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All Tools A-Z


All Research Tools Subscriptions

An alphabetical list of premium online data resources to which the Michigan Electronic Library (MeL) subscribes on behalf of citizens of Michigan or Capital Area District Libraries (CADL) subscribes on behalf of their cardholders.

Academic One File

Magazine, newspaper and journal articles appropriate to college and university level research.

Ancestry Library Edition

Genealogy database with census, birth, marriage, death records and more
Click here for more info on how to get started
Must use at a CADL library

Books & Authors

Book reviews and suggestions by interest, subject, author and more.

Business Decision

Comprehensive business-to-consumer market data. Detailed company profiles, product and brand information combined with investment reports and rankings.

Business Insights: Global

In-depth information on U.S. and international businesses, industries and products. Also includes information on associations.

CBT Nuggets

Computer certification training videos (and more!). Hours of streaming video technology training for the beginner through expert. Many of the topics are correlated to IT industry certification exams. Click on the 'More Info' link below to request a personalized login for full access. Click here for more info on how to get started
CADL library card required

Chilton's Library

An automotive repair database. Find wiring diagrams, technical service bulletins, diagnostic codes, etc.

Computer Database

Full text articles from computing and technology magazines

Consumer Reports

Reports on new and used cars, appliances, electronics and much more from Consumer Reports.

CADL library card required

Culture Grams

Offers details on customs, traditions and daily life in countries all over the world.

Demographics Now: Business & People

Comprehensive business and demographic information valuable to assess business viability, create sales leads and marketing mailing lists, complete location analyses and business plans, analyze population trends, find potential sponsors and donors and much more.

Early World of Learning

Recommended for: Early elementary. Learning about colors, numbers and other fun things. Strengthen reading foundations with stories, activities and videos.
Includes materials for educators.


For High School and up. Articles, video, audio, books, pictures, magazines, maps, newspapers and transcripts of TV and radio shows.

eLibrary Elementary

For Kindergarten through Grade 6. Video, audio, books, pictures, magazines, maps, newspapers, and transcripts of TV and radio shows.

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

A bilingual visual dictionary including thousands of images and more than 12,000 labels in the categories: Arts, History and Government, People, Places, Plants and Animals, Science and Mathematics, Sports and Hobbies, and World Religions.

Expanded Academic ASAP

Magazine, newspaper and journal articles appropriate to college and university level research.

Gale Legal Forms

Copies of actual forms and documents in Word format are provided to help users with their legal needs for business, personal or litigation purposes.

General Business File ASAP

Articles on companies and also includes directory and financial information.

General One File

General interest news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics.

General Reference Center Gold

General interest magazines, business periodicals, reference books and more.

Health & Wellness Resource Center

Full text articles from magazines and reference books on health and full text health pamphlets. Includes information on alternative health practices.

Heritage Quest

Genealogy database containing census information, a digitized genealogy and local history Collection, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) and much more.

Info Trac Junior

Designed for students in junior high and middle school. Access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books

Info Trac Newstand

Access to major U.S. newspapers and also titles from around the world.

Info trac Student

Designed for high-school students. Access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books.

Informe! Academico

Articles in Spanish from popular Hispanic magazines. Full text. Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos.

Job & Career Accelerator

Search for jobs, create cover letters and resumes and store them in your account, get interviewing tips and more.

Kids Infobits

For Kindergarten through Grade 5. Full-text content from elementary reference sources and magazines

Lansing State Journal

Articles from the Lansing State Journal from 2002 to the present.

Learning Express Library

Test preparation materials and interactive practice exams.

Legal Trac

Index to law related information in legal publications. Some full text articles

Michigana: Sources in U.S. History Online

An archive of documents on Michigan history including personal narratives, memoirs, pamphlets, political speeches, legal treatises and more.

New York Times

Articles from January 1995 to the present


Help choosing fiction books to read for readers of all ages, including book discussion guides, lists of award winners, and more.

CADL library card required

Novelist K8 Plus

Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, and much more. Read reviews and learn about the author. Create your own reading wish list.

Nursing Resource Center

Information for nursing students and the public, including journal and encyclopedia articles, disease overviews and more.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Presents different views on the most talked about social issues of today.


Learn 80 languages (including English) in any of 50 languages using your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Includes flashcards, pronunciation analysis, conversation practice, quizzes, downloadable audio lessons, kid-friendly lessons, and more.
CADL library card required

Reference USA ( Use this link in a CADL library)


Reference USA (Use this link outside of a CADL Library)

Directory information for individuals and business.

CADL library card required

Sanborn Maps

Historical maps (1867–1970) of Michigan towns and cities, including Lansing, Leslie, Mason, Stockbridge, and Willamston.

CADL library card required

SIRS Discoverer

Children's database with full-text of articles, books, video, audio on all topics. Includes reading levels, teacher's help pages, and more.

SIRS Renaissance

Articles on many topics including literature, arts, philosophy and religion.

Small Business Resource Center

covers all major areas of starting and operating a business including financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting and taxes.

Value Line

High quality investment research reports on company stocks, mutual funds, and more. Access Value Line's data-based rankings, news and analysis.

CADL library card required

World Book Kids

Easy to use online encyclopedia in eight major subject
categories: Arts, History and Government, People, Places, Plants and
Animals, Science and Mathematics, Sports and Hobbies, World Religions.
Has full-featured pictures, sounds and videos. Also includes a section
for teachers

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