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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.

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  • ABC-CLIO World GeographyPDL Databse

    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.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • 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.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Access World News from Newsbank (Including Kalamazoo Gazette)PDL Databse

    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.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Acronyms, Initialisms & Abbreviations DictionaryPDL Databse

    Provides definitions of a wide variety of acronyms, initialisms, abbreviations and similar contractions, translating them into their full names or meanings. Terms from subject areas such as associations, education, the Internet, medicine and others are included.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Affordable Care Act: Information and Enrollment

    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 Databse

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

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    Auto Repair

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    Only at the library
  • Amazing Animals of the WorldPDL Databse

    This resource from Grolier introduces students to a wide range of animals, including a broad selection of species from all sorts of groups. An excellent resource for the endangered species project.

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    Encyclopedias, Youth

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • America the BeautifulPDL Databse

    America the Beautiful is an online reference resource from Grolier providing information on the U.S. states and territories for Elementary and Middle School readers. An excellent source for the State Report.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • America’s Obituaries and Death NoticesPDL Databse

    What Is America's Obituaries & Death Notices? America's Obituaries & Death Notices is NewsBank's large and comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices from around the United States. Each obituary or death notice is indexed by the name of the deceased person, to make searching easier and more precise. In addition, the text of each obituary or death notice is searchable, making it easy to find just what you're looking for using a place of residence, occupation, names of family members, or other personal information.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • American Buyers: Demographics of ShoppingPDL Databse

    Provides the data businesses need to manage expectations (how many will walk through the door?) and set prices (how much do buyers typically spend?). It features a complete picture of the American consumer, including spending habits.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • American Generations: Who they Are and where they livePDL Databse

    Discusses the differences and similarities among the various generations and age groups of Americans.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • American Health: Demographics and Spending of Health Care ConsumersPDL Databse

    Presents data on health care consumers and provides a comprehensive look at the demand for health care. Examines the demographics of health care consumers and the services they use. Includes detailed health care spending data and the latest data on health care coverage.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • American Incomes: Demographics of Who Has MoneyPDL Databse

    Explores the economic status of Americans and provides the latest data on the wealth of American households. Examines household income trends by age, household type, race and ethnicity, education, region of residence, and work status. Also focuses on the poverty population.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • American Marketplace: Demographics and Spending PatternsPDL Databse

    Provides the demographics and spending patterns of American consumers. Includes data on education, health, housing, income, labor force participation, living arrangements, population, spending, and wealth.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • American Time Use: Who Spends How Long at WhatPDL Databse

    Presents detailed time use data for the most important demographic characteristic in determining how people spend their time-their age. Analyzes raw time use data to produce the percentages of people participating in activities, the indexes, and the rankings--each of which reveals significant differences in time use by lifecycle stage.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Ancestry Library EditionPDL Databse

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

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    Genealogy

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    Only at the library
  • Best Customers: Demographics of Consumer DemandPDL Databse

    Analyzes household spending on numerous products and services by age, income, household type, race and Hispanic origin, region of residence, and educational attainment of householder. Identifies which households spend the most on a product or service (the best customers) and which control the largest share of spending (the biggest customers).

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Biography and Genealogy Master IndexMEL Database

    Biography and Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. Bibliographic citations only.

    Category:

    Biography, Genealogy

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Biography Resource CenterPDL Databse

    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

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Books and AuthorsMEL Database

    If you are trying to find out about a book or author, find something new to read, or remember the name of that good book your read last year, this database from Gale is a great place to start. "Joining" the database by establishing an account enables you to track what you have read.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Business DecisionMEL Database

    BusinessDecision is a powerful web-based software service available through the Michigan eLibrary (MeL.org). BusinessDecision enables you to research consumer market data, demographic data, and market segmentation data associated with geographies you customize such as addresses, ZIP Codes, cities, and much more.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Business Insights: GlobalMEL Database

    This business resource from Gale provides industry and company information as well as a wide range of articles from academic, professional, and news publications.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Business Plans HandbookPDL Databse

    This multiple volume set from Gale is a collection of actual successful business plans from a wide range of industry sectors. A great resource for the new entrepreneur.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Career Information CenterPDL Databse

    Provides information for job seekers on various career areas. Each profile includes a job summary chart, a job description, and up-to-date salary information.

