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  • eShelf & Research

    Use library tools and resources to discover new books and materials or do research online.


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    General Interest

    General Reference Center Gold



    Books and Reading

    Books and Authors

    eBook Collection

    Gale Virtual Reference Library


    Michigan Authors and Illustrators

    Popular Magazines Collection

    What's Next? from the Kent District Library


    Business Economics and Theory Collection

    Business Insights: Global


    DemographicsNow: Business and People

    Gale Directory Library

    Gale LegalForms

    Gale Virtual Reference Library: Business Collection

    General BusinessFile ASAP

    InfoTrac Newsstand

    Job and Career Accelerator

    LearningExpress Library


    New York Times

    Small Business Collection

    Small Business Resource Center

    Genealogy/Family History

    HeritageQuest Online

    Biography and Genealogy Master Index

    MeL Michigana

    Seeking Michigan


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    Health and Wellness

    Health and Wellness Resource Center

    Health Reference Center Academic


    Nursing and Allied Health Collection

    Nursing Resource Center

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    Psychology Collection


    High School Equivalency Center Job and Career Accelerator LearningExpress Library Lifelong Soft Skills Videos from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success




    Early World of Learning

    eBook K-8 Collection


    eLibrary Elementary (K-6)

    Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

    General Reference Center Gold

    InfoTrac Junior Edition

    Kids InfoBits

    LearningExpress Library

    NoveList K-8 Plus

    School Center

    SIRS Discoverer Deluxe

    World Book Kids


    Gale LegalForms


    Michigan Legal Help


    Books & Authors

    College Preparation Learning Center



    Expanded Academic ASAP

    Gale Virtual Reference Library

    General Reference Center Gold (advanced materials)

    Health and Wellness Resource Center

    InfoTrac Junior Edition (middle and junior high school)

    InfoTrac Student Edition (high school)

    Job and Career Accelerator

    LearningExpress Library

    MeL Michigana

    NoveList K-8 Plus (Teen Section)

    Opposing Viewpoints in Context

    SIRS Discoverer Deluxe (K - 9th grade)

    SIRS Renaissance (high school)

    Good Reads
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  • Good Reads

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  • Full Text Magazines and Newspapers

    Thousands of full text magazines and newspapers containing millions of articles and spanning decades. Brought to you by the Michigan eLibrary at no charge. Searchable and printable. 


  • Workforce Development Resources


    Basic Computer Skills

    Goodwill Community Foundation – innovative online learning opportunities for anyone who wants to improve technology, literacy and math skills necessary for success. http://www.gcflearnfree.org/

    Microsoft Digital Literacy – e-learning course for absolute beginners starting with the first course they need to begin to use a computer. http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/citizenship/giving/programs/up/digitalliteracy/eng/BasicCurriculum.mspx#computerbasicscourse

    Common Craft Tutorials – learn the basics about a wide variety of computer and technology basics. http://www.commoncraft.com/videos#technology

    Computer and Internet Basics Tutorials – links to variety of online resources to help newbies and others learn computer software basics.  From the Flint Public Library. http://www.flint.lib.mi.us/computers/tutorials.shtml

    Mouse Aerobics – online tutorial to help newbies learn how to use a mouse from the Monroe County Library System. http://monroe.lib.mi.us/computer_classes/mouse_exercise/mouse_exercise.htm

    Computer Tutorials – a web guide with links to listings of computer tutorials including Microsoft applications, Internet searching, email, typing and using a mouse. Compiled by Newark Public Library. http://nplwebguides.pbworks.com/w/page/5673363/Computer%20Tutorials

    Visual Tutorials – assistance learning Microsoft programs and other computer technology using pictures. http://inpics.net/

    Job Seekers

    Michigan Talent Bank – search for job openings or post your resume https://www.michworks.org/mtb/user/MTB_EMPL.EntryMainPage

    Michigan Works Agency Locator Map - http://michiganworks.org/agencies/map/

    Job & Career Accelerator – explore job profiles, create resumes and cover letters, assess interests and find jobs. (Click on the link on the left to access the program.) http://mel.org/index.php

    Michigan eLibrary Business and Jobs Gateway - http://mel.org/index.php?P=SPT--BrowseResourcesBusiness&ParentId=832

    Michigan eLibrary statewide job search resources - http://www.mel.org/index.php?P=SPT--BrowseResources&ParentId=425

    Opportunity.gov - new Educational opportunities for the unemployed


    Career Zone Write Your Resume – from New York a one-stop way to create a resume and export it in pdf, or MS Word. http://www.nycareerzone.org/cz/resources/jobseeker/resume.jsp

    Cover Letter Generator - http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/cover_letter/

    My Skills, My Future from the U.S. Department of Labor http://www.myskillsmyfuture.org/

    O*Net Resource Center - Occupational Information Network, is a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics. http://www.onetcenter.org/

    USA Jobs – Official Jobsite of the U.S. Government http://usajobs.opm.gov/

    LEARN - a free university e-learning and career re-branding courses for unemployed Michigan workers with a goal of preparing unemployed Michiganders to re-enter the workforce with a new career. http://www.50plusprime.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/learn.home.cfm

    Financial Literacy

    Michigan eLibrary Personal Assistance Resources – http://mel.org/index.php?P=SPT--BrowseResources&ParentId=875

    MyMoney.gov - U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. http://www.mymoney.gov/

    Greenpath – debt counseling and consolidation information http://www.greenpath.com/home.htm

    Money Smart a Financial Education Program – an easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10 modules of the Money Smart curriculum through a computer. http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/mscbi/mscbi.html

    Small Business and Entrepreneurship

    Small Business Administration – The United State Small Business Administration provides programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed in small business.  http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/counseling-training

    Small Business Administration Michigan District Office - http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3121

    Michigan Business One Stop - information on starting and maintaining a business in Michigan.  http://www.michigan.gov/business

    Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs – help from the Harvard Business School http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/3348.html

    Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center – get counseling, find training and other assistance with beginning a business. http://misbtdc.org/

    Entrepreneurs and Innovators Web Portal from Michigan Economic Development Corporation – find small business start up resources. http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Entrepreneurs-and-Innovators/

    General Assistance and Social Services

    Michigan Helping Hand - site helps Michigan citizens facing economic hardship find the services they need.  http://michigan.gov/helpinghand

    United Way 211 - free and confidential information and referral help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. http://www.211.org/

    Michigan Department of Human Services – food assistance information http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5453_5527---,00.html

    Michigan Department of Community Health - How Can I Get Free or Low Cost Health Care for Me & My Family? http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2943_52115---,00.html

    Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs – veteran’s assistance programs http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/0,1607,7-126-2362---,00.html

    Michigan Unemployment Services and Benefits - http://www.michigan.gov/uia/

    Webcasts for Unemployed Workers - http://www.michigan.gov/uia/0,1607,7-118-53900-219607--,00.html The webcasts are designed to inform residents about Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency programs and services, and in some cases serve as guides or tutorials.

    Michigan Attorney General Brochure on Avoiding Foreclosure - http://www.michigan.gov/documents/ag/Avoiding_Foreclosure_Brochure_215948_7.pdf

    Foreclosure Resources – links from the Dearborn Heights Public Library on avoiding foreclosure. http://www.ci.dearborn-heights.mi.us/lib_irforeclosure.cfm

    Michigan State Housing Development Authority - http://www.michigan.gov/mshda/0,1607,7-141--235359--,00.html

    Michigan eLibrary: Michigan Personal Finance Resources – links to assistance sites for foreclosure, credit and more. http://mel.org/index.php?P=SPT--BrowseResources&ParentId=923