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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

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Search a variety of databases at once using the PowerSearch function. Please note that this search tool searches only Gale databases.

By Subject

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
  • Covers 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
Literature Resource Center
  • Critical analysis of literature and in-depth author biographies from every age and literary discipline
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
FirstSearch (Worldcat)
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
  • Use LexisNexis at the library
  • Use LexisNexis at home
  • 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
Lynda.com
  • The lynda.com video library features more than 6,300 high quality courses and more than 267,000 video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts.
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 Line helps investors conduct basic research, formulate investment strategies, and make sound investment decisions.

 

Childrens
ABC Mouse Library Use Only
  • Over 5,000 fun-filled learning activities (books, games, songs, etc.) that encompass reading, math, science, art, and music for ages 2-7+.
BookFlix (TM)
  • Beginning readers
  • An interactive experience that allows beginning readers to explore fiction and non-fiction designed to increase understanding and fluency
  • Increase comprehension and have fun at the same time!
Britannica Learning Zone
  • Pre K – 2nd grade
  • Activity-centered learning to explore, play, read, and build technology skills. Letters, numbers, geography, shapes, and much more
Britannica School
  • Resources at three levels – Learning Zone, Elementary, Middle, and High School
  • Includes primary sources in subjects such as people, countries, science, animals, current events, and biographies
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.
Gale Research in Context
  • Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 – literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history
  • Aligned to national and state curriculum standards
  • Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6tj-8th graders into high school and beyond
Kids InfoBits
  • Grades 1-5
  • Information about people, geography, language, culture, and history
  • Easy to use graphical interface
  • Lands and Peoples books online
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
Driving-Tests.org
  • A driver’s education resource offering state specific practice tests
  • Includes motorcycle and CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) tests
  • Offers FAQ section with detailed answers on DMV related questions
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
Lynda.com
Encyclopedias & General Reference
Britannica School
  • Resources at three levels –  Elementary, Middle, and High School
  • Includes primary sources in subjects such as people, countries, science, animals, current events, and biographies
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
En Español
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 coleccion de revistas en español con textos completos que abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad, y otros materiales
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
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
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
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
Michigana (Sabin Collection)
  • This digital archive documents state history
  • Drawn from the Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 collection and other Gale sources, the archive provides access to a wide variety of documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children’s books
Jobs and Career Skills

 

Learning Express Library
Lynda.com
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
  • Use LexisNexis at the library
  • Use LexisNexis at home
  • 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
Michigan Legal Help 
Literature
Literature Resource Center
  • Critical analysis of literature and in-depth author biographies from every age and literary discipline
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
  • Use LexisNexis at the library
  • Use LexisNexis at home
  • 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.
LexisNexis Library Express
  • Use LexisNexis at the library
  • Use LexisNexis at home
  • 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
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
Lynda.com
Teen
Britannica School
  • Resources at three levels – Elementary, Middle, and High School
  • Includes primary sources in subjects such as people, countries, science, animals, current events, and biographies
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
Driving-Tests.org
  • A driver’s education resource offering state specific practice tests
  • Includes motorcycle and CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) tests
  • Offers FAQ section with detailed answers on DMV related questions
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 Research in Context
  • Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 – literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history
  • Aligned to national and state curriculum standards
  • Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6th-8th graders into high school and beyond
InfoTrac Student Edition
  • Grades 9-12
  • Access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, 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.