What is a database?
A database if a collection of information designed to help you with your research needs. The information may be organized around a particular theme or gathered for a particular use. A database can be anything from a collection of magazine and newspaper articles to information on a specific topic such as gardening or travel or your favorite artist or photographer.
Some databases may be accessed from home or work, while some are accessible only from a public use computer in the library.
Discover your family history, start your family tree, or search billions of genealogy records including census data, military records, and birth, death, and marriage records. Only accessible through the library’s database computers.
Careers Internet Database
Get all the help you need in planning for your career. Take career tests, find scholarship/grant information, get resume help, browse useful resources, and more. If you are prompted to enter a username and password, the username is 336w and the password is future.
Use FirstSearch to access a variety of databases such as ERIC, MedLine, Article 1st, and national and international library catalogs.
General Reference Center (Gale)
Access magazines, newspaper articles, children’s magazines, almanacs, encyclopedias, dictionaries and reference resources for information about culture, sports, art, science, and current events through Gale’s General Reference Center.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
With Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) you can browse, search and download eBook articles anytime from any Internet-connected device. Access reference materials on Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Nation and World, Religion, and Science. If you are prompted for a password, it is gale_log.
Learning Express Library
The eBooks, practice tests, exercises and skill-building courses you need to achieve the results you want – at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You’ll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that’s right for you.
Literature Criticism Online
Contemporary Literary Criticism database contains excerpts from criticism of the works of today’s novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers, scriptwriters and other creative writers.
Access to Salem Press’s best-selling Magill’s Medical Guide. Password is galesburgpl.
Access to Salem Press’s 50 States, Historical Encyclopedia of American Business, and Decades series, 1920-1970. Password is galesburgpl.
Access to Salem Press’s Careers in Healthcare and Careers in Communications and Media. Password is galesburgpl.
Working Americans (within the library)
Working Americans Vol. 1: The Working Class
Working Americans Vol. 2: Middle Class
Working Americans Vol. 6: Women at Work
Working Americans Vol. 7: Social Movements
Working American Vol. 8: Immigrants
Working Americans Vol. 11: Inventors
Working Americans Vol. 12: Music
Other Databases & Resources
City of Galesburg
Access minutes, agendas, bus schedules, department directories and information, employment listings, applications, forms, the municipal code and more.
A no cost, self-service job matching system for job seekers and employers in Illinois.
Illinois Legal Aid Online
Free legal advice, information, guidance and forms for Illinois residents. Just type in your question and go…
File for unemployment insurance, check your weekly benefits, change payment options, find necessary forms, and more…
Search for jobs, browse job boards, learn about skill development, and find resource locations, all specific to Illinois employment opportunities.
Access health information, drug information, medical encyclopedia, medical dictionary and more.
Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive
An online, visual collection of historic images showcasing the Mississippi Valley region along the Iowa/Illinois border.