 1996.

DuPage Roots . (A history of DuPage county.) Reference F 547 .D 9 T 49x 1985. Also online.

Family maps of DuPage County , Illinois : with homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads, and more. Reference F 547 .D 9 B 69 2007.

Inventory of historic landmarks in DuPage County : Interim report . Reference F 547 .D 9 I 5 1974.

The Phoenix land : the natural history of DuPage County . General QH 105 .I 3 L 3 1995.

Online Materials

For NEWSPAPER articles, try the

Chicago Tribune Newspaper Historical Archive Database (1849-1987)

And the Chicago Tribune Newspaper Database (1988-present)

Digital Archive of Illinois Historical Aerial Photographs for DuPage County .

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois . Newton Bateman. (1913).

A History of DuPage County, Illinois . C.W. Richmond. (1857).

History of DuPage County, Illinois . Rufus Blanchard (1874).

GOOGLE searching

In the search box, type in DUPAGE and the name of the town or feature or other location or topic that you are trying to find information on. Up will come a list of hits. Some will be web pages, some will be online reports, and some will be only citations to publications. You have to look carefully at the page and the URL, to see who put this material together, and if there is a sponsoring agency or organization. You want to see if the material comes from a reputable source, like a professor, educational institution, or historical society.

Interlibrary Loan

The Library can obtain copies of articles or books from other libraries for you. Inquire at the Reference Desk. You may also consult journal title lists from other libraries in the area.

Citing Sources

Reference Desk:  630-942-3364
Dan Blewett, Reference Librarian
(630) 942-2279 Office: SRC 3033

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