Databases by Subject

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Database Access

Most of our databases can be accessed from home using your GRPL card, but there are a few exceptions: Library Use Only = Library use only Library Use Only = Main Library use only

Search a variety of databases at once using the PowerSearch function.
Please note that this search tool searches only Gale databases. For a complete list, please view the alphabetical list or select a database category below.

By Subject | Alphabetical

Art

SIRS Renaissance
  • Full-text articles on the following topics: architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy and religion, and visual arts

Auto Repair

Chilton Library
  • Online car repair manuals
  • Scheduled maintenance intervals
  • Detailed diagrams and instructions for interior and exterior repairs
  • List of bulletins and recalls

Biography

Biography and Genealogy Master Index
  • Indexes biographies available in current reference sources
  • Cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world
Gale Biography in Context
  • Biographical articles and photographs of popular and historical figures from around the world

Books and Readers Resources

Books and Authors
  • Read-a-Like wizard
  • Author biographies
  • Genre review and suggested books
NoveList Plus
  • Readers’ advisory guide for fiction and non-fiction
  • Includes read-alikes, award winner lists, book discussion guides, feature articles, recommended reads, and more for adults, teens, and children
WilsonWeb Core Collections
  • Primarily a collection development tools for librarians
  • Provides a detailed listing of the must-have resources for public and school libraries
  • Search by title, author, reviews, copyright dates, and even reading levels. Complete with reviews, annotations, pricing, subject headings, and bibliographic data
FirstSearch (Worldcat)
  • Over 194 million bibliographic records that represent books and other materials held by libraries from around the world

Business and Investing

Associations Unlimited
  • Directory of membership associations in the United States and worldwide
Business Insights: Global
  • Research companies including histories, financial and competitor data. Search by country, state, SIC codes, NAICS, revenue or number of employees
  • Access company profiles and industry rankings, as well as brand and product information
  • Access SWOT reports, financial analysis tools, business associations, investment reports and market research reports
  • Access information from Gale publications including Directory of Company Histories, Market Share Reporter, Business Rankings Annual, and Encyclopedia of American Industries
BusinessDecision
  • Demographic and income profile for geographic areas
  • Consumer household data
  • Market profile
  • Funding provided by Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation
DemographicsNow
  • Offers demographic information on any U.S. geography, including information on income, housing, race, age, education, retail spending and more
  • Allows users to compare multiple geographies and drill down to data on a specific county, zip code, congressional district and more. A unique mapping tool within the resource also allows users to map their results, create custom geographies and view demographic variables in thematic coloring scales
  • The Business tab includes data on 23 million businesses. Users can search by company name, business type, number of employees and other limiters
  • The Households tab contains data on more than 206 million U.S. residents (approximately 135 million households) and enables users to search by name, address or a variety of U.S. Census data averages
General BusinessFile ASAP
  • Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends
  • Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available
  • Covers the latest information in management, economics and politics
Legal Forms
  • Thousands of downloadable, customizable legal forms
  • Includes professionally drafted documents for bill of sale, incorporation of an LLC, partnerships, non-compete agreements, employment contracts, purchase agreements and more
LexisNexis Library Express
  • Library Express provides access to more than 6,000 news, business, and legal sources
  • News and business coverage encompasses newspapers, periodicals, television and radio broadcasts, news wires, blogs, corporate directories, and financial information
  • Features national and international news sources that date back to the 1970s, depending on the paper
  • Business sources include financial information, market research, industry reports, and SEC filings
  • Access to case law and other legal information is only available in the Library
Morningstar Investment Research Center
  • Morningstar analyst reports on ratings on stocks, mutual funds and ETFs
  • Screening tools for investments
  • Articles and videos on investing and personal finance
Reference USA
  • Provides detailed information on U.S. Businesses
  • Search by company name, size, geographic location, type of business, and more
  • Residential database can be searched by name, phone number, or address
  • Funded by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation Titche Family Fund
Small Business Resource Center
  • Provides small business management resources
  • Covers subjects from conducting industry research to financial planning, to marketing a product and franchising a business
  • Offers access to content from a wide range of business journals and reference sources
Value Line Investment Survey
  • Value Line provides valuable research and analysis of approximately 1,700 if the most actively traded U.S. stocks.
  • Value helps investors conduct basis research, formulate investment strategies, and make sound investment decisions.

