Databases & Websites

Thanks to the Michigan Electronic Library (MEL), the Milan Public Library has access to a number of databases that are useful for general and special topics.

For an alphabetical list of all of the Databases & Websites, click here.

Automotive
Books, Reading and
Literature

Business
Career
Computer/
Technology

Consumer
Information
Education
Encyclopedias
and Dictionaries

Genealogy
General Reference
Resources

Health
History/Biography
Internet Public Library
Kids Resources
Language Resources
Legal Information
News and Current Events
Science
Student Papers
Test Prep


Automotive

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ChiltonLibrary.com- represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make, and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles in the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models.

Kelley Blue Book – Provides consumer pricing and information on cars for sale, minivans, pickup trucks, sedans, hybrids, electric cars, and SUVs.

NADA – Provides new car pricing and used book values.


Books, Reading and Literature


Books & Authors
– A database to help you decide what to read next. Search by character, topic, setting, time period, genre, title, author, and series. Includes over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner, and librarian's favorites lists. Titles include both fiction and non-fiction.

Downloadable Ebooks & Audiobooks – Download Audiobooks and Ebooks through the Woodlands Downloadable Library with Overdrive.This resource is paid for by the Milan Public Library.

eBooks – Over 20,000 eBooks available on all topics. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

eBooks K-8 Collection – is designed for K-8 students and the educators who work with them. It contains more than 6,000 titles chosen to support a quality learning experience for K-8 students across all subjects areas taught in elementary and middle schools, and content aligns with Common Core curriculum standards. The collection also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators.

eLibrary – Find over 2000 articles, ebooks, transcripts, photos, websites, focused multi-media, maps and reference sources such as almanacs and encyclopedias.  Personal portfolios and tools allow users to tag articles, share links, take notes, build reading lists, and design timelines and slideshows. Includes reading level search, spell check, integrated dictionary and language.  Includes Detroit News coverage.

Goodreads – This free social networking sight for book lovers lets the reader connect with friends, follow what their friends are reading, receive and send book recommendations, create their own shelves to organize books they have read, keep track of their reading progress, and challenge themselves to read more each year with the annual Goodreads challenge, among other features.

Michigan Authors and Illustrators – A searchable database of Michigan authors and illustrators. Provides biographical and contact information. Indicates whether person will do library presentations.


NoveList K-8 Plus (from EBSCO)
– is especially for younger readers. It has reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction for kids in grades K-8, including book reviews from major reviewing sources. Included are reading lists by topic or study units as well as for lessons that meet Common Core State standards.


Business

Business Decision – Researchers and entrepreneurs are enabled to access comprehensive business-to-consumer market data. Detailed company profiles, product and brand information combined with investment reports, rankings and market share data allow users to better penetrate the consumer marketplace.

Business Insights: Global – is a fully integrated resource bringing together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.

Links:
Business Insights: Global – Website Information
Website Search Tips
Fact Sheet
Video Tutorials:
Exploring the New Interface (6:00)
Performing a Company Search (3:08)
Performing an Industry Search (2:00)
Performing an Article Search (2:14)
Performing an Advanced Search (1:54)

DemographicsNow: Business and People – 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.

Gale Directory Library – Provides access to Ward’s Business Directory of Private and Public Companies in Canada and Mexico, and Business Rankings Annual. Ward’s profiles over 51,000 companies (approximately 18,000 in Canada and 33,000 in Mexico) listing the industries in which it operates, names of top executives, number of employees, the type of company it is, and financial performance. The eDirectory version also includes alternative mailing addresses, an expanded list of executives, and historical financial information.

Business Rankings Annual (BRA) provides “top ten” rankings of companies, products, services, and business-related activities compiled from a variety of published sources.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Business Collection – Business. Full-text. Business-related titles pulled from Gale Virtual Reference Library. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

General Business File ASAP – Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available.

Small Business Resource Center – Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.


Career

Job and Career Accelerator – Description: Easy-to-use online application combining everything you need for a successful job search. This innovative job hunting system enables users to explore, in detail, over 1,000 different occupations and match interests and skills with the career that’s best. It allows searches for over five million recent local and national job postings while conveniently organizing and tracking the users' job search progress, all in one place. In addition, job seekers can create professional resumes and cover letters as well as practice and master interviewing skills.Users must create an account in the Library before using database from home.

Small Business Resource Center – Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.


Computer/Technology

Computer Database – Use this database to find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.


