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.

Academic Research Databases:

  • Academic OneFileMEL Database

    Multi-purpose periodical index with journals and popular magazines, many full-text. Published by Gale, this supports undergraduate-level research in the areas of current events, sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Britannica School-HighMEL Database

    High School and adult. School code is mel5. Primary sources for quick facts and in-depth information on history, geography, people, places, science, and much more. Biographies, world atlas, countries comparison, articles and interactive resources are available.

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals: Other

    The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content.

    Availability:

    Anywhere
  • ERIC (free version): Other

    Educators, researchers, and general interest. Abstracts and/or Full text. Provides a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information. Includes bibliographic records (citations, abstracts, and other pertinent data) for more than 1.4 million items indexed since 1966, including:journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, and other education related materials. Currently, more than 650 journals are indexed in ERIC either comprehensively (full content) or selectively (articles that are education-related). Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

    Availability:

    Anywhere
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