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Databases (Alphabetical Index)

View databases by subject.

See also: Topic Guides

Databases A - Z

Academic Search Complete (Home Access)

This database is a leading resource for scholarly research. It supports high-level research in the key areas of academic study by providing journals, periodicals, reports, books and more.

Agricola (Home Access)

Containing bibliographic records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library, AGRICOLA provides millions of citations relating to the field of agriculture. Citations are comprised of journal articles, book chapters, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials and technical reports to support agricultural research.

Alldata

In Library Only

Alldata is a comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information.

Alt HealthWatch (Home Access)

Alt Healthwatch is 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.

America's Genealogy Bank (Home Access)

Fnd your ancestors in over 300 years of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and government reports. Search over 1,000 newspapers; the American State Papers; US Congressional Serial Set and more. Find obituaries, birth & marriage notices; pension records etc. Read every article on every page of the newspaper.     

America's News Historical and Current--Kalamazoo Gazette

Access the Kalamazoo Gazette from 1837-1922 and 2005-Current.

American Ancestors.org

In Central Library Only

If you're doing genealogical research on ancestors from New England, this is a key resource.  In Central Library only.

Ancestry Library

In Library Only

Includes Access to Ancestry.com for Fee Databases Powered by Ancestry.com, allows family researchers access to search through a database comprised of an array of public records. Provided via ProQuest, includes Census Records, Passenger Lists, etc.  In library use only.

Applied Science & Technology Source (Home Access)

This database 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.

Art & Architecture Source (Home Access)

Art & Architecture Source is the largest full-text art research database covering 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.

AutoMate (Home Access)

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, AutoMate 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.

Biography in Context (Home Access)

Biographical information of contemporary & historical figures.

Biography Resource Center (Home Access)

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.

Britannica School (Home Access)

Suite of Britannica School resources at four levels - Learning Zone, Elementary, Middle, and High. School code is MeL5. Each contains resources at the appropriate learning and skill level including primary sources in subjects such as people, countries, science, animals, current events, and biographies.

BusinessDecision

Comprehensive business-to-consumer market data. Company profiles, product/brand information with investment reports, rankings and market share data allow users to better penetrate the consumer marketplace.

Children's Literature Review

From Louisa May Alcott to Paul Zindel, the most popular and influential authors of the genre are assessed through criticism of their major works.

Consumer Health Complete (Home Access)

Consumer Health Complete supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource 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 (Home Access)

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.

Consumer Health Information--Arabic (Home Access)

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.

Consumer Health Information--Spanish (Home Access)

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.

DemographicsNow (Home Access)

Researchers and entrepreneurs are provided with comprehensive business and demographic information valuable to assess business viability, create sales leads and marketing mailing lists, complete location analyses and business plans, analyze population trends, find potential sponsors and donors and much more.

Explora for Public Libraries (Home Access)

Designed with public library patrons in mind, Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

Foundation Directory Online (Foundation Center)

In Central Library Only

Information on foundations, corporate givers, and grantmaking public charities.  Must be on a KPL computer to use.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Home Access)

Full text reference books on business, history, science, environment, medicine, and multicultural studies.

Grants to Individuals (Foundation Center)

In Central Library Only

Learn how to best approach your search for a grant as an individual.

Health Reference Center Academic (Home Access)

Recommended for: Students, Patients, Health Professionals. Mostly full text. Provides access to professional and personal health magazines, journals and reference sources.

Health Source: Nursing and Academic Edition (Home Access)

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition is a trusted full-text database covering nursing and allied health topics, including pediatric nursing, critical care, mental health, nursing management, medical law and more.

History Reference Center (Home Access)

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.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center (Home Access)

This database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.

Home Improvement Reference Center (Home Access)

Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, this database provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.

Kalamazoo Public Library Local Information Databases

Access to index of the Kalamazoo Gazette and local magazines, library photograph collection and Local History Room materials.

