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.

Homework Databases:

  • ABC-CLIO World GeographyPDL Database

    World Geography provides authoritative content and online tools that develop students’ global literacy, focusing on the geographic, political, social, economic, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • CyberLibrary Portage Public Schools High Schools: Other

    The Portage Public School system is fortunate enough to have some incredible resources at their students' disposal. These include databases purchased for the school, as well as helpful searching and media production hints developed by your Portage Public Schools media specialists. Since some of these (especially the ones that you see when you click the binoculars icon) are licensed, you may need to use the logins that you received at school. If you have forgotten these--we know, it happens--come to the library information desk and show us your current PPS student ID and we can assist you in accessing these resources. We are sorry, but we cannot give this information without the ID, over the phone, or via email, as that violates the user agreement between schools and vendors.

    Availability:

    Anywhere
  • OAIster (free version): Other

    General interest. Catalog of more than 30 million records of digitized materials from open-archive collections worldwide. Includes books, articles and multimedia, representing multidisciplinary resources from more than 1,500 contributors worldwide.

    Availability:

    Anywhere
  • The 50 StatesPDL Database

    The most comprehensive and most up-to-date one-volume reference work available on U.S. states. This volume is designed to serve the needs of those seeking basic information on individual states and the District of Columbia. Each chapter opens with a profile listing of key facts on population, geography, history and other points of interest. This section is followed by a brief state history, state timeline, and notes for further study.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • World Book KidsMEL Database

    Grades PreK - 5 Contains eight major subject categories: Arts, History and Government, Living Things, People, Places, Science and Mathematics, Sports and Hobbies, and World Religions. Has full-featured pictures, sounds and videos. Also includes a section for teachers. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
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