Research & Study Tools  

Databases by Subject

 -- indicates a database that may only be accessed from within the library. All others require a library card number for off-site access

MeL -- indicates content provided through MeL, the Michigan eLibrary.


Automobile Information

  • Alldata Online  Comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information. Must be used in Internet Explorer.
  • Chilton Library  An automobile repair database that provides information on thousands of year, make and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the last 30 years.
  • Consumer Reports Online
    Vehicle ratings and research.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center
    User-friendly, detailed repair guides for all kinds of small engines including motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles, ATVs, tractors, outdoor power equipment and generators.

Books & Reading

  • BookFlix   An interactive experience that allows beginning readers to explore fiction and non-fiction designed to increase understanding and fluency. Increase comprehension and have fun at the same time! Grades PreK - 5.
  • eBooks  Over 15,000 digital titles are available for download to your computer.
  • eBook K-8 Collection  Fiction and non-fiction books that can be read online. Picture books, homework topics, language learning.
  • Michigan Authors & Illustrators  Searchable database providing biographical and contact information.
  • Novelist  Find your next book to read. Search by author, title, series, plot, and more.

Business & Investment

  • Business Decision  Combines geographic information system (GIS) technology with extensive business, demographic and consumer household data to help grow and develop your business. You will need to create an account to use this database.
  • Business Insights: Global MeLResearch and analyze companies, industries, and economies around the world.
  • DemographicsNow: Business & People  Robust and highly-detailed demographic data, ideal for gaining consumer and market insight as you consider opening a business, finding an audience for your products, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and more.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library: Business Collection  Full text business-related titles pulled from Gale Virtual Reference Library.
  • Infotrac Business Collection   Broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings.
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center
    Comprehensive financial information on stocks, mutual funds and market trends.
  • Reference USA  Detailed information on millions of U.S. and Canadian businesses; searchable by company name, geographic area, yellow pages heading, and more. Additional databases cover U.S. Healthcare and Consumers/Lifestyles. Updated annually. New to ReferenceUSA? Try these video tutorials.
  • Small Business Resource Center  Learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business.Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, and websites.
  • Value Line  Information, ratings, and earning estimates related to companies whose securities are publicly traded.



  • Learning Express Library  A comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help student and adult learners succeed on academic or licensing tests.


  • Ancestry Library Edition  Genealogy resources, including census images. No remote access - you must come in to the library to use this database.
  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index  Contains citations that point to over 15 million biographies on nearly 5 million people, living and deceased, from all time periods, geographic locations, and fields of endeavor.
  • Heritage Quest Online  Contains census data, family records and local histories.

General Reference & Articles

  • Academic One File  Peer-reviewed, full text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.
  • Consumer Reports Online  Product ratings and research.
  • Expanded Academic ASAP  Scholarly journals, news magazines and newspapers.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library  Encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
  • General One File One-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics.
  • General Reference Center Gold  A general interest and business databases that provides many full-text articles.
  • National Geographic Archive  Complete archive of the magazine from 1888 to the mid-1990s.
  • World Book Online  Premier online reference source containing every article from the 22-volume print set plus state-of-the-art multimedia, maps and editor-reviewed websites.

Geography & History

  • ABC-CLIO United States Geography  This interactive database helps students better understand the geographic, historic, social, political, cultural and economic landscape of the United States, as well as challenges facing the nation and individual states.
  • ABC-CLIO World Geography  Authoritative content and online tools that develops students' global literacy, focusing on geographic, political, social, economic and cultural forces.
  • Michigan: Sources in U.S. History Online  This digital archive documents state history providing access to a wide variety of documents, personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and poilitcal speeches, and more.
  • National Geographic Archive Complete archive of the magazine from 1888 to the mid-1990s.

Health & Medical Information


  • Powerspeak Languages Provides users with the ability to learn, apply and enjoy a new language quickly and more proficiently using a variety of proven methods that engage all types of learners. Courses offered include Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean. ESL for Spanish and Chinese speakers is also offered.

Legal Information/Law

  • Legal Forms  Official State specific, Federal, Business, Personal, Real Estate and General forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.
  • Legal Trac  Access to articles in major law reviews, law journals, and specialty law and bar association journals and legal newspapers.


Kid's Picks

  • Brittanica Learning Zone 
    Pre K - 2nd grade. Activity-centered learning to explore, play, read, and build technology skills.Letters, numbers, geography, shapes and much more are included. 
  • Brittanica School - Elementary 
    Grades 3-4. Find information on countries, animals, and people in articles, media, and a world atlas.  Watch and learn with videos, games, and activities.
  • Brittanica School - Middle
    Grades 5-7. Homework help and discovery learning. Explore maps, photos, articles, famous people and places, compare countries, and tour the U.S.A.
  • Early World of Learning 
    Recommended for: Early elementary. Learning about colors, numbers and other fun things. Strengthen reading foundations with stories, activities and videos. Includes materials for educators. For ages 3-8
  • Kid's InfoBits   Magazine, newspaper, and reference materials for kids k-5.
  • Research in Context  
    Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 - literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6-8 graders into high school and beyond.
  • World Book Kids
    Easy to use online encyclopedia in eight major subject categories: Arts, History and Government, People, Places, Plants and Animals, Science and Mathematics, Sports and Hobbies, World Religions. Has full-featured pictures, sounds and videos. 
  • World Book Online  Premier online reference source containing every article from the 22-volume print edition plus state-of-the-art multimedia, maps and editor-reviewed web sites.

Teen's Picks

  • Brittanica School - High  
    High School and adult. Primary sources for quick facts and in-depth information on history, geography, people, places, science, and much more. Biographies, world atlas, countries comparison, articles and interactive resources are available.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context  Information on social issues with viewpoint articles, overviews, statistics, and full-text articles. Great for debates.
  • Research in Context  
    Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 - literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6-8 graders into high school and beyond.
  • Student Edition  Designed for high school students. Access to full-text magazine and newspaper articles, podcasts, and reference materials.



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