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Consumer Reports Online

Consumer ReportsGet unlimited access to articles and blog posts, as well as video, slide shows and other multimedia features - on the website, on the mobile site, and on our smartphone apps.  Access includes ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, consumer user reviews, and product video clips for over 7,000 products including electronics, appliances, home & garden, cars, baby gear, and food products.       


EBSCO ebooks

eBook Public Library Collection

This is a resource with over 44,000 eBooks available at all levels – children, young adult, and adult in both fiction and nonfiction. Options include reading online in PDF format, EPUB or as a download to a desktop and certain devices after creating a free account.

What to Read Next

NoveList Plus

Contains information on over 260,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles. Features lists of award-winning books, book discussion guides, Read-a-Like recommendations, and complete series information. Also includes reader ratings and reviews. Create your own reading wish list. 



Catalog of more than 30 million records of digitized materials from open-archive collections worldwide.

What Should I Read Next

What Should I Read Next?

Featuring recommended fiction and nonfiction titles for all age levels, this database will provide you with suggestions for new books to read.  Search by title and author to discover your next reading adventure.




Search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. You can search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical items you're used to getting from libraries. lets you find an item of interest and then locate a library near you that owns it.




Auto Repair Source   

Repair information and schedules, diagrams, parts and labor estimates, service alerts, and recalls. Covers thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.             
Kelley Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book 

Trusted source for prices,values and reviews on new and used cars.


Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Small Engine RepairRepair guides for small engines and routine maintenance (tune-ups, brake service, etc.). Also includes guides on extensive repairs such as engine and transmission disassembly. Coverage includes lawn mowers, motorcycles, tractors, and snowmobiles. More than 450 full text reference books with photos and illustrations, information on more than 25 years of engine models, and coverage of more than 90,000 repairs. 


Biography and Genealogy


Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library  EditionThis resource is the most comprehensive, international genealogical information available online with billions of indexed names in over 9,000 collections.  It includes a vast selection of U.S. federal and state census data, birth, marriage and death records, military records, Social Security death records, immigration lists and probate records.  Ancestry is only available inside the Library.  You may access it from the public computer stations or by connecting to the WiFi and using your laptop or smart device.

MyHeritage Library Edition

Family history resource including more than 6 billion historical ​records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Includes the full USA federal census (1790-1940); census of England and Wales (1841-1901); U.S. World War II Army Enlistment as well as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Over 2 billion family trees.



AtoZ Databases


Detailed information on 30 million businesses and executives and 2 million new businesses. Includes data on over 200 million residents as well as new movers/homeowners.  Special features include a background and criminal history search. Information provided on U. S. healthcare professionals.  Includes a jobs database and email marketing.

eBook Business CollectionEBSCO business collection

A key resource for academic and business school libraries. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.


Regional Business NewsRegional Business News

Regional business publications for the United States and Canadian provinces from 1990.  Includes newspapers, radio and television news transcripts, trade publications, magazines, and newswires.


Small Business Reference CenterSmall Business Reference

Covers all aspects of starting and operating a business. Includes information on accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. State-specific information included.



Academic Search Complete

Academic Search CompleteDesigned for academic institutions. Comprehensive, multi-disciplinary resource of scholarly research. Coverage on a wide range of topics. Includes peer-reviewed full text resources for STEM research. Social sciences and the humanities also covered.


Black Life in America

The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media. 




Britannica School

BrittanicaContains resources at the appropriate learning and skill level including primary sources in subjects such as people, countries, science, animals, current events, and biographies.



eBook Academic Collection

EBSCO Ebooks Academic CollectionThousands of titles ranging from literary criticism to health, mathematics, sports, and religion. You may access the full text of these eBooks from your computer, or download titles to most popular portable devices.


Education Source 

Education SourceProvides scholarly research for education students, professionals, and policy makers. Covers all levels of education from early childhood to higher education. Covers specialties such as multilingual education, health education, and testing.


