Research Databases

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Academic Search Complete

Explore a range of topics. Includes peer-reviewed full text for STEM research, social sciences, and humanities.

America’s News

Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Ancestry Library Edition

Explore searchable census, vital, and military records. Requires In-Library Use Only.

AtoZ World Travel

Find comprehensive travel information, including more than 200 World City Travel Guides.

Search this database for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, and more, with 30 million businesses and 220 million resident lists.


Find thematically-paired fiction and nonfiction titles designed to bridge learning-to-read and reading-to-learn from Scholastic.

Britannica Fundamentals

Play and read to learn letters, numbers, shapes, animals, and more.

Britannica School

K-12 students and educators can search for reading-level appropriate nonfiction content with over 132,000 encyclopedia articles, 103,000 images, 7,500 multimedia elements, more than 27,000 eBooks, novels and essays, a translation tool for 50+ languages and read-aloud functionality.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

From the National Digital Newspaper Program, find select digitized pages from historic American newspapers. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Consumer Health Information

Detailed answers to the 200 most-commonly-asked health questions. Available in 17 languages. Answers are provided in evidence-based reports that feature graphics, illustrations, easy-to-read text and links to additional information.

Consumer Reports

Search for information about cars, appliances, electronics, home & gardening supplies, products for babies & kids, shopping, health, money, and more.


Discover new crafts with more than 1,000 award-winning video classes taught by design experts and artists.

Dead Fred: Genealogy Photo Archive

Explore user-uploaded historical photographs and search for ancestors by surname.

Detroit News Collection

Access an entire collection of archived Detroit News articles.

Digital Michigan Newspapers

Browse local newspapers digitized by the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.

Digital Public Library of America

Explore digitized primary sources like yearbooks, family bibles, and oral histories from around the country.

eBooks K-8 Collection

Read eBooks for K-8 students covering all subjects taught in elementary and middle schools. The collection also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators.

eBooks Public Library Collection

General reference collection featuring titles for both adults and kids. Covers topics ranging from self-help and fitness to cooking and personal finance

EBSCO Auto Repair Source

Search for service and repair information for thousands of domestic and imported vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

ERIC – Education Resources Information Center

This essential tool for education research includes a database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.


Explore digital holdings from archives, museums, and other cultural institutions across Europe.

Explora for Educators

Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

Explora for High Schools

Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

Explora for Middle Schools

Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

Explora for Primary Schools

Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.

Explora for Public Libraries

Find A Grave

Search this database of burials and cemeteries from around the world.

Foundation Directory Online

Find information on more than 100,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grant-making public charities in the U.S. The database also includes recently awarded grants and recently filed IRS information returns. Available for In-Library Use Only.

Gale Books and Authors

Discover expert book reviews, recommendations, author biographies, and more.

Gale Business: DemographicsNow

Connect with a wealth of highly detailed demographic data on more than 24 million U.S. businesses and 206 million consumers.

Gale Courses

Register for a range of online, highly interactive, instructor-led courses. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

Gale Databases

Review a complete list of Gale Research databases made available through RHPL.

Gale eBooks

Read full-text books and reference works on topics including health, science, careers, travel, and history.

Gale In Context: Biography

Explore biographies on more than 300,000 people, both current and historic.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Learn more about today's hottest social issues covered in viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines and journal articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, and audio files.

Gale In Context: Science

Find detailed articles about earth science and life science, space, technology, mathematics, and science history and biography.

Gale In Context: U.S. History

Find articles, primary documents, and reference works covering the most-studied events in U.S. history.

Gale In Context: World History

Discover a collection of scholarly and award-winning full-text periodicals, reference works, and primary documents.

Gale Literature Resource Center

Discover literary criticism, author and illustrator biographies, work overviews, and more.

Genealogy Research at the Library of Michigan

Search resources available through the Library of Michigan, including state census records, naturalization records, and death certificates.

Geni Pro

Build your family tree, research family roots, and more.

