Databases for Books & Literature
Find a book to read
- eSequels.com Find the order of your favorite novel series by author, title, character, subject and location.
- Novelist Plus Online electronic readers’ advisory which assists fiction and nonfiction readers in finding new titles and authors from all subjects, periods and genres. Contains full-text reviews and read-alikes for many titles.
- Dictionary of Literary Biography Provides complete, full-text access to the Dictionary of Literary Biography (vols. 1-348).
- Literature Criticism Online Provides complete, full-text access to the following print titles: Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (vols. 1-271), Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism (vols. 1-210) and Children’s Literature Review.
- Literature Reference Books Online Includes the full-text of a number of reference books about literature, including:
- Contemporary Novelists
- Drama for Students
- Epics for Students
- Literary Themes for Students
- Novels for Students
- Short Stories for Students
Websites for fiction readers:
- All About Romance The back fence for lovers of romance novels.
- BookBrowse Your guide to exceptional books.
- Books in Series The What’s Next?: Book In Series™ database was developed and is maintained by the Kent District Library.
- BookSpot Another great site with lots of features to help you find the next good book.
- Christian Fiction Search by genre, then choose based on age, audience, format.
- Gentle reads Lists of good old fashioned stories without a lot of sex or violence, from the Los Angeles Public Library.
- Graphic Novels All about graphic novels, including reviews and author interviews.
- Historical Fiction Useful resources to find new authors, bestselling historical fiction and editors’ choices.
- Horror For fiction and film horror reviews.
- Read West Great for finding book reviews and author websites for westerns. Also has online books to read.
- SF Site The home page for science fiction and fantasy.
- Stop, You’re Killing Me! A resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books.
Websites for nonfiction readers:
Click here for more links to more titles! (Bestsellers, Award Winners, Classics and more…)
These are some excellent databases that students in Middle School and High School can use for homework help which are provided by the Michigan eLibrary. Simply click on the image or the title of the database for access. Also, please take a look at our Online Resources A – Z or Online Resources by Subject to browse the library’s entire collection of databases.
Biography in Context
Biography in Context offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it is continuously updated to ensure students have access to the latest information.
With Britannica School, students can conduct research using thousands upon thousands of searchable encyclopedia and journal articles, images, videos, audios, curated primary sources with curriculum relevance, detailed maps, editor-recommended Web sites, learning games, a world atlas, and a wealth of how-to research tools. Choose from three learning entry points - Elementary, Middle, or High School - then select a reading level that matches each student’s ability. School Code = MeL5.
CultureGrams provides concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on hundreds of countries, as well as the U.S. states and Canadian Provinces. Each World Edition report is written by a native or long-term resident of the country, in coordination with a CultureGrams editor. The Kids Edition, States Edition, and Provinces Edition reports are written by CultureGrams editors but with extensive input from reviewers. Each report covers 25 categories, including history, religion, family, economy, gestures, current events and more.
Driving-Tests.org for Libraries includes the following information specific to Michigan:
- 11 car practice tests
- 9 motorcycle practice tests
- 10 commercial vehicle practice tests
- 3 online driving manuals: car, motorcycle, and commercial driver license (CDL)
- FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 DMV-related questions
Expanded Academic ASAP
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.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.
General Reference Center Gold
Integrates a variety of sources – newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Find articles on current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.
Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module
Use this Resource Center to find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Prescription Drugs, etc. Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment sites as well as government databases. The material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.
Infotrac Student Edition
This database is designed for high school students, with 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 more.
Features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages. It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math, and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED® test prep, and more. To access LearningExpress Library, you will be asked to create an account.
Enrich your family and Michigan history research with the digital and audio materials found in this resource. Over 50,000 items from a broad spectrum of libraries and historical institutions in Michigan are included in this free online collection.
New York Times
National edition. Provides national and international news, opinion and commentary. Full Text: January 1, 1985 – current. Indexing: January 1, 1965 – current.
Opposing Viewpoints In Context
Features contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today’s hottest social issues. Continuously updated pro/con viewpoint essays, topic overviews, primary source documents, biographies, court-case overviews, periodical articles, tables/charts/graphs, and more.
Research in Context
Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 - literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. Written specifically for middle schoolers this information comes from authoritative sources including Gale, National Geographic and Scholastic and is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6-8 graders into high school and beyond.
World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites. Modules includes Early World of Learning, World Book Kids, World Book Info Finder, World Book Reference Center, World Book Timelines, World eBook, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos.
Finally, if you need help understanding a book or citing some information SparkNotes and Easybib are great resources for students to utilize.
- SparkNotes Study guides and message boards for a variety of subjects and books.
- Easybib Citation generation in the latest editions of MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.