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Online Resources

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.

Youth Databases:

  • Grolier Multimedia EncyclopediaPDL Databse

    An encyclopedia intended for middle school students including photos, graphics, maps, and multimedia.

    Category:

    Encyclopedias, Youth

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card
  • Kids InfoBitsMEL Database

    Features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface and simple, quick access to curriculum-related information on current events, arts, sciences, health, people, government, sports, history and more for students in grades K-5.

    Category:

    Youth

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card
  • Lands and PeoplesPDL Databse

    This encyclopedia of countries, cultures, and current events is an excellent start for cultural research for the elementary to high school student.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card
  • Michiana: Sources in U.S. HistoryMEL Database

    This digital archive documents Michigan state history. Drawn from the Sabin collection and other Gale sources, the archive provides access to a wide variety of documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children's books.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card
  • New Book of Popular SciencePDL Databse

    This Grolier database, aimed at the K-12 age group, covers current topics in science and technology using nontechnical language. It includes scientific biographies, science projects, science news, and reference encyclopedias.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card
  • NovelistPDL Databse

    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 with a library card
  • Novelist K-8PDL Databse

    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 with a library card
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