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

For a complete list, please select a database category below.

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

By Subject | Alphabetical

Auto Repair
AutoMate
  • Search by make and model
  • Scheduled maintenance intervals
  • Detailed diagrams and instructions for interior and exterior repairs
  • List of bulletins and recalls
Biography
Biography Reference Center
  • Coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres.
  • Includes those contained within Biography Today and Biography (both dating back to the first issue published).
Gale Biography in Context
  • Biographical articles and photographs of popular and historical figures from around the world
Books and Literature
Literature Resource Center
  • Critical analysis of literature and in-depth author biographies from every age and literary discipline
Literary Reference Center
  • Criticism, insights, and author biographies of most studied authors and works
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 Finance
AtoZDatabase
  • Detailed information on 30 million businesses and executives, over 200 million residents, 2 million new businesses as well as new movers/homeowners, U.S. healthcare professionals, a jobs database, background and criminal search and email marketing.

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
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
ebook Business Collection
  • Full text ebooks to help professionals and students keep up with the latest information in the business world.
  • A wide range of topics is covered including business biographies, change management, communication, entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing, personal growth, productivity and technology.
Entrepreneurial Studies Source
  • The latest insights on entrepreneurship and small business topics for business students and researchers. Content comes from business journals, magazines, reference books, case studies and company profiles.
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.
  • Funded by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation Titche Family Fund
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
Regional Business News
  • Provides coverage from regional business publications for the U.S. and Canada.
Small Business Reference Center
  • Offers coverage that addresses many small business topics from consumer small business reference books, business videos, help and advice section and how to create business plans.
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+.
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.
Explora
  • Explora for Educators
  • Explora for High Schools
  • Explora for Middle Schools
  • Explora for Primary Schools
  • Multiple versions of the Explora interface provide unique, age-appropriate content for primary schools, secondary schools and public libraries.
  • This includes an Educator’s Edition which offers lesson plans, support materials, and professional development resources.
  • Curriculum Standards Module (U.S. and Canada) to help educators correlate EBSCO content quickly to curriculum standards
  • Full-text translation in more than 30 languages for HTML articles
  • Reading level indicators (Lexile Measures) to simplify discovery of texts that match students’ reading abilities
Middle Search Plus
  • Middle school magazines and reference books including thousands of biographies, primary source documents, over a million photos, maps and flags.
  • Subjects covered include history, current events, science, sports and biographies.
Primary Search
  • Children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedia entries, and an image collection designed for elementary school libraries.
Read It!
  • Designed for middle and high school students who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects.
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
Do It Yourself
Small Engine Repair Reference Center
  • This reference database provides detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines.
  • A full collection of Clymer repair manuals, with new and updated content added regularly
  • Coverage of more than 90,000 repairs
Home Improvement Reference Center
  • Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.
  • Full-text reference books, including major reference works from Creative Publishing International
  • 35,000 images not available anywhere else online
  • Nearly 100 videos of popular home repair projects
  • A convenient A-Z browsing tool for searching
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
  • This database offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.
  • Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.
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
ERIC (Education Resoures Information Center)
  • Authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources.
  • Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, it is essential tool for education researchers of all kinds
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
Library & Information Science Source
  • Journals and periodicals that help librarians and researchers keep pace with the latest trends in the field.

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 expert
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
MasterFILE Complete
  • Content from popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources.
  • Covers wide range of subjects including business, health, fashion, sports, and personal finance.
Explora
  • Explora for Educators
  • Explora for High Schools
  • Explora for Middle Schools
  • Explora for Primary Schools
  • Explora for Public Libraries
  • Multiple versions of the Explora interface provide unique, age-appropriate content for primary schools, secondary schools and public libraries.
  • This includes an Educator’s Edition which offers lesson plans, support materials, and professional development resources.
  • Curriculum Standards Module (U.S. and Canada) to help educators correlate EBSCO content quickly to curriculum standards
  • Full-text translation in more than 30 languages for HTML articles
  • Reading level indicators (Lexile Measures) to simplify discovery of texts that match students’ reading abilities
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
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
Referencia Latina
  • Theme-based Spanish-language interface designed to make content readily accessible to non-English users.
  • This full-text Spanish-language database covers a broad array of subjects inside and outside academia. It offers content from a variety of sources, including reference books, general interest magazines and health reports.
  • Daily updates ensure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers from 10 Latin American countries.
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

