Databases (Alphabetical)

This list contains more than 90 databases. Most of them are available through MeL (Michigan Electronic Library) and are accessible to any resident of Michigan. You may be prompted to enter a Michigan library card or a driver’s license. If you are a Plymouth cardholder, you can also use the premium databases with your PDL library card.  If you need assistance please contact the librarians.


Academic Search Complete
Designed for academic institutions. Comprehensive, multi-disciplinary resource of scholarly research. Coverage on a wide range of topics. Includes peer-reviewed full text resources for STEM research. Social sciences and the humanities also covered.

Adult Core Skills from LearningExpress Library
Practice for the U.S. Citizenship exam in English or Spanish. Build your math and reading skills. Includes eBook study help as well as an eBook guide to getting a green card. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on these tests.

Agricola
From the National Agricultural Library. Contains citations about all aspects of agriculture and related fields. Includes: journal articles, monographs, proceedings, theses, patents, translations, audiovisual materials, computer software, and technical reports. Coverage: 1970 – current.

Alt HealthWatch
Provides information on complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to healthcare and wellness. Sources include journals (some peer-reviewed) and reports.

Ancestry Library Edition Plymouth card holders only.
Premier genealogy research database. With over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases, Ancestry is the most comprehensive online source of information for genealogy and local history.

Applied Science & Technology Source
Broad coverage of research and development within the applied sciences and computing disciplines. Content derives from leading trade journals, professional and technical society publications, and conference proceedings.

Art & Architecture Source
Covers fine, decorative, and commercial arts. Also covers architecture and architectural design. Features full text articles and indexing and abstracts for journals, books, podcasts, and more. Art Source includes periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. For use by art scholars, artists, designers, students, and general researchers.

Associates Programs Source
Articles on topics often taught in community colleges. Topics include: accounting, agriculture, child care, cosmetology, cooking, food service, forestry, graphic arts, hospitality management, interior design, plumbing, heating & air conditioning, and welding.

AtoZdatabases.com
Detailed information on 30 million businesses and executives and 2 million new businesses. Includes data on over 200 million residents as well as new movers/homeowners. Special features include a background and criminal history search. Information provided on U. S. healthcare professionals. Includes a jobs database and email marketing. This product is similar to Data Axle (formerly Reference USA)

AutoRepair Source
Repair information and schedules, diagrams, parts and labor estimates, service alerts, and recalls. Covers thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.

Biography Reference Center
More than 450,000 biographies. Includes complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine as well as thousands of narrative biographies.

Brainfuse-Help Now Plymouth card holders only.
eLearning for all ages and levels. Students communicate with live tutors using an interactive whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems.

Brainfuse-Job Now  Plymouth card holders only. 
Live, anytime, anywhere job assistance, including up-to-date nation-wide and local job search engines, professional resume critique and proven interview techniques. Experience personalized career center seamlessly integrated with advanced virtual technology to help job seekers of diverse backgrounds and needs.

Britannica Fundamentals
Pre K – 2nd grade. Play and read to learn letters, numbers, shapes, animals, and more.

Britannica School
Nonfiction content geared for K-12 students. Includes over 132,000 encyclopedia articles, 103,000 images, 7,500 multimedia elements, more than 27,000 eBooks, and novels and essays. Tools include translation for 50+ languages and read-aloud functionality. Includes Lexile ranges and alignment with Michigan Department of Education Academic Standards across a variety of subjects.

Britannica School – Elementary
Grades 3-4. Find information on countries, animals, and people. Watch and learn with videos, games, and activities.

Britannica School – High
Quick facts and in-depth information on history, geography, people, places, science, and more. Biographies, world atlas, countries comparison, articles, and interactive resources are available.

Britannica School – Middle
Grades 5-7. Find maps, photos, articles, and famous people and places. Compare countries and tour the U.S.A. For homework help and your curiosity.

Business Book Summaries
Provides concise, comprehensive summaries of the best business books. Professionals and students can use these to keep up with the latest information in the business world.

Career Preparation from LearningExpress Library
Includes a resume builder where you can save, edit, and print. Explore a variety of careers including allied health, law enforcement, and nursing. Prepare for occupation exams including civil service, commercial driver’s license, cosmetology, teaching, and more. Prepare to join the military or become an officer. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on these exams.

Caribbean Search
In-depth, full text information about the countries and people of the Caribbean.

Central & Eastern European Academic Source
Information on a variety of topics of importance to researchers of Central and Eastern Europe. Includes resources on history, business, and law in a number of European languages.

College Admissions Test Preparation from LearningExpress Library
Practice tests, preparation eBooks, and tutorials for the ACT®, SAT, 12 AP subjects, PSAT/NMSQT, and TOEFL iBT® exams. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on your college admissions tests and essay. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on your college admissions tests and essay.

