Online Databases
Descriptions of Databases | Off Campus Access
Descriptions of Databases
Electric Library Elementary has magazines, books, newspapers, pictures, maps, TV and radio transcripts.
FirstSearch has 60 reference databases of bibliographic, abstract, and full-text information from books, magazines, and newspapers.
InfoTrac has many databases to search.  
  • Professional Collection
    The InfoTrac Professional Collection is a custom selection of more than 300 full text journals.
  • General Reference Center Gold
    Full-text general interest magazines, reference books, maps and historical images, business and industry journals, children's magazines, and newspaper articles.
  • Health Reference Center Academic
    Indexes journal titles, reference books, pamphlets, full-text topical overviews, and selected articles from an additional 1500 general interest titles.
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center
    Contains full-text magazines, journals, newspapers, pamphlets, definitions and directories on health related topics. Also includes links to diet, cancer, and health assessment sites as well as government databases.
  • Custom Newspapers
    Search newspaper articles from 120 newspapers, including the New York Times and the Grand Rapids Press, by title, date, author, section or other assigned fields. The most recent 365 days are available in full-text.
  • Michigan Newspapers
    Full text newspaper from Michigan
  • Kid's Edition - K12
    A periodical database designed for elementary school students with easy access to full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books on a wide variety of topics.
  • AncestryPlus
    A comprehensive online source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research.
SIRS Discoverer Deluxe is geared towards children from kindergarten to sixth grade, this database is comprised of journal articles, newspapers, radio and television news transcripts, reference books and photos.
LearnATest has test preparation materials and interactive practice exams based on official tests. Includes academic, civil service, military and professional licensing and certification exams.
NetLibrary or MeL Ebooks collection includes over 12,000 full-text books. Books on a wide range of topics for a broad audience are included. Search within the whole collection or within a particular book to find and read the information you want. Once you have created your account at a Michigan library you will be able to access this collection from any computer that can connect to the Internet. Books may be "checked out" for up to 6 hours.


Off Campus Access

"Why can't I access the online databases from my home computer?"

Commercial online databases permit users access from Academy computers.  These services have different provisions regarding allowable remote access for library patrons.

Many databases allow access through an alternative route.  To access many of the databases at home, go to and follow the link on the screen reading "Log on at home or work."  Then you will need to enter your Michigan Driver's license or state ID number.  If you don't have a a driver's license or state ID, you can use a parent's driver's license or state id number. 

The following is a summary of what forms of remote access libraries are permitted to make available for each database service and user id's and passwords, if available. 

Online Database Service Remote Access?


eLibrary Elementary Yes.  Username: submich719; pw: child719
SIRS Discoverer [not available currently]


[not available currently]
netLibrary Try and a driver's license #.
LearnATest Try and a driver's license #.

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Last revised: 11/11/04