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Online Resources A - Z

A collection of subscription databases, ebooks,
and other online material paid for by the the Northville District Library or by the Michigan Electronic Library (MeL).


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American History Online
Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history to cover the American experience. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

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Ancestry Library Edition
Note:  This database is available ONLY in the Library.
A comprehensive collection of resources for family research, including Census from both U.S. (through 1940) and the U.K: passenger lists; and birth, death, and marriage records similar to the fee-based website, with a browser from ProQuest. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

Angie's List – Ask at Reference Desk. This database paid for by Northville District Library.
Note:  This database is available ONLY in the Library.

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Biography in Context
Comprehensive collection of biographical information on people from all eras and cultures, historic and current. Includes both brief and in-depth articles from authoritative reference books, as well as from journal and newspaper. Offers links to vetted websites, and thousands of images. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

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Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Starting point to locate biographical entries on 5 million people, living and deceased, contained in more than 1,000 specialized biographical and genealogical sources. Contains citations only, not the full text of entries.

Books & Authors
Thousands of award-winners, bestsellers and librarian favorites.
Brainfuse logo Brainfuse On-Demand Homework Help
Students from elementary school through college can receive online tutoring daily from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. using HelpNow! from Brainfuse, via live chat with certified tutors. Also offers 24/7 skills-building techniques, writing assistance, and practice tests for state-aligned required tests. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

Business & Company Profile ASAP
Integrates indexing, abstracts and  full text for business, finance, management, and industry periodicals with a full text directory of global private and public companies.

Business Insights: Essentials
Excellent resource for finding detailed company and industry news and information. Includes
rankings, investment reports, company profiles and histories, and brand information, from authoritative business sources, including reference works and periodicals.


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Automotive repair information for do-it-yourself people. Step-by-step repair procedures for thousands of models and years, plus OEM maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, and recall and technical service bulletins for autos and light trucks.

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Computer Skills from Learning Express (aka: Popular Software Tutorials)
Online tutorials to help you become more adept at a variety of computer skills, for today's most popular software. Includes Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and more. Register to begin using these self-paced, easy to follow courses.

Consumer Reports with Cars Best Deals Plus
Search this trusted source for product reviews and ratings, including recommendations and buying advice. Searchable sections include Home and Garden, Electronics, Babies and kids, Money, Health and Food. Also includes extensive information related to buying new and used cars. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

Criminal Justice Collection
Users studying law and criminal justice will have access to over 150 full-text journals. Coverage starts from 1980.

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Excellent set of resources for the student or traveler, offering detailed information on the 50 United States of America, all Canadian Provinces, and over 200 countries, with emphasis on daily life and culture. Includes the more advanced World Edition and the Kids Edition. Useful tools include flag and map outlines for country reports, many graph and data tables, extensive image galleries, and streaming and downloadable video and slideshows.

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CultureGrams States and Provinces Editions
Covers in detail the 50 United States and all Canadian Provinces.

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Demographics Now
This comprehensive research tool provides business and residential information as well as detailed demographic reports. Useful for market research and for business planning, as well as producing targeted lists based on the demographics of a given area. Online tutorials are included.

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Detroit Free Press
Archive of articles from the Free Press, going back to 1999. From Proquest. This database paid for by Northville District Library.
  Detroit Free Press, Historical Newspapers (1831 - 1922)
Digitized version of the early Detroit Free Press and its precursor, with full images of articles, obituaries, ads, marriage announcements, and more. Great for genealogists and history buffs. This resource was purchased with generous contributions by numerous donors in memory of William Granton McAskin.

Download Destination
A digital library offers participating library card-holders best-selling and classic audiobooks, eBooks, and music available 24/7. Download to your computer, eReader, mobile device, mp3 player or smartphone. This digital library is paid for by participating libraries and coordinated by The Library Network.


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Recommended for upper elementary through high school. Full-text (1981-Present). 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.

