A-Z Resources

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ABC Mouse Database

  • Over 5,000 fun-filled learning activities (books, games, songs, etc.) that encompass reading, math, science, art, and music for ages 2-7+.
Found In: Only available at Grand Rapids Public Library


Alt Health Watch Database Library Card Required.

  • 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.

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

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American Ancestors Database

  • 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
Found In: Only available at Grand Rapids Public Library

Ancestry Library Edition Database

  • Census and voter lists
  • Birth, marriage, and death certificates
  • Military records
  • Immigration and passenger lists
Found In: Only available at Grand Rapids Public Library

AtoZDatabase Database Library Card Required.

  • 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.
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Britannica Learning Zone Database Library Card Required.

  • Pre K – 2nd grade
  • Activity-centered learning to explore, play, read, and build technology skills. Letters, numbers, geography, shapes, and much more
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Business Insights: Global Database Library Card Required.

  • 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
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CultureGrams Database Library Card Required.

  • 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
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DemographicsNow Database Library Card Required.

  • 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
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Early World of Learning Database Library Card Required.

  • 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.
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ebook Business Collection Database Library Card Required.

  • 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.
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Enciclopedias Estudiantil Hallazgos Database Library Card Required.

  • 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
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Explora Database Library Card Required.

  • Explora for Primary Schools
  • Explora for Middle Schools
  • Explora for High Schools
  • Explora for Educators
  • 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
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Explora for Public Libraries Database Library Card Required.

  • 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
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FamilySearch Affiliate Library Database

World’s largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources. Affiliate Library records are available on Library computers only.

Found In: is in branchOnly available at Main Library

FIMo (Fire Insurance Maps Online) Database Library Card Required.

  • 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
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Fold3 Database

  • Revolutionary War, Civil War, and Naturalization Records
  • Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940
  • Passport Applications, 1795-1905
  • City Directory Collection
Found In: is in branchOnly available at Main Library


Foundation Grants to Individuals Database

Found In: Only available at Grand Rapids Public Library

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Home Improvement Reference Center Database Library Card Required.

  • 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
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Hoopla Download & Stream Library Card Required.

Hoopla offers thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, television shows, and music albums to stream or download onto your device. There are materials available for all ages. All items are available for immediate check out. There are no hold lists, which means no waiting for your favorite materials! With your library card you receive ten Hoopla borrows per month.

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Kanopy Download & Stream Library Card Required.

Watch movies, documentaries, classic cinema, and films from around the world. Watch up to 10 movies per month with your GRPL library card.

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Learning Express Library Database Library Card Required.

  • 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
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Legal Forms Database Library Card Required.

  • 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
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Libby, by Overdrive for Kids Download & Stream Library Card Required.

Download and enjoy thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks, just for kids! It’s easy to get started ― all you need is a GRPL library card.

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Libby, by Overdrive for Teens Download & Stream Library Card Required.

Download and enjoy thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks, just for teens! It’s easy to get started ― all you need is a GRPL library card.

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Mango Languages Database Library Card Required.

  • 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
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Middle Search Plus Database Library Card Required.

  • 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.
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MyHeritage Database Library Card Required.

  • 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.
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Newspaper Source Plus Database Library Card Required.

  • 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.
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Nexis Uni Database Library Card Required.

  • 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.
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NoveList Plus Database Library Card Required.

  • 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
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PebbleGo Database Library Card Required.

  •  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
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Primary Search Database Library Card Required.

  • Children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedia entries, and an image collection designed for elementary school libraries.
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Read It! Database Library Card Required.

  • 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.
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Referencia Latina Database Library Card Required.

  • 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.
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Value Line Investment Survey Database Library Card Required.

  • 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.
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Vocational Studies Premier Database Library Card Required.

  • 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.
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World Book Kids Database Library Card Required.

  • 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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