College Students from LearningExpress Library
Math, reading, grammar, and science review with eBooks. Practice tests for six graduate school record exams including the GRE, LSAT, and MCAT. Includes multiple college placement exams including ACCUPLACER and ASSET preparation. Includes practice for the CLEP exams. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on your college admissions tests and essay.

College Success Skills from LearningExpress Library
Tools for navigating campus, your courses, and life. Learn about organizational strategies, classroom success skills, information literacy skills, and more.

Computer Skills Tutorial from LearningExpress Library
Offers 90+ courses on topics such as computer basics, Internet basics, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and MS Office tools like Word, Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint. Create a free account to access these tools.

Consumer Health Complete
Supports the health and wellness information needs of patients. Covers mainstream medicine as well as complementary and holistic medicine.

صحة المستهلك  (Consumer Health Information in Arabic) 
Offers detailed answers to the 200 most-commonly-asked health questions. Provides answers in evidence-based reports that feature illustrations and easy-to-read text.

Salud del consumidor (Consumer Health Information in Spanish)
Offers detailed answers to the 200 most-commonly-asked health questions. Provides answers in evidence-based reports that feature illustrations and easy-to-read text.

Consumer Reports Premium Plymouth card holders only.
Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit member organization that works side by side with consumers for truth, transparency, and fairness in the marketplace. We use our rigorous research, consumer insights, journalism, and policy expertise to inform purchase decisions, improve the products and services that businesses deliver, and drive regulatory and fair competitive practices.

Consumer Reports (from MasterFile)
Provides clear reviews of commonly purchased products. Consumer Reports uses careful research, consumer insights, journalism, and policy expertise to help you inform purchase decisions. Also works to improve the products and services that businesses deliver, and drive regulatory and fair competitive practices.

DemographicsNow:  Business & People
Business and residential tool providing access to demographic data. Drill down to the city or even neighborhood level. Identify markets and audiences in your community. Ideal for supporting small business and local economic development activities. Strong tool for businesses and non-profits alike.

Detroit Free Press Historical – 1831-1922
Detroit Free Press Historic – 1923-1999
Detroit Free Press – 1999 to current
The Detroit Free Press is the largest daily newspaper in Detroit, Michigan. The paper started publication in 1831. Plymouth cardholders only.

EBSCO eBook Collection
200,000 plus titles. Includes: Biography Reference eBook Collection, Consumer Health Reference eBook Collection, eBook Academic Collection, eBook Business Collection, eBook Collection, eBook High School Collection, eBook K-8 Collection, eBook Public Library Collection, Literary Reference eBook Collection, MAS Reference eBook Collection, MasterFILE Reference eBook Collection

eBook Academic Collection
Thousands of titles ranging from literary criticism to health, mathematics, sports, and religion. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

eBook Business Collection
A key resource for academic and business school libraries. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

eBook High School Collection
For high school students and educators. There is a selection of teacher resources and titles align with Common Core Curriculum Standards. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

eBook K-8 Collection
Titles that support K-8 students across all subject areas. Also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators including Common Core alignment. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

eBook Public Library Collection
Large collection of reference books featuring titles for both adults and kids. Covers a wide variety of topics from self-help and fitness to cooking and personal finance. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.

Education Source
Provides scholarly research for education students, professionals, and policy makers. Covers all levels of education from early childhood to higher education. Covers specialties such as multilingual education, health education, and testing.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
Designed for young Spanish speaking students or those learning Spanish as a second language. Full text articles, maps, flags, and more. Dozens of hands-on activities and links to Spanish language websites. Also includes a visual dictionary.

Encyclopedia of Associations (Gale Directory Library)
Comprehensive source of detailed information concerning nonprofit American membership organizations of national scope. Covers more than 23,000 organizations in categories such as trade, business, and commercial; legal, governmental, public administration, and military; cultural; educational; veterans, hereditary, and patriotic; athletic and sports; fan clubs, and many more.

English Language Arts Skills from LearningExpress Library
Become a better reader and a stronger writer with tools to help build reading, writing, and language skills.

Entrepreneurial Studies Source
Resource for business students and researchers. It provides insights on entrepreneurship and small businesses topics. Offers full text business journals, magazines, reference books, case studies, and company profiles.

Environment Complete
Scholarly, academic coverage in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and related areas.

ERIC: Education Resources Information Center
Index of journal articles, books, theses, curriculi, conference papers, standards, and guidelines on a wide range of education topics. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.

Explora is a general purpose database with specialized content content for different age groups. In addition, Explora also comes in an Educator version and a Public Library edition that pulls additional content from other products.

Fold3 Plymouth card holders only.
Fold3 is a genealogy database that is centered on military records. Fold3 is an extension of Ancestry.com

Gale Courses Plymouth card holders only.
Gale Courses are instructor lead comprehensive courses in a variety of topics including business, computers, health care, personal enrichment, photography, programming and more.