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    Jobs and Career

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Chilton LibraryMEL Database

    ChiltonLibrary provides exclusive photographs, diagnostics designed by instructors, step-by-step repair procedures, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) maintenance schedules, wiring diagrams, recalls and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for automobiles and light trucks in one easy-to-use resource. Automobiles back to 1940 are included.

    Category:

    Auto Repair

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • College Blue BookPDL Databse

    Guide to thousands of 2- and 4-year schools in the U.S. and Canada. Covers listings and detailed descriptions, degree programs offered, scholarships, and occupational education programs.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Computer DatabaseMEL Database

    Computer Database has over 2,687,481 articles from journals, trade magazines and popular computing magazines.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • CulturegramsMEL 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.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • CyberLibrary Portage Public Schools High Schools

    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.

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    Anywhere
  • Demographics NowMEL Database

    DemographicsNow is an online subscription offering access to in-depth demographic data for the delivery of consumer and market insight into rapidly compiled reporting visualizations.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Digital Historical ArchivesPDL Databse

    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.

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  • DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals

    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.

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  • Drama for StudentsPDL Databse

    This source provides critical overviews of the most-studied plays of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Includes discussions of themes, characters, critical reception, dramatic devices and traditions as well as cultural and historical context.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • eLibraryMEL Database

    Recommended for: Upper Elementary through High School. Full-text (1981-Present). Find over 2000 articles, ebooks, transcripts, photos, websites, focused multi-media, maps and reference sources such as almanacs and encyclopedias.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • eLibrary ElementaryMEL Database

    This database, aimed at the K-12 audience includes full text video, audio, books, pictures, magazines, maps, newspapers, & transcripts of TV and radio shows.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Encyclopedia AmericanaPDL Databse

    This online encyclopedia is aimed at the middle school audience and contains more than 45,000 articles on science, technology, society politics and the arts.

    Category:

    Encyclopedias, Youth

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Encyclopedia of Food and CulturePDL Databse

    A three-volume survey of food and its place in human culture and society, presented through 600 alphabetically sorted entries. Features multidisciplinary coverage of such topics as comfort food, ethnicity and food, medieval banquets, and nutrient composition, among many others. Includes photographs, illustrations, sidebars, recipes, menus, and timelines. For students and general readers.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Encyclopedia of Small BusinessPDL Databse

    This source provides entrepreneurs with articles and overviews of all the key information needs of small business owners, including financing; financial planning; business plan creation; market analysis; sales strategy; tax planning, human resource issues and more.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Gale Directory LibraryMEL Database

    Provides access to a number of very useful directories including Ward's Business Directory of Private and Public Companies in Canada and Mexico; Scholarships, Fellowships & Loans, Organizations; Encyclopedia of Associations: International Organizations, National Organizations of the U.S. Regional, State and Local Organizations; Brands and Their Companies; and Statistics & Rankings Business Rankings Annual.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative MedicinePDL Databse

    Covers all aspects of the subject including therapies, conditions/diseases, herbs/plants, and people. Identifies numerous types of alternative medicine being practiced today, including reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, chelation therapy, kinesiology, yoga, chiropractic, Feldenkrais, polarity therapy, detoxification, naturopathy, Chinese medicine, biofeedback, Ayurveda and osteopathy.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Gale Encyclopedia of CancerPDL Databse

    This source is a comprehensive survey of 120 cancers, cancer drugs, traditional and alternative treatments, side effects and diagnostic procedures.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Gale Encyclopedia of DietsPDL Databse

    This encyclopedia covers topics such as dieting and popular diets, dietary concerns, nutritional basics, and the effects of a person's dietary choices on one's health. Topics are organized around the development and history of a diet, its basic principles, any key figures that influence the trend, and any public or regulatory concerns associated with the practice. Provides information across all age groups from infants to the elderly.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive BehaviorPDL Databse

    This encyclopedia explores the social, medical, legal and political issues related to drugs and alcohol and associated behaviors. Includes emerging topics and developments in the many fields of addiction studies.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Gale Encyclopedia of MedicinePDL Databse

    This source includes information on more than 1,700 medical disorders and concepts. Each article includes in-depth discussion of causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, procedures, and other related topics. Written for a general audience with an authoritative tone.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Gale Legal FormsPDL Databse

    This database from Gale provides a wide selection of state-specific legal forms including real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord/ tenant and many others. Also includes a attorney state directory and a legal dictionary.

