eReference

Welcome to the e-branch of the Portage District Library! Here you will find electronically accessible books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and directories, the majority of which you can access with your library card from home or anywhere.

Business, Investment, and Finance Databases:

  • Demographics NowMEL Database

    Business and residential tool providing access to demographic data. Drill down to the city or even neighborhood level. Identify markets and audiences in your community. Ideal for supporting small business and local economic development activities. Strong tool for businesses and non-profits alike.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Mergent OnlineMEL Database

    Mergent Online offers a wealth of textual detail on company financials, descriptions, history, property, subsidiaries officers and directors. Includes annual reports and all direct and indirect subsidiaries of a company.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • Michigan eLibraryMEL Database

    The State of Michigan supplies over fifty resources to further academic and career growth, only some of which we feature on our website. If you can’t find information in the PDL databases, check out the Michigan eLibrary for resources on education, medicine, business, and history, among other topics. Michigan eLibrary is available anywhere in Michigan.

    Availability:

    Anywhere
  • Morningstar Investment Resource CenterPDL Database

    This investor information database provides information on nearly 8,000 stocks and 15,000 funds. Charts and graphs can track the performance of an investment vehicle over time periods that can be specified.

    Availability:

    Only at the library
  • ReferenceUSAPDL Database

    This resource contains information on millions of U.S. businesses, as well as residential information from every phone directory in the United States. Data is organized and retrievable by economic, geographic, and thematic searches.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • Small Business BuilderPDL Database

    This resource for small business owners/entrepreneurs walks the user through brainstorming the creation of a small business, as well as the writing of a business plan, business canvas, lean canvas, and several other business visualization models.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • Small Business Reference CenterMEL Database

    Covers all aspects of starting and operating a business. Includes information on accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. State-specific information included.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card