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.

Encyclopedias Databases:

  • Biography In ContextPDL Database

    This database from Gale delivers nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography. In it you’ll find: •600,000+ biographies covering more than 525,000 individuals •170+ reference titles •50,000 new or updated bios added annually in addition to daily updates to account for awards and events •Integrated reference material, periodical information and multimedia content

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • Early World of LearningMEL Database

    Grades PreK-5. Follow Trek and Taffy the cat around the world learning about colors, numbers and other fun things. Strengthen reading foundations with stories, activities and videos. Explore the Know It encyclopedia designed especially for early readers. Includes materials for educators. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil HallazgosMEL Database

    Grades PreK - 5. Bilingual resources - visual dictionary, world of animals, encyclopedia articles, and Spanish language newspapers. Eight categories to browse: arts, history and government, people, places, plants and animals, science and mathematics, sports and hobbies, and world religions. The visual dictionary includes thousands of images and more than 12,000 labels. Save, print, or email content. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Gale Virtual Reference LibraryPDL Database

    This is an extensive set of online reference books available to you from home from any computer with your library card. It includes multiple encyclopedias of different types, biographies, directories, and other types of reference materials for all ages. There is a base collection of works purchased by MeL which has been augmented by additional titles purchased by the Portage District Library.

    Category:

    Encyclopedias

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Masterfile CompleteMEL Database

    Designed specifically for public libraries, this database provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Opposing Viewpoints in ContextMEL Database

    Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the starting place for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. It features continuously updated viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience. The place to go for persuasive speech or debate assignments.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Rosetta StonePDL Database

    This innovative language solution for libraries helps patrons engage with confidence in multilingual settings close to home and in locations abroad. Choose Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dari, Dutch, English (American), English (British), Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (Spain), Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Urdu, or Vietnamese.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
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