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Learn & Research

Online Research and Databases

Academic OneFile

A comprehensive database for serious academic research. Contains peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources, with extensive coverage of all academic disciplines.

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

Ancestry Library Edition

Formerly AncestryPlus, this collection contains more than 4,000 databases and 2 billion names. It includes coverage of the U.S. and the U.K., including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas. 

Access to Ancestry Library Edition is not available from home.

View a guided tour of this database.

Beanstack

Receive free personalized recommendations for books and apps matched to your child's specific age, interests, reading level and background. Book suggestions accompanied by learning tips are sent via email weekly, or search the complete online database of almost 3,000 titles, with new books added each week.

View a guided tour of this database.

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Enables users to locate biographical entries contained in more than 1,000 volumes and editions of important current and retrospective biographical reference sources. This index contains citations that point to over 15 million biographies on nearly 5 million people, living and deceased, from all time periods, geographical locations, and fields of endeavor.

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

Biography In Context

A single stop for biographies on notable figures in literature, science, history, government, business, art, gender and multicultural studies, religion, entertainment, popular culture, sports and much more. Includes full-text magazine and newspaper articles and photos.

View a guided tour of this database.

BookFlix

An online literacy resource from children's publisher Scholastic for grades Pre-K–3 that pairs fictional video storybooks with nonfiction ebooks to build a love of reading and learning. Also includes resources for educators.

View a guided tour of this database.

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

Britannica Elementary

Find information on countries, animals, and people in articles, media, and a world atlas geared towards grades 3-4. Watch and learn with videos, games, and activities.

View a guided tour of this database.

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

Britannica High School

Primary sources for quick facts and in-depth information on history, geography, people, places, science, and much more geared toward high school and adult learners. Biographies, world atlas, countries comparison, articles and interactive resources are available.

View a guided tour of this database.

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

Britannica Learning Zone

Activity-centered learning to explore, play, read, and build technology skills geared toward grades PreK-2. Letters, numbers, geography, shapes and much more are included.

View a guided tour of this database.

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

Britannica School

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.

View a guided tour of this database.

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

Business Collection

(Formerly Business & Company ASAP / General Business File ASAP)

Provides business and trade publication coverage of all business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. 

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

BusinessDecision

Enables you to research consumer market data, demographic data, and market segmentation data associated with geographies you customize such as addresses, zip codes, cities, and much more.

View a guided tour of this database.

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

Chilton Library

Online access to the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make, and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. Chilton Library gives you the confidence to service or repair virtually any system on your vehicle. 

View a guided tour of this database.

Computer Database

Find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.

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

Consumer Reports

As a library user, you have full access to all of the valuable content on ConsumerReports.org through your library membership, including ratings and recommendations on thousands of products and services in categories such as appliances, cars, electronics and computers, home and garden, health and fitness, babies and kids, food, personal finance, and travel.

CultureGrams

Provides country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people. Individual reports cover 200+ countries, all 50 United States, and the Canadian Provinces.

View a guided tour of this database.

CultureGrams: Kids Edition

A collection of country reports that teaches upper elementary-aged children more about the world around them. Each report is an indispensable resource of up-to-date, engaging cultural information, complete with images, historical timeline, fun facts, and sections on history, population, "life as a kid," and more.

View a guided tour of this database.

DearReader

Get the first few chapters of a book emailed to you weekly. Every day, Monday through Friday, you will receive in your email a five-minute selection from a chapter of a book. By the end of the week, you'll have read two to three chapters. Choose from 11 different genres, with new books featured each week.

DemographicsNow: Business & People

Robust and highly-detailed demographic data, ideal for gaining consumer and market insight as you consider opening a business, finding an untapped audience for your products, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and more. Reporting capability allows you to rapidly produce a variety of compiled reports to help you make informed and accurate decisions.

View a guided tour of this database.

Expanded Academic ASAP

From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers — many with full text and images.

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

Gale Courses

Features over 300 instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills and personal enrichment. New sessions start every month, and each six-week course offers well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with fellow students in a lively discussion area.

View a guided tour of this database.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.

View a guided tour of this database.

General OneFile

A one-stop source for millions of full-text news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social sciences, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.

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

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.

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

General Science Collection

A collection of over 1,000 peer-reviewed journals, providing researchers with the information needed to stay current on the latest scientific developments. 

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

Grand Rapids Press

Daily newspaper serving all of West Michigan. Updated daily, it includes local news, obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and more. Browse or search full text from 2000 to current.

Grand Rapids Press Historical Archives

Search people, places, organizations, events, historical topics and more from The Grand Rapids Press. This authoritative source for local information includes birth, marriage and death notices, and all photographs and advertising. Browse or search full text from 1893 to 1922.

Health and Wellness Resource Center

Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos, articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of reference titles.

View a guided tour of this database.

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

HeritageQuest

Includes searchable census images from 1790 to 1930; 25,000 family and local history books; Revolutionary War records; Freedman’s Bank Records; and the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) covering over 6,500 genealogical periodicals since 1800.

View a guided tour of this database.

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

Informe Académico

Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.

Ésta base de datos está proveído por Michigan eLibrary (MeL).

InfoTrac Newsstand

A collection of over 1000 full-text newspapers from around the country and the world. Search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields.

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

InfoTrac Student Edition

Designed for high school students with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

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

KDL Computer Classes

Strengthen your tech skills with our computer classes! No registration is required; classes are first come, first served.

Kids InfoBits

A content-rich, authoritative, easy-to-use resource covering a broad range of educational topics for students in grades K-5. Features kid-friendly images and age-appropriate content about animals, geography, health, science, sports, technology and more.

