Databases (Subject Index)

View databases alphabetically by name.

See also: Topic Guides

Auto Repair

Alldata

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

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

Biography in Context (Home Access)

Biographical information of contemporary & historical figures.

Business and Investment

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.

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.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

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.

ReferenceUSA - Business and Residential (Home Access)

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

Genealogy

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.     

American Ancestors.org

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

Ancestry Library

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.

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.

General Reference

Biography in Context (Home Access)

Biographical information of contemporary & historical figures.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Home Access)

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

Kalamazoo Public Library Local Information Databases

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

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.

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.

ReferenceUSA - Business and Residential (Home Access)

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

Health

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.

Homework Help

Biography in Context (Home Access)

Biographical information of contemporary & historical figures.

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.

Languages

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. 

Law

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.

Literature

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.

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.

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.

Magazines, Journals, and Newspaper Articles

Nonprofit

Foundation Directory Online (Foundation Center)

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

Grants to Individuals (Foundation Center)

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

Kalamazoo Public Library Local Information Databases

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

Spanish Language Databases

World Book Encyclopedia en Español

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

Test Preparation

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.