Gale Business: Demographics Now
Business and residential tool providing access to demographic data. Drill down to the city or even neighborhood level. Identify markets and audiences in your community. Ideal for supporting small business and local economic development activities. Strong tool for businesses and non-profits alike.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Provides different views about issues that help students develop critical thinking skills. This resource brings balance and perspective to contemporary issues using arguments from experts.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
Reference books covering the following topics: education, environment, general reference (including employment, health and wellness, personal finance, and social skills), history, law, nation and world, religion, and science.

Health Source – Consumer Edition
Subjects include fitness, nutrition, diabetes, aging, women’s health, children’s health, and more. Information comes from magazines, books, Clinical Reference System reports, and pamphlets.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Provides researchers, allied health professionals, nurses, and medical educators access to scholarly journals on many medical disciplines. Provides indexing, abstracts and full text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals, many of which are peer-reviewed.

Heritage Quest  Plymouth card holders only. 
Heritage Quest  is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. Resources of particular interest to African Americans are the Freedman’s Bank records. More than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors and researching the Reconstruction Era.

High School Equivalency Center from LearningExpress Library
Skills building in reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and math. Practice for the GED in English and Spanish. Practice the HiSET and the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on these tests.

High School Success Skills from LearningExpress Library
Resources for winning in high school and beyond. Learn study skills, classroom skills, study skills, and more.

History Reference Center
Documents, photos, maps, film, and video from leading history journals. Also includes biographies of historical figures.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
Subject areas include arts & crafts; games & electronics; models; needlework; outdoors & nature; and scrapbooking & paper craft. Suitable for all ages.

Home Improvement Reference Center
Includes maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects, outdoor improvements, decorating, home & garden, etc. Includes more than 130 reference books.

Humanities Source
Covers literary, scholarly, and creative thought. Ideal for students, researchers, and educators interested in the humanities.

Jewish Studies Source
Offers a multidisciplinary view of the study of Jewish civilization, from its historical origins to the present. Nearly 350 biographies of leading historical and contemporary Jewish figures.

LearningExpress Library
Includes a resume builder you can save, edit, and print. Over 700 courses, practice tests, tutorials, eBooks, and flashcards. Practice tests include ACT, SAT, PSAT and TOEFL, as well as trade certification, civil service, math and reading tests, and U.S. citizenship. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on your college admissions tests and essay.

Legal Information Reference Center
Search over 12,800 state-specific legal forms by topic including Adoption, Bankruptcy, Name Changes, and more. A majority of the full text legal reference books provided through NOLO.

Legal Source
A scholarly resource of current issues, studies, and trends of the legal world. For attorneys, educators, business people, law librarians, students, and paralegals.

Library & Information Science Source
Journals and periodicals that help librarians and researchers keep pace with the latest trends in the field.

LinkedIn Learning Plymouth card holders only.
Enjoy unlimited access to a vast subscription library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts in the areas of software, technology, creative, and business skills.

Literary Reference Center
Includes over 14,000 short stories and 54,000+ poems. Covers information on thousands of authors and their works. Topics include: plot summaries, literary criticism, book reviews, novels, and author interviews.

Mango Language Learning Plymouth card holders only.
Looking to learn a new language or learn phrases for an upcoming trip? Try Mango Languages, an interactive online resource providing audio tutorials to practice reading, listening, and speaking in over 70 different languages. There is also content for English language learners. 

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.

Math and Science Skills from Learning Express
Practice and review algebra, functions, geometry, statistics, science, technology, and more.

MasterFILE Complete
Broad collection of popular full-text magazines and reference books. Contains Consumer Reports. Covers subjects including: business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY, and fashion. Also includes photos, maps, and flags.

MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The database covers health topics, drugs, medical tests, disease information and treatments.

Michigan Authors and Illustrators
The database is brought to you by the Michigan Association of Media in Education, the Library of Michigan and the Michigan Center for the Book. Use the database to find out about Michigan authors! You can look for non-fiction, poetry, mysteries, romance, children’s books and much more. You can find authors for presentations and visits.

Michigan History Magazine
A popular history magazine geared toward professionals and enthusiasts alike, Michigan History offers a wide variety of subject matter, time frames, and perspectives while inspiring, educating, and entertaining its readers.

Middle Search Plus
Magazines and reference books for middle school students. Includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents. Subjects include history, current events, science, sports, and biographies. Also includes photos, maps, and flags.

Morningstar Plymouth card holders only.
Morningstar provides data on approximately 456,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 12 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets. For in-library use, please click here.

MyHeritage Library Edition
Family history/genealogy resource including more than 6 billion historical ​records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Includes the full USA federal census (1790-1940); census of England and Wales (1841-1901); U.S. World War II Army Enlistment as well as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Over 2 billion family trees.

