All of the databases can be accessed from within the Library. Some are also available from home or office, but you will need to use your Novi Library card number to login.
MeL Databases allow you instant access to full-text articles from tens of thousands of magazines and newspapers. Databases are available for kids, adults, and on specialized topics such as car repair, practice tests and art images.
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ChiltonLibrary.com - represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make, and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles in the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models.
Kelley Blue Book – Provides consumer pricing and information on cars for sale, minivans, pickup trucks, sedans, hybrids, electric cars, and SUVs.
eBooks - Over 20,000 eBooks available on all topics. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.
Downloadable Audiobooks - Download audiobooks, eBooks, and music 24/7 with Overdrive. This database paid for by Novi Public Library.
Michigan Authors and Illustrators - A searchable database of Michigan authors and illustrators. Provides biographical and contact information. Indicates whether person will do library presentations.
NoveList - allows readers to use a favorite author or title as a template to locate other authors and titles of interest, to find books in a particular series, or genre. This database paid for by Novi Public Library.
Select Reads - Browse or subscribe to free monthly booklists on your favorite topics, including Mystery & Thrillers, Romance, History, Children’s Books, & much more. Every title is owned by NPL and includes a link to place a hold on the book so you can get it fast! Use Author Check to create a list of your favorite authors that are currently available in your library’s catalog. You will receive an email notice as soon as the library orders a new title by one of your authors, with a link into the catalog to place your own hold!
Business Analysis for Dummies® (2013)
Business Decision - Researchers and entrepreneurs are enabled to access comprehensive business-to-consumer market data. Detailed company profiles, product and brand information combined with investment reports, rankings and market share data allow users to better penetrate the consumer marketplace.
Business Insights: Global - is a fully integrated resource bringing together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies, and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.
Business Networking For Dummies® (2014)
Business Plans Handbook (2014)
DemographicsNow: Business and People - Researchers and entrepreneurs are provided with 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.
Encyclopedia of Business and Finance, 3rd ed., 2v (2014)
General Business File ASAP - Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available.
Morningstar Investment Research Center - Financial information including stocks, mutual funds, return information on various investment indexes, portfolio tools and more. To access video tutorials and more click on the Help and Education tab after signing in. This database paid for by Novi Public Library.
Reference USA - Use this database to locate directory information on companies all around the country. Find information such as location, sales volume, contact person, number of employees, and more. To learn more about how to use Reference USA, click here for video tutorials and webcast schedules. This database paid for by Novi Public Library.
Starting a Home Business For Dummies® (2014)
Value Line - Includes on-line access to Value Line's leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks. This database paid for by Novi Public Library.
Career Information Center (2014)
Gale Courses - Gale Courses delivers hundreds of engaging, instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment to transform lives.
Job and Career Accelerator - Description: Easy-to-use online application combining everything you need for a successful job search. This innovative job hunting system enables users to explore, in detail, over 1,000 different occupations and match interests and skills with the career that’s best. It allows searches for over five million recent local and national job postings while conveniently organizing and tracking the users' job search progress, all in one place. In addition, job seekers can create professional resumes and cover letters as well as practice and master interviewing skills. Users must create an account in the Library before using database from home.
Learn How to Become - A career is a journey, and something you will be committed to in the long term. It consists of different steps and, ideally, it is something that you feel is your calling. If you are a student ready to begin your higher education, or have held many different jobs and want to know how to make the switch to doing what you love, this career guide will be a great resource.
Small Business Resource Center - Learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.
Computer Database - Use this database to find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.
Excel Blog - Newest blog posts about Excel
Excel Easy - Excel tutorials
GCFLearnFree - This program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.
Annual Credit Report - Provides consumers with the secure means to request and obtain a free credit report once every 12 months from each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies in accordance with the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act).
Consumer Action Handbook - Your go-to guide for planning a purchase, knowing your consumer rights, and filing a complaint. The new interactive edition of the handbook features additional resources, including:
Consumer Reports Online – This online version of the popular magazine provides access to print issues as well as special online-only content including videos, updates on product availability, and adds new products to previously published test results. This database is paid for by the Novi Public Library.
Consumer.gov - From identity theft to debt management learn how to protect yourself as a consumer with these simple instructions.
