Databases – Civic Center Library


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Academic One File MeL Logo
Full text-articles from the world’s leading peer-reviewed journals and reference sources. Extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.

ALLDATA (available in Library only, use IE or Firefox)
Comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information.

Ancestry Library Edition (available in Library only)
Comprehensive source for genealogical research. Resources include the U.S. Federal Register Censuses from 1790-1930, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, passenger lists, and much more.
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Biography and Genealogy Master Index MeL Logo
Indexes current and the most important retrospective works/reference sources that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. Citations only – no full text.

Biography in Context
Comprehensive online biographical database that includes content from more that 170 reference titles from Gale and their publishing partners and 250 full-text periodicals and newspapers.

Books & Authors MeL Logo
Help discover your next book to read with Books & Authors. Read book reviews, find read-a-likes, create reading lists, get book suggestions from experts, read author biographies and more.

Business and Company Resource Center MeL Logo
Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information. This fully integrated resource brings together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and periodicals.
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Career Cruising
Career Cruising has been designed with one goal in mind: to help students plan their future. With exceptional assessment tools, detailed occupation profiles, and comprehensive post-secondary education information, students move seamlessly through the career exploration and planning process.  MeL Logo
Repair information for thousands of the most popular makes and models of automobiles over the past 30 years.

Computer Database MeL Logo
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.

Access subscription-level content for from the website of this leading consumer products review magazine. Includes access to content from and also

Culturegrams MeL Logo
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CultureGrams offers concise, reliable, and up-to-date information on the cultures of the world, including the history, customs, and lifestyles of the world’s people. CultureGrams Online has photo and recipe collections, biographies of famous people, maps, and more.
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eLibrary MeL Logo
This excellent general reference database includes articles, eBooks, transcripts, photos, websites, focused multi-media, maps and reference sources such as almanacs and encyclopedias.

eLibrary Elementary MeL Logo
Like eLibrary, but recommended for kindergarten to upper-elementary students, this database includes articles, eBooks, transcripts, photos, websites, focused multi-media, maps, and reference sources such as almanacs and encyclopedias.

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
Provides access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added multiple times per week. If available, links to full text are included.

Expanded Academic ASAP MeL Logo
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!
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FDSys (Federal Digital System)
Official Federal Government publications including Congressional, Presidential and Federal agency materials.

Gale Virtual Reference Library MeL Logo
Database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.

Gale Power Search MeL Logo
Search across a variety of Gale databases using only one search box.

General Business File ASAP MeL Logo
Comprehensive business periodical collection  that contains more than 200,000 combined directory listings from Graham & Whiteside and Ward’s U.S. Business Directory, with on emphasis on private companies and investment reports from Reuters Research on Demand.

General OneFile MeL Logo
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. Includes millions of full-text articles.

General Reference Center Gold MeL Logo
Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.
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Health and Wellness Resource Center MeL Logo
Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest publications in addition to a broad collection of Thomson Gale reference titles. Also includes information about alternative medicine.

Health Reference Center Academic MeL Logo
Provides access to professional and personal health magazines, journals and reference sources.

Heritage Quest Online MeL Logo
HeritageQuest Online includes all of the images, and extensive indexing, from the 1790 – 1930 U.S. federal censuses. It offers more than 22,000 digitized book titles, including early family histories and local histories. Additionally, there are more than 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records and more. It also includes Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, the Freedman’s Bank Records, and the U.S. Serial Set Private Relief Actions, Memorials and Petitions.
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Informe! MeL Logo
A collection of Spanish-language magazines with information on businesses, health, technology, culture, and other topics. Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias.

InfoTrac Junior Edition MeL Logo
Recommended for middle-school and junior-high students, this database provides 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 mores.

InfoTrac Newsstand MeL Logo
A collection of more than 1,000 major U.S. regional, national and local newspapers as well as leading titles from around the world.

InfoTrac Student Edition MeL Logo
Designed for high-school students, this database provides access to 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.
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Job and Career Accelerator MeL Logo
Easy-to-use online application combining everything you need for a successful job search.  Includes career and occupation exploration, job post searching, step-by-step resume and cover letter creation, interview skills tutorials, computer skills help, and more.

Kids InfoBits MeL Logo
Database developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
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Lansing State Journal MeL Logo
Comprehensive coverage (2002-Present) of articles, stories, columns, commentaries, reviews and more for the newspaper from the state capital of Michigan.

Learning Express Library MeL Logo
Interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests. Includes immediate scoring and answer explanations. Also includes sections tutorials on beginning computer skills, software usage, and job searching.

Legal Forms
Provides a wide selection of Michigan legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen’s language.

Legal Trac MeL Logo
Provides indexing for more than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals.  LegalTrac also contains law-related articles from over 1,000 additional business and general interest titles.

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline. Covers more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,000 of the most-studied authors.
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The Making of Modern Michigan
Michigan’s unique heritage is represented through photographs, family papers, oral histories, genealogical materials and much more from local history collections around the state.

Making the Right Connection
A user-friendly directory for Macomb County school personnel to help link students and their families with community services.

Consumer focused site from the National Library of Medicine that provides a wealth of health resources, including information about various health topics, a medical encyclopedia, drug information, directories of doctors, and much more.

MelCat MeL Logo
A catalog of materials available through Michigan libraries. Patrons of participating libraries can order items from other statewide participating libraries and have them delivered to their local library branch.

Michigan Authors and Illustrators
Searchable database of Michigan authors and illustrators.

Michigana (Sabin Collection): Sources in U.S. History Online MeL Logo
Digital archive that documents Michigan history including: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children’s books.
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New York Times MeL Logo
Full-text articles from the New York Times. Coverage from 1985 – present.

Nursing Resource Center MeL Logo
Disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams to complement core encyclopedia texts.
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Opposing Viewpoints in Context MeL Logo
This database is a dynamic online library of current event topics . It features the facts and arguments of each topic’s proponents and detractors.

SIRS Discoverer Deluxe MeL Logo
All full text. A children’s database of articles, books, video, audio on all topics. The interface is appropriate to children and includes reading levels, teacher’s help pages, over 3,000 maps, and more. All full-text.

SIRS Renaissance MeL Logo
Provides dynamic information on the following topics: architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy and religion, and visual arts.

SLC Digital Media Archive
Old pictures, maps, and documents from Macomb County, Troy, and Harper Woods.

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

Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Full text database that contains reference and instructional information about small engine machinery maintenance and repair. Coverage includes ATVs, boats, motorcycles, personal watercraft, tractors, snowmobiles, lawnmowers, and more.
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Turfgrass Information File MeL Logo
In the 1960s, the Michigan State University (MSU) Library began to collect printed turfgrass materials. In 1968, the personal collection of the late O.J. Noer, pioneer turf agronomist, was added to the library holdings through the O.J. Noer Foundation. Today, the combined collection is recognized as the most extensive public collection of turfgrass material in existence.

What’s Next?
Wondering what the next book is in a series you are reading? Use this database, maintained by the Kent District Library, to find lists of books in series fiction. Search by title, author, series title, or genre.
The world’s largest online catalog of books, magazines, and more found in libraries throughout the world.  Includes item descriptions and which libraries own the item.
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