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Online Resources

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.

Encyclopedias Databases:

  • Amazing Animals of the WorldPDL Databse

    This resource from Grolier introduces students to a wide range of animals, including a broad selection of species from all sorts of groups. An excellent resource for the endangered species project.

    Category:

    Encyclopedias, Youth

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card
  • Biography Resource CenterPDL Databse

    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 library card
  • Drama for StudentsPDL Databse

    This source provides critical overviews of the most-studied plays of all time periods, nations, and cultures. Includes discussions of themes, characters, critical reception, dramatic devices and traditions as well as cultural and historical context.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card
  • Encyclopedia AmericanaPDL Databse

    This online encyclopedia is aimed at the middle school audience and contains more than 45,000 articles on science, technology, society politics and the arts.

    Category:

    Encyclopedias, Youth

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card
  • Encyclopedia of Food and CulturePDL Databse

    A three-volume survey of food and its place in human culture and society, presented through 600 alphabetically sorted entries. Features multidisciplinary coverage of such topics as comfort food, ethnicity and food, medieval banquets, and nutrient composition, among many others. Includes photographs, illustrations, sidebars, recipes, menus, and timelines. For students and general readers.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Encyclopedia of Small BusinessPDL Databse

    This source provides entrepreneurs with articles and overviews of all the key information needs of small business owners, including financing; financial planning; business plan creation; market analysis; sales strategy; tax planning, human resource issues and more.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative MedicinePDL Databse

    Covers all aspects of the subject including therapies, conditions/diseases, herbs/plants, and people. Identifies numerous types of alternative medicine being practiced today, including reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, chelation therapy, kinesiology, yoga, chiropractic, Feldenkrais, polarity therapy, detoxification, naturopathy, Chinese medicine, biofeedback, Ayurveda and osteopathy.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card
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