    Category:

    Law

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Gale Reference Center GoldMEL Database

    Recommended for: General user. Mostly full text. General Reference Center Gold on InfoTrac Web provides one-stop access to general interest magazines, business periodicals, reference books, maps, historical images, and newspaper articles.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Gale Virtual Reference LibraryPDL Databse

    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.

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    Encyclopedias

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • General Business File ASAPMEL Database

    Analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text and images available.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • General OnefileMEL Database

    A one-stop source for full-text news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Grand Rapids Press (inside the library only)

    This provides access from inside the Portage District Library to the eReplica edition of the Grand Rapids Press

    Availability:

    Only at the library
  • Grolier Multimedia EncyclopediaPDL Databse

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

    Category:

    Encyclopedias, Youth

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative HealthMEL Database

    A comprehensive collection of full-text health information for the layperson.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Health Reference Center AcademicMEL Database

    A resource of health and nutrition periodicals and publications especially suited for professionals in health, nursing, and medical fields.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Heritage Quest OnlineMEL Database

    This genealogy tool has census data and images, thousands of online family histories, and tools such as Revolutionary War and Freedman's Bank indexes.

    Category:

    Genealogy

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Household Spending: Who Spends How Much on WhatPDL Databse

    Examines how much American households spend on hundreds of products and services by demographics including age, income, household type, region of residence, race and Hispanic origin, and educational attainment. Products and services examined include apparel, entertainment, financial products and services, food, alcohol, gifts, health care, household furnishings, shelter and utilities, personal care, reading, education, tobacco, and transportation.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Informe!MEL Database

    Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias. This is a collection of Spanish language fulltext journals. They cover business, health, technology, culture, current issues, and many other topics.

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    En Espanol

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Infotrac Culinary Arts CollectionMEL Database

    The Culinary Arts collection includes 150 of the major cooking and nutrition magazines. Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Infotrac Gardening, Landscaping, and HorticultureMEL Database

    Farmers, landscape architects, and biotechnologists alike will have their information appetites sated with this collection of nearly 50 journals focused specifically on key issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture. A fertile and growing collection, this collection includes content relating to both the practical aspects as well as the scientific theory of horticulture studies.

    Category:

    Do It Yourself

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Infotrac Home Improvement CollectionMEL Database

    Even the smallest home improvement project can be daunting: with this collection of nearly 100 home improvement focused titles, hobbyists and professional carpenters alike will immediately put their projects on a more solid foundation. Coverage includes such topics as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and many more.

    Category:

    Do It Yourself

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • InfoTrac NewsstandMEL Database

    The InfoTrac Newsstand newspaper database allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, newspaper section or other assigned fields, searching a collection of more than 1,000 newspapers, including The Grand Rapids Press, and the New York Times, as well as other Michigan Newspapers.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Job and Career AcceleratorMEL Database

    Job & Career Accelerator combines everything you need for a successful job search into one easy-to-use online application. You can explore detailed information on over 1,000 different occupations in order to match your interests and skills with the career that's best for you. You can also search local and national job postings, create resumes and cover letters, and learn computer skills to make you more marketable. The site allows you to organize and track your job-search progress all in one place.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Kalamazoo Gazette Online (inside the library only)

    This provides access from inside the library to the eReplica edition of the paper

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    Only at the library
  • 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

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    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.

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    Anywhere 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 professonal 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.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • LegalTracMEL Database

    Drawing on a wide variety of the most highly regarded legal publications, this database provides indexing for more than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals, as well as law-related articles from over 1,000 additional business and general interest titles.

    Category:

    Law

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Literature Resource CenterPDL Databse

    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.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Master the ASVAB (ARCO)PDL Databse

    Offers test-taking tips, diagnostic tests, review, and five practice exams with answers and detailed explanations for all portions of the ASVAB.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Master the CLEP (Peterson)PDL Databse

    Offers test-taking tips, diagnostic tests, review, and practice exams with answers and detailed explanations for all portions of the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Master the GMAT (Peterson)

    Provides an intensive review of every type of question on the GMAT, shares nine full-length practice tests including three on the accompanying CD, and includes guidelines for writing essays and personal statements.

