Databases

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Michigan eLibrary

MeL Databases provide free access to online articles, images and research information

ReferenceUSA

The premier source of business and residential information

NoveList K-8 Plus

A database about books specifically for younger readers

Ancestry Library

Access the world's largest online history resource



Business and Investment

Business and Investment

DemographicsNow

Researchers and entrepreneurs are provided with comprehensive business and demographic information valuable to assess business viability, create sales leads and marketing mailing lists, complete location analyses and business plans, analyze population trends, find potential sponsors and donors and much more.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

A one-stop tool for collecting financial information, getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about investment options, and reading up on the most up-to-date financial news commentary.

ReferenceUSA - Business and Residential (Home Access)

Search by company name, yellow page heading or geographic location. Search residential listings by name, address or telephone.

Small Business Reference Center MeL Michigan eLibrary

Small Business Reference Center offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.

Do It Yourself (D.I.Y.)

Do It Yourself (D.I.Y.)

Alldata

Alldata is a comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information.

AutoMate MeL Michigan eLibrary

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate provides the most accurate, authoritative and up-to-date service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center MeL Michigan eLibrary

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.

Home Improvement Reference Center MeL Michigan eLibrary

Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, user-friendly "how-to" information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center MeL Michigan eLibrary

This reference database provides detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines. All of the content is organized in a powerful, easy-to-use manner so that users can quickly find the information they need.

Genealogy

Genealogy

America's Genealogy Bank (Home Access)

Find your ancestors in over 300 years of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and government reports. Search over 1,000 newspapers; the American State Papers; US Congressional Serial Set and more. Find obituaries, birth & marriage notices; pension records etc. Read every article on every page of the newspaper.     

America's News Historical and Current--Kalamazoo Gazette

Kalamazoo Public Library now provides access to historic issues of the Kalamazoo Gazette via a custom collection of select titles from the "America's Historical Newspapers" collection, powered by NewsBank. Explore a keyword searchable database of Gazette issues from 2005 to current.     

American Ancestors.org

If you're doing genealogical research on ancestors from New England, this is a key resource.  In Central Library only.

Ancestry Library

Includes Access to Ancestry.com for Fee Databases Powered by Ancestry.com, allows family researchers access to search through a database comprised of an array of public records. Provided via ProQuest, includes Census Records, Passenger Lists, etc.  In library use only.

MyHeritage Library Edition MeL Michigan eLibrary

MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. Libraries that offer MyHeritage Library Edition provide their patrons with access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries. Remote access and a mobile-friendly interface make it the most convenient genealogy product for libraries and institutions.

General Reference

General Reference

Academic Search Complete MeL Michigan eLibrary

Designed for academic institutions, this database is a leading resource for scholarly research. It supports high-level research in the key areas of academic study by providing journals, periodicals, reports, books and more.

Biography in Context (Home Access)

Biographical information of contemporary & historical figures.

Biography Reference Center MeL Michigan eLibrary

Containing many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines, this database offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Home Access)

Full text reference books on business, history, science, environment, medicine, and multicultural studies.

Kalamazoo Public Library Local Information Databases

Access to index of the Kalamazoo Gazette and local magazines, library photograph collection and Local History Room materials.

Learning Express Library

Online study test for the SAT, ASVAB, Civil Service, GED, ESL and many others.  Available in the library and at home to KPL library card holders.  New users must register on Learning Express at the library. Once registered, Learning Express Library can be accessed from home. Also available to Michigan residents with a Michigan driver's license or ID from MeL.org.

MeL Michigan eLibrary

Magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books provided to Michigan libraries and Michigan residents at home with their Michigan Driver's License or ID or from libraries in Michigan.  Also includes links to Michigan related websites.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Home Access)

Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

World Book Encyclopedia (Home Access)

Articles from the World Book Encyclopedia.  Includes related articles from major newspapers and magazines. Graphic and multimedia enhancements, including photographs, maps, illustrations, tables, animations, and audio/video clips.

Health

Health

Alt HealthWatch  MeL Michigan eLibrary

Alt Healthwatch is a 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.

Consumer Health Complete MeL Michigan eLibrary

Consumer Health Complete supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

Consumer Health Information - English MeL Michigan eLibrary

Health in English provides easy-to-read, evidence based health report on a variety of diseases, conditions, and treatment procedures. All reports are physician-reviewed and reflect the most current information.

Consumer Health Information - Arabic MeL Michigan eLibrary

Health in Arabic (alsihat biallughat alearabia)

(Health in Arabic provides a health report based on easy-to-read evidence of a wide variety of diseases, conditions, and treatments. All reports are peer-reviewed by specialists and contain the most up-to-date information.)

Consumer Health Information - Spanish MeL Michigan eLibrary

Salud en español provee un informe sobre salud basado en evidencias de fácil lectura sobre una gran variedad de enfermedades, afecciones y tratamientos. Todos los informes se encuentran arbitrados por especialistas y contienen la información más actualizada.

(Health in Spanish provides a health report based on easy-to-read evidence of a wide variety of diseases, conditions, and treatments. All reports are peer-reviewed by specialists and contain the most up-to-date information.)

Health Source - Consumer Edition MeL Michigan eLibrary

This rich collection of consumer health information provides access to full-text consumer health magazines and reference books. It also includes searchable full text for current health pamphlets.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition MeL Michigan eLibrary

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition is a trusted full-text database covering nursing and allied health topics, including pediatric nursing, critical care, mental health, nursing management, medical law and more.

