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.

Youth Databases:

  • ABC-CLIO World GeographyPDL Database

    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.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident 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
  • Early World of LearningMEL Database

    Grades PreK-5. Follow Trek and Taffy the cat around the world learning about colors, numbers and other fun things. Strengthen reading foundations with stories, activities and videos. Explore the Know It encyclopedia designed especially for early readers. Includes materials for educators. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil HallazgosMEL Database

    Grades PreK - 5. Bilingual resources - visual dictionary, world of animals, encyclopedia articles, and Spanish language newspapers. Eight categories to browse: arts, history and government, people, places, plants and animals, science and mathematics, sports and hobbies, and world religions. The visual dictionary includes thousands of images and more than 12,000 labels. Save, print, or email content. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

    Availability:

    Anywhere in Michigan or with a library card
  • 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
  • Rosetta StonePDL Database

    This innovative language solution for libraries helps patrons engage with confidence in multilingual settings close to home and in locations abroad. Choose Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dari, Dutch, English (American), English (British), Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Pashto, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (Spain), Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Urdu, or Vietnamese.

    Availability:

    Anywhere with a PDL resident library card
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