Research for Adults

General Research

  • Academic Search Complete - A multi-disciplinary resource of scholarly research for academic institutions that includes peer-reviewed full text resources.
  • Gale Databases - Specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research (use your library card number as your password).
  • Consumer Reports - Provides clear reviews of commonly purchased products.
  • Explora - Arts, biography, business, current events, geography and culture, health, history and social science, science and math.

Business & Investing

  • A to Z Databases - Detailed information on 30 million businesses and executives and 2 million new businesses. Includes data on over 200 million residents as well as new movers and homeowners.
  • Encyclopedia of Associations - Comprehensive source of detailed information concerning nonprofit American membership organizations of national scope.
  • Gale Business - Business and demographic information valuable to assess business viability and much more. The "password" for this service is your library card number.
  • Morningstar - Investment database with stock, mutual fund, and ETF reports, and portfolio analysis. This database allows one user at a time, so please remember to log out of the database when you finish.
  • Small Business Reference Center - Covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including information on accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more.

Genealogy & Local History

  • Ancestry Library Edition - This database offers full-text information on genealogy resources. At this time, Ancestry requires you to log into your account. Once logged in, click on the Ancestry link to the left, below our logo.
  • Local History Digital Archive - Historical and genealogical materials in digital form including old pictures, maps, and documents from Macomb County, Troy, and Harper Woods.
  • 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.
  • Michigan History Magazine -  A popular history magazine geared toward professionals and enthusiasts alike.
  • MyHeritage Library Edition - Family history resource including more than 6 billion historical records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions.


  • Consumer Health Complete - Supports the health and wellness information needs of patients. Covers mainstream medicine as well as complementary and holistic medicine.
  • Mediline Plus - Find information on health conditions, wellness issues, and more in easy-to-read language with up-to-date, trusted health information.

Humanities & Languages

  • Biography Reference Center Index - Includes complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine as well as thousands of narrative biographies.
  • History Reference Center - Documents, photos, maps, film, and video from leading history journals.
  • Literary Reference Center - Covers information on thousands of authors and their works.
  • Opposing Viewpoints - An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of the hottest social issues. The "password" for this service is your library card number.
  • Michigan Authors and Illustrators - A searchable database of Michigan authors and illustrators that provides biographical and contact information.
  • Poetry & Short Story Reference Center - A database with thousands of poems, short stories, biographies, and essays.
  • Transparent Language Online - Language learners can build vocabulary, practice skills, and maintain what they have learned with Transparent Language Online, available anytime, anywhere in 110+ languages.


  • Michigan Legal Help - A resource for people who are handling their legal problems without a lawyer. Learn about your legal problems and get ready for court.
  • Legal Information Reference Center - Search thousands of state-specific legal forms by topic including Adoption, Bankruptcy, Name Changes, and more.
  • FDSYS (Federal Digital System) - Official Federal Government publications including Congressional, Presidential, and Federal agency materials.

Life Skills

  • Alldata - A comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information. In library use only.
  • Auto Repair Source - Repair information and schedules, diagrams, parts and labor estimates, service alerts, and recalls.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center - Repair guides for small engines and routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.)
  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center - Subject areas include arts & crafts; games & electronics; models; needlework; outdoors & nature; and scrapbooking & paper craft.
  • Home Improvement Reference Center - Includes maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects, outdoor improvements, decorating, home & garden, and others.

Science & Technology

  • Science Reference Center - Contains material from science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.

Classic Database Lists

  • A to Z List - See our old database list organized alphabetically.
  • Subject List - See our old database list organized by subject.