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Reliable Online Resources

Library databases contain information from published works, such as magazine and newspaper articles, encyclopedias and other reference books. Because the information in the databases comes from published works that are fact-checked and often written by professionals or experts, the databases are a reliable way to research for school projects, consumer information or any other informational needs.

KPL buys subscriptions to these databases allowing our patrons access. Some of these databases allow you to access the information from outside of the library while others are restricted to use within the library only; look for the Remote Access designation to know which allow outside access.

Databases A–Z

AGRICOLA

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.

AGRICOLA

Remote Access

Categories: General Reference

Alldata

In-library use only

Alldata is a comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information

Alldata

Categories: Do It Yourself (D.I.Y.)

Alt HealthWatch

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.

Alt Healthwatch

Remote Access

Categories: Health

America's Genealogy Bank

Find 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 Genealogy Bank

Remote Access

Categories: Genealogy

American Ancestors.org - New England

In-library use only

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

American Ancestors

Categories: Genealogy

Ancestry Library

In-library use only

Ancestry allows family researchers 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.

Ancestry Library

Categories: Genealogy

Art & Architecture Source

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.

Art & Architecture Source

Remote Access

Categories: General Reference

AutoMate

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.

AutoMate

Remote Access

Categories: Do It Yourself (D.I.Y.)

Britannica School

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.

Britannica School

Remote Access

Categories: General Reference; Homework Help

Consumer Health Complete

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 Complete

Remote Access

Categories: Health

Consumer Health Information

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

Categories: Health

Consumer Health Information--Arabic

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. In Arabic.

Consumer Health Information--Arabic

Remote Access

Categories: Health

Consumer Health Information--Spanish

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. In Spanish.

Consumer Health Information--Spanish

Remote Access

Categories: Health; Spanish Language Databases

DemographicsNow

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.

DemographicsNow

Categories: Business and Investment

Fold3 Library Edition

Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

Fold3 Library Edition

Remote Access

Categories: Genealogy

Foundation Directory Online (Foundation Center)

In-library use only

Information on foundations, corporate givers, and grantmaking public charities.  In library use only.

Foundation Directory

Categories: Nonprofit

Grants to Individuals (Foundation Center)

In-library use only

Learn how to best approach your search for a grant as an individual. In library use only.

Grants for Individuals

Categories: Nonprofit

Health Source: Nursing and Academic Edition

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.

Health Source: Nursing and Academic Edition

Remote Access

Categories: Health

Heritage Quest Online

HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

Heritage Quest Online

Remote Access

Categories: Genealogy

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

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.

Hobbies & Crafts Resource Center

Categories: Do It Yourself (D.I.Y.)

Legal Information Reference Center

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 Information Reference Center

Remote Access

Categories: Law

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.

Legal Source

Legal Source

Categories: Law

Literary Reference Center

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

Literary Reference Center

Remote Access

Categories: Literature

Literature Criticism Online

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 Criticism Online

Remote Access

Categories: Literature

Literature Resource Center

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

Literature Resource Center

Remote Access

Categories: Literature

LitFINDER

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.

LitFINDER

Remote Access

Categories: Literature

Local Information Database

Kalamazoo Public Library maintains a wealth of current and historical information about area citizens, organizations, businesses, buildings, events, plus local, area, and state news (with a local angle).

Local Information Database

Categories: Genealogy

MasterFILE Complete

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.

MasterFILE Complete

Remote Access

Categories: Magazines, Journals, and Newspaper Articles

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.

MeL

Categories: General Reference

Morningstar Investment Research Center

In-library use 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.

Morningstar

Categories: Business and Investment

MyHeritage Library Edition

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.

MyHeritage

Remote Access

Categories: Genealogy

Newspapers.com

In-library use only

Newspapers.com is the largest online newspaper archive consisting of 493 million+ pages of historical newspapers from 11,800+ newspapers from around the United States and beyond. Newspapers provide a unique view of the past and can help us understand and connect with the people, events and attitudes of an earlier time.

Newspapers.com

Categories: Genealogy; General Reference; Magazines, Journals, and Newspaper Articles

NoveList K-8 Plus

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.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Remote Access

Categories: Literature

NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus is a comprehensive readers’ advisory resource. In addition to the fiction database that NoveList has offered, NoveList Plus adds nonfiction to provide a complete solution for readers. With NoveList Plus, you can find titles, articles, and lists for both your fiction and nonfiction needs.

NoveList Plus

Remote Access

Categories: Literature

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

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.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Remote Access

Categories: General Reference; Homework Help; Magazines, Journals, and Newspaper Articles

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

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.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

Remote Access

Categories: Literature

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.

Reference Latina

Remote Access

Categories: Spanish Language Databases

Small Business Reference Center

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 Business Reference Center

Remote Access

Categories: Business and Investment

Something about the Author

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.

Something About the Author

Remote Access

Categories: Homework Help; Literature

Worldbook Online

World Book Online helps information seekers of all ages find the content they need at the correct reading level. World Book Online resources are available anytime, anywhere—at school and at home. It contains thousands of informational articles with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, research help, and activities.

Worldbook Online

Remote Access

Categories: General Reference; Homework Help

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