Research Sources A – F

ABC-CLIO Reference Online*
The ABC-CLIO eBook Collection provides modern tools for successful research inquiries. It offers the same high-quality, authoritative, scholarly information librarians have come to expect from ABC-CLIO plus enhanced readability via a new reading pane, improved search and browse capabilities, and more. Customize your digital collection with encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and guides from ABC-CLIO, Greenwood, Libraries Unlimited, and Praeger.
Academic OneFile*M
The premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles for academic libraries from the world's leading journals, this comprehensive resource covers the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, technology, literature, and many other subjects.
African American Experience*
Developed with the guidance of African American librarians and subject specialists, The African American Experience is the widest ranging and easiest-to-use online database collection on African American history and culture.
Ancestry Library Edition**
Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. Ancestry Library Edition brings the world's most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index*M
The Biography and Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) was a printed reference index, and is currently a proprietary database published by the Gale Research Company. The database indexes more than 15 million individuals, living and deceased, covered in more than 1700 biographical reference sources.
Biography in Context*
Biography In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people. ... Biography In Context is built on a foundation of more than 650,000 biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study.
Books & Authors*M
Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics. The ideal convergence of science and serendipity, this online resource leverages the Internet's unique capacity to create, build, communicate and sustain communities of readers.
Britannica - High School*M
Britannica Library gives your library three sites in one: Children, Young Adults, and the Reference Center for older students and adults. Patrons can choose the age-appropriate level that works best for them and will find it easy to conduct research, complete homework assignments, and work on special projects. They can even store their research in their own personal My Britannica account. Remote access is included, and Britannica Library works splendidly on any device—PC, laptop, tablet, or smart phone.
Business Collection*M
Business Collection provides full-text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice. Users will understand the activities of companies and industries worldwide through nearly 4,000 leading business and trade publications, updated daily. Complementing these titles is a selection of international, U.S., and regional news publications, all available on the state-of-the-art InfoTrac platform.
Business Decision*M
BusinessDecision is a powerful web-based software service available through your local library. BusinessDecision enables you to research consumer market data, demographic data, and market segmentation data associated with customized areas such as addresses, ZIP Codes, cities, and much more. Click on the "?" icon for addition information on which login to use.
Business Insights: Global*M
This database conveniently brings together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Includes case studies, country profiles, statistical data, market research reports, news articles, academic journals and reference materials organized by country, company and industry. Search this database using a company name, ticker symbol, industry code or description, geographic location or personal name.
Chilton Library*M
Authoritative car and truck repair information. Year, make, and model combinations from 1940 to the present. Videos, photos, wiring diagrams, diagnostics, and maintenance specifications.*
Consumer Reports is the world's largest nonprofit product-testing organization and has been helping subscribers find better, safer products for 80+ years. Consumer Reports accepts no outside advertising and no free test samples, and employs shoppers and experts to buy and test the products reviewed.
Demographics Now: Business & People*M
DemographicsNow: Business & People connects users with a wealth of highly detailed demographic data that spans the entire United States—making it ideal for gaining consumer and market insight for opening a business, finding an untapped audience for products/services, analyzing the shifts and needs of a given population, and much more.
Detroit Free Press & DFP Historical 1831-1922*
This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
Coverage: 1831-1922
EBSCO eBook Collection*M
EBSCO offers over a million high-quality e-book and audiobook titles from leading publishers, ensuring that you’ll find valuable, trusted content with every search. Build a collection from a growing selection of best-selling, frontlist and award-winning titles across a wide range of subject matter—including academic titles, popular fiction, medical collections and more. Or, choose from EBSCO’s pre-packaged collections, hand-selected by our Collection Development team.
ERIC (free version)
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources.
*Denotes premium source is available for use from anywhere with your Southfield Library Card.
MProvided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL).