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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    Availability:

    Anywhere
  • 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