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eLibrary Elementary
For K-5 students, this colorful resource makes finding information easy. Search by keyword or use the topic tree. Includes articles from books and magazines, as well as maps, and audio/video clips.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (World Book)
Beginning level Spanish encyclopedia with thousands of articles, illustrations and maps; bilingual interface. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

Expanded Academic ASAP
Meets research needs across academic disciplines with scholarly articles and reports.


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Fine Arts & Music Collection
Full-text articles from over 100 magazines and journals in the Wilson Art Index database covering art history.

Find up to three million songs, over 100 genres of music and more than 50 record labels. There is no software to download, and no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. New songs and artists are added every day. Library cardholders can download up to three songs per week. You own the songs!  This database paid for by Northville District Library.


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Gale Virtual Reference Library
Over 300 digitized reference works and encyclopedias, once available only at the library. These e-books cover all disciplines and offer a wide range of information that is scholarly and easy to retrieve. Limit your search to one discipline or a specific publication, or across all topics. Excellent research resource for high school and beyond. This database paid for by Northville District Library.
General Reference Center Gold icon General Reference Center Gold
Easy-to-use resource to locate articles, with emphasis on general magazines for the public, as well as newspapers, journals, and trade publications. Also draws from standard reference books, to round out wide range of topics. Can be limited to a specific publication. Includes full-text and coverage back to 1980s. Part of the Gale PowerSearch family of resources.


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Health and Wellness Resource Center
Articles, definitions, directories, and other information on a wide range of issues related to staying well and dealing with health issues. Topics include fitness, pregnancy, nutrition, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, prescription drugs, and more. Includes links to diet, cancer, and health assessment sites as well as government databases.

Health Reference Center Academic
Covers journals for health care professionals and students, with mostly full-text. Coverage includes Jan. 1980 - present, updated daily.

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Heritage Quest
Over 25,000 digitized books, including early family histories and local histories, as well as full-text from genealogy periodicals. Includes the U.S. Federal Census images and other primary sources relevant to genealogical research.


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(revistas en español) – Full-text Spanish-language and bilingual articles published from 1999 to the present. Includes 425 academic journals and popular magazines, fifteen Latin American newspapers and a bilingual thesaurus; Spanish interface.
Issues and Controversies icon Issues and Controversies
Great starting point for writing a research paper on a contemporary topic. Offers overviews and background on key issues of our world today, as well as latest news. Lists of pros and cons for major issues, as well as a guide to selecting a topic. Includes editorial cartoons, graphs and charts, and an encyclopedia to round out coverage. This database paid for by Northville District Library.


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Job & Career Accelerator
Everything you need for a successful job search! Search over 5 million up-to-the-minute local and national job postings, explore over 1,000 occupations, create resumes and cover letters, practice interviewing skills and more. This free, interactive system is part of the Michigan eLibrary, a 24/7 online library, and Learning Express.


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Kids Infobits logo Kids Infobits (K - 5)
Designed for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade, with a simple graphic interface and "topic tree". Includes full-text articles from over 100 popular youth magazines and entries from reference books on a wide range of subjects. An Infotrac Gale database.


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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.

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Learning Express Library
Offers a variety of Learning Centers, for practice tests and skill building. Online test prep for ACT and SAT, GRE, Civil Service, and most standard tests. Includes career assessment and job search resources. NOTE: Learning Express Library has UPDATED to a new version. Your "Account" from the old version does NOT carry over tests to the new version. You can still access the old version by CLICKING HERE for "Learning Express Library 2.0" through June 30th.

Legal Forms Library

Legal Forms Library
Copies of actual Michigan and Federal forms and documents in Word format available for download in this Gale database, to help users on a wide range of legal needs, including wills, divorce, and landlord/tenant. Also includes a law digest, legal Q&A and an attorney directory.

Provides indexing and mostly full-text articles for more than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals. Coverage starts from 1980.

