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.

  • Early World of LearningMEL Database

    Grades PreK-5. Follow Trek and Taffy the cat around the world learning about colors, numbers and other fun things. Strengthen reading foundations with stories, activities and videos. Explore the Know It encyclopedia designed especially for early readers. Includes materials for educators. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil HallazgosMEL Database

    Grades PreK - 5. Bilingual resources - visual dictionary, world of animals, encyclopedia articles, and Spanish language newspapers. Eight categories to browse: arts, history and government, people, places, plants and animals, science and mathematics, sports and hobbies, and world religions. The visual dictionary includes thousands of images and more than 12,000 labels. Save, print, or email content. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Gale Virtual Reference LibraryPDL Database

    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, biographies, directories, and other types of reference materials for all ages. There is a base collection of works purchased by MeL which has been augmented by additional titles purchased by the Portage District Library.

    Category:

    Encyclopedias

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Health Source:  Nursing/AcademicMEL Database

    Provides researchers, allied health professionals, nurses, and medical educators access to scholarly journals on many medical disciplines. Provides indexing, abstracts and full text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals, many of which are peer-reviewed.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Hobbies and Craft Reference CenterMEL Database

    Subject areas include arts & crafts; games & electronics; models; needlework; outdoors & nature; and scrapbooking & paper craft.

    Category:

    Art, Do It Yourself

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or 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 professional 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.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Legal Information Reference CenterMEL Database

    Search over 12,800 state-specific legal forms by topic including Adoption, Bankruptcy, Name Changes, and more. A majority of the full text legal reference books are provided through NOLO.

    Category:

    Law

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card