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.

  • Biography In ContextPDL Database

    This database from Gale delivers nearly a million biographical entries spanning history and geography. In it you’ll find: •600,000+ biographies covering more than 525,000 individuals •170+ reference titles •50,000 new or updated bios added annually in addition to daily updates to account for awards and events •Integrated reference material, periodical information and multimedia content

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • Business Books SummarizedPDL Database

    Provides concise, comprehensive summaries of the best business books. Professionals and students can use these to keep up with the latest information in the business world.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
  • Consumer HealthMEL Database

    Supports the health and wellness information needs of patients. Covers mainstream medicine as well as complementary and holistic medicine.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Consumer ReportsMEL Database

    Full text of the magazine for easy online information. Consumer Reports uses careful research, consumer insights, journalism, and policy expertise to help you inform purchase decisions.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • 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
  • Demographics NowMEL Database

    Business and residential tool providing access to demographic data. Drill down to the city or even neighborhood level. Identify markets and audiences in your community. Ideal for supporting small business and local economic development activities. Strong tool for businesses and non-profits alike.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a 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