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.

List Databases by Name

Database by Name:

  • A to Z DatabasesMEL Database

    AtoZ databases is a job search, reference, and mailing list database including 30 million business & executive profiles & 240 million residents. Used for sales leads, mailing lists, market research, employment opportunities, or finding friends and relatives.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • 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
  • Academic Search CompleteMEL Database

    Designed for academic institutions. Comprehensive, multi-disciplinary resource of scholarly research. Coverage on a wide range of topics. Includes peer-reviewed full text resources for STEM research. Social sciences and the humanities also covered.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Access World News from Newsbank (Including Kalamazoo Gazette)PDL Database

    This database of newspapers provides content from Michigan and newspapers, including the Kalamazoo Gazette (back to 2005). It also contains articles from USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and a wide variety of other papers. Genealogists will also find the America's Obituaries & Death Notices collection very helpful. Most content is provided through the Michigan e-Library, including the Detroit News, Grand Rapids Press, and Traverse City Record Eagle, with the Kalamazoo Gazette content provided through the Portage District Library.

    Availability:

    Only at the library
  • Affordable Care Act: Information and Enrollment: Other

    This gateway into www.healthcare.gov will enable you to explore and (starting October 1, 2013) enroll in healthcare coverage through the insurance marketplace.

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    Anywhere
  • ALLDATAPDL Database

    AllData contains factory-correct automotive diagnostic and repair information. Available only inside the Portage District Library.

    Category:

    Auto Repair

    Availability:

    Only at the library
  • Ancestry Library EditionPDL Database

    Ancestry contains federal census information, genealogies, and family histories.

    Category:

    Genealogy

    Availability:

    Only at the library
  • 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
  • Business Books SummarizedPDL Database

    Provides concise, comprehensive summaries of the best business books. Professionals and students can use these to keep up with the latest information in the business world.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • Consumer HealthMEL Database

    Supports the health and wellness information needs of patients. Covers mainstream medicine as well as complementary and holistic medicine.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Consumer ReportsMEL Database

    Full text of the magazine for easy online information. Consumer Reports uses careful research, consumer insights, journalism, and policy expertise to help you inform purchase decisions.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • CulturegramsPDL Database

    This is an excellent full-text reference for concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural information on countries across the globe, states, and Canadian provinces, which includes, photos, downloadable slideshows and streaming videos, build-your-own sortable data tables and graphs, interviews with native children and adults, printable maps and flags, sounds files for the national anthems and country names and much more. There is information on government, religion, daily life and customs, history, plus maps, flags, and both photographs and videos.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • 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.

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    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Digital Historical ArchivesPDL Database

    The Heritage Room’s digital archives have been created with the dual purpose of bringing our unique collection of historic documents and photographs out of the dark file cabinets and dusty back-room storage spaces and giving you, the patron, easy access to these marvelous resources.

    Availability:

    Anywhere
  • 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.

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    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
  • Health Source:  Nursing/AcademicMEL Database

    Provides researchers, allied health professionals, nurses, and medical educators access to scholarly journals on many medical disciplines. Provides indexing, abstracts and full text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals, many of which are peer-reviewed.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Hobbies and Craft Reference CenterMEL Database

    Subject areas include arts & crafts; games & electronics; models; needlework; outdoors & nature; and scrapbooking & paper craft.

    Category:

    Art, Do It Yourself

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • LearningExpress LibraryMEL Database

    LearningExpress Library is an interactive collection of self-paced online courses and practice tests including the GED; college and graduate school entrance tests such as the ACT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT GMAT; and professional and or licensing tests from the CDL (Commercial Driver's License) to the ASVAB, to nursing and real estate. Although Michigan achievement tests, such as the MEAP are not included, reviews geared toward other states' tests at similar grade levels may be useful preparation tools. This resource also has computer skills courses and tutorials, sections on verbal and mathematical skills building, and hundreds of online PDF titles. You will need to create an account to fully utilize this resource.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Legal Information Reference CenterMEL Database

    Search over 12,800 state-specific legal forms by topic including Adoption, Bankruptcy, Name Changes, and more. A majority of the full text legal reference books are provided through NOLO.