Childrens

Britannica for Kids
  • Designed for students ages 8 to 15
  • Britannica contains encyclopedia articles, an online dictionary, thesaurus and world atlas
  • Thousands of images, videos and statistics as well as study guides
CultureGrams
  • Contains cultural reports on over 200 countries, plus all the U.S. states and Canadian provinces
  • Has a kids version and a version aimed at high school on up
  • Information on government, religion, daily life, history, plus maps, flags, and both photographs and videos
Early World of Learning
  • Follow Trek and Taffy the cat around the world learning about colors, numbers and other fun things.
  • Strengthen reading foundations with stories, activities and videos.
  • Explore the Know It encyclopedia designed especially for early readers.
  • Includes materials for educators.
eLibrary Elementary
  • Access to more than 130 magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts
  • Colorful, graphical interface with images, weblinks as well as audio and video titles
  • Includes articles from magazines, newspapers, reference books, and children’s publications
  • Formats include print, photographs, and video
Kids InfoBits
  • Grades 1-5
  • Information about people, geography, language, culture, and history
  • Easy to use graphical interface
  • Lands and Peoples books online
SIRS DISCOVERER
  • Full-text articles from magazines, newspapers, and government documents. Articles by reading level and Lexile scores
  • In addition to research, this database has activities, country facts, photo essays, pictures, maps of the world, and more
  • Curriculum guides for educators and homeschoolers
TumbleBook Library
  • Animated, talking picture books for children
  • Books which you can read OR can be read to you!
  • Includes games and puzzles
  • Books are available in English, Spanish and French
World Book Kids
  • Contains eight major subject categories: Arts, History and Government, People, Places, Plants and Animals, Science and Mathematics, Sports and Hobbies, World Religions.
  • Has three sets of activities divided into: Make It! Think It! and Be It!
  • Includes full-featured pictures, sounds and videos.
  • Also includes a section for teachers.

Countries and International News

CultureGrams
  • Contains cultural reports on over 200 countries, plus all the U.S. states and Canadian provinces
  • Has a kids version and a version aimed at high school on up
  • Information on government, religion, daily life, history, plus maps, flags, and both photographs and videos

Education & Test Preparation

FirstSearch (ERIC)
  • ERIC (Educations Resources Information Center) is a bibliographic database sponsored by U.S. Dept of Education
  • Contains education related documents and journal articles
  • Research reports, conference papers and proceedings, opinion papers, and legislative and regulatory materials
Learning Express Library
  • Test preparation materials and interactive practice exams based on official tests
  • Includes ASVAB, SAT, ACT, GED Preparation, Firefighter, Police Officer, Postal Worker, U.S. Citizenship, and improvement tests for students from elementary school through college

Encyclopedias & General Reference

Britannica for Kids
  • Designed for students ages 8 to 15
  • Britannica contains encyclopedia articles, an online dictionary, thesaurus and world atlas
  • Thousands of images, videos and statistics as well as study guides
Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Includes both the complete Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, and the Britannica Book of the Year
  • Encyclopedia articles, illustrations, maps, definitions, videos, timelines, world atlas, and notable quotations
Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  • Draws on acclaimed reference content to provide a complete one-stop source for information on social issues
  • Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles
Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research
General Reference Center Gold
  • Includes articles from a wide range of publications such as Consumer Reports, Vanity Fair, Publishers Weekly, and many more
  • Includes articles, book reviews, multimedia content, and more

En Espanol

Enciclopedias Estudiantil Hallazgos
  • La Enciclopedia estudiantil hallazgos en línea es una enciclopedia de conocimientos generales.
  • Contiene información sobre gente, lugares, objetos, acontecimientos e ideas.
  • Aprovecha esta enciclopedia para investigar y divertirte.
Informe
  • Una coleccións revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materiarias
Mango Languages
  • Online, interactive language-learning system
  • Instruction in Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, ESL for Polish speakers, ESL for Spanish speakers, and ESL for Brazilian Portuguese speakers
  • Individual log-ins, condensed lessons, vocabulary review, and phrasebook review

Foundation and Grants

Foundation Directory Professional Library Use Only
  • Search for grantmakers by name, location, field of interest, geographic focus, and more
  • Search for companies giving grants by name, location, industry code, and more
Foundation Grants to Individuals Library Use Only
  • Foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers
  • Search by foundation name, state, city, field of interest, type of support, geographic focus, company name, and school name
  • Includes articles from a wide range of publications such as Consumer Reports, Vanity Fair, Publishers Weekly, and many more
  • Includes articles, book reviews, multimedia content, and more

Genealogy

American Ancestors
  • Search a wide range of databases including cemetery records, court and probate records, census lists, and more
  • From the New England Historical Society and primarily searches the whole of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada
  • Funding provided by Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation Western Michigan Genealogical Society Fund
Ancestry Library Edition Library Use Only
  • Census and voter lists
  • Birth, marriage, and death certificates
  • Military records
  • Immigration and passenger lists
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
  • Indexes biographies available in current reference sources
  • Cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world
Fold3 Library Use Only
  • Revolutionary War, Civil War, and Naturalization Records
  • Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940
  • Passport Applications, 1795-1905
  • City Directory Collection
HeritageQuest Online
  • Online resource for census data, family records, and local histories
  • Includes US federal census, banking, and military records, genealogies, local histories, primary source materials, and genealogical and local history periodicals
  • Funding provided by Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation Western Michigan Genealogical Society Fund

Health and Medicine

Health and Wellness Resource Center
  • Health and medical information for consumers from magazines, reference books, and pamphlets
  • Includes information on alternative health
Health Reference Center Academic
  • Health and related subject information for a wide audience from general use to academic research
  • Includes case studies, clinical reports, drug overviews, articles, book reviews, multimedia content, and more
Nursing Resource Center
  • Supports nursing programs at both colleges and community colleges
  • Provides students with homework help as well as test preparation for clinical exams

