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ComputerCurrently there are 56 databases you can choose from on the Grosse Pointe Public Library’s database page, so here are some tips we hope will make it easier for you to use these databases.

  • For easy access to databases, have your library card handy. If you have misplaced your library card call the library at 313-343-2074 ext.220 and the Circulation Staff will be happy to issue a replacement.
  • Each database below has a detailed description of access requirements.
  • Some databases can only be accessed from within one of the libraries and will be designated as “inside library only” and cannot be accessed from home.
  • If you are using one of the databases from home, some databases are free to use, some databases require your library card number to be entered, while other databases require you to enter a name and password.
  • The Mel Online database offered from the State of Michigan is free to Michigan residents but requires a driver’s license or state ID to access.
  • If you encounter problems accessing a database while at the library, please see a librarian or computer support person for assistance. If you have problems accessing a database from home, you can call the library at 313-343-2074, ext 220 and ask for assistance.
We thank the Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library and the Grosse Pointe Library Foundation for sponsoring some of our databases this year. Without their help, we would have been unable to continue subscriptions because of budget constraints.  Additional databases provided free from MeL.org
  • Automotive
  • Biography
  • Books & Authors
  • Business
  • Computers
  • Consumer Info
  • Databases

Automotive Resources

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
Chilton Online Auto Repair ManualsChilton Auto Library. Pictures, diagnostics, step-by-step repair procedures, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and technical service bulletins. Free to residents of the State of Michigan.Inside library, use this link.
Chilton Online Auto Repair ManualsChilton Auto Library. Pictures, diagnostics, step-by-step repair procedures, maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and technical service bulletins. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Click here for a tutorialFrom home, use this link. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Autotropolis.comGet help researching new and used cars, trucks and SUVs. Information includes car reviews, prices, incentives, rebates, shopping tools, buyer guides and auto related articles. Free.

Biography

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
Biography & Genealogy Master Index Search for information about people, living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all over the world.Inside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Biography & Genealogy Master IndexSearch for information about people, living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all over the world. Free to residents of the State of Michigan.From home, use this link. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Biography IndexBiographical information from periodicals, books, autobiographies, for biographical subjects from antiquity to present. Includes individual and collective biographies from all fields and nationalities.Inside library only. OCLC FirstSearch. Subscription.

Books & Authors

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
Book Review Digest Reviews of current English-language fiction and nonfiction books, periodicals published in United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Includes only reviews that have appeared within 18 months of the book's publication.Inside library only. OCLC FirstSearch. Subscription.
eBooksDownloadable eBooks and Audio books. Download fiction and nonfiction books, and videos to your computer or mobile device such as iPod, Creative ZEN, or other portable reading devices.You will need to enter your library card number to check out eBooks. Midwest Collaborative for Library Services. Subscription.
Library LiteratureMaterials on library and information science, conference proceedings, library school theses, pamphlets, and book reviews. Inside library only. OCLC FirstSearch. Subscription.
Literature Resource CenterComprehensive source for literary criticism and information about authors, their works.From home you will need to enter your library barcode. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Michigan Authors & IllustratorsInformation on Michigan authors and illustrators, and their works.MeL.org databases. Free.
Michigan eLibrary for Reader's AdvisoryBooks and Reading Gateway.Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Michigan eLibrary for Library and Information ScienceReference Desk Gateway.Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Net LibraryAccess to GPPL's eContent collection. Electronic versions of ebooks, audiobooks, journals, and database content. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.eBooks from MeL. Subscription.
Reader' Guide AbstractsContains bibliographic citations for journal articles and library holdings for journal titles and abstracts for many records.Inside library only. OCLC FirstSearch. Subscription.
Gale Books & AuthorsSearch many different ways. By title, author, genre, and the new who-what-where-when search. Get expert picks holiday suggestions and award winners.Inside library, use this link. Gale Cengage Learning. Subscription.
Gale Books & AuthorsSearch many different ways. By title, author, genre, and the new who-what-where-when search. Get expert picks holiday suggestions and award winners. Free to residents of the State of Michigan.From home, use this link. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
WORLDCAT Online CatalogCatalog of books and other items in libraries worldwide. Contains millions of bibliographic records cataloged by OCLC member libraries around the world, and representing 400 languages.Inside library only. FirstSearch. Subscription.