    Category:

    Law

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Literary Resource CenterMEL Database

    Includes over 14,000 short stories and 54,000+ poems. Covers information on thousands of authors and their works. Topics include: plot summaries, literary criticism, book reviews, novels, and author interviews.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Literature Resource CenterPDL Database

    This contains critical analysis and biographies of over 120,000 writers and their works of literature. This database contains large numbers of literary criticism articles and is extremely useful to the high school or college level student.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • Lynda.comPDL Database

    Training Topics in this business-and-life-enhancing database include: 3D Animation, Business, Design, Home Computing, Photography, Web, Leadership, Microsoft Office, Time Management, Communication, Marketing. Login on a Desktop: Use your library card number and the same PIN you use for checkout to create your own Lynda account. Once you are logged in, click the LIBRARY button on the black navigation bar at the top left. To login on a mobile device, download the Lynda.com app from your app store.

    Availability:

    Anywhere
  • 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
  • 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.

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    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
  • MyHeritage Library EditionMEL Database

    Family history/genealogy resource including more than 6 billion historical records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Includes the full USA federal census (1790-1940); census of England and Wales (1841-1901); U.S. World War II Army Enlistment as well as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Over 2 billion family trees.

    Category:

    Genealogy

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • NovelistPDL Database

    NoveList provides access to full text reviews, recommendations, and information:publication information; subject searching (do you want to find books set in a particular place?); and more for more than 120,000 works of fiction.You can ask it to recommend similar titles and authors, provide guides for book discussions, and even tag and give your own opinion on books you've read through a connection to Goodreads.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Novelist K-8PDL Database

    NoveList K-8 provides access to titles specifically for kindergarten through 8th grade readers. It provides access to full text reviews, recommendations, and information:publication information; subject searching (do you want to find books set in a particular place?); and more ... You can ask it to recommend similar titles and authors. Specialized resources for parents, teachers and librarians include: 1) BookTalks; 2) Curricular Connection articles; 3) Premade lists for young readers (Recommended Reads) and for teachers (Grab and Go Book Lists); and 4) Teaching with Books section. Novelist K-8 will help you engage your reader.

    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
  • Poetry and Short Story Reference CenterMEL Database

    Hundreds of thousands of poems, as well as short stories, biographies, and essays. Topics include the poetic forms, movements, and techniques.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Project Gutenberg: Other

    Project Gutenberg digitizes, archives and distributes classic cultural books now in public domain. It includes downloadable audiobooks and e-books formatted for the Kindle.

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    Anywhere
  • ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S.PDL Database

    Online it is 1400+ individually indexed tables (with attached spreadsheets), both searchable and browsable. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • 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
  • 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
  • Scholastic GO!PDL Database

    One link, five hundred thousand resources for homework help. Includes nonfiction texts, Newspapers, Videos, Maps to help your student excel in their homework assignments.

    Category:

    Encyclopedias, Youth

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • SIRS DiscovererPDL Database

    SIRS Discoverer is a resource for grades K-9. This database covers full text articles selected from 1,700 magazines. The graphic interface is exceptionally useful to younger students, but high school and college students will want to check out the incredible map resources in this tool.

    Category:

    Youth

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • SIRS RenaissancePDL Database

    This database is recommended for: High school, College and University. Full text. Provides dynamic information on the following topics: architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy and religion, and visual art. The SIRS suite also includes numerous student and teacher tools.

    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
  • Small Engine RepairMEL Database

    Repair guides for small engines and routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.). Also includes guides on extensive repairs such as engine and transmission disassembly. Coverage includes lawn mowers, motorcycles, tractors, and snowmobiles. More than 450 full text reference books with photos and illustrations, information on more than 25 years of engine models, and coverage of more than 90,000 repairs.

    Category:

    Auto Repair

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Tech Boomers: Other

    Techboomers.com is a free video-based educational website that teaches older adults and other inexperienced Internet users with basic computer skills about websites that can help improve their quality of life. Want to know how to call a ride with Uber, or how to protect your identity online, or how to use that App that everybody is talking about? Techboomers is a great site for you.

    Availability:

    Anywhere
  • ValueLinePDL Database

    This investment database reports on approximately 1,700 stocks and more than 90 industries and also covers mutual funds, convertible securities, options, special situations and more.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • Weiss Ratings OnlinePDL Database

    Financial Ratings Series Online combines the strength of Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings to provide libraries and their patrons with a single source for  financial strength ratings and  financial planning tools covering Banks, Insurers, Mutual Funds and Stocks.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • WorldBookOnlinePDL Database

    The WorldBook Encyclopedia is one of the research workhorses for students and families for years. Access this resource online.

    Category:

    Encyclopedias

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card