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

 -- 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.
  • AutoMate   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. Diagrams and images can be easily magnified and printed.
  • 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

  • eBook Academic Collection   Multidisciplinary eBooks representing a broad range of academic subjects.
  • eBook Business Collection   A key resource for academic and business school libraries.
  • eBook Collection  Over 15,000 digital titles are available for download to your computer.
  • eBook High School   Specifically for high school students and educators, this collecton offers full-text eBook coverage that aligns with school's curricula. There is a selection of teacher resources and titles align with Common Core Curriculum Standards.
  • eBook K-8 Collection  Fiction and non-fiction books that can be read online. Picture books, homework topics, language learning.
  • eBook Public Library Collection   General reference collection featuring titles for both adults and kids. Covers topics ranging from self-help and fitness to cooking and personal finance.
  • Literary Reference Center   Covers a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Wide range of subjects covered including plot summaries, literay criticism, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, short stories and novels, and author interviews.
  • NoveList K-8   Recommendations for children's fiction and nonfiction. This resource offers extensive reader's advisory services including read-alike titles, series, and authors as well as professional reviews, reader reviews, articles, lists, genre overview, discussion guides and more.
  • NoveList Plus   Find your next book to read. This resource offers extensive reader's advisory services including read-alike titles, series, and authors as well as professional reviews, reader reviews, articles, lists, genre overviews, discussion guides and more. 
  • Poetry and Short Story Reference Center   Coverage includes classic and contemporary poems as well as short stories, biographies, and authoritative essays.

    Business & Investment

  • AtoZDatabases.com   Detailed information on 30 million businesses and executives, over 200 million residents and 2 million new businesses, as well as new movers/homeowners, U.S. healthcare professionals, a jobs database, background and criminal search and email marketing.
  • 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.
  • eBook Business Collection   A key resource for academic and business school libraries.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Regional Business News   Provides coverage from regional business publications for the U.S. and Canada.
  • 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.
  • Value Line  Information, ratings, and earning estimates related to companies whose securities are publicly traded.

Education

  • Education Source   Provides scholarly research and information for education students, professionals, and policy makers. Covers all levels of education - from early childhood to higher education - and educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education and testing.
  • ERIC (full version)   ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, it is an essential tool for education researchers of all kinds.
  • Associates Programs Source   Full-text coverage for the subject areas most relevant to two-year college programs including biotechnology, graphic arts, criminal justice and veterinary assisting.
  • 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.
  • Tutor.com (Live Homework Help)
    Connect with a live tutor 24/7 in 40+ subjects including Math, Science and English. Practice skills, get help with homework, or write a paper.
  • 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.

Genealogy

  • Ancestry Library Edition  Genealogy resources, including census images. No remote access - you must come in to the library to use this database.
  • Library of Michigan Newspapers  Contains links to Michigan Newspaper finding aids for news or obituaries by City and County, a list of newspaper holdings on microfilm, newspaper family histories and other newspaper resources.
  • MyHeritage   My Heritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most inernationally 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.

General Reference & Articles

  • 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.
  • Art & Architecture   Full-text art research covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. Strong international coverage with hundreds of full-text journals, magazines, and books, plus detailed indexing, abstracts, and thousands of images.
  • Biography Reference Center   Coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography (both dating back to the first issue published)
  • Consumer Reports Online  Product ratings and research.
  • ERIC (full version)   ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education, it is an essential tool for education researchers of all kinds.
  • Humanities Source   Covers literary, scholarly, and creative thought. Ideal for students, researchers, and educators interested in any aspect of the humanities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • History Reference Center   Covers U.S. and world history topics and features historical reference books, magazines, and thousands of primary source documents.
  • National Geographic Archive Complete archive of the magazine from 1888 to the mid-1990s.
  • Political Science Complete   Covers political topics with a worldwide focus. Designed for students, researchers, and government institutions.

Health & Medical Information

  • Alt Health Watch   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   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   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.
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition   Consumer health information including magazines and reference books. It also includes searchable full text for current health pamphlets.
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition   Provides researchers, allied health professionals, nurses and medical educators access to full-text scholarly journals many of which are peer-reviewed, focusing on many medical disciplines. 
  • Merck Manual
    One of the world's most widely used medical information resources.
  • 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.

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
  • Explora for Middle Schools  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, and sports.
  • Explora for Primary Schools   Children's magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedia entries, and an image collection designed for elementary school libraries.
  • NoveList K-8   Recommendations for children's fiction and nonfiction. This resource offers extensive reader's advisory services including read-alike titles, series, and authors as well as professional reviews, reader reviews, articles, lists, genre overview, discussion guides and more. Books are also tagged with appeal factors.
  • Read It!   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.
  • ScienceFlix
    Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix combines curriculum-driven, leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9. 
  • Tutor.com (Live Homework Help)
    Connect with a live tutor 24/7 in 40+ subjects including Math, Science and English. Practice skills, get help with homework, or write a paper.
  • 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.

Language

  • 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

  • Gale LegalForms
    Official, State specific, Federal, business, personal, real estate and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues.
  • Legal Information Reference Center  Designed to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds. Coverage includes exclusive full text for many top consumer legal reference books, thousands of legal forms, and detailed how-to instructions covering a wide range of legal issues. a majority of the full-text legal reference books are provided through Nolo.
  • Legal Source   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.

Newspapers

  • Livingston County Daily Press & Argus  Full-text and searchable from 2007 - present.
  • Newspaper Source Plus   Provides coverage from newspapers, newswires and news magazines. TV, radio transcripts, and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources are also included. Primary full coverage newspapers are the Washington Post nad USA Today

 

Science

  • Applied Science & Technology Source   Full-text and indexed content covering the full spectrum of the applied science and computing disciplines from acoustics to aeronautics, neural networks to nuclear engineering.
  • Environment Complete   Coverage for students and scholars in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and related areas of study.
  • Merck Veterinary Manual
    Provides concise and authoritative information on diseases and management of food-producing, companion, laboratory, and exotic animals.
  • ScienceFlix
    Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix combines curriculum-driven, leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9. 
  • Science Reference Center   Full-text science magazines, encyclopedias, reference books, and a collection of images.

Spanish

  • 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 insure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers from 10 Latin American countries. 
  • Consumer Health Information-Spanish 
     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.

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.
  • 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.
  • MAS Complete   Designed for high school libraries and offers coverage of popular high school magazines and reference books. Wide range of subjects offered including art, history, sports, and music. Over 1,000,000 photos, maps, and flags.
  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context  Information on social issues with viewpoint articles, overviews, statistics, and full-text articles. Great for debates.
  • Points of View   Presents multiple sides of an issue. Helps students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.
  • Read It!   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.
  • ScienceFlix
    Emphasizing the latest STEM thinking and the Next Generation Science Standards, ScienceFlix combines curriculum-driven, leveled content, interactive features, and intuitive navigation into a single, highly-engaging digital resource for students in grades 4 through 9. 
  • Tutor.com (Live Homework Help)
    Connect with a live tutor 24/7 in 40+ subjects including Math, Science and English. Practice skills, get help with homework, or write a paper.

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