History

Gale U.S. History in Context
  • A comprehensive overview of U.S History covering the most studied events, issues and current information
  • Search by person, subject, or U.S. History, or browse events chronologically
  • Includes primary source material, reference sources, articles from scholarly journals, maps, and multimedia content
Gale World History in Context
  • A comprehensive overview of World History covering the most studied events, issues and current information
  • Search by person, subject, or World History, or browse events chronologically
  • Includes primary source material, reference sources, articles from scholarly journals, maps, and multimedia content

Jobs and Career Skills

Computer Skills Tutorials
  • Self-paced instructional courses for popular software applications
  • Introductory, intermediate and advanced level courses
  • Courses available for Microsoft, Adobe, and Mac software
Learning Express Library
  • Test preparation materials and interactive practice exams based on official tests
  • Includes ASVAB, SAT, ACT, GED Preparation, Firefighter, Police Officer, Postal Worker, U.S. Citizenship, and improvement tests for students from elementary school through college

Language Learning

Mango Languages
  • Online, interactive language-learning system
  • Instruction in Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, ESL for Polish speakers, ESL for Spanish speakers, and ESL for Brazilian Portuguese speakers
  • Individual log-ins, condensed lessons, vocabulary review, and phrasebook review

Law and Legal Forms

Legal Forms
  • Thousands of downloadable, customizable legal forms
  • Includes professionally drafted documents for bankruptcy, bill of sale, contracts, divorce, employment, incorporation of an LLC, landlord/tenant, living wills, power of attorney, real estate, last will and testament, and more
LegalTrac
  • Indexing for more than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals, as well as law-related articles from over 1,000 additional business and general interest titles
LexisNexis Library Express
  • Library Express provides access to more than 6,000 news, business, and legal sources
  • News and business coverage encompasses newspapers, periodicals, television and radio broadcasts, news wires, blogs, corporate directories, and financial information
  • Features national and international news sources that date back to the 1970s, depending on the paper
  • Business sources include financial information, market research, industry reports, and SEC filings
  • Access to case law and other legal information is only available in the Library

Literature

Books and Authors
  • Read-a-Like wizard
  • Author biographies
  • Genre review and suggested books
Literature Resource Center
  • Critical analysis of literature and in-depth author biographies from every age and literary discipline
SIRS DISCOVERER
  • Full-text articles from magazines, newspapers, and government documents. Articles by reading level and Lexile scores
  • In addition to research, this database has activities, country facts, photo essays, pictures, maps of the world, and more
  • Curriculum guides for educators and homeschoolers

Magazine Articles

Academic OneFile
  • Premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources
  • Extensive coverage of the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects
  • Geared for college students
LexisNexis Library Express
  • Library Express provides access to more than 6,000 news, business, and legal sources
  • News and business coverage encompasses newspapers, periodicals, television and radio broadcasts, news wires, blogs, corporate directories, and financial information
  • Features national and international news sources that date back to the 1970s, depending on the paper
  • Business sources include financial information, market research, industry reports, and SEC filings
  • Access to case law and other legal information is only available in the Library
General Reference Center Gold
  • Includes articles from a wide range of publications such as Consumer Reports, Vanity Fair, Publishers Weekly, and many more
  • Includes articles, book reviews, multimedia content, and more
General OneFile
  • One-stop source for millions of full-text news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics

Newspapers

General OneFile
  • One-stop source for millions of full-text news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics
Grand Rapids Press Library Use Only
  • Provides access to the most current two weeks of the Grand Rapids Press
Infotrac Newsstand
  • A collection of over 1000 full-text newspapers from around the country and the world.
Kalamazoo Gazette Library Use Only
  • Provides access to the most current two weeks of the Kalamazoo Gazette
LexisNexis Library Express
  • Library Express provides access to more than 6,000 news, business, and legal sources
  • News and business coverage encompasses newspapers, periodicals, television and radio broadcasts, news wires, blogs, corporate directories, and financial information
  • Features national and international news sources that date back to the 1970s, depending on the paper
  • Business sources include financial information, market research, industry reports, and SEC filings
  • Access to case law and other legal information is only available in the Library
New York Times
  • The largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States
  • Browse or search full text from 1985 to current

Science & Technology

Computer Database
  • Over 3 million articles from journals, trade magazines and popular computing magazines
  • Some content is full-text
Gale Science in Context
  • Includes thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations from over 300 magazines and academic journals

Young Adult

CultureGrams
  • Contains cultural reports on over 200 countries, plus all the U.S. states and Canadian provinces
  • Has a kids version and a version aimed at high school on up
  • Information on government, religion, daily life, history, plus maps, flags, and both photographs and videos
eLibrary
  • Full text content from books and magazines
  • Access to images, maps, websites, and video
Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context
  • Draws on acclaimed reference content to provide a complete one-stop source for information on social issues
  • Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles
InfoTrac Junior Edition
  • Magazine, newspapers and reference books (most full-text) cover current events, the arts, science, history, sports and more
InfoTrac Student Edition
  • Grades 9-12
  • Access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcast, and reference books
  • Includes information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more

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Access to many of these databases comes from the Michigan eLibrary which is made possible by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan. Additional funding is provided by the State of Michigan.

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