Try-It! Illinois is a state-wide database trial which allows library staff and community members to review and assess a wide variety of electronic resources. This offer is open only for Illinois residents.

The Try-It! Illinois website states:

About Try-It!

“Welcome to Try-It! Illinois 2016, the seventeenth annual statewide database trial, sponsored by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and the Illinois State Library. Try-It! Illinois offers the staffs and library users of the more than 5,000 ILLINET member libraries the opportunity to survey and evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. Thanks to the partnerships between the Illinois State Library and the participating electronic resource vendors, there is no charge for accessing these databases during Try-It! Illinois.”

Some of the databases of genealogy and family history interest:

  • Digital Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (ProQuest)
  • FOLD3 Library Edition (ProQuest)
  • Historic Map Works Library Edition (ProQuest)
  • Historical Chicago Defender (1909-1975) (ProQuest)
  • Historical Chicago Tribune 1849 – 1992 (ProQuest)
  • Historical New York Times 1851 – 2012 (ProQuest)
  • History Reference Center (EBSCO)
  • MyHeritage Library Edition (EBSCO)
  • MyHeritage-WorldVitalRecords (MyHeritage)
  • Newspaper Archive (ProQuest)
  • Library Edition (ProQuest)
  • ProQuest Obituaries (ProQuest)

So log on today and Try-It!


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Try-It! Illinois Is Back Now Through November 30, 2016
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