Research Databases

Need help with what to look for or assistance with using these resources? Ask one of our librarians.


Resources available to everyone:

Great River Regional Library Catalog - Search all materials owned by GRRL libraries.
Digital Public Library of America - Digital content and repositories of libraries throughout the United States
Driving-Tests - Practice for the Minnesota DMV Permit and access Minnesota Driver's Manuals.
Ebooks Minnesota - Online ebook collection for all Minnesotans featuring content from our state's independent publishers, including some of our best literature and nonfiction.
ELM - eLibrary Minnesota - A collection of databases (including many of those listed below) available to residents of Minnesota. These can be accessed without a library card within Minnesota. If you are traveling you will need to use your library card and the links below. 
Genealogy Research Tools - A list of genealogy research tools and site search information.
Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub - Contains full-text and article images from Minnesota newspapers digitized by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Minnesota Digital Library - Search the collection of more than 55,000 images and documents depicting the history of Minnesota.
MNLINK - Search Public and Academic library catalogs and request materials through Interlibrary Loan.
Mn Writes Mn Reads - Create, Share, Read. Local authors: create eBooks and share them with readers across Minnesota and potentially the United States. Readers: find eBooks published by independent local and national authors.
Northstar Digital Literacy - Northstar helps test your computer skills. You can build skills in key areas, and demonstrate your knowledge by earning certificates and badges.    
Prepare for your future now! 
St Cloud Times Index - A historical index containing brief summaries of local news articles and obituaries. Copies of articles may be requested from your local branch library.


Resources only available in the library:

Ancestry for Libraries: Genealogy tool with access to over 7,000 databases and millions of unique, full-text primary sources and enhanced images. 
APS Journals Homepage - Provides access to Physical Review Letters, Physical Review X, Physical Review, and Reviews of Modern Physics.
EBSCO Core Collection - (In-library use only)
FamilySearch - Genealogy tool with access to billions of unique profiles and family trees.
MCIS - Basic/ABE (Minnesota Career Information System) Offers a wealth of career, educational and labor market information such as learning styles, employability, interest and skill assessments. To save your portfolio, your first use must be in the library to establish an account. 


Resources available to GRRL area resident with barcode:

Academic Search Premier - Search scholarly publications across all academic disciplines - Full Text Articles. Also available through ELM.
Alt-HealthWatch - Search for alternative, holisitic health & wellness information - Full Text Articles. Also available through ELM.
A to Z Databases - A job search, reference & mailing list database including 30 million business & executive profiles & 220 million residents.
Britannica Online Academic Edition - Encyclopedia content plus news headlines, safe Web sites & engaging multimedia. Also available through ELM.
Britannica Online Public Library Edition - Encyclopedia with separate areas for adults and children. Also available through ELM.
Britannica Online School Edition - Four encyclopedias with consistent classroom topic information and age-appropriate language for K-12. Also available through ELM.
Business Source Premier - Search in business magazines, company profiles, market research, country economic reports, trade publications, etc. Updated daily. Also available through ELM. - Chilton Library provides vehicle maintenance and repair information as well as ASE Test prep tools.
Consumer Health Complete - Search a variety of sources that support the information needs of patients and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. Also available through ELM. - includes Consumer Reports with Cars Best Deals Plus® to assist consumers looking for reliable information on new and used cars. Additionally, features extensive health content from Consumer Reports Online Health, a trusted and unbiased source of information designed to help consumers navigate their health care choices.
ERIC - ERIC®, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. Also available through ELM.
Explora - Full text of popular magazine and scholarly journal articles covering all subject areas including multimedia, primary source documents, and reference books. Also available through ELM.
Gale In Context: Middle School - age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, social studies, and history. Also available through ELM.
Gale In Context: High School - authoritative and continuously updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites. Also available through ELM.
GreenFILE - Resource for information about enviromental issues. Also available through ELM.
Health Source: Consumer Edition - Health information from magazines, pamphlets and reference books. Also available through ELM.
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition - Scholarly journals focusing on many medical disciplines, including strong coverage of nursing and allied health. Full-text. Also available through ELM.
LearningExpress Library - Learning resources for all ages including practice tests for GED, GRE, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, ESL, civil service and citizenship exams, ESL and AP courses, and a Job and Career Help Center. Also available through ELM.
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) - Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Also available through ELM.
LinkedIn Learning (formerly - 3,000+ courses on business, technical and creative skills from the comfort of your home or office.
MAS Complete - Specifically for high school students, contains full text for popular, high school magazines, biographies, primary source documents, photos, maps and flags, and reference books. Also available through ELM.
MasterFILE Complete - Search a variety of popular magazines and other sources for for Full-text articles, images, reviews and documents. Also available through ELM.
MCIS - full version (Minnesota Career Information System) Offers a wealth of career, educational and labor market information in one comprehensive, easy-to-use tool.  MCIS includes: Learning styles, employability, interest and skill assessments and information on colleges, program requirements for various occupations. 
MegaFILE - Search all four EBSCO databases at once - Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Business Source Premier, and Regional Business News. Also available through ELM.
Middle Search Plus - Search popular, middle school magazines, biographies and historical essays, primary source documents, images and reference books. Also available through ELM.
NoveList Plus - Find new fiction, nonfiction, or audiobook titles to read. Search by favorite author, narrator, title or series and find similar titles, reviews and reading group guides.
NoveList Plus K-8 - Search children and teen books by favorite author, title or series and find similar titles, reviews and reading group guides.
PebbleGo/PebbleGo Next - A curricular content hub specifically designed for K-5 students. Modules include Animals and Biographies in the PebbleGo (K-3) tab, and States and American Indian History in the PebbleGo Next (3-5) tab. Informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports including read-along audio and word-by-word highlighting. Also available through ELM.
Points of View Reference Center - Provides students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of over 250 current issues - Full Text. Also available through ELM.
Primary Search - Search popular, elementary school magazines, as well as encyclopedias and dictionaries written for kids, plus an image collection of photos, maps, and flags. Also available through ELM.
Professional Development Collection - Specialized collection for professional educators, researchers, and librarians. Also available through ELM.
ProCitizen English - Prepare for the U.S. Citizenship exams. Part of Pronunciator.
ProCitizen Spanish - Prepare for the U.S. Citizenship exams. Part of Pronunciator.
Pronunciator - 60 languages. 3 million lessons. The world's largest language-learning service.
ProQuest US Newsstream - Search the Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Cloud Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Barron's, USA Today, and hundreds of other newspapers - Full Text. Also available through ELM.
Regional Business News - Search business journals, newspapers, and newswires from metropolitan and rural areas across the U.S. Updated daily. Full Text. Also available through ELM.
Science Reference Center - Science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc. covering the areas of biology, chemistry, environmental and life sciences, and more. Full Text. Also available through ELM.
Teacher Reference Center - Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 270 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators.
TumbleBook Library - Animated talking picture books that can be read or listened to from any computer at home or at the library.
WorldCat (OCLC FirstSearch) - Catalog of books, videos, DVDs, Web resources and other library materials owned by libraries worldwide. Includes ArticleFirst, ClasePeriodica, Ebooks, ECO, ERIC, GPO, MEDLINE, OAIster, PapersFirst, Proceedings, and WorldCatDissertations records. Also available through ELM.