Business

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
Business and Company ASAP Inside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Business and Company ASAPFrom home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Business and Company Resource CenterInside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Business and Company Resource CenterFrom home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Communications and Mass Media Collection Inside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Communications and Mass Media Collection From home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database. Thomson Gale. Subscription.
General Business File ASAPBrowse a listing of subjects, people, products, locations, and organizations.Inside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
General Business File ASAPBrowse a listing of subjects, people, products, locations, and organizations.From home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Michigan eLibrary for Job Seekers/Career ChangersBusiness and Jobs Gateway. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Michigan eLibrary for Personal Assistance ResourcesBusiness and Jobs Gateway.Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Money LetterMutual fund newsletter.You must enter a name and password to access this site. Click here and enter your library barcode to view name and password at bottom of page.
Morningstar Investment Research CenterInside library use this link.
Morningstar Investment Research CenterFrom home use this link. You will need your library card number to access this site.
Reference USAConduct research and find Information on businesses, executives and people, business employee size, sales volume, and type of business. Researchers, students and job seekers use this database.Accessible from home. *Note: If Reference USA asks for a username and password, click this link to adjust settings on your computer that may be blocking this website. Subscription.
Process Industry Supplier RegistryThe online industrial buyer's guide. Database of suppliers of products and services in the process, energy and greater manufacturing industries. Free.
Small Business CollectionInside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Small Business CollectionFrom home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Value Line Investment Survey - Standard EditionComprehensive source of information and advice on stocks, funds, options, convertibles, products and markets. Investment tools, reports, ratings, historical reports, how-to guides, investment terms glossary and Value Line's top 100 stock picks.Inside library only. Subscription.
Wilson Business AbstractsSearch leading English-language business periodicals with 50-150 word abstracts written by experts, and includes links to many full text articles.OCLC FirstSearch. Subscription.

Computers

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
Computer DatabaseSearch for computer information covering product introductions, reviews and news in hardware, software, electronics, communications and the application of technology.Inside library, use this link. InfoTrac. Subscription.
Computer DatabaseSearch for computer information covering product introductions, reviews and news in hardware, software, electronics, communications and the application of technology.From home, use this link. InfoTrac. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Smart ComputingTech support and complete coverage of computers and consumer electronics. Computer hardware and software reviews, computing dictionary and encyclopedia, tips and articles. Smart Computing Magazine website.

Consumer Info

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
Consumer Reports and Cars Best DealsRatings and recommendations on products and cars.Inside library only. EBSCO Publishing. Subscription.

Databases

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
Gale Virtual Reference LibraryEncyclopedias and specialized reference sources.Inside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Gale Virtual Reference LibraryEncyclopedias and specialized reference sources.From home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
InfoTracSearch Gale Virtual Reference Library (Encyclopedias and specialized sources for multidisciplinary searches) and Literature Resource Center (Up to date biographical information, overviews, and full-text literary criticism and reviews).Thomson Gale InfoTrac. From home you will need to enter your library barcode. Subscription.
MeL Databases by Subject24-7 online library for Michigan residents allowing you instant access to full-text articles from tens of thousands of magazines and newspapers. Databases are available for kids, adults, and on specialized topics such as car repair, practice tests and art images.Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number may be required to log into these databases.
OCLC FirstSearchSearch a wide range of subjects in 28 databases.Inside library only. Subscription.
Wilson General AbstractsArt, Biological & Agricultural, Education, Essay & General Literature, Humanities, Science and Social Sciences. Click on "All databases" link once you arrive at the EBSCO Publishing site. Inside library only. Subscription.
  • Downloadable Materials
  • Encyclopedias, Almanacs & Reference
  • Genealogy
  • Health
  • History
  • Homework Help

Downloadable Materials

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
eBooksDownloadable eBooks and Audio books. Download fiction and nonfiction books, and videos to your computer or mobile device such as iPod, Creative ZEN, or other portable reading devices.You will need to enter your library card number to check out eBooks. Midwest Collaborative for Library Services. Subscription.
FreegalDownloadable music service with access to about 3 million songs, including Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 10,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries.Library card required to log in.

