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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

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+.
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
Alt Health Watch
  • Full-text alternative health research database focused on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness
  • Offers the latest information about the evolving practice of holistic medicine and therapies
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 
  • Census and voter lists
  • Birth, marriage, and death certificates
  • Military records
  • Immigration and passenger lists

    Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

Associations Unlimited
  • Directory of membership associations in the United States and worldwide
  • 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.
Auto Repair Source
  • Search by make and model
  • Scheduled maintenance intervals
  • Detailed diagrams and instructions for interior and exterior repairs
  • List of bulletins and recalls

Gale Biography in Context

  • Biographical articles and photographs of popular and historical figures from around the world

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 –  Elementary, Middle, and High School
  • Includes primary sources in subjects such as people, countries, science, animals, current events, and biographies
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

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.
Consumer Reports
  • Product comparisons with Consumer Reports’ (CR) comprehensive archive of expert, unbiased product reviews
  • Streaming video library of 1000+ award-winning art & craft classes
  • Topics include drawing, knitting, cake decorating, paper folding, home decor, and more!
  • Inspiration for the entire family
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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.
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.
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.
  • 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
FamilySearch Affiliate Library (Main Library Use Only)
  • World’s largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources. Affiliate Library records are available on Library computers only.
FIMo (Fire Insurance Maps Online)
  • High-definition, color Fire Insurance Maps, Real Estate Atlases, Plat Books, and other historical maps showing building structures, building construction details, property ownership, property uses, and other useful information
FirstSearch (Worldcat)
  • Over 194 million bibliographic records that represent books and other materials held by libraries from around 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

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
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
Grand Rapids Press Library Use Only
  • Provides access to the most current two weeks of the Grand Rapids Press
Online Health Resources
  • Find a comprehensive list of health resources compiled by GRPL staff.
History Reference Center
  • Covers U.S. and world history topics and features historical reference books, magazines and thousands of primary source documents
Kalamazoo Gazette Library Use Only
  • Provides access to the most current two weeks of the Kalamazoo Gazette
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
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
Legal Source
  • Authoritative database for current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world
Looking for LexisNexis Library Express? It has been upgraded and is now called Nexis Uni.

Literary Reference Center
  • Criticism, insights, and author biographies of most studied authors and works
LinkedIn Learning
  • Choose from thousands of online courses to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts. Get started with your library card.

Looking for has been upgraded and is now called LinkedIn 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
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
Michigan Legal Help 
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
  • 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 century
Nexis Uni
  • Nexis Uni features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790—with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types.
  • Library Express provides access to more than 6,000 news, business, and legal sources. Includes The New York Times, June 1980 – current.

NoveList Plus

  • Readers’ advisory guide for fiction and nonfiction
  • Includes read-alikes, award winner lists, book discussion guides, feature articles, recommended reads, and more for adults, teens, and children
O – R
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
  •  PreK-3 database for reading and research
  • Improve reading and research skills by building on children’s interest
  • Articles and activities for Animals and Social Studies
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

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Black Newspaper Collection

  • ProQuest Historical Black Newspapers offer essential primary source content and editorial perspectives of the most distinguished African American newspapers in the U.S.
  • Includes Chicago Defender (1909-1975) and Michigan Chronicle (1939-2010).
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.
Reference Solutions (Formerly 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
    Looking for Reference USA? Reference USA is now called Reference Solutions.


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.
Regional Business News
  • Provides coverage from regional business publications for the U.S. and Canada.
Salud en Español
  • Consumer health information in Español
Science in Context
  • Includes thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations from over 300 magazines and academic journals
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.
T – W
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

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.
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.
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.
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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.