View a guided tour of this database.

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

LearningExpress Library

A completely interactive online learning platform providing instant access to a comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources. Includes over 1,000 online practice tests and interactive skill-building tutorials to prepare for the GED, ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT tests, as well as AP exams and professional certification and licensing tests in a range of occupations.

LegalForms

Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

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

LegalTrac

Drawing on a wide variety of the most highly regarded legal publications, LegalTrac provides indexing for more than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals, as well as law-related articles from over 1,000 additional business and general interest titles.

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

Literature Resource Center

Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.

View a guided tour of this database.

Little Pim

Powered by Mango Languages, Little Pim is a fun and convenient way to introduce a child to a foreign language in a way they can understand and enjoy. Courses are available in nine foreign languages as well as English/ESL.

This database is provided through generous donations to Kent District Library.

Lowell Ledger

Weekly newspaper serving the city of Lowell and surrounding townships. Browse or search full text from 1870 to 2015.

This database is made possible thanks to the Lowell Area Community Fund.

Lynda.com

Unlimited access to Lynda.com's vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts. More than 3,000 courses are available to help anyone learn business, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Mango Languages

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches practical conversation skills for real communication. It's a fast, easy, and effective way to learn to speak a foreign language. Courses are offered for 63 foreign and 18 ESL languages. Also features Mango Premiere, which teaches language and culture through feature films.

View a guided tour of Mango. View a guided tour of Mango Premiere.

MedlinePlus

Brings together authoritative consumer health information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other trusted sources on over 900 diseases and conditions.

También disponible en español

MedlinePlus en Español

Ha recopilado la información oficial de la salud para el consumidor de la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina, los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud, y otras fuentes de confianza sobre más de 900 temas de salud.

También disponible en inglés.

Michigan eLibrary (MeL)

An anywhere, anytime library available free to all Michigan residents. Contains a variety of databases, recommended web links, the Michigana digital Michigan history collection, and online resources for educators that are tied to the state curriculum standards.

View a guided tour of the MeL website.

NewsBank

Full text of major national news magazines. Includes Newsweek, The New Yorker, The Atlantic and more.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, Lexile reading levels, Common Core standards, books made into movies, and much more. Read reviews, learn about the author and create your own reading wish list.

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

NoveList Plus

Don't know what to read? Start your journey here. Search by author, title, series, plots, or even books like the one you just finished. Browse lists of award winners, lists of genres, and lists based on age. Create and save lists of your own favorites. Find book discussion guides and more. In addition to fiction, includes includes suggestions for audiobooks and nonfiction.

Nursing Resource Center

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.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context

A complete one-stop source for information on hundreds of today's hottest social issues, featuring 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 an engaging and user-friendly online experience.

View a guided tour of this database.

PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, provides PreK-12 educators and students access to free digital content for their classroom designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. 

PowerSearch

Search a variety of KDL databases at once! Search for any term or phrase and find articles from thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers and books along with videos, images and podcast content.

Pressbooks Public

Interested in getting your novel, memoir, poetry collection, children's book and more in eBook and print-ready formats? Pressbooks Public is an easy-to-use online tool that allows you to create professional quality versions of your book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF and more—all through your library.

ReferenceUSA

Extensive corporate and residential contact information. Search by name, location, product, phone number and more.

View a guided tour of this database.

Research in Context

Created specifically for middle-schoolers, this resource combines the best reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history. 

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

ScienceFlix

An online resource from children's publisher Scholastic that focuses on engaging subject-area science content for students in grades 4-9. Each of the 38 multimedia units helps hone literacy skills while bolstering understanding of crucial subjects relating to science, technology, and engineering.

SCOLA

Learn more about other countries through educational material, language lessons, television programming, news, publications, photos, radio, on-the-street videos and more that's sourced from around the world.

Access to SCOLA is not available from home.

If you download SCOLA's mobile app, please contact us for the KDL account. 

Testing and Education Reference Center

Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use this database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs. Take online practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals.

View a guided tour of this database.

The New York Times

The largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States. Provides national and international news, opinion and commentary. Browse or search full text from 1985 to current.

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

Thomas Register

Directory of industrial products and services. Search by manufacturer name or product.

TrueFlix

An online resource from children's publisher Scholastic that uses interactive nonfiction books to help students hone literacy skills, build knowledge of subject-area content and cultivate 21st-century skills through the inquiry process. All titles are supported with related content and primary sources featuring videos, audio, images and text. Supports Common Core standards and includes resources for educators.

View a guided tour of this database.

TumbleBooks

A collection of animated, talking picture books (TumbleBooks), as well as games, educational tools and more!

View a guided tour of this database.

También disponible en español.

U.S. History Collection

This collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in U.S. history, as well as scholarly work being established in the field. This compilation of journals provides robust and balanced coverage of this field, useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher. 

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

Value Line

Search investment-related data, news, and analysis from Value Line. Covers 3,500 stocks across 100 industries.

World Book Early World of Learning

A wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood themes. 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. Also includes materials for educators.

View a guided tour of this database.

World Book Online for Kids

Online version of the popular World Book Encyclopedia! Features easy-to-read articles and a wealth of engaging multimedia, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities.

View a guided tour of this database.

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

World Book Online Info Finder

The popular World Book Encyclopedia — online! Also features rich collections of multimedia on a variety of topics, science fair projects, a Biography Center, links to world newspapers, correlations to curriculum standards, 21st century research guides, and much more. 

View a guided tour of this database.

World History Collection

This collection provides well-rounded coverage of both the current thinking and events in world history, as well as scholarly work being established in the field. This compilation of journals provides robust and balanced coverage of this field, useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.

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