Newspaper Source Plus
Includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires, and news magazines. Offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.

NoveList K-8 Plus
Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, books made into movies, and much more. Read reviews and learn about the author. Create your own reading wish list. Includes tools for teachers such as Lexile levels and Common Core standards.

NoveList Plus Plymouth card holders only.
Contains information on over 260,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles. Features lists of award-winning books, book discussion guides, Read-a-Like recommendations, and complete series information. Also includes reader ratings and reviews. Create your own reading wish list.

Opposing Viewpoints- Gale in Context
Provides different views about issues that help students develop critical thinking skills. This resource brings balance and perspective to contemporary issues using arguments from experts.

PebbleGo
Grades PreK-3. Animals (including dinosaurs) and social studies sections of this early literacy and learning tool. Easy-to-navigate visual interface for emerging readers.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
Hundreds of thousands of poems, as well as short stories, biographies, and essays. Topics include the poetic forms, movements, and techniques.

Points of View
Presents multiple sides of over 400 issues. Helps students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.

Political Science Complete
Designed for students, researchers, and government institutions. Covers political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of current discourse.

Prepare for College from Learning Express
Get ready to achieve your college goals. Explore college and practice for ACT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT®, AP®, TOEFL iBT® and more.

PrepStep for College from Learning Express
Provides tools to help improve core academic skills, prepare for college placement tests, explore careers, prepare for occupational exams or build workplace skills. Graduate school test prep resources are also available.

PrepStep for High School from Learning Express
Provides collection of academic, college preparation, and career-related resources to support college-, career-, and military-bound students. It includes tools test preparation for SAT®, ACT®, and AP® exams, military entrance preparation, workplace skills development, and more.

Primary Search
For elementary school libraries. Content from children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedia entries, and images. Students can learn about animals, musicians, fitness, space exploration, and much more.

Professional Development Collection
Specialized information for librarians, teachers, and education researchers.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
Covers a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences, and related disciplines. For psychologists, counselors, researchers, and students.

Primary Search
For elementary school libraries. Content from children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedia entries, and images. Students can learn about animals, musicians, fitness, space exploration, and much more.

Read It!
For middle and high school students and adults. Helps to build reading skills and improve study habits. Includes tests.

Recursos Para Hispanohablantes from Learning Express Library
Learning tools, career, and citizenship exam practice in Spanish. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well on these tests.

Referencia Latina
Spanish-language resource. Covers academic and non-academic subjects. Offers content from reference books, general interest magazines, health reports, and other sources. Daily updates from a dozen newspapers from ten Latin American countries and more than 2,500 health reports.

Regional Business News
Regional business publications for the United States and Canadian provinces from 1990. Includes newspapers, radio and television news transcripts, trade publications, magazines, and newswires.

School Center from LearningExpress Library
Grades 4 through 12 skills improvement in math, writing and grammar, reading comprehension, social studies, and vocabulary and spelling through tests, eBooks, and tutorials. U.S. Constitution study and review, advanced math, and logic available for high school students. Create a free account to access tools to help you do well in school.

Science Reference Center
Contains material from science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. More than 4,000 full text, full-length biographies. Includes: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, the environment, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, and wildlife.

Small Business Reference Center
Covers all aspects of starting and operating a business. Includes information on accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. State-specific information included.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Repair guides for small engines and routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.). Also includes guides on extensive repairs such as engine and transmission disassembly. Coverage includes lawn mowers, motorcycles, tractors, and snowmobiles. More than 450 full text reference books with photos and illustrations, information on more than 25 years of engine models, and coverage of more than 90,000 repairs.

Turfgrass Information Center
Cooperative project of the United States Golf Association and the Michigan State University Libraries’ Turfgrass Information Center. Provides bibliographic and descriptive records of all types of work related to turfgrass culture. Established in 1983. Over 50% full text content.

US Government Information
govinfo is a service of the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO), which is a Federal agency in the legislative branch. GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) website has been retired and replaced by govinfo. govinfo provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.

Vocational Studies Premier
Designed for two-year colleges, this resource offers support for vocational programs. Subjects include: counseling, biotechnology, cosmetology, fashion design, forensics, graphic arts, health information technology, law enforcement, and veterinary assistant.

Virtual Reference Library (Gale)
Reference books covering the following topics: education, environment, general reference (including employment, health and wellness, personal finance, and social skills), history, law, nation and world, religion, and science.

World Book Early Learning
Grades PreK-3. Follow Trek and Taffy the cat around the world. Share their love of colors, numbers, and other fun things. Come inside for stories and pictures.

World Book Kids
Grades Pre K – 5. Easy-to-read content for elementary school learners. Hundreds of activities, science projects and experiments.

 

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