Research for Adults

General Research

  • Academic Search Complete - A multi-disciplinary resource of scholarly research for academic institutions that includes peer-reviewed full text resources.
  • Gale Databases - Specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research (use your library card number as your password).
  • Consumer Reports - Provides clear reviews of commonly purchased products.
  • Explora - Arts, biography, business, current events, geography and culture, health, history and social science, science and math.

Business & Investing

  • A to Z Databases - Detailed information on 30 million businesses and executives and 2 million new businesses. Includes data on over 200 million residents as well as new movers and homeowners.
  • Encyclopedia of Associations - Comprehensive source of detailed information concerning nonprofit American membership organizations of national scope.
  • Gale Business - Business and demographic information valuable to assess business viability and much more. The "password" for this service is your library card number.
  • Morningstar - Investing Center - Investment database with stock, mutual fund, and ETF reports, and portfolio analysis. This database allows one user at a time, so please remember to log out of the database when you finish.
  • Small Business Reference Center - Covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including information on accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more.
  • Value Line - Value Line has been in business since 1931 providing financial research and analysis of 3,400 large, mid & small cap stocks using its proprietary ranking systems.  Sort by “Timeliness” which lets you know which company’s might be worth buying now.  Also download individual analyst reports of the companies you might be interested in following.

Computer Learning Resources 

  • Computer Basics - Basic computer lessons that combine YouTube videos and written lessons to provide users with all they need to know to gain computer proficiency.
  • - Provides users with access to free bite-sized tutorials designed to allow users to learn computer basics at their own pace. Whether you’re new to computers or need a refresher, this is a great resource.
  • GCFGlobal - Free tutorials for older versions of Microsoft Office Applications. This is good for individuals who are running older versions of Office on their personal computers.
  • Google Workspace - Free training and project walkthroughs for Google Workspace. Workspace does require a subscription, but you can use basic Google applications and access these tutorials for free with a Gmail account.
  • - Provides users with basic typing and keyboard use practice.
  • LearnitTraining - Video training for Adobe and Microsoft products. These are in-depth tutorials, but they come in more bite-sized chunks compared to the previous resource.
  • Microsoft Support - Free tips and training provided by Microsoft that cover the basics of using their Office applications. While Microsoft applications are a paid resource, you can access these for free on library computers.
  • SimonSezIT - Video tutorials on various Microsoft products, Zoom, Google Suite applications, and miscellaneous computer software. They provide short, specialized videos as well as detailed, hours long tutorials good for individuals looking to become experts. Provides references for Desktop and Mobile users.
  • Zoom - Zoom provides free written tutorials for users looking to learn more about how to use the application.

Genealogy & Local History

  • Ancestry Library Edition - This database offers full-text information on genealogy resources. This database is only available for use within the library. 
  • Local History Digital Archive - Historical and genealogical materials in digital form including old pictures, maps, and documents from Macomb County, Troy, and Harper Woods.
  • The Making of Modern Michigan - Michigan's unique heritage is represented through photographs, family papers, oral histories, genealogical materials and much more from local history collections around the state.
  • Michigan History Magazine -  A popular history magazine geared toward professionals and enthusiasts alike.
  • MyHeritage Library Edition - Family history resource including more than 6 billion historical records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions.


  • Consumer Health Complete - Supports the health and wellness information needs of patients. Covers mainstream medicine as well as complementary and holistic medicine.
  • Mediline Plus - Find information on health conditions, wellness issues, and more in easy-to-read language with up-to-date, trusted health information.

Humanities & Languages

  • Biography Reference Center Index - Includes complete full text run of Biography Today and Biography Magazine as well as thousands of narrative biographies.
  • History Reference Center - Documents, photos, maps, film, and video from leading history journals.
  • Literary Reference Center - Covers information on thousands of authors and their works.
  • Opposing Viewpoints - An engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of the hottest social issues. The "password" for this service is your library card number.
  • Michigan Authors and Illustrators - A searchable database of Michigan authors and illustrators that provides biographical and contact information.
  • Poetry & Short Story Reference Center - A database with thousands of poems, short stories, biographies, and essays.
  • Transparent Language Online - Language learners can build vocabulary, practice skills, and maintain what they have learned with Transparent Language Online, available anytime, anywhere in 110+ languages.


  • Michigan Legal Help - A resource for people who are handling their legal problems without a lawyer. Learn about your legal problems and get ready for court.
  • Legal Information Reference Center - Search thousands of state-specific legal forms by topic including Adoption, Bankruptcy, Name Changes, and more.
  • FDSYS (Federal Digital System) - Official Federal Government publications including Congressional, Presidential, and Federal agency materials.

Life Skills

  • Alldata - A comprehensive resource for automotive diagnostic and repair information. In library use only.
  • Auto Repair Source - Repair information and schedules, diagrams, parts and labor estimates, service alerts, and recalls.
  • Creativebug - has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center - Repair guides for small engines and routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.)
  • Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center - Subject areas include arts & crafts; games & electronics; models; needlework; outdoors & nature; and scrapbooking & paper craft.
  • Home Improvement Reference Center - Includes maintenance, remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects, outdoor improvements, decorating, home & garden, and others.

Newsbank Online Newspapers 

  • Access World News - Explore and stay informed on local, national and international 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 from around the world to around the corner. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.
  • Detroit News Collection - Explore Detroit history through local news, events and people with this collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.
  • Sterling Heights Sentry - Search full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of the Sterling Heights Sentry. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.
  • Suburban Library Collection - Explore history through local news, events and people with this collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

Science & Technology

  • Science Reference Center - Contains material from science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.

Classic Database Lists

  • A to Z List - See our old database list organized alphabetically.
  • Subject List - See our old database list organized by subject.