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Literature Resource Center
Comprehensive resource for students studying authors and literary works. Includes biographies of writers with bibliographies of their works, and critical analysis of works from all literary disciplines and time periods. This database paid for by Northville District Library.


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Mango Languages
Online language learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portugeuse, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and many more. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

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Morningstar Library Edition
A comprehensive investment tool, with data on stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs. Includes in-depth analytical reports by Morningstar experts, and tutorials on aspects of investing. Offers tools to create and evaluate various investment portfolios. This database paid for by Northville District Library.


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National Geographic Virtual Library
Contains the digitized archive of National Geographic Magazine from 1888 to present, as well as a wide range of full-text books published by National Geographic. Includes an easy to use module “for Kids”, as well as maps, photos, National Geographic Traveler magazine and more. Great for travelers and students of geography and history. This database paid for by Northville District Library.
The New York Times logo New York Times
Full text of the NY Times back to 1995, searchable with the Infotrac interface.
northvillerecords Northville Historic Records
Search and view issues of The Northville Records from 1869-2012.

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NoveList Plus
Great tool for locating both novels and works of non-fiction, and resources for those who wish to talk about and promote books and reading. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

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NoveList Plus K-8
Designed for Elementary and Middle school students, this offers an easy to search collection of fiction and non-fiction titles, as well as many extras, such as Book Discussion Guides and author biographies. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

Nursing & Allied Health Collection
Current and authoritative content useful to both nursing professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum. Includes nearly 400 titles.


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Opposing Viewpoints
Draws from a wide array of sources to cover all angles of social issues today. Access viewpoint articles, statistics, primary documents, authoritative reference works, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.


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Gale Infotrac collections offer articles and books from many sources, and are specialized for specific student groups (such as Infotrac Junior for Middle School) or topics (such as Psychology collection).

Psychology Collection
Basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops over time with access to 200 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals.

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A comprehensive directory of listings for both business and residential. Information on businesses, health care providers, and non-profits in the United States and Canada includes contact names, sales, employee number, etc. Residential listings for the U.S. aid in locating people by various data points. Customize searches by location, type of business, and more. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

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SIRS Discoverer
Colorful and well designed interface for students in Kindergarten through Middle School. Covers all curriculum areas and includes articles and overviews, maps, photo essays, and more.

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SIRS Renaissance
Excellent resource for the study of the Arts and Humanities. Provides multi-media information on topics such as architecture and design, literature, music and performing arts, philosophy and religion, and the visual arts. Sources range from specialized periodicals to major reference publications. Includes many full-color graphics.

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

Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy Collection
Over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine, providing researchers with access to many topics in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more.


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TumbleBook Library
Online animated, picture books that read themselves to you, as you follow along! Great for teaching reading and reinforcing reading skills. Also includes puzzles and games, and language learning component. This database paid for by Northville District Library.

An online collection of read-along titles for elementary, middle school, and high school students. Features adjustable online text and complete audio narration. Includes chapter books, early readers, YA/Teen Novels, high interest/low level books for both middle school and high school students, plus classics of American and English literature. This database paid for by Northville District Library.


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Value Line Research Center

You now must have a Northville Library card beginning with 29013 to access from home.  You may also have to refresh the page if you receive an error message. Stop in the Library for a new card if needed.
A comprehensive research tool for the investor, with data and analysis on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertibles.  Combines the information on 3,500 stocks featured in the highly valued print editions, as well as useful online only features,  such as tools to screen and export data, and track model portfolios.   Features analysis of 1,500 top equity funds, with profiles of over 10,000 other mutual funds.   Learn more about investing with the built in educational features.
This database paid for by Northville District Library.

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World Book Online
A multi-media encyclopedia with many special features, based on the authoritative World Book. Includes a variety of research tools to help students writing reports. Includes sound and animation clips, primary sources, and links to editor-reviewed Websites. This database paid for by Northville District Library.


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