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  • Master the GRE (Peterson)PDL Databse

    The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) tests basic mathematical skills and the ability to solve problems. Material covers arithmetic, geometry, algebra, and data analysis.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Master the NCLEX-PN (Peterson)PDL Databse

    Offers test-taking tips, diagnostic tests, review, and practice exams with answers and detailed explanations for all portions of the NCLEX-PN exam for practical nursing.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Master the Praxis I (ARCO)PDL Databse

    Offers test-taking tips, diagnostic tests, review, and practice exams with answers and detailed explanations for all portions of the Praxis I: PPST (Pre-Professional Skills Test) Exam.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Master the Praxis II ExamPDL Databse

    Offers test-taking tips, diagnostic tests, review, and practice exams with answers and detailed explanations for all portions of the PRAXIS II Exam. Praxis II® Subject Assessments measure knowledge of specific subjects that K–12 educators will teach, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Master the Praxis II Exam (ARCO)PDL Databse

    Individuals entering the teaching profession take the Praxis II tests as part of the teacher licensing and certification process required by many states. Some professional associations and organizations require Praxis II tests as a criterion for professional licensing decisions.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Master the SAT (Peterson)PDL Databse

    Offers test-taking strategies, provides diagnostic tools, reviews key concepts, and includes six full-length practice exams with answers and explanations.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • MedlinePlus

    This excellent resource, aimed at the layman, contains a multiplicity of resources for someone researching a health issue. Health topics contain information created by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. External health links take you to sites by authorities such as Mayo and Cleveland Clinics, the America Academy of Pediatrics, and the Center of Disease Control. Includes online tutorials and videos.

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  • 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.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Michigan Legal Help

    The Michigan Legal Help website was created to help people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. There are articles you can read to learn about a specific area of the law and toolkits to help you prepare to represent yourself in court.

    Category:

    Law

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    Anywhere
  • Morningstar Investment Resource CenterPDL Databse

    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.

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    Only at the library
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)

    The National Institutes of Health site includes A to Z Health Topics; Clinical Trials, a source on cutting-edge research; and MedlinePlus, a formidable collection of consumer health content generated by NIH as well as such sources as Mayo and Cleveland Clinics.

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  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Novels For StudentsPDL Databse

    This literature research collection, intended for students in middle school through college, assists in research on authors and the works they wrote. It provides critical overviews of novels from various cultures and time periods. Includes discussions of plot, characters, themes and structure as well as the work's cultural and historical significance.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Nursing Resource CenterMEL Database

    Designed for nursing students, the Nursing Resource Center brings together in an easy-to-use interface disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams to complement the core encyclopedia texts. The information is written in accessible language for students completing class assignments and preparing for clinicals as they learn how to care for and treat patients. Search results are returned in tabs that correspond to steps in the nursing process.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Official Guide to Mastering DSST Exams (Peterson)PDL Databse

    Provides a complete review of each subject area to help score high on the DSST (Dantes Subject Standardized Tests) exams, as well as diagnostic and post-tests for each of the eight featured exams. The DSST program is an extensive series of 38 examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate courses.

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    Anywhere 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.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Poetry for StudentsPDL Databse

    This features discussion and analysis of poems of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Provides an overview of the poem and discussion of its principal themes, images, form and construction.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • ProCon

    www.procon.org, a Pulitzer-winning site helps students and citizens alike see multiple points of the view on controversial issues in the news.

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  • Project Gutenberg Online Catalog

    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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  • ReferenceUSAPDL Databse

    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.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Scholarships, Fellowships and LoansPDL Databse

    Provides comprehensive information on sources of education-related financial aid sponsored and administered by private organizations and companies. Covers a variety of programs in all educational areas, including area and ethnic studies, business, computer science, education, liberal arts, medicine, physical sciences, theology and religion, and more. Intended for students and others interested in education funding.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Short Stories for StudentsPDL Databse

    This source provides critical overviews of short stories from all cultures and time periods. Includes discussions of plot, characters, themes and structure as well as the story's cultural and historical significance.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Short Stories for StudentsPDL Databse

    This source provides critical overviews of short stories from all cultures and time periods. Includes discussions of plot, characters, themes and structure as well as the story's cultural and historical significance.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • SIRS DiscovererMEL 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

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • SIRS RenaissanceMEL 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.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Small Business Resource CenterMEL Database

    Another great resource for small business owners/entrepreneurs and general users Users can learn how to start, finance, or manage a small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, full-text articles, and websites.

