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The PWPL Reference Staff suggests the following search tools to aid searching the Internet for information. For more Search Tools, News Sources, Best Sellers Links, Book Recommendations, Area Links and more, see Web-Links.

For help with research projects, finding information, interlibrary loan, or general help,
  • visit the Reference Desk on the upper level of the library

  • e-mail the Reference Staff and someone will respond as soon as possible

  • call the Reference Desk during normal Library hours at 906-226-4311.

The following MeL Databases are available through the  portal on your home computer within Michigan:
Academic OneFile
 Recommended for: Colleges and Universities. Mostly full text. Academic OneFile is the premiere source for peer-reviewed,  full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences,  technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, ...
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Recommended for: Genealogy. Index only. Biography and Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. Bibliographic citations only -- no full-text...
Business and Company Resource Center
Recommended for: General user, Professionals. Mostly full text. Business and Company Resource Center is a fully integrated resource bringing together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, comp...
Recommended for: General user. Full text. represents the most authoritative automotive repair information available to car owners. There are thousands of year, make, and model combinations covering the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus additional coverage of specialty models. gives you...
Computer Database
Recommended for: General use. Some full text. Computer Database has over 2,687,481 articles from journals, trade magazines and popular computing magazines. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.
ERIC (free version)
Recommended for: Educators and Parents. Mostly full text. Contains annotated references to non-journal material issued in the monthly Resources in Education (RIE) and to journal articles issued in the monthly Resources in Education (RIE) and to journal articles issued in the monthly Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE). Michi...
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Recommended for: General user. All full text. Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates...
General Reference Center Gold
Recommended for: General user. Mostly full text. General Reference Center Gold on InfoTrac Web provides one-stop access to general interest magazines, business periodicals, reference books, maps, historical images...
GPO Monthly Catalog
Recommended for: General user. Index only. The GPO Monthly Catalog through OCLC includes thousands of U.S. government documents, including Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; and documents issued by executive departments (Defense, State, Labor Office of the President, etc.). Includes a ...
Hand Press Book
Recommended for: Colleges and Universities. The Hand Press Book Database is a unique and growing catalog of European printing in the early modern era or “hand-press period” (15th century to the 1830s). This resource integrates descriptive records for major European national, university and research library holdings. It is especia...
Health and Wellness Resource Center
Recommended for: Students, Patients, Health Professionals. Mostly full text. Provides instant access to carefully compiled and trusted medical reference materials. Includes nearly 400 health/medical journals, hundreds of pamphlets, over 700 health-related videos from partner Healthology, Inc., and articles from 2,200 general interest...
Health Reference Center Academic
Recommended for: Students, Patients, Health Professionals. Mostly full text. Provides access to professional and personal health magazines, journals and reference sources. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.
HeritageQuest Online
Recommended for: Genealogy, local history and biography researchers. Some full text. HeritageQuest Online includes all of the images and extensive indexing from the 1790 - 1930 U.S. federal censuses. It offers more than 22,000 digitized book titles, including early family histories and local histories. Additionally, there are more than...
Recommended for: Spanish Language Resources. Full text. Una colección de revistas hispánicas con textos completos. Abarca negocios, salud, tecnología, cultura, temas de actualidad y otras materias. Michigan residents access only.
InfoTrac Junior Edition
Recommended for: Middle and Junior High School. Full text. Over 330 titles, cross searchable with E-Books, this database is designed for students in junior high and middle school with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture...
LearningExpress Library
Recommended for: General user. LearningExpress Library provides a completely interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons, students, and adult learners succee...
Recommended for: General user, professional. Some full text. Students, law school faculty and legal researchers will all find the legal publications they need in LegalTrac®. Drawing on a wide variety of the most highly regarded legal publications, LegalTrac® provides indexing for more than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal...
Making of Modern Michigan
Recommended for: General user. Some full text. Michigan's unique heritage is represented through photographs, family papers, oral histories, genealogical materials and much more from local history collections around the state. No login required.
Recommended for: Patients and health professionals. Some full text. Covers all areas of medicine, including dentistry and nursing. From the National Library of Medicine. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.
Recommended for: General user. A catalog of materials available through Michigan libraries. Patrons of participating libraries can order items from other statewide participating libraries and have them delivered.  See Tutorial.
Recommended for: General user. All full text. Over 20,000 eBooks available on all topics. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.
New York Times
Recommended for: General user. All full text. The daily newspaper New York Times 1995-present. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.
NewsBank Michigan Newspapers
Recommended for: General user. Full text of the Detroit News (1/1/1999-Current, Grand Rapids Press (2002-Current, and Lansing State Journal (1/1/1999-Current. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.
SIRS Discoverer Deluxe
Recommended for: K-9. All full text. A children's database of articles, books, video, audio on all topics. The interface is appropriate to children and includes reading levels, teacher's help pages, and more. Michigan...
SIRS Renaissance
Recommended for: High school, College and University. Full text. Provides dynamic information on the following topics: architecture and design, culture, literature, multimedia, music, performing arts, philosophy and religion...
Recommended for: High School, College. All full text articles in science, humanities, education and business. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.
World Almanacs
Recommended for: General user. Contains full text of Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, The World Almanac and Book of Facts, The World Almanac for Kids, The World Almanac of the U. S. A., The World Almanac...
Recommended for: General user. The world's largest online catalog of books and magazines. Includes a description of the item and which libraries own the item. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

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