Consumer Information


AnnualCreditReport.com
– Provides consumers with the secure means to request and obtain a free credit report once every 12 months from each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies in accordance with the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act).

Consumer Action Handbook – Your go-to guide for planning a purchase, knowing your consumer rights, and filing a complaint.  The new interactive edition of the handbook features additional resources, including:

  • Downloadable templates for a sample complaint letter (MS Word) and social media will (MS Excel).
  • Easy access to tools that can help you get updates about product recalls, calculate college costs, check the background of an investment professional, compare health care providers, or conduct a home inventory.
  • How-to videos on getting a free credit report, protecting your privacy in everyday life, avoiding job search scams, and more.
  • Infographics to help you navigate a purchase, file a consumer complaint, and understand your credit card statement.

Consumer.gov – From identity theft to debt management learn how to protect yourself as a consumer with these simple instructions.


Education

ERIC (free version) – Description: ERIC provides unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials such as conference papers, technical reports, policy papers and more.

Learning Express Library – Full of online test preparation materials and interactive exams for many standardized tests including the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, police officer, postal worker, U.S. citizenship, and much more. Users must create a LearnATest account in the Library before using the database from home.

Michigan Online Resources for Educators (MORE Portal) – Find tens of thousands of curricular based resources that are aligned to the Michigan Content Expectations.


Online College Database
– Directory of U.S. Colleges, Universities & Online Colleges

Online Michigan College Database – Directory of Michigan Colleges, Universities & Online Colleges


Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Academic OneFile – Recommended for: Colleges and Universities. Mostly full text. Academic OneFile is the premiere source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

Gale Virtual Reference Library – Recommended for: General user. All full text. Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office). Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

Kids Infobits – Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.


Genealogy

Biography and Genealogy Master Index – indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world

Heritagequest – HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. Federal Census records with 22,000 titles from the digitized version of the UMI? Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content including Freedman’s Bank records, PERSI, the Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, and the LexisNexis? U.S. Serial Set. It is mostly full text.
Video Tutorials: Heritage Quest Online
Additional In-Depth Training Videos


General Reference Resources

Academic OneFile – Recommended for: Colleges and Universities. Mostly full text. Academic OneFile is the premiere source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Updated daily. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

ERIC (free version) – Description: ERIC provides unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials such as conference papers, technical reports, policy papers and more.

Expanded Academic ASAP – From arts and the humanities to social sciences, science and technology, this database meets research needs across all academic disciplines. Access scholarly journals, news magazines, and newspapers – many with full text and images!

FDSys (Federal Digital System) – FDsys provides free online access to official Federal Government publications which include Congressional, Presidential and Federal agency materials. Through FDsys, you are able to search, browse and download documents and publications.

Gale Virtual Reference Library – Recommended for: General user. All full text. Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office). Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

General Business File ASAP – Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available.

General One File – A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social sciences, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles. Updated daily.

General Reference Center Gold – A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

OAIster (free version) – This catalog of digitized materials includes books, articles and multimedia, representing multidisciplinary resources from more than 1,000 contributors worldwide.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context – The premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments,
preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

SIRS Discoverer – Provides access to full text articles on a wide range of topics, such as animals, countries and cultures, current events, and many others.


Health

HealthCare.gov – The primary tool for delivering information to Americans about their health coverage options.

HealthLawHelper – Check out this new online interactive tool from consumer reports.

Health and Wellness Resource Center – Use this Resource Center to find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Prescription Drugs, etc. Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment sites as well as government databases. The material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.

Health Reference Center Academic – Use this database to find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.

Medline – Patients and health professionals. Covers all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing. From the National Library of Medicine.

Nursing Resource Center – Nursing Resource Center brings together in an easy-to-use interface disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams to complement the core encyclopedia texts. The information is written in accessible language for students completing class assignments and preparing for clinicals.


History/Biography

Biography and Genealogy Master Index – indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world

CultureGrams – A leading reference for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on countries across the globe, this database includes four editions: the World Edition (for middle school and up) and the Kids, States, and Canadian Provinces editions (for upper elementary school students).

Michigana (Sabin Collection): Sources in U.S. History Online – This digital archive documents state history. Drawn from the Sabin collection and other Gale sources, the archive provides access to a wide variety of documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children's books.


Internet Public Library

Internet Public Library – The Internet Public Library is a public library for the World Wide Web.  Students from a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science develop and maintain the IPL.


