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Reference Databases

  • BDL Purchased Resources (Free for BDL Patrons!):
    • Ancestry Library Edition (In-Library Use Only) is the premier web site for genealogical information.

    • Mango 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.

    • OverDrive - Download audiobooks to listen to and ebooks to read on your computer, ereader, phone, and other personal mobile devices.

    • NewsBank - Access full-text articles from newspapers and magazines from Michigan and across the country, including the Bronson Journal and the Coldwater Daily Reporter. 27 magazines, like Smithsonian, Parenting, Field and Stream, National Review, and many more!

    • Tumblebooks - Tumblebooks is ebooks, audiobooks, and read-along stories for kids. Compatible with mobile devices.

    • 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:
    • Business and Company Resource Center - provides researchers with information on companies, markets and industries. From market trends, mergers, and acquisitions to current management theory and company overviews.

    • Chilton Library - 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.

    • Health and Wellness Resource Center - 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 publications in addition to a broad collection of Thomson Gale reference titles.

    • HeritageQuest - 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 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records and more.

    • InfoTrac Newsstand - is a collection of full text newspapers from around the Country and the World. Includes the last 12 months of the New York Times and the Grand Rapids Press (1996-current)

    • LearningExpress - 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. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

    • SIRS Discoverer - 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.

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