Helpful Websites


Reference Services

Bartlebey.com provides non-copyrighted ebooks (classics), grammar and usage dictionary, encyclopedia of quotations, and digitized historical documents.  It is an excellent resource for reputable information and a lot of fun for the just plain curious.
 
Biography.com is the website for the BIO network.  This link is updated regularly providing some of the best biographical information for the latest headline makers.  Great for all ages.
 
Bookspot.com is a great place for reader advisory.  Link has lists of bestsellers, award winners, genre separation, and reviews.
 
Dictionary.com is a reference site providing electronic access to a dictionary, encyclopedia, thesaurus, and translator.  You can perform an immediate search of the site using the blue box at the bottom of this page.
 
History.com is the website for the History Network.  This link is an excellent resource for reliable information.

MIchigana
Anything and everything you want to know about Michigan can be found through the Michigan Electronic Library. Learn about Michigan from the past to the present with quick facts or links to Michigan's archives. This database is made available through the Michigan Electronic Library (www.mel.org).  You may be required to provide a Michigan Driver's Licencse number in order to gain access.

Michigan Fast Facts
Looking for quick information about the state of Michigan?  The Michigan Department of Education provides brief historical information about the state flag,state flower, major city populations, important dates in history, and much more. A great resource for information fast.


Writing Skills

The OWL at Purdue is an excellent place for writing tips and instruction containing over 200 free resources.  Need help with citation information or help with cover letters and resumes? Check out the OWL.


Government Sites

The above link will take you to the website for IRS Federal Income Tax Forms. Find all your federal tax forms here. 

 
Michigan's tax website has links to various types of tax forms including business and individual.  This link will take you directly to State of Michigan Income Tax Forms.
 
Need to renew your tags online? Visit the Michigan Secretary of State website.

State of Michigan
Stay connected with the latest happenings in Michigan at www.michigan.gov. Find contact information for your local representative or just find a great vacation spot.

Michigan voter registration

Software Tutorials and Test Preparation

The LearningExpress Library is an excellent resource for skill building.  It offers a wide range of educational materials from skill practice exams beginning with 4th grade up to test preparation for college entrance exams like the SAT, ACT, CUNY, and CLEP.  In addition, you can find software tutorials here including all Microsoft Office Suite software, Adobe, and both Windows and MAC operating systems instructional guides.  This resource is made available through the Michigan Electronic Library (www.mel.org).  You may be required to provide a Michigan Driver's Licencse number in order to gain access, but it is free to all Michigan residents.
  

Databases

Chilton's Online Auto Repair Manuals
Need help with your car repairs? This database is made available through Michigan's Electronic Library (www.mel.org). You may be required to provide a Michigan Driver's Licencse number in order to gain access.

New York Times Archives
This site provides access to the New York Times from 1999-current issues.  You can share the articles through social media sites like Facebook and even sign up for the RSS feed to receive the latest updates. This database is made available through the Michigan Electronic Library (www.mel.org).  You may be required to provide a Michigan Driver's Licencse number in order to gain access.

Books and Authors
Looking for a good read, or not sure what to read next?  Books and Authors is a great site for fiction readers of all ages.  You can search for material by author, title, plot, or even find something similar to a book you just read.  However, the best thing about Books and Authors is being able to create and save lists of your own.  Great for parents and teachers too!  This database is made available through the Michigan Electronic Library (www.mel.org).  You may be required to provide a Michigan Driver's Licencse number in order to gain access. 

Michigan Cemetery Sources
This database provides information on Michigan Cemeteries compiled by the Library of Michigan and is free to use by anyone anywhere. Please note this is an index of Michigan cemeteries and does NOT necessarily include a list of names associated with those cemeteries.


 

High School Research

Info Trac Student Edition
Do your research on your own time with 24-hour access to reliable material.  This database provides access to magazines, newspaper articles, encyclopedias, podcasts, and more.  Search through subjects from current events to sports or history to modern science.  This database is made available through the Michigan Electronic Library (www.mel.org).  You may be required to provide a Michigan Driver's Licencse number in order to gain access.


Middle School Research

Info Trac Junior Edition
This database is a great place for research of any kind.  Access magazines, newspaper articles, encyclopedias and more.  Covers everything from popular culture to science.  This database is made available through the Michigan Electronic Library (www.mel.org).  You may be required to provide a Michigan Driver's Licencse number in order to gain access.


Younger Crowds

Kids InfoBits
This database is great for the beginner researcher, geared toward the K-6 grade range.  Gain access to encyclopedias, magazines, articles, games, and more.  Great for teachers and students alike.  This database is made available through the Michigan Electronic Library (www.mel.org).  You may be required to provide a Michigan Driver's Licencse number in order to gain access.

Factmonster.com
Fact Monster® combines reference materials, facts, and trivia quizzes for kids on all subjects. Parents, educators, and kids can get homework help and access almanacs, an encyclopedia, a dictionary, and an atlas. Site also includes a homework center with writing help.
 
Stories to Grow by offers a relaxing storytime experience. Stories from around the world can be heard featuring the character Whootie the Owl.
 
ICDL is a collection of digitized children's books (ebooks).  It has more than 4365 books available in 54 languages.
 
Funbrain has a large collection of K-8 brain games sure to keep the kids entertained and boosting their brain power for hours. 

Enchanted Learning
Enchanted Learning is a great place for educational activities.  Get facts on a all the major subjects and activities to match.  Enough stuff to build a fun lesson. Includes printable books for beginning readers.



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