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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.

History and Countries Databases:

  • ABC-CLIO World GeographyPDL Databse

    World Geography provides authoritative content and online tools that develop students’ global literacy, focusing on the geographic, political, social, economic, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • America the BeautifulPDL Databse

    America the Beautiful is an online reference resource from Grolier providing information on the U.S. states and territories for Elementary and Middle School readers. An excellent source for the State Report.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card
  • CulturegramsMEL 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.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Digital Historical ArchivesPDL Databse

    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.

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    Anywhere
  • 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
  • Lands and PeoplesPDL Databse

    This encyclopedia of countries, cultures, and current events is an excellent start for cultural research for the elementary to high school student.

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    Anywhere with a library card
  • Michiana: Sources in U.S. HistoryMEL Database

    This digital archive documents Michigan state history. Drawn from the Sabin collection and other Gale sources, the archive provides access to a wide variety of documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children's books.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a library card