Databases (Subject Index)

View databases alphabetically by name.

See also: Topic Guides

Auto Repair


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

Chilton Auto Repair (Home Access)

ChiltonLibrary provides  photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks

Small Engine Repair Reference Center (Home Access)

Repair information for All Terrian Vehicles, Generators and other small engines, Marine/Boat Motors; Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, and other Outdoor Power Equipment.


Biography and Genealogy Master Index (Home Access)

Index of contemporary and historical world figures.  

Biography in Context (Home Access)

Biographical information of contemporary & historical figures.

Business and Investment

Business Insights: Global

Company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals.

Job & 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. It allows searches for over five million recent local and national job postings while conveniently organizing and tracking the users' job search progress, all in one place. In addition, job seekers can create professional resumes and cover letters as well as practice and master interviewing skills

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 Resource Center (Home Access)

Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.


America's Genealogy Bank (Home Access)

Fnd 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.     


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 for Fee Databases Powered by, 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.

Heritage Quest (Home Access)

Includes family histories, local histories, and primary sources in full images.

General Reference

CultureGrams (Home Access)

A leading reference for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on countries across the globe.  Also includes, photos, downloadable slideshows and streaming videos, build-your-own sortable data tables and graphs, interviews with native children and adults, printable maps and flags, sounds files for the national anthems and country names and much more.

eLibrary (Home Access)

Find over 2000 articles, ebooks, transcripts, photos, websites, focused multi-media, maps and reference sources such as almanacs and encyclopedias.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Home Access)

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

General Reference Center Gold

A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

Kalamazoo Public Library Local Information Databases

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

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.

MeL Michigana

Michigan's heritage.


Michigan eLibrary collection of ebooks.

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 and Wellness Resource Center (Home Access)

Index and full text articles on health issues, including alternative health.

Health Reference Center Academic (Home Access)

Recommended for: Students, Patients, Health Professionals. Mostly full text. Provides access to professional and personal health magazines, journals and reference sources.

Nursing Resource Center (Home Access)

Designed for nursing students, the Nursing Resource Center brings together in an easy-to-use interface disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams to complement the core encyclopedia texts. The information is written in accessible language for students completing class assignments and preparing for clinicals as they learn how to care for and treat patients. Search results are returned in tabs that correspond to steps in the nursing process.

Homework Help

eLibrary Elementary

Full text articles geared for grades 1-6.  In library only or via Mel for home access.

Kids InfoBits (Home Access)

Full text articles for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

SIRS Discoverer

Full text articles for grades 1-6 on various subjects-countries, environment, health, history, notable people, science, social issues, sports, and technology.   OR Access via with your Michigan driver's license or ID.

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.


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. 


InfoTrac Legal Trac (Home Access)

Indexing for major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar assication journals and international legal journals.


Books and Authors (Home Access)

Bringing readers and literature together in combinations of books, authors, genres and favorites.

Children's Literature Review

From Louisa May Alcott to Paul Zindel, the most popular and influential authors of the genre are assessed through criticism of their major works.

Gale Literary Index

Master index to over 130,000 authors included in the 43 literary series published by Gale

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.

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

General OneFile

Access to periodical and news content as well as indexing from a variety of general and specialized journals – from the New York Times and Christian Science Monitor to refereed academic journals

InfoTrac All Using PowerSearch

Magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, ebooks available in the library or at home with your KPL library card or with your Michigan Driver's License or ID by going to
Includes Computer Database; Custom Newspapers; General Reference Center Gold; Grand Rapids Press; Expanded Academic ASAP; General Business File ASAP; Legal Trac; InfoTrac Onefile; Health Reference Center Academic ASAP

InfoTrac Custom Newsstand (Home Access)

A collection of approximately 900 full text newspapers from around the country and the world. Includes the last 12 months of the New York Times and the Grand Rapids Press (1996-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. OR Access via with your Michigan driver's license or ID


Foundation Directory Online (Foundation Center)

Information on foundations, corporate givers, and grantmaking public charities.  Must be on a KPL computer to use.

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

Informe! en Español (Home Access)

Designed to meet the research needs of Spanish-speaking users. With full-text articles from the most popular Spanish-language and bilingual periodicals.

World Book Encyclopedia en Español

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

Test Preparation

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