Grants to Individuals

Grants to Individuals is a database that includes profiles of 10,000 grantmakers with details on funders that provide scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals. Requires In-Library Use Only.


GuideStar provides users with the information they need to learn about nonprofits, make smarter funding decisions, and build connections. Donors can explore organizations and the issues that they want to support. Nonprofits can update their profiles to amplify their stories and showcase their work to donors, and nonprofit leaders can benchmark their organizations against their peers. The general public can use GuideStar to locate nonprofits in their community for volunteer opportunities. Requires In-Library Use Only.


Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. Access is available 24/7.

LearningExpress Library

Find over 700 comprehensive, interactive practice tests and courses for academic and vocational certification and licensing.

Macomb Daily

Access the Macomb Daily from anywhere!

MasterFILE Complete

Content from popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources. Covers wide range of subjects including business, health, fashion, sports, and personal finance.


Find articles from the National Institutes of Health about diseases, conditions, and wellness.

Michigan Authors and Illustrators

Learn more about Michigan authors and find authors for presentations and visits.

Michigan Legal Forms

Search thousands of customizable online legal documents provided by the Legal Forms Library.

Michigan Legal Help

Find legal help for simple civil problems without a lawyer.

Michigan Memories

Search digitized historical collections from around the state.


Search the State of Michigan’s historical and vital records.

Middle School Reference Search Plus

Find middle school magazines and reference books on a variety of subjects.

Morningstar Investment Research Center

Research stocks and mutual funds.


Access one of the largest and most diverse genealogy databases.

New York Times

Access The New York Times from anywhere!

Newspaper Source Plus

Search current newspapers, newswires, and news magazines, including The Washington Post and USA Today.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Find recommendations for children's fiction and nonfiction with extensive reader's advisory services including read-alike titles, series, and authors, as well as professional reviews, reader reviews, articles, lists, genre overviews, discussion guides and more.

Novelist Plus

Find fiction and nonfiction recommendations with extensive reader's advisory services including read-alike titles, series, and authors, as well as professional reviews, reader reviews, articles, lists, genre overviews, discussion guides and more.

Oakland County Historical Resources

Search for original documents, death notices, maps, and photos. Click here for a tutorial

Oakland Press

Access the Oakland Press from anywhere!


Discover full-text articles from magazines, business and academic journals, newspapers, and reference eBooks.

Primary School Reference Search

Browse children's magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedia entries, and an image collection designed for elementary school libraries.


Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 315 languages with Personalized Courses, movies, chat, and more. Learn online, either on your desktop computer or mobile device! Pronunciator also includes Bluebird, an audio library of interactive language lessons for learning hands-free.

Pronunciator – Bluebird

Learn 163 languages with Bluebird, the largest audiobook library in the world. Features 12 million prerecorded lessons, personalized courses that match your personal interests and occupation, quizzes, daily lessons and more!

Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Find records to aid in family research with wiki.

Remembering Rochester

Discover local history through a blog highlighting stories, people, and places from the Rochester area's past.

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Explore the museum's collections and newspapers online Explore the Museum's collections and newspapers online

Scholastic Grolier Online

Browse sources like Encyclopedia Americana Online, Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, New Book of Knowledge, New Book of Popular Science, Lands and People, and America the Beautiful.

Something About the Author Online

Browse for information on the lives and works of children and YA authors and illustrators.

The Rochester Post

Search full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of The Rochester Post. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.


Browse an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach the joy of reading in a format children love.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Nationwide Gravesite Locator

Search for burial sites of registered veterans in the United States.

USA Today

Access USA Today from anywhere!

Value Line Investment Survey

Research stocks, mutual funds, and other securities or go directly to "Lookup Company Reports"

Wall Street Journal

Access The Wall Street Journal from anywhere! Simply click the link above to create your account, and you can start using immediately. Your access will be available for the next 3 days. After 3 days, simply come back and click the above link again and log in as an existing user with the same username and password you originally created.

World Book Early Learning

Discover content for emergent readers in preschool, Kindergarten and early elementary ages.