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Database Access

Our databases can be accessed with your digital library card.  If you do not have a digital library card, you may use your Grand Rapids Library Card. When you click on the link, just enter your library card number and password.

Elementary: Databases recommended for grades 1-5

English Language Arts

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!
eBook Elementary
  • Beginning Reader-Friendly
  • Fiction and nonfiction books you can read online – for school and for fun
  • Picture books, homework topics, languages learning
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

Social Studies

CultureGrams
  • Contains cultural reports on over 200 countries, plus all the U.S. states and Canadian provinces
  • Information on government, religion, daily life, history, plus maps, flags, and both photographs and videos
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
Kids InfoBits
  • 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

Science

Kids InfoBits
  • 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

General Research

Britannica for Kids
  • Britannica contains encyclopedia articles, an online dictionary, thesaurus and world atlas
  • Thousands of images, videos and statistics as well as study guides
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
Kids InfoBits
  • Information about people, geography, language, culture, and history
  • Easy to use graphical interface
  • Lands and Peoples books online
NoveList K-8 Plus
  • Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, Lexile Reading levels, Common Core standards; even books made into movies, and much more
  • Read reviews and learn about the author
  • Create your own reading wish list
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

Middle & High School: Databases recommended for grades 6-12

English Language Arts

Books and Authors
  • Read-a-Like wizard
  • Author biographies
  • Genre review and suggested books
eLibrary
  • Full text content from books and magazines
  • Access to images, maps, websites, and video

Science

Gale Science in Context
  • Includes thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations from over 300 magazines and academic journals
Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research
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

Social Studies

CultureGrams
  • Contains cultural reports on over 200 countries, plus all the U.S. states and Canadian provinces
  • Information on government, religion, daily life, history, plus maps, flags, and both photographs and videos
Gale Biography in Context
  • Biographical articles and photographs of popular and historical figures from around the world
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 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 Virtual Reference Library
  • Database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research
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
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
Lansing State Journal
  • Full-text
  • Comprehensive coverage (2002-Present) of articles, stories, columns, commentaries, reviews and more for the newspaper from the state capital of Michigan
New York Times
  • The largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States
  • Browse or search full text from 1985 to current
SIRS Renaissance
  • Full-text articles on the following topics: architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy and religion, and visual arts

Test Prep

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

General Research

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
Books and Authors
  • Read-a-Like wizard
  • Author biographies
  • Genre review and suggested books
Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research
General OneFile
  • One-stop source for millions of full-text news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics
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
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
Infotrac Newsstand
  • A collection of over 1000 full-text newspapers from around the country and the world
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
SIRS Renaissance
  • Full-text articles on the following topics: architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy and religion, and visual arts

ESL: Databases for English as a Second Language Learners

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
  • Early learners
  • A bilingual visual dictionary including thousands of images and more than 12,000 labels in the categories: Arts, History and Government, People, Places, Plants and Animals, Science and Mathematics, Sports and Hobbies, and World Religions
  • To change the language to English, select the Ingles button at the top right of the page.
  • Includes a World of Animals section
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

MeL for Parents: Databases for Learning & Growing Together

BNetS@vvy: Tools for Adults to Help Kids Connect Safely
  • BNetS@vvy provides original articles, an e-newsletter, tools, tips, links and resources to keep parents informed about the young digital world and help them engage with kids to keep them safe and savvy online
  • Parents will find information on social networking, wireless access, gaming, cyberbullying, safety and privacy to help kids develop good online habits.
Children’s Book A Day Almanac
  • If you have kids, this is one of the best page-a-day calendars you could hope for, celebrating a children’s book and/or event each day
  • Who knew January 20 was Penguin Appreciation Day, or that there was a delightful children’s book called 365 Penguins?
Early World of Learning
  • Early elementary
  • 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
Kids Health
  • Includes areas for kids, teens, and parents each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone including thousands of original articles, animations, games, developed by experts
  • This is an HON code certified site
Reading Tub
  • The Reading Tub is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting reading and literacy
  • Search for book reviews by age group, special needs groups, and alphabetically by title
  • You’ll find reviews on the classics and popular literature, but the emphasis is on the less publicized or hyped books
  • Books on adoption and foreign language are a particular focus for this organization
Storyline Online
  • Features well-known actors reading quality children’s picture books aloud
  • Free videos and related activities strengthen comprehension, verbal and written skills of English language learners worldwide.

More library resources can be found here for parents and kids.

 

Access to these databases comes from the Michigan eLibrary which is made possible by grant Melcatfunds 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.

Databases for Educators

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
Job and Career Accelerator
  • Easy-to-use online application combining everything you need for a successful job search
  • This innovative job hunting system enables users to explore, in detail, over 1,000 different occupations and match interests and skills with the career that’s best
Literature Resource Center
  • Critical analysis of literature and in-depth author biographies from every age and literary discipline
Michigan Authors and Illustrators
  • Reading advice
  • A searcheable database of Michigan authors and illustrators
  • Provides biographical and contact information
Michigan Online Resources for Educators
  • Find lesson plans and curriculum aids searchable by subject or state standard
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

Click here to see a complete list of all our databases in alphabetical order.

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