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.
April 2020 – while the library is closed, Galesburg Public Library cardholders can access Ancestry Library Edition remotely by logging into the Library Catalog.
Ancestry Library Edition
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 or on your own device at the library.
Basic ESL improves an individual’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, and instructionally proven curriculum. Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics including: family, home, school and many other topics. In each lesson students learn key vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversation. No computer experience is necessary.
Brainfuse is a service that provides access to tutors and teachers for help with classroom tasks, lessons, and testing. Galesburg patrons can access real-time assistance through Brainfuse’s online classroom, tutoring services are available in both English and Spanish. Brainfuse is accessible from all library computers and from your home if you login with your library card number. Click for help with the Writing Lab or Flashbulb services.
Creativebug is a website that has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Following the above link, you can access everything they have to offer by simply entering your library card number and getting started!
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, enter your library card number (include the D but do not include any spaces).
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. If you are prompted for a password, enter your library card number (include the D but do not include any spaces).
Access to resources from Salem Press, including 50 States, Historical Encyclopedia of American Business, Careers in Healthcare, Careers in Communications and Media, Careers in Environment & Conservation, Careers in Human Services, Contemporary Biographies in Hospitality and Tourism, the nine-volume Countries, Peoples, and Cultures, and the Decades series, 1920-1970. If prompted to log in, use your library card bar code number. The D must be capitalized.
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.
This state-specific Driver Education program contains ten car practice tests, six motorcycle practice tests, one CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice test, two online driver’s manuals (car and motorcycle), and an FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.
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.