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.

  • Literary Reference CenterMEL Database

    This rich full-text database provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It gives students, professors and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Lynda.comPDL Database

    Training Topics in this business-and-life-enhancing database include: 3D Animation, Business, Design, Home Computing, Photography, Web, Leadership, Microsoft Office, Time Management, Communication, Marketing. Login on a Desktop: Use your library card number and the same PIN you use for checkout to create your own Lynda account. Once you are logged in, click the LIBRARY button on the black navigation bar at the top left. To login on a mobile device, download the Lynda.com app from your app store.

    Availability:

    Anywhere
  • Masterfile CompleteMEL Database

    Designed specifically for public libraries, this database provides full-text magazines, reference books and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps and flags.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Mergent OnlineMEL Database

    Mergent Online offers a wealth of textual detail on company financials, descriptions, history, property, subsidiaries officers and directors. Includes annual reports and all direct and indirect subsidiaries of a company.

    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
  • Morningstar Investment Resource CenterPDL Database

    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.

    Availability:

    Only at the library
  • MyHeritage Library EditionMEL Database

    Family history/genealogy resource including more than 6 billion historical records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Includes the full USA federal census (1790-1940); census of England and Wales (1841-1901); U.S. World War II Army Enlistment as well as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Over 2 billion family trees.

    Category:

    Genealogy

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card