Kids Resources


BookFlix
- is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. An engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

CultureGrams – A leading reference for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on countries across the globe, this database includes four editions: the World Edition (for middle school and up) and the Kids, States, and Canadian Provinces editions (for upper elementary school students).

Early World Of Living – is an online resource for preschoolers and children in early grades. It was designed for easy integration into the classroom curriculum. The site encompasses three interactive learning environments.

eBooks K-8 Collection – is designed for K-8 students and the educators who work with them. It contains more than 6,000 titles chosen to support a quality learning experience for K-8 students across all subjects areas taught in elementary and middle schools, and content aligns with Common Core curriculum standards. The collection also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators.

eLibrary Elementary – Geared toward a K-6 audience. Includes magazine and newspaper articles, book excerpts, pictures, maps, and more.

Enciclopedia Estudantil Hallazgos – is a Spanish-language, reference work designed with younger readers in mind.

Infotrac Junior Edition – Recommended for: Middle and Junior High School. Full text. Over 330 titles, cross searchable with E-Books, this database is designed for students in junior high and middle school with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

Kids Infobits – Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.


NoveList K-8 Plus (from EBSCO)
– is especially for younger readers. It has reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction for kids in grades K-8, including book reviews from major reviewing sources. Included are reading lists by topic or study units as well as for lessons that meet Common Core State standards.

SIRS Discoverer – Provides access to full text articles on a wide range of topics, such as animals, countries and cultures, current events, and many others.

World Book Kids – is a general reference website developed especially for children. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, and a wealth of engaging games, interactive tools and activities.


Language Resources

Informe! Academico – Recommended for: Spanish Language Resources. Full text. Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias. Michigan residents access only.


Legal Information

LegalTrac – Use this database to find articles in all major law reviews, law journals, specialty law and bar association journals and legal newspapers. Included are articles on Federal and State Cases, Laws and Regulations, Legal Practice, and Taxation. Also included are: British Commonwealth, European Union and International Law.

Michigan Compiled Laws – Public acts and legislation


Michigan Legal Help
– Michigan Legal Help is an interactive website built to help self-represented litigants handle relatively simple civil legal matters on their own.


News and Current Events

eLibrary – Find over 2000 articles, ebooks, transcripts, photos, websites, focused multi-media, maps and reference sources such as almanacs and encyclopedias. Personal portfolios and tools allow users to tag articles, share links, take notes, build reading lists, and design timelines and slideshows. Includes reading level search, spell check, integrated dictionary and language. Includes Detroit News coverage.

Infotrac Newsstand – With InfoTrac Newsstand, you can easily search a collection of more than 1,000 newspapers, translate articles into 11 different languages, create email alerts, and customize your search options and results format.

Lansing State Journal – Full-text. Comprehensive coverage (2002-Present) of articles, stories, columns, commentaries, reviews and more for the newspaper from the state capital of Michigan. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

New York Times – Full Text of the New York Times, 1995 to present.


Science

Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) – The Turfgrass Information Center (TIC) at Michigan State University contains the most comprehensive collection of turfgrass educational materials publicly available in the
world. Turfgrass Science is the use of grasses to enhance the environment.


Student Papers

eLibrary – Find over 2000 articles, ebooks, transcripts, photos, websites, focused multi-media, maps and reference sources such as almanacs and encyclopedias. Personal portfolios and tools allow users to tag articles, share links, take notes, build reading lists, and design timelines and slideshows. Includes reading level search, spell check, integrated dictionary and language. Includes Detroit News coverage.

General One File – A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social sciences, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles. Updated daily.

General Reference Center Gold – A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.

Infotrac Junior Edition – Recommended for: Middle and Junior High School. Full text. Over 330 titles, cross searchable with E-Books, this database is designed for students in junior high and middle school with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

Infotrac Student Edition – Recommended for: High School. Mostly full text. Over 1,100 titles, cross searchable with E-Books, this database gives access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context – The premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments,
preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.

SIRS Discoverer – Provides access to full text articles on a wide range of topics, such as animals, countries and cultures, current events, and many others.

SIRS Renaissance – SIRS Renaissance provides dynamic information on architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy and religion, and visual arts. Articles, which are all full text, are selected from more that 1,200 domestic and international publications.


Test Prep

Learning Express Library – Full of online test preparation materials and interactive exams for many standardized tests including the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, police officer, postal worker, U.S. citizenship, and much more. Users must create a LearnATest account in the Library before using the database from home.