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Reference Databases / Premium Online Services

  • Premium Resources (Free for BDL Patrons!):

    • Ancestry Library Edition (In-Library Use Only)Ancestry Library Edition (In-Library Use Only) is the premier web site for genealogical information.

      Special COVID-19 Access! Due to COVID-19, Ancestry is allowing at-home access. Go to www.BranchDistrictLibrary.org/ancestry with your library card to get searching!

    • hoopla for librareshoopla digital for libraries - Instant downloads of thousands of books, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, comics, and your favorite albums. All free for you with your library card!

    • LibbyLibby - Download audiobooks, ebooks, and over 3,000 great magazines.

    • CreativebugCreativebug - offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more.

    • Mango LanguagesMango Languages - Learn the basics in over 40 foreign languages, or learn English as a Second Language taught in over 15 languages. This is a fantastic resource and one of our favorite digital offerings to you here at BDL.

    • Tutor.com - Connect with a real live tutor right now, no appointment required. Just tell us what you're working on, and Tutor.com will find someone to help you, usually in about 60 seconds.

    • ABC Mouse (In-Library Use Only)ABCMouse.com (In-Library Use Only) - more than 3,500 individual learning activities, 450 lessons, and more than 300 online books, ABCmouse.com for Libraries encompasses reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music, to help children build a strong foundation for academic success.

  • Databases provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL). These databases are free for all Michigan residents. Visit the MeL Databases page for links to:

    • AutoMate: Repair information and schedules, diagrams, parts and labor estimates, service alerts, and recalls. Covers thousands of domestic and imported vehicles.

    • Britannica School: Nonfiction content geared for K-12 students. Includes over 132,000 encyclopedia articles, 103,000 images, 7,500 multimedia elements, more than 27,000 eBooks, and novels and essays. Tools include translation for 50+ languages and read-aloud functionality. Includes Lexile ranges and alignment with Michigan Department of Education Academic Standards across a variety of subjects.

    • Consumer Reports

    • MasterFILE Complete: Broad collection of popular full-text magazines and reference books. Contains Consumer Reports. Covers subjects including: business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY, and fashion. Also includes photos, maps, and flags.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Provides different views about issues that help students develop critical thinking skills. This resource brings balance and perspective to contemporary issues using arguments from experts.

  • ...and many more! Visit the MeL Databases page for descriptions and links to all the databases.