Databases By Topic
Books & Literature
Formerly the NetLibrary ebooks collection, containing full text of 20,000+ books on all subjects
Download movies, television shows, music, comic books, ebooks, and eaudiobooks to your laptop or mobile device. Create a free login with your library card and PIN number.
The MeL Books and Reading Gateway includes links to many popular resources, including Bartleby's, Library Thing, Michigan Authors, Michigan Notable Books, What's Next? and MeLCat. MeLCat is a database of holdings in participating libaries around the State of Michigan. Order books, audio books, music, movies and other materials delivered to your participating library by using the MeLCAT tab in the YDL catalog or go directly to www.mel.org.
Database devoted to biographical information about Michigan authors and illustrators.
Download audiobooks and books to your computer, listening device, or eReader. Click here for more information on this service.
A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide
Books & LiteratureKids & Teens
Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, Lexile Reading levels, Common Core standards; even books made into movies, and much more. Read reviews and learn about the author. Create your own reading wish list.
Business & Investment
Provides job search, reference, and mailing list data, including 30 million business & executive profiles and 220 million residents. Ideal for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, finding friends and relatives, and much more!
Full-text database containing journals, investment reports, and directory information
A database, reporting, and mapping service that combines comsumer household, market segmentation, and demographic data with GIS mapping technology.
Census data combined with business and residential information, resulting in a powerful tool for market analysis and generating mailing lists.
Access to broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available.
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Sample business plans, how-to guides, articles, and websites for starting, financing, or managing your small business
Detailed investment information on over 1,700 stocks
Education & Continuing Education
Basic ESL improves an individual’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, instructionally proven curriculum. Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics including: family, home, school and many other topics. In each lesson students learn key vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversation. No computer experience is necessary. Click on "Instant Access" to enter without registering.
Information on more than 2,000 occupations, including 650 comprehensive occupational descriptions.
LearningExpress Library 3.0 is now available. Users will need to create a new account on this site. Interactive practice exams including ACT, ASVAB, SAT, civil service, and citizenship.
Create a free account and start learning one of over 40 different languages! Lessons include vocabulary, grammar, and multimedia components. A mobile app is available for iPhone & Android.
Education & Continuing EducationKids & Teens
Get live homework help from 10am-11pm every day of the year! Various test preparation, study, and career resources are always available. Create a free account to use extra features, such as proofreading, editing, and skills assessment.
Search census records, family and local history books, and millions of genealogy articles and records
Explore Michigan history with photographs, diaries, oral histories, local records, and historical data
Health & Medicine
Articles from nearly 400 health/medical journals plus 2,200 general interest periodicals; also includes hundreds of pamphlets and videos
Mostly full-text access to professional and personal health magazines, journals, and reference sources
Interactive tutorials, doctors & hospitals, clinical trials, senior health, surgery videos and more
Kids & Teens
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!
Magazines, reference books, images, and maps for junior high and middle school students
Newspapers, reference books, magazines, illustrations, and maps for high school students
Magazine and newspaper articles plus reference books for grades K-6
Children learn new languages through lessons, movies, and games in this award-winning database. Languages available are English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and Portuguese.
Written specifically for middle schoolers, this resource includes the most-studied topics of literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history.
An online collection of animated, talking picture books
Kids & TeensReference
This site provides access to the online version of World Book Encyclopedia in Spanish.
Provides multiple perspectives on controversial issues
In addition to the online version of World Book, this site also provides access to World Book Kids as well as a Spanish Language Version
Editable business and personal forms in Word format, attorney directory, and a law digest. Continuously updated to reflect current state laws.
Articles in major law reviews, law journals, and legal newspapers, some in full text
Magazines & Newspapers
Full-text articles from over 8,000 leading journals and reference sources
Mostly full-text articles nearly 5,000 publications covering a wide range of subjects
A large database of full-text news and periodical articles on a wide range of subjects
Mostly full-text coverage of a wide variety of general interest and business periodicals, reference books, maps, and newspapers
Full-text Spanish-language and bilingual publications in both academic and lifestyle spheres, including culture, business, and news
Over 150 full-text U.S. and international newspapers, plus selected articles from more than 300 additional sources
Enjoy access to more than 250 popular digital magazines through Zinio. Browse magazines on a computer or download the Zinio app to your mobile device or tablet. Read entire magazines cover-to-cover, including back issues. There are no due dates and no limit on checkouts.
Consumer Reports is the next best thing to trying before you buy. Read reviews of automobiles, appliances, electronics, and more.
Full text of 67 reference titles covering science, medicine, history, multiculturalism, biography, business, politics, law, and other topics
Science & Technology
Automotive repair for do-it-yourselfers