Common Core Standards (2015)
Gale Courses - Gale Courses delivers hundreds of engaging, instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment to transform lives.
Kids Count in Michigan Data Book - Kids Count in Michigan is part of a broad national effort to measure the well-being of children at the state and local levels and use that information to shape efforts to improve the lives of children.
Learning Express Library - Full of online test preparation materials and interactive exams for many standardized tests including the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, police officer, postal worker, U.S. citizenship, and much more. Users must create a LearnATest account in the Library before using the database from home.
Michigan Online Resources for Educators (MORE Portal) - Find tens of thousands of curricular based resources that are aligned to the Michigan Content Expectations.
Tutor.com - Looking for live online homework assistance from expert tutors? No matter the subject give Tutor.com a try.
Acronyms, Initialisms & Abbreviations Dictionary, 48th ed., 11v (2014)
Credo Reference - Credo is an easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 1200 videos.
ERIC (free version) - Description: ERIC provides unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials such as conference papers, technical reports, policy papers and more.
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!
FDSys (Federal Digital System) - FDsys provides free online access to official Federal Government publications which include Congressional, Presidential and Federal agency materials. Through FDsys, you are able to search, browse and download documents and publications.
General One File - A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social sciences, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles. Updated daily.
General Reference Center Gold - A general interest database that integrates a variety of sources in one easy-to-use interface. Use General Reference Center Gold to find articles from newspapers, reference books, and periodicals, many with full-text and images. Find the latest current events, popular culture, business and industry coverage, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.
MeL Michigana (Michigan Digital Portal) - Digital primary collections from around the state.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context - The premier online resource covering today's hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.
SIRS Renaissance - SIRS Renaissance provides dynamic information on architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy and religion, and visual arts. Articles, which are all full text, are selected from more that 1,200 domestic and international publications.
Virtual Reference Library - A database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7.
Consumer Health Care, 2v (2014)
Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, 4th ed., 4v (2014)
Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health (2012)
Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health (2013)
HealthCare.gov - The primary tool for delivering information to Americans about their health coverage options.
Health and Wellness Resource Center - 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.
Health Reference Center Academic - Use this database to find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.3
Medline - Patients and health professionals. Covers all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing. From the National Library of Medicine.
Nursing Resource Center - Nursing Resource Center brings together in an easy-to-use interface disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams to complement the core encyclopedia texts. The information is written in accessible language for students completing class assignments and preparing for clinicals.
The following are e-reference books from the Virtual Reference Library:
American Eras: Primary Sources, Vol. 1: Development of the Industrial United States, 1878-1899 (2013)
American Eras: Primary Sources, Vol. 2: Civil War and Reconstruction,
American Eras: Primary Sources, Vol. 3: Westward Expansion, 1800-1860 (2014)
American Eras: Primary Sources, Vol. 4: Reform Era and Eastern U.S. Development, 1815-1850 (2014)
Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America (2014)
Internment of Japanese Americans (2013)
Michigana (Sabin Collection): Sources in U.S. History Online - This digital archive documents state history. Drawn from the Sabin collection and other Gale sources, the archive provides access to a wide variety of documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children's books.
UXL American Decades (2012)
Africa: An Encyclopedia for Students, 4v, 2002 - Based on the scholarship in the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Africa, aimed at college and graduate students, this work presents Africa, from Egypt to Cape Town and from prehistoric times to the present day, in a format accessible to high school students. This set spans many disciplines, covering animals, foods, holidays and festivals, tribal groups, ecology, music and art, trade and economy, geography, religion, folklore, and fossil and skeletal discoveries.
Ancient Europe, 8000 B.C. to A.D. 1000: Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World, 2v, 2004 - This encyclopedia explores the many peoples of early European civilizations responsible for such accomplishments as the rise of farming in the Neolithic era and the building of Stonehenge. Coverage expands from prehistoric origins through the early Middle Ages (8000 BC to AD 1000) when tribal movements helped define the end of ancient culture and the rise of the modern European world.
The British Monarchy (2012)
Countries and Their Cultures, 4v, 2001 - Focuses on cultures and countries around the world, specifically what is and is not shared culturally by the people who live in a particular country. Entries contain descriptive summaries of the country in question, including demographic, historical, cultural, economic, religious, and political information.
Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, 3v, 2003 - Presents 600 articles on food and its place in human culture and society, covering everything from agronomy to zucchini. Students, academics, and general researchers will find entries on everything from food preparation, distribution and storage to holidays and festivals, nutrition and health, and cultures and cuisines. Entries range from 250 to 10,000 words each and are supplemented by 400 photographs and illustrations, sidebars, recipes, menus, timelines, and a comprehensive index.
Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2v, 2004 - This encyclopedia looks at Islam's role in the modern world, doing so in context of the religion's history and development over the last 13 centuries. Contains thematic articles, biographies of key figures, definitions, illustrations, maps and more.
Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, 6v, 2002 - Nearly 700 contributors from around the world, including 25 Asian countries, provide 3,000 articles on Modern Asia from a global perspective. Historical articles emphasize people, places, events, and developments that have had a lasting influence on Asia. Articles also cover Asian relations with Western nations, the relations between nations within Asia, and also the flow of people, goods, and ideas within Asia and globally.
Encyclopedia of Russian History, 4v, 2004 - Providing a comprehensive discussion of the people, politics, economics, religion, culture, and social systems of Russia, this work spans the time from the earliest beginnings of the Russian nation (among the ancient Eastern Slavic tribes) to the end of czarist Russia and on through the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. It provides the necessary information for readers to obtain a greater understanding of and appreciation for Russia in all of its many spheres.
Europe, 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World, 6v, 2004 - Explores European history from 1450-1789, from the print revolution to the French Revolution. Includes 1,150 articles written by eminent scholars covering major topics in art, government, and education as well as providing biographical entries on key figures of the period. Also covers topics specific to the era, such as apocalypticism, guilds, food riots, royal mistresses and lovers, the Spanish Inquisition, Utopia and others.
Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages, 5v, 2004 - Provides a broad overview of costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day. Examines more than 430 items of human decoration and adornment, ranging from togas to turbans, necklaces to tennis shoes. Explores how and why items were created, the people who made them, and their uses. This set shows how clothing, headwear, body decorations, and footwear reflect the different cultural, religious, and societal beliefs.
The Holocaust (2014)
Renaissance: An Encyclopedia for Students, 4v, 2004 - This set has been prepared especially for nonspecialists, focusing on Renaissance-era topics most studied in high school world history, art, literature, economics, and science curriculum. Includes entries on a range of topics, including Florence, Galileo, heraldry, Medici family, opera, piracy, Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, and many others. Includes a master chronology with topical timelines, a bibliography with age-appropriate further reading sources, and a comprehensive index.
Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations (2012)
Internet Public Library - The Internet Public Library is a public library for the World Wide Web. Students from a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science develop and maintain the IPL.
WorldCat (free version) - WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. You can search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you're used to getting from libraries.
BookFlix- is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. An engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.
Early World Of Living - is an online resource for preschoolers and children in early grades. It was designed for easy integration into the classroom curriculum. The site encompasses three interactive learning environments.
eBooks K-8 Collection - is designed for K-8 students and the educators who work with them. It contains more than 6,000 titles chosen to support a quality learning experience for K-8 students across all subjects areas taught in elementary and middle schools, and content aligns with Common Core curriculum standards. The collection also features a selection of teacher resources to support educators and administrators.
Enciclopedia Estudantil Hallazgos - is a Spanish-language, reference work designed with younger readers in mind.
Grzimek's Student Animal Life Resource, 21v, 2005 - offers broad, comprehensive coverage of the animal kingdom, ranging from the simple (sponges and coral), to the complex (mammals). Animals are grouped by major classifications: sponges; corals; jellyfishes; segmented worms; crustaceans and mollusks; insects; fishes; amphibians; reptiles; birds and mammals. (Virtual Reference Library)
Junior Edition - Formerly SuperTOM Junior, this periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school, with magazines, newspapers and reference books (most are full-text) for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
Kids Infobits - Kids InfoBits meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
NoveList K-8 Plus (from EBSCO) - is especially for younger readers. It has reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction for kids in grades K-8, including book reviews from major reviewing sources. Included are reading lists by topic or study units as well as for lessons that meet Common Core State standards.
SIRS Discoverer - Provides access to full text articles on a wide range of topics, such as animals, countries and cultures, current events, and many others.
Student Edition - Formerly SuperTOM, 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.
