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Agricola, (AGRICultural OnLine Access) is a bibliographic database produced by the National Agricultural Library. It consists of worldwide literature citations for journal articles, monographs, proceedings, theses, patents, translations, audiovisual materials, computer software, and technical reports pertaining to all aspects of agriculture and related fields.

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

Alt HealthWatch

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. 

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

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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 temporarily available from any location until Sept. 31. Typically it is only available from a KDL branch.

View a guided tour of this database.

Applied Science & Technology Source

Offers a diverse array of full-text and indexed content covering the full spectrum of the applied sciences and computing disciplines — from acoustics to aeronautics, neural networks to nuclear engineering. 

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL)

Art & Architecture Source

Covers fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. With strong international coverage, it offers hundreds of full-text art journals, magazines and books, plus detailed indexing and abstracts and thousands of images.

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

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.

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


What sort of information does AtoZ provide? 

  • Target local businesses that interest you and limit by geography, sales, industry, and more.
  • Locate physicians, dentists, and other health-related professionals.
  • Find local homeowners by neighborhood, income, and hobbies (and more) for a mailing campaign.
  • Contact new homeowners in your area and entice them to your business.
  • Locate competition in an area before selecting a location to operate.

Export leads much faster: AtoZ allows you to download up to 1,000 business or household records into a single spreadsheet.

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

Auto Repair Source

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source 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.

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

Biography Reference Center

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.

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 the Brittanica Schools databases.

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

Britannica Fundamentals

Formerly called Brittanica 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 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 the Brittanica Schools databases.

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

Britannica Middle School

Explore maps, photos, articles, famous people and places, compare countries, and tour the U.S.A. with resources geared toward grades 5-7.

View a guided tour of the Brittanica Schools databases.

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

Business Book Summaries

Provides concise yet comprehensive summaries of the best business books. With these summaries, professionals and students can keep up with the latest information in the business world and learn more effectively.

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

Career Skills Training by Penn Foster

This free suite of online courses provides opportunities to learn, review, and practice foundational work-related skills that employers look for when hiring, including literacy, math, soft skills and digital literacy.

Consumer Health Information

Offers detailed answers to the 200 most commonly asked health questions. Supporting the needs of patrons and patients, these answers are provided in evidence-based reports that feature graphics, illustrations, easy-to-read text and links to additional information.

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 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.


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.

eBook Business Collection

Encompasses a variety of business topics such as marketing, finance, supply chain management and entrepreneurship and also focusing on career growth, personal development, communication and networking.

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

eBook High School Collection

The collection aligns with Common Core guidelines for grades 9-12 in English language arts and literacy, history/social studies, science and technical subjects.

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

eBook K-8 Collection

The collection aligns with Common Core guidelines for grades K-8 in English language arts and literacy, history/social studies, science and technical subjects.

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

eBook Public Library Collection

Includes general reference eBook titles in a variety of subjects and topics including social sciences, language and literature and science and technology. A substantial selection in the areas of self-help, health and fitness, games, crafts and hobbies, medical, cooking and religion. Also features recreation and leisure, geography, commerce, finance, the family, marriage, women, folklore, social and public welfare and home economics.

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

Education Source

Scholarly research and information to meet the needs of education students, professionals, and policy makers. It covers all levels of education — from early childhood to higher education — as well as all educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education and testing.

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

Entrepreneurial Studies Source

An essential database for business students and researchers, providing the latest insights on entrepreneurship and small businesses topics. It offers full-text business journals, magazines, reference books, case studies and company profiles.

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

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Gale Business: DemographicsNow

Formerly called Demographics Now: 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 video tutorials on how to get the most out of this database.

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

Gale eBooks

Formerly known as Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale eBooks 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.

Gale in Context: Biography

Formerly called 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.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Formerly called 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.

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

Gale Legal Forms - Michigan

Federal, state, business, personal, real estate and general forms covering hundreds of legal subjects and issues. Topics include: divorce, wills and estates, bankruptcy, power of attorney, name changes, incorporations and more. Please consult an attorney in your state for serious legal matters.

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

Explore Grand Rapids and west Michigan history with The Grand Rapids Press Collection. This authoritative source for local information includes birth, marriage and death notices, and all photographs and advertising. Browse or search full text from 1893 through the present.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

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.

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

History Reference Center

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.

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

Humanities Source

Humanities Source is a valuable full-text database covering literary, scholarly and creative thought. It provides full text, indexing and abstracts for the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities.

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.

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.

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

Legal Source

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.

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

Library & Information Science Source

The most complete resource for library and information science studies. It offers journals and periodicals that help librarians and researchers keep pace with the latest trends in the rapidly evolving field.

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

Literary Reference Center

This robust full-text database provides the most relevant information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It gives students, teachers and librarians a complete foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.

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

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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.

Lowell Ledger

Weekly newspaper serving the city of Lowell and surrounding townships. Browse or search full text from 1870 to 2018.

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

Unlimited access to'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.

MAS Complete

Designed specifically for high school libraries, MAS Complete is a full-text database providing hundreds of popular high school magazines and reference books. Covering subjects such art, history, sports and music, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags.

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

MasterFILE Complete

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.

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


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.

Michigan History Magazine

Published by the Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan History is geared toward professionals and enthusiasts alike. Read about the state’s diverse history through feature articles and special sections. Coverage runs from January 1, 1998 through May 1, 2009.

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

Middle Search Plus

A full-text database providing popular middle school magazines and reference books. Covering subjects such as history, current events, science and sports, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags.

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


MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally 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.

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

New York Times

Search full-text articles from The New York Times back to 1985.


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

Newspaper Source Plus

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.

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

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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.

Online Book Clubs

Formerly known as 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 book in your selected genre. By the end of the week, you'll have read two to three chapters, enough to know if you “just-have-to” finish the book. Choose from 12 different genres, with new books featured each week.



Geared toward grades pre-k to 3rd grade, this early literacy and learning tool features animals (including dinosaurs) and social studies sections. Easy-to-navigate visual interface for emerging readers.

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

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

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.

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

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Points of View Reference Center

Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

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

Political Science Complete

Covers political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse. Geared toward students, researchers and government institutions.

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

Primary Search

Popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness and space exploration.

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

Read It!

Designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills.

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

Referencia Latina

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.

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

Scholastic Teachables

Scholastic Teachables offers teaching resources for every subject such as lesson plans, mini-books and activity sheets to help educators plan for the school year. Teachables content extends from Pre-K to 6th grade.

Science Reference Center

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.

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

Testing and Education Reference Center

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.


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

También disponible en español.

United Methodist Community House Senior Histories

Oral histories of volunteers, business owners, church members, community leaders and primarily indigenous seniors in Kent County. This project, posted to Biblioboard, resulted from a partnership between Kent District Library and United Methodist Community House in Grand Rapids.

Value Line

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

Value Line offers several video tutorials to help you better use its service.

Vocational Studies Premier

Designed specifically for the research needs of two-year colleges, this full-text resource offers scholarly content most relevant to vocational programs.

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

World Book Early Learning

Formerly called the Word Book Early World of Learning. A wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood themes. 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 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 video tutorials on how to use World Book Kids.

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