What are databases?

Databases are online research tools used for entertainment or research. Using these tools you can find full text documents, articles and other great resources. These resources are all free to use. For some of the resources you will need your Gravenhurst Library card.

Why use Online Research Tools?

  • Easy to search for reliable, current and expert-reviewed information
  • Updated frequently with clear publication details
  • Available 24/7 (except Ancestry Library Edition which is only available at the library)


Ancestry Library Edition 
Search for your ancestors in census records, immigration records, military records, historical newspapers and much more. You might even find an entire branch of your family tree!
(For use in Library only)

Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports is a nonprofit organization providing unbiased product ratings and reviews. 

Lynda Online Training Library 
Learn a new skill online, on your time.  Courses in Business, Technology and Creative Skills taught by industry experts.

Mango is an online language-learning resource that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more.

National Geographic Kids 
Dare to explore

Novelist Plus 
Search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and readable nonfiction titles. Find author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more!

Novelist Plus K-8 
Readalikes, author information and book summaries are all here! 

Small Engine Repair 
Provides access to step by step instructions for small engine repairs.    

World Book Online 
Full text of the World Book Encyclopedia, including articles on current events, maps, pictures, and links to recommended subject websites

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