Encyclopedias, Almanacs & Reference

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
World AlmanacFunk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia and four almanacs. Includes biographies, encyclopedia entries, facts, and statistics.Inside library only. OCLC FirstSearch. Subscription.
World Book Online Info FinderIncludes all articles from the 22 volume World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles and more than 20,000 pictures, maps, videos and sounds.Library card number required to log in from home.
World Book Online For KidsThe premier general reference Web site developed especially for younger users. Library card number required to log in from home
Enciclopedia Estudiantil HallazgosWorld Book Online For Kids - Spanish, the optimal beginner's Spanish language reference site.Library card number required to log in from home.

Genealogy

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
Ancestry Library EditionDiscover your unique family history. This resource includes billions of records from around the world, including U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos and more.Inside library only
Grosse Pointe Public Library Obituary Index1930-present. Grosse Pointe News & Grosse Pointe Review printed death notices. Free.
Heritage QuestSearch U.S. federal census, family and history books, PERSI, Revolutionary War, Freedman's Bank, and U.S. serial set.Free to residents of Michigan
Michigan eLibrary for GenealogyGenealogy Gateway.Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.

Health

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
Alternative Medicine EncyclopediaIncludes alternative therapies, conditions, diseases, herbs/plants, reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, chelation therapy, and much more.Inside library or from home, use this link. From home you will need the password obtained here, by typing in your library barcode and looking at the bottom of the web page in your patron record. Click here for GPPL's online tutorial "How to check your patron record". Gale Cengage Learning. Subscription.
Gale Virtual Reference LibraryEncyclopedias and specialized reference sources.Inside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Gale Virtual Reference LibraryEncyclopedias and specialized reference sources.From home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Health and Wellness Resource CenterMedical reference, journals, pamphlets, and videos.Inside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Health and Wellness Resource CenterMedical reference, journals, pamphlets, and videos.From home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Health Reference Center AcademicMulti-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources. Integrates the full text and images of respected nursing, allied health and medical journals, consumer health magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, newspaper articles, topical overviews and reference books. Inside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Health Reference Center AcademicFull text journals and personal health information sources.From home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Nursing and Allied Health CollectionInside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Michigan eLibrary for HealthHealth and Wellness Gateway.Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Nursing and Allied health CollectionFrom home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Psychology CollectionInside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Psychology CollectionFrom home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Physical Therapy and Sports MedicineInside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Physical Therapy and Sports MedicineFrom home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Senior Health Encyclopedia: A Guide for Seniors and Their CaregiversCovers aging, diseases, treatments, and topics specific to an aging population.Inside library or from home, use this link. From home you will need the password obtained here, by typing in your library barcode and looking at the bottom of the web page in your patron record. Click here for GPPL's online tutorial "How to check your patron record". Gale Cengage Learning. Subscription
Surgery and Medical Test EncyclopediaCovers surgical procedures, medical tests, anesthetics, common lab test and procedures, medications and postoperative care.Inside library or from home, use this link. From home you will need the password obtained here, by typing in your library barcode and looking at the bottom of the web page in your patron record. Click here for GPPL's online tutorial "How to check your patron record". Gale Cengage Learning. Subscription.

History

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
MeL MichiganaMichigan History, American History, Social History, Family History and all about Michigan. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Local History ArchivesCreated and maintained by the Grosse Pointe Public Library.
U.S. History CollectionInside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
U.S. History CollectionFrom home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
World History CollectionInside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
World History CollectionFrom home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.

Homework Help

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
Live Homework HelpTutor.com: Receive one-on-one live assistance with homework problems from 3:00pm - 10:00pm. Also access study guides, test preparation for SAT, ACT and civil service, view job openings and receive resume help 24 hours everyday.
  • Legal
  • Lifestyle
  • Magazines and Journals
  • Newspapers
  • Reference
  • Youth and Teen

Legal

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
Criminal Justice CollectionInside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Criminal Justice Collection(From home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Index to Legal PeriodicalsInside library only. OCLC FirstSearch database. Subscription.
LegalTracMore than 1,400 titles from major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals, and international legal journals.Inside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
LegalTracMore than 1,400 titles from major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals, and international legal journals.From home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Michigan eLibrary for Consumer LawReference Desk Gateway.Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.

Lifestyle

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
Culinary Arts Collection Inside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Culinary Arts Collection From home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Diversity Studies CollectionInside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Diversity Studies CollectionFrom home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Fine Arts and Music CollectionInside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Fine Arts and Music CollectionFrom home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
FreegalDownloadable music service with access to about 3 million songs, including Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists. In total the collection is comprised of music from over 10,000 labels with music that originates in over 60 countries.Library card required to log in.
Gardening Landscape and HorticultureInside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Gardening Landscape and HorticultureFrom home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Home Improvement CollectionInside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Home Improvement CollectionFrom home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Pop Culture CollectionInside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Pop Culture CollectionFrom home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Religion and Philosophy CollectionInside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Religion and Philosophy CollectionFrom home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.

Magazines and Journals

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
Expanded Academic ASAPInside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Expanded Academic ASAPFrom home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
General OneFileNews and periodical articles on a wide range of subjects.Inside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
General OneFileNews and periodical articles on a wide range of subjects.From home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Wilson general abstracts Science, Art, Biological & Agricultural, Education, Essay & General Literature, Humanities, and Social Sciences.Inside library only. Subscription.

Newspapers

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
Detroit NewsMetro Detroit Newspaper.Inside library use this link. Newsbank. Subscription.
Detroit News Metro Detroit Newspaper.From home use this link. Newsbank. Subscription.
Grosse Pointe News ArchiveFrom 1940 to present. (Created and maintained by the Grosse Pointe Public Library.)
InfoTrac NewsstandSearch a collection of over 1,000 newspapers date range 1980-2010, translate articles into 11 different languages, and create email alerts.Inside library, use this link. InfoTrac. Subscription.
InfoTrac NewsstandSearch a collection of over 1,000 newspapers date range 1980-2010, translate articles into 11 different languages, and create email alerts.From home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Michigan NewspapersOver 100 full text newspapers including Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Grand Rapids Press, and Lansing State Journal.Free.

Reference

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
General Reference Center GoldGeneral interest database on a variety of topics.Inside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
General Reference Center GoldGeneral interest database on a variety of topics.From home, use this link. Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Michigan eLibrary for ReferenceReference Gateway.Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Study Guide ZoneStudy guides and tips for a variety of standardized tests including undergrad, graduate, licensing, vocational, and assessment exams.Free.
Learning Express LibraryGeneral database page. New users will have to register for access.Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, Driver's license, or Michigan ID number may be required to log into these databases.

Youth and Teen

Database Name
Description
Additional Information
World Book Online For KidsThe premier general reference Web site developed especially for younger users.Library card number required to log in from home.
Live Homework HelpTutor.com. Receive one-on-one live assistance with homework problems from 3:00 - 10:00 p.m. Also access study guides, test preparation for the SAT, ACT, and civil service, view job openings and receive resume help 24 hours every day.Subscription.
MUZZY OnlineThe BBC language course for children by Early Advantage. Learn English, French, Italian, German and Spanish online.
Enciclopedia Estudiantil HallazgosWorld Book Online For Kids - Spanish, the optimal beginner's Spanish language reference site.Library card number required to log in from home.
Michigan eLibrary for Teens and College BoundTeen Gateway. MeL.org Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Michigan eLibrary for Kids and ParentsKids Gateway. MeL.org Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
M.O.R.E Michigan Online Resources for EducatorsPreschool - Grade 12, Collection of web related educational resources. General database page. MeL.org Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number may be required to log into these databases.
Student EditionHigh school - full text magazines, newspapers, and reference books. Subscription. Full text articles.From home you will need to enter the password. Click here and enter your library barcode to view password (InfoTrac) at bottom of page. Thomson Gale InfoTrac.
Kids InfoBitsKindergarten through Grade 5 - full text content sources and magazines. From home, use this link. MeL.org Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
Kids InfoBitsKindergarten through Grade 5 - full text content sources and magazines. Inside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
Junior EditionJunior High and Middle school, full text magazines, newspapers, and reference books.Inside library, use this link. Thomson Gale InfoTrac. Subscription.
SIRS Discoverer DeluxeDatabase with full text articles, U.S. and international magazines, newspapers, and U.S. government documents for the young researcher.Inside library only. ProQuest. Subscription.
Junior EditionJunior High and Middle school, full text magazines, newspapers, and reference books.From home, use this link. MeL.org Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.
eLibrary ElementaryElementary school - full text magazine, newspaper, and reference books.MeL.org Free to residents of the State of Michigan. Library card number, driver's license, or Michigan ID number are required to log into this database.