Tumblebooks - Listen and watch books come to life. This database is paid for by the Novi Public Library
World Book Kids - is a general reference website developed especially for children. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, multimedia, and a wealth of engaging games, interactive tools and activities.
Basic ESL - Basic ESL an online education portal, leveraging the "Basic English as a Second Language" learning system, to deliver a tested and proven model for learning English through rich internet technologies.
Legal Forms Library - Copies of actual forms and
documents in Word format are provided to help users with
their legal needs – whether for business, personal or
litigation purposes. Continuously updated to reflect current
state laws, Gale Legal Forms also includes a law digest,
legal questions and answers and an attorney directory.
LegalTrac - Use this database to find articles in all major law reviews, law journals, specialty law and bar association journals and legal newspapers. Included are articles on Federal and State Cases, Laws and Regulations, Legal Practice, and Taxation. Also included are: British Commonwealth, European Union and International Law.
Michigan Compiled Laws – Public acts and legislation
Michigan Legal Help - Michigan Legal Help is an interactive website built to help self-represented litigants handle relatively simple civil legal matters on their own.
Infotrac Newsstand - With InfoTrac Newsstand, you can easily search a collection of more than 1,000 newspapers, translate articles into 11 different languages, create email alerts, and customize your search options and results format.
New York Times - Full Text of the New York Times, 1995 to present.
Novi News Archive - Access searchable full-text issues of the Novi News.. This page will ultimately provide access to nearly every year of the Novi News.
Ancestry Library Edition - *only available in the Library* - This new database is replacing AncestryPlus and is targeted for library users. It now contains passenger lists from all major U.S. ports including New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New Orleans, naturalization records ranging from 1700 to 1900, immigration records for more than 100 countries, an increase of more than 10 million names, and more. This database paid for by Novi Public Library.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index - indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.
Europa-European Union – Want to live in or do business in the EU? Ever wonder what Europeans think about biodiversity or train service there? This site will tell you what you need to know.
Fold3 - provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Video Tutorial. This database paid for by Novi Public Library.
Heritagequest - HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of
U.S. Federal Census records with 22,000 titles from the digitized version of the
UMI? Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content including
Freedman's Bank records, PERSI, the Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-Land
Warrant Application Files, and the LexisNexis? U.S. Serial Set. It is
mostly full text.
International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family, 2nd ed., 4v, 2003 - Adopts an international, cross-cultural approach to such diverse topics as adolescent parenthood, family planning, cohabitation, widowhood, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, codependency, and commuter marriages. Includes articles specific to countries and religious traditions, examining the history of family life within these cultures and discussing how families have been affected by political and social change. (This is an e-reference book from the Virtual Reference Library)
Christianity History, Belief, and Practice (2012)
Dictionary of Hinduism (2010)
Judaism History, Belief, and Practice (2012)
The following are e-reference books from the Virtual Reference Library:
3D Printing (2015)
American Men & Women of Science, 32nd ed., 8v (2014)
Beginning Programming (2014)
Biology, 2nd ed., 4v (2016)
The Gale Encyclopedia of Science, 5th ed., 8v (2014)
Geological Sciences (2012)
Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, 2v Extinction (2013)
Mathematics, 4v, 2002 - Explores the functions of math in daily life, as well as its role as a tool for measurement, data analysis, and technological development. This illustrated set also explains basic concepts of math and geometry, and provides information on historical milestones, notable mathematicians, and today's career choices. Each volume includes photos, illustrations, sidebars, bibliographies, and a glossary. Broadly applicable for middle school through high school students, as well as general readers.
Organic Chemistry I For Dummies® (2014)
Physics I Workbook For Dummies®, 2nd ed. (2014)
Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) - The Turfgrass Information Center (TIC) at Michigan State University contains the most comprehensive collection of turfgrass educational materials publicly available in the world. Turfgrass Science is the use of grasses to enhance the environment.
World of Forensic Science, 2nd ed., 2v (2016)
Rosetta Stone - Learn a new language! Choose from: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English (UK), English (US), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (BR), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain). This database paid for by Novi Public Library. Headsets with microphones available at the Information Desk for use in the library.
Federal Tax Forms, Instructions, & Publications
Michigan Tax Forms & Instructions.
Some of these online databases are provided free of charge by Michigan ELibrary through federal LSTA and state funding.