ERIC: Education Resources Information Center

Education Resources Information CenterIndex of journal articles, books, theses, curriculi, conference papers, standards, and guidelines on a wide range of education topics. Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.


History Reference Center

History  Reference CenterDocuments, photos, maps, film, and video from leading history journals.  Also includes biographies of historical figures. 


Humanities Source

Humanities SourceCovers literary, scholarly, and creative thought.  This is ideal for students, researchers, and educators interested in the humanities.


Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference CenterIncludes over 14,000 short stories and 54,000+ poems.  Covers information on thousands of authors and their works.  Topics include: plot summaries, literary criticism, book reviews, novels, and author interviews. 



MasterFile Complete

Includes over 14,000 short stories and 54,000+ poems. Covers information on thousands of authors and their works. Topics include: plot summaries, literary criticism, book reviews, novels, and author interviews.



Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

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




Points of View Reference Center

Designed for students, researchers, and government institutions. Covers political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of current discourse.


Political Science Complete

Designed for students, researchers, and government institutions.  Covers political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of current discourse.

Online tutoring, homework help, paper review, practices quizzes, test prep, and career support, all free with your library card.


Government Publications


FDSys (Federal Digital System) 

Access to Government info--Congressional, Presidential and Federal agency materials.

GPO Monthly Catalog

​U. S. Government publications



Gongwer News Service      

​Daily News Service covering state governmental in Michigan and Ohio with an emphasis on legislative activities.




Health and Nursing

Alt HealthWatch

Provides information on complementary, holistic, and integrated approaches to healthcare and wellness.  Sources include journals (some peer-reviewed) and reports.


Health Source: Consumer Edition

Subjects include fitness, nutrition, diabetes, aging, women's health, children's health, and more.  Information comes from magazines, books, Clinical Reference System reports and pamphlets.



Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

Provides researchers, allied health professionals, nurses, and medical educators access to scholarly journals on many medical disciplines.  Covers indexing, abstracts and full text for hundreds of nursing and allied health journals, many of which are peer-reviewed.

Mayo Clinic  

Provides award-winning medical and health information and tools for healthy living.



Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) 


The PDR is the most recognized drug information reference source in the U.S.  The searcher can type in the drug name or browse a list of drugs.  





Legal Information Reference Center

Search over 12,800 state-specific legal forms by topic including Adoption, Bankruptcy, Name Changes, and more.  A majority of the full text legal reference books provided through NOLO.


Legal Source

A scholarly resource of current issues, studies, and trends of the legal world for attorneys, educators, business people, law librarians, students, and paralegals.



Michigan Legal Help    

This website was created to help people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. There are articles you can read to learn about a specific area of the law and toolkits to help you prepare to represent yourself in court.  Some forms are completed automatically once you answer simple questions. The Michigan Legal Help website does not provide legal advice, and it is not a substitute for having a lawyer.     



Science and Technology



From the National Agricultural Library, it contains citations about all aspects of agriculture and related fields. Includes: journal articles, monographs, proceedings, theses, patents, translations, audiovisual materials, computer software, and technical reports. Coverage: 1970 - current.


Applied Science & Technology Source

Broad coverage of research and development within the applied sciences and computing disciplines.  Content derives from leading trade journals, professional and technical society publications, and conference proceedings.



Environmental Complete

Scholarly, academic coverage in the areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, and related areas.



National Geographic   

Provides free maps, photographs, videos and daily news stories, as well as articles and features about animals, the environment and cultures.





Psychology and Bevavorial Sciences Collection

Covers a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences, and related disciplines for psychologists, counselors, researchers, and students.



Science Reference Center

Contains material from science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. More than 4,000 full text, full-length biographies.  Includes: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, the environment, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, and wildlife. 




Search Engines



Enables users to search the Web, Usenet, and images.  Features include PageRank, caching and translation of results.




Allows users to search the Web.  Provides information on national news, weather, finances, pop culture and travel.


Test Preparation


LearningExpress Library  

Provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass.  Get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations and an individualized analysis of your results.