Salud en Espanol
  • Consumer health information in Espanol

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 Library Use Only
  • 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 Reference Center
  • Coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres.
  • Includes those contained within Biography Today and Biography (both dating back to the first issue published).
MyHeritage
  • MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind.
  • Access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.
Fold3 Library Use Only
  • Revolutionary War, Civil War, and Naturalization Records
  • Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940
  • Passport Applications, 1795-1905
  • City Directory Collection
Health and Medicine
Consumer Health Information
  • Detailed answers to the 200 most-commonly-asked health questions.
  • Available in 17 languages.
  • Answers are provided in evidence-based reports that feature graphics, illustrations, easy-to-read text and links to additional information.
Consumer Health Complete
  • Provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.
Health Source: Consumer Edition
  • Consumer health information including magazines and reference books.
  • Includes searchable full text for current health pamphlets.
Alt Health Watch
  • Full-text alternative health research database focused on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.
  • It offers the latest information about the evolving practice of holistic medicine and therapies.
Psychology & Behavioral Health Collection
  • Covers a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences and related disciplines.
  • For psychologists, counselors, researchers and students.
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
History Reference Center
  • Covers U.S. and world history topics and features historical reference books, magazines and thousands of primary source documents
Newspaper Source Plus
  • Includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires, and news magazines. Offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources. Primary full coverage newspapers are The Washington Post and USA Today.
    Jobs and Career Skills

    Learning Express Library

    Lynda.com
    Vocational Studies Premier
    • Designed specifically for the research needs of two-year colleges.
    • Scholarly content most relevant to vocational programs.
    • Wide range of subjects covered including counseling, biotechnology, cosmetology, fashion design, forensics, graphic arts, health information technology, law enforcement, and veterinary assistant. 
    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 Source
    • Authoritative database for current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world
    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
    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 
    Magazine Articles
    Consumer Reports
    • Product comparisons with Consumer Reports’ (CR) comprehensive archive of expert, unbiased product reviews
    Academic Search Complete
    • Coverage on a wide range of topics. Includes peer-reviewed full text for STEM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities
    MasterFILE Complete
    • Content from popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources
    • Covers wide range of subjects including business, health, fashion, sports, and personal finance
    Explora
    • Explora for Public Libraries
    • Multiple versions of the Explora interface provide unique, age-appropriate content for primary schools, secondary schools and public libraries
    • This includes an Educator’s Edition which offers lesson plans, support materials, and professional development resources
    • Curriculum Standards Module (U.S. and Canada) to help educators correlate EBSCO content quickly to curriculum standards
    • Full-text translation in more than 30 languages for HTML articles
    • Reading level indicators (Lexile Measures) to simplify discovery of texts that match students’ reading abilities
    Grand Rapids Press Library Use Only
    • Provides access to the most current two weeks of the Grand Rapids Press
    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

    • Full text coverage of the New York Times from 1969 through current

    • 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

    Newspapers
     Grand Rapids Press Library Use Only
    • Provides access to the most current two weeks of the Grand Rapids Press 

    LexisNexis Library Express
    Science & Technology

    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
    Explora
    • Explora for High Schools
    • Explora for Middle Schools
    • Multiple versions of the Explora interface provide unique, age-appropriate content for primary schools, secondary schools and public libraries
    • Full-text translation in more than 30 languages for HTML articles
    • Reading level indicators (Lexile Measures) to simplify discovery of texts that match students’ reading abilities
    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
    Points of View Reference Center
    • 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
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    MeL

    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.