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  • TellMeMore Language LearningPDL Databse

    This interactive language learning resource will enable you to refresh your language skills or work on new ones. You can work on reading, listening, and speaking skills in several languages. Languages currently available (though more are in the pipeline) are

    • American English
    • British English
    • Dutch
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Spanish (Americas)
    • Spanish (Spain)

    This resource does require a PDL library card for access.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • The Astronomical Journal

    (AJ) was founded in 1849 by Benjamin A. Gould and was acquired by the AAS in 1941. The AJ publishes original astronomical research, with an emphasis on significant scientific results derived from observations, including descriptions of data capture, surveys, analysis techniques, and astrophysical interpretation. It takes a broad view of astronomy, extending from the solar system to observational cosmology with a tradition of papers discussing dynamical processes. Note: Other journals from the Institute of Physics are not available from this library.

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  • The Astrophysical Journal

    The Astrophysical Journal is the foremost research journal in the world devoted to recent developments, discoveries, and theories in astronomy and astrophysics. Many of the classic discoveries of the twentieth century have first been reported in the Journal. Note: Other journals from the Institute of Physics are not available from this library.

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  • The Astrophysical Journal Letters

    The Astrophysical Journal Letters is a peer-reviewed express scientific journal that allows astrophysicists to rapidly publish short notices of significant original research. The American Astronomical Society has chosen IOP Publishing to publish The Astrophysical Journal. Note: Other journals from the Institute of Physics are not available from this library.

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  • The Astrophysical Journal Supplement

    The Astrophysical Journal Supplement publishes significant papers containing extensive data or calculations, or of very specialized interest. The Supplement contains many of the most frequently cited papers in the astronomical literature. Note: Other journals from the Institute of Physics are not available from this library.

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    Only at the library
  • ValueLinePDL Databse

    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.

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  • Who’s Buying Alcoholic and Nonalcoholic BeveragesPDL Databse

    Examines how much Americans spend on drinks by demographics such as: age, income, high-income households, household type, race and Hispanic origin, region of residence, and education. Also presents who-are-the-best-customers analyses of the data, showing the demographics of spending at a glance.

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  • Who’s Buying ApparelPDL Databse

    Examines how much Americans spend on getting dressed by demographics such as: age, income, high-income households, household type, race and Hispanic origin, region of residence, and education. Also presents who-are-the-best-customers analyses of the data, showing the demographics of spending at a glance, based on unpublished data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2009 Consumer Expenditure Survey.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Who’s Buying at Restaurants and Carry-OutsPDL Databse

    Examines how much Americans spend on eating out by the demographics such as: age, income, high-income households, household type, race and Hispanic origin, region of residence, and education. Also presents who-are-the-best-customers analyses of the data, showing the demographics of spending at a glance. Restaurant spending trends between 2006 and 2009 are also examined in this report.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Who’s Buying by AgePDL Databse

    Provides weekly and quarterly spending data on what households buy, how much they spend, and how often they buy certain items. Also examines average spending before (2000 to 2006) and after (2006 to 2009) the Great Recession for the seven age groups ranging from under age 25 to age 75 or older.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Who’s Buying by Race and Hispanic OriginPDL Databse

    Presents detailed spending data by race and Hispanic origin on hundreds of products and services in major categories ranging from apparel to transportation.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Who’s Buying EntertainmentPDL Databse

    Examines how much Americans spend on amusing themselves by the following demographics: age, income, high-income households, household type, race and Hispanic origin, region of residence, and education. Examines products and services such as sports and photographic equipment, sound components and TVs, videogames, movie and theater tickets

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Who’s Buying Executive Summary of Household SpendingPDL Databse

    Presents a broad overview of household spending in the year 2009, along with spending trends before (2000 to 2006) and after (2006 to 2009) the Great Recession, and is designed to give researchers insights into consumer spending patterns and how those patterns differ based on various demographic characteristics.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Who’s Buying for PetsPDL Databse

    Examines how much Americans spend on pets by the demographics that count: age, income, high-income households, household type, race and Hispanic origin, region of residence, and education. Provides data on who's buying pet food, supplies and medicine, veterinary services, etc.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Who’s Buying for TravelPDL Databse

    Examines how much Americans spend on getting out of town by demographics such as: age, income, high-income households, household type, race and Hispanic origin, region of residence, and education. New to this edition is a unique analysis of spending before (2000 to 2006) and after (2006 to 2009) the Great Recession.

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  • Who’s Buying GroceriesPDL Databse

    Examines how much Americans spend on food at grocery and convenience stores by demographics such as: age, income, high-income households, household type, race and Hispanic origin, region of residence, and education.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • WorldBookOnlinePDL Databse

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

    Category:

    Encyclopedias

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    Anywhere with a library card