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:

  • Military and Intelligence DatabaseMEL Database

    Content from scholarly journals, magazines and reports covering all aspects of the past and current state of military affairs. Key subjects covered include: socioeconomic effects of war, governmental policies, the structure of armed forces, and many more. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

    Availability:

    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.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card
  • OAIster (free version)

    General interest. Catalog of more than 30 million records of digitized materials from open-archive collections worldwide. Includes books, articles and multimedia, representing multidisciplinary resources from more than 1,500 contributors worldwide.

    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 with a library card
  • Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine CollectionMEL Database

    Both researcher and practitioner alike will find relevant, authoritative content in this collection, which includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine. Covering a wide spectrum of information, researchers will have access to a diverse, but focused set of topics in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more. A collection drawn from Gale databases Academic OneFile and General OneFile.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card
  • Psychology CollectionMEL Database

    Explores what makes people "tick" from childhood to death and gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops and diminishes over time. Drawn from Gale databases Academic OneFile and General OneFile.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card
  • Research in ContextMEL Database

    Includes the most-studied topics for grades 6-8 - literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history. Written specifically for middle schoolers (high school students may find it useful too) this information comes from authoritative sources including Gale, National Geographic and Scholastic and is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Designed to develop learning skills to launch 6-8 graders into high school and beyond.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card
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