Homework Help

Homework Help

Britannica School

Suite of Britannica School resources at four levels - Learning Zone, Elementary, Middle, and High. School code is MeL5. Each contains resources at the appropriate learning and skill level including primary sources in subjects such as people, countries, science, animals, current events, and biographies.

History Reference Center MeL Michigan eLibrary

Covering both U.S. and world history topics, History Reference Center is a full-text database featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents.

Science Reference Center MeL Michigan eLibrary

Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images.

World Book Encyclopedia (Home Access)

Articles from the World Book Encyclopedia.  Includes related articles from major newspapers and magazines. Graphic and multimedia enhancements, including photographs, maps, illustrations, tables, animations, and audio/video clips.

Law

Law

Legal Information Reference Center MeL Michigan eLibrary

Legal Information Reference Center is an online database designed to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds. It includes exclusive full text for many top consumer legal reference books, as well as thousands of legal forms.

Legal Source MeL Michigan eLibrary

Providing indexing and full-text coverage of the most respected scholarly law journals, Legal Source is the authoritative database for current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world. It is an excellent resource for attorneys, educators, business people, law librarians, students, paralegals and others involved with the law.

WestlawNext (In-Library Use Only)

Database and legal research tool that enables users to locate legal cases, state and federal laws, administrative code, topical treatises, legal forms, and more. For researchers who want West's thorough indexing depth yet desire a more Keyword-centered approach to searching.

Literature

Literature

Literature Criticism Online (Home Access)

For students, researchers, history buffs and literature lovers, there's no better source than Literature Criticism Online to discover commentary on their favorite books and plays by the scholars of the day. How did the politics, religion and mores of centuries past influence literary critique? Draw comparisons and see how classic works have fared over the centuries via this resource's easy-searching capabilities.  Includes 19th Century Literary Criticism, 20th Century Literature Criticism, and Contemporary Literary Criticism.

Literature Resource Center (Home Access)

Information on authors and literary movements and themes, inlcudes Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography and Contemporary Literary Criticism

LitFINDER (Home Access)

Poetry index of 600,000 poems with 50,000 full text. Short Story Finder offers full text, explanations, biographies. Over 1,000 complete plays & also includes Essay Finder & Speeches. Includes a Kid's corner.

Literary Reference Center MeL Michigan eLibrary

This rich full-text database provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It gives students, professors and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.

NoveList Plus MeL Michigan eLibrary

NoveList Plus is a trusted source of expert read-alike recommendations, available through libraries around the world. NoveList Plus has reading recommendations for both fiction, for all ages. NoveList's expertise in books and reading means that you'll always get the best help for finding just the right books.

NoveList K-8 Plus MeL Michigan eLibrary

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.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center MeL Michigan eLibrary

This full-text database provides a historically rich collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques — including contemporary content from the finest publishers.

Rocket Languages

Rocket Languages is an award-winning, interactive online language learning system. Users can learn conversational language at their own pace. Languages available include Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, Hindi, French, and Italian, among others.

Something About the Author (Home Access)

Something About the Author Online brings you comprehensive online access to all volumes of Gale's award-wining reference set, Something About the Author, the main series, and Something About the Author: Autobiography Series. You'll find thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators, all in an easy-to-use interface that is ideal for teachers, librarians, professors, students, and other researchers of children's and young adult literature.

Magazines, Journals, and Newspaper Articles

Magazines, Journals, and Newspaper Articles

Explora for Primary Schools (Explora version of Primary Search) MeL Michigan eLibrary

Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality. High-quality articles licensed from reputable publishers, recognized by library professionals and selected for use in a school environment.

MasterFILE Complete MeL Michigan eLibrary

MasterFILE Complete offers the largest collection of popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers. Covering virtually every general interest subject area, it also includes an extensive collection of photos, maps and flags.

Newspaper Source Plus MeL Michigan eLibrary

Newspaper Source Plus provides a full-text digital collection of the world's major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.

Nonprofit

Nonprofit

Foundation Directory Online (Foundation Center)

Information on foundations, corporate givers, and grantmaking public charities. Available online at Central Library only.  See staff at Reference Desk, Central Library, for assistance.

Grants to Individuals (Foundation Center)

Learn how to best approach your search for a grant as an individual.

Kalamazoo Public Library Local Information Databases

Access to index of the Kalamazoo Gazette and local magazines, library photograph collection and Local History Room materials.

Spanish Language Databases

Spanish Language

Consumer Health Information - Spanish MeL Michigan eLibrary

Salud en español provee un informe sobre salud basado en evidencias de fácil lectura sobre una gran variedad de enfermedades, afecciones y tratamientos. Todos los informes se encuentran arbitrados por especialistas y contienen la información más actualizada.

(Health in Spanish provides a health report based on easy-to-read evidence of a wide variety of diseases, conditions, and treatments. All reports are peer-reviewed by specialists and contain the most up-to-date information.)

Referencia Latina MeL Michigan eLibrary

Esta base de datos en español de texto completo cubre una amplia gama de temas dentro y fuera de la academia. Ofrece contenido de una variedad de fuentes, incluidos libros de referencia, revistas de interés general e informes de salud.

(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.)

World Book Encyclopedia en Español

La Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos está organizada de modo que los estudiantes puedan encontrar información rápida y fácilmente.