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.

  • NovelistPDL Database

    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.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Novelist K-8PDL Database

    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.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or 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.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Poetry and Short Story Reference CenterMEL Database

    Hundreds of thousands of poems, as well as short stories, biographies, and essays. Topics include the poetic forms, movements, and techniques.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Project Gutenberg: Other

    Project Gutenberg digitizes, archives and distributes classic cultural books now in public domain. It includes downloadable audiobooks and e-books formatted for the Kindle.

    Availability:

    Anywhere
  • ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the U.S.PDL Database

    Online it is 1400+ individually indexed tables (with attached spreadsheets), both searchable and browsable. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • ReferenceUSAPDL Database

    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.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card