Internet Resources

There are many good Internet sites that are useful to the research process.  Included here are free Web sites that we have found useful.  To report problems with broken links, please send an email message to 

Searchable Databases

Internet Sites for Students 

Governmental, City, State and Local Information

Business/Commercial Information

Internet Searches and Search Engines

Resources for Our Faculty and Administrators

Internet Information

Electronic Journals, News, Full Text Books

Email Services

Other Libraries and Library Issues

Searchable databases 

  • Ingenta formerly Carl UnCover. Search through thousands of journals for free. Copies of articles may be faxed for a fee.  
  • a searchable database of fulltext magazine articles.    
  • OAIster search for scholarly digital resources from nearly 300 institutions.
  • JAKE Searchable database of periodicals. Use this to find out where a magazine or journal is indexed. Also includes information about periodicals' fulltext availability.  
  • PubList Searchable database of over 150,000 magazines, journals, newsletters, & other periodicals.
  • Movie Review Query Engine A searchable database of over 26,000 movie titles. Reviews appear in magazines, newspapers, and other online sources.
  • PubMed Medical Database provided by the National Library of Medicine. Includes MEDLINE and other resources.
  • Thesaurus of Geographic Names from the Getty Information Institute.


Book Databases (Some also include videos and compact discs.)

  • Barnes and Noble This site includes new books as well as over 6 million used and/or rare books.
  • Chegg for buying and selling textbooks.
  • Digital Book Index is a large index to the many full text books located online. Included in the index are books from netLibrary, Library of Congress eTexts, and many universities.
  • Best Book Buys search through 28 book stores to find the best prices.
  • AddALL Search online bookstores for new or used books. Use to compare prices.
  • ISBN.NU An ISBN search to compare prices from online bookstores.
  • Schuler Books with reviews.
  • Amazon Books Large listing of currently available books.
  • Advanced Book Exchange Find out-of-print, rare and antiquarian books. Searchable database of bookstores' inventories.
  • Bibliocity Database of rare and collectible books.
  • ALibris "The Ultimate Source for Out-of-Print & Rare Books".
  • MX Bookfinder Will locate new or used books by searching through several different databases including Advanced Book Exchange, Bibliocity, Interloc, Antiqbook, Powell's Books, and
  • What's Next provided by Kent District Library. Use this site to determine the order of (fictional) books in series. Searchable by author, title of book, or title of series.
  • Library Booksales Search the booksales of libraries in the United States.
  • Internet Book Shop from the United Kingdom.    


Governmental, city, state and local information

Governmental Search Engines
Local Government/Local Information
State of Michigan
United States Government
Miscellaneous City, State and U.S. Information
  • City Search allows users to enter a zip code and find information about events, lodging, entertainment, job postings, and much more.
  • Compare demographics of cities at Moving.Com.
  • SuperTravelNet contains information about cities, road maps, events and more.  Also covers non-U.S. countries. 
  • U.S. Hometown Locator includes information about U.S. physical, cultural and historical features.

Business/Commercial Information

  Subject Searches and Subject Catalogs

Metasearch Engines and Collections of Search Sites


  • Metacrawler metasearch that searches through google, bing, yahoo, etc...
  • IxQuick Claims to be the world's most powerful search engine. Searches are from 14 of the top search engines including AOL, Altavista, EuroSeek, Excite, Fast Search, GoTo, Hotbot, Infoseek, LookSmart, MSN, NBCi, Webcrawler, Yahoo and xRefer
  • Vivisimo A metasearch tool with results folders. Has the ability to limit a search to news sources, Web search engine sites, or other online sources.
  • SurfWax includes a variety of search engines and databases.
  • Dogpile A multi-engine searching tool.
  • Collection of WWW search engines A collection of search programs. These include files, people and web documents.
  • SavvySearch Comprehensive search using several search engines.
  • Go2Net (MetaCrawler) Search through Open Text, Lycos, WebCrawler, InfoSeek, Excite, Inktomi, Alta Vista, Yahoo, and Galaxy all at once.
  • Search Engines Worldwide A large collection of search engines from many countries.
  • WebCrawler Keyword search of the Web.
  • ZapMeta In addition to grouping results into related folders, this metasearch engine arranges results in order by domain, by relevance, by title, by search engine, or by popularity.    

  Search Engines 

Resources for Our Faculty and Administrators


  •  Internet Information 

 Electronic Journals, News, Full Text Books

Journals, Discussion groups, news, fulltext books


E-mail Services

 Other Useful Sites




  • MSN Web Search provided by Microsoft. 

  • Scirus search engine for scientific information only.

  • Starting Point Search engine and subject catalog.

  • Teoma Results are grouped and users may refine their search or look through directories which contain their search terms.
  • WiseNut This search engine also groups results into related folders.
  • Search for specific items

  • Images and Video
    • Finding Images on the Web provided by Boston University Libraries.
    • AltaVista Photo Finder 
    • Google Image Search 
    • Yahoo Image Search 
    • WebSeek at Columbia University
    • CalPhotos from the Berkeley Digital Library Project. Includes nearly 35,000 images of plants, animals, people, and landscapes. These are mostly from California, but many other states are included.
    • Digital Collections from the University of Washington Libraries. This searchable site offers nearly 40 different image collections from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and other areas.
    • UPI News Pictures contains over 100,000 pictures from the news. They currently are adding about 1,200 new images each month.
  • Sounds
    • Use FindSounds to search for brief sound effects, musical instrument samples, birds, animals, and a variety of everyday sounds.
  • News
    • Google News taken from CNN, international newspapers, Associated Press, and other news sources.
    • TVEyes a searchable archive of news clips from CNN, Fox, MSNBC and others. The database is created by voice recognition.
  • Finding People

  • Quick Facts and Statistical Information

    • Fast Facts Includes almanacs, factbooks, statistical reports, and other reference tools.
    • Reference Desk from the Michigan Electronic Library (MEL).