Learning Express Library (Home Access)

Online study test for the SAT, ASVAB, Civil Service, GED, ESL and many others.  Available in the library and at home to KPL library card holders.  New users must register on Learning Express at the library. Once registered, Learning Express Library can be accessed from home. Also available to Michigan residents with a Michigan driver's license or ID from MeL.org.

Legal Information Reference Center (Home Access)

Legal Information Reference Center is an online database designed to assist the general public in legal matters of all kinds. It includes exclusive full text for many top consumer legal reference books, as well as thousands of legal forms.

Legal Source (Home Access)

roviding 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.

Literary Reference Center (Home Access)

This rich full-text database provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It gives students, professors and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.

Literature Criticism Online (Home Access)

For students, researchers, history buffs and literature lovers, there’s no better source than Literature Criticism Online to discover commentary on their favorite books and plays by the scholars of the day. How did the politics, religion and mores of centuries past influence literary critique? Draw comparisons and see how classic works have fared over the centuries via this resource’s easy-searching capabilities.  Includes 19th Century Literary Criticism, 20th Century Literature Criticism, and Contemporary Literary Criticism.

Literature Resource Center (Home Access)

Information on authors and literary movements and themes, inlcudes Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography and Contemporary Literary Criticism

LitFINDER (Home Access)

Poetry index of 600,000 poems with 50,000 full text. Short Story Finder offers full text, explanations, biographies. Over 1,000 complete plays & also includes Essay Finder & Speeches. Includes a Kid's corner.

MasterFILE Complete (Home Access)

MasterFILE Complete offers 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.  Includes access to Consumer Reports.

MeL Michigan eLibrary

Magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books provided to Michigan libraries and Michigan residents at home with their Michigan Driver's License or ID or from libraries in Michigan.  Also includes links to Michigan related websites.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

In Central Library Only

A one-stop tool for collecting financial information, getting reliable portfolio analysis, learning about investment options, and reading up on the most up-to-date financial news commentary.

MyHeritage Library Edition (Home Access)

MyHeritage is the leading destination to discover, share and preserve your family history. Trusted by millions of families, its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. MyHeritage empowers families with an easy way to share their story, past and present, and treasure it for generations to come.

Newspaper Source Plus (Home Access)

Newspaper Source Plus provides 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.

NoveList (Home Access)

NoveList has reading recommendations for fiction, for all ages. 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. NoveList's expertise in books and reading means that you'll always get the best help for finding just the right books.

NoveList K-8 Plus (Home Access)

NoveList K-8 Plus is a trusted source of read-alike recommendations specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Home Access)

Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the new solution features 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 a user-friendly portal experience.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center (Home Access)

This full-text database 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.

ReferenceUSA - Business and Residential (Home Access)

Search by company name, yellow page heading or geographic location. Search residential listings by name, address or telephone.

Referencia Latina (Home Access)

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.

Rocket Languages

Rocket Languages is an award-winning, interactive online language learning system.  Users can learn conversational language at their own pace.  Languages available include Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, Hindi, French, and Italian, among others. 

Science Reference Center (Home Access)

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.

Small Business Reference Center (Home Access)

Small Business Reference Center offers exclusive full text for many top consumer small business reference books, as well as tools to address many small business topics. It includes business videos, a help and advice section and details on how to create business plans.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center (Home Access)

This reference database provides detailed yet user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines. All of the content is organized in a powerful, easy-to-use manner so that users can quickly find the information they need.

Something About the Author (Home Access)

Something About the Author Online brings you comprehensive online access to all volumes of Gale's award-wining reference set, Something About the Author, the main series, and Something About the Author: Autobiography Series. You'll find thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators, all in an easy-to-use interface that is ideal for teachers, librarians, professors, students, and other researchers of children's and young adult literature.

World Book Encyclopedia en Español

La Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos está organizada de modo que los estudiantes puedan encontrar información rápida y fácilmente.